How to get free products to your door

Do you want to offer your services to test the products in the comfort of your home? If you accept the rules of the game – that your opinion could help companies improve or promote – you can easily become a “tester” and receive free items at home.

Some platforms such as Home Tester Club, which belongs to the Buchanan group of Toronto, and inBe of Montreal offer Quebecers the opportunity to do tests at home, while the American Matrix Sciences, for example, requires them to travel to their facilities in Longueuil to give. his opinion.

In all three cases, the main objective is essentially the same: it allows a company to have a product tested by a well-defined clientele and to obtain sincere feedback. This is why the experience can vary greatly from one tester to another, depending on the place of residence, the age and the socio-demographic profile of each one.

Since the participating companies have a very precise idea of ​​the target audience to investigate, I had to wait about three months before finding a product for which my profile met the criteria. But my patience was rewarded, as I was able to paint a room in my house, for free, by receiving the equivalent of $70 worth of items in the mail.

A can of paint on the door

Determined to test as many products as possible, I signed up for Home Tester Club, inBe and Matrix Sciences. inBe offered me to try several liquid detergents, but I was rejected after answering a short survey about my washing habits. Matrix Sciences offered me several time slots to test the products in their offices, but none of them fit my schedule. So I focused my efforts on Home Tester Club.

When I took my first steps on this platform, I was first asked to provide my address and my date of birth, but also to indicate how many people live under my roof, if I have children (and if so, what gender and age) , what range of my family income is, and what proportion of food purchases I made. Personal information that is not communicated to third parties, ensures the platform, except of course the address, to address the products.

The first proposal arrived two weeks after my registration, but as I would be in a bad position to evaluate the skin creams that I was offered to try, I am waiting for the next one. This time, he challenges me: “Have you ever wanted to repaint a small room in your house? I am asked in an email announcing an interior painting test. By happy coincidence, one of the rooms in my house that has been used as’ and a warehouse will soon welcome a baby, and its blue-gray walls need refreshing.

A week after I committed to do the test as planned – receive the products, use them and publish my review on the site – the shipments begin. Received a flyer in which all the offered colors are displayed. I settled on “well water” – a green that looks more attractive than its name – and let the Home Tester Club know by accessing my profile.

Then I waited about a month before receiving a box with the inscription “fragile” on my door. Inside, a gallon of paint (worth about $50), but also a brush (about $13) and a microfiber roller (about $7).

The first rainy weekend came, my wife and I left. I’ll let you judge the result:

As agreed, I logged into my profile in Home Tester Club and gave my opinion: a rating of five stars out of five, my opinion in a few lines – a nice color, a good product, just two coats needed – and a photo of the result.

However, you should be aware of what will be done with this notice. “Sign up for a product test. All it costs you is your honest opinion,” reads the website of the Home Tester Club, which officially bills itself as an online community of buyers who test products “to help l ‘other buyers to buy better’.

In fact, by writing a review, you accept that your text, the accompanying photo, your name and your city of residence will be published in Home Tester Club, but also transmitted to the company that supplied the product, and that the latter may to be. distribute this content in the context of advertising campaigns or on its website.

I doubt very much that the company that sent me the painting will ever use my comment on the consistency of their product or my under-lit photo to launch a large-scale advertising campaign. And I don’t care. It’s a concession I’m willing to make in exchange for this now calming “well water” room.

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