From Best Free Stuff Guide
Restaurants, stores, and other businesses offer consumers Facebook freebies, including printable coupons, product samples, food, services, and contest entries. Companies use these offers to promote new and existing products and services. These freebies are available through a company's Facebook page, and may be exclusive to consumers who "Like" their page. In addition to free offers, some companies also issue coupons for dollars off deals, and buy one, get one free discounts, for their Facebook fans.
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|Offered by||Stores, restaurants, travel destinations, bands, entertainment venues|
|Facebook Offers||Posted on a business's page, and show in News Feed|
|Check-in Deals||Offered at a location, and require the Facebook Mobile app|
|Business coupons||Usually require participant to "like" a page, and allow the page to post on their wall. May require a post to be shared with friends.|
|Risks||Some free offers may be phishing scams to gather personal information; valid offers originate with the official company Facebook page|
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2014 Facebook Coupons, Samples, and Free Offers
- Running Warehouse offers a 15 percent discount for its Facebook fans every day when they use the online promo code FB15D during checkout.
- The High Museum of Art offers a $5 off admission coupon to their Facebook fans. The museum also offers fans a coupon for $10 off membership.
- Mobile telephone company T-Mobile allows users to make free calls using its Facebook application, Bobsled. Since the application is not limited to T-Mobile customers, any Facebook user is able to download the app.
- Del Taco offers its Facebook fans a free shredded beef taco al carbon coupon with purchase of a drink or a coupons for a free hashbrown stick order with the purchase of a grande scrambler burrio.
- Fans of the Chilis Facebook page receive access to a coupon good for a free appetizer or dessert.
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Free Stuff on Facebook for Businesses
- Office Depot posts its weekly ads directly on its Facebook page for fans to see. These deals include discounts on basic office supplies such as printer ink and notepads, as well as savings on higher-priced equipment such as printers and computers.
- The office supply chain Staples features a free Facebook app that provides fans with the latest deals in the store's weekly advertisement.
- Vistaprint provides an "Everyday Deals" section on its Facebook page that includes information about savings on current items such as business cards, brochures, and banners.
Facebook was founded in 2004 by Harvard University sophomore Mark Zuckerberg, and is the world's largest social network. The company is based out of Menlo Park, California, and in October of 2012 reached 1 billion users. Facebook began offering shares of its stock on May 18, 2012, selling at $38 per share. However, soon after the stock went public, the value of the shares went down, as concerns increased about the company's ability to generate more revenue and sell mobile device ads.