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Who needs snow? Lots of flakes here.

December 7th, 2011 at 04:28 pm

This is Seattle for you: "We'll siphon your gas and steal your mail and packages, but don't expect us to carry through our insistent pleas for free things by actually picking them up."

I FreeCycle, which means I subscribe to a listserv where locals make WANTED and OFFERED posts for items, and are contacted by people who have a "match." I offered an item and there were eight responses along the lines of "please please please" "I want I want I want." I gave the first intended recipient 72 hours to get back to me as it was the weekend and not everyone, especially the poor, has immediate access to a computer, he didn't; I gave the next-in-line 24 hours to get back to me (she posted in the evening, so I figured she had a PC or smartphone), she didn't. I'm on number three.

I'm not even giving away a piece of petrified dung, or an "E.T." tchotchke (those sat around in 7-11s for two years post-movie where I lived) but a collector's item.

3 Responses to “Who needs snow? Lots of flakes here.”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    I used to LOVE freecycle, but lately, the free Craigslist section seems to produce less flakey people. Like, no flakes that I can think of. I don't use freecycle any more. I think the audience is smaller over there, and I found them pretty demanding and picky for free stuff. Over time. Craigslist seems to produce less picky and demanding takers.

  2. dmontngrey Says:

    Huge freecycle list in my area and nearly impossible to find folks who actually do what they say. I won't even send an address until I've received a 2nd email from the person - who already had to give me a pickup time in the first reply. No initial pickup time - no response from me. I just don't know what else to do with the stuff. I can't throw it out - it's useful to someone.

  3. baselle Says:

    Its almost like you have to figure out where the amateurs are and avoid them. No pickup times, no public pickup places (witness the rash of murders based on an online ad), no responses or worse, dude, "ASIS" means as is - no insurance that it will work for you.

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