I have given several things away on freecycle, and received a few as well. It is annoying when people don't come when they say they will. But honestly, I have been pretty happy being able to give things away that didn't have traditional value, such as old quilting magazines and books (valuable ones I did sell on ebay). Or kids sports equipment. But I have to say, that I have really appreciated it when I have gotten a thank you note afterward. It just makes you feel nice. If I get something, I always send a thank you. I am sure it creates good freecycle karma, just like always letting cars get ahead of you with a generous attitude creates good traffic karma (Hey - it works, people are always waving me in. I almost never get cut off!)
What annoys me a bit is when a big item is offered without any description. I know it's not Ebay, but how many people are going to want "a couch"? Just "a couch", with no indication of colour or size or condition? I certainly don't want to go all the way across town, hire a trailer, etc, to get some cigarette-smelling maggot-ridden 70s couch in mustard yellow with ripped seat cushions... you know? I've always wondered if those offers get any responses at all. So I try to be specific when I offer items (like, with the fabric, I mentioned the kinds of fabric, the range of sizes of the pieces, and so on - just enough to indicate that I wasn't getting rid of 4 bags of red burlap, or 4 bags of uncut lengths of French silk either!).
I'm often left wondering if people reply to some of the vague offers too. Recently we seem to have had quite a few especially "bag of children's clothes" or "girls shoes" without some idea of gender or size I can't see many people being interested.
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