Accounting must get impacted somehow somewhere.
The std. cost of the item is say $5.
You have 10 onhand so your inventory valuation is $100.
Now you want to receive 1 piece that came in "free".
Your onhand is now 11.
The inventory valuation is now $105.
This $5 must show up somewhere else too
If you raise a $0 po, then it will show up in PPV.
If you raise a $5 PO but don't pay it, it will show up in a/c payable.
If you do a misc. receipt for 1 piece, it will show up in the a/c used for misc. receipt.
The above responses are fine in case similar item as in the PO is provided free.
However, say for example, along with a box of 10 printer cartridges, I am getting a box of pens free. How to bring these items into inventory and how about the costs for it.
One workaround I can think is to receive the box of pen by way of Miscellaneous Receipts, however, I would have to give a cost for the same, however nominal that may be.