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FreeNapkin.com – One Man’s Junk Is Another Man’s Treasure

written by John Chow on April 26, 2011

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Free is a very popular word on the Internet. Pretty much every marketer uses it. However, most products that are free on the Net are usually not really free. Many sites will require you to give something – your email address or completing an offer – to get the freebie. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a site that really gave you everything for free without any catches? Well, that site is called FreeNapkin.

The FreeNapkin system is like a free eBay. Everything on the site is 100% free. All the products on the site are donated by members who no longer need or want them. If you see something you like, you just claim it and it’s yours. You have to become a member before you can claim an item. To become a member, you have to donate one item that you no longer need. There is no need to register for the site to become a member. Like many other membership sites, FreeNapkin use your Facebook or Twitter account as your registration. Once you become a member, you can claim as many items as you want. You can also donate as many items as you want. It’s a neat way to get rid of stuff you no longer have a use for. After all, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

After you claim an item, FreeNapkin will hook you up with the donor and you can arrange to pick it up or have it ship to you. You can search for items by state or city. Here’s the first item that showed up when I search for Seattle.

It’s actually quite fun to see the stuff members donated. I expected everything to be junk but came across some really cool stuff, like a perfectly working Compaq desktop computer. I also came across stuff that I thought was free, like dirt.

The FreeNapkin Toolbar

FreeNapkin developed a toolbar that enables members to stay connected to FreeNapkin at all times. However, the toolbar only works with Internet Explorer so all you Mac users are out of luck. You can check out the toolbar and see how FreeNapkin works by watching this video.

FreeNapkin Express Program

FreeNapkin makes it extremely easy to donate your stuff. All you need is a cellphone that can take pictures. It doesn’t have to be a smart phone. As long as the cell has a camera, you can use the FreeNapkin express program. No description is needed when you send the picture. The program will figure out where you are located based on your cellphone signal and then post the item into the correct state with the correct city. Here’s a video showing the FreeNapkin express program.

Help FreeNapkin Grow and You Can Get a Free Car

A site like FreeNapkin depends heavily on its membership. To grow the site, FreeNapkin is running a free car challenge. You can win the three-wheeled vehicle shown above if you refer 1,000 new members to FreeNapkin. The car is street legal and DOT certified as well as certified by the EPA. The top speed is 45 MPH and it gets 70 miles to the gallon.

If I refer enough people to win a car, I’ll give it away in a contest. You can help me win by joining FreeNapkin and cleaning out the junk in your closet.

FreeNapkin – 100% Free Products and Merchandise

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{ 39 comments }

Pankaj Gupta April 26, 2011 at 11:37 pm

That’s Really a cool and unique idea. Thanks for sharing this amazing website. I am going to have a look and let see what I can do with it. :)

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips April 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Wow awesome idea.

With alexa rank I think this website is new one but however this kind of website will get lot of traffic from facebook and twitter.

John, now you do not need to organise any garage sell as well (GUYS LOOK AT THIS LINK … WHERE JOHN ORGANISE GARAGE SELL) http://www.johnchow.com/im-having-a-garage-sale/

Blogging Park April 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Interesting site,i will try it.I think john’s sale garage are empty now.

PPC Ian April 29, 2011 at 1:03 am

Wow, I had no idea John had a garage sale, that’s awesome!

Free Picks April 29, 2011 at 1:57 am

thank ZK, i dont knoe about this page

Mathew Day April 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Yes, really cool site. I know some people who will be really interested in checking it out.

hockey2hockey April 27, 2011 at 12:05 am

If they have hockey sticks, that would be unbelieveable. I can’t practice my shot because I’m afraid the stick is going to break all the time. Theyre way too expensive. What a genius idea though, so simple. There must be tons of other ones out there.

I have a question John. Do you think hockey is a big enough market to make a million a year on blogging & vlogging in 5 years, if I start now?

ZK@Web Marketing Tips April 27, 2011 at 12:13 am

Nice concept …the design could have been much better, I wonder the long term potential of such sites that don’t charge listing fees… Ads can cover up maybe

Remington April 27, 2011 at 7:35 am

That’s just what I was thinking.

Maybe they then move onto affiliate marketing like John does as they’ll already have a great list of email addresses?

Blogging Park May 2, 2011 at 5:26 am

I think so,they are now growing their email bank and after that they will start their original business.

Work online April 27, 2011 at 3:19 am

Thanks for sharing this good website. i really appreciate to you by this concept.

Work online April 27, 2011 at 3:20 am

Keep more sharing such design,i have been searching.

Nagarasa Pandi April 27, 2011 at 3:32 am

Most of the free opportunity are fake. It might be real one. Thanks john

latest technology updates April 27, 2011 at 4:24 am

yes, he is right, but as he said, i think it will be the real one. thank you so much john.

Blogging Park May 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I think there are no such related product for blogger,such as me.Again the products could be delivered withing some region of America.

Thomas April 27, 2011 at 6:44 am

Interesting post. Reminds me of the one red paperclip story. Signing up for the FreeNapkin. I have a couple of things to declutter my house.

PPC Ian April 29, 2011 at 1:02 am

Agree this could be a great way to get rid of clutter! :-) I’m a big fan of reducing clutter and think I’m going to do the same.

Ottawa Web Design April 27, 2011 at 7:02 am

John, this is very nice. For Starting One Hosting under that offer, we get one mattresses? That is very nice. It cost us only $0.01, but we get cool mattrice. I have visited the website. It is nice with lots of free offers.

fas April 27, 2011 at 8:19 am

Oh John you want the car?

guru April 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Obviously.. if he hasn’t gotten it yet.

Mathew Day April 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I’d take it. At 70 miles per gallon, that would definitely make up for the max speed.

fazal @ make money online April 27, 2011 at 9:00 am

Good review….I like freebies, this looks interesting.

Free Picks April 29, 2011 at 2:01 am

free things always great :p

d3so April 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Really nice site. I wish they better organized it in terms of searching.

Jeffrey Kang April 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm

FYI everyone, there are numerous sites like this popping up in cities across the world. In fact, craigslist has since seen a drop in traffic to their site because of the success of these local entrepreneurs.

James April 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm

It’s absolutely the first time I heared about this.Thanks John.I come here everyday and I learn a lots.

Brooklyn Dentist April 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm

This is totally awesome. Instead of throwing things that you don’t use that often why not place it over FreeNapkin.com and have something that you like from the same site. This is a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing John. This is the reason why I keep coming back to your site.

Yahoo Coupon April 27, 2011 at 7:37 pm

This is fresh new and should be a trend, just like groupon, I think.

But for FreeNapkin.com itself, how it make profits and get bigger?

The profit model should be considered.

Elva

PPC Ian April 29, 2011 at 1:00 am

Thanks for sharing, John! I had never heard of Free Napkin before, but will definitely check it out.

Free Picks April 29, 2011 at 1:53 am

awww… i like the small cars :D

exsuit April 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm

how did you find this site?? awesome concept, might have to implement in my own country before the expand!

Work online April 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm

These are really awesome cars,i really like yellow car,so cool.

TYCP Magazine April 30, 2011 at 10:10 am

I already found a couple of things I want. And I can’t believe some of the things that are being given away for free! Great site.

Java Fern April 30, 2011 at 11:12 am

Nice idea. But what exactly is required to get the car. 1000 referals and luck?? I am asking since 1000 referals just give you the chance to get the car.

Kate Middleton April 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm

how can i get the free one ? easily *wink*

Favourite Hobbies May 3, 2011 at 4:45 am

car is looking nice like nano in our country

Blogging Park May 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm

You like nano? think it could be vanish if it even face a motorcycle.

Bacolod Blogger May 9, 2011 at 7:43 am

Bookmarked, im quite interested in the cars as well..:D

flash game May 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm

thank you john for sharing it.i’ve never heard about this site i’ll check it out.