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anyone use freecycle ?

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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
I used it for the 1st time the on friday, My little girl got a new bed so i put on a immaculate midsleeper with a brandnew mattress on,
i got loads and loads of replys, is there people who use it trader type people i would like to think the things go to a needy home, i have loads more stuff to list but if there is traders ect is there anyway to work out its going to a genuine home or am i being to untrusting of people, the lady who took the bed seemed genuine and said they will use it, i would like to think it went to someone like that, i dont mind giving things away but would rather they went somewhere needy
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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#1
I used to use it, but an ex mod from there told me it's just like the charity shops, the staff cream off the best stuff.

Never bothered since.


Oh then add to that the people who ask for stuff purely to sell on... lol
#2
I tried to join once. It's basically a yahoo group. You have to answer loads of questions before you can join the group. I e-mailed them twice before I eventually gave up. Complete waste of time in my opinion.
#3
ChipSticks
I used to use it, but an ex mod from there told me it's just like the charity shops, the staff cream off the best stuff.

Never bothered since.


Oh then add to that the people who ask for stuff purely to sell on... lol



how do you know if its staff tho i got loads of email replys and i picked out wich one i wanted it to go to, does this mean the emails could of been off mods ?
#4
planearm
I tried to join once. It's basically a yahoo group. You have to answer loads of questions before you can join the group. I e-mailed them twice before I eventually gave up. Complete waste of time in my opinion.


Yes I found that too.

I use Gumtree - in the freebies section and have got rid of loads that way
#5
There are, but be clear in your listings that you do not want the items to be sold on.

Some of the traders are very upfront and let you know they will be selling it, others only apply to the listings that state they dont mind who takes it, just as long as they take it quickly. Unfortunatley as with everywhere there are a few dishonest people who will spin you a line to get your goods, but after posting a few items you will soon see who the people are who request absolutley everything and anything.

If you ever give anything to someone and you later catch them selling it (at a carboot for example) and you stated no traders / sellers in the listing then you can contact the moderating team and they will take the appropriate action.
#6
SABJ
how do you know if its staff tho i got loads of email replys and i picked out wich one i wanted it to go to, does this mean the emails could of been off mods ?


Mods have to approve an advert before it's posted on the site. They can reply to whoever they want before the advert is even posted.

I've replied to things before the very minute it's posted and had a reply back saying the item had already gone. Never understood why till I found out what the mods do.
#7
i give lots of things away on my free cycle and yes sometimes you do get the odd one that wants to sell on but mostly they are people that need the items on offeri love it as my house gets decluttered every couple of months.you also get to know your mod when your giving loads all the time.i know mine and have met them.
#8
sabj - why dont you contact your local charity groups - womens rescue / nspcc / samaritans

they are always looking for furniture for people/families who are being rehoused

a lot on freecycle are traders - as you say - making money out of your good heartedness

how to tell the truthful ones?? its hard
#9
ChipSticks;6278915
I used to use it, but an ex mod from there told me it's just like the charity shops, the staff cream off the best stuff.


I'm a mod on our freecycle and yes we get to see posts before they go out but if there is something I would like myself I still forward it on and openly say in my emails to the person offering that I am a moderator, usually I end up getting offered the item afterwards anyway, we do the moderating for free often upto 200 posts or more a day.

SABJ;6278925
how do you know if its staff tho i got loads of email replys and i picked out wich one i wanted it to go to, does this mean the emails could of been off mods ?

If it is from a moderator In my case I mention it in my reply to the person offering out of courtesy.
#10
holly100
sabj - why dont you contact your local charity groups - womens rescue / nspcc / samaritans

they are always looking for furniture for people/families who are being rehoused

a lot on freecycle are traders - as you say - making money out of your good heartedness

how to tell the truthful ones?? its hard



i usually give all my things to charity, but to be honest i wanted the bed out asap we had just done the room out and didnt want it sat in garage till u had time to take it somewhere, a friend said freecycle people take things quick and it was true it was gone within 2 hours, i think its brilliant for people who need things what you dont want its nice to see where your stuff is going, i think when i list again ill just put please only people who really need and hopefully someone who needs it will get it, i wouldnt mind giving to a trader if no one wanted it but id much rather a family who needed it got it, if that makes sense heehee:?
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planearm;6278920
I tried to join once. It's basically a yahoo group. You have to answer loads of questions before you can join the group. I e-mailed them twice before I eventually gave up. Complete waste of time in my opinion.



There is good news on the horizon regarding that as Freecycle is nearly at an end, the questions are down to it being yahoo groups based, we are due to move to a new system (possibly google groups)


[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]Dear Freecycle Group Owners and Moderators [/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman][/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]After a prolonged discussion and two rounds of voting the IAFCMods have selected the name:[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman][/FONT][SIZE=5]Freegle [/SIZE]
[FONT=Times New Roman][/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]To be used for our new recycling network for the next six months. [/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]At that time, whoever’s running the network can review how well it's working and whether to change it. For interest, though, of the people who voted, Freegle voted for this to be a temporary name. [/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman][/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]If you are planning to change your group's name there is no requirement to use the name, but we would appreciate it if you put "part of the Freegle network" in your group's description after your group's name. This will help the public to know that you are part of the network rather than just an individual group, and will help spread the name. We'll provide logos when we have them.[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]
We wish you all the best in running your group as a local concern, with the support of your fellow moderators in the UK .[/SIZE][/FONT]
#12
I have used it and wont again. Gave some perfectly good toys away (bags full) and spotted the lady at a carboot the following week with all my stuff. I learned my lesson!

People claim poverty on there but have access to a computer and internet! My advice would be the same as hollys local charity groups - womens rescue / nspcc / samaritans
#13
I've said it before about Freecycle on here,if i don't want to lug stuff to a charity shop or Ebay items etc myself i'm not bothered if anyone takes the stuff to sell on,i'm just happy to get rid of it and as i don't drive someone collecting it from my house is perfect for me.

If it bothers you that someone might sell your stuff on then as others have said its best not to give it away on there.:thumbsup:
#14
4lyons09;6278961
I have used it and wont again. Gave some perfectly good toys away (bags full) and spotted the lady at a carboot the following week with all my stuff. I learned my lesson!

People claim poverty on there but have access to a computer and internet! My advice would be the same as hollys local charity groups - womens rescue / nspcc / samaritans


Send a message to the moderators if you see people doing this, trust me they will be dealt with as it is against the spirit of freecycle.

I have seen someone selling a distinctive dining table and chairs on the flea market for £200 that I recognized from a freecycle post with photo's uploaded, so I personally banned them, after emailing the person who gave it away to find which member had taken it.

Its happened to me too when we gave a kids bike away and saw it on a carboot sale the next weekend, I told them face to face that they was no longer welcome to use freecycle.
#15
Its really difficult to use, would be alot better if it was on a forum laid out like this one
#16
deb8z
I've said it before about Freecycle on here,if i don't want to lug stuff to a charity shop or Ebay items etc myself i'm not bothered if anyone takes the stuff to sell on,i'm just happy to get rid of it and as i don't drive someone collecting it from my house is perfect for me.

If it bothers you that someone might sell your stuff on then as others have said its best not to give it away on there.:thumbsup:



yeh very true, i wouldnt mind where it went as im like you i wanted it out and gone but when you get replys that people really need it, it would be nice for them to get it just wondered if there was a way to spot a trader for next time,
#17
SABJ
yeh very true, i wouldnt mind where it went as im like you i wanted it out and gone but when you get replys that people really need it, it would be nice for them to get it just wondered if there was a way to spot a trader for next time,


Just remember people say they really need it but they have access to internet and a pc/laptop.

Shame there isnt a feedback system on there, would make it easier when choosing a collecter as you can see if they get a lot or if they really 'need' it

Good Luck :-D
#18
SABJ
yeh very true, i wouldnt mind where it went as im like you i wanted it out and gone but when you get replys that people really need it, it would be nice for them to get it just wondered if there was a way to spot a trader for next time,


When they turn up in a van or estate car lol

I've no idea really how to "tell" but i'm sometimes a bit sceptical of peoples "sob stories"
#19
4lyons09
Just remember people say they really need it but they have access to internet and a pc/laptop.

Shame there isnt a feedback system on there, would make it easier when choosing a collecter as you can see if they get a lot or if they really 'need' it

Good Luck :-D


That would be a good idea,feedback,as you say,you'd know whether someone was on there all the time and receving goods.

I've only ever given stuff away on there.
#20
What about on here?

What you got?
suspended#21
I would prob ask the council for the number of the local mum and child hostel etc... most woman have to run away with their children with nothing so need all the help they can get x
banned#22
you should ask on your street. .. you may make a few friends then
#23
deb8z
When they turn up in a van or estate car lol

I've no idea really how to "tell" but i'm sometimes a bit sceptical of peoples "sob stories"


i know that was the thing some of the stories were so desperate i was thinking i didnt realise people were sooo poor, one lady said her child was sleeping in the bath :?, i think ill just keep in mind if i want it to go quick it doesnt matter who it goes to ( and on fs it goes very quick )

deek72
What about on here?

What you got?


i think it would take longer for things to go on here as freecycle is local and things get took alot quicker

Tinkytayls
I would prob ask the council for the number of the local mum and child hostel etc... most woman have to run away with their children with nothing so need all the help they can get x


good idea for clothing and things, :thumbsup:
#24
child sleeping in a bath. maybe said that just to get it.
A mother would give up her bed for her child surely?
#25
deb8z
I've said it before about Freecycle on here,if i don't want to lug stuff to a charity shop or Ebay items etc myself i'm not bothered if anyone takes the stuff to sell on,i'm just happy to get rid of it and as i don't drive someone collecting it from my house is perfect for me.

If it bothers you that someone might sell your stuff on then as others have said its best not to give it away on there.:thumbsup:


i agree, if you dont want the stuff who cares, if its in god nick then sell it, if you cant be bothered ten again, who cares where it goes
#26
A child sleeping in a bath but she manages to pay for internet connection,that's gotta be a lie:w00t:
#27
deb8z
A child sleeping in a bath but she manages to pay for internet connection,that's gotta be a lie:w00t:


and dont forget a pc or laptop :thumbsup: plasma,skyhd,ps3's etc proberly aswell lol.

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