By Dr. John E. Russell
For free books, booklets and reports, send for a free
Consumer Information Catalogue. Write to: Consumer Information
Center - 3A; P O Box 100; Pueblo, CO 81002-0100. The publisher
is the U S government. Uncle Sam will give you up to twenty-five
of his publications free - you only pay a small service fee of $1.
Other publications are very reasonable in cost. Most government
publications are in public domain, and can be used as the basis
of your reports. However, you should write the appropriate
agency and get permission in writing, before you do.
If you teach courses in some institution where students are
required to buy textbooks, some publishers will give you free
copies of books relating to the courses you teach. They hope your
institution will adopt them as textbooks.
Bookstores will tear the covers off books that may not sell
and return the covers to the publishers for credit. Ask
bookstores if you can have these books. (Or, if you're not
proud, look in the dumpsters).
People sometimes throw new magazines away in the post
Also, if you are seriously considering advertising in
national magazines, write to those magazines requesting a rate
card (advertising schedule) and a free copy of each magazine.
Some magazines will give free samples to lure you into
subscribing. Hence, a source of free magazines.
Ask for samples of mail-order publications. They may need an
"active name" for their mailing list and it will only cost you
the price of a postcard.
Look for 800 numbers on products. Many offer free valuable
information. You don't even have to pay postage.
If you are taking medication, the manufacturer will probably
send you free information on your medication. I take Cardizem,
and Marion Merrell Dow sends me a free newsletter. They also
sent me a valuable book on stress and the heart, free. They also
sent me a free electronic pillbox.
Your physician usually has free literature for the asking.
Get on mailing lists of products or services in which you
are interested. You will be kept up-to-date on the latest
technologies and news in your field of interest, free.
If you start a business, there are magazines that are free
for the asking. Sometimes there is a free business reply card
and you pay no postage. They make their money from the
advertisers in their magazines and you receive timely articles.
For a copy of my new book, essays exposing the myths of
political correctness, send me two dollars. Read it. Then, if
you want to keep it for reference, send an additional three
dollars. You will not see much of this documented material in
the media. This is IBM shareware written in ASCII and on 5 1/4
inch computer disk. Please refer to the name of this
publication. Your comments are welcome.
Best wishes in your mailorder endeavor.
P O Box 27<>F Highway at Third
Garden City, MO 64747-0027