|View Poll Results: How many chances do you give?|
|One no show and I go to the next in line||24||36.92%|
|Three strikes and they're out||0||0%|
|No set number, it depends on my mood, the phase of the moon, whether I'm PMSing, etc.||6||9.23%|
|It depends on whether they email me after not showing||31||47.69%|
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I'm just wondering though, how many chances do you give a person who is a no show?
A week or so ago I offered a really nice kitchen faucet and this woman didn't show up twice in a row. I ended up donating it to my Aunt's church sale instead.
This week a woman is supposed to pick up a kiddie pool. I emailed her back that she could have it and the day she chose was fine. She never showed or emailed. I emailed asking if she still wanted it and she asked for my address so I figured ok, she never got my first email (happens, right?). So I wrote her back (mentioning that she didn't get my first email) and she said she'd come yesterday. Great! This morning the dang pool is still on my front steps. Maybe I'm cynical but now I'm thinking she pretended she didn't get the first email because she forgot to pick it up the first time.
If the freecycler emails me and says "sorry, I forgot" or "sorry, something came up" or heck, anything, I will bend over backwards holding on to it until they can come by. But she hasn't emailed me (the woman the other week didn't either).
So I'm a little put out but I do want it gone so I might email her again and give her a third chance (3 strikes you're out, right?).
I don't know, it's just annoying sometimes. I give most of my stuff to GoodWill because it's easier but Freecycle is good for the things that can't really go to GoodWill. Like the faucet was a good one but had no installation directions (I stated that). The pool is in good shape but in need of cleaning (I posted pictures so everyone could see).
Eh, just cranky I guess.
I do love freecylcle for decluttering - you can't beat it!
Originally Posted by ShannonCC
I picked a new person today and she picked the pool up within hours! And then listed another item and that also was gone within hours of listing it! Now THAT is how freecycle should work
The local thrift shop knows us well -- after one or two Freecycle no-shows in a row, I get disgruntled and drop off over there instead.
I'm about ready to start using the again; the last time I had to get rid of stuff, it just seemed like this incredible hassle with dealing with people who don't show and the ones that keep emailing you asking if you've given it away yet and if you haven't can they have it. I wanna say "GET BACK IN LINE, YOU! Being a pest ain't gonna get you stuff from me."
One irritating thing about our freecycle list is that the mods want you to list everything in a single post to cut down on the emails. I've never really agreed with that because it means if you need stuff, you have to open the emails. I used to much preferred to put what you were giving away in the subject line, then people could just open it if they were in the market for what you had.
When my mom had a goat buckling that needed a home we got a million emails... some people emailed multiple times. Not sure what they thought that was gonna do besides bug me.
The neat thing is I gave it to a SAHM trying to get a home business going. I could tell she really needed it too, she said she would pack up her four kids and drive the 40 minutes to my house right that moment!
It is a pain, but I enjoy giving things away through freecycle more than other ways because I get to meet the folks that are using my items and see how I'm helping them.
The other thing that irritates me about freecycle is that people in my area don't seem to read the "offers", they just post what they want. I had a complete, hardly used crib with all the parts and directions that I gave to a charity. The day the charity picked it up, I posted it was gone and noticed 4 (FOUR!) posts wanting a crib. *sigh*
My biggest peeve with Freecycle is that I'll get no emails from it for a day and then get a TON with everything that people are offering and it's already been taken. I think people choose who gets their stuff too quicly and that some people just respond to everything.
Originally Posted by Lazyhead
I think people choose who gets their stuff too quicly and that some people just respond to everything.
That's kinda why I wait a day before picking someone to receive my offereds. I usually print out the potential recipients and then if someone doesnt show, I email them. If no response it goes to the next person. I haven't really had anyone not respond after the email reminder though. I think one chance is enough after an email reminder.
If someone doesn't show, I just go to the next person. If there is no next person, I take it to the Salvation Army.
and remembering: little turtle 5/23/2006 and poppyseed 7/15/2009
It's amazing what people will take, too. I listed some burlap fabric that had been lying on the ground out in my driveway for months. I told the list that it was dirty and wet and all that, but someone wanted it. I guess it would be good for gardening, but I am glad it's not in the trash!