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Text Message Your Way to Freebies with ShopText

by Tara Kuczykowski on February 15, 2009 · 48 comments

ShopText Text Message FreebiesDid you know that you can text message for freebies? Maybe you've seen other posts around and have been a little skeptical, but read on to see how you can get some hot freebies by sending a simple text message from your cell phone.

Of course, please keep in mind, standard text messaging rates apply per your cell phone provider contract.

You can save yourself a few messages by first setting up your account online at ShopText.

  • Register your cell phone number.
  • Enter in the code that is text messaged to you.
  • Fill out your address information. Credit card info is not necessary.

After that you're ready to text for freebies! Magazines often have ShopText-enabled advertisements.  You just text the keyword listed to 467467, and you'll receive a confirmation.  Occasionally they might ask you to reply with to an additional question.

You can even check the status of you freebies under the My ShopText tab.  It lists any requests from the past three months as well as the date requested. I love this feature!

And because I'm sure some of you may have no idea how to send a text message, here's a great text messaging tutorial I found.

{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cher February 15, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I have done this a few times. Recently I got my Campbells coupon in the mail for Free Soup!

Cher´s last blog post..Kimbo Music CD Review and Giveaway (Ends 2/23)

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2 Robin February 15, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Is there somewhere that lists the codes available for shoptext? I've looked on their site and don't see any.

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3 Deal Seeking Mom February 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Hi, Robin! The only two active codes that I'm aware are the ones listed above.

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4 Shannon February 15, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Can we start a thread on this blog that lists the codes as we all come across them?

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5 Deal Seeking Mom February 16, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Hi Shannon, I'll be posting new codes as I find them, and of course I will post any codes that readers submit to me. I'll do it as a new post so everyone is aware when it's updated. Thanks!

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6 Jessie Lynn February 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Thank you! I just tried one of these that I found in a magazine recently, and I think it's super neat.

XOXO

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7 Mary February 17, 2009 at 9:35 am

This is a great way to collect samples! I already received two of them I texted for a few weeks ago. The best part is that samples using come with some sort of coupon attached to the packaging! Double bonus!

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8 Laura C February 17, 2009 at 8:44 pm

I tried to sign up, but this does not work with a Tracfone - they block "Premium messaging" (messages that could incur a surcharge or additional fee). Oh well...

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9 kay February 18, 2009 at 12:21 am

Hi Jessie Lynn,
You said you found a code in a magazine if you dont mind sharing what magazine was it and what was the code for it? I'm new to this and I'm pretty excited.

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10 rachelc February 18, 2009 at 5:25 pm

I got a message that the soup promo has ended. No soup for me!

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11 Coby February 18, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Yes, the soup one did not work for me either. I guess that has ended. I did find another code for clean and clear makeup wipes in my march cosmo: NOMKUP, but if you used the above code you cannot use this one.

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12 Deal Seeking Mom February 18, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Thanks for letting me know. I crossed it off!

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13 Coby February 19, 2009 at 11:46 am

EYELIGHTS for a sample of covergirl eye makeup.

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14 Karin February 20, 2009 at 10:18 pm

What are the texting fees? If you have text privileges with your cell phone are there additional charges? If there is $1.00 fee to send the text this probably is not a great deal. Looking forward to some feedback on this.

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15 Deal Seeking Mom February 20, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Karin, the texting fees are whatever your cell phone provider charges you to send a text message. If you have an unlimited text messaging package, you won't incur any fees. ShopText does not impose fees for requesting the samples.

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16 Linda February 21, 2009 at 1:28 am

I tried the EYELIGHTS but it did not work. Is this one expired?

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17 Deal Seeking Mom February 21, 2009 at 10:36 am

Yeah, I'm pretty sure EYELIGHTS is expired, Linda.

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18 Doug February 21, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Thanks for the updates!

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19 kris February 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm

does it charge your phone bill?

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20 Deal Seeking Mom February 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm

ShopText does not charge you anything. Any charges you incur will be through your cell phone provider and will depend on the contract that you signed when you purchased your phone. For example, my contract allows for up to 200 text messages per month at no charge. Any text messages I send or receive above and beyond that amount are $0.10 each.

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21 Pat February 23, 2009 at 9:49 am

The Covergirl eye make-up deal is over.

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22 Connie S February 25, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Just finished signing up for shoptext. The code for the clean and clear makeup remover has been changed to DISSOLVE and there is an offer for crest whitestrips. The code for that is CREST.

Connie S´s last blog post..Food pyramid for moms

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23 Victoria August 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Both are out or unavailable

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24 TONY TANNAHILL April 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm

TEX TING IS FUN !!

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25 Robin J April 15, 2009 at 7:48 pm

I've never recd. a thing from my shoptext texts. I receive confirmation and have signed up with the shoptext site with mailing addy, etc., but haven't recd. any of the samples or q's I've sent in for. Anyone have any ideas?

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26 Tara Kuczykowski April 15, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Robin, you can login to your ShopText account and check the status of your samples under the My ShopText tab.

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27 Markle June 5, 2009 at 8:08 pm

the CREST one doesn't work for white strips. It's to buy a jersey now...not a free sample

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28 ttt June 16, 2009 at 8:48 pm

How long does it usually take to recieve the code on your cell phone when you are registering? I've done it twice and I waited 10 minutes each time and I still havent gotten a text on my phone.

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29 Connie J July 24, 2009 at 5:05 pm

If you are in St. Louis you can text stlchevy to 38681 and they will send you a few questions to answer, and then you have to go test drive a chevy at a local dealership and then they give you a code and you submit that and get a $50 Mastercard. End the end of July though, so you have to hurry.

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30 Lindsey October 23, 2009 at 2:08 pm

The Clean and Clear Wipes is over...too bad!

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31 Tami November 7, 2009 at 4:28 pm

This is awesome. I did the Lubriderm a little while back and am waiting to receive it. The lipgloss is no longer available.

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32 Shane Davis November 9, 2009 at 8:08 am

Wow! That went fast...I just got your email yesterday about the free lipgloss...and it's already gone! I texted Bloom to the # and it was no longer available!

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33 Elycia November 11, 2009 at 4:10 am

The DISSOLVE code is no longer available.

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34 Denise M. November 11, 2009 at 9:51 am

FYI- The wipes are gone. Thanks for this!!

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35 Brigitte November 11, 2009 at 6:46 pm

I have a code for Carrabbas has to be used within 3 days i believe. I was there last week and they have a new dessert (some kind of lemon bread pudding) and at the bottom in tiny writing there is a message about signing up for the Amici Club for discounts and offers from Carrabbas so I sent my text and got an immediate response for a free bread pudding dessert, the message just said to show it (the text) to the server, i did and got my free dessert. Anyway here it is text AMICI to 82672, like i said i did this while i was eating dinner.

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36 tara December 22, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Codes that have worked for me in the past few days:

FOLGERS/7UP/NESTLE (same coupons sent all together)
LIPTON
TIDE
PEARL/ALWAYS

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37 tara December 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm

It was FOLGERS or COFFEE, not sure what I wrote for that one (it goes with FREE7UP and NESTLE).

Also,

COOKING (free recipe book)
DINNER (enter to win free holiday dinner with Food Lion)

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38 Scentsy December 27, 2009 at 11:07 am

I just tried to enter the text and have not received anything back yet. How long does it usuallu take for some sort of confirmation?

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39 Brigitte December 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm

it is usually immediate when i do them

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40 tina g December 28, 2009 at 2:41 am

The Food Lion offers are over now - I tried and got a text back that they ended 12/24. That may be why you didn't get a text back. Another great place for these offers is thru Seventeen Magazine. I signed up for the free digital copy and have gotten a few things already - pedicure kit, a Clearasil promo bag (that had tons in it), hair stuff, etc. A quick Google search pulls up other offers too.

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41 Judy March 30, 2010 at 5:33 pm

but if it is a coupon... how do you print that out... or use it????

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42 Ashley Peters October 19, 2010 at 12:44 am

any new codes??? up-to-date ones that aren't expired???

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43 Elena November 13, 2010 at 12:29 am

I just replied with "coupon" it requested my zip code, followed by a choice of supermarket chain (mines were ralphs, vons, food4less) then prompt me for my card no, then said coupon has been tagged to my card. i also replied with "sample" and it asked me for my email address then it said that my sample would be shipped soon. My suggestion, reply with code words such as these, you'd be surprised what you get in the mail. Not too long ago I replied with "sample" and to my amazement I received a full-sized Olay exfoliating cleanser. Who knows what sample I'll be recieving in the mail nor what coupon has been attached to my Ralphs card. Good luck to everyone!

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44 Chelsey May 13, 2011 at 10:36 pm

So I signed up for shoptext an I haveunlimit edc textin I think lol but why does it say on the website standard message rates apply or somethin like that /: so if I text BODY and they text me it costs $$?

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45 Tara Kuczykowski May 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm

They're referring to the standard message rates for your mobile contract. ShopText will not charge you anything.

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46 katie May 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm

text HAIR3 for an aveeno active naturals sample

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47 puff daddy July 19, 2012 at 6:44 am

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412-628-3647

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48 julia hagan August 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm

tru dat

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