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To wonder if I'm missing something here? (freecycle)

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BibiBlocksberg Mon 06-May-13 17:27:33

Put a few things on my local freecycle today as having a clear-out.

Almost without exception I'm getting e-mails saying 'yes, very interested, call me' or in one case just 'ring on this (mobile) no'

Is this the norm now? Am I missing something here?

Why on earth would anyone think it should cost the giver money in phone calls to mobile no's - and just WHY? Do you want it or not? If you want it tell me when you want to pick the item up and then come and collect.

Job done surely>

<breathes> <finds spare grip>

HorryIsUpduffed Tue 14-May-13 13:03:21

I've had great experiences with Freecycle, typically with items of low intrinsic value (eg large cardboard boxes, flushable nappy liners, etc).

Our group has fairly strict rules. When you reply, you have to say where you live (there is a vague "nearer the better" rule) and giving a landline number. You can communicate by email/mobile instead, but you have to give a fixed line number.

starfished Tue 14-May-13 13:28:22

YANBU. I quite often give things away on freecycle and usually it is pretty decent stuff.
If I get rude 'I'll have it' messages or 'call me on 10449329585' I either ignore it or email back saying 'I have decided to give this to another freecycler as your message came across as quite demanding.'

I don't think it hurts to send a reminder to people that manners on freecycle should be expected. They are getting free things after all.

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