If you get a really quick reply saying "I'd like this" without mentioning item by name, then it's an automated reply, I reckon.
My pet hate is "I'll have it, ring me on (mobile number) to arrange pickup"
Erm, no, I will not be ringing any mobiles.
I pick people who say please.
I'm not really bothered if they ebay / boot sale things, to be honest, as the benefit of freecycle for me is keeping things out of landfill. If I'm freecycling something it's usually because I can't be bothered to ebay it myself and it's too big for the charity shop.
Just ignore the blank messages. I wait a day or so to see who replies. Some people reply to every offer immediately but not everyone spends all day online. I choose people who are polite and they might give a brief reason why they need the item but I avoid the very OTT ones.
So glad to see a thread on freecycle today. After recommendadtion from a mnetter I have joined my local one, am sorting out stuff to give away and dh is really keen also.
But my question is I replied to a message and tbh didn't really know what to say without it soundingike begging/sob story as I know from Reading threads like this a bit more than do you still have this is required! Help me get the balance right please.
You have to be vetted to get on my local freecycle! But then, to be fair, someone was actually giving away a caravan the other day! I think it's just luck with the replies namechange - if someone likes the sound of you then they'll pick you. I make sure that I tell them when I can pick up, give them the option to text me, and why we want whatever they're giving away (am currently collecting baby stuff for our first one).