Freecycle or Craigslist – Keeping stuff out of landfills

March 20, 2008

I have five office chairs and a desk which a previous tenant had left behind when they moved out.  I knew that these items need to be given away so I decided I would give “freecycle” a try and see how it compares to Craigslist.  I’ve used Craigslist a lot in the past, as I tend to give away a lot of stuff which tenants tend to leave behind.  When I set up a “freecycle” account, I really did not like the fact that I had to use a Yahoo account.  While I already had a Yahoo account, it seemed silly that I had to use one in order to join a “freecycle” group.  The next thing that I did not really care for was when I posted on freecycle, I could not add a photo of the items directly to the posted entry.  I had to separately add the photo to an album else where on the site and make reference to it.  I did get immediate response from the posting and it was nice to get an email from someone in the neighborhood that was will to pick up a chair.  After a week, I only had one chair get picked up.  I’m going back to Craigslist and posting over there as it is way easier to get the posting listed.  I think the net result really is the same, free on Craigslist or free on freecycle, both keep things from going into the landfill.


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