I love freecycle. Mostly to get rid of stuff, but on the odd occasion to get things too.
I stopped using it for quite a while mostly because of rude people, sob stories and people not showing up. It seemed to happen all too often and was such a waste of my precious rosie time.
I’m going back to freecyle now as a result of having clearout stuff in an attempt to move to Lewes. I’ve opted to take a systematic approach, which involves some or all of the following:
- deleting any sob stories, etc…
- I leave at least 12 hours before responding to anything. I don’t believe in the first come, first serve rule that freecycle have (or had?)
- checking to see if the person has contributed to the freecycle community. If they have they have a greater chance of getting the item. (This is the point with the greatest value).
- a quick Google search to see if I can find out who they are. Admittedly this isn’t entirely fair, but the person I just gave something to is on Twitter, has a website and is involved in charity work. That did help me make the final decision.