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By which I mean, people who strategically position themselves so as to acquire money/service/free stuff at the expense of another? I don't mean extortion (that's too strong a word for what I need). Basically, someone who is a sucker for free/paid for things and capitalises on the opportunity. Is there a word for it?

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I remember seeing "Freebee" used to describe users of a freebie site. I'm not sure if it has any broader usage though. –  SF. Dec 21 '12 at 11:45
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Related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/94724/… –  coleopterist Dec 21 '12 at 12:59
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Looks like not just the OP but even seasoned answerers failed to check the existing post. I'd say this is a clear 'duplicate' of 94724 not 'related'. –  Kris Dec 21 '12 at 15:06
    
OP may check out the cited post and clarify if it serves the purpose, and if not, why. –  Kris Dec 21 '12 at 15:07
    
Yes, it's a definite duplicate- for some reason I didn't realise the existence of that thread. Apologies to everyone for the inconvenience –  janexlane Dec 21 '12 at 17:59

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Q: By which I mean, people strategically position themselves so as to acquire money/service/free stuff at the expense of another?

Scrooge would be a good term for this, after the protagonist Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, who was initially only interested in acquiring money at the expense of all those around him.

Q: I don't mean extortion (that's too strong a word for what I need). Basically, someone who is a sucker for free/paid for things and capitalises on the opportunity. Is there a word for it?

You could call this kind of person a freeloader or free rider, which is someone who will happily take free things without perhaps paying their fair share. The Yiddish word schnorrer can also be used for a sponger.

All these terms carry somewhat negative overtones.

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+1 for freeloader". That's the word that always comes to my mind. –  Kristina Lopez Dec 21 '12 at 12:31
    
+1 from me too for freeloader. –  Barrie England Dec 21 '12 at 12:58
    
that's the one! thank you!! –  janexlane Dec 21 '12 at 17:57
    
* that and "scrounger" –  janexlane Dec 21 '12 at 18:29

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