There’s a feeling of anticipation and hope in the air, and maybe the sense that today will be your lucky day. Is it Christmas, your birthday, or the day the PCH Prize Patrol could be knocking on your door?
No, it’s the PCH employee-only Freebie Friday! It happens two or three times a year, and for anyone who works here at Publishers Clearing House, it can feel like they’ve just hit the lottery or the jackpot!
How do I begin to describe this employee “perk” to those of you out there?
As employees, we are not eligible to win any PCH prizes. So I like to think that this long tradition started as a way to make up for it!
It all starts with our incredible Product Sourcing team, who work tirelessly throughout the year searching the globe for the best deals to offer you on everything from quality household goods to videos, CDs, books, jewelry, collectibles, coins and more.
Throughout the year our buyers are sent thousands of samples by various vendors. After they’re evaluated, they end up in storage. Same goes for merchandise samples that are ordered from our warehouse to ensure quality control. When there are no more empty shelves left in storage, it’s time to release the floodgates and offer this merchandise to us PCH employees — FOR FREE!
Our cafeteria becomes a giant store for the day, with tables lined up row by row. Sometimes the goods can get piled up pretty high! And WOW, you never know what you’ll find!
How is this “free for all” conducted in a fair and orderly fashion, you might ask. It’s hard to imagine, but when the company was much smaller, the ceremonial tape would be cut and we would all make a mad dash around the tables to grab what we could. Now that we’re much bigger, groups may enter in timed intervals based on the alphabetical order of their last names. The name groups rotate throughout the year, so that everyone gets a fair shot. And everyone is now issued a regulation-size tote bag to fill. It’s amazing how smoothly it all works out!
It’s always lots of fun to see fellow employees enjoying “the hunt” as we make our way around each table, and to see everyone walk away with their bags full of treasures. It’s our way of experiencing the “joy of winning” —some great PCH merchandise!
PCH Creative Dept.
P.S. Are you interested in finding more of the merchandise and magazines that PCH sells? If so, follow the steps in this blog!
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