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If you aren’t an architect, artist, or any professional who requires superior-quality pens for the job, then grabbing free pens would ensure your office is always stocked up with writing materials without spending a cent.
There are several kinds of freebie pens available, but the most common ones are those given by companies to individuals as a way to promote their name (like those banks give away), and those given by printing companies to other businesses as a showcase of what they can do for future bulk orders.
7 Companies Giving Away Free Pens to Anyone
If you’re a non-business owner, but want to gift custom pens in the future, some companies do giveaways even for individuals.
Other companies on this list give away branded pens as a way to promote their business and collect your information.
Check out the 4imprint catalog and if you see a pen style you like, click the “request a free sample” link right below the item photo. You need to create an account to save your details and process the samples.
This world travel agency gives away free ballpoint pens (in either gold or silver color) to anyone who fills up the request form.
AnyPromo.com offers tons of ready-to-custom items, including pens, pencils, and other writing materials. You can get free sample pens here and even choose colors, but you’d have to create an account first.
The company provides two free samples up to $10 and ships them free of charge via ups ground, but for businesses that require over $11 worth of samples, a credit card is required to process a bulk order and refund you for the pen samples.
You can e-mail the sample request at Customercare@NeedPens.com or go to any product page (like this) and fill out the “Free Sample” tab below.
5. Zebra Pen
Sometimes, pen maker ZebraPen.com gives away specialty pens for certain professionals. Here are two examples: the STEEL F-301 pen for nurses and doctors in the medical field, and the STEEL F-701 ALL METAL pen for people working in the food industry. These promos run for a limited period, so check the dates before filling out the form.
They also have promos for events like National Ballpoint Pen Day, when they giveaway pens like the Z-grip (check here if you haven’t gotten yours yet) for a limited time.
This veteran-owned company gives away free pen samples free of charge, but you’d have to pay the shipping cost to your location. E-mail them at email@example.com and include the pen/s you’re interested in checking out.
7. School House Supplies
If you’re a teacher, you can get free pens and other school supplies from organization programs like SchoolHouseSupplies.org’s ‘The Free Store for Teachers.’ This is mostly local and is only offered to teachers working within a particular city or state.
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18 Free Pen Sample Request for Businesses
Business owners are luckier.
Printing companies and makers of promotional items usually give free pen samples, as long as you can prove you’re a business or organization. These samples are given away, so would-be customers could see the imprinting quality of the company and hopefully, order bulk after they’ve seen the product in person.
Below are some companies that give away free pens to potential business clients:
You may request a specific color, but it will only be honored if samples of that color are available. Limited to 1 free sample request per business.
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This company gives up to 3 types of free pens of your choice. Just fill up this request form and wait for your promotional pens.
Free samples are valid for business in the US. Fill up the form and get 1 pen, but if you call 1-866-900-7367 for inquiries and request samples, you can get up to 2.
For organizations looking for pens with all-plastic build and water-based non-toxic ink that are ideal for correctional facilities, these pens fit the bill.
Request a free sample by calling 1.800.833.6231, or window-shopping the type of pen you like from their catalog. You may request up to 5 samples within a 90-day period, but they’re only free of charge if under $7. Note that other items cannot be sampled.
You can request samples by pen brands, which is pretty cool if you’re a fan of Sharpies, Pilot, and so on. Visit the brand page and you’ll see all the pens under that particular brand. Just click on “Get a Free Sample” and continue window-shopping. MacroPromos can send up to 5 pens for businesses and professional institutions
This is another company offering promotional products and gifts, but it only provides free samples of pens and other items to qualifying businesses and organizations. Samples given are standard imprints, so don’t expect custom pens sent your way.
Get up to $10 worth of free pens, which includes a random imprint or blank. Choose the style of pen and click “request sample” below the product description to add to the cart. Limited to 2 samples per customer per day. You have to register to process your sample, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877.326.9467.
You can sort through the available pens, “request sample” and wait for the company to process it for you. You’ll need to be registered to ask for pen samples though. You can also call 866-856-7063 or email them at email@example.com.
LogoHQ provides pen samples with random imprints for FREE! Just click “request sample” on any product page (or give them a call at 800-694-9424) and your samples will be on their way.
This company provides qualified customers with up to 2 free pens (without imprint) free of charge, as long as the items plus ground shipping costs do not go higher than $10. Receive the item within a week. Register an account first, search through the pen catalog and just click the “request sample” button.
12. Innovation Line
Innovation Line has been around since 1983, so they’re a pretty old company providing promotional custom products. Their free pens are part of a pack with notebooks and you have to shoulder the shipping cost via UPS or FedEx.
Sort through the pens, look for the designs you like, find the “click here to request one” link, and fill up the form. Most samples are free of charge, but if you live outside of the continental U.S. or you choose a higher-priced pen, you might need to pay for some of the cost.
If you’re a business owner and have an existing account with them, they’ll provide free samples to you. If not an existing customer, fill out the form on the page we linked above and a Crestline Account Manager will reach out to help you with your request.
15. Marco Promos
The best thing about sample pens at Marco Promos is that they print out corporate logos or branding on high-quality pens. This means the sample pens are pens designed by Uniball, BIC, Pilot, PaperMate, Sharpie, and other brands.
Businesses in need of custom branded pens can order from this company. Free samples are sent (with random printing) just so you can see the pen “in person” before you commit to the minimum 100-pen order.
Fill out the sample request form on Qualigifts to receive a free pen sample, which you can customize with your own custom texts (limited only up to 35 characters).
The pen you’ll receive is a retractable ballpoint pen featuring a “contemporary, stainless steel barrel with stylish design and world-class quality.”
18. Promotions NOW
This company offers a wide range of pens you can customize. Use the filter to find the right pen for your company, then request a sample.
Once you receive the samples and are ready to commit, just order your chosen pen, customize it based on your company’s logo and requirements, then order a minimum of 300 pieces.
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The Bottom Line
Sometimes, you can get free pens from big chain stores like Target and Walmart when you buy a particular product or accumulate a certain amount or rewards.
You can also go straight to the source – pen makers such as Parker, Cross Pens, Sheaffer Pens, Reynolds, Papermate, BIC, and Pilot. This may not be a guaranteed method of getting free pens, but if you send a request with your mailing address included, you’re really not
If you’re interested in other printed freebies, here is a list of calendars, stickers, and address labels all free of charge.