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post #41 of 49
I have the same problem with people who don't show up. I had an exersaucer sitting on my porch, in the rain, for over a week before it was finally picked up. Another item sat around for a good 4 or 5 days before they came to get it.

I'm trying to get rid of stuff, not store it for you.

Next time I list something, it has to picked up before the AmVets truck gets here.
post #42 of 49
I was able to have Salvation Army come to my house and pick up a very large purging effort....made geting rid of my stuff very easy. But I also use freecycle and have recieved nice things and given useful things. In fact on Thanksgiving someone offered me a huge LEGO donation for my daughters LEGO club at school that's trying to form
post #43 of 49
I found it helped to lower my expectations about Freecycle.

I expect that some people will be rude.
I expect that some people will be no-shows.
I expect that some people might re-sell my stuff.

None of this really bothers me, as all I want to do is get rid of the stuff without throwing it in a landfill.

I don't respond to the rude e-mails. And I keep a list of usernames of people who are rude or no-shows so I can avoid them in the future.

I am very specific about my listing. You have to be able to be able to pick it up within a certain number of hours, and if you don't show up or don't return my messages, I will automatically move on to the next person.

When I do it this way, it seems to cut down on the no-shows and I usually have a good experience.
post #44 of 49
If you have a local mega church in your area, most of them have a free store attached. Our local mega church does, and anyone can "shop" there. They have set hours each weekend that they open the doors.

My best freecycle give away is chicken poop. I always give away the piles of poo from the coops and I have literally a hundred responses of people wanting it. It's the only thing I always have picked up right away!
post #45 of 49
the funniest one that i had was an email where the woman said "will you keep it in your storage room for me for 3 months and then i'll pick it up?"

first, i don't have one. second, if i did, it's like how-ever much $ per month for a storage room. it's freecycle, people! LOL i'm trying to stop storing it. LOL

yeah, i do craig's list now. just easier. but i love the freecycle idea!
post #46 of 49
I have no experience with Freecycle so I'm a little confused, as well. Is there maybe an ethos that is supposed to be associated with it, a 'always give as much as you receive' philosophy? Because why would it matter if the person posting something they want, has never given something on FC?
post #47 of 49
today's gem

"i have a freezer. it was here when we moved in we used it for a couple months but then it started to not keep things frozen. it's a white westhing house freezer. its white. nothing wrong with it except that it doesn't keep things frozen. it is slightly dirty please come take it away. we have a small garage and would like the space. thanks"

just what i need...
post #48 of 49
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Originally Posted by journeymom View Post
I have no experience with Freecycle so I'm a little confused, as well. Is there maybe an ethos that is supposed to be associated with it, a 'always give as much as you receive' philosophy? Because why would it matter if the person posting something they want, has never given something on FC?
I wouldn't have a problem except that the people who never post anything are the same people who ask for large flat screen TVs, laptops younger than 2 years old preferably Mac but will take PC if it has office on it and has never had a virus, (no kidding these are listings I've seen in the past) that type of thing. And they ask for it over and over and over. I'm sorry, why do you need a blueray player again? I've never lived somewhere where the freecycle was so ridiculous as where I am right now. And the mods are doing a terrible job and are quite rude. needless to say, I'm not a member anymore and I don't mind taking my stuff to the Goodwill, since they opened one up down the street. The people are very nice and even help unload the car.

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today's gem

"i have a freezer. it was here when we moved in we used it for a couple months but then it started to not keep things frozen. it's a white westhing house freezer. its white. nothing wrong with it except that it doesn't keep things frozen. it is slightly dirty please come take it away. we have a small garage and would like the space. thanks"

just what i need...
!! What are you going to do with a broken freezer? Redneck lawn decoration?
post #49 of 49
i know right?!
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