I've been Freecycling for several months now! I absolutly love the concept! I have given & received great things. I have always found a thank you e-mail after pick up (& I always send a thank you). I think placing a "Wanted" for any item is ok. At one point our old Mod. sent out a message to our group, saying please ask for things you need, many people have things around that they havn't posted but if they know there is someone who wants it then they will give it away. I know that things like Ipod's are pretty silly, but most other requests are ok. I've asked for things that no one has responded to, & I have received things that I asked for. You just never know if someone has something hanging around.
When we change to hot water basebord heat, we ripped the old duct work out of our house & posted it, thinking no one would want it, maybe someone with a scrap yard. Well we had to choose from a few peole who really wanted it. We ended up giving it to a very thrilled couple who just put an addition on their house & needed to cut costs, because they went over budget. I felt kinda bad because the stuff was filthy. I appoligised for the dirty ducts, & they didn't care, he said he could clean it & it was, well worth it. They we're very thankful! So junk to us was very valuable to them. You just never know.
Our Mod. also sent out a message to our group stressing the importance of showing up when you say you will. Thanking the giver after you pick up. Not asking questions about the condition of the item. -She said that this is rude. Consider it a gift. Now this I don't really agree with. If the item was described accuratly in the original post than this wouldn't be an issue. I have had lots of questions, but never thought that it was rude. I'd rather have them ask & give it to the person who still wants the item even if it isn't perfect, or whatever. I have also drove an hour to find an item not what I expected. It was a cordless phone, it didn't have the power cord or the phone cord. So I took the phone to Radio Shack. They found all of the stuff I needed to make the phone work & it was going to cost me $25 but the helpful clerk reccomended I purchase the phone that they had on sale for $14.99 instead. That is what I did, & it was a better Ghz.
My best experience ever was when I asked for "The Tightwad Gazete Book" A kind women had it & I picked it up. When I was there she showed me her gardens. She told me that she was going to be thinning the overgrown gardens & wondered if I could use some of her periannial plants. We we're only in our house for a month at that point, I was so thrilled! Most of our gardens were weeds, so I was very grateful to get plants & be able to start gardening. She had me come a couple times, I helped her dig up the plants. She also gave me house plants & surplus veggies form her garden. Oh and my girls got to explore in her pond, actually it was a mud pit. My DD caught a frogs & got all muddy, it was a blast!
It is hit or miss like anything else. But if your family really needs something than it is worth the time & stress that it might take to get something that you need but don't have the $ for.
Hi mama2babybeans, I was just thinking of you the other day! I will never forget you for being so kind to me! Thank you