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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 9th Feb 16, 12:40 PM
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    New Product Testing Freebie Sites guide discussion
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    • 9th Feb 16, 12:40 PM
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    New Product Testing Freebie Sites guide discussion 9th Feb 16 at 12:40 PM


    Hi all,

    We've written a new Product Testing Freebie Sites guide and would love your feedback.

    How did you find the info? Was it useful? Do you have any other tips you'd add?

    Thanks for your help!

    MSE Jenny
    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 09-02-2016 at 6:30 PM.
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    • Playfulkit
    • By Playfulkit 10th Feb 16, 6:38 PM
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    • 10th Feb 16, 6:38 PM
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    • 10th Feb 16, 6:38 PM
    Hi, loved the product testing post. I'm a member of tesco orchard, clicks research and bzzagent. I'm also a member of the boots review panel which I noticed is absent, but is amazing. Had some fab products from boots to review, from full sized bottles of perfume, make up, nappies etc
    • lost_lou
    • By lost_lou 11th Feb 16, 12:48 AM
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    • 11th Feb 16, 12:48 AM
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    • 11th Feb 16, 12:48 AM
    im a member of tesco orchard which i like as its varied with what you get and i even had free beer so that was good and a mate of mine got free wine, im also on bzzagent which used to be great but now i have had no products to test in well over a year (i check to make sure there are no surveys twice a day so thats not the problem) and i had a rating of 8.5 now its only 3.5 simply because they have offered me nothing to test and judging by their facebook im not the only one, and know a few people that have joined and they have had very little and most of it not really relevant to them,
    • wildthing01
    • By wildthing01 11th Feb 16, 6:43 PM
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    • 11th Feb 16, 6:43 PM
    I would definitely add the Boots Evaluation Suite - for either products to test at home, or if you live close enough (it's in Beeston in Notts) you can go to the site and test onsite. Home testing products you get to keep,on-site visits are paid either by BACS or Boots gift card (and you don't get to take the product away). They are looking for a mix of consumer review and actual testing e.g. re side-effects etc and the products are not usually in their final saleable state, but I have been with them for several years now and had fantastic full size products. Have not done much on-site testing as I work full-time and the appts are during the day, but great for part-timers, retired or students, and they accept both men and women.

    I see Pinecone are on there - I have been a member for years with Pinecone and answer all the surveys but I have yet to be sent a product to test! On thing to watch is, once joined, you must complete the surveys they send regularly or you will get bumped from the panel (unless you've warned them you'll be unavailable for a certain period) - they want very reliable people who will take the time to give reliable answers.

    Also there's the Litmus Test, can't remember now how I got signed up to them, but they do occasionally send out products for surveys, have recently had a very good branded body moisturiser from them.

    The best way to get signed up with many of the sites is to be a regular contributor to other sites and you'll tend to get invites to new sites etc.

    can also recommend Tesco Orchard, have only just joined and not yet had chance to 'spend' my first lot of vouchers, but it seems really good value.
    Last edited by wildthing01; 11-02-2016 at 6:45 PM.
    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 12th Feb 16, 11:21 AM
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    • 12th Feb 16, 11:21 AM
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    • 12th Feb 16, 11:21 AM
    Hi,

    Thanks for all your feedback, really helpful.

    Boots Review Panel is actually not accepting new registrations at the moment (boo as sounds amazing), but I will add a note for people to look out for when they next open.

    http://bootsreviewpanel.com
    • hmaffin
    • By hmaffin 17th Feb 16, 1:45 PM
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    • 17th Feb 16, 1:45 PM
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    • 17th Feb 16, 1:45 PM
    There's also the Insiders - https://www.theinsiders.eu/home/welkom/14/

    You put in a request to help test their current campaign and if selected are sent goods and lots of literature to help you spread the news about these goods by Word of Mouth. We have tested cat food and Carte Noir capsules and received a good amount of both! There have also been smartphones and household goods.
    • ezzauk
    • By ezzauk 18th Feb 16, 12:06 PM
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    • 18th Feb 16, 12:06 PM
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    • 18th Feb 16, 12:06 PM
    Just found a Pinecone invite link http://mysurvey123.com/surveys/join.php?pid=pinecone-uk if it helps anyone
    • sarah1972
    • By sarah1972 18th Feb 16, 12:38 PM
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    • 18th Feb 16, 12:38 PM
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    • 18th Feb 16, 12:38 PM
    Just found a Pinecone invite link http://mysurvey123.com/surveys/join.php?pid=pinecone-uk if it helps anyone
    Originally posted by ezzauk

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    • juliek
    • By juliek 28th Mar 16, 4:03 PM
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    • 28th Mar 16, 4:03 PM
    thanks for info
    • pinkspideruk
    • By pinkspideruk 28th May 16, 4:59 PM
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    The insiders is good (the link is posted above) however be aware if you sign up with them and want to take part in their projects for expensive items (over £150ish i think) or items which are trial and return they will require your bank details (iban) so if you dont return the item or dont complete the project they will charge you a set amount - all the info is up front when you apply - I've done several projects with them including the LGG4 when it was first out - they offered a phone plus blue tooth set that was retailing at £500 - they originally said it was trial only but then let everyone who completed the tasks (take 100 photos and write a review) keep the phone - but they said at the start if you didnt return the phone at the end it would be £200 charge so if you do add them to your list people should be aware of it.

    They also add in extras too if you complete the project or are active e.g. if you were in the catfood trial and very active they sent you a goody bag when it was finished which included another £100ish worth of goodies for your cat.

    If you are doing a project for a cheaper item they also send out a lot of freebies/samples and really good vouchers to share with people. With the cat food one they had several bags of cat biscuits to give out plus £5 off vouchers which basically made the food 1/2 price to buy. With the calmurid one we got 25 samples to give out plus vouchers which gave people 1/3 off the price
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    • pinkspideruk
    • By pinkspideruk 28th May 16, 5:03 PM
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    another one is try be

    https://trybe.com/

    mainly small items - yu sign up via facebook - apply to try, if chosen you try the product and then write a review on their site.

    ive tried kids vitamins - samples and vouchers sent out not a generous as other sites with the amount you get but worth a look
    Anything is possible if you believe

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    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 25th Mar 17, 6:13 PM
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    Reviving this, as Tesco's Orchard site is closing.
    Something which isn't widely known about is Amazon's Vine Voices scheme. If you regularly buy items from Amazon, it's worth leaving a review. Periodically, Amazon invite reviewers who write quality, informative reviews to join the scheme. They then offer you a range of items that sellers / manufacturers would like reviewed by you. Not all Vine Voice members are offered the same items. What you are offered tends to be based on the type of item you have already reviewed. I get offered non-fiction books and toiletries quite a lot, for example - along with beauty appliances and home electrical goods.

    Books are most popular, but toiletries and electrical/home goods come up too - almost anything that Amazon sells, in fact.
    It is invitation only, but if you do like writing reviews it's worth giving it a go.
    As stated, I am one of the Vine Voices, but I didn't know about the scheme before I was invited - I thought it was a scam.
    To re-iterate, it is invitation only but based on the quality of reviews that you have already submitted.
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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 14th Jun 17, 12:40 PM
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    • carh
    • By carh 14th Jun 17, 2:55 PM
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    Never ending process
    I was quite chuffed to read aboiut the product testing sites and joined a few off the list. However, I think it is Clicks or Alba who seem to want so much information that literally has taken me an hour and a half to only complete 92% and then they say I need to supply more info which I cannot seem to access. A lot of the info they want is very suspicious, every personal detail , all my store points cards actual numbers, what week am I going to be away etc. I find this very personal and worrying even though I am used to doing surveys. I now have asteamig headache from sitting here on the computer forever just filling in my details. How many actually give up! When I finally got onto the Start a Study page, I found all the ages for people wanted was 18-40 - I am 64! What a waste of time. Be warned..
    Carh
    • Luckystar
    • By Luckystar 15th Jun 17, 2:45 PM
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    I use the main ones mentioned Bzzagent, insiders, clicks research, Trybe, Colgate sampling, Boots. Can't see this one mentioned https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/

    I've had some great products trials over the years, the best being a Dulce Gusto coffee pod machine from Bzzagent when they first started out, I still have it and use it. I enjoy product trials and giving feedback a to companies. It does work as I have changed my cat food due to a trial and my foundation
    • littlewren
    • By littlewren 25th Jun 17, 4:22 PM
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    I use the main ones mentioned Bzzagent, insiders, clicks research, Trybe, Colgate sampling, Boots. Can't see this one mentioned https://circle.supersavvyme.co.uk/uk/

    I've had some great products trials over the years, the best being a Dulce Gusto coffee pod machine from Bzzagent when they first started out, I still have it and use it. I enjoy product trials and giving feedback a to companies. It does work as I have changed my cat food due to a trial and my foundation
    Originally posted by Luckystar
    How do you join Colgate sampling please? I Googled but couldn't find a way to join.

    Many thanks.
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    • Luckystar
    • By Luckystar 26th Jun 17, 9:02 AM
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    How do you join Colgate sampling please? I Googled but couldn't find a way to join.

    Many thanks.
    Originally posted by littlewren
    It was probably invite only, I've been a member for a couple of years so can't honestly remember
    • stacytaylor
    • By stacytaylor 2nd Aug 17, 6:52 AM
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    Is there any product review site recommend in uk? Would like to check the article before buying.
    • sarah1972
    • By sarah1972 2nd Aug 17, 11:09 AM
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    Is there any product review site recommend in uk? Would like to check the article before buying.
    Originally posted by stacytaylor
    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/product-testing-sites?_ga=2.154144955.2078288471.1497164582-188748484.1487342298
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    • fraserbooks
    • By fraserbooks 19th Aug 17, 8:20 PM
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    I joined Net gallery. They offer you E books in exchange for an honest review. It helps to be accepted if you are a librarian or teacher but I think they accept keen readers as well.
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