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Post by Chilli-head on 17th February 2015, 11:00 am

Anyone here use freecycle ?

I'm trying to free up some storage space in the loft at the moment, by moving on infant related stuff that we are not going to use again. Freecycle seemed like a good option.

Is there any mechanism to stop people cherry picking stuff off Freecycle and selling it on Ebay ? Or is it down to the giver to consider the motives of the would be recipient ? I suppose you could say that as I just want it gone, and can't be bothered selling it myself, should I worry what they want to do with it, but I'd rather it went to someone who needs it than a profiteer.

Feeling a bit frustrated with the experience at the moment. One would think that giving stuff away, that is in good condition and would cost a bit, ought to be easy. One might think that the recipients would make a bit of effort to collect at the giver's convenience. Seems I expect too much Rolling Eyes
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Post by freebird on 17th February 2015, 2:41 pm

Yes I've used Freecycle a little, but only for giving, not receiving. I tend to use if for things that would be difficult for a charity shop to dispose of, but still have use and value.

The most recent thing I Freecycled was a new piece of leftover kitchen worktop. Before that, a working, but not very brilliant vacuum cleaner.

Regarding collection, I'm flexible within what is convenient for me. If that doesn't suit the collector then tough. There'll be others.

In your position, CH, I think I would give the goods to a charity shop, then at least the shop is benefitting from their sale. I know that doesn't really answer your question, but I don't think you can really vet the people who come to collect.
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Post by Dandelion on 17th February 2015, 8:17 pm

We used Freecycle to get rid of a usable rabbit hutch, which eventually went. It took a while, and the hutch seemed to be in the hallway for a long time, but maybe that's because we're in a smallish town. It was useful to the person who finally took it, and helped them out, but it couldn't have been resold as it wasn't that brilliant.
Do you have a local branch or NCT which could direct your items to someone who could use them? Failing that your local food bank might know of a new parent who would be grateful

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Post by freebird on 17th February 2015, 9:14 pm

I had a similar thought to Dandelion after I had posted - in that there are often charitable societies (quite often attached to churches) that will take furniture and other goods for families who have little.
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Post by Ploshkin on 18th February 2015, 9:03 am

I don't use Freecycle simply because when I went to register it seemed that I had to open a Yahoo account in order to register so I didn't bother.  (If the computer tries to make me do something I just back right off.  At least then I feel as if I have some element of control even if I don't really.)  Although I'm not on Facebook, Mr P is & we have found that a good place for selling & buying stuff (even pigs!).  I'm not sure how it works but I think there is a local 'for sale' page.


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