I’ve been promising an update on this so here it is. The free Snuggie deal I posted on my blog back in October is not legitimate.
I, like many of you, waited the six to eight weeks and nothing arrived. I called and e-mailed the company numerous times and finally heard back last week.
So here’s the deal. The only real Snuggie deal is a “Buy one get one free offer”. It’ll cost you $19.95 plus shipping and handling. (That’s a little more than what you’d pay to buy one Snuggie right now at Wal-Mart and Target ($14.99).)
I’ve been doing my Deals of the Week for years and this is proof how sophisticated these websites have gotten. So here are some things I’ve learned and ways you can spot fake web sites in the future:
• The signup page does not link back to the main company’s web site. The Snuzzly offer didn’t connect back to Snuggie’s main web site. In look back at the other giveaways I’ve mentioned—those all do go back to the main web page.
• The phone number just sends you to a recorded message. No matter what time of day I called or what day of the week I could never get an actual person on the phone. That’s another red flag.
• The Snuzzly site had Google ads on it. Again looking back at the other freebies I’ve mentioned, they didn’t contain ads for other products or promotions. (I’m purposely not linking to the Snuzzly site because I don’t want anyone else to fill out the information on it.)
• The website is recently registered and again doesn’t link back to the original company. A quick search on the domain name can tell you a lot about who has set up a site or not. This site was registered in October, right around the time I was told about it and that’s often a sign that a site is not legit.
The other warning I have for you is that if you do ever sign up for any web freebies don’t post credit card information ever. I never post deals that require you to put your credit card information. That’s the good news. As disappointed as I am, and I know many of you are, you will not lose any money on this deal.
I haven’t noticed more spam coming my way. However it is likely the person running this site set it up to sell e-mail addresses to marketing companies. So that is a possibility.
Here’s my promise to you, from here on out any freebie I mention on my blog will be even more carefully vetted. I will do the same kinds of checks I did here and if I don’t hear back from the company, I won’t mention the deal.
My apologies for those of you counting on your free Snuggie. I hope you’ll continue to check out my blog and my Deals of the Week. And if you ever have any questions feel free to e-mail me.