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03 November 2008 @ 12:16 pm
Freecycle  
So freecycle sounds like this really great idea - you email that you have something available, free to a good home, someone comes and collects it, everyone is happy.

A week ago I listed a bag of children's clothes and an old bicycle. Lots of interest in both. Both are still in my possession and I have three times now sat at home waiting for someone to collect who completely failed to show up at the appointed time.

There is some chance the bicycle may go on Tuesday but I think the clothes will be going in the "send to Africa" box next time we're at the recycling centre.
 
 
 
parrot_knightparrot_knight on November 3rd, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
I've not tried Freecycle myself, though lots of people mention it as a positive thing, and some people I know have obtained furniture through it.
louisedennislouisedennis on November 3rd, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
B. gets rid of things through it quite often and never seems to have trouble. But I've been messed around a lot in the past 7 days and am feeling quite disenchanted.
fredbassettfredbassett on November 3rd, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
We tried to register for it in Bristol and never got a response to the bloody request, so we gave up!
louisedennislouisedennis on November 3rd, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
There seem to be three competing systems in Manchester, which doesn't help. But the degree of "ooh! shiny!" followed by deafening silence I've had to deal with in the past week is surprising.
king_pellinorking_pellinor on November 3rd, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
The point is that you're giving it away for no consideration.

So you get no consideration :-(
louisedennislouisedennis on November 3rd, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
I think you are probably entirely correct.
sophievdennis on November 13th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
I wonder if location makes a difference, or possibly what you're offering. When we were in deepest rural Oxfordshire, I successfully recycled loads of stuff, especially old desks and computer equipment. When we moved to C. I tried to shift some old general furniture and had no takers. Also, more students use it here (who - massive generalised stereotype - are probably flakier) whereas in Oxon it was mostly families.
louisedennislouisedennis on November 13th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
I still have vague hopes of offloading the bicycle, though the current taker apparently only checks email once a week, has trouble following instructions and can't remember phone numbers.

The clothes go to Africa next time I remember to have them with me at the supermarket.