Did you hear the one about the lady who requested free samples?
See, she was a cheapskate by nature. She routinely bought the least expensive option at the store--store brands, off-brands, what was on sale. She scoffed at the premium items; they couldn't possibly be that much better.
But that didn't mean she would turn down a free sample when it was offered. Free is great, right?
Those companies know what they're doing, I tell you. Those freebies are S-N-E-A-K-Y.
It started a couple of years ago, with a sample of Nexxus shampoo. I had snickered about those salon shampoos for years and about the poor saps who bought them thinking they were soooo much better than normal brands.
I then had to eat my words and swallow my pride and all those "oops, I blew it" things. That stuff is wonderful, and it did amazing things for my hair. I got all sorts of compliments. It doesn't mean I can suddenly afford to buy Nexxus on a regular basis, but at least now I know that the stuff is good, and worth every penny. And no, my arrogant words did not taste good at all.
More recently, I got a sample of these fancy dishwasher tablets. I've always used dollar store dishwasher powder, sometimes with white vinegar in the rinse aid slot. This tablet was supposedly high-octane cleaner with some sort of rinse substance included.
Holy cow. It worked. It worked really well. I'm eying the coupon they sent with the sample, wondering if maybe I should snag some of this stuff while I have the chance.
Today it was laundry detergent. I usually either make my own or buy something at the dollar store. I got a sample for this nifty little gel packet thing. Dingy socks never had it so good.
Sigh. Beware the free samples, people. They're insidious little things.