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I just freecycled for the first and last time

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hotcrumpets Mon 16-Jul-07 11:29:02

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

hotcrumpets Mon 16-Jul-07 11:29:20

sorry meant to say freecycle not ebay

ConnorTraceptive Mon 16-Jul-07 11:30:18

what was it?

Yorkiegirl Mon 16-Jul-07 11:30:36

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LeafTurner Mon 16-Jul-07 11:31:09

Hmmm - I think I would assume something was working to be honest if you didn't state that it didn't - so I can kind of understand the man moaning about it !

What are we talking about anyway ?

madamez Mon 16-Jul-07 11:31:34

I'm not sure what your item was but I think it's perhaps reasonable to state when you put it on freecycle that it doesn't work, if it doesn't. Otherwise people are likely to assume that it is in working order and you simply don't need it any more. Why would any one want, for instance, a camera/television/kettle that doesn't work, even if it is free?

LeafTurner Mon 16-Jul-07 11:32:21

Also meant to say - I though freecycle was to recycle useful things - and if something is broken then unless you state it is for spares then it isn't really useful - its just passing your waste problem to someone else !

MegaLegilimens Mon 16-Jul-07 11:35:09

What was it?

hotcrumpets Mon 16-Jul-07 11:35:27

it was a tv

i plugged it in to see if it switched on and it did, i didn't tune it in to be fair and he is saying there is a line across the screen?

I said in the advert, that it switched on but hadn't been used for about a year

LeafTurner Mon 16-Jul-07 11:37:13

Oh well - in that case he is being unreasonable ! You can't expect a fab TV for free really can you !

Zazette Mon 16-Jul-07 11:39:32

You should have checked whether it worked, and said explicitly whether it did or not. Most freecycle groups explain this kind of etiquette to new members in introductory emails - perhaps you should read over them? I'd have assumed it worked unless you said it didn't, too.

Agree that the other respondents were rude though. Freecycle groups have their own local cultures, I think - everyone is always very polite and friendly on ours, but I know others can be less charming.

It would be a shame to let one bad experience put you off freecycle; I've found it to be a very positive thing to be involved with.

WendyWeber Mon 16-Jul-07 11:39:51

We recently collected a TV which turned out not to work - so we took it to the tip

(Our tip has a v active and enthusiastic squad of recycling people though so I doubt it was dumped)

Peachy Mon 16-Jul-07 11:40:15

Freecycle is as good as the peole who use it really. Round here there are loads of nice ones- and we always make the effort to be polite- but equally there is one woman known as SmellyX whose house reeks, her stuff reeks and once accepted never again! She gives away stuff like used popsocks as well , or half used lipsticks

WendyWeber Mon 16-Jul-07 11:45:38

Somebody on ours is offering a 2007 desk diary today

I suppose it would do for someone who's been asleep for 6 months.

hotcrumpets Mon 16-Jul-07 11:47:00

aarrgghh I feel bad now for not checking it properly

this is why I don't do things like this, i've got my driving test in 50 mins suppose I better start worrying about that instead!

ow82 Mon 16-Jul-07 11:53:18

I give and take on freecyel - you get some good some bad, but to email someone nastily is plain rude tbh you can't expect a 32incl brand new plasma telly for free - even thou members of the freecycle I go on would like them - along with LCD flat screen moniters. when I offer things I do give a detailed description, alwasy remeber p's and q's for requests, and 95% of the time do a follow up thanks it's fab xyz etc. for those (like in the case of some toys I got for mums nursery) only about half were any good - but the half that were more than made up for the half that weren't either way the LO's win as it's something they didn't have before - i'm sure the logic of some people is missing when they go on freecycle.

fwiw thou we did get a brand new computer moniter/speakers for BIL's computer (birthday pres) which DH is building him, DH was over the moon.

brimfull Mon 16-Jul-07 11:55:57

have had a few people say they'll collect things then don't turn up-that really pisses me off

tasja Mon 16-Jul-07 12:01:15

Freecycle is as good as the peole who use it really ??

IsabelWatchingItRainInMacondo Mon 16-Jul-07 12:06:22

The not turning up is what makes moest our things ending up in the rubish/recycling bins.

We have had even people asking us to take the stuff to their workplace to see if that's what they are looking for, and then not showing up at the specified point! WTF?

ow82 Mon 16-Jul-07 12:09:01

I had a chap - was offering a buggy - say can you come to x (about 25 min car ride from my house) in an area I don't know at all. and i'm left thinking with all due respect here, you're gertting it for free get off your bum and come and get it otherwise if it's too far then don't ask. iycwim - that's prob the wrong attitude for me to have it just annoyed me as I don't ask for things if I know I can't collect them.

americantrish Mon 16-Jul-07 12:11:43

give it another go, i had some experiences like that on FC. or maybe choose another nearby group to you. sometimes you just gotta try again

bossykate Mon 16-Jul-07 12:21:22


for anyone that is hacked off with freecycle, you can donate to a worthy cause instead - Evergreen Trust

ForcesSweetheart Mon 16-Jul-07 12:43:37

my mum recently freecycled an unwanted sky box & dish, my step-dad went way out of his way to deliver it to them across the other side of Glasgow because they didn't have transport and the people complained because it didn't have a remote control with it! No pleasing some people I guess.

americantrish Mon 16-Jul-07 13:22:28

wow thats horrible really..i guess i'm just lucky that my local FC group is really good!

ForcesSweetheart Mon 16-Jul-07 13:47:16

Oh should have said, my local sites are fab, just a shame some people spoil it for the many who use it in the spirit it's intended

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