When did the idea of giving things away for free turn into a such a suspicious thing? Sadly, in this world we live in today, the idea of people giving something away for free makes the jaded people like yours truly think, what is the catch? Because let's face it there usually is one. But I've learned to stay open minded nonetheless.
Keep in mind that many of you had assumed that all work at home opportunities were scams and they all required fees. However if you stumbled upon this site and have taken the time to read my past reviews and recommendations you've quickly learned that is not the case. So although there are a lot of bad people out there preying on you and using that catch phrase free to lure you in, it doesn't mean everything free has to be a scam. That being said the only way we can really know is to do our research. Hopefully this review helps you do that.
This opportunity was brought to my attention while surfing sites like ClixSense and Hits4pay which pay us for viewing ads. Sometimes it would be referred to as ‘That Free Thing' or some call it ‘My Free Thing'. So I couldn't help but dig into this opportunity some more because it was in my face all the damn time. Naturally I was skeptical but part of me wanted this to be another viable option so I could add it to my multiple streams of income.
In any event, apparently That Free thing is basically a well organized website that lists hundred of freebies. This includes free samples, some are a gift you get for trying something out, like a test drive, some are coupons, etc. You get the drift. Not everyone will qualify for all the things on the list, but that is typical, as it is an advertising gimmick, so the advertisers have to put the reins on as they see fit.
There is a free option, you join for free and they send you 5 free offers per week. But guess what? You may or may not qualify for those offers. So it is hit and miss at that level. What they really want you to do is to upgrade which gives you access to everything they have, pages and pages lists organized by category. They obviously earn more money on your upgrade as well.
In terms of the actual upgrade fees, I've basically lifted what I saw on their site which is as follows:
"That Free Thing Independent Representatives pay a $199.00 administration fee, which is non-commissionable, for one year Independent Representative status. This fee is waived for That Free Thing Members who choose to become customer / distributors. To continue with That Free Thing as an Independent Representative, but without an active Membership, the $199.00 one year administrative fee must be paid. Remember, this fee is COMPLETELY WAIVED if you simply sign up at the $9.95 monthly level, thereby giving you all the rights of an Independent Representative PLUS full access to our product."
If you work things right, there is chance that the value of all this free stuff you get will be higher than the 10 bucks they take from you. But that's a big if. However I do like that they have a refund policy which makes this less risky assuming they really abide by it.
Look if you're anything like me, at this point you're probably asking yourself, why would I pay a site to find freebies? Doesn't that sort of that defeat the purpose of why I would be looking for a site like this? But let's hold off on our skepticism until we dig deeper.
If it does, there is a good reason. Apparently it was once called Freebie Force. But that company failed. People who signed up started dropping like flies. The owner claimed the problem was with "its software" which was some out of the box thing from an external vendor. Now with this new version, they actually "own the software" and that supposedly will make the difference. Uh okay? I don't confess to be a software developer but couldn't they have just made the software switch and kept the old company?
The only way for you to make money with this program is with referrals that are organized into a 3×8 matrix. You sign up three people, and anyone else that comes in gets put below them, and you earn from all levels. There is no minimum number of referrals needed each month which can be a killer in other programs like that, so that is good.
They also have a bonus program, at least for now while they are trying to build this thing, where if you personally sponsor someone you get a much larger percentage of what these folks bring in.
Matrixes have always made my head hurt so if my breakdown above didn't really make sense to you, you can get more details on the compensation here. Maybe your brain can wrap around it better than my little one did.
Those are some great questions and I would love to give you the answers. But ironically they've left out those IMPORTANT details in the compensation page. Or maybe I missed them. But from what I can see they really give zero information about this stuff. Maybe it's revealed when you join? Either way I'm not forking over any loot to find out. Ironically there wasn't any mention on various forums about this information either. In my experience the folks getting paid are usually pretty vocal and clear on that stuff. It's an odd omission if you're trying to get people like me to sign up.
If you can't already tell, I'm very skeptical of this opportunity. Like to know why? Then here it goes:
Number One. Straight out is there is no solid proof of compensations period. If they can't be bothered to tell people how they get paid, and if there is a threshold, it is a major red flag. That on top of the fact that this is is a renewed effort from a failed attempt before? Can you spell stinky fish?
Number Two. Exact same sale page, exact same ‘stories' show up on all the promos and blogs and forums posts selling you how great this thing is. For God's sake, if you want to give examples of the cool free stuff you get, mix it up! I don't need to read about the same damn gym bag on every blessed site I open up. Word for word, cut and paste. And I thought Google was slamming the duplicates out there. Hmm Smells fishier and fishier to me.
Number Three. It is new and in a pre-launch/beta phase. If you know me you already know I hate those phases. I'm not wasting my time, money or energy being anyone's guinea pig. So in situations like this I say wait until the jury is out. If the dust has settled after a few months and the company is still around paying, then I creep up from behind and get involved. But considering how the first version of this (Freebie Force) failed, I'm not all that confident that will be the case. But I would love to be wrong so I have another source to add to my multiple streams of income.
Number Four. Pyramid, ponzi , MLM and Matrix things sound the same, but differ in some ways. The first two are just straight up scam models which we've discussed in our cash gifting article. But the 3×8 Matrix system is used by many reputable companies, and can be a viable business model. The problem is this opportunity sounds pretty close to a ponzi scam because referrals are the ONLY way to earn! There doesn't seem to be a solid product or service offering that makes this company except the sign up fees they charge to members. Maybe there is an affiliate marketing aspect via the free stuff they're linking to on the site. But if so they're not making that clear.
Either way it seems sketchy. Obviously as a relatively successful affiliate marketer I make a lot of money because of my referrals. But I'm referring people to companies that have a real business model that have a real product or service. So it's sustainable. But this just seems to be built on a foundation of sand and may be the real reason the previous version of this opportunity fell apart. It's just a theory but it makes you wonder.
Number five. I know there is just a segment of the population that will argue, why would I pay a site for access to free stuff? Why not just get rid of the middleman and find the free stuff on my own, Well I guess you can argue the same thing about newspapers, magazines and books that often have information that is readily available and free if you know where to look. Either way I know a lot of people would have an issue with paying a fee to get access to freebies.
The bottom line is I don't fully trust this and my research team doesn't fully trust this. But I'm not ready to cry out scam just yet. It does look like the leads you get for free stuff are legit. So from the consumer aspect, I think the folks who sign up for this thing are happy with the coupons and free samples and gym bags and don't mind handing over some cash for that chance. But from the money making aspect of this opportunity, it's still too early to tell for my taste.
There are too many things I don't like, and harp about all the time for me to recommend even trying this thing out. There is simply not enough evidence of payment and severe lack of details on how, when and if you get paid for me to stand behind this thing. I am also wary this may be a pyramid scheme, even when they try to call it a Matrix. The owner Seth Fraser, already failed with the same thing with Freebie Force and has negatived name recognition in the scam circles. I think that's the real reason for the new company name, not the software issues being claimed. With that said, my advice is to hold off on this thing until there is actually more solid proof of people getting paid! I don't like my loyal subscribers being the guinea pig for new opportunities. I hate to say it, but let others go through that and if there is some real bite, then you jump in. I've always done it like that and have stayed safe that way. Don't feel pressured that you'll miss out. If it's that good it should be around for many years to come.
Well I honestly can't wait to hear from any of you who have tried this opportunity in terms of the money making side. Feel free to chime in below and fill in the blanks and correct anything I've got wrong. But if you're drinking this opportunity's kool-aid please be ready to show us the money because we all know talk is cheap.
By the way if you're interested in free traditional work from home job opportunities or my personal recommendations with actual proof of payments click on the following links: Work from Home Jobs – My Work At Home recommendations.
In any event, I look forward to your comments if you've tried this opportunity or have done your own research.