SampleSource provides free samples in exchange for your opinion. Register and fill out your profile. If samples suited to your profile become available, they will send you an email. Quantities are limited, so respond as soon as you get the email to make sure yours do not run out of stock. A few weeks after your samples arrive, you will get an email asking to review the products. The review is an exit survey that only has a few questions per product. Neither a blog post nor any social media promotion is required. I only write a post to share the service with you. There are no referrals for this service, so all links are direct.
I ordered this earlier this year. It usually takes about a month from ordering to receive the shipping confirmation. The items usually arrive around the same time as the shipping confirmation. Their quote is 4-6 weeks, but it always seems like 4 or less.
There were four items I matched based off my profile. Unfortunately, I did not get any beauty products this time. Those are always my favorite things to sample. I do not have any pets, so I am unsure how the cat food slipped in. Knowing I was going to my niece’s baby shower in May, I decided to let them send me the cat food for her. Sadly, I forgot to bring it to her. She lives in a different state, and I know I can mail it to her, but the cost to ship it is probably more valuable than the sample. That totally defeats the purpose. Thus, it will take a while before I can get a review for Royal Canin Indoor Adult Feline Health Nutrition.
My favorite item from these samples, and a product I will definitely purchase is the Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks Strawberry. I was already a fan of their fruit snacks. They are a semi staple, because my boys go back and forth between preferring these and preferring the more bland varieties with characters from other brands. The fruit snacks from this brand pack more punch. This yogurt version is more muted, as most yogurt is. Considering these are low-fat, they are actually pretty tasty. Most low-fat snacks taste like eating paper to me. Granted, this is not the healthiest snack in the world, even though it is low-fat, so I would not purchase these all the time.
The Persil PROCLEAN Power-Caps Original smelled amazing coming out of the washer. My clothes did not look bright, per se, but they did not look dull either. A lot of laundry detergents I’ve never heard of make my clothes look dull and fade the colors. I’m not sure what happened to the fresh clean scent, because the laundry had almost no scent at all when it came out of the dryer. It seriously perplexed me, and I have a great sense of smell. This clean fines, although nothing was heavily soiled, so it is hard to say it is powerful. Based on a single sample, there was nothing about it that made me think I need to stop using my Tide Pods and switch to these. If I got a bigger sample in the future, I would try it. Switching permanently is highly unlikely though.
The Nature’s Path Organic Heritage Flakes taste better than cardboard. When it comes to these healthy type cereals, there is very little taste involved. I would rather things have little to no taste than taste bad. Would I purchase these? Probably not. However, I would if I needed something healthy that did not taste bad. It is one of the few cereals I can think of that fits the bill for both. If I can find a healthy cereal that actually tastes good, I will let you know. Better yet, please let me know if you have already found such a unicorn.
One of the best things about receiving samples is they shower you with coupons to purchase any you love. This batch only had one coupon on the cereal. It is the brand I usually purchase my granola from, so I will definitely use the coupon.
The exit survey usually arrives 2-3 weeks after the samples. It asks a few basic questions about each item and for permission to contact me by phone if they have any follow-up questions. This whole process takes between 5-10 minutes. I missed the surveys for these samples, so I am unsure how that affects my future eligibility. That means you are reading my thoughts, but I did not share my thoughts with the company that sent the samples. Yes, I am a bad blogger at times. Summer samples may have already gone out, and I would understand if I did not get the notification email. Samples ship once a quarter (except Winter), so anyone who signs up now will be eligible for Fall samples.