Freecycle

Katherine - posted on 07/05/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Ok so I've been "freecycling" Has anyone tried this? Nice to get rid of the crap, I can tell you that. I haven't gotten really anything yet, what I wanted was already taken. But what do you think? I mean it is some random stranger coming to your house to pick something up.......do you find it to be a bit dangerous, or no?

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Isobel - posted on 07/10/2011

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We just leave the stuff we don't want out on the side walk...somebody always takes it...or we drop it off at the Salvation Army

Jodi - posted on 07/09/2011

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We don't even have a freecycle in my area. I just give it to the Salvos or St Vinnies.

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I used to freecycle until I found a crap load of stuff I freecycled to "someone in need" on Craigslist-selling for profit. That soured me into freecycling or giving things away for free with sob-stories. I will personally give things away for free to those I know, or "a friend of a friend" type of situation. But no more freebies, with the exception of garage sale leftovers that I just simply want gone- and I usually drop those off at Goodwill so I can at least get a tax credit.

Terri - posted on 07/07/2011

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I Freecycle and almost every time I've left it on the porch for them to pick up or I've picked it up off of their porch. It is a great way to get reduce/reuse/recycle/repurpose. etc. I love it. Otherwise so much of the stuff would end up in a landfill and I can't stand the thought of that.

Jocelyn - posted on 07/05/2011

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I love freecycle! I've gotten rid of tons of stuff and picked up some very useful items. I actually just got 5 rolls of sod today! Patched up my yard quite nicely. I've never had a problem and I don't find it dangerous at all.

Kate CP - posted on 07/05/2011

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My husband's work has an internal freecycle that we use. And it's AWESOME. Got tons of stuff for the baby (all in really nice condition) and got rid of some stuff, too. I don't mind doing it that way because they're all people we pretty much know and he works with them. :)

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I always donate to Goodwill. I just don't like putting my address out there.

We have sold big things (like cars) on Craigslist, but we always meet people in the bank parking lot instead of our house.

Katherine - posted on 07/05/2011

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You're right Kylie. There are hoarders. People will place an offer and 2 seconds later it's taken.

Veronica - posted on 07/05/2011

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I never heard of freecycling before..... as for things we get rid of - there are so many trash hunters its ridiculous! We cleaned my mom's house out - put a bunch of crap out for 'garbage' -- in two days it was all gone, before the garbage truck got there --- as for puttting random stuff out for people to take - its mainly furniture, etc. -- but clothes and household items i send to goodwill - and we also have an thing called Easter seals (or something) that come and pick up donations right at your house too.

Kylie - posted on 07/05/2011

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You know Katherine, a lot of the people who use freecycle get stuff they dont need because they are hoarders or plan to sell it and make a profit. If you give it to good will someone will buy the stuff because they need/want it.
I have never gotten anything good off freecycle because it all gets snatched up so quick. I swear there are people who sit there constantly and refresh the site and get everything they can lol.

Jenn - posted on 07/05/2011

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I sell using Craigslist or donate to womens mission. It is definitely risky anytime you give your address so sometimes my husband meets the person elsewhere. Sometimes we put stuff on the lawn by the mailbox of our rental house because our own neighborhood doesn't allow it. Free is awesome... Either giving or receiving!

Katherine - posted on 07/05/2011

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I hope so because, the last few times I haven't been able to be there for pick up.

Katherine - posted on 07/05/2011

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I like freecycle because it's going to someone who can actually use it/needs it.
I was just curious as to see how everyone else felt.

Kylie - posted on 07/05/2011

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I have people come to my place to buy or pickup free stuff a fair bit. I will always talk to them on the phone first. I never really thought about it being a dangerous thing but I do prefer them to come when hubby is home, especially the people from ebay. I've had nothing but positive experiences and nice buyers and pickerupperers.

Sometimes with the free stuff we will just put it on the front verge and someone will take it.
Or if you just want to get rid of stuff and you are worried about weirdos, drop it off at the goodwill shops.

Katherine - posted on 07/05/2011

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Oh crap they do? Because EVERYONE leaves their stuff outside.......





****EDIT to add: It's always says PPU (porch pick up).

Karen - posted on 07/05/2011

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I usually do better on Craigslist. Freecycle's terms of service say that you are not supposed to leave something outside, I can do that with CL and I don't have to worry about anything.
I do live in a city and both sites are very active

Katherine - posted on 07/05/2011

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That's hilarious Amanda. He'll have nothing left before he realizes it lol.

Katherine - posted on 07/05/2011

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LOL, true. Just wondering...no creep alerts yet. I've only given away 2 things.
Contacted through e-mail with both. I don't know about exchanging #'s. But you're right, if someone is going to break in, they are going to break in.

Amanda - posted on 07/05/2011

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I freecycle but I give away stuff, I never take stuff. Hubby hasnt noticed all his pack rat stuff is slowly leaving the house yet LOL. Its no dangerous then a stranger walking by your home. I leave all items out on the porch for people to pick up, so they arent in my home.

Elfrieda - posted on 07/05/2011

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I've tried it, but that sort of thing doesn't really work in a rural area. It's too far to go. As for the random stranger coming to your house, I can see why it's a little uncomfortable, but on the other hand it's not like you had an invisibility shield over your house until you went on freecycle. I mean, anyone who was going to attack someone or rob a house could have chosen to do that whether that person was putting something out on the porch for him or not. Know what I mean?

And yet if you feel more comfortable, it wouldn't be a bad idea to either be on the phone with someone while you're making the transaction, or just put it outside and let them take it away without talking to them at all. And of course listen to your instincts. If the "creep alert" is going off, don't worry about being rude, just lock the doors and close the windows.

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