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post #21 of 49
Freecycle is good & bad here. I've gotten rid of a TON of stuff. What peeves me the most is when you say "must pick up" then have people ask if you can meet them somewhere. Can you not read, people?
post #22 of 49
We had one lady on our FC for about 2 years who was constantly just about to give birth to twins or triplets or her best friend was. That was a busy couple of years for her. Turns out that she had a stall at the local flea market and spent her weekdays trying to convince FC'ers to give her their things so she could turn around and sell them.
I don't mind that so much as I mind the fact that she responded to just about every one of the posts for 2 years claiming to be pregnant with multiples. That's some gestating she did!
Finally she got booted from the group.
post #23 of 49
I am a Freecycle GODDESS. I give away mountains of stuff. Huge, crazy mountains of stuff and all I ask in return is that people be polite and they pick up when they say they will.

I have Freecycle rules:

1. Be polite. If you are rude to me in your email, I will delete it.

2. No sob stories. I will not read your life story. I will delete your email.

3. Pick up! If you say you will pick up on Saturday, pick up. Otherwise, it will be relisted.


And seriously, it is FREE! Be nice about it.
post #24 of 49
Our freecycle group is crazy busy these days. I get so many people who want what I have. Is it the economy? Who knows.
And I don't often try to get something from freecyle anymore as we have too much stuff, but when I do, lately I haven't gotten anything I've been interested in. I think there are just so many people wanting it these days in our area.
Wondering if anyone else has experienced that.
post #25 of 49
I posted a loveseat six weeks or so ago. It got picked up the second time I posted it (first was a no show). I just got an e-mail from someone asking if I had the sofa that goes with the loveseat. Um, if I did, and wanted rid of it, I would have mentioned that, so wouldn't it be safe to assume that either (a) I have it and want it, or (b) I don't have it. I never bothered responding.
post #26 of 49
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Wow, now those are cajones!
post #27 of 49
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Originally Posted by nerdymom View Post
It's a small group here, because our county is so large, we're split into 4 groups. And I am tired of being blown off, so I think I'll be leaving the group. I reoffered, and had a similar experience, I had a few more show up, but really it's getting absurd. I will be tracking down a goodwill tomorrow, since I don't have the space to store this stuff forever... I'm sad because I've had such good experiences in the past. And I hate to donate stuff to a place that charges poor people to have it. I'd much prefer to just pass it along to those in need with no charge. But I can't think of another way to get rid of this stuff without trashing it.
I feel I have no reason to think that people who use Freecycle need the stuff (as in, are poor and can't afford to buy it). Some people are trying to save money, some people are just cheap/greedy, and some people, like the PP said, are actually taking free stuff and going off and selling it! Personally, I'd rather donate to a charity that charges a nominal amount of the stuff and then uses the proceeds to help people who are truly in need. Sometimes that small amount they charge makes a difference between someone taking advantage of the system and not (i.e. a reseller is not as likely to buy something to resell when they get stuff for free, whereas a person who has limited funds may still be able to afford a $1 shirt). Although I do think Goodwill charges a lot for their stuff, they also employ a lot of disadvantaged people and create opportunities for them. I donate my items and only use Freecycle as a last resort for things that the charities can't or won't take.
post #28 of 49
here we also have a free store attached to a church. although they dont require or make people pray or go to services before going to the store. i donate alot of stuff to st. stevens too. they help mostly women who are transitioning out of homelessness. so the needs are great but the donations are getting to be fewer, sorry to say.
post #29 of 49
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Originally Posted by Pen_esque View Post
Sorry you've had a hard time of it.

Freecycle has been good to us, and we love it, although there are occasionally rude responders and no-shows (which just blows my mind), but that's just people, innit?

I've taken to posting my offered items asking respondents to include a telephone number and to indicate precisely when they'd like to pick up the item and it really helps weed out people as so few actually manage to do those two things in their reply. I don't go with the first reply, I generally go with the most polite.
Same here. I always make a point of saying "please" when responding to an offer and finishing with "yours hopefully" or something similar. I've offered items that turned out to be really popular (20 + responses) and I always go with the most polite. TBH I usually just delete anything that reads along the lines of "we'll take it". I'd rather find another way to get rid of stuff. i do love freecycle but some people just have NO IDEA
post #30 of 49
I love to Freecycle, but I've gotten pickier recently.

Now I don't just give it to the first person who emails me, but I check to see if that person has also given away things on Freecycle. If they haven't, I wait a few hours and see what other responses I get.

That helps cut down on the no-shows somewhat.
post #31 of 49
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Originally Posted by MacroMama View Post
I love to Freecycle, but I've gotten pickier recently.

Now I don't just give it to the first person who emails me, but I check to see if that person has also given away things on Freecycle. If they haven't, I wait a few hours and see what other responses I get.

That helps cut down on the no-shows somewhat.
This confuses me somewhat. Some have been upset because they've seen what they've given away 're-freecycled'. Well, if I were to take something, it would be because I needed it. I don't have much so wouldn't have anything to put up to freecycle. Thus, to make the givers happy, I'd have to find something to offer so they would be happy giving me something I need. If I have nothing...no one wants to give me something? :

Jonell
post #32 of 49
I have "re-freecycled" before. I thought it was the nice thing to do. I got a bunch of stamps for crafting and never ended up using them for a year. (I wanted to get into stamping, and just found I couldn't do it). So I put them back up again to pass on the love. I even stated the situation, that I got them via freecycling, hadn't used them, therefore was putting them back up.

I don't check to see anyones history or anything. I just don't care to spend my time doing that. I guess since I've never had a problem, it hasn't been an issue for me. When I freecyle stuff I'm very specific about all the details. I think that helps, but I see from here, people still don't show up etc., which would really annoy me too.

I dunno, I really like freecyle. I think it's such an awesome idea and I don't spend time judging anyones situation or anything. If I have something to give, and someone wants to come get it, then I am grateful it's not going into a landfill. I don't care to know what that person is doing with it or anything else. I'm just glad to get rid of it.
post #33 of 49
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Originally Posted by nerdymom View Post
And I hate to donate stuff to a place that charges poor people to have it.
This is why I really avoid Goodwill and Salvation Army for my donations, though I do shop there sometimes. Our local Catholic Charities does charge, but it's a quarter for any item of clothing except blue jeans (they're $1). The man who runs it says that they charge the quarter because a lot of people are ashamed to need "free" and feel paying *something* makes it less charity. Plus, they're totally okay if you go in and say you can't afford even the quarter. Point being that I prefer to donate to the Catholic thrift shop.

What I've been doing is thinking of every single charity I can first. Another mom at my DS's preschool is a doula, and as soon as I catch her, I'm going to see if she can use some of the baby stuff I have. I've taken blankets to the men's homeless shelter, toys to a center for abused children, etc. It's more hassle, but I feel better about it than dropping it off somewhere people will be charged for it.

As for FC in particular, I have mixed feelings. I've had okay experiences, though I do have some people who are belligerent if they don't get the items. The only people I ignore immediately are the ones who say "I want it. Give me your number, and I'll call when I want to get it." Um, no. I'm just not that flexible.

I hate that people ask for so much, though. There are the same people asking for multiple items every week. I don't mind the occasional "I really need X and can't afford it right now," but some people are looking for freebies to furnish their house. We have people asking for cars all the time, too. They get specific about the make/model/year. It's...bizarre to me.

Ours is moderated, though I think I'm off moderation now. Still apparently there have been waves of "free pets," so some people stay moderated for a while.
post #34 of 49
I don't care for our freecycle too much. I posted about needing an ironing board that the person that replied gave me a false link to see the picture (not that I even cared) and a false e-mail that turned out to be undeliverable. Then someone else posted about having a free Mac Airbook because they "won another free one." I still offered some stuff, but I'm thinking of leaving the group.
post #35 of 49
Ugh. I totally hear you, OP. People are just so insanely rude. The rudeness of the messages doesn't even really bother me that much, I don't care, I just want my stuff gone. What really gets me is the people who respond to your post saying they're very interested and ask for a picture, I'm nice enough to go take a picture of said item and email it to them, they respond and say, oh I can't open that please send it by cell phone...well um, no, I don't do pics with my cell phone. So I respond no I can't, tough, you can come look at it and see if you want it (much more politely of course ) and they don't respond. Ever. Even to say they're not interested. Grrrrrr. Then I have to wait a few days to see if they are ever going to respond, meanwhile I have other people waiting for the item (who don't respond either) and eventually I have to relist it, so it's like another week before I'm rid of the item. I have had consistent problems with people responding in general. They just don't respond. They say they're interested and then drop off the face of the earth. Or they say they'll come get it, no-show, and then drop off the face of the earth.

ARGH! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to rant.
post #36 of 49
I've never had problems with rudeness, and it's been really helpful at decluttering my stuff. but our local freecycle group always has far more wanted items than offers - it's pretty extreme and it drives me crazy.
post #37 of 49
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Originally Posted by noobmom View Post
I feel I have no reason to think that people who use Freecycle need the stuff (as in, are poor and can't afford to buy it). Some people are trying to save money, some people are just cheap/greedy, and some people, like the PP said, are actually taking free stuff and going off and selling it! Personally, I'd rather donate to a charity that charges a nominal amount of the stuff and then uses the proceeds to help people who are truly in need. Sometimes that small amount they charge makes a difference between someone taking advantage of the system and not (i.e. a reseller is not as likely to buy something to resell when they get stuff for free, whereas a person who has limited funds may still be able to afford a $1 shirt). Although I do think Goodwill charges a lot for their stuff, they also employ a lot of disadvantaged people and create opportunities for them. I donate my items and only use Freecycle as a last resort for things that the charities can't or won't take.
You know what, I think you're right. That is a totally different perspective to me, thank you!
post #38 of 49
Well, I still don't understand why anyone cares who takes their stuff. Isn't freecycling mostly to conveniently have taken away what you don't want or need anymore?

That said, I do not have even $1 for Goodwill anymore. Their prices here are much too high anyway for a disabled, 60 y.o. used-to-work-hard-for-a-living-until-diabled woman. This economy sucks and I am at the point where I pick up a head of fresh cauliflower, look at the scale and cost, then place it back on the pile instead of in my cart.

Last week we picked up some odds 'n ends silverware from an ad on Kashless.com. So happy to get it as, over the years, we have lost most of ours and were down to three knives, etc. People on Kashless don't care who picks up, as long as it's gone, gone, gone!
post #39 of 49
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Well, I still don't understand why anyone cares who takes their stuff. Isn't freecycling mostly to conveniently have taken away what you don't want or need anymore?
I agree. I don't think of freecycle as a charity thing. I'm thrilled to have someone come take my stuff away! And I love not having to take stuff to the dump!!
post #40 of 49
I don't even bother with Freecycle anymore. So many never bother to show up for pickup, and that wasted lots of my time. Too bad, it's a great idea.
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