Something, such as a commercial product, given away at no charge, to entice or encourage the recipient to become a faithful, regular, and paying user of that item.

Depending on logistics, free samples might be found delivered to one's mailbox, in a store where they would otherwise be available for purchase, or as newspaper inserts. Often the free sample appears in a different form from the original it promotes, in a smaller or "single-use" package, or already processed in some way, such as those little cubes of cheese you see at the deli counter.

Perhaps if products were more reasonably priced and necessary, there would be no need for free samples of them.

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