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What’s With All the Facebook Offers?

If you “like” some of your favorite businesses on Facebook, you’ve probably seen a Facebook offer or two.

I’ve taken advantage of free appetizers at restaurants, free with purchase deals at mall stores, and seen a few free shipping offers from online retailers. For the last two days, though, I’ve seen offer after offer from bloggers like myself, promoting their favorite affiliate deals.

Here’s how it works: a blog features a post about a deal from a company that pays the blogger when their readers make a purchase. The blogger creates a Facebook offer with their link, you claim the deal, then Facebook tells all your friends and sends you a link to the blog post.

The thing is, you don’t need to jump through all those hoops. If you follow your favorite frugal bloggers, they’re already posting the best deals on their Facebook page. But, that’s not even the real problem. There are a few out there that have been a bit misleading. “Free Target Gift Card” really means free gift card from a 3rd party rebate site when you make a $25 purchase.

Some of them are barely deals at all. I’ve taken to hiding the bad deals and even reporting the really misleading ones. I have high hopes that this will shake out over the next few days and be a legitimate source of drawing attention to really great deals. It’s just gotten really out of control in my news feed. Are you seeing a ton of Facebook Offers this week?

If you’re wondering why there’s been a sudden increase, it’s because Facebook recently launched offers for blogger pages and included a freebie to encourage people to try it out. The freebie is worth a shot to most bloggers because it gets their page out in front of their followers’ friends in addition to encouraging people to visit a deal post.

I don’t see a lot of value for the readers, though, since it is just adding extra steps and being a little tricky in getting you to click a link. Most of these deals were already out there, for those who track deals and free offers.

In fact, here are a few freebies you can get, without unlocking the offers on Facebook:

  • Free 8×10 Canvas: Canvas People gives every new customer one free 8×10 to try out their prints. You can also upgrade your canvas and get $40 off any order. No tricks, no hoops — just pay shipping and your first canvas is free!
  • Free Nursing Cover: User promo code onefree to save $32 off your first purchase. That is, the price of an Udder Cover, so it’s free! You’ll just pay for shipping.
  • Free Personalized T-Shirt Vista Print offers free sample products all the time. You will pay shipping, and there is always the option to upgrade each item, but these items are actually free.
  • 25 Free mp3s: This one is 25 songs for a free trial. That means you need to remember to cancel the eMusic service if you don’t wish to continue or you will be charged a subscription fee. This is one of our favorite sources for mp3 songs and albums.

Follow Heather on Twitter, Pinterest, and her blogs.

More from Heather:
eMusic and Amazon mp3 Store

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