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edited 14 June 2010 at 11:43AM in Freebies (Low Spend)
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  • It seems that a number of people are now replying to offers on free websites in order to give themselves good stock for car boot sales.

    This is dangerous, but I don't know what the organisers could do about it.

    Certainly I wish I could decide from a dozen or two hopefuls which are genuine and which are trying to make a living from my cast-offs! But maybe such people are needy too?

    Cheers - Eric
  • There are other groups besides the US run Freecycle network. Reuseit, Freegle, Freeshare recyclinggroupfinder .com helps but is a liitle behind with over a third of former recycle groups moving to the Freegle unbrella or going independent.

    Also its about reusing keeping stuuf off the tip than getting "Freestuff"
  • I've withdrawn fron Freecycle because it became far too complicated. I kept receiving admin. emails which were full of inconsistencies.

    Much better for me is our local web-based service FREEUSE, run by N.W.Leics. District Council. It's simple, monitored by the council,and it works for me.
  • korukoru Forumite
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    JYATES wrote: »
    Just thought I would let you know that Martin is right about being able to start a business for free with the use of sites like Freecycle.

    I have had a few emails from people on my own site (freesources.co.uk) asking about using Freecycle.org to source stock for eBay shops and online sites. This seems a bit of a no brainer however it does not sit well with me that you are profiting of someone else's generosity.

    The ethos of Freecycle is to donate something that someone needs and will use. The person donating gives in the knowledge that their cherished item will go to a good home whilst the recipient is grateful for a need being filled.

    Think twice before pillaging freecycle for eBay stock.
    On the other hand, I often get no replies when I offer items. I try to hang on and post again in a few weeks, but sometimes have to send it to the dump. I would rather it go to anyone, even if they will profit from it, rather than send it to landfill.

    I would prefer to help a deserving cause, but my primary aim is recycling.

    I would suggest that honest traders should reply making clear that they intend to resell the item, so that the offerer can make their own decision.
    koru
  • I thought the ethos of freecycle was simply to keep stuff out of landfill? As far as I'm concerned it doesn't matter what people do with my freecycled stuff once its off my hands, as long as its not illegal and not dumped on landfill! If they want to make money on it, good on them, just cause I couldn't be bothered to carboot it or ebay it doesn't mean someone else shouldn't have a chance.

    But I agree people should have the courtesy to say that they are planning to sell it when they contact the offerer. I'm sure there are some people that won't then consider them, and then some like me who don't mind either way.
  • I have had very little success with the recycling web sites. I have sought to give away numbers of items, ranging from electric typewriters to dishwashers, on them without success no response - nothing. Much better has been craigslist where I have been able to offer them for free and had responses within two days.

    My advice is offer whatever you might be disposing of on your local recycling site but also go to craigslist.
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    My tip would be that it is amazing what people can find a use for, so give freecycle/freegle a try even with things you are sure will not be taken. It isn't just shiny, good condition, modern things that go. It only takes a minute to post an offer - much easier than an eBay listing, for instance.

    As examples, I have had people who are delighted to take off my hands (and save me the bother of taking to the dump):
    • 10 central heating radiators that are 35 years old (to be used to make a simple solar power water heater)
    • room-size rolls of carpets that are 15 year old (from about six different rooms) - to be used by someone who was on benefits and trying to furnish their first flat
    • bits of wood from a dismantled wardrobe (to be used as stakes in an allotment)
    • a very old built-in oven

    Sometimes it takes more than one try, but I would guess that someone takes 9 out of every 10 items that I offer.

    If you have the builders in, doing a new kitchen or bathroom, think about what could be useable if it is taken out with a bit of care (instead of with a sledge hammer). I found my builders were willing to go out of their way to save things, once I had asked them not to just sling it in the skip. It might even mean you hire one less skip.
    koru
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    I thought the ethos of freecycle was simply to keep stuff out of landfill? As far as I'm concerned it doesn't matter what people do with my freecycled stuff once its off my hands, as long as its not illegal and not dumped on landfill! If they want to make money on it, good on them, just cause I couldn't be bothered to carboot it or ebay it doesn't mean someone else shouldn't have a chance.

    But I agree people should have the courtesy to say that they are planning to sell it when they contact the offerer. I'm sure there are some people that won't then consider them, and then some like me who don't mind either way.
    To me, there's multiple benefits.
    • People taking my stuff helps me keep it out of landfill.
    • As they are willing to reuse something instead of buying it new, that reduces demand for new manufacturing, which reduces the greenhouse gases that would have been emitted in manufacturing.
    • It saves me hiring a van to take bulky stuff to the tip.
    • It gives me a warm glow inside when I am helping someone who is obviously down on their luck (and reminds me how lucky I am that I am in the position to be giving away this stuff).
    koru
  • edited 30 September 2009 at 12:50PM
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    edited 30 September 2009 at 12:50PM
    whilst freecycle is the biggest (worldwide) , i dont think this article should be espousing mostly about it.......

    there are plenty of other enviromentally consious groups - realcycle, freegle who are all UK based, whereas freecycle is controlled from the US - i think one of the moderating team (or even MSE team) - should look at the related articles about why the 180+ (40% membership) of uk freecycle groups split from the us freecycle to create the freegle network - http://www.ilovefreegle.org/
    smile --- it makes people wonder what you are up to.... ;) :cool:
  • Freegle is UK BASED - Freeycle is NOT based in the UK OR UK run. There are a great number of UK run Freegle groups, and more are coming online all the time. The Freecycle Network as it is known, on the other hand, does NOT use Yahoo groups, ALL Freecycle groups are being moved to the US owned, US operated, and now 'sponsored' Freecycle Network.

    I strongly recommend using Freegle and other UK based organisations rather than Freecycle, as the US owners/operators have no idea of geography and you may get someone from the other end of the country looking for your item!

    That said, re-use groups really do work! We have passed on LOTS of items, and have been able to re-use many more - saving a LOT of money in the process. I even managed to track down a garden sycthe the other day, now I can clear my overgrown plot with ease - for free!

    DON'T BIN - RECYCLE IT WITH FREEGLE!

    WWW.ilovefreegle.org to find your local group!:beer:
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