What is FREE? When is something free? When is it not? What are your thoughts on FREE stuff you're offered? Lately, I have had to re-think the matter.
I have always been of the opinion that if someone offered me something - free, then they should give it to me. Period. End of subject. Just bring it to my house, send it by a friend, or send it in the mail. I even jumped up on my famous "high-horse" several times when I dutifully followed instructions, filled out forms, and gave all the pertinent information in order to receive something free. Why? Because the final step required me to send $4.95 to cover postage/shipping & handling.
"WHAT?! $4.95 to cover postage? Well, that's not free," I shout indignantly at my computer screen. "Huh, well I never!" I grab my "high-horse" firmly by the reign and back myself out of their "FREE" stuff offer site. On to something else.
Then, just after Thanksgiving I decided to give away copies of my book, the one I finished last March that's stored in boxes under my coffee table. Yes, my first and only published book. I made a list of people to send my book to "FREE" and got busy packaging and addressing them for mailing. At the post office, it hit me like a ton-of-bricks. That's when the famous trio, me, myself, and I had the conversation of our ignorant lives.
I said to myself, "Girl, how many books do you think you're going to give away at this rate?"
Me, I was thinking a mile a minute, at (Yeah, here it is) $4.95 per book, if you give away any more you'll be in the 'po-house' this time tomorrow. Not the poor-house, but the real po-house.
By the time I reached the car, we had recovered from the shock. I got it! Never again will I question the FREE stuff with the $4.95 shipping & handling charge. I understand now. If I want it, I'll pay. If I'm too cheap to pay, then I will have to do without.