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Freecycle - a great site but never ceases to amaze me what people WANT ....

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CaptainUnderpants Sun 19-Oct-08 18:47:14

tonight I saw that someone wanted an American style fridge freezer , not just any old fridge frezzer ! and then someone else wanted not just a sofa but a leather one !

I will say that our moderator has recently posted to say that items wanted like Ninetendo Wii , PLasma Tvs are not in the spirit of the site.

I do wonder about some people and it makes me really made , I would like an American Frdieg Freezer but hey I am waiting for the sales not being a freeloader !

ScareyBitchFeast Sun 19-Oct-08 18:49:46

constant source of amazement here too, and quite often no please or thank yous,
anyone got a fridge freezer, two double beds, television, going spare?

CaptainUnderpants Sun 19-Oct-08 18:55:44

Someone posted the other day for some baby items , I has something that she wanted so emailed saying she could have , never heard from her - guess what gone to someone who fell over backwards with thanks !

MrsJamin Sun 19-Oct-08 19:25:20

I filter the wanteds out as they annoy me so much.

BlueChampagne Mon 20-Oct-08 13:28:03

If you don't ask you don't get. However, pleases and thank yous can be a bit scant. And frustrating when you offer something to someone and then never hear back from them about collection. How long do other people leave it before they post again? I tend to give them a week's grace - do you think that's fair?

whoops Mon 20-Oct-08 13:32:02

someone posted a wanted for an old car yesterday - she said it wasn't a sob story just asking for help!

elkiedee Mon 20-Oct-08 13:38:27

Bluechampagne, a week seems like quite a long time to me if you don't hear back at all.

I just think some of the "wanteds" are really amusing to read. Though some are worrying. One woman asked for an ipod for a child who had been mugged of that and his phone - I don't think I'd want my ds to carry too many valuable small items like that around, or to be walking down the street with ipod headphones on. I try to persuade dp (who's been mugged near home though only cash/debit card taken) not to do that.

heronsfly Mon 20-Oct-08 13:43:29

Ive given up with freecycle, Ive put several things on there,and had loads of replies,I do try to make sure items go to people thet really want them,but have a feeling most of it ends up on e bay.
When I reply to any offers I always seem to be at the bottom of a very long list,and those never ending e mails grin

LemonyAle Mon 20-Oct-08 23:59:24

I love Freecycle, mainly as a de-cluttering tool (safe in the knowledge my old sh*te isn't going to landfill), but agree that the ludicrous WANTED posts can be a bit much (see here and here for classic responses from our local mod to a spate of particularly greedy and vexatious postings smile)

MadBadandWieldingAnAxe Tue 21-Oct-08 00:08:48

I'm feeling a bit ambivalent about Freecycle too.

I haven't freecycled much, but every time I do I end up feeling irritated. For example, I offered some children's art and craft materials and promised them to someone who said she ran a 'children's project in [a deprived part of town]'. Great, I thought, the stuff will be used by children who don't get so many opportunities, which was obviously what I was supposed to think. Turned out that the children's project was the after-school club of the local prep school. I've got nothing against private schools but I don't being misled.

But it's still better than sending it to landfill ....

nannyL Tue 21-Oct-08 10:34:42

Someone wants a phil & teds on mine today shock... that is even though in the past 5 days 2 double buggys (a Macalaren and a mothercare in good condition) have been offered shock

MadBadandWieldingAnAxe Tue 21-Oct-08 10:46:38

Am about to post

Wanted: Tiffany diamond ring. Must be more than 2 carats. Nothing from Ratners.


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