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Great reminder today from a member

Dear Members,

I received this note today from Susan, a MarinFreecycle member since 2009. She shared recent frustrations, and some really great observations about why it’s not always the best idea to commit to those who rush to reply to Offer posts. I’ve written about this many times over the years, and wanted to share part of her note today, and add my comments about it.

“My experience has been that more often than
not I end up getting several enthusiastic responses,
then people flake. Meanwhile, I am trying to uphold
a sense of fairness i.e. allowing the first person to
have “dibs” even tho the 3rd or 4th person can come
right away. Time and time again the first person flakes,
forgets, changes their mind, becomes totally high-
maintenance, or whatever. 

“I think this is part of the reason why people resort to the
“curb alerts” of craigslist-OR-just toss their stuff in the

Does this sound familiar? Most likely it’s happened to all of us. We all have different reasons for wanting to clear out that Offered item right away, but I want to remind you that this group does not subscribe to, and actually discourages gifting to the first person who responds. It’s totally up to you of course, but a better tactic, if you have the time, is to wait at least 24 to 72 hours to give Members time to receive the Daily Digest and respond to your offer. The added benefit of this is that you’ll have a backup list of interested folks. When you do respond or make a commitment, kindly let the person know that you are looking forward to them keeping their pickup commitment. Feel free to note that you have a backup list as well. Last but not least, don’t post a Taken message until the item has been picked up. If you feel you must post a Promised message to the group, which is allowed, always include that you have a backup list in case of a no-show.

Lastly, if you just want something gone immediately, our group is probably not the best place to post your Offer. I suggest that you try — which allows addresses — a practice we DO NOT allow.

Thanks everyone. I hope your recycling experience via MarinFreecycle will benefit from this note. Many thanks to Susan for sharing her thoughts.

Nicole Price
Moderator, MarinFreecycle

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Offerers…I feel your pain!

In the past 3 weeks I’ve made a few Offer posts. Not big ticket items. Just things that could be of use to others. It’s turned out to be an interesting exercise in frustration — as they were not handed off to anyone. Lots of emails came in initially, but alas, not a single person followed through with their pickup. So this new year I have posted them again to see if perhaps now that the holiday hustle & bustle is over, the follow-thru is better. BTW, I use a different handle when I post offers.

Why do you respond to Offer posts?

It seems like a lot of the same people respond to each and every Offer post! Do they really need that many things? Or is it the race to “win” the thing that everyone else wants?

What about you?

Do you get stuff on the board and then give it to someone else? Are you keeping an eye open for another person or family in need to give what you receive to them? Has your packrat nature got the best of you, and your new found treasures just sitting and collecting dust? Or do you resell the gifts you receive at a flea market, garage sale, or on eBay?

Believe it or not, ALL of the above happen every day. And as it happens, they are all acceptable within the freecycle rules, because the true purpose of freecycle is to keep things out of the landfill. End of story.

Now, if any of the above offends you (selling a gifted item is the usual offender for most…), you can always put a note in your post that you would like your item to go to a non-profit. And you can always add that you would like a receipt from them for tax purposes.

Do you have an opinion about animal offer posts?

If you do, this is the place for it!

(Below is the orginal Admin post at the Yahoo Groups site 8/23/09)

Dear Members,

Yesterday a message was posted from a member who offered 2 cats. Today that
member posted a taken message, with a positive note attached to it. Sounds like
a happy ending — yay!!

Well, not exactly for all… I also received 3 emails from folks who were
surprised (saddened, concerned), to see the message on the board. I replied to
them that our rules regarding pet posts states:

“PET POSTS: Allowed are Offers only. Be sure to be lovingly careful on gifting a

I haven’t received replies, but I also told them that I would post an admin
about this, as well as a note on my blog so that others could weigh in with
their general opinion about animal offer posts. You can add your comments at\
No log-in required. Your name & email is required only if you
post. Email is never shared.

Best regards,