Getting Free Stuff at Blog World Expo 2010

The Blog World show floor is filled with vendors trying to get you to their booth by giving away free stuff like branded pens and T-shirts. However, small trinkets like that don’t interest myself or Syed Balkhi. Instead of being like the average Blog World attendees jumping over themselves for a free T-shirt, we decided to see what kind a free stuff a superstar blogger can get.

I don’t recommend you try the stuff we did in the video. While it may work for me, I doubt it will work for you. But keep at it and one day soon, you too will be able to walk up to Seagate or Kodak and watch away with more than just a T-shirt or pen.

Free stuff from Blog World Expo

60 thoughts on “Getting Free Stuff at Blog World Expo 2010”

  1. Sohail says:

    wooow thatz some serious stuff you got for free 🙂

    1. d3so says:

      I hope John gives away some of the stuff to his readers 😉

      1. PPC Ian says:

        That would be awesome! That definitely is some great free stuff! 🙂 I’m usually happy if I just get a free t-shirt.

        1. These all things were quite useful as well for bloggers like us.

          So whenever we will use that we will give thanks to them.

  2. That’s awesome! Loads of freebies! and all you had to do was mention your name…

    1. d3so says:

      It funny how they were reluctant to give him anything at first.

      1. Today’s Lesson –

        John your name is more important than your face.

    2. Abhik says:

      That type of freebies just for enrolling is great!!

  3. Brian P says:

    I love how you name dropped and you got the camera. LOL

    1. And I surprised to see that they did not recognise John at first.

      After all this was blog expo …

  4. @ Brian P I love it when they said “THE John Chow!” lol.

    That strategic name dropping paid off though, $500 worth of stuff aint bad…

    1. d3so says:

      lol next year, someone will probably try to impersonate him.

  5. Jack Bennett says:

    Not bad 🙂 The benefits of having a significant platform. They know that when you mention what free stuff you received, it will go out to a large audience.

  6. Kelly says:

    Sweet! Wish I could be there – I’d love to get a little bit o’ swag.

    1. d3so says:

      Yeah, me 2. I didn’t know you could come up with free stuff to cover the ticket price.

  7. Well considering a blog review or post on John Chow is like 400 bucks, and they gave away around 500 dollars of goods…


    1. And what you are trying to say here … my friend.

  8. edgar says:

    awesome John!! can I have the video camera you got I will twitte about it.

    1. John done hard labout to get that video camera …

      talked with two person …

      made false compliments about that lady …

      and now you are asking that camera … lolzz

  9. Donny Gamble says:

    I wish that I could have made it to Blog Expo this year. Maybe next year I will plan ahead, so that I can attend.

  10. asadisae says:

    very interesting, some may be free ..: D

  11. I wish we had somelthing like the Blog World Expo in England.

    1. d3so says:

      I don’t know much about Blog world. I wonder if it’s only held in Vegas.

  12. Dan Lew says:

    haha, now that’s the way to get hand outs! Nice work!

  13. Dan Lew says:

    But John, I am disappointed you didn’t mention my name 🙂

    1. John Chow says:

      If I mention your name, they would have call the cops and have me arrested.

      1. And that will be net loss of $500

        Dan … what you have done at there ?? Lollzz

  14. jacky says:

    cool,so wonderful free gift to get.nice job, I hope i have the chance to the Blog world expro

  15. Bidet says:

    What a great way to get free stuff.

  16. EXACTLy , they know absolutely , when you get your free stuff , it will go out to a large audience !
    still that is one of the ways to get free stuff !!!! : )

    1. d3so says:

      That’s one of the best ways to get free stuff.

      1. Sheer labour of almost 10 years my friend … labour in the right direction.

        And finally you got reward.

  17. Lakhyajyoti says:

    You got lots of free stuff John.

    1. Many top bloggers got free stuff, free passes and many more.

      This is the reward …

  18. Madav says:


    Wow it looks great.I hope I can make it in next year expo.

    1. Let me clear one thing .. he got the free stuff because he was John chow … so if you are going at there by looking at free stuff … than think about it again.

      Even they refused to give camera first.

  19. interesting free stuff…cool john

  20. Rajnish says:

    As my internet connection speed is slow so I am unable to watch the video but in comments people said you got camera and other stuffs.
    So I am happy for that and I also wish to be there next year, maybe.

    1. Video is in HD by default … minimise that to 320 and I am sure video will download much faster.

  21. chris says:

    wow thats some serious free stuff you got there. love it when the guy goes ‘the’ john chow?? I’ve never had anyone put ‘the’ in front of my name before. lol

    1. Yes that was the best part …

      Now our John Chow is no more John Chow …

      He is THE JOHN CHOW

  22. Michael says:

    “Hi, I’m John Chow. Can I have a camera?”
    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

  23. Benjamin says:

    Not to rain on anyones parade but getting merchandise for free is nothing hard…. you don’t even need to go to these kind of events. A few minutes research to find the corporate e-mail of someone in PR and then you shoot of a well designed e-mail request a evaluation or promotional unit of the item you want and I would say 90% of the time to company will send it to you.

    1. John Chow says:

      Speaking from experience, my only reply is to try it and see for yourself. 🙂

      PR people are not dumb. If they can get a ROI from you, they will give send it. If not, no amount of begging will get it.

      1. Benjamin says:

        I can agree there has to be a ROI involved….. you cannot just be anyone to do this….. you have to give something in return like tell them you will review the product or that you will tell lots of people about it.

      2. Rajnish says:

        You are absolutely correct nothing is free in this world, and people who think they can earn without investment and dumb, in my views.


    Thats really impressive.

  25. Abhik says:

    Now there are more reasons I’d like to attend a BWE.

    1. So Abhik … when you are going to there …

      Kobe Dada ?

  26. John,

    How much is it to attend? Is it valuable if you are not YET a blogging superstar!

    1. John Chow says:

      A full access pass cost $1195. A weekend pass cost $495 and Exhibits Only Pass cost $50.

      1. If you are not a blogging star than you will be able to get T Shirts, pens and other small stationeries but if you are THE JOHN CHOW … than who knows ipad will be yours.

  27. humpadang says:

    brilliant..i just wonder how long will it take for me to reach up to your level..probably not in my

  28. Syed Balkhi says:

    Haha John, that was fun. Did you try the Seagate thing yet? I got home late last night, but I will be giving it a shot later today.

    1. John Chow says:

      Ya I got it to work. I had to install the software to get it working however. The drive was designed for PCs and not Macs.

  29. Haha, John. Always a master of getting free sh*t.

  30. Wish I could’ve made it looks like fun

  31. Hey, I”m looking for my name on your site….I pulled and tugged you all over the place and then embarrassed myself to death, the least you can do is put my name in microscopic letters somewhere around that Seagate deal, hehehe!

    1. Hello,

      Just wanted to share something..Video is at bottom of the first link and I’m still looking for a review of the Seagate Home System 2 TB Home System!.

      Who Are you Anyway? Oh You’re John Chow, OOPS!

      Seagate Rocked the House

  32. Yeah interesting stuffs man ! and that is very interesting if for free.

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