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The Great ‘Blagging hints and tips’ Hunt

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Freebies (no spend required)
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  • philw1philw1 Forumite
    3 posts
    rmg1 wrote: »
    Just blgged a 2GB (yes Gigabyte) datastick from a company. It came with Lotus Notes on it as it's supposed to be used instead of laptops where possible. I asked for a testing sample as we may be looking to purchase quite a few and they sent me one.
    Never got past our buyer but i didn't tell them that.


    what company did you blag the stick off? i woudnt mind trying this one:beer:
  • northernrocknufcnorthernrocknufc Forumite
    459 posts
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    I am having my very first 'big' birthday party for my gorgeous daughter in April..she will be 4 & I want to make it as special as possible for her.
    She suffers from Cerebral palsy & epilepsy...her CP affects her mobility & she is totally dependant on my help. She is a determined little princess who makes me proud every day..she is such a special little girl who deserves the best I can possibly give her.

    I have hired out the hall in the leisure centre for a softplay party, she is a popular little lady & we have almost 30 children coming....

    Anyway, the point of this post:
    Being a single mum, (unable to work due to her disability) it is hard to be able to give her the party she deserves.
    I sent polite emails to Cadburys, Walkers crisps, Kingsmill, Nestle, crayola etc. I explained all about my daughter s disability & her party & asked whether they would be kind enough to help/donate anything towards with her party.
    I have received responses from almost all of them......knockback after knock back....very impersonal responses saying NO!! Which is a little disappointing really as I wasn't blagging...I was genuinely asking them for their help, with them being huge companies I had hoped that they would be able to help.

    If you are going to write to various companies, dont get your hopes up!
    If people are just going to write for the sake of free stuff....you may be taking dontations that other people may need..no offence meant by that-I am all for free stuff!! Just not at the cost of others.

    :A

    Have you tried writing to the Events Co-ordinator at your local Asda? They are brilliant with things like this normally.
  • FiftyPentsFiftyPents Forumite
    267 posts
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    I've been trying this the past couple of days with my favourite products. I got a reply yesterday from Cobra beer, who simply said thank you and that they'd pass my comments onto their managing director. I got another one today from Sacla, who said thanks for the comments and they'd popped a couple money off vouchers in the post for me! Yippeee!
  • flyp wrote: »
    i want to blag a record company for some stuff. But the record company is in America. And i live in london. What can i do?

    I believe such things as online and high street shops sell the items you are interested in. You should be able to buy them in London...
  • aseaasea Forumite
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    I am having my very first 'big' birthday party for my gorgeous daughter in April..she will be 4 & I want to make it as special as possible for her.
    She suffers from Cerebral palsy & epilepsy...her CP affects her mobility & she is totally dependant on my help. She is a determined little princess who makes me proud every day..she is such a special little girl who deserves the best I can possibly give her.

    I have hired out the hall in the leisure centre for a softplay party, she is a popular little lady & we have almost 30 children coming....

    Anyway, the point of this post:
    Being a single mum, (unable to work due to her disability) it is hard to be able to give her the party she deserves.
    I sent polite emails to Cadburys, Walkers crisps, Kingsmill, Nestle, crayola etc. I explained all about my daughter s disability & her party & asked whether they would be kind enough to help/donate anything towards with her party.
    I have received responses from almost all of them......knockback after knock back....very impersonal responses saying NO!! Which is a little disappointing really as I wasn't blagging...I was genuinely asking them for their help, with them being huge companies I had hoped that they would be able to help.

    If you are going to write to various companies, dont get your hopes up!
    If people are just going to write for the sake of free stuff....you may be taking dontations that other people may need..no offence meant by that-I am all for free stuff!! Just not at the cost of others.

    :A

    One of my responsibilities during my first job (in my father's business) was to respond to all of the begging letters & faxes that would come to his office (a fair few). There were quite a few with parents asking for help for their children for a myriad of reasons & my father would always instruct me never to send anything to anyone that had said that they had a sick child as he had seen a few people be scammed like this before. So be aware that they might not be responding in the negative to you deliberately because they are cold & heartless but because other people might be using their children's sickness to try to get stuff or other people might just make it up to try & just 'blag' free things. This just makes it difficult for people (like you & your daughter) who are really in need of these things. Perhaps if you try calling & speaking to somebody you might have more luck than you have had with sending emails (which are probably just automatically dismissed & quite impersonal) as you will be able to explain in person to another person. Don't give up!

    Good luck, hope the party is wonderful!
    nothing to see here, move along...
  • tickly72tickly72 Forumite
    40 posts
    I am having my very first 'big' birthday party for my gorgeous daughter in April..she will be 4 & I want to make it as special as possible for her.
    She suffers from Cerebral palsy & epilepsy...her CP affects her mobility & she is totally dependant on my help. She is a determined little princess who makes me proud every day..she is such a special little girl who deserves the best I can possibly give her.

    I have hired out the hall in the leisure centre for a softplay party, she is a popular little lady & we have almost 30 children coming....

    Anyway, the point of this post:
    Being a single mum, (unable to work due to her disability) it is hard to be able to give her the party she deserves.
    I sent polite emails to Cadburys, Walkers crisps, Kingsmill, Nestle, crayola etc. I explained all about my daughter s disability & her party & asked whether they would be kind enough to help/donate anything towards with her party.
    I have received responses from almost all of them......knockback after knock back....very impersonal responses saying NO!! Which is a little disappointing really as I wasn't blagging...I was genuinely asking them for their help, with them being huge companies I had hoped that they would be able to help.

    If you are going to write to various companies, dont get your hopes up!
    If people are just going to write for the sake of free stuff....you may be taking dontations that other people may need..no offence meant by that-I am all for free stuff!! Just not at the cost of others.

    :A
    Hi - just wondering if local companies might be a way of doing this and then getting some local press coverage so they could get some exposure out of it too (maybe a local bakers for the cake). Also anyone who can do facepainting might be good. Is there a toy library near you - where you could loan bigger items for a very small fee (they deliver them for a nominal fee). You could also try your local freecycle online (register for your area) and see what you could get - maybe some dressing up outfits?

    I hope you get some luck soon,our kids are already special but your little girl has so much more to cope with. I am also hoping someone is there for you too, because as a mam of 2 under 3's who have no such disabilities I know how much it wears you out, I can't imagine how hard it is for you

    Wishing you all the best :o
  • tickly72tickly72 Forumite
    40 posts
    me again!

    Was wondering if there were any "local celebrities" who may want to show their face who you could contact ...?
  • artystixartystix Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
    365 posts
    Wrote to the jemma Kidd make-up school, just requested a few samples, was told

    "sorry we dont do samples, but i will send you some promotional stuff"

    Didnt expect much....................however the postie dropped off a parcel this morning containing

    4 lip glosses
    4 eyesahow sticks
    1 lip n cheek tint
    1 sparkle shimmer gel & dust

    priced them up on boots.com

    NEARLY £80 worth of cosmetics............just for asking!!
    First win 14/12 Playtex bra & Knickers!!!!:beer:
    won Rimmel Foundation 08/02:j
    Environmental Justice Foundation T-Shirt 11/02:rotfl:
  • flypflyp Forumite
    374 posts
    i want to know what free stuff havr you got from a company by just asking.
  • mountainchrisrivermountainchrisriver Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
    3.9K posts
    flyp wrote: »
    i want to know what free stuff havr you got from a company by just asking.

    Try reading the thread... :rolleyes: or signing up for the many freebies that appear on the forum...
    :D
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