tightwad frugal zealot that I am, I just love freecycle. Over the years, we have been blessed with some wonderful things, thanks to the generosity of random strangers.
In addition, I love giving away things on freecycle whenever I need to declutter or downsize. The very vast majority of people are polite, courteous, thankful, show up when promised, etc. "No-shows" are extremely rare, unless you are offering junk that people leave on your porch after driving by and glancing at it. So don't offer junk. If I'm getting rid of something because it is old, broken, stained, etc - it needs to go in the garbage. No reason to make someone drive to my house just to pick something up and then put it in their garbage can at home.
Last but not least, being on the freecycle email alerts can provide some interesting, umm, entertainment. Such as when a lady offered several dozen empty (as in, used) Capri-Sun pouches. What??!? Turns out, people make all sorts of creative items out of them. Just google it.
But some people? Who feels safe going to the house of a complete psycho, no matter what free item they are offering? Especially when your offer is for a Kombucha tea "mother", or something of the sort. Not me!
How about this person's disclaimers at the end of every one of their offers:
My favorite lines are the very last ones:
I do not check my e-mail every two minutes: do not expect an immediate response. Multiple requests for this item will be deleted. Replies not containing the exactPlease provide specific day/time for pickup. Please keep in mind that I am a daytime morning sleeper and usually do not awake before 2 (sometimes later); however, pickup is 24 hours.
line as this message, will be deleted.I do not call/text. What you see, is what you get. Please don't ask.
Please do not ask if you:
Have been a no-show
Did not say "thank you" after getting something
Are not capable of reading and following directions
"Yes, hello, sorry I am emailing for the fifth time, but it's been ten minutes since your item was listed and I have not heard back from you yet. I'm not sure if I used the correct subject line the first few times - did you get my emails? Would you prefer to talk/text? Also, I was wondering if you are giving away anything else besides what was in your original post? Anything at all? I'm just not sure I am capable of reading and following instructions. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE, and I promise I will show up when I say I will."
Somebody needs to get a dog to train instead of trying to re-educate random strangers on manners. Even if you have those "standards" - WHY broadcast it and look like a freak???
Neurotic, much? Maybe I'll just go to the store and buy it new instead, thankyouverymuch.