I just freecycled for the first and last time(60 Posts)
Offered something on ebay
Got about 10 replies, nearly all of them "when can I collect" no please/thanks at all
and now I have just got a v rude email off the man that picked it up moaning that the "item does not work and I suppose thats why you got rid of it!!!!!, thanks for wasting our time"
i never even said it did work
it will be the skip next time I guess
Malovitt, I love that you replied the same to a zombie thread, only 5 years later
Freecycle/freegle used to be good around here but i unsubscribed a few month as ago as everytime i offered something i got mucked around to such an extent i just don't need the hassle.
I've been freecycling for a while now and have had some great things off it, including a (very beat up, but still working) piano. I've also given away loads of stuff on it and everyone has been lovely who turned up for it.
I've only ever delivered once, but it was my double buggy and the woman didn't know if it would fit in the boot of her car, so I dropped it round for her. Normally I would think they were pretty cheeky for asking, as they're getting it for free anyway.
I also pmsl at some of the requests. Some people really are chancers aren't they? But I guess you can't blame them for trying - if you don't ask, you don't get!
I freecycled a really good tropical fish tank with the heater, pump, plants etc. Had loads of replies but chose one lady who said she worked in an autistic school and wanted to set it up in the classroom as her pupils loved to watch fish, but the school couldn't afford a tank. She made some enquiries about how heavy it would be, where was the nearest bus stop as she didn't have a car, so me being a mug said I would drive it round to her house - about 40 minute drive away - as I thought it was going to a good cause. Arrived earlier than arranged and clearly saw about 10 tanks through her front room window. Knocked on the door and her disgruntled husband came out and told me she was a fish breeder and he didn't want another tank in the house and wondered what "sob story" she had given me. She didn't work in an autistic school either.
I agree that most of the time I'm happy to have got rid of something that is taking up space, but in this instance I had loads of replies and I would have given it to someone else locally and saved myself the petrol.
I also offered a couple of sofas and got a request from a woman to cut off a swatch of fabric from somewhere inconspicuous and post it to her to see if it matched her wallpaper! A lovely Polish couple who were setting up home took them eventually and were delighted with them.
On the whole, the good experiences outweigh the bad though. Most people who turn up to collect are lovely. I dont offer my items to abrupt one line replies because it is rude.
From last night's Wrexham Freecycle board:
"This is a very big ask I know, but has anybody got an old smallish car
that is ok for my daughter to learn to drive in please she doesn't have
Thanks a lot"
FFS, if she doesn't have much money, how is she going to tax and insure it and put petrol in the bloody thing. And the boards are full of people asking for laptops, greedy f*ckers. If I had a laptop to give away I'd have already advertised it, wouldn't I?
LOL at a freecycle request for a PS3 last week
I use it too. I had a horrible person come and collect a load of toys the other day, no thank you, turned up and hour and half late (9.30pm!) and it was huge clang of them. Im sure they properly will sell at carboot this week
I offered a bag of baby clothes and woman could not thank me enough, lovely lady
I have had some lovely stuff, all baby stuff offered after i posted a wanted as currently on sick pay
I am always careful about who i give to and if i get an email saying "when can i collect" or i want this" i delete it.
I have a beutiful swinging crib sitting waiting for bumpy, from a wonderful freecycler, its worth it someodays.
A standard 2007 diary would be perfect for me - my academic year diary runs out at the end of the month, and I won't get another one until I go back to work next year. The back end of a standard diary would be great!
I'm a big fan of Freecycle and use it to both offer and receive. Have had had 2 no-shows now for some baby clothes, though, which is really annoying, and was the "lucky" recipient of a swing that turned out to be so rusty that it was a health hazard, so I took it straight to the tip.
It sounds really strange, but I find that when I advertise good stuff, I get given good stuff, and if I've put nothing on for a while then I get nothing back. Freecycle karma, I guess.
Wendy when i was shopping in the supermarket yesterday a lady came and asked me where I thought the 2007 diarys would be? So there are people out there that have been asleep for 6 months!
I told her to go to smiths and get an 18 months one - never thought of recycle
We've always had pretty good experiences and stuff has gone to some really good homes.
I tried to sell the paving blocks from our front garden on both ebay and the local free ads and got no response (they're worth hundreds) and eventually freecycled them.
The guy that came and got them was soooo sweet and kept bringing us his organic veg as thank yous - I wanted to adopt him. So keep trying with it and try vetting them before agreeing.
When Freecycle works it's great.
When I offer stuff I ignore emails from anyone that doesn't include the words 'please' or 'thanks' and I won't deliver unless it's very local and I'm going that way anyway. Travelling 30 miles to Freecycle something sort of cancels out the environmental benefit I think!
Our Freeycyle group makes me laugh, some people seem to think it's the Argos catalogue: flat screen plasma TV wanted; laptop wanted, must be in full working order and preferably wireless with Windows XP or Vista; washing machine wanted, must be silver to match my other kitchen appliances, etc etc
HedTwig - regarding the fish breeder, I didn't jump to conclusions. I omitted to say that her disgruntled husband came out and told me as much, he didn't want another tank in the house and wondered what "sob story" she had given me. She didn't work in an autistic school either.
I agree that most of the time I'm happy to have got rid of something that is taking up space, but in this instance I had loads of replies and I would have given it to someone else. I also offered a couple of sofas and got a request from a woman to cut off a swatch of fabric from somewhere inconspicuous and post it to her to see if it matched her wallpaper! A lovely Polish couple who were setting up home took them eventually and were delighted with them. The good experiences far outweigh the bad, so I'll carry on freecycling.
Like everywhere in the world, there are polite grateful people, and there are those with those manners, and there are a few out to con you. I've given away loads of stuff that I couldn't bring myself to take to the tip (mainly baby stuff) - to people who posted 'wanted' items, and everyone has been so grateful. I've also received some FABULOUS stuff, and always sent a grateful e-mail. We've offered stuff, and only once had a no show. So overall, I'd definitely say it was a worthwhile organisation, and it might be worth giving it another go. I agree with most others though - there are plenty of people who are happy to take non-working electrical things and fix themm or use them for pat, it you are not sure, that should be stated in the 'advert' as, although people are getting things for free, they are not offering a 'take away your unusable rubbish' service.
Scotia - things that children have outgrown get snapped up around here - particularly garden toys, but also outgrown bedroom furniture, clothes, and other toys and books.
I once asked if anybody had an old racing bike, in reasonable nick pref because we are totally unmechanical, and got just one reply from someone who said he had one but it was too good to give away so would we be interested in buying it?
(Someone had given away a Sony Viao laptop earlier )
I dobbed him in but they didn't sack him .
Oh and another thing I love is the eccentric messages. Have just received a message offering a gold threaded picture of a helicopter, the description reads " picture of a helicopter worked in gold thread and pins on a black background. There's a name for this type of picture but I can't remember what it is" PMSL.
Have had good experiences with freecycle mainly - but like others couldn't get rid of a decent single armchair to any takers (council, charities or freecycle) and had to take to tip. Again no one was interested in anything less than a 3 piece suite. So far everyone has turned up when they said and even got some thank you emails.
I've had mixed experiences, some baby stuff (moses basket and cot) I couldn't get rid of so ended up taking it to the tip. OTOH I've got some toys and clothes for dd1 that were fab.
It's the no-shows that wind me up and the endless admin rules about posting.
I agree it's polite to be honest about the working condition of electrical goods, we quite often get stuff offered 'for parts' or 'can be repaired'.
I freecycled some Enid Blyton audio CDs my parents had got from the Telegraph. The takers took a while to turn up, but then the whole family came to collect them and gave us a box of Celebrations chocs.
I am quite suprised reading this. We recently joined freecycle (to get rid of things, not get stuff) and have had nothing but good experiences. We got rid of a pushchair, cots, desk, folding chairs, table, wardrobe etc. And everyone has been really nice - even emailing when they get home to say thanks. I am in westminster so perhaps it is just this area!
I have a sweet wooden desk and chair (for a young child) I have tried to freecycle. Had loads of replies. First person emailed back several times, arranged to collect and no show. As did second person I reoffered it too. Grrr!
i put an old battered shed on there last week, someone replied and said they would dismantle it,
so i went to work left the gate open and they came and collected, got home it was gone, next day got an email saying how pleased they were and they had assembled it and painted it a lovely shade of blue....
how lovely was that.... i was so pleased
and saved me dismantling and getting it to the tip
i'm hoping so as that's what i've mainly got lots of toys and clothes! lol.
Ow, I didn't think of that, but a bit too late for these things - the sofa is outside now and it's been raining.
I will try that in the future though. I've got loads of toys and things my son is finished with. Do you think they would take stuff like that?
Thanks for the idea.
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