I think freecycle is populated by professional re-sellers who collect stuff for sale on ebay, gumtree, carboots and classified.
I have tried to ask for 30 or so items, many within minutes of them apprearing, and they have always already gone.
80% of people do not let you know, your polite email just dissappear.
Unless you are willing to sit and press refresh all day, i doubt you will have much sucess on freecycle.
Of the 3 items I have offered the replies were instant, and the collectors were not grateful, it was not something unusual for them, they appeared to be on a schedule collecting things around the county.
In a selfish world it is so refreshing to see a website where people who have things of worth want to pay it forward and let others benefit from its use. So basic but I think that is why I like it, its a great representation of the purpose. Simply to share the wealth with those who need it.
Amazed at the amount of "good junk" we hold onto and never use.
Freecycle the perfect site to pass on the things we don't need anymore.
I was looking for a breadmaker and was thrilled to be given one from a fellow member, it was as new had only been used a couple of times, spotlessly clean and came along with a great recipe book.
Definately going to clear out my cupboards.
I check this site nearly everyday and if there is something i like i send the user a message but the thing that gets me is 9 times out of 10 the user(s) dont get back to you and its very frustrating and its quite off putting.
But apart from that the site is a good idea and i continue to use the site.
Michael Hughes found this review useful
Most of us end up with a surplus of something - and this is a really good way of disposing of something without wasting it - it goes to someone who needs it. The fact that no money ever changes hands is just right too - everyone can share in the giving and the taking.
I recently unsubscribed from Freecycle after being on their list for a couple of years. I found it hard to unsubscribe (the normal "Leave Group" function on Yahoo was disabled by the admin), and had to beg the snotty, unhelpful, ineffectual dictator who owned the list to take me off. Why won't they let people unsubscribe of their own free will? Mind-boggling.
I never once saw anything on Freecycle that I would be interested in. Twice, I posted about furniture and used items that I didn't want, carefully following every one of the many ridiculous rules for posting, but received absolutely no responses. When I posted the same items on Craigslist, they were out of my house within 24 hours, and I got to choose from dozens of interested responders.
Freecycle seemed to have a lot of rules that they selectively enforce: for example, we had a couple of "single welfare mommy of too many kids" type members who would use the list to beg for free electronics and clothes for their large and varied broods. Because of the wide age ranges plus genders of children they begged for, members suspected these posters were eBay resellers, not genuine freecyclers. This was against the rules, but the mods did nothing to stop it, even though other members responded that they were sick of seeing this type of begging spam. The mods also continually allowed people to post offers of free pets, (especially guinea pigs), even though this, too, was against the rules.
Craigslist is far more effective and doesn't spam me.
I have been a frequent user of Freecycle mainly offering items but occasionally placing a wanted. The concept is very simple but i have noticied that replies to an offer often now want you to deliver!!! Also a huge increase in wanted ads for TV's, Laptops etc some even specifying the make. I think there should be a limit on the number of wanted items you can place although I do understand this would make it hard work for the unsung heroes the Moderators.
Ads go out daily to other members, fairly easy to use, and lets you see the area where the ad is coming from.
I find this site useful for looking for odd bits and bobs that you need around the house, however the site itself sometimes takes a long time to load or fails to load properly, sometimes doesn't open at all, so could possibly do with some more work on the website itself.
Freecycle is a lovely idea but, having used eBay, it's a nightmare to navigate around.
Why can't the whole process be more simplified like eBay?
Also, all the people that I've spoken to about it say it's great what you get for free but it's not normally as good as you would imagine the items to be if you read their description!
I have used Freecycle to recycle several things I cannot use any longer ... but they have lots of use in them. I have picked up things for others on freecycle. I love the ease of using this for keeping things circulating and not ending up in the dump. God Bless this web site.
Like most people, I have WAAAAAAAAY too much stuff. As much as possible, I donate it, but some things aren't appropriate for donating yet they're still very useful. The first thing I used Freecycle for was my collection of threads, patterns and canvasses for counted cross stitch (example of "not a donate-able item"). Within 2 hours of posting my ad, everything was picked up and went to a good home! I've since donated electronics, dishes, books, used school/office supplies...all sorts of things. This is a brilliant idea that makes me feel like I'm doing the right thing for our planet, and like the saying goes "one man's trash is another man's treasure." So true!!
I am not sure who came up with the idea of freecycle but whoever it was is brilliant in my humble opinion! I have used it to rehome our old furniture,which was too nice for the skip and the people who needed it came to collect it so I didnt need to hire a van and go to the local dump,a win,win all round! it isnt just for poorer familes, I have met people from all walks of life using this site,people who care about being 'greener' and prefer to rehome things than just to throw things,and being a mum with 3 kids I have rehomed things myself like kids garden toys that they play with one summer then grow out of by the next so you resent spending the money,I have recommended this site to all my friends and family,an easy to use and simply brilliant site!!
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