FREE is never really means free. TANSTAAFL
But if one doesn't have to jump through too many hoops like filling out surveys, surfing pages,
and doing other time consuming and annoying tasks, or giving away their personal information,
etc., then one might consider the coins received as being 'reasonably' free. And those are
the types of sites I try to list.
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There are some sites where one can get free bitcoins. The catch, if you want to call it that, is
that you might be exposed to advertising. Or it might be incentive to spend more time at their site,
to gamble with or do something else there which will be to their benefit in some way. Or it might be
a way to give newbies a start with getting and using Bitcoins, which, it is hoped, will benefit
Bitcoin as a whole. As long as anything like spending more time at their site, or doing something
else, is optional then I will consider the coins given out there as "free."
There is more discussion on this topic at that thread.