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Title: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on March 11, 2010, 09:32:08 AM
This morning, someone asked for 10 square-dancing crinolines on my Freecycle list.
Last week, someone was asking for a free CPAP machine (again on Freecycle).

Methinks some people don't understand the value of what they are asking for... ???  What weird or outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle recently?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: otterwoman on March 11, 2010, 10:48:25 AM
I've seen people ask for working cars, flat screen tvs, and Wiis. Yeah, good luck with that.

I've asked for old metal bed springs. And got them. DH made a harrow from them.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Belle on March 11, 2010, 12:04:12 PM
The oddest I ever saw was for an offer, not a request. The subject header said something like, "OFFER: Fence-jumping goat." Apparently, the goat was able to jump their fence, and once he was over, the other animals followed.  ::)

It gave me quite a laugh. I tried to convince my husband that we couldn't say no to a free goat, but apparently we can.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: WhiteTigerCub on March 11, 2010, 12:24:26 PM
I once put an ad on Criagslist to pay someone $50 to come haul away/burn my ex's couch.  :) 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: L.A. Lady on March 11, 2010, 02:04:55 PM
My local Freecycle seems to get a lot of requests for condoms and other types of birth control. I have no idea why.  ???

There is also a lady that likes to post about once a month, giving away her freezer food that she cleans out of her fridge. One item was some lamb chops that had been in her freezer for about 2 years.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: WHATSNEW on March 11, 2010, 02:08:52 PM
My local Freecycle seems to get a lot of requests for condoms and other types of birth control. I have no idea why.  ???

There is also a lady that likes to post about once a month, giving away her freezer food that she cleans out of her fridge. One item was some lamb chops that had been in her freezer for about 2 years.

Well on the other hand I have seen ads for people asking for old meat/freezer burnt food so that they could make dog food for their pets.  

And I have seen lots of ads for people giving away old cooking oil for anyone who makes biodiesel.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: pinkunicorn on March 11, 2010, 02:46:16 PM
I've seen people looking for Windows Vista software, looking for cars, refridgerators, very large (50 gal) fish tanks. 

But the best one I've seen so far? An offer for Cured Manure.  I grew up on a dairy farm, and I know that people like to use manure for fertilizer. But for some reason, seeing poop offered on freecycle struck me as hilarious.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Bibliophile on March 11, 2010, 02:58:28 PM
One that made me giggle today was "CPU-beige-older model" - well, because EVERYONE shops for computers by color   ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Aeris on March 11, 2010, 03:01:17 PM
One that made me giggle today was "CPU-beige-older model" - well, because EVERYONE shops for computers by color   ::)

Lol.

To be fair, though, if you tell me the CPU casing is beige, I have a good idea about how old it actually is. ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wulfie on March 11, 2010, 05:26:38 PM
I have seen so many illegal things being given away on our freecycle. Perscription medications, illegal drugs, homebrewed white lightning (illegal to manufacture in my state).  I admit that I have turned them into the cops when I see them.

I have seen requests for full houses of furniture, money, houses, cars, medications, GPS units. Tons of stuff.     
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: A.P. Wulfric on March 11, 2010, 06:38:42 PM
My favorite was a new laptop, never used. This was a want.

Also, a wii fit plus, with balance board, never used.  They wanted this ASAP on Christmas Eve.  Hmmmmmm

I don't see any really odd offers, but we do get a huge amount of wanteds, and they generally are from the same few people.  I'll get a dozen right in a row from one person.

Then there was the person who asked for a blue bumbo seat, with tray every.single.day for 4 months.  She hasn't been around in awhile, but as Alex has outgrown his bumbo, I'm guessing her baby no longer needs it either. That or someone finally gave her one....
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sophia on March 11, 2010, 06:42:32 PM
Just the other day someone asked for a jetski.  Yeah, right.  It got so bad at mine that they limit people to one want per day and only on mon/wed/fri and it must be mod-approved. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Paper Roses on March 11, 2010, 07:04:38 PM
I saw one the other day under "barter" - a woman claimed to by psychic and was offering to give psychic readings in exchange for housework.  

No doubt they're knocking her door down to take her up on that one.


I just checked it again - I saw this under "wanted:" 

"Wanted:  Scrabble"

Too good.  Just too good.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sirius on March 11, 2010, 07:41:08 PM
I can see the reasoning behind wanting old medical supplies, e.g. wheelchairs, walkers, bath seats, even the CPAP machine.  Some of that stuff can be expensive, and if someone is going to have to use it for the long term, it wouldn't pay to rent it.  Plus, I'm sure there are people out there who end up in my aunt's situation - she had two different types of walkers, a four-prong cane, and a wheelchair sitting in her garage after my older aunt who had lived with her passed away.  She gave one walker to a friend of hers who had had a hip replacement, and donated the other items to the local nursing home.  My aunt is still quite young, so the odds are that if she ever needs anything like that it won't be for many years, and in the meantime it's just taking up space, so it's good that she was able to pass it along to someone who could use it now.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Martienne on March 11, 2010, 07:44:50 PM
Just the other day someone asked for a jetski.  Yeah, right.  It got so bad at mine that they limit people to one want per day and only on mon/wed/fri and it must be mod-approved. 

My local group limits wanted posts to one per week per household. Things have not only calmed down, they have gotten more reasonable. I suppose it's not worth wasting your one wanted post a week to ask for something completely outlandish.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: siamesecat2965 on March 11, 2010, 08:28:38 PM
I can see the reasoning behind wanting old medical supplies, e.g. wheelchairs, walkers, bath seats, even the CPAP machine.  Some of that stuff can be expensive, and if someone is going to have to use it for the long term, it wouldn't pay to rent it.  Plus, I'm sure there are people out there who end up in my aunt's situation - she had two different types of walkers, a four-prong cane, and a wheelchair sitting in her garage after my older aunt who had lived with her passed away.  She gave one walker to a friend of hers who had had a hip replacement, and donated the other items to the local nursing home.  My aunt is still quite young, so the odds are that if she ever needs anything like that it won't be for many years, and in the meantime it's just taking up space, so it's good that she was able to pass it along to someone who could use it now.

POD - why not donate it to someone who can really use it?  And while I totally understand WHY its illegal and can't be done, ESPECIALLY on Freecycle, its too bad there isn't some way to get un-needed medicine to someone who does. I mean legally and through some sort of strict system.  I know when my dad died; we got rid of TONS of stuff; pricy stuff, and my mom kept saying it was such a shame that there wasn't any way to get it to someone who needed it, but couldn't afford it.  But like I said, I totally understand why it can't be done.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mrs_deb on March 11, 2010, 09:07:50 PM
I offered three grocery bags of beef fat trimmings.

They went like a shot.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on March 11, 2010, 09:29:55 PM
The first one that comes to mind is a boat.  I believe there was even a length and type specified, although I can't remember now.  The guy who asked for it asked for lots of big things--riding lawnmower, car, TV, computer, etc.  And every ad ended or began with some variation of "I am handicapped and would love to have this."  I didn't really understand what one thing had to do with the other aside from trying to garner sympathy.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: SheltieMom on March 11, 2010, 11:40:05 PM
I can see the reasoning behind wanting old medical supplies, e.g. wheelchairs, walkers, bath seats, even the CPAP machine.  Some of that stuff can be expensive, and if someone is going to have to use it for the long term, it wouldn't pay to rent it.  Plus, I'm sure there are people out there who end up in my aunt's situation - she had two different types of walkers, a four-prong cane, and a wheelchair sitting in her garage after my older aunt who had lived with her passed away.  She gave one walker to a friend of hers who had had a hip replacement, and donated the other items to the local nursing home.  My aunt is still quite young, so the odds are that if she ever needs anything like that it won't be for many years, and in the meantime it's just taking up space, so it's good that she was able to pass it along to someone who could use it now.

POD - why not donate it to someone who can really use it?  And while I totally understand WHY its illegal and can't be done, ESPECIALLY on Freecycle, its too bad there isn't some way to get un-needed medicine to someone who does. I mean legally and through some sort of strict system.  I know when my dad died; we got rid of TONS of stuff; pricy stuff, and my mom kept saying it was such a shame that there wasn't any way to get it to someone who needed it, but couldn't afford it.  But like I said, I totally understand why it can't be done.

There are nonprofit organizations that can use some of the surplus medical supplies. One I highly recommend is Rapha International:
http://www.raphainternational.org/index.asp?IDRapha=1
I know some of the people involved in this, and can guarantee it's legitimate.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wulfie on March 12, 2010, 11:17:20 AM
For things like walkers, canes, wheelchairs, ect try contacting a local nursing home or senior/diabled apartment building.  We have tenants who constantly need things like that and it takes FOREVER to get them via insurance (a wheelchair can take up to a year to get) having spare items that you can loan out/give to those who need them makes life so much better for them.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Giggity on March 12, 2010, 11:21:54 AM
The Craigslist posting for Satanic s3x was too funny.

This morning, my Freecycle e-mail included an offer of empty game boxes - Risk, Monopoly, Yahtzee, and (of course) Scrabble, among others. The giver is storing her games without boxes, so if your game box is torn or icky, now's your chance!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: esteban on March 12, 2010, 11:28:01 AM
Can't search it at work, but there is a very amusing craigslist Super mario posting looking for a casual encounter.

"The Fireworks are key to the experience"

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: LadyClaire on March 12, 2010, 12:20:00 PM
I've never noticed any especially weird offers or requests on my local freecycle group. It seems pretty toned down as far as outrageous requests go. I do notice that a lot of cats are offered through freecycle here..it seems every day there are multiple cats put up on there.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Elphaba on March 12, 2010, 01:47:14 PM
I've seen people ask for working cars, flat screen tvs, and Wiis. Yeah, good luck with that.

I've asked for old metal bed springs. And got them. DH made a harrow from them.

What's a harrow?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Tosha Go on March 12, 2010, 02:24:34 PM
The ones I find really wierd are the people who are expecting babies in a few weeks time and have *nothing.*  One mother who was pg with her third child was asking for a number of fairly expensive items, like a crib, chanigng table, bouncy chair etc...

Ps - I once tried to give away the bottom half of a blender, as i had accidentally broken the mixer part.  No Takers.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: otterwoman on March 12, 2010, 03:59:38 PM
I've seen people ask for working cars, flat screen tvs, and Wiis. Yeah, good luck with that.

I've asked for old metal bed springs. And got them. DH made a harrow from them.

What's a harrow?

A device for breaking up ground or for smoothing it out, depending on what you want. DH had spread gravel along the driveway. He used the harrow to smooth it out a bit.
http://www.answers.com/topic/harrow

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on March 12, 2010, 08:01:27 PM
I think over the course of my last several years on Freecycle, I have seen maybe half a dozen offers of cars (mostly not running) or other big-ticket items.  We considered putting DH's car on Freecycle (we eventually sold it for $150) - but honestly, we could have gotten $100 from a scrap place who would come and tow it away, or we could have donated it to several nonprofits for the tax writeoff.  Sure, it was about as cheap as a car can get, but $100 is still $100!

Someone here was desperate for a chick incubator for a while - posted once a week for months.  I always appreciate when someone offers something and they take a picture of it first - I'm not going to reply to "offer: sofa" because I assume it's probably full of cat pee and vomit, but if the picture looks nice I might actually find the sofa useful  :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kimblee on March 12, 2010, 08:15:01 PM
The Craigslist posting for Satanic s3x was too funny.

This morning, my Freecycle e-mail included an offer of empty game boxes - Risk, Monopoly, Yahtzee, and (of course) Scrabble, among others. The giver is storing her games without boxes, so if your game box is torn or icky, now's your chance!

That's actually kinda nice though.

I have a complete clue set,but the box is ratty and falling apart, I might appreciat having a newer, nicerbox for it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: FunkyMunky on March 12, 2010, 09:15:20 PM
The Craigslist posting for Satanic s3x was too funny.

This morning, my Freecycle e-mail included an offer of empty game boxes - Risk, Monopoly, Yahtzee, and (of course) Scrabble, among others. The giver is storing her games without boxes, so if your game box is torn or icky, now's your chance!

That's actually kinda nice though.

I have a complete clue set,but the box is ratty and falling apart, I might appreciat having a newer, nicerbox for it.

That's why I bought the 'vintage' versions in the wooden boxes. :)

Weirdest thing I've seen asked for - wedding dress. Must be unworn, off-white, by X designer. I have seen offers for previously worn dresses, but not by X designer (whose work is gorgeous, but starts at 3.5k). And anyone with an unworn (or really, any) gown is much more likely to eBay it than give it away.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on March 12, 2010, 10:05:28 PM
Re: all the posts about wants for new items.

Do people not understand what freecycle is? A place to give away things that you would otherwise toss in the trash - not a charity group?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Martienne on March 12, 2010, 10:29:26 PM
To be fair, there are possible reasons to give away new items. I had several garage work benches I had bought at Big Lots a couple of years ago, but we had never had a chance to put them together. Last month we thought we were going to give our house up deed in lieu of foreclosure so that my husband could start a job out of state (ended up he has to go through a longer process to start). Since we thought we would be vacating the house within a couple of weeks, I gave these away along with a couple other items (large kids' toys) that were new in the box. But I doubt that if someone were posting a want for something new that I would happen to have that I would want to get rid of before moving.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mikeylou on March 13, 2010, 08:10:02 AM
Re: all the posts about wants for new items.

Do people not understand what freecycle is? A place to give away things that you would otherwise toss in the trash - not a charity group?

No - They look no further than the word "Free" and they go crazy.

Someone on my group actually submitted a request for a Louis Vutton (sp?) purse.  I don't know what happened to it, though - I got the pending msg notice but it wasn't in the queue; wasn't approved; and wasn't "Canceled".  I guess My Freecycle ate it.

We also have had a couple "new moms" asking for everything under the sun for their pending new addition.  ie: posts start in november for the "baby due in january and i need everything!"  It just made me raise and eyebrow and think...You've been pregnant for 7 months and just now realize that you're woefully unprepared?  Or did the baby shower not net you the gifts you wanted? 

The thing is, it's great if you post something that's brand new and never used.  Super!  Or offer a somewhat "high ticket item" because you no longer have a use for it.  The problem is the people who think they need to ask for it every week and beg.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sophia on March 13, 2010, 09:55:57 AM
...  ie: posts start in november for the "baby due in january and i need everything!"  It just made me raise and eyebrow and think...You've been pregnant for 7 months and just now realize that you're woefully unprepared?  ...

I am pregnant and freecycling, and I don't get those either.  Sometimes I wonder if those people are the ones that turn around and garage sale the stuff, and baby stuff is more likely to be worth something.

I think the thing that annoys me about the "wanted: new item" is that while people sometimes give away new stuff (I have) they aren't to be willing to give it up because someone asked for it.  For example, I found some brand-new Miata accessories that my Ex, whom I call Mistake, stored in my closet. Miata is long gone, so I freecycled it.  But, I would have ignored a "wanted" the day before.  In fact, I would have ignored the "wanted" email even on the exact day.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on March 13, 2010, 10:18:47 AM
In my former city I saw some strange Freecycle requests.

One was from a supposedly single mom who needed kitchen appliances. She wanted a range and a fridge.
She got a lot of responses but turned them all down. The reason: they weren't stainless steel!  ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on March 13, 2010, 12:51:42 PM
To be fair, there are possible reasons to give away new items. I had several garage work benches I had bought at Big Lots a couple of years ago, but we had never had a chance to put them together. Last month we thought we were going to give our house up deed in lieu of foreclosure so that my husband could start a job out of state (ended up he has to go through a longer process to start). Since we thought we would be vacating the house within a couple of weeks, I gave these away along with a couple other items (large kids' toys) that were new in the box. But I doubt that if someone were posting a want for something new that I would happen to have that I would want to get rid of before moving.

I have given away new items too - I figured if I haven't opened it in 5 years why bother keeping? But to ask for a brand new computer? and $3.5 wedding dress? Even if I did have one I never used that is a "sell" item - not a toss it item!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: WHATSNEW on March 17, 2010, 08:05:09 AM
Well this takes the cake......

Frozen Chicken Wings.... 8-9 Pounds (Arlington Court House)

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Date: 2010-03-16, 10:11PM EDT
Reply to: sale-vmaws-1647649448@craigslist.org

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We bought a frozen 10LB bag of chicken wings for the monthly meeting of Arlington Vegetarians at our house. Obviously, we grossly miscalculated our demand for these delicious poultry appendages of flight, and now you can benefit.

Only 1-2 pounds of the wings were served up, and we have already eaten chicken wings 3 nights in a row. No more!! Bring on the beef!

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Layla Miller on March 17, 2010, 08:45:43 AM
We bought a frozen 10LB bag of chicken wings for the monthly meeting of Arlington Vegetarians at our house.

 :o I'm having trouble reading past this line.  I...really want to hear the full story on that one!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: LadyClaire on March 17, 2010, 08:55:41 AM
We bought a frozen 10LB bag of chicken wings for the monthly meeting of Arlington Vegetarians at our house.

 :o I'm having trouble reading past this line.  I...really want to hear the full story on that one!

Me too. I had to re-read it a couple of times to make sure I'd gotten it right, because my brain said "wait...what? does..not..compute.."
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: WHATSNEW on March 17, 2010, 08:58:48 AM
Here's the link: 

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/zip/1647649448.html

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on March 17, 2010, 10:00:45 AM
Err, I read that as "veterans" and didn't catch what was so strange . . .

Yeah.  Like the time the local hospital served cookies and lemonade to the diabetics association meeting - that didn't go over well.  (How hard would it be to serve a snack that wasn't full of sugar?)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Paper Roses on March 17, 2010, 10:22:30 AM
I can't believe all the ones I've seen lately by people looking for rental homes or apartments.  They want to pay bargain basement prices but they want all the best stuff, and they're not shy about making demands.  Like, "Must have:  updated kitchen, 3BRs, minimum 1.5 baths, dishwasher, washer dryer, yard, plenty of closet space . . ." which is fine, but they want it for the price of an average studio.

What takes the cake, though, is the people who make no bones (ha ha, no pun intended) about the fact that they smoke - and not cigarettes.  Is that really something you want to blast over the internet in a way that can be traced back to you?  Might as well put an ad out saying "For sale:  Truckload of stolen merchandise."
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: TotterGirl on March 17, 2010, 01:03:15 PM
But the best one I've seen so far? An offer for Cured Manure.  I grew up on a dairy farm, and I know that people like to use manure for fertilizer. But for some reason, seeing poop offered on freecycle struck me as hilarious.

Oh, I'd be on that sooooo fast!  ;D  I have to buy manure for the garden every year and it is expensive!
Still funny though!  ;)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Giggity on March 17, 2010, 01:13:14 PM
This morning, I saw a WANT for a washer, a dryer, and a fridge. All from the same person.

It's starting to make me wonder why some people think they're above the whole "if I want it, I gotta save up, and then I can go buy it" routine that the rest of us do.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: colleenbean on March 17, 2010, 01:24:20 PM
On Freecycle a few days ago I saw a 'wanted' for an engagement ring, because this guy has been with his girl for 8 years and it's now time.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: LadyClaire on March 17, 2010, 01:26:48 PM
This morning, I saw a WANT for a washer, a dryer, and a fridge. All from the same person.

It's starting to make me wonder why some people think they're above the whole "if I want it, I gotta save up, and then I can go buy it" routine that the rest of us do.

Probably they're hoping they won't have to do that. Or have had luck in the past with picking up things for free or really cheap. After all, a friend of mine on Facebook recently posted that they got a new washer, dryer, and couch, so if anyone wanted to take their old ones, they were more than welcome to.

Then there are entitled people who seem to think that they SHOULD get things for free or super cheap, and they want the top-of-the-line models. Those are the ones I don't understand.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: LadyClaire on March 17, 2010, 01:27:56 PM
On Freecycle a few days ago I saw a 'wanted' for an engagement ring, because this guy has been with his girl for 8 years and it's now time.

 :o

Did he specify carat weight, stone shape, and clarity?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: colleenbean on March 17, 2010, 01:33:24 PM
No, he didn't specify at all, but I know he got a lot of responses because he posted again a day later saying that he really needs a ring because his girl 'earned and deserved' it. No way I'm responding to that.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sirius on March 17, 2010, 01:40:13 PM
His girl "earned and deserved" an engagement ring he got on Freecycle/Craigslist.  You know, that doesn't say much about either of them.  If he's really strapped for cash he should be honest with her about it (which might show how much she "earns and deserves" an engagement ring from him) and save up for one. 

Speaking as someone who bought her groom's ring on sale (60% off) and whose engagement ring was "90 days same as cash." 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: colleenbean on March 17, 2010, 01:44:24 PM
That's actually why I didn't respond - our wedding rings (hematite bands) were 3 for $5 at a locally owned shop here. And that's what *I* would have suggested.
 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: LadyClaire on March 17, 2010, 01:51:52 PM
His girl "earned and deserved" an engagement ring he got on Freecycle/Craigslist.  You know, that doesn't say much about either of them.  If he's really strapped for cash he should be honest with her about it (which might show how much she "earns and deserves" an engagement ring from him) and save up for one. 

Speaking as someone who bought her groom's ring on sale (60% off) and whose engagement ring was "90 days same as cash." 

I'm all for alternate or cheap ways of obtaining an engagement ring. There are many, many ways to save money on an engagement ring...but begging a ring off a bunch of strangers? meh.

Besides, what would he have done if he actually got one, proposed with it, and she hated the ring and wanted a different style?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wheeitsme on March 17, 2010, 03:24:27 PM
No, he didn't specify at all, but I know he got a lot of responses because he posted again a day later saying that he really needs a ring because his girl 'earned and deserved' it. No way I'm responding to that.

If she "earned and deserved" it, he should have been "working and saving" for it.  ::)  After all, he's had 8 years...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: kingsrings on March 17, 2010, 03:35:51 PM
In the 'free' section of craigslist, I once saw an ad giving away free hugs. It didn't stay up very long.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Martienne on March 18, 2010, 02:25:43 PM
Today someone on my local list said her 25th anniversary was coming up, and so she needed a pair of silk or satin pumps, ivory or white (in which case she could dye them), size 7.5-8 wide.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on March 18, 2010, 02:41:52 PM
What perfect timing!  Just yesterday I was laughing to my husband about somebody who posted asking for an "Ikea mammut blue toddler bed" on Freecycle.  I mean, I can totally see asking for a toddler bed, they outgrow those quickly and somebody might be ready to make the switch.  I can even see asking for a blue one, or one in "boy colors" or something, since if they have a boy they might prefer one that isn't done over with Disney Princesses.  But a specific model, from a specific manufacturer, in a specific color?  For crying out loud.

At our old Freecycle, before we moved, somebody asked for something, I forget what, and they were amazingly specific.  Say it was a car, they wanted domestic only, not foreign, 4-door, automatic, color blue, rear spoilers, power steering and windows, LATCH in the back seats, curtain airbags, etc.  The list went on and on.  Well, my husband thought it was so greedy that he posted his own WANTED making fun of it, asking for... a grill, maybe?  But mimicking the exact requirements this guy wanted (a domestically-produced grill with side-curtain grill heaters, something like that).  He almost got himself kicked off Freecycle by the mods.  Got a warning, at least.  That was on a list where the stuff gets posted immediately, though, so people did read it before the mods deleted it from the website.  Funny, I'll admit, but totally rude, and I did tell him to knock it off (politely).

We were in a location temporarily while my husband did military training, and their Freecycle was truly awful.  2/3rds of all posts were WANTEDs, and just like the ones you guys have listed so far: cars, baby gear, expensive electronics, fashion items, etc.  People came across as really greedy.  It wasn't just a few people, though, as far as I could tell by the user names.  If we were going to be there long-term, I would have emailed the mods and recommended that they limit people to one WANTED a week, or a month, or do something to balance out the WANTEDs with OFFERs, like allowing one WANTED but after that they have to post 2 OFFERs to every WANTED.  I know a lot of people hate that rule, but this list really needed to institute something dramatic, at least for a while, then maybe they could relax the rule later.

I post a few WANTEDs, mostly in fits and spurts.  But my WANTED spurts tend to align with OFFER spurts.  Like right now, since we're moving, I've posted twice asking for boxes and moving blankets.  But I've also offered about three dozen items, so I feel like it balances out.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Karmelita on March 27, 2010, 09:23:16 PM
I've had times when I was very active on my local Freecycle list, mostly due to clearing all the extra stuff out of my house.  So I've never posted a wanted - I have too much, don't need more.  I have given away some nice stuff in response to wanteds, though, like a brand new cell phone (didn't need it, but it came with the SIM) and a chest freezer.  I figured that it was probably one of those "can't hurt to ask" things, and I happened to be trying to figure out what to do with those items so it worked out well.

I saw one the other day that seemed really "grabby" to me though:

1) Exercise Treadmill/Stair Stepper or Mini Trampoline in good working condition
2) Boys Golf Clubs (8 years old)
3) Skateboard
4) Chi Flat Iron
5) Authentic Coach Purse
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: M-theory on March 27, 2010, 09:57:51 PM
5) Authentic Coach Purse

If I were rich, and not whipped by EHell, I would buy the most blindingly ugly Coach bag* I could get my hands on and offer it to the person.



*I maintain that blindingly ugly Coach bags exist, in quantity even, and I do own a Coach bag which I love, so it's not poor woman's sour grapes. :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: afbluebelle on March 27, 2010, 09:58:09 PM
When I was through giving away the items I had listed for months of Freecycle (I inherited the contents of my grandparent's house and had no need for about 75% of it...)....I jokingly posted a 'wanted' for gold coins. I was just kidding, and was sure the mod wouldn't post it.

Well, joke's on me, they posted it as if I was serious.

Hehee, this one guy was coming by a couple days after that was posted to pick up some stuff and he brought me a little mesh bag with foil covered chocolate coins! I thought it was hilarious, and he laughingly dared me to post "Received: Gold Coins"

Yeah, I did, and that's when people emailed me frantically who gave you gold coins!!!!

That is so full of win
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on March 29, 2010, 09:27:37 AM
Hoooo-boy, check out what this person is asking for this morning.  Each of these requests was a single, one-line post with "$ITEM Wanted, can p/u in $MYCITY"...

1) Double jogging stroller
2) Medela breast pump
3) Playskool play kitchen set
4) Playskool outdoor play house
5) Papasan infant swing
6) Girls clothing 12mo - 3T
7) Toddler bed and bedding
8) Crib and bedding
9) Changing table

Her offers on that same day were a bag of 0-12months childrens toys and a few kitchen utensils.  Nothing says "special snowflake" quite like asking for hundreds to thousands of dollars of goods on the same day...at least that makes it easier to note the "gimme" for the rest of us!!!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wulfie on April 02, 2010, 10:41:49 AM
We got a good one on my list last night. The lady wants a new or newer tent trailer. Yea, right!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: otterwoman on April 02, 2010, 10:48:32 AM
Hoooo-boy, check out what this person is asking for this morning.  Each of these requests was a single, one-line post with "$ITEM Wanted, can p/u in $MYCITY"...

1) Double jogging stroller
2) Medela breast pump
3) Playskool play kitchen set
4) Playskool outdoor play house
5) Papasan infant swing
6) Girls clothing 12mo - 3T
7) Toddler bed and bedding
8) Crib and bedding
9) Changing table

Her offers on that same day were a bag of 0-12months childrens toys and a few kitchen utensils.  Nothing says "special snowflake" quite like asking for hundreds to thousands of dollars of goods on the same day...at least that makes it easier to note the "gimme" for the rest of us!!!

If her kid is a year old now, why is she asking for a breast pump, crib and changing table? She should already have those things.

Those are the requests that make me yell at my monitor. "I already have 6 kids (ages 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and2), and having another, give me a crib and changing table." I always wonder where the previuos 6 kids slept...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on April 02, 2010, 06:49:42 PM
Hoooo-boy, check out what this person is asking for this morning.  Each of these requests was a single, one-line post with "$ITEM Wanted, can p/u in $MYCITY"...

1) Double jogging stroller
2) Medela breast pump
3) Playskool play kitchen set
4) Playskool outdoor play house
5) Papasan infant swing
6) Girls clothing 12mo - 3T
7) Toddler bed and bedding
8) Crib and bedding
9) Changing table

Her offers on that same day were a bag of 0-12months childrens toys and a few kitchen utensils.  Nothing says "special snowflake" quite like asking for hundreds to thousands of dollars of goods on the same day...at least that makes it easier to note the "gimme" for the rest of us!!!

If her kid is a year old now, why is she asking for a breast pump, crib and changing table? She should already have those things.

Those are the requests that make me yell at my monitor. "I already have 6 kids (ages 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and2), and having another, give me a crib and changing table." I always wonder where the previuos 6 kids slept...

Unfortunately, those are also the people who seem to end up selling their (begged, borrowed, or stolen via Freecycle) baby gear at thrift stores or on eBay.  Used baby gear still sells pretty well - why not just pick up a few extra cribs and make some cash, at the expense of someone trying to be generous?   ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ginlyn32 on April 02, 2010, 06:53:19 PM
Hoooo-boy, check out what this person is asking for this morning.  Each of these requests was a single, one-line post with "$ITEM Wanted, can p/u in $MYCITY"...

1) Double jogging stroller
2) Medela breast pump
3) Playskool play kitchen set
4) Playskool outdoor play house
5) Papasan infant swing
6) Girls clothing 12mo - 3T
7) Toddler bed and bedding
8) Crib and bedding
9) Changing table

Her offers on that same day were a bag of 0-12months childrens toys and a few kitchen utensils.  Nothing says "special snowflake" quite like asking for hundreds to thousands of dollars of goods on the same day...at least that makes it easier to note the "gimme" for the rest of us!!!

If her kid is a year old now, why is she asking for a breast pump, crib and changing table? She should already have those things.

Those are the requests that make me yell at my monitor. "I already have 6 kids (ages 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and2), and having another, give me a crib and changing table." I always wonder where the previuos 6 kids slept...

Well...things do wear out! I had a used crib for my first son (my parents bought it at a yard sale). It lasted through him and my second son. By the time Son #3 came along, I needed a new crib!

I had the same changing table through all three kids. One my mother bought at a yard sale when I was 6 years old. She used it as a linen cupboard/telephone stand. I eventually gave it away to my SIL.

My problem is people wanting "NEW" things. I think you are pressing your luck for even asking. Your asking for something that costs about $70-400 (depending on style/brand).

We never had Freecycle or Craigslist around when my kids were small. If we wanted something, we saved up the money and  bought it or did without. Perish the thought.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that we have communities/organizations where we can get rid of our stuff and maybe get some new "stuff" for free! I just think people need to quit being so picky/grabby about it!

ginlyn
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on April 02, 2010, 09:54:04 PM
We got a good one on my list last night. The lady wants a new or newer tent trailer. Yea, right!

 :o :o :o

Having just bought a travel trailer, her hubris is AMAZING!!!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sophia on April 04, 2010, 09:15:36 AM
What is a bit sad is that I've gotten so tired of all the "wanted" ads, I don't look at any of them anymore.  I have one email account for freecycle, and I download it into outlook into it's own folder.  It got hard to read the "offer" and "taken" ads with all the "wanted" ads, that the "wanted" ones now get automatically sorted into their own folder that I just delete periodically. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: hollasa on April 04, 2010, 09:58:31 AM
I had actually started a blog last year, posting odd things I'd seen:
http://www.wantforfree.info/

Haven't updated it in a while, though.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Suze on April 04, 2010, 10:05:39 AM
I had actually started a blog last year, posting odd things I'd seen:
http://www.wantforfree.info/

Haven't updated it in a while, though.

Oh some of those are really funny --

(PS - anybody have some free plane tickets to England laying around? giggle
I really would like to see a friend there......>end sarcasm<)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Carnation on April 04, 2010, 12:14:47 PM
I had actually started a blog last year, posting odd things I'd seen:

Sounds like someone's starting a big ol' house o' teak.

And mannequin parts ---shudder---
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BarensMom on April 04, 2010, 01:26:21 PM
Actually, my husband and I had airplane tickets to England lying around for a couple years, they were nonrefundable and transferable.  They finally expired, sorry about that.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Suze on April 04, 2010, 02:08:02 PM
Actually, my husband and I had airplane tickets to England lying around for a couple years, they were nonrefundable and transferable.  They finally expired, sorry about that.

oh poop
grin
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Carnation on April 04, 2010, 03:15:45 PM
I don't usually read Freecycle, but am a huge fan of the free category on Craigslist.   It seems every other offer is for a dismal sofa.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kaora on April 05, 2010, 02:09:36 AM
I had actually started a blog last year, posting odd things I'd seen:
http://www.wantforfree.info/

Haven't updated it in a while, though.

If I'm reading the 1$ from 1000 People right...

Is he asking for money in exchange for ill-got software?

... Stuff that you can find online for FREE?  And highly illegal?

I don't endorse this at all, but the sheer head-banginess...

.. It makes my mind hurt.  :o
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: kglory on April 05, 2010, 03:51:06 AM
Well this takes the cake......

Frozen Chicken Wings.... 8-9 Pounds (Arlington Court House)

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Date: 2010-03-16, 10:11PM EDT
Reply to: sale-vmaws-1647649448@craigslist.org

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We bought a frozen 10LB bag of chicken wings for the monthly meeting of Arlington Vegetarians at our house. Obviously, we grossly miscalculated our demand for these delicious poultry appendages of flight, and now you can benefit.

Only 1-2 pounds of the wings were served up, and we have already eaten chicken wings 3 nights in a row. No more!! Bring on the beef!



Hahahaha!  My only question is, how did this group of vegetarians eat 1-2 pounds of chicken wings at all?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: VorFemme on April 05, 2010, 03:44:07 PM
Well this takes the cake......

Frozen Chicken Wings.... 8-9 Pounds (Arlington Court House)

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Date: 2010-03-16, 10:11PM EDT
Reply to: sale-vmaws-1647649448@craigslist.org

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


We bought a frozen 10LB bag of chicken wings for the monthly meeting of Arlington Vegetarians at our house. Obviously, we grossly miscalculated our demand for these delicious poultry appendages of flight, and now you can benefit.

Only 1-2 pounds of the wings were served up, and we have already eaten chicken wings 3 nights in a row. No more!! Bring on the beef!



Hahahaha!  My only question is, how did this group of vegetarians eat 1-2 pounds of chicken wings at all?

Some of them don't eat RED meat, but do eat fowl.  Some of them had dates or SOs with them who weren't vegetarians.  I'm still trying to get into the mind set of someone who is planning a menu for vegetarians and starts with MEAT (even if it is bird meat).
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sirius on April 05, 2010, 05:18:40 PM
Mr. Sirius told me about one he saw:  It showed a picture of a dining room table and said, "This is a dining room table."  That's all.  They didn't say if they were offering it for free, for sale, or for firewood.  There was also no way to reach the poster. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Jules1980 on April 05, 2010, 11:23:37 PM
Once saw someone wanting to get rid of cereal from the 90's.  Apparently, she had bought it during one of the Olympic games, thinking that the celebrity boxes would be worth something someday.  They weren't.    About every other line in the ad was a disclaimer saying DO NOT eat the cereal, but she thought someone who liked those athletes might like to have the boxes.  I thought, why not just throw them out.  You've already told people they're worthless as collectibles and the cereal is probably toxic waste at this point.  I know some people don't like to waste things, but at some point most everything needs to be trashed.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: FunkyMunky on April 06, 2010, 12:02:46 AM
Mr. Sirius told me about one he saw:  It showed a picture of a dining room table and said, "This is a dining room table."  That's all.  They didn't say if they were offering it for free, for sale, or for firewood.  There was also no way to reach the poster. 

Well, this one makes sense - it was clearly an offer of free information.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on April 08, 2010, 09:43:04 AM
This morning one person asked for a digital camera, an iPod, and laptop RAM for a specific new-ish laptop model.  Yeesh.   ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Camarynne on April 08, 2010, 10:15:19 AM
A person on our local Freecycle list posted a "want" for a car recently, anything for transportation, and actually got it!  Of course there was a slight catch, she had to bring it up to smog regulations for our state (California) and then pay to transfer the license plates from another state. So it was free, but it wasn't, KWIM? She was still happy with it. I think she would have done better buying an inexpensive one from here that was smog-ready, but you never know I guess.  :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on April 08, 2010, 12:26:12 PM
I don't have any outrageous requests anymore, because I got *so* annoyed by the ratio of WANTEDs to OFFERs in my new location that I fixed up a filter on Gmail to send all WANTEDs to the trash.  I mean, first of all, I don't have the contents of my house with me since this is a temporary station for us, so I'm unlikely to have anything that people would request, and if I *do* have anything I don't want, I'll post it as an OFFER, so they'll see it anywhere.  It's great, now I can enjoy Freecycle and not have to get steamed about all the expensive wants that people have but don't want to pay for.

The only WANTED posts that I like are for things that other people might think are really trash, that sort of thing, and wouldn't be likely to offer.  Like, say, "WANTED: broken computer parts," or "Wanted: Baby food jars, glass or plastic."  Yogurt cups, peanut butter jars, fabric scraps, things like that.  Things that might be recyclable or not, but that a person wouldn't necessarily think to offer.  Or *possibly* things that a person might be done with and might be storing, but might be willing to pass on if they realized somebody else could use it.  But other than that, I think people should sit back and wait for things to be offered.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Hillia on April 08, 2010, 12:54:39 PM
The ones that irritate me are the ones asking for pet supplies.  Not just an unusual item (say, an Elizabethan collar for an injured pet) but all the basics: collar, leash, bed, bowls, coats, cages for rabbits/hamsters, etc.  If you don't have/can't get these items, you have no business acquiring a pet.  Collars and leashes can be gotten pretty cheaply; I've picked up several at the dollar store.  The same with bowls.  Beds are as easy as an old blanket or towel.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: rhirhi on April 08, 2010, 12:59:33 PM
My area seems to be full of dying/dead people. Because we have offers of CPAPs every other month or so.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: LeeLee88 on April 08, 2010, 02:25:36 PM
Oh man, I wish Freecycle had been around when my great-grandma died!  God bless the woman, she had a thing for hoarding fabric, embroidery thread, yarn, etc. (in addition to hoarding purses, Avon lipsticks, and odd packages of Juicy Fruit inside the pockets of said purses  :P).  We were calling people up for weeks to get rid of that fabric, and only a few took some because great-grandma liked COLOR *spangly spangly*, and those who took it weren't so into the plethora of colors.  We were finally able to clear it off to the local Amish for use in quilts, but even then it was months after we had started cleaning the house out.  Freecycle would have made everything sooo much simpler, honestly.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Jules1980 on April 08, 2010, 06:03:59 PM
Are there really people taking CPAP's off Freecycle?  Why?  If its not, by some coincidence, set to the level you need, it isn't going to do you any good, and can actually hurt you.  Many DME's won't set CPAP's that they don't sell because of insurance risks.  (Someone saying you messed up their machines, etc.)  Just seems like it would be useless. 

However, most people don't know that those machines are not one size/pressure fits all, until they come in to be tested.  So, maybe its people hoping to skip the whole testing part that are taking them.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Martienne on April 13, 2010, 09:03:19 PM
The ones that irritate me are the ones asking for pet supplies.  Not just an unusual item (say, an Elizabethan collar for an injured pet) but all the basics: collar, leash, bed, bowls, coats, cages for rabbits/hamsters, etc.  If you don't have/can't get these items, you have no business acquiring a pet.  Collars and leashes can be gotten pretty cheaply; I've picked up several at the dollar store.  The same with bowls.  Beds are as easy as an old blanket or towel.

But again, Freecycle is really about recycling, not being a charity. I know I would prefer to get used pet items if I could to avoid buying new ones just avoid the waste.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Carnation on April 13, 2010, 10:03:33 PM
Speaking of pets, someone here wanted an adult dog, with no biting, chewing or potty problems and good with children.  She specified that she wanted a large dog that could go running with her husband.

Apparently she wanted someone to train one for her.

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on April 14, 2010, 07:20:46 PM
Ooh, new one today!

Wanted NewBorn Boy ( OurCity & Surrounding areas)

Of course, the rest of the post was "Niece Had her Baby 2day Had planned several months for a girl wound up being a
boy, if you have any clothes..blankets Etc....could really use some lil clothes Thank You Very Much" - but I like the subject line better  ;)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on April 15, 2010, 01:57:57 PM
Ha!  This one's an offer, but I love it!  (bolding mine)


Offer - Temperamental CAT

* Right up front, Chester does not like loud noise, dogs, or children.
* He weighs 21.5 pounds and has had front paws de-clawed.
* He is an indoor cat only, with only occasional few minutes to bask
in the sun.
* WE really want him to have a wonderful home.
* WE love him, but we are moving to a place that does not allow pets.
* This is breaking out hearts, but I know someone out there will love
him.
* Chester is a Hemingway, and has 6 front paws.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Melxb on April 15, 2010, 02:48:09 PM
Ha!  This one's an offer, but I love it!  (bolding mine)


Offer - Temperamental CAT

* Right up front, Chester does not like loud noise, dogs, or children.
* He weighs 21.5 pounds and has had front paws de-clawed.
* He is an indoor cat only, with only occasional few minutes to bask
in the sun.
* WE really want him to have a wonderful home.
* WE love him, but we are moving to a place that does not allow pets.
* This is breaking out hearts, but I know someone out there will love
him.
* Chester is a Hemingway, and has 6 front paws.

I would TOTALLY take hime if I could!  We're all adults in my house and our cats are 80% indoors/20% outdoors and would love a new playmate.  And he's a Hemingway--he needs to retire in style.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on April 15, 2010, 02:56:48 PM
Ha!  This one's an offer, but I love it!  (bolding mine)


Offer - Temperamental CAT

* Right up front, Chester does not like loud noise, dogs, or children.
* He weighs 21.5 pounds and has had front paws de-clawed.
* He is an indoor cat only, with only occasional few minutes to bask
in the sun.
* WE really want him to have a wonderful home.
* WE love him, but we are moving to a place that does not allow pets.
* This is breaking out hearts, but I know someone out there will love
him.
* Chester is a Hemingway, and has 6 front paws.

I would TOTALLY take hime if I could!  We're all adults in my house and our cats are 80% indoors/20% outdoors and would love a new playmate.  And he's a Hemingway--he needs to retire in style.

True, but do you really have the space for an eight legged cat?  ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Layla Miller on April 15, 2010, 02:59:54 PM
Ha!  This one's an offer, but I love it!  (bolding mine)


Offer - Temperamental CAT

* Right up front, Chester does not like loud noise, dogs, or children.
* He weighs 21.5 pounds and has had front paws de-clawed.
* He is an indoor cat only, with only occasional few minutes to bask
in the sun.
* WE really want him to have a wonderful home.
* WE love him, but we are moving to a place that does not allow pets.
* This is breaking out hearts, but I know someone out there will love
him.
* Chester is a Hemingway, and has 6 front paws.

I would TOTALLY take hime if I could!  We're all adults in my house and our cats are 80% indoors/20% outdoors and would love a new playmate.  And he's a Hemingway--he needs to retire in style.

True, but do you really have the space for an eight legged cat?  ;D
Maybe it's like the cat version of having two left feet?  ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: 8cowwife on April 15, 2010, 03:16:26 PM
Our thumper kitty is a Hemingway.  She has 6 toes on each paw, it looks like she has opposable thumbs on her front paws.  I worry about her plans for world domination with those thumbs.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: LeeLee88 on April 15, 2010, 03:37:01 PM
Our thumper kitty is a Hemingway.  She has 6 toes on each paw, it looks like she has opposable thumbs on her front paws.  I worry about her plans for world domination with those thumbs.

We had a foster kitty who was a Hemingway, and she would get your attention by wrapping a paw around your finger using her "thumbs".  It was a bit gross at first, and then just fascinating, and then just normal  :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: bookworm317 on April 15, 2010, 04:49:47 PM
Ha!  This one's an offer, but I love it!  (bolding mine)


Offer - Temperamental CAT

* Right up front, Chester does not like loud noise, dogs, or children.
* He weighs 21.5 pounds and has had front paws de-clawed.
* He is an indoor cat only, with only occasional few minutes to bask
in the sun.
* WE really want him to have a wonderful home.
* WE love him, but we are moving to a place that does not allow pets.
* This is breaking out hearts, but I know someone out there will love
him.
* Chester is a Hemingway, and has 6 front paws.


So, was Chester found in Chernobyl or on 3-mile Island?
 :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on April 15, 2010, 04:50:57 PM
Ha!  This one's an offer, but I love it!  (bolding mine)


Offer - Temperamental CAT

* Right up front, Chester does not like loud noise, dogs, or children.
* He weighs 21.5 pounds and has had front paws de-clawed.
* He is an indoor cat only, with only occasional few minutes to bask
in the sun.
* WE really want him to have a wonderful home.
* WE love him, but we are moving to a place that does not allow pets.
* This is breaking out hearts, but I know someone out there will love
him.
* Chester is a Hemingway, and has 6 front paws.

If I had an 8-legged cat, I would have named him Sleipnir, not Chester  :P :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on April 15, 2010, 04:56:00 PM
Ha!  This one's an offer, but I love it!  (bolding mine)


Offer - Temperamental CAT

* Right up front, Chester does not like loud noise, dogs, or children.
* He weighs 21.5 pounds and has had front paws de-clawed.
* He is an indoor cat only, with only occasional few minutes to bask
in the sun.
* WE really want him to have a wonderful home.
* WE love him, but we are moving to a place that does not allow pets.
* This is breaking out hearts, but I know someone out there will love
him.
* Chester is a Hemingway, and has 6 front paws.

If I had an 8-legged cat, I would have named him Sleipnir, not Chester  :P :P

What, no Octopuss jokes?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: TootsNYC on April 15, 2010, 05:05:37 PM
Speaking of pets, someone here wanted an adult dog, with no biting, chewing or potty problems and good with children.  She specified that she wanted a large dog that could go running with her husband.

Apparently she wanted someone to train one for her.


There are people who have a reason to rehome their perfectly well-behaved dogs.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: TootsNYC on April 15, 2010, 05:08:11 PM
The ones that irritate me are the ones asking for pet supplies.  Not just an unusual item (say, an Elizabethan collar for an injured pet) but all the basics: collar, leash, bed, bowls, coats, cages for rabbits/hamsters, etc.  If you don't have/can't get these items, you have no business acquiring a pet.  Collars and leashes can be gotten pretty cheaply; I've picked up several at the dollar store.  The same with bowls.  Beds are as easy as an old blanket or towel.

But again, Freecycle is really about recycling, not being a charity. I know I would prefer to get used pet items if I could to avoid buying new ones just avoid the waste.

Exactly!
Would you think less of someone who bought them used? Who said, "I'm going to get a dog, so I'll ask the dog owners I know if they have an extra leash"?  That's all this is.

And people who have those items would be happy to hand them off to someone else.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MrsO on April 16, 2010, 05:17:05 AM
The ones that irritate me are the ones asking for pet supplies.  Not just an unusual item (say, an Elizabethan collar for an injured pet) but all the basics: collar, leash, bed, bowls, coats, cages for rabbits/hamsters, etc.  If you don't have/can't get these items, you have no business acquiring a pet.  Collars and leashes can be gotten pretty cheaply; I've picked up several at the dollar store.  The same with bowls.  Beds are as easy as an old blanket or towel.

But again, Freecycle is really about recycling, not being a charity. I know I would prefer to get used pet items if I could to avoid buying new ones just avoid the waste.

Exactly!
Would you think less of someone who bought them used? Who said, "I'm going to get a dog, so I'll ask the dog owners I know if they have an extra leash"?  That's all this is.

And people who have those items would be happy to hand them off to someone else.
I agree. I don't see anything wrong with asking for pet supplies. Why buy if someone might have them lying around, going to waste? Doesn't mean they aren't going to look after their pets properly.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Shoo on April 21, 2010, 10:53:41 AM
I have a truly horrifying story.   One lady on one of my lists...after she finally figured out how to post properly and was taken off moderation, she posted a WANTED for 'pumpkin seeds(for the garden)'.  She was asking for a friend, who had been a great help to her.  She wanted us to mail all different kinds of pumpkin seeds to her friend, at THIS address, and since he was going on vacation, let's see how many different kinds of seeds could we have waiting for him when he got back.

Basically, she posted a man's name, full address, and announced to the group that his house was going to be empty for a week! 

For the first time in my life, I was so angry I saw red.  I actually saw red!   I couldn't write back to her for 2 days because I couldn't trust myself.  In the meantime, I called the local police to ask them to watch his house, and emailed the guy to let him know what she had done (He called me a Freecycle Nazi and that's why he left the group).    Then I blasted her, put her on moderation, and haven't heard a peep from her since.  Heck, I still get angry about it when I think about her overwhelming stupidity. 



After you let him know this woman put him in jeopardy, he called you names?  He didn't express gratitude at all?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Friday on April 22, 2010, 12:17:35 PM
I think I've posted this before, but it fits well here.

We've done a couple cross country drives in the the last couple years.  Since gas was very high, and still is bad, we like to peruse the rideshare board on craigslist and see if anything fits.  We also enjoy the company.

My usual procedure is to email a couple of times, then, if the person seems normal, to talk with them on the phone.  If we agree to a ride, we pick up and drop off in parking lots.  No one comes to our home and we don't go to theirs.

I actually still correspond with one person who we gave a ride to.  he works with glass and has given me some wonderful arty jewelry pieces!

I talked to one guy who was going to Louisville KY when my son was graduating Basic at Fort Knox.  email exchanges and he seemed very normal.  His purpose for a ride (one way) didn't raise any flags - he was bringing a car back and emptying a house of a deceased relative.  We then talked on the phone - sounded very nice.  We made tentative arrangements for timing.  He was actually 1 hour south of us, so we were going to call when we got close, and he'd have someone drop him at a store at a freeway enterance.  Note:  we talked via cell phone and I don't block my cell number

Two days later, about a week before the trip, he emailed me EARLY in the morning.  "My sister (this man was 50ish), needs to know your home address and home telephone number".  I sleep LATE on weekends and didn't see the email until about 11 when he sent a second email, even more demanding and insistent on my HOME number and HOME address.  I was flabberghasted and ignored it, waiting until I spoke to DH to evaluate what to do.  Then, in the early afternoon, less than 10 hours after first email, he sends a "since you are being so secretive, I'm getting very worried about this and it won't work out". email

I just ignored him.  no need for anything else.

Still wonder what that was all about.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ginlyn32 on April 22, 2010, 12:35:12 PM
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Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: WHATSNEW on April 22, 2010, 12:46:20 PM
OR the sister was going to clean her out while she was out of town.  
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on April 22, 2010, 12:51:40 PM
Ginlyn32, I had the opportunity to meet WarBaby - DH wasn't keen on me going out with a strange guy I had just met on the internet.  I pointed out that any "strange guy" who hangs around etiquette sites and suggests brunch at Shoney's for the meetup probably isn't too scary  :P  (And WarBaby turned out to be a perfectly wonderful guy, by the way!)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ginlyn32 on April 22, 2010, 06:50:09 PM
Slartibartfest, not saying I wouldn't do a meet n' greet. But you have to admit it's ALOT different from driving cross-country with a near-stranger.

I've met Schmoopie-poo and Bibliophile...but we met at a restaurant.

I don't know...I just think his sister was looking out for her brother. Not saying Schwm would do anything, but how was his sister supposed to know that?

ginlyn

PS I am totally jealous that you met Warbaby.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on April 27, 2010, 09:28:53 AM
Hoooo-boy, check out what this person is asking for this morning.  Each of these requests was a single, one-line post with "$ITEM Wanted, can p/u in $MYCITY"...

1) Double jogging stroller
2) Medela breast pump
3) Playskool play kitchen set
4) Playskool outdoor play house
5) Papasan infant swing
6) Girls clothing 12mo - 3T
7) Toddler bed and bedding
8.) Crib and bedding
9) Changing table

Guess what, this woman's back!  Today's requests are again IN ALL CAPS with "WANTED $ITEM $MYCITY" as the headline:

1) Double jogging stroller
2) Medela breast pump
3) Pack-n-play

At least this time we got slightly more substance in the message body, again IN ALL CAPS, mentioning that she REALLY NEEDS THESE ITEMS AND CAN PICK UP ASAP!!  At least she closed each one with THANKS so I suppose that's a (minor) point in her favor....
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Bellantara on April 27, 2010, 09:30:09 AM
Ginlyn32, I had the opportunity to meet WarBaby - DH wasn't keen on me going out with a strange guy I had just met on the internet.  I pointed out that any "strange guy" who hangs around etiquette sites and suggests brunch at Shoney's for the meetup probably isn't too scary  :P  (And WarBaby turned out to be a perfectly wonderful guy, by the way!)

He thinks you're a lovely lady, too.  :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: WHATSNEW on April 28, 2010, 12:12:14 PM
Ok this one is funny!   ;D

And no it is not one item



Garment rack Elliptical Machine (Area)



Giving away two garment racks, and one elliptical machine to anyone that wants them. Everything comes apart for easy transport. Available nights after 6pm and weekends for pick. Let me know what time you would like to get the items.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Carnation on April 28, 2010, 12:57:05 PM

that she REALLY NEEDS THESE ITEMS AND CAN PICK UP ASAP!! 

Oh noes!   What will she do if she doesn't get them? :o
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: magicdomino on April 28, 2010, 01:03:56 PM
Ok this one is funny!   ;D

And no it is not one item



Garment rack Elliptical Machine (Area)



Giving away two garment racks, and one elliptical machine to anyone that wants them. Everything comes apart for easy transport. Available nights after 6pm and weekends for pick. Let me know what time you would like to get the items.

And here I thought exercise machines in general were garment racks. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: WHATSNEW on April 29, 2010, 08:59:01 AM
Ok not one but two requests for Viagra & Viagra/Perks.  Really?  You want me to sell you drugs?  Can I see your badge officer?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Carnation on April 29, 2010, 10:51:16 AM





And here I thought exercise machines in general were garment racks. 

Not always, if they are in the bathroom, they become towel racks.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on April 29, 2010, 03:56:28 PM
My boyfriend just found out about this winning personals ad that a guy he knew in high school just posted: http://littlerock.craigslist.org/m4w/1715626839.html
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wulfie on April 29, 2010, 04:13:19 PM
My boyfriend just found out about this winning personals ad that a guy he knew in high school just posted: http://littlerock.craigslist.org/m4w/1715626839.html

Oh man! That guy is a real winner, an uneducated intellectual elitist? Any woman who would stoop so low as to date someone like him REALLY has an issue!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: L.A. Lady on April 29, 2010, 04:17:35 PM
My boyfriend just found out about this winning personals ad that a guy he knew in high school just posted: http://littlerock.craigslist.org/m4w/1715626839.html

Oh man! That guy is a real winner, an uneducated intellectual elitist? Any woman who would stoop so low as to date someone like him REALLY has an issue!

I'm betting money that this was written by an angry ex girlfriend. It's just too awesome!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MinAvi on April 29, 2010, 06:34:16 PM
My boyfriend just found out about this winning personals ad that a guy he knew in high school just posted: http://littlerock.craigslist.org/m4w/1715626839.html

Oh man! That guy is a real winner, an uneducated intellectual elitist? Any woman who would stoop so low as to date someone like him REALLY has an issue!

Oh Lordy! I think I might've dated this guy, because there can't be 2 people this pathetic in the world!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: VorFemme on April 29, 2010, 07:35:57 PM
My boyfriend just found out about this winning personals ad that a guy he knew in high school just posted: http://littlerock.craigslist.org/m4w/1715626839.html

Oh man! That guy is a real winner, an uneducated intellectual elitist? Any woman who would stoop so low as to date someone like him REALLY has an issue!

Oh Lordy! I think I might've dated this guy, because there can't be 2 people this pathetic in the world!

Like the village idiot and the village drunk - I think that these are an archetype that every village is issued.....at least in the 21st century.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on April 30, 2010, 09:32:40 AM
Bummer, the personal ad is blocked here at work...I'll have to look at it later!

Here's today's awesome post from my Freecycle list...

I am looking for some gardening stuff so I can make an attempt to grow my own vegetables.
I am looking for any of the following;

Tomato cages
top soil
Lg planting containers
Mulch
Compost
plant starters or seeds
small amount of Horse manure
Wood pallets
rain barrel
watering can
Sun Shine (lol)
and what ever else may help with my venture.

Every little bit helps.


So she wants to grow tomatoes, but doesn't want to put any effort or money into the project.  I wonder if she'll be asking for people to come water and weed her tomatoes in a few weeks?   ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MissRose on May 02, 2010, 05:02:13 AM
I guess I wouldn't qualify as I am a fat chick myself... then again, I would want to date someone who could care less about what my size is!!!!

My boyfriend just found out about this winning personals ad that a guy he knew in high school just posted: http://littlerock.craigslist.org/m4w/1715626839.html

Oh man! That guy is a real winner, an uneducated intellectual elitist? Any woman who would stoop so low as to date someone like him REALLY has an issue!

Oh Lordy! I think I might've dated this guy, because there can't be 2 people this pathetic in the world!

Like the village idiot and the village drunk - I think that these are an archetype that every village is issued.....at least in the 21st century.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: afbluebelle on May 02, 2010, 05:26:12 AM
My boyfriend just found out about this winning personals ad that a guy he knew in high school just posted: http://littlerock.craigslist.org/m4w/1715626839.html

I would totally date this guy. No really, I would.

I enjoy a challenge/torture session.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: dawnfire on May 02, 2010, 06:15:15 AM
There is also the annual trend at the end of the school year, the requests for text books start coming in. yes, some of of the books are expensive but to list all the books on your school list (including latest editions) is a bit much
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Azrail on May 02, 2010, 08:14:29 AM
My boyfriend just found out about this winning personals ad that a guy he knew in high school just posted: http://littlerock.craigslist.org/m4w/1715626839.html

I would totally date this guy. No really, I would.

I enjoy a challenge/torture session.

I thought the ad was hilarious! It was, like a joke... right?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Azrail on May 02, 2010, 08:19:24 AM
Here's one word for word from today's Freecycle:

to all i know a young lady who is due in five weeks she has only justfound out and has nothing for a baby any baby items will help if you canhelp this lady out plz call (mobile phone number) thank you ps we have no car so ifyou do have anything you would like to give we will have to work outsomething to pick up thank you again

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: afbluebelle on May 02, 2010, 09:07:46 AM
My boyfriend just found out about this winning personals ad that a guy he knew in high school just posted: http://littlerock.craigslist.org/m4w/1715626839.html

I would totally date this guy. No really, I would.

I enjoy a challenge/torture session.

I thought the ad was hilarious! It was, like a joke... right?

That is why I would want to go!

I think I could keep his interest four at least four dates... I have enough random stories to last that long at least.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Garden Goblin on May 02, 2010, 10:00:52 AM
I should put up a wanted on freecycle, see if I can get some of the items I've been looking for at garage sales.  What do you think my chances are?

Upright chest freezer (need not be in working order or even have the motor)
Pennies from 1981 and earlier
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on May 02, 2010, 12:00:38 PM
You'd probably get lots of hits on pennies, I'd imagine.  Especially if you've offered things in the past.  Maybe it's just me, but when I see a name that I know has done a *ton* of offers and they want something that I might have if I went looking, I'll put more effort into it than somebody who I don't remember doing any offers.

As for the freezer, I think it's fine to ask for.  Chances somebody will have one lying around?  Probably depends on your locale.  If you live near a big city and the list is large and very active, chance might not be bad.  If you live near smaller cities or in a more rural area, I'd be surprised.  But you never know, so go for it!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Suze on May 02, 2010, 12:08:07 PM
I should put up a wanted on freecycle, see if I can get some of the items I've been looking for at garage sales.  What do you think my chances are?

Upright chest freezer (need not be in working order or even have the motor)
Pennies from 1981 and earlier


ok -- now I GOT to know

what are you going to do with a chest freezer that don't work?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Fi on May 02, 2010, 04:46:00 PM
I should put up a wanted on freecycle, see if I can get some of the items I've been looking for at garage sales.  What do you think my chances are?

Upright chest freezer (need not be in working order or even have the motor)
Pennies from 1981 and earlier


ok -- now I GOT to know

what are you going to do with a chest freezer that don't work?

I'm guessing storing animal feed of some kind. It's the cheapest way to get an absolutely secure feed bin - I've used them a lot out at stables, because they're easy to open, close and access, and they're mouseproof.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BrittMontero on May 02, 2010, 05:04:45 PM
Bummer, the personal ad is blocked here at work...I'll have to look at it later!

Here's today's awesome post from my Freecycle list...

I am looking for some gardening stuff so I can make an attempt to grow my own vegetables.
I am looking for any of the following;

Tomato cages
top soil
Lg planting containers
Mulch
Compost
plant starters or seeds
small amount of Horse manure
Wood pallets
rain barrel
watering can
Sun Shine (lol)
and what ever else may help with my venture.

Every little bit helps.


So she wants to grow tomatoes, but doesn't want to put any effort or money into the project.  I wonder if she'll be asking for people to come water and weed her tomatoes in a few weeks?   ::)

I guess I don't understand all of the snark about posts like the one quoted above.

Having had a small hand in bringing Freecycle to my area some years ago, I can tell you that it really doesn't matter if other posters think the recipients "deserve" items disseminated via the bulletin board.  Freecycle isnt about charity, merit, pulling oneself up by the bootstraps, having an "acceptable" motivation to make a request or otherwise being judgmental of the participants.  It's about keeping useful items out of the landfill, period.  I know of many cases where a "want" post has jogged the memories of people who were grateful to be rid of items like tomato cages or whatnot cluttering up their storage space.  The persons posting the "wants" saved the givers of the trouble of posting "offers," if you want to look at it that way. 

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the polite and somewhat humorous request quoted above, as far as the tenets of Freecycle are concerned.  Yes, opportunists, resale artists and convoluted sob stories have infiltrated some boards but alert moderators know how to manage that and really, some people do get rid of stuff by fulfilling these requests. Again, whatever the "wanter's" intent may be, keeping items out of the trash is the goal so even if he or she is going to resell the booty at a garage sale or swap meet, so what?

Merely posting a detailed "want" is not at all considered greedy or a faux pas let alone worthy of the scorn demonstrated in this thread.  Why begrudge people something that doesn't cost you a dime and is good for our eco-system? 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: esteban on May 02, 2010, 05:55:57 PM
I should put up a wanted on freecycle, see if I can get some of the items I've been looking for at garage sales.  What do you think my chances are?

Upright chest freezer (need not be in working order or even have the motor)
Pennies from 1981 and earlier


ok -- now I GOT to know

what are you going to do with a chest freezer that don't work?

Store Pennies, I would think that would have been obvious :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Suze on May 02, 2010, 05:58:28 PM
I should put up a wanted on freecycle, see if I can get some of the items I've been looking for at garage sales.  What do you think my chances are?

Upright chest freezer (need not be in working order or even have the motor)
Pennies from 1981 and earlier


ok -- now I GOT to know

what are you going to do with a chest freezer that don't work?

Store Pennies, I would think that would have been obvious :)

ouch
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Pinky830 on May 02, 2010, 08:19:08 PM

He probably told his sister that he was getting a ride from a stranger he met off the internet and she freaked.

I mistakenly told my parents about meeting someone on EHell for dinner once. They acted like I was 16yo and meeting an ax murderer or something! My mom kept calling me all through dinner and was upset when I called her back. I had to remind my parents that I am an adult and can take care of myself.

ginlyn

I've spent the last 14 years...almost the entire time I've been online...on a very large professional website. Part of it is a message board that has folders for work-related questions as well as off-topic discussions. Everyone posts under their real name and makes no secret at all of their location or any other personal info. (Your identity is confirmed independently and the site is double password protected.) Since we're all colleagues, several people know each other IRL anyway. So anyway, some of us that live in the same region have an annual get-together. The first time I went, my parents were just befuddled. Not like scared, they just couldn't get their minds around the fact that I was going canoeing with a bunch of people that I had never met. It was so hard to explain that I knew these people very well...we just weren't sure what each other looked like.  :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on May 03, 2010, 10:48:24 AM
Merely posting a detailed "want" is not at all considered greedy or a faux pas let alone worthy of the scorn demonstrated in this thread.  Why begrudge people something that doesn't cost you a dime and is good for our eco-system? 

I disagree with you.  :)  Looking at this post specifically, it would be far more appropriate to post a "Wanted: Gardening Supplies" and then mention you are hoping to grow tomatoes in the body of the post.  Listing out a huge long list of things you need, especially when that list encompasses *everything* that you need, looks very gimme-pig.  Sure, you can post as detailed a "Wanted" post as you want, but you run the risk of being considered a special snowflake if you expect to find Perfect Exact Item for free instead of purchasing it yourself.  It also looks very greedy to post multiple specific requests while offering little or no items up in return.  I also think it's in quite bad taste to request more than one large ticket item at a time, and also to request the same item multiple times within a few weeks.

For example, the person who I've posted about twice now looking for baby stuff, has today requested (a) a photo printer with paper, (b) a digital camera that has no delay from startup to taking pictures, and (c) a double jogging stroller.  That's three big series of posts looking for specific big-ticket items within about four weeks.  Even if I had any of these items that I wanted to get rid of, I would not give them to her at this point because it's only rewarding the unbridled greed.  And no, she has not put up anything on offer beyond the bag of "mixed baby clothes" that she had up a few weeks ago.

People are welcome to post whatever they want on Freecycle.  Other people are perfectly free to ignore the postings, judge them for being gimme-pigs, or offer them items as they see fit.  :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BrittMontero on May 03, 2010, 12:14:40 PM
Merely posting a detailed "want" is not at all considered greedy or a faux pas let alone worthy of the scorn demonstrated in this thread.  Why begrudge people something that doesn't cost you a dime and is good for our eco-system?  

I disagree with you.  :)  Looking at this post specifically, it would be far more appropriate to post a "Wanted: Gardening Supplies" and then mention you are hoping to grow tomatoes in the body of the post.  Listing out a huge long list of things you need, especially when that list encompasses *everything* that you need, looks very gimme-pig.  Sure, you can post as detailed a "Wanted" post as you want, but you run the risk of being considered a special snowflake if you expect to find Perfect Exact Item for free instead of purchasing it yourself.  It also looks very greedy to post multiple specific requests while offering little or no items up in return.  I also think it's in quite bad taste to request more than one large ticket item at a time, and also to request the same item multiple times within a few weeks.

For example, the person who I've posted about twice now looking for baby stuff, has today requested (a) a photo printer with paper, (b) a digital camera that has no delay from startup to taking pictures, and (c) a double jogging stroller.  That's three big series of posts looking for specific big-ticket items within about four weeks.  Even if I had any of these items that I wanted to get rid of, I would not give them to her at this point because it's only rewarding the unbridled greed.  And no, she has not put up anything on offer beyond the bag of "mixed baby clothes" that she had up a few weeks ago.

People are welcome to post whatever they want on Freecycle.  Other people are perfectly free to ignore the postings, judge them for being gimme-pigs, or offer them items as they see fit.  :)



Of course, everyone has a different threshold for determining "greed."  I'm just saying that posting a detailed want list is not counter to the aims of Freecycle; the movement was founded to keep stuff out of the garbage stream, not to make sure only "deserving" or "non-greedy" people benefit from the accessibility of the bulletin board.   It bothers me when people mischaracterize FC as some sort of charity operation.  And to me the specific want list on the gardening supplies seems efficient, not greedy.  The person included some gentle humor and why shouldn't a beginner ask for the entire shebang? 

In the late '90s, before Freecycle, I decided to take up stained-glass crafts.  Not wanting to fork out hundreds of dollars I put a $3 ad in my local paper asking if anyone wanted to cheaply sell a grinder and various other paraphernalia.  My phone rang ASAP with a call from a nearby woman who couldn't wait to get rid of box-loads of valuable supplies; she finally took $20 under protest but my car was stuffed with many times that worth of equipment.  She was so glad to have spotted the ad.  Point being:  some might have said I should have outfitted myself but she had lost interest in the hobby and was pleased to give the soup-to-nuts equipment to a newbie; perhaps the tomato gardener's post will catch the eye of a similar person.  Why ascribe evil motives to what might end up as a win-win situation? 

That said, there are greedy, piggish people in every sphere of activity, I'll grant you, from office potlucks to Freecycle to the food stamps line.  Freecycle seems to me one of the most harmless places for pigs to get it out of their systems.  At least they aren't taking taxpayer dollars, etc.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wonderflonium on May 03, 2010, 01:41:58 PM
I think the thing that gets me about the tomato gardening request is that the poster is even asking for the plants/seeds. That's where it crosses the line for me. Of course, YMMV.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: SisJackson on May 03, 2010, 01:53:04 PM
I scoured my area's FC list for something outlandish or even something mildly shocking.  I couldn't find anything.  I imagine it's because our list is heavily moderated, "wanteds" are only permitted on Wednesdays, only one Wanted per person per week, and there is a loose rule of posting three Offers for every one Wanted you have - people who get a bit too free with the Wanteds are prevented from posting until they throw some offers out there.  There has been a lot of controversy about it on the "off-topic" area and some have threatened to go to a neighboring community's FC group if they can't Want all the stuff they are wishing for.  The mods' response was basically "good riddance".

I guess there were a lot of problems some time back - people talk about "the old days" when the list was more wants than offers.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BrittMontero on May 03, 2010, 02:04:08 PM
I think the thing that gets me about the tomato gardening request is that the poster is even asking for the plants/seeds. That's where it crosses the line for me. Of course, YMMV.

Actually, I have lots of half-used seed packets that could use a good home -- I'm not about to take the time to create a FC post but if I spotted a "want" and could offload the seeds with a quick response e-mail it would be great.  Also know some enthusiastic vegetable gardeners who always overplant when they start seeds indoors and have tons of seedlings to palm off on others.  So it's actually a joy for some people to give that sort of thing to willing takers. 

Again, while I see nothing wrong with the gardening requests, in general I'd say of all places for freeloaders to hang out, better Freecycle than someplace that uses my tax dollars or takes away from the resources of charities. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RegionMom on May 03, 2010, 05:23:32 PM
 Wanted: I need a white dishwasher that works and looks good!  Sday, May x, 2010 PM
From: "Name"
All of my appliances are white and my dishwasher went out!  I have 5 kiddos and we go through dishes like crazy!  Anyway...I have been handwashing but would love to be able to get a dishwasher again!  If you are switching to stainless or just updating and have a working white dishwasher that is in decent cosmetic condition...I would love to have it...  :)!  Thanks so much!  123-456-7890 or email me

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So, 5 kids would keep me pretty busy!  Too busy to care about the look of my dishwasher.  I wonder if she got any takers.  And she put her phone number.  That is supposed to be a no-no. 

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ginlyn32 on May 03, 2010, 05:37:08 PM
Wanted: I need a white dishwasher that works and looks good!  Sday, May x, 2010 PM
From: "Name"
All of my appliances are white and my dishwasher went out!  I have 5 kiddos and we go through dishes like crazy!  Anyway...I have been handwashing but would love to be able to get a dishwasher again!  If you are switching to stainless or just updating and have a working white dishwasher that is in decent cosmetic condition...I would love to have it...  :)!  Thanks so much!  123-456-7890 or email me

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So, 5 kids would keep me pretty busy!  Too busy to care about the look of my dishwasher.  I wonder if she got any takers.  And she put her phone number.  That is supposed to be a no-no. 



Honestly, if it were me, I wouldn't care what color it was!

Our dishwasher went out a couple of months ago..but my kids are older and I made them help.

We rent so our landlord ordered us a new one post-haste and we were all happy.

ginlyn
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on May 03, 2010, 08:19:53 PM
Yeah, I can see caring about a white dishwasher if having your kitchen match is more important to you than being able to wash dishes in the machine, and if nobody has that color you'd rather wait until you can buy a new one yourself.  Personally, I'd take a purple dishwasher with green racing stripes over not having one at all.  And I'd care more about features than color!  (Our current one has no sort of delay feature, so you can't set it to start in an hour, you can only set it to start immediately.)

I guess, to me, I wouldn't so much have a problem with a person posting, say, "WANTED: baby stuff" and then saying, "Hey, I'm having a baby soon, and if anybody has anything they're ready to pass on, please let me know.  I'm particularly interested in a crib, swing, bouncer, and boy baby clothes."  I mean, what's the harm in asking?  They grow out of it so fast, and sometimes people keep it for years in case they have more kids, then they decide not to, but it might still take them a while to get time to go through it.

What I would have a problem with would be, "WANTED: baby stuff" and then saying, "I'm having a baby and need tons of stuff!  I'm interested in a white Storkcraft crib, Eddie bauer bouncer, swing, and high chair in sage/brown, Eddie Bauer musical rocking bassinet, Gap or Old Navy baby clothes for boys, preferably new."  Riiiiiight.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on May 03, 2010, 09:16:21 PM
I think the thing that gets me about the tomato gardening request is that the poster is even asking for the plants/seeds. That's where it crosses the line for me. Of course, YMMV.

Actually, I have lots of half-used seed packets that could use a good home -- I'm not about to take the time to create a FC post but if I spotted a "want" and could offload the seeds with a quick response e-mail it would be great.  Also know some enthusiastic vegetable gardeners who always overplant when they start seeds indoors and have tons of seedlings to palm off on others.  So it's actually a joy for some people to give that sort of thing to willing takers. 


Yeah, seeds and plants are the one I minded least.  We sometimes buy plants in the little four packs, and since we have a very small garden, we only plant two or three of them, and have to find a home with a friend for the spare plants.  I'm too lazy for Freecycle, but I could see using it to pass on the spares, since I can't exactly store them for next year.  The list does seem a bit over the top, though, since it pretty much has everything but the garden space on it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: M-theory on May 03, 2010, 09:26:07 PM
Wanted: I need a white dishwasher that works and looks good!  Sday, May x, 2010 PM
From: "Name"
All of my appliances are white and my dishwasher went out!  I have 5 kiddos and we go through dishes like crazy!  Anyway...I have been handwashing but would love to be able to get a dishwasher again!  If you are switching to stainless or just updating and have a working white dishwasher that is in decent cosmetic condition...I would love to have it...  :)!  Thanks so much!  123-456-7890 or email me



As someone who's handwashed every dish for the past 7 years, allow me to introduce this concerto adagio I've written for the world's tiniest violin.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on May 03, 2010, 09:50:48 PM
Wanted: I need a white dishwasher that works and looks good!  Sday, May x, 2010 PM
From: "Name"
All of my appliances are white and my dishwasher went out!  I have 5 kiddos and we go through dishes like crazy!  Anyway...I have been handwashing but would love to be able to get a dishwasher again!  If you are switching to stainless or just updating and have a working white dishwasher that is in decent cosmetic condition...I would love to have it...  :)!  Thanks so much!  123-456-7890 or email me



As someone who's handwashed every dish for the past 7 years, allow me to introduce this concerto adagio I've written for the world's tiniest violin.

As someone who's never in her 27 years had a dishwasher (except for that one week when I was staying with a friend), I'll join you in your concert :)

ETA:  Hmm, maybe I do need to check out Freecycle.....  >:D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: GoldenGemini on May 04, 2010, 12:58:06 AM
Wanted: I need a white dishwasher that works and looks good!  Sday, May x, 2010 PM
From: "Name"
All of my appliances are white and my dishwasher went out!  I have 5 kiddos and we go through dishes like crazy!  Anyway...I have been handwashing but would love to be able to get a dishwasher again!  If you are switching to stainless or just updating and have a working white dishwasher that is in decent cosmetic condition...I would love to have it...  :)!  Thanks so much!  123-456-7890 or email me



As someone who's handwashed every dish for the past 7 years, allow me to introduce this concerto adagio I've written for the world's tiniest violin.

As someone who's never in her 27 years had a dishwasher (except for that one week when I was staying with a friend), I'll join you in your concert :)

ETA:  Hmm, maybe I do need to check out Freecycle.....  >:D

Me three!  We were told we WERE the dishwashers!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MissRose on May 04, 2010, 04:38:39 AM
My sister and I were told by our mother we were the dishwashers as she has never gotten a dishwasher!!!!

Wanted: I need a white dishwasher that works and looks good!  Sday, May x, 2010 PM
From: "Name"
All of my appliances are white and my dishwasher went out!  I have 5 kiddos and we go through dishes like crazy!  Anyway...I have been handwashing but would love to be able to get a dishwasher again!  If you are switching to stainless or just updating and have a working white dishwasher that is in decent cosmetic condition...I would love to have it...  :)!  Thanks so much!  123-456-7890 or email me



As someone who's handwashed every dish for the past 7 years, allow me to introduce this concerto adagio I've written for the world's tiniest violin.

As someone who's never in her 27 years had a dishwasher (except for that one week when I was staying with a friend), I'll join you in your concert :)

ETA:  Hmm, maybe I do need to check out Freecycle.....  >:D

Me three!  We were told we WERE the dishwashers!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sophia on May 04, 2010, 09:40:34 AM
LOL, about being the dishwasher.  I contend that is why I love gizmos.  When Dad bought a gizmo it made my life easier.  I remember a deep and abiding love for their first garage door opener, since of course that had been my job.  Same for the dishwasher, remote control, etc. 

I have been thinking of posting a WANT.  What do you'll think of this? 

"Baby/Toddler stuff wanted, girl due mid-July. 
I already have crib, car seat, stroller, ...
I will re-freecycle anything I get.  "

I also have about 5 boxes of stuff in my entry for offers, I plan on doing at the same time.   
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on May 04, 2010, 12:36:33 PM
It sounds okay to me, Sophia.  You might add "when the baby outgrows it" or something, to the part about re-freecycling it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Cupcake Fiend on May 04, 2010, 01:02:05 PM
I think the thing that gets me about the tomato gardening request is that the poster is even asking for the plants/seeds. That's where it crosses the line for me. Of course, YMMV.

I dunno.  One of my friends recently sent an email around to a bunch of people offering up 100 extra tomato seedlings that she had available.

Asking just doesn't seem that outrageous to me.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on May 04, 2010, 01:40:30 PM
I saw an odd post today, but it wasn't a WANTED, it was an OFFER.  Somebody is offering a kid's outdoor house, one of those little plastic playhouses.  So far so good.  The weird thing is, I was interested in the set, so I Google mapped the distance to her location from mine... 3 1/2 hours.  I live within the city limits of the city whose Freecycle she posted on.  It's really a pretty small city.  She lives 3 1/2 hours to the east, on the other side of a major city that I'm *sure* has a Freecycle list.  I emailed her, out of curiosity, to verify whether that's correct.  Because either Google maps has the wrong location for her town, or she's totally listing her stuff on the wrong Freecycle list.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wonderflonium on May 04, 2010, 01:43:44 PM
I think the thing that gets me about the tomato gardening request is that the poster is even asking for the plants/seeds. That's where it crosses the line for me. Of course, YMMV.

I dunno.  One of my friends recently sent an email around to a bunch of people offering up 100 extra tomato seedlings that she had available.

Asking just doesn't seem that outrageous to me.

I guess it's just a matter of perspective. Where I grew up, everyone did (and still does) have big gardens, so there were no such things as "extra" plants (although many were traded/gifted among family and friends).
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RegionMom on May 04, 2010, 02:47:14 PM
i would like a large Coach purse.
if you have one (or more) in your closet that you don't want or use anymore, i would like them.  i can give them a great home.

shyone

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I would not call her shy for asking!  Perhaps I should try the same route.  My church held a yard sale and we found a donated coach fany pack/hip walker pack.  Sold for 5 dollars.  Strill, nothing beats FREE! And she wants large ones. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on May 04, 2010, 02:57:52 PM
i would like a large Coach purse.
if you have one (or more) in your closet that you don't want or use anymore, i would like them.  i can give them a great home.

shyone

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I would not call her shy for asking!  Perhaps I should try the same route.  My church held a yard sale and we found a donated coach fany pack/hip walker pack.  Sold for 5 dollars.  Strill, nothing beats FREE! And she wants large ones. 

But she'll give it a great home!  She'll feed it and walk it every day and give it lots of treats, I bet.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mandycorn on May 04, 2010, 03:35:46 PM
I should put up a wanted on freecycle, see if I can get some of the items I've been looking for at garage sales.  What do you think my chances are?

Upright chest freezer (need not be in working order or even have the motor)
Pennies from 1981 and earlier


ok -- now I GOT to know

what are you going to do with a chest freezer that don't work?

Store Pennies, I would think that would have been obvious :)

LOL! Good one deadbody!

My guess for the chest freezer is some sort of modified keg-erator... but I have a ton of brewing buddies
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BrittMontero on May 04, 2010, 05:26:29 PM
i would like a large Coach purse.
if you have one (or more) in your closet that you don't want or use anymore, i would like them.  i can give them a great home.

shyone

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I would not call her shy for asking!  Perhaps I should try the same route.  My church held a yard sale and we found a donated coach fany pack/hip walker pack.  Sold for 5 dollars.  Strill, nothing beats FREE! And she wants large ones. 

See, people are posting these things as completely far-fetched.  But I actually have three pieces of Louis Vuitton -- two large handbags (with matching key-ring/folders) and a briefcase -- in my closet that are like-new and sitting there gathering dust.  They belonged to my late mother and I don't like designer goods -- but can't bring myself to throw them away.  If a request for LV caught my eye, I might just be inclined to pass them along.  So it really never hurts to ask.  You might be surprised at what people are itching to give away.  I went to an estate sale once and the guy running it was tired of selling stuff so I walked out with a large turkey platter (the vintage kind worth about $50) and some very collectible books along with lovely older linens and two crystal candlesticks -- free.  He had his feet up and didn't want to be bothered tallying the prices or taking the money.  I bet he had a dishwasher to get rid of, too!   :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Samantha on May 04, 2010, 06:03:53 PM
I've looked for some designer brands on Craigslist before, but never thought to look on Freecycle (or post there, for that matter). I love designer brands, but have to satisfy myself with lusting after them, or making the occasional splurge at an outlet mall (after saving for the trip, and having no idea what I'll find there), or watching for an online sample sale, and hoping they'll have what I've been dreaming of.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sophia on May 04, 2010, 06:14:08 PM
i would like a large Coach purse.
if you have one (or more) in your closet that you don't want or use anymore, i would like them.  i can give them a great home.

shyone

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I would not call her shy for asking!  Perhaps I should try the same route.  My church held a yard sale and we found a donated coach fany pack/hip walker pack.  Sold for 5 dollars.  Strill, nothing beats FREE! And she wants large ones. 

See, people are posting these things as completely far-fetched.  But I actually have three pieces of Louis Vuitton -- two large handbags (with matching key-ring/folders) and a briefcase -- in my closet that are like-new and sitting there gathering dust.  They belonged to my late mother and I don't like designer goods -- but can't bring myself to throw them away.  If a request for LV caught my eye, I might just be inclined to pass them along.  So it really never hurts to ask.  You might be surprised at what people are itching to give away.  I went to an estate sale once and the guy running it was tired of selling stuff so I walked out with a large turkey platter (the vintage kind worth about $50) and some very collectible books along with lovely older linens and two crystal candlesticks -- free.  He had his feet up and didn't want to be bothered tallying the prices or taking the money.  I bet he had a dishwasher to get rid of, too!   :)

You might try selling on ebay. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BrittMontero on May 04, 2010, 06:28:32 PM
i would like a large Coach purse.
if you have one (or more) in your closet that you don't want or use anymore, i would like them.  i can give them a great home.

shyone

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I would not call her shy for asking!  Perhaps I should try the same route.  My church held a yard sale and we found a donated coach fany pack/hip walker pack.  Sold for 5 dollars.  Strill, nothing beats FREE! And she wants large ones. 

See, people are posting these things as completely far-fetched.  But I actually have three pieces of Louis Vuitton -- two large handbags (with matching key-ring/folders) and a briefcase -- in my closet that are like-new and sitting there gathering dust.  They belonged to my late mother and I don't like designer goods -- but can't bring myself to throw them away.  If a request for LV caught my eye, I might just be inclined to pass them along.  So it really never hurts to ask.  You might be surprised at what people are itching to give away.  I went to an estate sale once and the guy running it was tired of selling stuff so I walked out with a large turkey platter (the vintage kind worth about $50) and some very collectible books along with lovely older linens and two crystal candlesticks -- free.  He had his feet up and didn't want to be bothered tallying the prices or taking the money.  I bet he had a dishwasher to get rid of, too!   :)

You might try selling on ebay. 

Thanks, I just don't have the time for pursuits like that and am not anxious to make a buck from my mother's belongings.  I just wanted to make the point that you never know what Freecyclers have lurking around.   :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on May 13, 2010, 08:59:50 AM
My boyfriend just found out about this winning personals ad that a guy he knew in high school just posted: http://littlerock.craigslist.org/m4w/1715626839.html

I would totally date this guy. No really, I would.

I enjoy a challenge/torture session.

I thought the ad was hilarious! It was, like a joke... right?

According to my boyfriend, the guy was just having a major emo pity party for himself...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on May 13, 2010, 09:14:18 AM
I should put up a wanted on freecycle, see if I can get some of the items I've been looking for at garage sales.  What do you think my chances are?

Upright chest freezer (need not be in working order or even have the motor)
Pennies from 1981 and earlier


ok -- now I GOT to know

what are you going to do with a chest freezer that don't work?

Store Pennies, I would think that would have been obvious :)

LOL! Good one deadbody!

My guess for the chest freezer is some sort of modified keg-erator... but I have a ton of brewing buddies

Non-working chest freezers are also EXCELLENT for dry storage of pet food that the pets can't get into.  Or if you buy in bulk and/or prefer to store lots of supplies, it would work well for storing plenty of dry staples of your own food too.  :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on May 13, 2010, 09:14:46 AM
Wanted: I need a white dishwasher that works and looks good!  Sday, May x, 2010 PM
From: "Name"
All of my appliances are white and my dishwasher went out!  I have 5 kiddos and we go through dishes like crazy!  Anyway...I have been handwashing but would love to be able to get a dishwasher again!  If you are switching to stainless or just updating and have a working white dishwasher that is in decent cosmetic condition...I would love to have it...  :)!  Thanks so much!  123-456-7890 or email me

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So, 5 kids would keep me pretty busy!  Too busy to care about the look of my dishwasher.  I wonder if she got any takers.  And she put her phone number.  That is supposed to be a no-no. 

[Small Voice]  When my neighbors upgraded their kitchen to stainless, I jumped at their dishwasher.  My existing was black (so hard to see the dirt) and was about to go.   I don't think asking if someone is upgrading is that horrible [/Small Voice]
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BrittMontero on May 13, 2010, 09:18:00 AM
Wanted: I need a white dishwasher that works and looks good!  Sday, May x, 2010 PM
From: "Name"
All of my appliances are white and my dishwasher went out!  I have 5 kiddos and we go through dishes like crazy!  Anyway...I have been handwashing but would love to be able to get a dishwasher again!  If you are switching to stainless or just updating and have a working white dishwasher that is in decent cosmetic condition...I would love to have it...  :)!  Thanks so much!  123-456-7890 or email me

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So, 5 kids would keep me pretty busy!  Too busy to care about the look of my dishwasher.  I wonder if she got any takers.  And she put her phone number.  That is supposed to be a no-no. 

[Small Voice]  When my neighbors upgraded their kitchen to stainless, I jumped at their dishwasher.  My existing was black (so hard to see the dirt) and was about to go.   I don't think asking if someone is upgrading is that horrible [/Small Voice]

It's not horrible at all.  Good for you!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RegionMom on May 13, 2010, 09:52:32 AM
Asking for use of an item after an upgrade is fine, it was her listing the color in the heading and the body of the post that to me was a bit off-putting.
If I had a dishwasher in off-white, or another color, I would post "OFFER" instead of responding to her post, since it was not the item she seemed to want as much as the style of the item. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on May 13, 2010, 09:58:24 AM
For example, the person who I've posted about twice now looking for baby stuff, has today requested (a) a photo printer with paper, (b) a digital camera that has no delay from startup to taking pictures, and (c) a double jogging stroller.  That's three big series of posts looking for specific big-ticket items within about four weeks.  Even if I had any of these items that I wanted to get rid of, I would not give them to her at this point because it's only rewarding the unbridled greed.  And no, she has not put up anything on offer beyond the bag of "mixed baby clothes" that she had up a few weeks ago.

And guess what, she's baaack this morning!

Today's list of demands requests are:
-crib and changing table
-double stroller
-Medela breast pump
-propane tank for BBQ
-mens clothing of specific sizes
-mini-fridge
-books, tapes, DVDs, "the more the better"

At least she has dropped her brand name and design requirements for the first two, and added "doesn't matter what they look like as long as they are safe" to them.  And she put up two offers, one of a bag of women's (size) clothing and one of a bag of women's shoes.  So maybe there is hope for her...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Giggity on May 13, 2010, 10:07:45 AM
Here's one word for word from today's Freecycle:

to all i know a young lady who is due in five weeks she has only justfound out and has nothing for a baby any baby items will help if you canhelp this lady out plz call (mobile phone number) thank you ps we have no car so ifyou do have anything you would like to give we will have to work outsomething to pick up thank you again

It's not that words fail me ... it's that all the words I have will get me in trouble. So further, deponent sayeth not.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 13, 2010, 10:24:38 AM
i would like a large Coach purse.
if you have one (or more) in your closet that you don't want or use anymore, i would like them.  i can give them a great home.

shyone

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I would not call her shy for asking!  Perhaps I should try the same route.  My church held a yard sale and we found a donated coach fany pack/hip walker pack.  Sold for 5 dollars.  Strill, nothing beats FREE! And she wants large ones. 

See, people are posting these things as completely far-fetched.  But I actually have three pieces of Louis Vuitton -- two large handbags (with matching key-ring/folders) and a briefcase -- in my closet that are like-new and sitting there gathering dust.  They belonged to my late mother and I don't like designer goods -- but can't bring myself to throw them away.  If a request for LV caught my eye, I might just be inclined to pass them along.  So it really never hurts to ask.  You might be surprised at what people are itching to give away.  I went to an estate sale once and the guy running it was tired of selling stuff so I walked out with a large turkey platter (the vintage kind worth about $50) and some very collectible books along with lovely older linens and two crystal candlesticks -- free.  He had his feet up and didn't want to be bothered tallying the prices or taking the money.  I bet he had a dishwasher to get rid of, too!   :)

You might try selling on ebay. 

Thanks, I just don't have the time for pursuits like that and am not anxious to make a buck from my mother's belongings.  I just wanted to make the point that you never know what Freecyclers have lurking around.   :)

I can offer another option; there is a website where you can rent fancy designer bags, and they also buy from individuals.  I just sent info on a bunch of Coach bags I have and don't use, and their offers are pretty fair.  Much less hassle than going the ebay route - don't want to post the name, but if you're interested, PM me and I'll give you the details......
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Pinky830 on May 13, 2010, 07:38:29 PM
i would like a large Coach purse.
if you have one (or more) in your closet that you don't want or use anymore, i would like them.  i can give them a great home.

shyone

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I would not call her shy for asking!  Perhaps I should try the same route.  My church held a yard sale and we found a donated coach fany pack/hip walker pack.  Sold for 5 dollars.  Strill, nothing beats FREE! And she wants large ones. 

See, people are posting these things as completely far-fetched.  But I actually have three pieces of Louis Vuitton -- two large handbags (with matching key-ring/folders) and a briefcase -- in my closet that are like-new and sitting there gathering dust.  They belonged to my late mother and I don't like designer goods -- but can't bring myself to throw them away.  If a request for LV caught my eye, I might just be inclined to pass them along.  So it really never hurts to ask.  You might be surprised at what people are itching to give away.  I went to an estate sale once and the guy running it was tired of selling stuff so I walked out with a large turkey platter (the vintage kind worth about $50) and some very collectible books along with lovely older linens and two crystal candlesticks -- free.  He had his feet up and didn't want to be bothered tallying the prices or taking the money.  I bet he had a dishwasher to get rid of, too!   :)

This wasn't Freecycle, but it makes the same point. My MIL sells a little real estate on the side, and she had a buyer who really loved the couches she saw in the house she wanted. A bit jokingly, MIL said, "Why don't you ask for them in the offer? All they can do is say no."

It turned out that the sellers were getting new furniture, and they were delighted not to have to move the couches. Problem solved for everyone.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BrittMontero on May 13, 2010, 07:43:32 PM
i would like a large Coach purse.
if you have one (or more) in your closet that you don't want or use anymore, i would like them.  i can give them a great home.

shyone

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I would not call her shy for asking!  Perhaps I should try the same route.  My church held a yard sale and we found a donated coach fany pack/hip walker pack.  Sold for 5 dollars.  Strill, nothing beats FREE! And she wants large ones. 

See, people are posting these things as completely far-fetched.  But I actually have three pieces of Louis Vuitton -- two large handbags (with matching key-ring/folders) and a briefcase -- in my closet that are like-new and sitting there gathering dust.  They belonged to my late mother and I don't like designer goods -- but can't bring myself to throw them away.  If a request for LV caught my eye, I might just be inclined to pass them along.  So it really never hurts to ask.  You might be surprised at what people are itching to give away.  I went to an estate sale once and the guy running it was tired of selling stuff so I walked out with a large turkey platter (the vintage kind worth about $50) and some very collectible books along with lovely older linens and two crystal candlesticks -- free.  He had his feet up and didn't want to be bothered tallying the prices or taking the money.  I bet he had a dishwasher to get rid of, too!   :)

This wasn't Freecycle, but it makes the same point. My MIL sells a little real estate on the side, and she had a buyer who really loved the couches she saw in the house she wanted. A bit jokingly, MIL said, "Why don't you ask for them in the offer? All they can do is say no."

It turned out that the sellers were getting new furniture, and they were delighted not to have to move the couches. Problem solved for everyone.

exactly.  we are selling mom's condo and its like-new furniture including fancy white iron bed frame, off-white damask sofa & chairs, lamps, end tables, glass-topped dining table and chairs, basement shelving ... all of it looks like it just exited the showroom and i will be on bended knee if any prospective condo buyer is willing to take it off my hands, gratis. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: VorFemme on May 13, 2010, 07:50:52 PM
i would like a large Coach purse.
if you have one (or more) in your closet that you don't want or use anymore, i would like them.  i can give them a great home.

shyone

------------------
I would not call her shy for asking!  Perhaps I should try the same route.  My church held a yard sale and we found a donated coach fany pack/hip walker pack.  Sold for 5 dollars.  Strill, nothing beats FREE! And she wants large ones. 

See, people are posting these things as completely far-fetched.  But I actually have three pieces of Louis Vuitton -- two large handbags (with matching key-ring/folders) and a briefcase -- in my closet that are like-new and sitting there gathering dust.  They belonged to my late mother and I don't like designer goods -- but can't bring myself to throw them away.  If a request for LV caught my eye, I might just be inclined to pass them along.  So it really never hurts to ask.  You might be surprised at what people are itching to give away.  I went to an estate sale once and the guy running it was tired of selling stuff so I walked out with a large turkey platter (the vintage kind worth about $50) and some very collectible books along with lovely older linens and two crystal candlesticks -- free.  He had his feet up and didn't want to be bothered tallying the prices or taking the money.  I bet he had a dishwasher to get rid of, too!   :)

This wasn't Freecycle, but it makes the same point. My MIL sells a little real estate on the side, and she had a buyer who really loved the couches she saw in the house she wanted. A bit jokingly, MIL said, "Why don't you ask for them in the offer? All they can do is say no."

It turned out that the sellers were getting new furniture, and they were delighted not to have to move the couches. Problem solved for everyone.

My parents bought a house from a couple moving to Europe (from the USA) - the custom couches (made for that floor plan) and a couple of other things were added to the purchase of the house with the owners being quite happy to reduce the amount of furniture to be moved, stored, or passed along to relatives.......cash moves quite a bit more easily than two couches, a love seat, and an overstuffed chair!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sophia on May 13, 2010, 09:11:11 PM
It took me awhile to convince my mother that asking for a Medela breast pump would be rude. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Jules1980 on May 13, 2010, 11:42:50 PM
Saw this one a few weeks ago

Wanted Newer Model Truck or SUV

i am 3 months pregnant with my 2nd baby and have a 5 month old, i need a good running newer model suv or extended cab truck(must have the back doors that also open)i am willing to spend up to $2500 but no more, and it has to be automatic. i do not want a vehical that is going to break down within the first month or so, seeing as i have both my appointments and my daughters. thanks



I don't know if she's gonna get what she wants as the cheapest vehicle fitting her description I saw was 6800, had over 100,000 miles on it and was a 2000 model.  People round here hold on to their trucks.  LOL.

She could get a decent car in that price range, probably with a lot miles though, but she just isn't going to get a truck or SUV in that range unless she's willing to take one from the mid to late 90's.

On the other hand there is also an ad from someone wanting to buy a vehicle, any vehicle for 1000 dollars.  He might get it though, as his only requirement is that it runs.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on May 14, 2010, 08:15:27 AM
It took me awhile to convince my mother that asking for a Medela breast pump would be rude. 

Asking for one might be a little over-the-top, but keep an eye out!  I actually got one!  Somebody offered a double-sided electric Medela breastpump still in its case.  Awesome!  I'm really excited about having it for baby #3 in a few months.  I may use it to start donating some milk, since hopefully it should make pumping a lot faster!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on May 14, 2010, 01:44:13 PM
It took me awhile to convince my mother that asking for a Medela breast pump would be rude. 

Asking for one might be a little over-the-top, but keep an eye out!  I actually got one!  Somebody offered a double-sided electric Medela breastpump still in its case.  Awesome!  I'm really excited about having it for baby #3 in a few months.  I may use it to start donating some milk, since hopefully it should make pumping a lot faster!

I think asking for just the one specific thing should be okay.  It's the lists as long as your arm that get funny looks.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: WHATSNEW on May 19, 2010, 09:14:14 AM
And now for today's request (wanted section):  EEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stripper Pole Rental - $75 (DMV)

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Pole rentals for a couple or a bunch of friends. Contact via email for more info
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Browyn on May 19, 2010, 09:34:00 AM
I can see the reasoning behind wanting old medical supplies, e.g. wheelchairs, walkers, bath seats, even the CPAP machine.  Some of that stuff can be expensive, and if someone is going to have to use it for the long term, it wouldn't pay to rent it.  Plus, I'm sure there are people out there who end up in my aunt's situation - she had two different types of walkers, a four-prong cane, and a wheelchair sitting in her garage after my older aunt who had lived with her passed away.  She gave one walker to a friend of hers who had had a hip replacement, and donated the other items to the local nursing home.  My aunt is still quite young, so the odds are that if she ever needs anything like that it won't be for many years, and in the meantime it's just taking up space, so it's good that she was able to pass it along to someone who could use it now.

POD - why not donate it to someone who can really use it?  And while I totally understand WHY its illegal and can't be done, ESPECIALLY on Freecycle, its too bad there isn't some way to get un-needed medicine to someone who does. I mean legally and through some sort of strict system.  I know when my dad died; we got rid of TONS of stuff; pricy stuff, and my mom kept saying it was such a shame that there wasn't any way to get it to someone who needed it, but couldn't afford it.  But like I said, I totally understand why it can't be done.

When my Dad passed we donated his medical stuff (no Rx, stuff like the walker and the raised toilet seat) to a nursing home/rehab hospital.  They were thrilled.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: duhrich on May 19, 2010, 08:10:54 PM
Locally there is an organization that you can donate used medical equipment such as walkers, scooters, wheelchairs. They refurbish/fix them up to give to people that can't afford it.  Through hospice (and I think this probably depends on state law), we were able to donate some of mom's medication.  It had to be in an unopened package, not a pill bottle or something like that, but at least some of it could go to others that could use it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Garden Goblin on May 19, 2010, 11:54:46 PM
I should put up a wanted on freecycle, see if I can get some of the items I've been looking for at garage sales.  What do you think my chances are?

Upright chest freezer (need not be in working order or even have the motor)
Pennies from 1981 and earlier


ok -- now I GOT to know

what are you going to do with a chest freezer that don't work?

The insulation in those things is just incredible.  So, add a thermostat and a heating element, rig up a couple trays to be able to adjust the tilt as needed, and you've got an incubator that can handle a hundred turkey eggs without missing a beat.  Purchasing a commercial equivalent runs upwards of $4000.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: vorbau on May 19, 2010, 11:59:45 PM
I should put up a wanted on freecycle, see if I can get some of the items I've been looking for at garage sales.  What do you think my chances are?

Upright chest freezer (need not be in working order or even have the motor)
Pennies from 1981 and earlier


ok -- now I GOT to know

what are you going to do with a chest freezer that don't work?

The insulation in those things is just incredible.  So, add a thermostat and a heating element, rig up a couple trays to be able to adjust the tilt as needed, and you've got an incubator that can handle a hundred turkey eggs without missing a beat.  Purchasing a commercial equivalent runs upwards of $4000.

My grandmother used one to "cold cellar" winter vegetables and apples. She layered the veggies in newspaper or straw in boxes and stacked them inside the defunct freezer. Great insulation + critter-proof + no dirt.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: FunkyMunky on May 20, 2010, 01:01:59 AM
Locally there is an organization that you can donate used medical equipment such as walkers, scooters, wheelchairs. They refurbish/fix them up to give to people that can't afford it.  Through hospice (and I think this probably depends on state law), we were able to donate some of mom's medication.  It had to be in an unopened package, not a pill bottle or something like that, but at least some of it could go to others that could use it.

In Australia, you can hand in unwanted medicines to pharmacies, where they will be safely disposed of. If the medicine package has left the pharmacy at all, the medicines MUST be thrown out, even if all the seals are intact. If the deceased person has their scripts made up and repackaged in a store, they MAY be able to do something with the leftover meds, but it's unlikely.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: SisJackson on May 20, 2010, 02:33:01 AM
A friend of mine saw a request on Craigslist asking for free air tickets to Orlando for a family of four, because Mom & Dad promised a WDW trip to the kids but now they can't afford it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: JonGirl on May 20, 2010, 06:29:12 AM
A friend of mine saw a request on Craigslist asking for free air tickets to Orlando for a family of four, because Mom & Dad promised a WDW trip to the kids but now they can't afford it.

Seriously?  :o

*keels over*
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MinAvi on May 20, 2010, 06:42:04 AM
A friend of mine saw a request on Craigslist asking for free air tickets to Orlando for a family of four, because Mom & Dad promised a WDW trip to the kids but now they can't afford it.

 :o :o ::) ::) ??? ???

talk about special snowflakes...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ginlyn32 on May 20, 2010, 07:06:52 AM
I don't think airline tickets can be given to someone else. Like if you buy tickets but then can't use them...

I think you have to have the persons correct name and address and it must match their address on their photo ID.

So these people want a bunch of strangers to BUY them some airline tickets? Yeah....i don't think it's gonna happen.

(I could totally understand someone giving airline tickets to someone who had a death in the family or similar emergency...but to WDW? NO.)

I think they'd have better luck asking for tickets to WDW. People have to cancel vacations all the time and would rather sell their tickets and take a loss on them than losing the money on them.

ginlyn
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MissRose on May 26, 2010, 05:19:35 AM
A friend of mine saw a request on Craigslist asking for free air tickets to Orlando for a family of four, because Mom & Dad promised a WDW trip to the kids but now they can't afford it.

Now that takes a special level of gall to ask for that. 

Can I ask for roundtrip airfare tickets to Ireland next??? ::)  :o  (ooops thats rude and presumptious of me to ask for that even though I want to go back to Ireland in the worst way but can't afford it  :'( )
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Bibliophile on June 03, 2010, 09:50:59 AM
Just saw one for maxi pads.  An unopened pack, but still...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ghost on June 12, 2010, 04:36:20 PM
I once saw a request for lingerie.

 :-X
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: VorFemme on June 12, 2010, 07:50:54 PM
Not so much outrageous - but my post clearly stated that the item(s) had to picked up that day or the next day as I would be out of town Sunday and Monday (taking kids to camp & returning by way of my parents' house in case I get a chance to see my brother {hospital after motorcycle accident}).  I thought that I was very clear - pick it up by Saturday or wait until Tuesday.

The first person to ask tells me in her second post (arranging when to pick it up) that she is out of town - can she pick it up Sunday or Monday? 

I am not a happy Freecycler right now.........at least, not with her.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on June 12, 2010, 07:55:01 PM
Not so much outrageous - but my post clearly stated that the item(s) had to picked up that day or the next day as I would be out of town Sunday and Monday (taking kids to camp & returning by way of my parents' house in case I get a chance to see my brother {hospital after motorcycle accident}).  I thought that I was very clear - pick it up by Saturday or wait until Tuesday.

The first person to ask tells me in her second post (arranging when to pick it up) that she is out of town - can she pick it up Sunday or Monday? 

I am not a happy Freecycler right now.........at least, not with her.

This is why I don't Freecycle anymore unless I respond to a wanted--it's easier to drop it at the Goodwill down the street. I've had people ask me to drop it off, hold it for them for an unspecified amount of time, ask to pick it up during the two hours of the day I've said I can't have pick up, so on and so forth. What I hate more than that is when I offer something to someone because they had a huge sob story about why they needed it and they say "Oh yes, I'd be so grateful," and then never show up.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: VorFemme on June 12, 2010, 07:59:08 PM
Yeah - I am debating adding the items to a bag for the Salvation Army - although I have a dozen more requests in line behind hers.......

Just easier to deal with. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on June 12, 2010, 09:28:34 PM
Reading this thread convinced me to sign up for my local freecylcle.

First item listed was a Taken Offer: Prada handbag.

So hey, it can happen.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on June 16, 2010, 12:21:05 PM
I saw a wanted for a toilet seat today. I guess it's possible someone has a spare sitting around, but what are the odds it's a new spare toilet seat? Plus toilet seats are about $5; you'd probably have to spend that much in time and gas to go get one. Just buy a new one. This is one instance where I think it's perfectly fine to let something go to the landfill.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on June 16, 2010, 12:22:54 PM
I saw a wanted for a toilet seat today. I guess it's possible someone has a spare sitting around, but what are the odds it's a new spare toilet seat? Plus toilet seats are about $5; you'd probably have to spend that much in time and gas to go get one. Just buy a new one. This is one instance where I think it's perfectly fine to let something go to the landfill.

That makes me laugh because we did have a spare, brand new toilet seat lying around for about a year.  We wouldn't have given it away, though, we just took our time getting around to installing it ;)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BabyMama on June 16, 2010, 01:19:23 PM
Here's one word for word from today's Freecycle:

to all i know a young lady who is due in five weeks she has only justfound out and has nothing for a baby any baby items will help if you canhelp this lady out plz call (mobile phone number) thank you ps we have no car so ifyou do have anything you would like to give we will have to work outsomething to pick up thank you again



I always do a CRIVINS! when I see these...like, how can you not notice you haven't menstruated for the past 8 months? Or no longer fit into you old clothes?

I just checked my local CL...someone on there is asking for a pro bono lawyer to deal with a child custody case....

I joined Freecycle but haven't been on...when I first signed up, I didn't know that e-mail alerts was automatic. I'd set up a new Yahoo account just so I could sign up for Freecycle and two other Yahoo groups, and all the e-mails went there. I didn't check it for months, until I put something up for sale on one of the Yahoo groups. Eeek. I had like 15,000 e-mails...and you can't just "delete all", so I've been individually clicking the message boxes for months now. I'm down to about 6,000... :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on June 16, 2010, 01:22:01 PM
Here's one word for word from today's Freecycle:

to all i know a young lady who is due in five weeks she has only justfound out and has nothing for a baby any baby items will help if you canhelp this lady out plz call (mobile phone number) thank you ps we have no car so ifyou do have anything you would like to give we will have to work outsomething to pick up thank you again



I always do a CRIVINS! when I see these...like, how can you not notice you haven't menstruated for the past 8 months? Or no longer fit into you old clothes?

I just checked my local CL...someone on there is asking for a pro bono lawyer to deal with a child custody case....

I joined Freecycle but haven't been on...when I first signed up, I didn't know that e-mail alerts was automatic. I'd set up a new Yahoo account just so I could sign up for Freecycle and two other Yahoo groups, and all the e-mails went there. I didn't check it for months, until I put something up for sale on one of the Yahoo groups. Eeek. I had like 15,000 e-mails...and you can't just "delete all", so I've been individually clicking the message boxes for months now. I'm down to about 6,000... :P

Are you using the "new" Yahoo or the "old" Yahoo Mail? In the new version there is a checkbox that will check every email so that they can all be deleted. I don't think there is in the old one.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on June 16, 2010, 01:33:22 PM
Slightly OT, but since you brought it up... most of the cases in which women haven't known they were pregnant either seemed to be that the woman wasn't surprised not to be menstruating (she was breastfeeding, or she was older and thought she was in early menopause) or that the woman was in the uncommon but not totally rare situation where she continued to have what are similar to menstrual periods during her pregnancy.  Some women also don't gain a lot of weight, or are somewhat overweight to begin with and don't gain a lot of additional weight, or they're on a medication that they attribute the weight gain to, things like that.

Our Freecycle has been a bit frustrating lately.  First, they have a rule that you can only post a WANTED once a week.  So I posted one, then a while later I posted another, and got a warning from a moderator that I wasn't following the rules for WANTEDs.  So I checked... my posts were 8 days apart.  One on Sunday, one the following Monday.  Couldn't figure out how I violated the rules.  Oh, well.  Then I notice that they've been posting the rules every week, claiming that there have been a lot of violations, etc., and reminding people of the rules.  One of which is to include your location in your offer.  Posts must be moderated before they get posted.  And yet I saw an offer that looked interesting the other day, but it didn't have a location.  So I don't know what's going on with the moderation, but something sure is.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: HorseFreak on June 16, 2010, 01:39:04 PM
Not so much outrageous - but my post clearly stated that the item(s) had to picked up that day or the next day as I would be out of town Sunday and Monday (taking kids to camp & returning by way of my parents' house in case I get a chance to see my brother {hospital after motorcycle accident}).  I thought that I was very clear - pick it up by Saturday or wait until Tuesday.

The first person to ask tells me in her second post (arranging when to pick it up) that she is out of town - can she pick it up Sunday or Monday? 

I am not a happy Freecycler right now.........at least, not with her.

Be careful saying online you'll be out of town- now any interested party can contact you to pick up the item and if you give them the address they know exactly when to rob you. Even without giving your address someone good at googling can locate you fairly easily.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wulfie on June 16, 2010, 01:44:32 PM
Our Freecycle has been a bit frustrating lately.  First, they have a rule that you can only post a WANTED once a week.  So I posted one, then a while later I posted another, and got a warning from a moderator that I wasn't following the rules for WANTEDs.  So I checked... my posts were 8 days apart.  One on Sunday, one the following Monday.  Couldn't figure out how I violated the rules.  Oh, well.  Then I notice that they've been posting the rules every week, claiming that there have been a lot of violations, etc., and reminding people of the rules.  One of which is to include your location in your offer.  Posts must be moderated before they get posted.  And yet I saw an offer that looked interesting the other day, but it didn't have a location.  So I don't know what's going on with the moderation, but something sure is.

We have the same rules and our list is supposedly moderated but I see the same people post mulitple WANTED messages a week and I have seen WANTED and OFFERED messages for items against the rlaw including perscription medciations and alcohol!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: purplemuse on June 16, 2010, 02:12:31 PM
I saw a wanted for a toilet seat today. I guess it's possible someone has a spare sitting around, but what are the odds it's a new spare toilet seat? Plus toilet seats are about $5; you'd probably have to spend that much in time and gas to go get one. Just buy a new one. This is one instance where I think it's perfectly fine to let something go to the landfill.

That makes me laugh because we did have a spare, brand new toilet seat lying around for about a year.  We wouldn't have given it away, though, we just took our time getting around to installing it ;)

As did we-- it was a white elephant gift, so it was clear with plastic fish inside it, but still, it was a toilet seat...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on June 16, 2010, 02:40:33 PM
I saw a wanted for a toilet seat today. I guess it's possible someone has a spare sitting around, but what are the odds it's a new spare toilet seat? Plus toilet seats are about $5; you'd probably have to spend that much in time and gas to go get one. Just buy a new one. This is one instance where I think it's perfectly fine to let something go to the landfill.

That makes me laugh because we did have a spare, brand new toilet seat lying around for about a year.  We wouldn't have given it away, though, we just took our time getting around to installing it ;)

As did we-- it was a white elephant gift, so it was clear with plastic fish inside it, but still, it was a toilet seat...

I totally would have traded my plain white one for clear with plastic fish!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: VorFemme on June 16, 2010, 08:00:17 PM
Not so much outrageous - but my post clearly stated that the item(s) had to picked up that day or the next day as I would be out of town Sunday and Monday (taking kids to camp & returning by way of my parents' house in case I get a chance to see my brother {hospital after motorcycle accident}).  I thought that I was very clear - pick it up by Saturday or wait until Tuesday.

The first person to ask tells me in her second post (arranging when to pick it up) that she is out of town - can she pick it up Sunday or Monday? 

I am not a happy Freecycler right now.........at least, not with her.

Be careful saying online you'll be out of town- now any interested party can contact you to pick up the item and if you give them the address they know exactly when to rob you. Even without giving your address someone good at googling can locate you fairly easily.

These items are small enough that I can easily carry the DSL modem in a tote bag or the CPU by myself - I will be passing them to someone in a parking lot.  My cell phone does not have any association to my address.

Been burgled once - not inclined to repeat the experience.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: squeak on June 16, 2010, 10:39:06 PM
Someone today wants their entire house contents donated to them, because they are low income (so they say). TV, entertainment unit, chairs and table, couch set, bedroom set, paintings to make the place cozy, pots & pans, coffee and end tables, lamps... and you have to hold it for them until July because they don't have storage.  ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on June 16, 2010, 10:46:56 PM
Squeak, I think I see posts like that at least a few times a month. It seems like 90% of the time there's been a fire or the person has left an abusive spouse, which I guess is possible but you start to get numb to it after a while.

Here's a question--do you guys consider it snowflakey if someone asks for decor items with a specific theme? Not just "I need a rug to cover a dirty carpet" but "I need a rug to cover a dirty carpet and I'd really prefer a modern pattern in blue and brown colors, at least 5x7 although 8x10 would be better." The people who ask for stuff like this usually say "I thought I'd give this a shot," so they know it's pretty specific for the group, and I can understand thinking maybe someone has redecorated and still has their old rug sitting around somewhere. Personally I don't mind it as long as there's not a sob story with it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Tosha Go on June 24, 2010, 08:53:43 PM
saw a strange one on kijiji today - woman expecting baby in a few months time posts add looking for baby items (nothing specific, just whatever baby stuff can been donated to her)

Weird thing about the add - it is in the 'top ads' section, meaning she's spending $10 a week to have this add located at the top of the list.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ginlyn32 on June 24, 2010, 09:43:04 PM
saw a strange one on kijiji today - woman expecting baby in a few months time posts add looking for baby items (nothing specific, just whatever baby stuff can been donated to her)

Weird thing about the add - it is in the 'top ads' section, meaning she's spending $10 a week to have this add located at the top of the list.

So she could take the $10/week and use that towards some baby clothes and gear. No, you wouldn't be able to buy much, but you could still get some Onsies and a couple of packages of diapers.

ginlyn
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on June 24, 2010, 10:17:15 PM
saw a strange one on kijiji today - woman expecting baby in a few months time posts add looking for baby items (nothing specific, just whatever baby stuff can been donated to her)

Weird thing about the add - it is in the 'top ads' section, meaning she's spending $10 a week to have this add located at the top of the list.

So she could take the $10/week and use that towards some baby clothes and gear. No, you wouldn't be able to buy much, but you could still get some Onsies and a couple of packages of diapers.

ginlyn

$40 a month is two jumbo boxes of diapers, more if you buy generic--nothing to sneeze at. I always break things down into the price of diapers when people say "It's only $X!" "Yes, but that's a box of diapers, I can make that last for two weeks."
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: norrina on June 24, 2010, 10:41:16 PM
Just saw one for maxi pads.  An unopened pack, but still...

I noticed at the thrift store (so not free, but I hope you'll bear with my digression) a bag of three half-used rolls of TP.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: magicdomino on June 25, 2010, 02:00:50 PM
Just saw one for maxi pads.  An unopened pack, but still...

I noticed at the thrift store (so not free, but I hope you'll bear with my digression) a bag of three half-used rolls of TP.

Okay, I gotta ask, how much was the store charging?  I would think it would be more cost-effective to keep them for the employees' bathroom.

As for the original donation, it could of been someone like my mother, who flatly refused to throw away anything that could possibly be used for something.  Those rolls still had good toilet paper on them!   ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Tosha Go on June 25, 2010, 07:06:19 PM
saw a strange one on kijiji today - woman expecting baby in a few months time posts add looking for baby items (nothing specific, just whatever baby stuff can been donated to her)

Weird thing about the add - it is in the 'top ads' section, meaning she's spending $10 a week to have this add located at the top of the list.

So she could take the $10/week and use that towards some baby clothes and gear. No, you wouldn't be able to buy much, but you could still get some Onsies and a couple of packages of diapers.

ginlyn

exactly...or better yet, bought some stuff other people on kijiji are selling and in turn help them out.
I bought a jolly jumper for $25, a bumbo for $40 to name a few.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Bethczar on June 26, 2010, 12:12:08 AM
And now for today's request (wanted section):  EEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stripper Pole Rental - $75 (DMV)

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Date: 2010-05-18, 9:25PM EDT
Reply to: (removed to protect poster)
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Pole rentals for a couple or a bunch of friends. Contact via email for more info

I just finished taking a pole-dancing class. I would love be able to practice (& show DH my moves), but a pole costs about $350. I would totally consider renting one if it were available.








Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: norrina on June 29, 2010, 11:38:21 PM
Just saw one for maxi pads.  An unopened pack, but still...

I noticed at the thrift store (so not free, but I hope you'll bear with my digression) a bag of three half-used rolls of TP.

Okay, I gotta ask, how much was the store charging?  I would think it would be more cost-effective to keep them for the employees' bathroom.

As for the original donation, it could of been someone like my mother, who flatly refused to throw away anything that could possibly be used for something.  Those rolls still had good toilet paper on them!    ::)

$0.69! So, you know, that really is quite a bargain for someone on a budget. And you know, your mother would have been right, there WAS still good TP on those rolls; which is why I couldn't understand why the original owner of the rolls didn't finish using it themselves.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Samantha on June 30, 2010, 08:42:21 AM
Okay, I gotta ask, how much was the store charging?  I would think it would be more cost-effective to keep them for the employees' bathroom.

As for the original donation, it could of been someone like my mother, who flatly refused to throw away anything that could possibly be used for something.  Those rolls still had good toilet paper on them!    ::)

$0.69! So, you know, that really is quite a bargain for someone on a budget. And you know, your mother would have been right, there WAS still good TP on those rolls; which is why I couldn't understand why the original owner of the rolls didn't finish using it themselves.

The only thing I can think of is that maybe they were donated by someone that was not thinking clearly after a loved one died, and they had to clean out their house or apartment? The bag got mixed into the pile of stuff to donate instead of the stuff to take home by mistake.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: magicdomino on June 30, 2010, 09:28:17 AM
Okay, I gotta ask, how much was the store charging?  I would think it would be more cost-effective to keep them for the employees' bathroom.

As for the original donation, it could of been someone like my mother, who flatly refused to throw away anything that could possibly be used for something.  Those rolls still had good toilet paper on them!    ::)

$0.69! So, you know, that really is quite a bargain for someone on a budget. And you know, your mother would have been right, there WAS still good TP on those rolls; which is why I couldn't understand why the original owner of the rolls didn't finish using it themselves.

The only thing I can think of is that maybe they were donated by someone that was not thinking clearly after a loved one died, and they had to clean out their house or apartment? The bag got mixed into the pile of stuff to donate instead of the stuff to take home by mistake.

Or they were moving, and didn't want to ship 3 half-rolls of toilet paper across the country.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: rhirhi on June 30, 2010, 11:53:08 AM
Okay, I gotta ask, how much was the store charging?  I would think it would be more cost-effective to keep them for the employees' bathroom.

As for the original donation, it could of been someone like my mother, who flatly refused to throw away anything that could possibly be used for something.  Those rolls still had good toilet paper on them!    ::)

$0.69! So, you know, that really is quite a bargain for someone on a budget. And you know, your mother would have been right, there WAS still good TP on those rolls; which is why I couldn't understand why the original owner of the rolls didn't finish using it themselves.

The only thing I can think of is that maybe they were donated by someone that was not thinking clearly after a loved one died, and they had to clean out their house or apartment? The bag got mixed into the pile of stuff to donate instead of the stuff to take home by mistake.

Or they were moving, and didn't want to ship 3 half-rolls of toilet paper across the country.

I am not sure it is so much that they were donated, but that the thrift store saw fit to sell them, know what I mean?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on July 03, 2010, 11:31:23 AM
I am gobsmacked.   :o ::) >:(

A woman who is CONSTANTLY posting asking for clothes, for towels, for furniture, for toys, for EVERYTHING has just topped herself.  She posted asking for a "long-haired kitten."  I am utterly incensed that this request made it through the moderators, and the fact that it is someone who apparently can't provide for her family on her own makes it that much worse.  So far I've throttled the urge to email her directly and express this, but I have asked for the moderators' email address so I can bring up my concerns with them.

ARGH. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on July 03, 2010, 03:08:19 PM
My husband just bought a house and is busy cleaning/renovating it.  In the bathroom under-sink cabinet, he found about 15 rolls of toilet paper, anywhere from half-used to almost-gone.  It was very weird.  We couldn't come up with any explanation for why somebody would not use the last 1/2 or 1/3 or whatever of every toilet paper roll.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: singingserpent on July 03, 2010, 04:08:17 PM
My husband just bought a house and is busy cleaning/renovating it.  In the bathroom under-sink cabinet, he found about 15 rolls of toilet paper, anywhere from half-used to almost-gone.  It was very weird.  We couldn't come up with any explanation for why somebody would not use the last 1/2 or 1/3 or whatever of every toilet paper roll.

I wonder if the former owners were tp-stealers?  I have always wondered why public places lock rolls of toilet paper on the holders, because really, who would take toilet paper?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: FunkyMunky on July 04, 2010, 04:41:41 AM
My husband just bought a house and is busy cleaning/renovating it.  In the bathroom under-sink cabinet, he found about 15 rolls of toilet paper, anywhere from half-used to almost-gone.  It was very weird.  We couldn't come up with any explanation for why somebody would not use the last 1/2 or 1/3 or whatever of every toilet paper roll.

I wonder if the former owners were tp-stealers?  I have always wondered why public places lock rolls of toilet paper on the holders, because really, who would take toilet paper?

I have seen several tp thefts (by adults), including two repeat offenders. I admit, I was also guilty of it once because we poor broke students ran out, so I sent someone to steal a roll from KFC.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on July 04, 2010, 09:39:00 AM
My husband just bought a house and is busy cleaning/renovating it.  In the bathroom under-sink cabinet, he found about 15 rolls of toilet paper, anywhere from half-used to almost-gone.  It was very weird.  We couldn't come up with any explanation for why somebody would not use the last 1/2 or 1/3 or whatever of every toilet paper roll.

I wonder if the former owners were tp-stealers?  I have always wondered why public places lock rolls of toilet paper on the holders, because really, who would take toilet paper?

I have seen several tp thefts (by adults), including two repeat offenders. I admit, I was also guilty of it once because we poor broke students ran out, so I sent someone to steal a roll from KFC.

I'm pretty sure there isn't a college student anywhere who has never stolen a roll of TP from somewhere  :D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: bookworm317 on July 04, 2010, 04:02:15 PM
I'm pretty sure there isn't a college student anywhere who has never stolen a roll of TP from somewhere  :D

I've never stolen toilet paper, but I HAVE stolen napkins from Chik-fil-A.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mechtilde on July 04, 2010, 04:27:29 PM
Not quite on topic, but in our local supermarket there is a section for small ads- you know the sorth of thing, used fridge 50 and so on.

Someone has posted an ad asking for a Warhammer Space Hulk game. No indication of what he was willing to pay, but it was a limited edition and they fetch well into three figures on Ebay...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Suze on July 04, 2010, 04:34:44 PM
well you can't blame them for trying
who knows there might be someone out there that doesn't know what they are worth

I picked up an Advanced Heroquest at the Goodwill store for 50 CENTS. (they sold new for $50.00 and are way up there on e-bay as well)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Martienne on July 05, 2010, 08:07:36 AM
I am gobsmacked.   :o ::) >:(

A woman who is CONSTANTLY posting asking for clothes, for towels, for furniture, for toys, for EVERYTHING has just topped herself.  She posted asking for a "long-haired kitten."  I am utterly incensed that this request made it through the moderators, and the fact that it is someone who apparently can't provide for her family on her own makes it that much worse.  So far I've throttled the urge to email her directly and express this, but I have asked for the moderators' email address so I can bring up my concerns with them.

ARGH. 

Again, Freecycle is about recycling, not charity. I often post requests for things that I intend to go out and buy if I get no response. It's okay to post wanted ads for things, even when you can afford them.

Although, if this person always posts a sob story to go along with the requests, disregard what I just said.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: AprilRenee on July 05, 2010, 08:17:13 AM
I saw a wanted a while back on freecycle for a 1969 corvette (or something similar. can't remember exactly) must be running and in good condition.

Dude-those are collectors items!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mikeylou on July 06, 2010, 11:03:59 AM
On my Freecycle list yesterday

WANTED: Gold Prospecting Equipment

It's so odd it just brings images of men panning streams in gold rush fashion and I just giggle.

I'm sure it's probably going to be used for some sort of educational purpose.  I hope.  I dunno why else someone would want some.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: WHATSNEW on July 06, 2010, 11:18:22 AM
On my Freecycle list yesterday

WANTED: Gold Prospecting Equipment

It's so odd it just brings images of men panning streams in gold rush fashion and I just giggle.

I'm sure it's probably going to be used for some sort of educational purpose.  I hope.  I dunno why else someone would want some.

Well there are still places out there where you can pan/mine for gold and I understand that the equipment isn't always cheap.  I plan on going some day as a cub scout project.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: WHATSNEW on July 06, 2010, 11:23:56 AM
My husband just bought a house and is busy cleaning/renovating it.  In the bathroom under-sink cabinet, he found about 15 rolls of toilet paper, anywhere from half-used to almost-gone.  It was very weird.  We couldn't come up with any explanation for why somebody would not use the last 1/2 or 1/3 or whatever of every toilet paper roll.

When I worked housekeeping at a condo/home rental resort in Florida, we were allowed to keep any toilet paper in the unit that wasn't provided by the resort (one roll per bathroom).  People often stayed for a week and provided their own supplies & food.  We ate at least a year's supply of ice cream and popcycles that summer - they would have melted before we got them home.  That year, I didn't buy salt, pepper, sugar, detergent, beach chairs, inflatable toys, etc.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: VorFemme on July 06, 2010, 01:20:38 PM
I remember when we went to pack to leave a condo resort in Florida for another resort - DH had been too enthusiastic in buying frozen foods and the ice chest that we brought was jam packed.  There were still a number of things to take with us (two weeks left in stay but at another location).  The seven of us in week one hadn't eaten as much as planned.......it would be six hours before we could check in............

I had seen something when I took out the trash earlier - so I went out and pulled a cracked styrofoam chest out of the trash can, we washed it, I did a temporary fix, and we got everything into it - the meat, ice cream, etc. were useable at the next place.  The ice chest was trashed at the end of our stay - and VorGuy still took home the original ice chest about half full.  He takes things to cook but his plans change when he gets there...............

The salmon that was on sale was good - but that meant that the beef steaks didn't get eaten until the second week and some of the other stuff went home instead of getting eaten.

We also spent the last night eating up the GOOD stuff that couldn't make a two day drive home.  Key Lime Pie.......yuuum!

VorGuy has learned to make more smaller trips even if there are seven of us in the room (up to eight can stay in a two bedroom at that location) and even smaller trips if it is just the two or three of us.  He has trouble passing up a "good sale". 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Shoo on July 06, 2010, 01:22:31 PM
On my Freecycle list yesterday

WANTED: Gold Prospecting Equipment

It's so odd it just brings images of men panning streams in gold rush fashion and I just giggle.

I'm sure it's probably going to be used for some sort of educational purpose.  I hope.  I dunno why else someone would want some.

Well there are still places out there where you can pan/mine for gold and I understand that the equipment isn't always cheap.  I plan on going some day as a cub scout project.

Panning for gold is a popular hobby where I live.  There are claims staked and everything, still today! 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mikeylou on July 07, 2010, 02:38:49 PM
On my Freecycle list yesterday

WANTED: Gold Prospecting Equipment

It's so odd it just brings images of men panning streams in gold rush fashion and I just giggle.

I'm sure it's probably going to be used for some sort of educational purpose.  I hope.  I dunno why else someone would want some.

Well there are still places out there where you can pan/mine for gold and I understand that the equipment isn't always cheap.  I plan on going some day as a cub scout project.

Panning for gold is a popular hobby where I live.  There are claims staked and everything, still today! 

Seriously?  That's rather neat!  I grew up in the Mid-Atlantic states where the general impression of the Gold Rush was that it was done and over a century ago.  I've learned some rather interesting tidbits since moving to Texas.  =)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RegionMom on July 07, 2010, 02:45:20 PM
For the 1/2 used TP roll, I know that when company comes, I like to put a fresh roll on the wall for just in case.  New trash can liner, fresh hand towels, fill up the soap...
so, what to do with the 1/3 or such leftover roll?
Toss it under the sink!
And then?  Forget about it till moving time...and then put out with the other stuff deemed too much to deal with so off to GoodWill! 
:)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wheeitsme on July 07, 2010, 03:19:08 PM
On my Freecycle list yesterday

WANTED: Gold Prospecting Equipment

It's so odd it just brings images of men panning streams in gold rush fashion and I just giggle.

I'm sure it's probably going to be used for some sort of educational purpose.  I hope.  I dunno why else someone would want some.

Well there are still places out there where you can pan/mine for gold and I understand that the equipment isn't always cheap.  I plan on going some day as a cub scout project.

Panning for gold is a popular hobby where I live.  There are claims staked and everything, still today! 

Seriously?  That's rather neat!  I grew up in the Mid-Atlantic states where the general impression of the Gold Rush was that it was done and over a century ago.  I've learned some rather interesting tidbits since moving to Texas.  =)

Oh, heavens, no.  There is still gold in them there hills!

I was in Yosemite for the 100 year flood.  It brought down a lot of water and moved a lot of dirt.  We had a problem with a couple of employees not showing up for work the next couple of months because they were out gold hunting. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ghost on July 07, 2010, 04:08:29 PM
A mannequin or mannequin parts.

 ???

Gotta say, a little creepy.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kimblee on July 07, 2010, 04:20:52 PM
A mannequin or mannequin parts.

 ???

Gotta say, a little creepy.

Umm... if you ae in North texas, that might be mine.

You don't happen to have any, do you?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: hobish on July 07, 2010, 04:26:24 PM
And now for today's request (wanted section):  EEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stripper Pole Rental - $75 (DMV)

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Date: 2010-05-18, 9:25PM EDT
Reply to: (removed to protect poster)
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Pole rentals for a couple or a bunch of friends. Contact via email for more info


I think that is less eeeuw than getting a used breast pump. There is no bodily fluid involved with a pole. Do you think each stripper brings her own to the club?  ;D No, they wipe them down with Windex or something and move on. Whay is that eeeuw?


Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Suze on July 07, 2010, 04:29:13 PM
if you have a mannequin leg floating around you can make a "Major Award Lamp" out of it

like in Christmas story.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kimblee on July 07, 2010, 04:32:43 PM
if you have a mannequin leg floating around you can make a "Major Award Lamp" out of it

like in Christmas story.

Or a "model" for beaded anklets.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Suze on July 07, 2010, 04:36:51 PM
if you have a mannequin leg floating around you can make a "Major Award Lamp" out of it

like in Christmas story.

Or a "model" for beaded anklets.

have you tried a stuffed sock or stocking?

I have done pretty well with gloves for braclets -- long gloves (the ones that come about half way to your elbow)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: magicdomino on July 07, 2010, 04:37:44 PM
if you have a mannequin leg floating around you can make a "Major Award Lamp" out of it

like in Christmas story.

Or a "model" for beaded anklets.

Or a cool Halloween decoration.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: EddiesMom on July 07, 2010, 09:11:23 PM
Seen on Des Moines, IA Craigslist---

"Decorated Jello, all occasions." 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Carnation on July 08, 2010, 01:15:18 AM
Seen on Des Moines, IA Craigslist---

"Decorated Jello, all occasions." 

Des Moines has the highest per capita number of Jello consumers. (Or however you say it).
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: A.P. Wulfric on July 08, 2010, 02:54:56 AM
This one came across mine yesterday-verbatim

Wanted: A friend of mine just moved into a new place and has nothing.  See list below for things she really needs to have in this apartment. 
coach/sofa & matching recliner
dresser-5 drawer, tall, oak.
pots and pans
tv
working AC
pool table

OK.  First, no one needs a matching recliner/couch set, but it's possible. Second, you also do not need an oak dresser. You need a dresser. Still, very possible.  Pots, pans, TV-sure.   Working AC-good luck in a heat wave. 

Pool Table?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: FunkyMunky on July 08, 2010, 07:15:47 AM
A mannequin or mannequin parts.

 ???

Gotta say, a little creepy.

Lots of requests for dress forms on my local Freecycle. I don't see many 'received' however.

Probably because a new one is about $250AUD and one in good clean working order had a decent amount of resale value.

I put up a weird one the other day - assorted stationery, mixed. Had a massive box of random pens, markers, pencils etc. from high school.

Got a response in ten minutes from someone who was super-polite. And everyone's happy. (Turns out her kids love drawing and she keeps running out of supplies, but she didn't give me a sob story or anything.)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on July 08, 2010, 12:24:08 PM
This one came across mine yesterday-verbatim

Wanted: A friend of mine just moved into a new place and has nothing.  See list below for things she really needs to have in this apartment. 
coach/sofa & matching recliner
dresser-5 drawer, tall, oak.
pots and pans
tv
working AC
pool table

OK.  First, no one needs a matching recliner/couch set, but it's possible. Second, you also do not need an oak dresser. You need a dresser. Still, very possible.  Pots, pans, TV-sure.   Working AC-good luck in a heat wave. 

Pool Table?

We upgraded a window unit to sell our old house (6500 to 12000 btu, aaaah) and I could not get rid of the old one. This was less than three weeks ago. I posted and people responded but no one followed through, I emailed people that had posted and they no longer needed one, etc. I finally put it by the curb with a free sign on it and it was gone within two hours.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: HushHush on July 08, 2010, 08:00:43 PM
I would have thought Utah had the most jello consumed.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on July 08, 2010, 08:04:50 PM
This one came across mine yesterday-verbatim

Wanted: A friend of mine just moved into a new place and has nothing.  See list below for things she really needs to have in this apartment. 
coach/sofa & matching recliner
dresser-5 drawer, tall, oak.
pots and pans
tv
working AC
pool table

OK.  First, no one needs a matching recliner/couch set, but it's possible. Second, you also do not need an oak dresser. You need a dresser. Still, very possible.  Pots, pans, TV-sure.   Working AC-good luck in a heat wave. 

Pool Table?

We upgraded a window unit to sell our old house (6500 to 12000 btu, aaaah) and I could not get rid of the old one. This was less than three weeks ago. I posted and people responded but no one followed through, I emailed people that had posted and they no longer needed one, etc. I finally put it by the curb with a free sign on it and it was gone within two hours.

True, dat. I've seen a record setting number of ac's and fans this year at tag sales, even this past weekend. Seems everyone is upgrading to central air (maybe because more people are staying in their homes due to depressed housing market?)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BettyDraper on July 08, 2010, 08:08:13 PM
This one came across mine yesterday-verbatim

Wanted: A friend of mine just moved into a new place and has nothing.  See list below for things she really needs to have in this apartment. 
coach/sofa & matching recliner
dresser-5 drawer, tall, oak.
pots and pans
tv
working AC
pool table

OK.  First, no one needs a matching recliner/couch set, but it's possible. Second, you also do not need an oak dresser. You need a dresser. Still, very possible.  Pots, pans, TV-sure.   Working AC-good luck in a heat wave. 

Pool Table?

I still don't see the problem with specific, detail requests.  This is not a charity operation where the recipients are supposed to be humbly grateful for whatever they receive and modest in their requests.  It is difficult to understand why this attitude toward the purpose and mission of Freecycle persists.

As the founders of Freecycle would be the first to attest -- the point is to keep things out of the waste stream.  If a request prompts someone to offer an item they want to get rid of, what's it to anyone else on the bulletin board?  It's a completely voluntary process. Even if the posters are "greedy" -- it's not a problem on Freecycle.  Greed keeps useful items out of the landfills.  Being snarky because someone is resourceful enough to look there to meet their wants and desires is really misguided.

People who badger Salvation Army workers to use donated money to buy recipients Coach bags are obnoxious; people who post "wants" for Coach bags on Freecycle are practical, optimistic and creative.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on July 08, 2010, 08:19:59 PM
This one came across mine yesterday-verbatim

Wanted: A friend of mine just moved into a new place and has nothing.  See list below for things she really needs to have in this apartment. 
coach/sofa & matching recliner
dresser-5 drawer, tall, oak.
pots and pans
tv
working AC
pool table

OK.  First, no one needs a matching recliner/couch set, but it's possible. Second, you also do not need an oak dresser. You need a dresser. Still, very possible.  Pots, pans, TV-sure.   Working AC-good luck in a heat wave. 

Pool Table?

I still don't see the problem with specific, detail requests.  This is not a charity operation where the recipients are supposed to be humbly grateful for whatever they receive and modest in their requests.  It is difficult to understand why this attitude toward the purpose and mission of Freecycle persists.

As the founders of Freecycle would be the first to attest -- the point is to keep things out of the waste stream.  If a request prompts someone to offer an item they want to get rid of, what's it to anyone else on the bulletin board?  It's a completely voluntary process. Even if the posters are "greedy" -- it's not a problem on Freecycle.  Greed keeps useful items out of the landfills.  Being snarky because someone is resourceful enough to look there to meet their wants and desires is really misguided.

People who badger Salvation Army workers to use donated money to buy recipients Coach bags are obnoxious; people who post "wants" for Coach bags on Freecycle are practical, optimistic and creative.

Optimistic and creative and hopeful, but not practical.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on July 08, 2010, 08:38:48 PM
My local freecycle is really good about keeping the sob stories off. So you have no way of knowing whether that person posting for name brand thingabob ior highly specified whoziwhatis is a welfare queen with big ideas, or the CEO with a conscience. Or a cheap CEO vs a struggling single mom.

It was made really clear to me that it doesn't matter. Anyone who is offended at the notion of their stuff going to the undeserving (poor or rich) might be happier selling their stuff through craigslist, ebay, or yard sales.

I'm not collecting stuff just now, because I'm living in a tiny apt. and every house we've looked at has fallen through in one way or another, and I have no room. But when we do find a house, you can be sure I'll be scouring CL and freecycle for stuff and only buying when it comes down to the wire.

I know I should start posting give-aways on freecycle, but whever I haul somethging out to the curb and put a 'free' sign it, it's gone in a few hours. In effect, it's the same thing, but I know it's not the same thing to the freecycle community.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on July 08, 2010, 08:40:35 PM
This one came across mine yesterday-verbatim

Wanted: A friend of mine just moved into a new place and has nothing.  See list below for things she really needs to have in this apartment. 
coach/sofa & matching recliner
dresser-5 drawer, tall, oak.
pots and pans
tv
working AC
pool table

OK.  First, no one needs a matching recliner/couch set, but it's possible. Second, you also do not need an oak dresser. You need a dresser. Still, very possible.  Pots, pans, TV-sure.   Working AC-good luck in a heat wave. 

Pool Table?

I still don't see the problem with specific, detail requests.  This is not a charity operation where the recipients are supposed to be humbly grateful for whatever they receive and modest in their requests.  It is difficult to understand why this attitude toward the purpose and mission of Freecycle persists.

As the founders of Freecycle would be the first to attest -- the point is to keep things out of the waste stream.  If a request prompts someone to offer an item they want to get rid of, what's it to anyone else on the bulletin board?  It's a completely voluntary process. Even if the posters are "greedy" -- it's not a problem on Freecycle.  Greed keeps useful items out of the landfills.  Being snarky because someone is resourceful enough to look there to meet their wants and desires is really misguided.

People who badger Salvation Army workers to use donated money to buy recipients Coach bags are obnoxious; people who post "wants" for Coach bags on Freecycle are practical, optimistic and creative.

Optimistic and creative and hopeful, but not practical.

Ha! The first item I saw when I signed up for freecycle was a Prada bag (offered/taken). Coming from Westport, I'm pretty sure it was authentic :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BettyDraper on July 08, 2010, 09:50:44 PM
This one came across mine yesterday-verbatim

Wanted: A friend of mine just moved into a new place and has nothing.  See list below for things she really needs to have in this apartment. 
coach/sofa & matching recliner
dresser-5 drawer, tall, oak.
pots and pans
tv
working AC
pool table

OK.  First, no one needs a matching recliner/couch set, but it's possible. Second, you also do not need an oak dresser. You need a dresser. Still, very possible.  Pots, pans, TV-sure.   Working AC-good luck in a heat wave. 

Pool Table?

I still don't see the problem with specific, detail requests.  This is not a charity operation where the recipients are supposed to be humbly grateful for whatever they receive and modest in their requests.  It is difficult to understand why this attitude toward the purpose and mission of Freecycle persists.

As the founders of Freecycle would be the first to attest -- the point is to keep things out of the waste stream.  If a request prompts someone to offer an item they want to get rid of, what's it to anyone else on the bulletin board?  It's a completely voluntary process. Even if the posters are "greedy" -- it's not a problem on Freecycle.  Greed keeps useful items out of the landfills.  Being snarky because someone is resourceful enough to look there to meet their wants and desires is really misguided.

People who badger Salvation Army workers to use donated money to buy recipients Coach bags are obnoxious; people who post "wants" for Coach bags on Freecycle are practical, optimistic and creative.

Optimistic and creative and hopeful, but not practical.

Ha! The first item I saw when I signed up for freecycle was a Prada bag (offered/taken). Coming from Westport, I'm pretty sure it was authentic :)

Exactly.  I've got Louis Vuitton bags for the asking, as well as high-end furniture, retro jewelry, antiques, name-brand cookware, a Kitchen-Aid mixer etc. from clearing out my parents' and grandparents' belongings.  I would be thrilled for someone to ask for these items by name so that I knew they were going to a good home. 

Can the PP explain what could possibly be more practical than posting such a wish on an Internet bulletin board? 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: esteban on July 08, 2010, 10:09:48 PM
This one came across mine yesterday-verbatim

Wanted: A friend of mine just moved into a new place and has nothing.  See list below for things she really needs to have in this apartment. 
coach/sofa & matching recliner
dresser-5 drawer, tall, oak.
pots and pans
tv
working AC
pool table

OK.  First, no one needs a matching recliner/couch set, but it's possible. Second, you also do not need an oak dresser. You need a dresser. Still, very possible.  Pots, pans, TV-sure.   Working AC-good luck in a heat wave. 

Pool Table?

I still don't see the problem with specific, detail requests.  This is not a charity operation where the recipients are supposed to be humbly grateful for whatever they receive and modest in their requests.  It is difficult to understand why this attitude toward the purpose and mission of Freecycle persists.

As the founders of Freecycle would be the first to attest -- the point is to keep things out of the waste stream.  If a request prompts someone to offer an item they want to get rid of, what's it to anyone else on the bulletin board?  It's a completely voluntary process. Even if the posters are "greedy" -- it's not a problem on Freecycle.  Greed keeps useful items out of the landfills.  Being snarky because someone is resourceful enough to look there to meet their wants and desires is really misguided.

People who badger Salvation Army workers to use donated money to buy recipients Coach bags are obnoxious; people who post "wants" for Coach bags on Freecycle are practical, optimistic and creative.

Optimistic and creative and hopeful, but not practical.

Ha! The first item I saw when I signed up for freecycle was a Prada bag (offered/taken). Coming from Westport, I'm pretty sure it was authentic :)

Exactly.  I've got Louis Vuitton bags for the asking, as well as high-end furniture, retro jewelry, antiques, name-brand cookware, a Kitchen-Aid mixer etc. from clearing out my parents' and grandparents' belongings.  I would be thrilled for someone to ask for these items by name so that I knew they were going to a good home. 

Can the PP explain what could possibly be more practical than posting such a wish on an Internet bulletin board? 

If you are in MN I'll take the mixer off your hands :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Brentwood on July 08, 2010, 10:14:02 PM


I still don't see the problem with specific, detail requests.  This is not a charity operation where the recipients are supposed to be humbly grateful for whatever they receive and modest in their requests.  It is difficult to understand why this attitude toward the purpose and mission of Freecycle persists.

As the founders of Freecycle would be the first to attest -- the point is to keep things out of the waste stream.  If a request prompts someone to offer an item they want to get rid of, what's it to anyone else on the bulletin board?  It's a completely voluntary process. Even if the posters are "greedy" -- it's not a problem on Freecycle.  Greed keeps useful items out of the landfills.  Being snarky because someone is resourceful enough to look there to meet their wants and desires is really misguided.

People who badger Salvation Army workers to use donated money to buy recipients Coach bags are obnoxious; people who post "wants" for Coach bags on Freecycle are practical, optimistic and creative.

Optimistic and creative and hopeful, but not practical.

Perhaps more practical than spending hundreds of dollars on a handbag.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Carnation on July 08, 2010, 10:19:41 PM


I've never stolen toilet paper, but I HAVE stolen napkins from Chik-fil-A.

You live near a Chik-fil-A?

Oh, how I ennnvyyy you! :-\
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: EddiesMom on July 08, 2010, 10:59:10 PM
Seen on Des Moines, IA Craigslist---

"Decorated Jello, all occasions." 

Des Moines has the highest per capita number of Jello consumers. (Or however you say it).

True.  However, as many church dinners and potlucks as I've attended, I have yet to see 'decorated' Jell-O. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on July 09, 2010, 12:08:51 AM
I still don't see the problem with specific, detail requests.  This is not a charity operation where the recipients are supposed to be humbly grateful for whatever they receive and modest in their requests.  It is difficult to understand why this attitude toward the purpose and mission of Freecycle persists.

As the founders of Freecycle would be the first to attest -- the point is to keep things out of the waste stream.  If a request prompts someone to offer an item they want to get rid of, what's it to anyone else on the bulletin board?  It's a completely voluntary process. Even if the posters are "greedy" -- it's not a problem on Freecycle.  Greed keeps useful items out of the landfills.  Being snarky because someone is resourceful enough to look there to meet their wants and desires is really misguided.

People who badger Salvation Army workers to use donated money to buy recipients Coach bags are obnoxious; people who post "wants" for Coach bags on Freecycle are practical, optimistic and creative.

An individual request isn't as big of an issue, for the reasons you've stated - but when it's appended to a sob story, it starts getting a little ridiculous.  If you're posting that you're a disabled single mom and your washing machine broke and you can't afford a new one, requesting a white Kenmore front-loading washing machine (less than a year old, please!) means you're cluttering up the list with a want that will almost certainly not be fulfilled.  If you wanted a washing machine, then post a want for "washing machine" and sort through the multiple responses, if you get more than one, to find the one closest to what you are looking for.

It's a problem because for every person who just says "Oh, what's the harm in asking for a speckled unicorn?" - everyone else on the list has to waste a little time reading through that post, at least enough to ignore it.  And when two hundred people all decide they ALSO would like a speckled unicorn, despite the very low chances of anyone having any kind of unicorn to offer, much less speckled - then Freecycle becomes a waste of time because the signal-to-noise ratio of useful posts to unicorn posts gets too far out of whack.

To be clear, I do very much appreciate when offers are specific - I wouldn't respond to just "coffee table", since I could go to Goodwill and get an ugly beat-up one if I needed it that badly, but I would probably respond to an offer for a coffee table that was in good shape and included a picture.  Precision is good when the item is actually up for grabs!  But asking for a teal and oak coffee table, circa 1982, exactly 2'6" high . . . post at most once, then just watch the offers.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BettyDraper on July 09, 2010, 07:37:22 AM
I still don't see the problem with specific, detail requests.  This is not a charity operation where the recipients are supposed to be humbly grateful for whatever they receive and modest in their requests.  It is difficult to understand why this attitude toward the purpose and mission of Freecycle persists.

As the founders of Freecycle would be the first to attest -- the point is to keep things out of the waste stream.  If a request prompts someone to offer an item they want to get rid of, what's it to anyone else on the bulletin board?  It's a completely voluntary process. Even if the posters are "greedy" -- it's not a problem on Freecycle.  Greed keeps useful items out of the landfills.  Being snarky because someone is resourceful enough to look there to meet their wants and desires is really misguided.

People who badger Salvation Army workers to use donated money to buy recipients Coach bags are obnoxious; people who post "wants" for Coach bags on Freecycle are practical, optimistic and creative.

An individual request isn't as big of an issue, for the reasons you've stated - but when it's appended to a sob story, it starts getting a little ridiculous.  If you're posting that you're a disabled single mom and your washing machine broke and you can't afford a new one, requesting a white Kenmore front-loading washing machine (less than a year old, please!) means you're cluttering up the list with a want that will almost certainly not be fulfilled.  If you wanted a washing machine, then post a want for "washing machine" and sort through the multiple responses, if you get more than one, to find the one closest to what you are looking for.

It's a problem because for every person who just says "Oh, what's the harm in asking for a speckled unicorn?" - everyone else on the list has to waste a little time reading through that post, at least enough to ignore it.  And when two hundred people all decide they ALSO would like a speckled unicorn, despite the very low chances of anyone having any kind of unicorn to offer, much less speckled - then Freecycle becomes a waste of time because the signal-to-noise ratio of useful posts to unicorn posts gets too far out of whack.

To be clear, I do very much appreciate when offers are specific - I wouldn't respond to just "coffee table", since I could go to Goodwill and get an ugly beat-up one if I needed it that badly, but I would probably respond to an offer for a coffee table that was in good shape and included a picture.  Precision is good when the item is actually up for grabs!  But asking for a teal and oak coffee table, circa 1982, exactly 2'6" high . . . post at most once, then just watch the offers.

The sob stories are another issue entirely and largely a problem of forum moderation.   It's pretty easy to winnow out those people and they are not a problem on the three Freecycle lists I use, because posts are screened.

But the list that was being ridiculed, above, was just a list and not a dramatic saga.  I don't understand the niggardly mentality that begrudges people who put out a call for exactly what they are seeking.  As to "noise" -- wouldn't a plethora of generic requests/offers would be more difficult to weed through than those which are detailed?  I would think any distinguishing note in a message on a bulletin board would enable the reader to process it more quickly, and move on.  Ive personally never seen 200 redundant requests, and I'm on three groups -- two near home and one near the cottage.

Not every item asked for or offered on Freecycle is a beat-up outdated cast-off and more to the point, not every participant takes time to offer all the stuff they want to unload.  I don't have time to post many offers but if someone were to post a "want" for an off-white Kitchen Aid stand mixer, it might catch my eye and remind me of the one in my basement.  That's why I appreciate the detailed requests. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: A.P. Wulfric on July 09, 2010, 07:56:18 AM


It's fine to post specifics on freecycle as wanteds, but don't list it with things you HAVE to have.  You don't HAVE to have a matching set. You'd like to have a matching set.  You want a matching set. You don't need a matching set.  That is what irked me.  If someone has a matching set, fabulous. 

Example: Wanted-electric dryer-fine.  Electric is important here because well, you can't use gas.   VS.
               Wanted-electric dryer-GE-black, 2005 or later. 

Semantics perhaps, but as someone else posted, when you see a plethora of sob stories accompanied but a list of specific wants a mile long it gets tiresome. 


I've seen some pretty awesome things offered, and I've offered some things that might be surprising too.  It's all about wording for me.

As far as the AC goes, there have been least 20 wanteds for ACs this past week, to the point where the moderator posted last night that any more AC requests would not be posted.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: HermioneGranger on July 09, 2010, 08:36:53 AM


I've never stolen toilet paper, but I HAVE stolen napkins from Chik-fil-A.

You live near a Chik-fil-A?

Oh, how I ennnvyyy you! :-\

I'll trade you one of the umpteen Chik-Fil-A's near me for a Sonic.   :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on July 09, 2010, 08:59:17 AM

Exactly.  I've got Louis Vuitton bags for the asking, as well as high-end furniture, retro jewelry, antiques, name-brand cookware, a Kitchen-Aid mixer etc. from clearing out my parents' and grandparents' belongings.  I would be thrilled for someone to ask for these items by name so that I knew they were going to a good home. 

Can the PP explain what could possibly be more practical than posting such a wish on an Internet bulletin board? 

Because practical means

"1 a : of, relating to, or manifested in practice or action : not theoretical or ideal <a practical question> <for all practical purposes> b : being such in practice or effect : virtual <a practical failure>"


It is theoretical that a request could be honored, it is ideal if the request is honored, but in practice or effect most requests will not be honored.

It would be like saying it is practical to go to the local junkyard to find a brand new Mercedes. Sure it might happen - but it isn't likely.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BettyDraper on July 09, 2010, 09:32:29 AM


It's fine to post specifics on freecycle as wanteds, but don't list it with things you HAVE to have.  You don't HAVE to have a matching set. You'd like to have a matching set.  You want a matching set. You don't need a matching set.  That is what irked me.  If someone has a matching set, fabulous. 

Example: Wanted-electric dryer-fine.  Electric is important here because well, you can't use gas.   VS.
               Wanted-electric dryer-GE-black, 2005 or later. 

Semantics perhaps, but as someone else posted, when you see a plethora of sob stories accompanied but a list of specific wants a mile long it gets tiresome. 


I've seen some pretty awesome things offered, and I've offered some things that might be surprising too.  It's all about wording for me.

As far as the AC goes, there have been least 20 wanteds for ACs this past week, to the point where the moderator posted last night that any more AC requests would not be posted.


But not everyone on this thread is complaining about semantics or wording; they also are complaining about the contents of the requests -- there was one a while ago where someone took umbrage because a beginning gardener listed quite a few items they need to start growing edibles.  Personally, I see nothing wrong with that -- most of the items listed are commonly lurking unused in many a garage around here.

If people want to roll their eyes about others' public behavior, it's up to them, but I just hate to see these misunderstandings about Freecycle perpetuated.  It's not a charity clearinghouse people must approach tugging their forelocks with humility and being grateful for whatever crumbs are offered -- it's a bulletin board designed to serve people in all walks of life and to facilitate finding homes for all sorts of goods.  It's not that Salvation Army.  Poor moderation is a completely separate topic.  
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: A.P. Wulfric on July 09, 2010, 10:00:07 AM
I agree. I only replied with my point of view b/c it was my post that was referenced about the oak dresser and matching love seat and couch.   

I love freecycle. I love the purpose behind the offers.   I know that wanteds do work, and I have posted a few myself. (How else could I get National Geographics for the purpose of chopping them up in school? I now have at least a hundred!)

I just think people sometimes go a bit nuts on them-like people who post the same wanted repeatedly, or as I said, post that they NEED something uber specific when something generic would do if they truly were in NEED.  (Someone who truly needs a fridge does not need an Amana stand up in stainless.) 

I also agree that a lot of this thread could be avoided if some boards were more heavily moderated. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on July 09, 2010, 10:55:48 AM
Perhaps you're just reacting to the thought of any material item as a need?

Anyway, keeping in mind this thread, when I do post, I'll certainly state my needs (:D) as:

Looking for:

Matching sofa and love seat
Stainless steel kitchen sink, 10" deep
8' x 10' area rug, blues or greens
etc.

I see nothing wrong with being specific. If I can find something for free that would otherwise end up in a landfill, before I go out and buy it, that's all good. I think the mistaken assumption is that if you are getting it for free, you have no right to be picky. I disagree. If I can't find that 10" deep stainless steel sink on freecycle, that doesn't mean I should take the 8" one, or the porcelain one, and be happy to get it. That just means that if I can't find it, I'll have to go to home depot and buy it. Same with the rug. I want a blue or green rug, a red or gold one doesn't help me to furnish my home the way I want it to be.

And that's why I like having the sob stories kept off the requests. It frees us from righteous moral indignation, which I personally believe is corrosive to the soul over the long term. And anything that allows us to think the best about our fellow man is a good thing, imo.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: kittyhugger35 on July 11, 2010, 06:52:05 AM
"I am looking for a gently used (no rips,tears or soilings) leather livingroom set (couch,loveseat,chair combo or sectional w/ or w/o chaise. no recliners please though). If you could help me out that would be great also include a picture if possible. Will come pick up if prefered."

I think that this is a bit much to expect of Freecycle. If I had these items I could sell them to a furniture dealer for a several hundred dollars easily. Usually I think of freecycle as getting an old push mower for free because somebody is upgrading to a riding mower. That sort of thing.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 11, 2010, 07:38:31 AM
"I am looking for a gently used (no rips,tears or soilings) leather livingroom set (couch,loveseat,chair combo or sectional w/ or w/o chaise. no recliners please though). If you could help me out that would be great also include a picture if possible. Will come pick up if prefered."

I think that this is a bit much to expect of Freecycle. If I had these items I could sell them to a furniture dealer for a several hundred dollars easily. Usually I think of freecycle as getting an old push mower for free because somebody is upgrading to a riding mower. That sort of thing.

I kind of agree; while I've never freecycled, I would think it would be for things you either can't or don't want to be bothered to shclep somewhere to donate, or can't sell.  I like the lawnmower example.  Or someone who upgraded their W/D for whatever reason, and the old ones work just fine.  Much easier to freecycle it and specify it must be picked up....
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Night_owl on July 11, 2010, 07:48:42 AM
Our town and other towns in our county have trash day.  People clean out their garages, basements, and houses.  It all goes in the land fill at the end of the week.  Lots of people, including me, drive by and pick up stuff.  Over the years I've found a black leather Ikea chair, a set of oak bunk beds, an Ethan Allen coffee table, all the white shelves in the kids' playroom, bins of legos, and my pine kitchen table (had to refinish it). I've picked up dog crates and hauled them to the rescues.  I even got a trampoline for my kids.  I want weep at the thought of all the stuff that winds up in the land fill.  I wish people would post that stuff on Craigslist or Freecycle. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on July 11, 2010, 09:03:11 AM
Seen on Des Moines, IA Craigslist---

"Decorated Jello, all occasions." 

Des Moines has the highest per capita number of Jello consumers. (Or however you say it).

I can refute that: Michigan has the highest per capita Jello consumers. Exhibit A: every church potluck I attended (for 23 yrs) while growing up in MI had a lot of Jello desserts. The strangest, IMO, was the Jello ring with mayo in the center.  :-X

Where I lived Jello was its own food group.  ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on July 11, 2010, 09:04:24 AM
Our town and other towns in our county have trash day.  People clean out their garages, basements, and houses.  It all goes in the land fill at the end of the week.  Lots of people, including me, drive by and pick up stuff.  Over the years I've found a black leather Ikea chair, a set of oak bunk beds, an Ethan Allen coffee table, all the white shelves in the kids' playroom, bins of legos, and my pine kitchen table (had to refinish it). I've picked up dog crates and hauled them to the rescues.  I even got a trampoline for my kids.  I want weep at the thought of all the stuff that winds up in the land fill.  I wish people would post that stuff on Craigslist or Freecycle. 

I live near some very wealthy towns (FTR, I'm not rich!  :) ). In the spring people empty their Mcmansions of older furnishings. Apparently you can get some great stuff curbside.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BettyDraper on July 11, 2010, 09:12:43 AM
"I am looking for a gently used (no rips,tears or soilings) leather livingroom set (couch,loveseat,chair combo or sectional w/ or w/o chaise. no recliners please though). If you could help me out that would be great also include a picture if possible. Will come pick up if prefered."

I think that this is a bit much to expect of Freecycle. If I had these items I could sell them to a furniture dealer for a several hundred dollars easily. Usually I think of freecycle as getting an old push mower for free because somebody is upgrading to a riding mower. That sort of thing.

Not really.  I actually do have a household full of like-new, undamaged, attractive furniture to get rid of (my late mother's stuff) and frankly have no interest in selling it for money; aside from emotional reasons I can earn a lot more than "several hundred dollars" practicing my own trade  in the time it would take me to advertise and market the household goods.  Plenty of others are in the same boat.  Not everyone who uses Freecycle, to offer or request, is in financial hardship or on the bulletin board as some sort of last resort. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ginlyn32 on July 11, 2010, 09:59:42 AM
Our town and other towns in our county have trash day.  People clean out their garages, basements, and houses.  It all goes in the land fill at the end of the week.  Lots of people, including me, drive by and pick up stuff.  Over the years I've found a black leather Ikea chair, a set of oak bunk beds, an Ethan Allen coffee table, all the white shelves in the kids' playroom, bins of legos, and my pine kitchen table (had to refinish it). I've picked up dog crates and hauled them to the rescues.  I even got a trampoline for my kids.  I want weep at the thought of all the stuff that winds up in the land fill.  I wish people would post that stuff on Craigslist or Freecycle. 

My hometown used to do that twice a year. Usually once in the Spring and again in the Fall.

Exceptions were: old paint, chemicals, construction materials, no freon appliances. Carpet must be cut into 4-ft wide strips.

Also we had to organize it. Meaning we couldn't just heap it at the curb. I guess this was so Trash Pickers would have an easy time of searching.

A lot of people just don't want to mess with Freecycle or Craigslist. An old neighbor of ours cleaned out their baby's nursery and just took it all to the dump. I felt so bad because there is ALWAYS plenty of people looking for that sort of thing. they tried to sell the stuff at a garage sale, but no on showed up.

ginlyn
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: VorFemme on July 11, 2010, 11:48:09 AM
I remember a friend from twenty-five years ago who needed to settle her parent's estate. They had been antique collectors.  First she called the local high class dealers (sold to collectors) to go through the house and make offers on the "good stuff" (after she set aside what she wanted to keep), then she called the second tier dealers (stores open to the public), third she called in the used furniture dealers, and after everything that was going to sell was sold & picked up - she packed up what she was going to keep and called a local charity to come pick up EVERYTHING else.  The house was in a "good" location and she had already had real estate agents in contact with her, making offers (mountain ski resort area, if I remember correctly - her parents had lived there since before it had been a trendy ski resort so the land had gone up in value no matter what the house looked like).  

She said it was even easier than the military moving them (military spouse) and MUCH more lucrative to fold up checks and a tax deduction slip to take "home" to Arizona - especially since they had orders and were going back to Arizona to pack up and move!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: kittyhugger35 on July 11, 2010, 06:50:14 PM
I just saw an ad wanting a kayak...In July...In Maine. I do not live in a high end area, not even close. People survive here on what they make in the summertime when the vacationers from Massachusetts come up. The recession has also hit this area both in year round jobs  hard and the vacation businesses hardest of all. There are plenty of people around here who think that working at a convenience store full time is a good job. My family and I are moving out of state. We have had 3 months of yard sales every weekend until my Dad has his last surgery in a cycle of surgeries. Then he will move in with his sister -they are both retired and will share the cost of living. I will move in with them until I can find a teaching job in Massachusetts. Maine municipalities have even cut a number of teaching jobs around here, I have met plenty of teachers who were laid off working at the call center at my last job. We may end up donating a few things at the end just before we leave but given the area we live in the free cycle requests seem a bit over the top.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on July 16, 2010, 08:32:53 PM
New one today!  Not strange for the subject matter, but the post:

"If you are tired of your apples and or tomatoes, I will be glad to take them off your hands."

Like I'm going to be sitting here saying "Man, these apples are really getting on my nerves!  They just sit around all day, drinking beer and ignoring the housework that needs to be done!  If only I could find someone to get them out of my house!"
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BettyDraper on July 16, 2010, 08:52:32 PM
Well, actually, my neighbor was over here today lamenting 30 large zucchini and trying to foist them off on me. Other neighbors load me down each year with unwanted tomatoes, pears, green beans and even garlic from their yards. I've had people come to dig up  perennials I offered on Freecycle.  So it's not farfetched that someone might try to take excess garden produce off others' hands. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on July 16, 2010, 09:36:21 PM
It is amusing phrasing, but I have to say, last summer I was really tired of my tomatoes.  My cherry tomato plant produced more fruit than I could possibly eat, and I'm the only one in the house that likes them.  I even bought a different variety this year, I was so sick of them.  It's definitely too early for that request, though, I've only had three ripe cherry tomatoes so far, and the plum tomatoes aren't even close to full size.  And apples?  The poster must be in a time warp :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sharnita on July 16, 2010, 09:39:32 PM
Well, actually, my neighbor was over here today lamenting 30 large zucchini and trying to foist them off on me. Other neighbors load me down each year with unwanted tomatoes, pears, green beans and even garlic from their yards. I've had people come to dig up  perennials I offered on Freecycle.  So it's not farfetched that someone might try to take excess garden produce off others' hands. 

There was a story in Reader's Digest about a guy from the city visiting a guy from the country.  When they went somewhere the country guy told his city friend to lock the car door when they got out.  The city friend commented with some surprise that he hadn't expected theft to be a big problem in the country.  The country guy explained that they were locking the door so the car wouldn't be full of zucchini when they returned.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BettyDraper on July 16, 2010, 09:42:09 PM
It is amusing phrasing, but I have to say, last summer I was really tired of my tomatoes.  My cherry tomato plant produced more fruit than I could possibly eat, and I'm the only one in the house that likes them.  I even bought a different variety this year, I was so sick of them.  It's definitely too early for that request, though, I've only had three ripe cherry tomatoes so far, and the plum tomatoes aren't even close to full size.  And apples?  The poster must be in a time warp :P

Or a southern climate.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on July 16, 2010, 09:45:40 PM
Even in a southern climate, would a garden already be to the "sick of all these veggies!!!" point?  I'd imagine that tomatoes would be more at the "wow!  So many wonderful tomatoes!!" point.  I'd think apples would come in even later.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: artisticgal on July 16, 2010, 11:17:14 PM
A little off topic...but anyone want a few (hundred) dozen zuchini? A dozen plants yields as much.....
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Nora on July 17, 2010, 07:00:36 AM
Well, actually, my neighbor was over here today lamenting 30 large zucchini and trying to foist them off on me. Other neighbors load me down each year with unwanted tomatoes, pears, green beans and even garlic from their yards. I've had people come to dig up  perennials I offered on Freecycle.  So it's not farfetched that someone might try to take excess garden produce off others' hands.  

There was a story in Reader's Digest about a guy from the city visiting a guy from the country.  When they went somewhere the country guy told his city friend to lock the car door when they got out.  The city friend commented with some surprise that he hadn't expected theft to be a big problem in the country.  The country guy explained that they were locking the door so the car wouldn't be full of zucchini when they returned.

I love this! My mom usually does this to me when I visit her. Last year was the attack of the monster zucchini, this year the deer caught on, now they have nothing...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ginlyn32 on July 17, 2010, 10:20:39 AM
well, when I was growing up, we never had to plant a garden because 3 of our neighbors did. We always got surplus tomatoes, zucchini and green beans.

When I go up to IN next week, I'm sure my MIL will load me down with green beans and zucchini.

Zucchini freezes well! Just shred or chop to your preference and you've got some for your next recipe. I've made zucchini cake before, tastes like Carrot Cake. NOM!

You can also freeze zucchini bread and make up a bunch for Christmas gifts.

ginlyn
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Carnation on July 17, 2010, 10:25:12 AM
"I am looking for a gently used (no rips,tears or soilings) leather livingroom set (couch,loveseat,chair combo or sectional w/ or w/o chaise. no recliners please though). If you could help me out that would be great also include a picture if possible.

I don't follow Freecycle, but I love the "for free" section of Craigslist and 99 percent of the sofas are good for the trash.

Some are actually frightening. :o
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kimblee on July 17, 2010, 01:51:47 PM
Well, actually, my neighbor was over here today lamenting 30 large zucchini and trying to foist them off on me. Other neighbors load me down each year with unwanted tomatoes, pears, green beans and even garlic from their yards. I've had people come to dig up  perennials I offered on Freecycle.  So it's not farfetched that someone might try to take excess garden produce off others' hands. 

There was a story in Reader's Digest about a guy from the city visiting a guy from the country.  When they went somewhere the country guy told his city friend to lock the car door when they got out.  The city friend commented with some surprise that he hadn't expected theft to be a big problem in the country.  The country guy explained that they were locking the door so the car wouldn't be full of zucchini when they returned.

zi want some zucchini... my chickens and I love em.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Jocelyn on July 17, 2010, 02:59:11 PM
New one today!  Not strange for the subject matter, but the post:

"If you are tired of your apples and or tomatoes, I will be glad to take them off your hands."

Like I'm going to be sitting here saying "Man, these apples are really getting on my nerves!  They just sit around all day, drinking beer and ignoring the housework that needs to be done!  If only I could find someone to get them out of my house!"
No, but I had a client bring me in a huge sack of apples, saying, 'I have made everything apple that I can stand to make, and I can't bear to throw them out, so I brought them to you.' My father was known in his neighborhood as the Tomato Elf, for his habit of leaving sacks of excess garden produce on the neighbors' back steps.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ginlyn32 on July 17, 2010, 04:03:15 PM
You can freeze apples too!

I wish I had a fruit tree in my yard.

*sigh*

ginlyn
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: dawnfire on July 19, 2010, 01:12:59 AM
here fruit and vege exchanges have cropped up.  Here's a news story about it from a paper. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/homegrown-here-to-share/story-e6frf7kx-1225893655735 maybe it's something to start up in your area.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on July 19, 2010, 08:24:03 AM
"I am looking for a gently used (no rips,tears or soilings) leather livingroom set (couch,loveseat,chair combo or sectional w/ or w/o chaise. no recliners please though). If you could help me out that would be great also include a picture if possible.

I don't follow Freecycle, but I love the "for free" section of Craigslist and 99 percent of the sofas are good for the trash.

Some are actually frightening. :o

I think 99% of those people are just hoping for a sucker so they can avoid taking the thing to the dump.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wulfie on July 19, 2010, 09:41:44 AM
My mom has offered up excess produce from her garden and trees and has always said that it was UPick. People still expect her to either have it ready for them or to help out with the picking. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: hobish on July 19, 2010, 11:57:53 AM
Well, actually, my neighbor was over here today lamenting 30 large zucchini and trying to foist them off on me. Other neighbors load me down each year with unwanted tomatoes, pears, green beans and even garlic from their yards. I've had people come to dig up  perennials I offered on Freecycle.  So it's not farfetched that someone might try to take excess garden produce off others' hands. 

There was a story in Reader's Digest about a guy from the city visiting a guy from the country.  When they went somewhere the country guy told his city friend to lock the car door when they got out.  The city friend commented with some surprise that he hadn't expected theft to be a big problem in the country.  The country guy explained that they were locking the door so the car wouldn't be full of zucchini when they returned.

:) I was just thinking about that story.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: magicdomino on July 19, 2010, 01:29:00 PM
My mom has offered up excess produce from her garden and trees and has always said that it was UPick. People still expect her to either have it ready for them or to help out with the picking. 

I've run across that when giving daylilies away.  I had nine grocery bags full, and promised pick-up for most of them.  One person wanted a lot more, so I told her that while there were still plenty of daylilies in the bed, I didn't have time to dig up them up right then.  However, she was welcome to do it.  Oh no, two bags were plenty.   ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on September 10, 2010, 01:43:18 PM
I just had to resurrect this thread because of a really odd "wanted" on our list today.  This is only minimally edited for formatting (which was all wonky and squished together) and to omit the location:

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This list is for some who have handicaps. Will meet to pick items up at [downtown location]. Am legally blind and spouse is from out of State and gets lost easily. List

Used Charmed Dvd complete series
Xena Warrior Princess Dvd series , and memorbilia
Ticke Me Elmo
Childrens Dvds ( such as Dora, Thomas. Walt Disney Movies)
Mystery , and Sci Fi books in large print, or CD
Used Art table for an adult.
I am also looking for used Ballet equipement and a guitar. My daughters are needing them for lessons. Thank you

I mean, if you're looking for free DVDs, just say so - what does this have to do with being blind, handicapped, or out of state?  (I'm guessing the "out of state" is to explain why they're only willing to pick up downtown?)  The listing title just mentioned they want an assortment of things for "a handicapped couple" - I was expecting it to be medical equipment, not Xena!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MDefarge on September 10, 2010, 02:27:27 PM
I just saw an ad wanting a kayak...In July...In Maine. I do not live in a high end area, not even close. People survive here on what they make in the summertime when the vacationers from Massachusetts come up. The recession has also hit this area both in year round jobs  hard and the vacation businesses hardest of all. There are plenty of people around here who think that working at a convenience store full time is a good job. My family and I are moving out of state. We have had 3 months of yard sales every weekend until my Dad has his last surgery in a cycle of surgeries. Then he will move in with his sister -they are both retired and will share the cost of living. I will move in with them until I can find a teaching job in Massachusetts. Maine municipalities have even cut a number of teaching jobs around here, I have met plenty of teachers who were laid off working at the call center at my last job. We may end up donating a few things at the end just before we leave but given the area we live in the free cycle requests seem a bit over the top.

I'm sorry but I don't see what's wrong with that request.  Maybe a summer person bought a kayak & now realizes they won't ever use it, or a family is moving & just wants it out of the house.  And I'm really confused about what the state of the economy in Maine has to do with anything (cause believe me, times are tough all over)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wulfie on September 10, 2010, 02:33:44 PM
I just had to resurrect this thread because of a really odd "wanted" on our list today.  This is only minimally edited for formatting (which was all wonky and squished together) and to omit the location:

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This list is for some who have handicaps. Will meet to pick items up at [downtown location]. Am legally blind and spouse is from out of State and gets lost easily. List

Used Charmed Dvd complete series
Xena Warrior Princess Dvd series , and memorbilia
Ticke Me Elmo
Childrens Dvds ( such as Dora, Thomas. Walt Disney Movies)
Mystery , and Sci Fi books in large print, or CD
Used Art table for an adult.
I am also looking for used Ballet equipement and a guitar. My daughters are needing them for lessons. Thank you

I mean, if you're looking for free DVDs, just say so - what does this have to do with being blind, handicapped, or out of state?  (I'm guessing the "out of state" is to explain why they're only willing to pick up downtown?)  The listing title just mentioned they want an assortment of things for "a handicapped couple" - I was expecting it to be medical equipment, not Xena!

I can tell you why they are putting that in there. They are going to want whoever is going to give them the items to also deliver it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: squeakers on September 10, 2010, 11:43:35 PM
I just had to resurrect this thread because of a really odd "wanted" on our list today.  This is only minimally edited for formatting (which was all wonky and squished together) and to omit the location:

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This list is for some who have handicaps. Will meet to pick items up at [downtown location]. Am legally blind and spouse is from out of State and gets lost easily. List

Used Charmed Dvd complete series
Xena Warrior Princess Dvd series , and memorbilia
Ticke Me Elmo
Childrens Dvds ( such as Dora, Thomas. Walt Disney Movies)
Mystery , and Sci Fi books in large print, or CD
Used Art table for an adult.
I am also looking for used Ballet equipement and a guitar. My daughters are needing them for lessons. Thank you

I mean, if you're looking for free DVDs, just say so - what does this have to do with being blind, handicapped, or out of state?  (I'm guessing the "out of state" is to explain why they're only willing to pick up downtown?)  The listing title just mentioned they want an assortment of things for "a handicapped couple" - I was expecting it to be medical equipment, not Xena!

I can tell you why they are putting that in there. They are going to want whoever is going to give them the items to also deliver it.

But only to the downtown location they specified.  Which is quite reasonable and not unusual when most people don't want strangers having their address.

I have no problem with people specifying why they might want something.  A good sob story beats out "I need this" or "I want this" any day.  They made themselves stand out.  What they asked for was not unreasonable.  My youngest son was totally infatuated with Dora.  He is almost 10 now.  I _had_ tons of Dora stuff.  I would have given it away if I had seen such a request. Instead some was trashed and some was given away locally.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Shoo on September 12, 2010, 06:02:21 PM
In my Freecycle group, sob stories are not allowed.  Our mods have been known to delete posts that have extraneous information like that. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on September 12, 2010, 06:57:40 PM
I think there's a difference between an explanation of why you want the item, and a sob story.

Good:
"I'd love your Dora items, if they're still available.  My 3-year-old absolutely loves Dora (and makes her little sister pretend to be Backpack)."

Bad:
"My husband lost his job, and we're about to lose our house.  We had to sell most of our 3-year-old's toys on Ebay just to pay for groceries this month.  If we could have the Dora toys, it would really help cheer her up, as she loves Dora and used to watch it all the time (before we sold our TV)."

I think it's okay to tell the person that you're interested in the items for a charity (I had some yarn to give away, and the man who requested it runs a knitting group at a nursing home), but if you're trying to pull the person's heartstrings and make them feel sorry for you (instead of just interesting them) then it's a sob story.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Peggy Gus on September 12, 2010, 07:27:35 PM
It is amusing phrasing, but I have to say, last summer I was really tired of my tomatoes.  My cherry tomato plant produced more fruit than I could possibly eat, and I'm the only one in the house that likes them.  I even bought a different variety this year, I was so sick of them.  It's definitely too early for that request, though, I've only had three ripe cherry tomatoes so far, and the plum tomatoes aren't even close to full size.  And apples?  The poster must be in a time warp :P

My co-workers told me last year if I brought them any more tomatoes they were going to pelt my house with them.  ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Carnation on September 12, 2010, 09:51:30 PM
Well, actually, my neighbor was over here today lamenting 30 large zucchini and trying to foist them off on me. Other neighbors load me down each year with unwanted tomatoes, pears, green beans and even garlic from their yards. I've had people come to dig up  perennials I offered on Freecycle.  So it's not farfetched that someone might try to take excess garden produce off others' hands. 

There was a story in Reader's Digest about a guy from the city visiting a guy from the country.  When they went somewhere the country guy told his city friend to lock the car door when they got out.  The city friend commented with some surprise that he hadn't expected theft to be a big problem in the country.  The country guy explained that they were locking the door so the car wouldn't be full of zucchini when they returned.

:) I was just thinking about that story.


Me too!

By the way, when I lived in FL, we would give baskets full of grapefruit to anyone who seemed a likely candidate.   We'd leave them out for the trash guys to take home with them.

Once a my stepfather gave some to a neighbor we hardly knew.  The guy reciprocated with a bottle of whiskey!   We figured he had regifted it.   Anyways, nobody drinks in my family, so it's probably still there.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on September 13, 2010, 08:59:58 AM
I think there's a difference between an explanation of why you want the item, and a sob story.

Good:
"I'd love your Dora items, if they're still available.  My 3-year-old absolutely loves Dora (and makes her little sister pretend to be Backpack)."

Bad:
"My husband lost his job, and we're about to lose our house.  We had to sell most of our 3-year-old's toys on Ebay just to pay for groceries this month.  If we could have the Dora toys, it would really help cheer her up, as she loves Dora and used to watch it all the time (before we sold our TV)."

I think it's okay to tell the person that you're interested in the items for a charity (I had some yarn to give away, and the man who requested it runs a knitting group at a nursing home), but if you're trying to pull the person's heartstrings and make them feel sorry for you (instead of just interesting them) then it's a sob story.

And i'd be less inclined to give someone something if they posted a sob stroy. It feels like emotional blackmail. Emotional blackmail just makes me angry.

Especially when they post the same story, over and over, asking for the same things week after week.  If you're still asking for "wool items, childrens clothing, a car, women's XL clothing" after three months, chances are good you're NOT getting them, so shush already!!   ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on September 19, 2010, 11:32:30 AM
There seems to be such a huge variance in area on how many WANTEDs vs. OFFERs you see (I guess based on moderation) and on the kinds of responses you get.

We're moving, so I've been offering some things on Freecycle (nothing high-end: a crockpot, a children's toy drum set, a VCR, some radios, etc.), and I've been surprised at the responses I've gotten.  In the other areas I've lived, the responses were mixed... some polite, some rude or really terse.  Here, almost every one has been "what address i can pick up monday" or that sort of thing.  They assume they'll get it (they don't ask), occasionally a thanks but rarely, and just in general the emails are written very poorly.  Honestly, I'm totally prejudiced against anybody who responds like I posted above, I'd much prefer to give it to somebody who says, "Is the crockpot still available?  If so, I'd really like it.  I could pick it up Monday if that works for you.  Thanks!"
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sophia on September 19, 2010, 12:04:31 PM
I never understood why people wouldn't be nice.  It isn't any harder to be polite and sometimes you end up with more stuff.  I have been directly emailed by someone I've picked up discarded baby stuff from, when they were getting rid of toddler stuff.  People using freecycle to give away stuff like to know that their own stuff is being used and appreciated. 

p.s.  Last night I picked up 35 cloth diapers and 10 covers.  I am so happy. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on September 19, 2010, 12:13:15 PM
Awesome!  I bet that saved you a bundle!  No, I'm not jealous.  Really.  :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sophia on September 19, 2010, 02:20:05 PM
To be honest, I was already pretty well stocked.  It just means that I can be more leisurely about drying and folding the diapers. 
It is so weird.  I do not fold my clothes.  I do not fold DH's clothes.  I told him early on that I don't love him that much.  But, I actually enjoy folding her clothes and diapers.  I blame an undiscovered Mommy Hormone. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: AprilRenee on October 09, 2010, 12:14:15 PM
Had to revist this thread to post what I got in my in box this morning:

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Single mother needs a home immediately for family of 3.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ginlyn32 on October 09, 2010, 12:28:22 PM
Had to revist this thread to post what I got in my in box this morning:

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Single mother needs a home immediately for family of 3.

Perhaps the Mods should be alerted so they can direct her to the appropriate State Services.

Like what are people supposed to do? Just let a stranger move in with them? Yeah....I don't think so....

ginlyn
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: POF on October 09, 2010, 12:57:44 PM
We had a post this week , to the tune of:

hey lots of people are asking for cool things and I'm a deserving guy - I'd like a kayak or a canoe or a small boat - unbelievable.

We posted a vacuum cleaner ( good one - but we had a newer one ) and a really nice  women picked it up. She was saying how excited she was - they had lived here ( I think she was indian or pakistani ) for a few months with her BIL and she and her husband and 2 children just got an apartment - and she really really needed a vacuum.

 I had a bunch of stuff I had not yet listed - so I asked them if they wanted to see if they could use anything else. ( area rugs, kids things , set of dishes from my MIL, an old stereo system ). She was so excited - apparently when they came to the states - she didn't bring any household items and was starting from scratch.

 The next day - she left me a lovely thank you note and some cookies.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Twik on October 09, 2010, 01:02:36 PM
Had to revist this thread to post what I got in my in box this morning:

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Single mother needs a home immediately for family of 3.

Perhaps the Mods should be alerted so they can direct her to the appropriate State Services.

Like what are people supposed to do? Just let a stranger move in with them? Yeah....I don't think so....

ginlyn

Well, that's one interpretation. I read it as they wanted someone to give them a house.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MrsO on October 13, 2010, 07:49:39 AM
We had a post this week , to the tune of:

hey lots of people are asking for cool things and I'm a deserving guy - I'd like a kayak or a canoe or a small boat - unbelievable.

We posted a vacuum cleaner ( good one - but we had a newer one ) and a really nice  women picked it up. She was saying how excited she was - they had lived here ( I think she was indian or pakistani ) for a few months with her BIL and she and her husband and 2 children just got an apartment - and she really really needed a vacuum.

 I had a bunch of stuff I had not yet listed - so I asked them if they wanted to see if they could use anything else. ( area rugs, kids things , set of dishes from my MIL, an old stereo system ). She was so excited - apparently when they came to the states - she didn't bring any household items and was starting from scratch.

 The next day - she left me a lovely thank you note and some cookies.

Awww, that's a sweet story! Nice to hear the other side of things. :) When BabyO moved from a crib into a cot, we posted out swinging crib on Freecycle, it was used for 3 months but in perfect condition. A tired looking guy turned up to collect it, and said his newborn baby hadn't slept since they brought her home frm the hospital. He brought me a bottle of wine as a thankyou. So unnecessary, but it was so sweet of him! I hope it helped their baby sleep!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Bibliophile on November 30, 2010, 04:42:52 PM
ROFL - someone on my Freecycle just asked for "Sturdy, Cherry Wood Dresser, Chester Drawers, and or Headboard/Footboard (Queen Size)".  Not a 'chest of drawers', but 'chester drawers'  ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on November 30, 2010, 04:48:12 PM
ROFL - someone on my Freecycle just asked for "Sturdy, Cherry Wood Dresser, Chester Drawers, and or Headboard/Footboard (Queen Size)".  Not a 'chest of drawers', but 'chester drawers'  ;D

Sure, Chester Drawers. And his good friends Otto Man, and Chase Long.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on November 30, 2010, 04:57:34 PM
There was a bit of a kerfluffle on my Freecycle a few months back. Someone asked for a chester drawers. I smiled but deleted it, as I had no chester drawers to give. A few days later the poster put up an angry message that her nine-year-old granddaughter had asked for that and she hadn't proofread it. Apparently she'd gotten some very rude emails about how stupid she was and her granddaughter thought she was stupid now. I felt bad for her--the misspelling was funny but I'd never send someone an email berating them for something like that.

A week or two later someone else posted asking for a chester drawers. I've never seen anything like that before but it must be a thing now.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Mama Duck on November 30, 2010, 05:01:47 PM
Well, this one was a new one on me. Someone posted they wanted packing peanuts. "Enough for a small apartment". I'd like to think they meant enough to pack up a small apartment. But, well, one does wonder.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on November 30, 2010, 05:02:18 PM
Well, this one was a new one on me. Someone posted they wanted packing peanuts. "Enough for a small apartment". I'd like to think they meant enough to pack up a small apartment. But, well, one does wonder.

That would be an awesome prank, though.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wavicle on November 30, 2010, 05:04:56 PM
Well, this one was a new one on me. Someone posted they wanted packing peanuts. "Enough for a small apartment". I'd like to think they meant enough to pack up a small apartment. But, well, one does wonder.

That would be an awesome prank, though.

I could totally see a truckload of packing peanuts making the rounds around a college campus office in the spirt of recycling. Gotta make sure they get as much use as possible you know :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Giggity on November 30, 2010, 05:05:46 PM
(http://www.ammoman.com/graphics/cubicle.jpg)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on November 30, 2010, 05:12:18 PM
(http://www.ammoman.com/graphics/cubicle.jpg)

Do they come in other letters besides "E"?  ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Giggity on November 30, 2010, 05:13:30 PM
Dang, Danger, you have good eyes! I've had this picture on my wall for THREE YEARS and never noticed that they're all Es.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on November 30, 2010, 05:20:51 PM
Dang, Danger, you have good eyes! I've had this picture on my wall for THREE YEARS and never noticed that they're all Es.

Well, or M's (just noticed they could be M's) ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Suze on November 30, 2010, 05:50:53 PM
Dang, Danger, you have good eyes! I've had this picture on my wall for THREE YEARS and never noticed that they're all Es.

Well, or M's (just noticed they could be M's) ;D

Or W's!

or 3's !
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on November 30, 2010, 07:18:31 PM
Dang, Danger, you have good eyes! I've had this picture on my wall for THREE YEARS and never noticed that they're all Es.

Well, or M's (just noticed they could be M's) ;D

Or W's!

or 3's !

LOL, you guys. Obviously that's the new meaningless symbol for the singer former known as Justin Bieber  :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Rohanna on November 30, 2010, 11:43:38 PM
From teh "Free" section of my local Kijiji (we don't have a functioning craigslist for my town :(  )

"HI, IM LOOKING FOR A PAIR OF DIAMOND DOVES WITH CAGE AND FOOD"
(Why sure, I have a random specific breed, and all their stuff, just waiting by the curb for the trashman, but you can come get em instead... )


"HI, IM INTERESTED IN GETTING A SHORT HAIRD HAMSTER.. IF ANY ONE HAS ONE  I AM WILLING TO TAKE IT OFF YOUR HANDS FOR YOU... I WOULD PERFER THE HAMSTER TO COME WITH EVERYTHING PLEASE AND THANK YOU"
(What's with the all-caps, animal people?)

"Was wondering if anyone out there might be able to sponsor 3 adults for Christmas. We are all on a limited income and have been bombarded with bills and find it very difficult as it is. I just wanted to know if anyone could help us with Christmas meal and stuff for Christmas. Thank you for reading this. Blessings and Merry Christmas....."
(Y'know- there are awesome social services and charities in this town...)

"HI, IM LOOKING FOR ANY UNWANTED MAKE-UP THAT PEOPLE AREN'T USING ANYMORE, SO IF YOU HAVE ANY YOU DON'T WANT ANYMORE I'LL TAKE THEM OFF YOUR HANDS FOR YOU.. PLEASE AND THANK YOU"
(ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww)

"Wanted: Sphinx Cat (hairless) I have wanted one for as long as I can remember.  Could be cat or kitten.  Must be good with kids. Please I don't have $1,500.00 to buy one from a b-reeder."
(what's a little $1500 between random strangers?)

"IF ANYONE HAS ANY USED COCKATIEL MATING BOXES AND THEY ARE JUST GOING TO THROW THEM A WAY,I'LL TAKE THEM OFF YOUR HANDS FOR YOU , PLEASE AND THANK YOU "
(Oh great, CAPslock man is breeding a bird army...)

"HI,DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY DOG FOOD,RAT FOOD, CHINCHILLA FOOD AND BIRD FOOD THAT THERE ANIMALS WON'T EAT..I'LL TAKE THEM OFF YOUR HANDS FOR YOU..
 
I AM ALSO WILLING TO TAKE ANY HAMSTER IN WITH EVERYTHING THAT COMES WITH THEM"
(well, I guess hoarding animals does use up a lot of food)



Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Samantha on December 01, 2010, 12:18:05 AM
From teh "Free" section of my local Kijiji (we don't have a functioning craigslist for my town :(  )

"HI, IM LOOKING FOR ANY UNWANTED MAKE-UP THAT PEOPLE AREN'T USING ANYMORE, SO IF YOU HAVE ANY YOU DON'T WANT ANYMORE I'LL TAKE THEM OFF YOUR HANDS FOR YOU.. PLEASE AND THANK YOU"
(ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww)

That might not be as gross as it seems... My cousin used to use old cosmetics in art projects when she was in school. Instead of using chalks, she'd use eyeshadow that was either old, broken, or her little brother had used as "war paint" before. I can't remember how the art work came out, just that she did it. :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: M-theory on December 01, 2010, 12:24:51 AM
From teh "Free" section of my local Kijiji (we don't have a functioning craigslist for my town :(  )

"HI, IM LOOKING FOR ANY UNWANTED MAKE-UP THAT PEOPLE AREN'T USING ANYMORE, SO IF YOU HAVE ANY YOU DON'T WANT ANYMORE I'LL TAKE THEM OFF YOUR HANDS FOR YOU.. PLEASE AND THANK YOU"
(ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww)

That might not be as gross as it seems... My cousin used to use old cosmetics in art projects when she was in school. Instead of using chalks, she'd use eyeshadow that was either old, broken, or her little brother had used as "war paint" before. I can't remember how the art work came out, just that she did it. :)

Then again, I belong to a site where people think nothing of swapping used makeup items. Including mascara and eyeliner.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Deetee on December 01, 2010, 12:25:32 AM
Last weekend a friend said he'd posted his large tv (rear projection) 42 inch. No one would take it.

It was 8 hours before anyone took my working portable dishwasher (also free).

It's not always so crazy to ask for some higher end stuff.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on December 01, 2010, 12:29:16 AM
Last weekend a friend said he'd posted his large tv (rear projection) 42 inch. No one would take it.

It was 8 hours before anyone took my working portable dishwasher (also free).

It's not always so crazy to ask for some higher end stuff.

My dad got rid of their bigscreen TV with the broken picture tube in a day. That was on Craigslist and it just took him that long to weed through all the people to get to someone serious about coming and getting it.

I've given away a portable dishwasher and other big stuff like that. I usually wait until someone asks for it and then I'll just offer it to them. That way hopefully they're serious about coming and getting it and I don't have to go through a bunch of emails and no-shows.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Solanna Dryden on December 01, 2010, 12:51:33 AM
Quote
"HI, IM INTERESTED IN GETTING A SHORT HAIRD HAMSTER.. IF ANY ONE HAS ONE  I AM WILLING TO TAKE IT OFF YOUR HANDS FOR YOU... I WOULD PERFER THE HAMSTER TO COME WITH EVERYTHING PLEASE AND THANK YOU"

At least they didn't spell it "hampster"...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on December 01, 2010, 09:16:58 AM

\"Wanted: Sphinx Cat (hairless) I have wanted one for as long as I can remember.  Could be cat or kitten.  Must be good with kids. Please I don\'t have $1,500.00 to buy one from a b-reeder.\"
(what\'s a little $1500 between random strangers?)


if you look at breed specific rescues you will find that the Sphinx and the Rex type cats are the rarest out there. They cost so much they they hardly ever get into rescue - and when they do it is usually because the person who had them died or went into hospice care and couldn\'t take them. If she really wanted one she could sign up at a rescue waiting list but I doubt she would get one anytime soon.


\"HI,DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY DOG FOOD,RAT FOOD, CHINCHILLA FOOD AND BIRD FOOD THAT THERE ANIMALS WON\'T EAT..I\'LL TAKE THEM OFF YOUR HANDS FOR YOU..
 
I AM ALSO WILLING TO TAKE ANY HAMSTER IN WITH EVERYTHING THAT COMES WITH THEM\"
(well, I guess hoarding animals does use up a lot of food)



If it wasn\'t for the willing to take hamsters part I would say this might be someone feeding strays - it can get expensive depending on how many you got. But then again that is a weird type of food for feeding strays....

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on December 01, 2010, 10:25:29 AM
This isn't necessarily weird, but I feel bad for this bearded dragon. Someone posted an offer this morning for a bearded dragon and all her supplies, with a list of supplies. Other than the supply list, this was the body of the email:

"I need her picked up this morning. The earliest pick up time will take her. We are moving and do not want to take her."

Maybe it's just phrased poorly, but I thought "that poor thing, being dumped off like that." I have a sick kid and am not entirely sure that another pet would be a good thing, otherwise I'd go over and get it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on December 01, 2010, 10:40:19 AM
This isn\'t necessarily weird, but I feel bad for this bearded dragon. Someone posted an offer this morning for a bearded dragon and all her supplies, with a list of supplies. Other than the supply list, this was the body of the email:

\"I need her picked up this morning. The earliest pick up time will take her. We are moving and do not want to take her.\"

Maybe it\'s just phrased poorly, but I thought \"that poor thing, being dumped off like that.\" I have a sick kid and am not entirely sure that another pet would be a good thing, otherwise I\'d go over and get it.

You could always take it and then bring it to a shelter that accepts reptiles or a reptile rescue.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on December 01, 2010, 10:45:16 AM
This isn\'t necessarily weird, but I feel bad for this bearded dragon. Someone posted an offer this morning for a bearded dragon and all her supplies, with a list of supplies. Other than the supply list, this was the body of the email:

\"I need her picked up this morning. The earliest pick up time will take her. We are moving and do not want to take her.\"

Maybe it\'s just phrased poorly, but I thought \"that poor thing, being dumped off like that.\" I have a sick kid and am not entirely sure that another pet would be a good thing, otherwise I\'d go over and get it.

You could always take it and then bring it to a shelter that accepts reptiles or a reptile rescue.

I probably would if my son weren't home sick, or if it were a month earlier and not so cold out. We do fairly well with fish and reptiles, we just don't have any right now (haven't had any reptiles for a while).
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Spring Water on Sundays on December 01, 2010, 11:00:36 AM
From teh "Free" section of my local Kijiji (we don't have a functioning craigslist for my town :(  )

""HI,DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY DOG FOOD,RAT FOOD, CHINCHILLA FOOD AND BIRD FOOD THAT THERE ANIMALS WON'T EAT..I'LL TAKE THEM OFF YOUR HANDS FOR YOU..


I don't think this one is so crazy. When we adopted our dog, we had to try 3 different types of food before finding one she would eat. I was able to give the 2 types that didn't work to my paretns because their dog would eat anything. Otherwise I probably would have put them up on freecycle.


Although, the sheer number of species is a bit off-putting... :-\
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Rohanna on December 01, 2010, 11:17:57 AM
It was more just that there were like, 8 CAPLOCK animal requests in a row that made it funnier to me  :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sirius on December 01, 2010, 11:57:03 AM
From teh "Free" section of my local Kijiji (we don't have a functioning craigslist for my town :(  )

""HI,DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY DOG FOOD,RAT FOOD, CHINCHILLA FOOD AND BIRD FOOD THAT THERE ANIMALS WON'T EAT..I'LL TAKE THEM OFF YOUR HANDS FOR YOU..


I don't think this one is so crazy. When we adopted our dog, we had to try 3 different types of food before finding one she would eat. I was able to give the 2 types that didn't work to my paretns because their dog would eat anything. Otherwise I probably would have put them up on freecycle.


Although, the sheer number of species is a bit off-putting... :-\

After my old cat died I had a ton of canned cat food that our new kittens wouldn't eat.  They like their dry Friskies Indoor, and nothing else will do.  I gave the food to my upstairs neighbor, a young single mother with a cat.  Her little girls told me, "Our kitty really liked that food!"  If I hadn't known someone close by with a cat, I might have passed it on to a rescue.   
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on December 01, 2010, 12:20:39 PM
It was 8 hours before anyone took my working portable dishwasher (also free).



I wish I lived in your neighborhood, I would have snapped up that dishwasher!  :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wulfie on December 01, 2010, 12:51:40 PM
After my old cat died I had a ton of canned cat food that our new kittens wouldn't eat.  They like their dry Friskies Indoor, and nothing else will do.  I gave the food to my upstairs neighbor, a young single mother with a cat.  Her little girls told me, "Our kitty really liked that food!"  If I hadn't known someone close by with a cat, I might have passed it on to a rescue.   

Check with your local Senior Center or Food bank also, Some of them have "Pet Food Banks" where they take anything they can get for low income seniors with pets.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ms_Shell on December 01, 2010, 01:06:33 PM
Then again, I belong to a site where people think nothing of swapping used makeup items. Including mascara and eyeliner.

EWWWWWW!!!!!  :-X
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: M-theory on December 01, 2010, 03:39:21 PM
Then again, I belong to a site where people think nothing of swapping used makeup items. Including mascara and eyeliner.

EWWWWWW!!!!!  :-X

Yep. People talk about "disinfecting" before they send, but it really doesn't work that way with mascara or tube lip gloss. And people talk about their used makeup items being from a pet and smoke-free home like that should be the biggest of people's worries.

I've used it to swap for perfume and nail polish, but there is no way in EHell I'd do it with makeup.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on December 01, 2010, 03:42:52 PM
After my old cat died I had a ton of canned cat food that our new kittens wouldn\'t eat.  They like their dry Friskies Indoor, and nothing else will do.  I gave the food to my upstairs neighbor, a young single mother with a cat.  Her little girls told me, \"Our kitty really liked that food!\"  If I hadn\'t known someone close by with a cat, I might have passed it on to a rescue.   

Check with your local Senior Center or Food bank also, Some of them have \"Pet Food Banks\" where they take anything they can get for low income seniors with pets.

Petco held a pet food drive a few weeks ago - apparently lots of food pantries have an affiliated Pet Food Pantry so that people can keep their pets if they fall on hard times. But I doubt they would accept open bags of food - only cans and new bags.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: hobish on December 01, 2010, 06:28:44 PM

\"Wanted: Sphinx Cat (hairless) I have wanted one for as long as I can remember.  Could be cat or kitten.  Must be good with kids. Please I don\'t have $1,500.00 to buy one from a b-reeder.\"
(what\'s a little $1500 between random strangers?)


if you look at breed specific rescues you will find that the Sphinx and the Rex type cats are the rarest out there. They cost so much they they hardly ever get into rescue - and when they do it is usually because the person who had them died or went into hospice care and couldn\'t take them. If she really wanted one she could sign up at a rescue waiting list but I doubt she would get one anytime soon.


\"HI,DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY DOG FOOD,RAT FOOD, CHINCHILLA FOOD AND BIRD FOOD THAT THERE ANIMALS WON\'T EAT..I\'LL TAKE THEM OFF YOUR HANDS FOR YOU..
 
I AM ALSO WILLING TO TAKE ANY HAMSTER IN WITH EVERYTHING THAT COMES WITH THEM\"
(well, I guess hoarding animals does use up a lot of food)



If it wasn\'t for the willing to take hamsters part I would say this might be someone feeding strays - it can get expensive depending on how many you got. But then again that is a weird type of food for feeding strays....



I just pictured a little tribe of stray chinchillas roaming the neighborhood. How cute would that be?  :)

My parents neighborhood has a flock of peacocks wandering around. Well, peahens, too. Peabirds. Whatever-you-callems! :) Chinchilla would beat even that.

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: M-theory on December 01, 2010, 06:30:54 PM
My parents neighborhood has a flock of peacocks wandering around. Well, peahens, too. Peabirds. Whatever-you-callems! :) Chinchilla would beat even that.

Yeah, chinchilla are less bloodthirsty, too. :o
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: hobish on December 01, 2010, 06:35:51 PM
My parents neighborhood has a flock of peacocks wandering around. Well, peahens, too. Peabirds. Whatever-you-callems! :) Chinchilla would beat even that.

Yeah, chinchilla are less bloodthirsty, too. :o

Ahhaa! I looked it up. It is peafowl. One would think that would be easy to remember, or at the very least figure out.

Bloodthirsty? They're not bad other than they'll mess up your roof. There is a big white one that will hop up on the back deck and my dad hand feeds him.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Elfmama on December 01, 2010, 06:36:00 PM
ROFL - someone on my Freecycle just asked for "Sturdy, Cherry Wood Dresser, Chester Drawers, and or Headboard/Footboard (Queen Size)".  Not a 'chest of drawers', but 'chester drawers'  ;D

Sure, Chester Drawers. And his good friends Otto Man, and Chase Long.
Chester was running for a local councilman's seat here in Maryland this last election cycle.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ms_Shell on December 01, 2010, 06:46:10 PM
This thread prompted me to sign up for Freecycle, and I can already tell I'm going to be wasting a LOT of afternoons looking at the offers. 

On my very first look at the page (just now) people are offering roofing tarp, 500 pounds of scrap metal, gift cards with less than a dollar remaining on the balance, and an organ transplants book  ???

I'm assuming the mods for my group are pretty good; there were 14 offers to 9 wants, and none of those were super-specific.

Still...an organ transplants book?  ???

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Tosha Go on December 01, 2010, 08:27:28 PM

Still...an organ transplants book?  ???


I wonder how many of that person's friends woke up in a bathtub full of ice & no kidneys...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ms_Shell on December 01, 2010, 09:37:01 PM

Still...an organ transplants book?  ???


I wonder how many of that person's friends woke up in a bathtub full of ice & no kidneys...

LOL!! That's sort of what I was afraid of!  Maybe they have no friends left and that's why they're giving it away?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sirius on December 01, 2010, 10:08:27 PM
This is a long shot re the organ transplant book, but maybe it's an organ transposition book?  You know, a book that teaches how to transpose music keys on an organ?  (Anyone out there who plays an organ, please forgive me.)

Mr. Sirius showed me one on the local Craigslist:  It was a picture of a wooden dining room table, and the entire ad read, "This is a dining room table."  That's it.  The ad didn't say if it was for sale, to give away, if they needed one, nothing, just "This is a dining room table."
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on December 01, 2010, 10:14:42 PM
This is a long shot re the organ transplant book, but maybe it's an organ transposition book?  You know, a book that teaches how to transpose music keys on an organ?  (Anyone out there who plays an organ, please forgive me.)

Mr. Sirius showed me one on the local Craigslist:  It was a picture of a wooden dining room table, and the entire ad read, "This is a dining room table."  That's it.  The ad didn't say if it was for sale, to give away, if they needed one, nothing, just "This is a dining room table."

Reply: Yes. Yes, it is.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: M-theory on December 01, 2010, 10:26:43 PM
Mr. Sirius showed me one on the local Craigslist:  It was a picture of a wooden dining room table, and the entire ad read, "This is a dining room table."  That's it.  The ad didn't say if it was for sale, to give away, if they needed one, nothing, just "This is a dining room table."

I would have preferred "This is not a dining room table."
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Brentwood on December 02, 2010, 12:04:15 AM
"This is a dining room table on which we have performed organ transplants."
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: dman on December 02, 2010, 12:35:25 AM
I joined my local Freecycle because of this post & the first 'wanted' was digital camera.  Not too bad but it should be less than a year old.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on December 02, 2010, 12:40:22 AM
Mr. Sirius showed me one on the local Craigslist:  It was a picture of a wooden dining room table, and the entire ad read, "This is a dining room table."  That's it.  The ad didn't say if it was for sale, to give away, if they needed one, nothing, just "This is a dining room table."

I would have preferred "This is not a dining room table."

Only works if you are Magritte ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ms_Shell on December 02, 2010, 12:57:25 AM
This is a long shot re the organ transplant book, but maybe it's an organ transposition book?  You know, a book that teaches how to transpose music keys on an organ?  (Anyone out there who plays an organ, please forgive me.)

Mr. Sirius showed me one on the local Craigslist:  It was a picture of a wooden dining room table, and the entire ad read, "This is a dining room table."  That's it.  The ad didn't say if it was for sale, to give away, if they needed one, nothing, just "This is a dining room table."

Nope, it was an offer for a book on organ transplants - the giver specifically said they wanted it to go to someone with a medical background.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Nora on December 02, 2010, 05:39:30 AM
"This is a dining room table on which we have performed organ transplants."

Win!  ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Tuhis on December 02, 2010, 06:06:53 AM
I joined my local Freecycle because of this post as well.

Among the first posts was someone looking for "an apartment, rent ~0"
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on December 02, 2010, 08:33:04 AM
After my old cat died I had a ton of canned cat food that our new kittens wouldn\'t eat.  They like their dry Friskies Indoor, and nothing else will do.  I gave the food to my upstairs neighbor, a young single mother with a cat.  Her little girls told me, \"Our kitty really liked that food!\"  If I hadn\'t known someone close by with a cat, I might have passed it on to a rescue.   

Check with your local Senior Center or Food bank also, Some of them have \"Pet Food Banks\" where they take anything they can get for low income seniors with pets.

I know the humane society here will take opened bags of food, as long as they are stapled/taped shut so they don't spill. I don't know if that's the same for any pet food pantries, though.
Petco held a pet food drive a few weeks ago - apparently lots of food pantries have an affiliated Pet Food Pantry so that people can keep their pets if they fall on hard times. But I doubt they would accept open bags of food - only cans and new bags.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Tosha Go on December 02, 2010, 07:52:50 PM
seeing all the new posts in this thread inspired me to reach my fc list (i had stopped once i moved and had nothing else to give away)
there's actually some good stuff there!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MissRose on December 05, 2010, 01:19:24 PM
I'd like to live rent free .....  ;D

(but its not going to happen)

I joined my local Freecycle because of this post as well.

Among the first posts was someone looking for "an apartment, rent ~0"
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: faithlessone on December 05, 2010, 01:43:22 PM
Just FWIW - Ginger Ale is a horrible thing to snort through one's sinus. Horrible.

OWWW!

I've never seen anything too outrageous, but I do have one 'funny' freecycle story.

A couple of years ago, I lived in a house (with three other female students) that was rented to us by the most horrendous couple. They used to blame us whenever anything broke in the house, even though it was all old, and most of it was rusty. (Our microwave actually blew up in our landlord's face, when he tried to prove to us that it was safe). They also accused us of letting our boyfriends live there rent-free, when two of us didn't have boyfriends, one lived on the other side of the country, and the last lived in the next street.

We discovered that our landlord had a freecycle account. We asked him for a mattress to replace the one in my housemate's room, which was majorly ripped and had springs poking through it. Our landlord put a request on freecycle for a mattress. When he'd got one, he put up an offer for a mattress, saying it was "slightly damaged". (!!)

Yes, we did report him.

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: White Dragon on December 05, 2010, 06:26:24 PM
My area doesn't have FC, but I keep thinking about the lady who was starting a garden.

I guess I saw it as "this is what I'll need, maybe someone's getting rid of some of these things and I'll buy whatever else I need."

For nearly everything on her list, I can see myself getting rid of it for one reason or another.

I always buy new seeds every year because I like to try different varieties, so if she wanted a bunch of half-empty packs of seeds, great.
The company I work for is always giving away wooden pallets, so that's pretty reasonable.
I've tossed out planters, and given away tomato cages.

When we moved off our farm, we let our friends go through the barn and take any small items they thought they could use.
I mean, we didn't have any use for a half empty bottle of Dettol (disinfectant for livestock injuries) or dried colostrum (for calves), but they did.

Sometimes, we have strange things to give away.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: rhirhi on December 06, 2010, 12:56:48 PM
This thread prompted me to sign up for Freecycle, and I can already tell I'm going to be wasting a LOT of afternoons looking at the offers. 

On my very first look at the page (just now) people are offering roofing tarp, 500 pounds of scrap metal, gift cards with less than a dollar remaining on the balance, and an organ transplants book  ???

I'm assuming the mods for my group are pretty good; there were 14 offers to 9 wants, and none of those were super-specific.

Still...an organ transplants book?  ???



I want the scrap metal, that's 500lbs, at $10/100lbs around here, $50 just to drive to someone's house and load up their crap.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on December 06, 2010, 01:07:08 PM
This thread prompted me to sign up for Freecycle, and I can already tell I'm going to be wasting a LOT of afternoons looking at the offers. 

On my very first look at the page (just now) people are offering roofing tarp, 500 pounds of scrap metal, gift cards with less than a dollar remaining on the balance, and an organ transplants book  ???

I'm assuming the mods for my group are pretty good; there were 14 offers to 9 wants, and none of those were super-specific.

Still...an organ transplants book?  ???



I want the scrap metal, that's 500lbs, at $10/100lbs around here, $50 just to drive to someone's house and load up their crap.

Are you related to my SO? He is right now contemplating 4-ish tons of unplated plastic beads (and some unknown quantity of plated ones). His reasoning is that he'll do well on the plated ones and he can sell the rest to a plastics recycler at like 10 cents a pound. And that's after renting a truck and hiring the day-laborers to haul the stuff out of a basement and load the truck.

I told him I'd be washing my hair that day ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: rhirhi on December 07, 2010, 03:50:04 PM
This thread prompted me to sign up for Freecycle, and I can already tell I'm going to be wasting a LOT of afternoons looking at the offers. 

On my very first look at the page (just now) people are offering roofing tarp, 500 pounds of scrap metal, gift cards with less than a dollar remaining on the balance, and an organ transplants book  ???

I'm assuming the mods for my group are pretty good; there were 14 offers to 9 wants, and none of those were super-specific.

Still...an organ transplants book?  ???



I want the scrap metal, that's 500lbs, at $10/100lbs around here, $50 just to drive to someone's house and load up their crap.

Are you related to my SO? He is right now contemplating 4-ish tons of unplated plastic beads (and some unknown quantity of plated ones). His reasoning is that he'll do well on the plated ones and he can sell the rest to a plastics recycler at like 10 cents a pound. And that's after renting a truck and hiring the day-laborers to haul the stuff out of a basement and load the truck.

I told him I'd be washing my hair that day ;D

Nah, cause I'd do all the work myself and not hire people. But I'll come help him for a cut!  ;D Tough times are made so much easier with recycling- in the last year, DH and I have made over $2000 just off recycling (made a huge dent in our debt payoffs!). And that's just the scrap metal- our yard sales and donations help loads, too.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: duhrich on December 08, 2010, 09:50:26 PM
I'm in the middle of my first experience with Craigslist.  My mom passed away about 1 1/2 years ago. She loved books.  I mean, she loved buying books.  She read a lot.  We currently have 36 boxes (big apple boxes) of books packed up, mostly mysteries.  I figure about 1700 of them.  I put an offer on Craigslist a week ago - $25 per box -my choice of boxes.

I have a used bookstore owner that lives 2.5 hours away coming Friday to buy at least 25 of those boxes!  At $20 a box cash!  I'm thrilled to get those all out - the rest can go to a thrift store.  It will also make what looked to be a very skimpy Christmas a good one!

Pickup is in two nights - keep your fingers crossed that the transaction continues to go as well as it looks like it will!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on December 09, 2010, 07:59:28 PM
This one is just WRONG!  (I'm guessing some sort of autocorrect text messaging software on someone's telephone when they wrote this message?)  Anyway, here it is in its entirety:

Wanted- wrestling men-[city]

My son is getting a wrestling ring for Christmas and I was hoping by chance
someone has outgrown their old men and are willing to pass them on to
another little boy
if so let me know and I will pick up
Thanks
Trying to make our kids Christmas as good as can
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MayHug on December 09, 2010, 08:02:21 PM
This one is just WRONG!  (I'm guessing some sort of autocorrect text messaging software on someone's telephone when they wrote this message?)  Anyway, here it is in its entirety:

Wanted- wrestling men-[city]

My son is getting a wrestling ring for Christmas and I was hoping by chance
someone has outgrown their old men and are willing to pass them on to
another little boy
if so let me know and I will pick up
Thanks
Trying to make our kids Christmas as good as can
I'm not understanding the wrongness of this?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on December 09, 2010, 08:17:06 PM
This one is just WRONG!  (I'm guessing some sort of autocorrect text messaging software on someone's telephone when they wrote this message?)  Anyway, here it is in its entirety:

Wanted- wrestling men-[city]

My son is getting a wrestling ring for Christmas and I was hoping by chance
someone has outgrown their old men and are willing to pass them on to
another little boy
if so let me know and I will pick up
Thanks
Trying to make our kids Christmas as good as can

I think he's referring to the toys, lol. Apparently they're pretty popular.

Good to know there are toys for this!  I was reading it at face value and couldn't figure out whether they wrote "men" for "mat" or something - taken literally, asking for old men to give to your child sounds wrong  :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MayHug on December 09, 2010, 08:19:18 PM
This one is just WRONG!  (I'm guessing some sort of autocorrect text messaging software on someone's telephone when they wrote this message?)  Anyway, here it is in its entirety:

Wanted- wrestling men-[city]

My son is getting a wrestling ring for Christmas and I was hoping by chance
someone has outgrown their old men and are willing to pass them on to
another little boy
if so let me know and I will pick up
Thanks
Trying to make our kids Christmas as good as can

I think he's referring to the toys, lol. Apparently they're pretty popular.

Good to know there are toys for this!  I was reading it at face value and couldn't figure out whether they wrote "men" for "mat" or something - taken literally, asking for old men to give to your child sounds wrong  :P
Ohhhhhhhh, ok, I was sitting here scratching my head wondering why it was so wrong! lol My son had little wrestling "men" that went with a ring when he was younger.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ms_Shell on December 11, 2010, 11:41:44 PM
This thread prompted me to sign up for Freecycle, and I can already tell I'm going to be wasting a LOT of afternoons looking at the offers. 

On my very first look at the page (just now) people are offering roofing tarp, 500 pounds of scrap metal, gift cards with less than a dollar remaining on the balance, and an organ transplants book  ???

I'm assuming the mods for my group are pretty good; there were 14 offers to 9 wants, and none of those were super-specific.

Still...an organ transplants book?  ???



I want the scrap metal, that's 500lbs, at $10/100lbs around here, $50 just to drive to someone's house and load up their crap.

Oh yeah - from the times on the posts, the metal went in about two hours, sorry.  Would you like 3 bottles of grape juice that expired less than a year ago instead?  No?  Have some broken dollhouse furniture!  :)   
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ginlyn32 on December 12, 2010, 10:28:41 AM
I saw an Offer that had me going WHAT the HECK....

It was for Free Smelly/Dirty Carpet. Yes they expected the people to come and cut it out. And it was covered in dust, dirt and animal hair.

Yeah...just what I want in my house. I guess you could use it for animal kennels but still.

ginlyn
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MinAvi on December 12, 2010, 05:37:22 PM
We have used carpet like that in garden beds, under the mulch. It holds the water and doesn't let weeds through.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: HushHush on December 12, 2010, 06:29:36 PM
We use old carpet in the garage in my family.  You don't care if it gets dirt/oil on it and it makes walking out there in socks a little nicer.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on December 12, 2010, 06:38:01 PM
We use old carpet in the garage in my family.  You don't care if it gets dirt/oil on it and it makes walking out there in socks a little nicer.

yeah - but it's YOUR oil and dirt. I wouldn't mind my dirty carpet in the garage, but I don't want someone else's dirty carpet there.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ms_Shell on December 12, 2010, 06:58:35 PM
We have used carpet like that in garden beds, under the mulch. It holds the water and doesn't let weeds through.

Huh, that's interesting, and something that I didn't know.  So many of the offers leave me scratching my head, and then I'll find out someone does have a use for it after all.

But how could you use three bottles of grape jiuce that expired a year ago?  That's one I saw the other day and I'm still going CRIVINS!?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: magicdomino on December 12, 2010, 07:04:44 PM

But how could you use three bottles of grape jiuce that expired a year ago?  That's one I saw the other day and I'm still going CRIVINS!?

Wine?   ;)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kimblee on December 12, 2010, 07:18:31 PM
fiber dye?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: duhrich on December 12, 2010, 07:56:28 PM
I'm in the middle of my first experience with Craigslist.  My mom passed away about 1 1/2 years ago. She loved books.  I mean, she loved buying books.  She read a lot.  We currently have 36 boxes (big apple boxes) of books packed up, mostly mysteries.  I figure about 1700 of them.  I put an offer on Craigslist a week ago - $25 per box -my choice of boxes.

I have a used bookstore owner that lives 2.5 hours away coming Friday to buy at least 25 of those boxes!  At $20 a box cash!  I'm thrilled to get those all out - the rest can go to a thrift store.  It will also make what looked to be a very skimpy Christmas a good one!

Pickup is in two nights - keep your fingers crossed that the transaction continues to go as well as it looks like it will!

Everything went great.  He ended up being able to fit 27 boxes in his pickup. My son and his friend loaded all, so I gave them each $20, because I didn't have to leave work early to do it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on December 13, 2010, 02:40:03 PM
Saw one today for a burial vault. The lady seemed nice, said she knew it was weird but she expected she'd have to be buried soon and she needed the concrete vault that they apparently put in graves. I do believe I've seen requests for burial plots in the past, too, but not lately.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wulfie on January 18, 2011, 03:18:39 PM
WOW. I got a Two-fer from one person today!  Here is the actuall posts that he made (my comments are at the end)

RECIEVED: Computers - All are good but none have hard drives:(  Oh yes, and two had zip disk drives, LOL  Dude, They were free! What did you expect, brand new ones? or people's info?  

WANTED: Flat Screen Monitors - Emphasis on FLAT!!! I do not need another Dinosaur in my computer room. Translation: I want your new, expensive monitors, keep your perfectly good cheaper monitors
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on January 18, 2011, 04:08:32 PM
Someone asked for a flatscreen LCD monitor the other day, at least 20". I laughed. I don't know, maybe there's some computer fanatic out there that has hooked their computer up to their TV and no longer needs a monitor, but I kind of doubt it. At least they didn't ask for a touchscreen.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on January 18, 2011, 04:30:32 PM
Considering how many computers come with monitors, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see someone giving away a monitor because the computer broke, and they'd rather use the monitor that came with the new one.  Flat monitors are pretty much the norm now, I wouldn't consider them to be a luxury item or anything.  I have all sorts of random computer peripherals lying around the apartment taking up space because when we upgraded or replaced one thing, we upgraded everything.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on January 18, 2011, 04:34:11 PM
A 20" flatscreen LCD monitor coming with a computer isn't the norm where I'm from. Most computers I see here sell the monitors separately They cost at least $120 individually, and I know my husband paid closer to $200 when he bought his a few years ago. I don't object to saying you want a monitor and you'd like it to be flat because you only have room for a flat one or whatever, but to specify LCD and a size is too much IMO.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on January 18, 2011, 04:38:05 PM
Flat screens aren't really all that, anymore. I got two flat screens this summer at yardsales; a 15" one for $20, and a 20" one for free.

(also found a bunch of fans in July, and a heater in December, so maybe it was just my year of getting really lucky :D)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on January 18, 2011, 04:42:57 PM
I actually just looked up flatscreen prices on Newegg, the cheapest 20" is $119.99 plus shipping.

I've never been to a garage sale that good; DH once got a CRT for free years ago, but people don't give that kind of stuff away around here. Maybe it's a regional difference that makes me think he's not going to get any offers.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wulfie on January 18, 2011, 04:52:13 PM
I think with both posts (complaining about the computers not having hard drives) and the request being back to back. I don't think he is going to be getting any offers. I have seen his posts before and rarely does he offer anything and then it is really cheap stuff like old t-shirts. He always asks for high end stuff however, computers, tvs, dvd players with remotes, ect.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on January 18, 2011, 05:01:43 PM
I actually just looked up flatscreen prices on Newegg, the cheapest 20" is $119.99 plus shipping.

I've never been to a garage sale that good; DH once got a CRT for free years ago, but people don't give that kind of stuff away around here. Maybe it's a regional difference that makes me think he's not going to get any offers.

Well, it wasn't all the same sale ;) But people upgrade all the time. SO found a brand new, never-installed dishwasher at a yardsale for $20- his wife had decided she wanted all black appliances ::). I think if we had come by an hour later, dude would have paid us to cart it away, I think.

And most of those fans came from one guy who'd just installed central air (and boy, did he gloat ;D)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on January 18, 2011, 05:08:21 PM
Lol, yeah, I don't see that much, if at all. Most garage sales are old clothes, old books, old DVDs and old Sauder furniture. Same with the thrift stores--I've found some cute vintage furniture but never good clothes, purses, any of that.

Back on topic, lately I've seen a lot of requests for appliances, beds, video game systems (they usually specify broken), that type of thing. Not coming from the same person, and not in and of themselves outrageous, but the number of them is a little surprising. I think I've seen a dozen bed requests in the last week and close to half a dozen requests for video game systems/MP3 players.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ms_Shell on January 18, 2011, 06:39:39 PM
Someone asked for a flatscreen LCD monitor the other day, at least 20". I laughed. I don't know, maybe there's some computer fanatic out there that has hooked their computer up to their TV and no longer needs a monitor, but I kind of doubt it. At least they didn't ask for a touchscreen.

We did! ;D But it's  a regular old dinosaur of a TV, so he's still out of luck, so sad.  :'(
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: VorFemme on January 18, 2011, 09:35:51 PM
I actually just looked up flatscreen prices on Newegg, the cheapest 20" is $119.99 plus shipping.

I've never been to a garage sale that good; DH once got a CRT for free years ago, but people don't give that kind of stuff away around here. Maybe it's a regional difference that makes me think he's not going to get any offers.

Well, it wasn't all the same sale ;) But people upgrade all the time. SO found a brand new, never-installed dishwasher at a yardsale for $20- his wife had decided she wanted all black appliances ::). I think if we had come by an hour later, dude would have paid us to cart it away, I think.

And most of those fans came from one guy who'd just installed central air (and boy, did he gloat ;D)

Hasn't his wife ever watched the "stage your house" or "home decor on the cheap" shows - there are colored panels that are sold to fit into the front of your dishwasher (heck there may be two panels that came with it for a choice of four colors right out of the box) to change the color so it will "match" your existing appliances.  I think white and almond are the two most common - with black and stainless steel being the next most common - I have no idea about more "exotic" colors like "granite" or something...........
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Karmelita on January 19, 2011, 01:54:39 PM
I'm actually just going through my second "purge" using Freecycle...I've posted tons of stuff both times and each time I eventually get sick of the hassle and stop.  I'm just about at the point where I'm going to give up and bring everything to Goodwill.

BG - when I do this, I post a LOT of offers.  And 90% of it is pretty good stuff.  I had a plethora of items that came from model homes (including furniture), duplicates of nicer stuff, things that I received as gifts that just aren't my style, an entire DVD collection, etc. (As an aside, I did get rid of a working chest freezer by responding to a wanted post...once my ex moved out I had absolutely no reason to store that much food!)

People who ask for popular items and then never show up (or don't show up on the scheduled date without letting me know) make me the craziest.  Especially since I've noticed that they tend to jump on as many posts as they can and expect to be given ALL of it.  I've had people who've received all but one of the items they asked for and then gotten put out about the one thing.  (And on top of that...no showed until I e-mailed them to reschedule)  I've had people who replied with "never mind then" when they didn't get all of the 6 or 7 items they asked for.  But I think the thing that annoyed me the most was the email I got lecturing me about how I was somehow wrong to offer things to the first responders, and implying that I was lying about people replying before she did (for the record - she's usually hours behind the first replies I get...and the "lecture" was in response to my offering her the one thing she really wanted).

Sigh.  I give up.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on January 19, 2011, 02:08:36 PM
This might be just me, or just my area, but I've found the lowest stress way to get rid of something is just to haul it out to the curb and put a 'free' sign on it.

Stuff I've goten rid of:

-a 6' high pile of old insulation (not even pink, the yellow suff)
-an 80yo pavement 'roller' which I had a time even even moving to the curb
-a still working floor scrubber (a la stanley steamer)
-various bits of funiture, lumber, what have you.

I've had the least luck with bunches of crap just put out in a pile. The last times I had to take something to goodwill, it was leftovers from one of these piles. People will stop and look at One thing, but may not feel like rooting through a pile of what looks like yard sale leftovers.

And that's my experience :)

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sirius on January 19, 2011, 03:15:34 PM
I did the same before moving the last time.  We had a working electric lawnmower and a weed-whacker that showed some wear but still worked, plus some other things.  A co-worker made me a sign saying "Free" in English and Spanish, as a lot of my neighbors didn't speak English, and we put a lot of yard tools, etc. out with the "Free" sign.  Ten minutes after putting it all out I was emptying the trash, and noticed that it was all gone.  Everything else we put out disappeared just as readily.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: faithlessone on January 19, 2011, 03:21:17 PM
This might be just me, or just my area, but I've found the lowest stress way to get rid of something is just to haul it out to the curb and put a 'free' sign on it.

Reminds me of the episode of "The Simpsons" - where Homer says the best way to get rid of something is to put a bicycle lock on it. :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on January 19, 2011, 03:26:27 PM
This might be just me, or just my area, but I've found the lowest stress way to get rid of something is just to haul it out to the curb and put a 'free' sign on it.

Reminds me of the episode of "The Simpsons" - where Homer says the best way to get rid of something is to put a bicycle lock on it. :)

LOL, lived in NYC?  :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Aeris on January 19, 2011, 05:13:27 PM
A 20" flatscreen LCD monitor coming with a computer isn't the norm where I'm from. Most computers I see here sell the monitors separately They cost at least $120 individually, and I know my husband paid closer to $200 when he bought his a few years ago. I don't object to saying you want a monitor and you'd like it to be flat because you only have room for a flat one or whatever, but to specify LCD and a size is too much IMO.

I guess I'm not understanding why. If that's what he wants, then, it seems appropriate to specify. If he gets no offers, he gets no offers. But I can't see how it's wrong to be specific.

As for the computers, I guess I'm a little confused. If I posted that I wanted a computer, and someone sent me one without a hard drive, without telling me it had no hard drive, I would feel like they hadn't sent me what I asked for. A hard drive is a pretty basic component of a computer. And no, it doesn't need to contain someone else's information, it can easily be wiped/reformatted.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on January 19, 2011, 05:33:27 PM
Well, this whole thread is about outrageous requests and I think that specifying you want a 20" LCD flatscreen monitor is pretty darn close to outrageous. You can say "I need a monitor, it'd be great to have X, Y and Z but I'll take anything." But to me, specifying features that are fairly new (LCDs really didn't become popular until the last few years, I'd say 5 years at the outside, at least here) is just snowflakey.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Aeris on January 19, 2011, 09:12:43 PM
Well, this whole thread is about outrageous requests and I think that specifying you want a 20" LCD flatscreen monitor is pretty darn close to outrageous. You can say "I need a monitor, it'd be great to have X, Y and Z but I'll take anything." But to me, specifying features that are fairly new (LCDs really didn't become popular until the last few years, I'd say 5 years at the outside, at least here) is just snowflakey.


::shrugs::

I don't see it. I honestly dont' think it's that outrageous a request. If a flatscreen is a couple years used, it's not really worth ALL that much, to be frank. And a lot of people who have an extra monitor or are replacing a monitor don't bother selling it for the $50 they might be able to get for it, bc it's not worth the time.

I just don't see this is comparable to asking for a new car or something, so I don't really see it as all that 'snowflakey'.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on January 19, 2011, 09:17:15 PM
As I've said earlier in the thread, I think this might be a regional thing. DH has built/repaired a couple of computers and used some Freecycle parts (and some parts from the ridiculously large stash we have) and pickings weren't great. He was asking for simple things, not that new, not that expensive, and no one had them and if they did no one offered them. Usually if a computer is offered it's along the lines of a 2000 e-machine with a 17" CRT monitor.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Karmelita on January 20, 2011, 09:54:15 AM
Well, this whole thread is about outrageous requests and I think that specifying you want a 20" LCD flatscreen monitor is pretty darn close to outrageous. You can say "I need a monitor, it'd be great to have X, Y and Z but I'll take anything." But to me, specifying features that are fairly new (LCDs really didn't become popular until the last few years, I'd say 5 years at the outside, at least here) is just snowflakey.


::shrugs::

I don't see it. I honestly dont' think it's that outrageous a request. If a flatscreen is a couple years used, it's not really worth ALL that much, to be frank. And a lot of people who have an extra monitor or are replacing a monitor don't bother selling it for the $50 they might be able to get for it, bc it's not worth the time.

I just don't see this is comparable to asking for a new car or something, so I don't really see it as all that 'snowflakey'.

Well I'd say it's not snowflakey to ask as long as they don't get put out about not getting any offers :)  Also, I suppose if I was monitoring offers and saw the same person constantly posting for the big ticket items day after day, I'd probably stop reading any of their posts. 

I have had people get a bit huffy about specific stuff, which seems odd to me when it's free.  For instance, I had two similar items that were both very nice and would be pricey to buy. One person, who was already getting a TON of stuff, got annoyed that I had already offered the one she preferred to someone else and made it clear that she was taking the other one grudgingly.

Re LCDs and flat panels...I had one woman who I was giving a bunch of stuff to.  Since I was doing a major cleanout and she seemed to need a lot I asked her if there was anything else she needed (no details/sob story but I do know that her family has fallen on hard times).  She jokingly said a flat panel TV.  Well...as it happened, I had a very small flat panel TV that I haven't used in ages and hadn't gotten around to posting...I don't really watch TV and I just got a nicer one so two is too many.  Plus, my computer monitors are bigger than the TV was!  So...she got a flat panel TV.  I didn't have everything she wanted, but she was more than grateful for what I did have.  I didn't see it as snowflakey for her to ask in the way that she did, and as it turned out the answer was yes!

I actually think I have a fairly good solution now.  I was corresponding with my last pickup yesterday, and I mentioned that I was going to stop posting for awhile and just go with Goodwill.  She mentioned that she lives near a women's shelter and donates to them all the time.  She also has a student that recently became homeless.  She is going to look through and see if there is anything the student's family could use, and take the rest to the shelter.  Hopefully she'll get a tax break from it too!  I think that's a win-win, all around :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Marisol on January 20, 2011, 02:03:58 PM
I have had people get a bit huffy about specific stuff, which seems odd to me when it's free.  For instance, I had two similar items that were both very nice and would be pricey to buy. One person, who was already getting a TON of stuff, got annoyed that I had already offered the one she preferred to someone else and made it clear that she was taking the other one grudgingly.

Or how about when you offer something for free and they see you have a nice new one you bought to replace it and they ask for that instead.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Karmelita on January 20, 2011, 02:18:14 PM
I have had people get a bit huffy about specific stuff, which seems odd to me when it's free.  For instance, I had two similar items that were both very nice and would be pricey to buy. One person, who was already getting a TON of stuff, got annoyed that I had already offered the one she preferred to someone else and made it clear that she was taking the other one grudgingly.

Or how about when you offer something for free and they see you have a nice new one you bought to replace it and they ask for that instead.

Wow, really???  I've actually never had that happen, and I thought I'd seen it all...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: HushHush on January 26, 2011, 03:13:39 PM
Just saw this today.

"Beautiful hand-painted combination changing table/dresser with hutch and custom pale pink matelasse fabric rocker/glider with matching ottoman. The dresser was shabby chic custom hand-painted by a commissioned local artist and is an antique white base color. It has an area on top for a changing pad(included with 2 covers), wipe warmer and picture frame display storage. 3 large drawers and a cabinet type compartment area give ample storage for all your baby item needs. The attached hutch has room for baskets(3 white wicker ones included) and shelving for other little things.
The rocker/glider and matching ottoman were custom made for our little girl's room using a beautiful pale pink matelasse fabric and I can vouch that it is extremely comfortable! The chair and ottoman alone cost over $1200 dollars and the dresser unit was over $1000 with the custom painting, but you can have 2 fabulous pieces of baby room furniture for a fraction of retail cost. There will also be some other baby items thrown in as well, like a portable stroller, bouncy chair, bottle steamer, baby bath seat and a Snugli. I am asking $600 dollars, FIRM, on the whole lot(will not break it up). DO NOT email me with other offers, as I will not respond! Let's be serious here...........Considering it all retails out at over $2400 dollars, you would get a helluva deal at 25% of retail!!!! The stroller is $100 bucks new, the bottle steamer is $50 bucks new, the bath seat is $40 bucks new, the snugli is $50 bucks new, the baskets are $30 bucks new and on and on. So, go ahead out and blow THOUSANDS on new furniture and accessories if you think this is not a smokin deal. Cash Only. Pickup only, no delivery. Feel free to ask any questions on condition, etc. Thanks "

Sounds like someone is upset they spent $2400 on baby furniture and that others only want to spend a little bit.  If you don't like the offers you're getting, ignore them.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Spring Water on Sundays on January 26, 2011, 03:59:01 PM
Just saw this today.

"Beautiful hand-painted combination changing table/dresser with hutch and custom pale pink matelasse fabric rocker/glider with matching ottoman. The dresser was shabby chic custom hand-painted by a commissioned local artist and is an antique white base color. It has an area on top for a changing pad(included with 2 covers), wipe warmer and picture frame display storage. 3 large drawers and a cabinet type compartment area give ample storage for all your baby item needs. The attached hutch has room for baskets(3 white wicker ones included) and shelving for other little things.
The rocker/glider and matching ottoman were custom made for our little girl's room using a beautiful pale pink matelasse fabric and I can vouch that it is extremely comfortable! The chair and ottoman alone cost over $1200 dollars and the dresser unit was over $1000 with the custom painting, but you can have 2 fabulous pieces of baby room furniture for a fraction of retail cost. There will also be some other baby items thrown in as well, like a portable stroller, bouncy chair, bottle steamer, baby bath seat and a Snugli. I am asking $600 dollars, FIRM, on the whole lot(will not break it up). DO NOT email me with other offers, as I will not respond! Let's be serious here...........Considering it all retails out at over $2400 dollars, you would get a helluva deal at 25% of retail!!!! The stroller is $100 bucks new, the bottle steamer is $50 bucks new, the bath seat is $40 bucks new, the snugli is $50 bucks new, the baskets are $30 bucks new and on and on. So, go ahead out and blow THOUSANDS on new furniture and accessories if you think this is not a smokin deal. Cash Only. Pickup only, no delivery. Feel free to ask any questions on condition, etc. Thanks "

Sounds like someone is upset they spent $2400 on baby furniture and that others only want to spend a little bit.  If you don't like the offers you're getting, ignore them.

To me it sounds like she is sick of getting unreasonable offers or people wanting her to make special exceptions just for them. When I was on Freecycle, I got stood up one too many times and lost my patience, I started putting in a line about "If you have stood me up in the past, don't bother responding to this post," or something like that. It's easy to ignore those irritating emails, but it sure would be nice if she didn't have to waste her time skimming through them to see if they're legit in the first place.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on January 26, 2011, 04:07:02 PM
Well, on the one hand she might get more offers if she split the "girl" furniture up from the other stuff, assuming the other stuff is neutral. If your aesthetic isn't shabby chic floral you probably don't care much about custom handpainting and pink matelasse fabric. On the other hand, it sounds like a decent deal depending on what portable stroller means.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Brentwood on January 26, 2011, 11:40:44 PM
Well, on the one hand she might get more offers if she split the "girl" furniture up from the other stuff, assuming the other stuff is neutral. If your aesthetic isn't shabby chic floral you probably don't care much about custom handpainting and pink matelasse fabric. On the other hand, it sounds like a decent deal depending on what portable stroller means.

I would consider all strollers portable, personally; even the big ones fold up to go in the trunk or the back of your car, so yes, I'd be interested to know what she means by portable also.

From the description, it actually does sound like a good deal. She may not want to split up the items and deal with multiple people coming/going, possibly flaking out on her. Get it all out in one fell swoop. (I'm also thinking that someone who had the furniture custom done in "girly" colors/patterns probably did not buy a neutral-colored stroller or bouncy seat, so they're probably all pretty girly.)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Seraphine1 on January 27, 2011, 04:07:03 AM
Someone on our local Freecycle asked for "any old or unwanted gold jewellery".

Really?  Why don't I just write you a check and throw in some small bills as well?  Why not just ask for cash?

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: norrina on January 28, 2011, 09:30:43 AM
Someone on our local Freecycle asked for "any old or unwanted gold jewellery".

Really?  Why don't I just write you a check and throw in some small bills as well?  Why not just ask for cash?


I actually don't find this request so far fetched. My grandmother likes to give me jewelry. Lots of jewelry. Most of it is heavy yellow gold that I will probably never wear. Now that my boyfriend and I have starting look at rings and talking about marriage, I will probably look into having some of this gold redeemed towards his wedding band, but in the past I have donated a lot of gold to Goodwill. Prior to researching engagement and wedding jewelry I wasn't really aware of turning gold into cash as a serious option, and even if I had been, I probably wouldn't have considered it worth the bother.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Tosha Go on January 28, 2011, 08:24:53 PM
Someone on our local Freecycle asked for "any old or unwanted gold jewellery".

Really?  Why don't I just write you a check and throw in some small bills as well?  Why not just ask for cash?



someone's been watching too many dollars for gold commercials....
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Bales on January 28, 2011, 08:43:31 PM
I've sold some of my unwanted gold jewelry (couldn't believe how much I got for some bracelets, actually) so yeah, that vague "any gold will do" request does come off as just wanting money to me, too.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Carnation on January 28, 2011, 11:04:58 PM
This might be just me, or just my area, but I've found the lowest stress way to get rid of something is just to haul it out to the curb and put a 'free' sign on it.

Reminds me of the episode of "The Simpsons" - where Homer says the best way to get rid of something is to put a bicycle lock on it. :)

I read one of those little Reader's Digest blurbs about someone who set out a set of free tires on their lawn, where they languished.   Finally they put a $25 price on them and they were stolen.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Marisol on February 03, 2011, 03:11:36 PM
I actually don't find this request so far fetched. My grandmother likes to give me jewelry. Lots of jewelry. Most of it is heavy yellow gold that I will probably never wear. Now that my boyfriend and I have starting look at rings and talking about marriage, I will probably look into having some of this gold redeemed towards his wedding band, but in the past I have donated a lot of gold to Goodwill. Prior to researching engagement and wedding jewelry I wasn't really aware of turning gold into cash as a serious option, and even if I had been, I probably wouldn't have considered it worth the bother.
You can sell gold on ebay for much more than you'd get at a pawn shop or via "gold for cash".  Asking for gold is just like asking for money.  And holding onto your gold is a good idea if you are not needing to sell.  But if you really want to get rid of your gold, I sure would take it.  Send it my way.  ;)

Also, trading in your gold or diamonds for other jewelry ends up a loss on your end.  It might look like you are saving money, but really it isn't worth it and the jewelry stores are getting a bargain from you.  When you do decide to look for a wedding band you are better off selling your gold on ebay and using that money toward the ring.  Or just buy the ring and save your gold.  A lot of people don't like pawn shops, but they really do have the best deals in my experience. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on February 03, 2011, 03:24:29 PM
I actually don't find this request so far fetched. My grandmother likes to give me jewelry. Lots of jewelry. Most of it is heavy yellow gold that I will probably never wear. Now that my boyfriend and I have starting look at rings and talking about marriage, I will probably look into having some of this gold redeemed towards his wedding band, but in the past I have donated a lot of gold to Goodwill. Prior to researching engagement and wedding jewelry I wasn't really aware of turning gold into cash as a serious option, and even if I had been, I probably wouldn't have considered it worth the bother.
You can sell gold on ebay for much more than you'd get at a pawn shop or via "gold for cash".  Asking for gold is just like asking for money.  And holding onto your gold is a good idea if you are not needing to sell.  But if you really want to get rid of your gold, I sure would take it.  Send it my way.  ;)

Also, trading in your gold or diamonds for other jewelry ends up a loss on your end.  It might look like you are saving money, but really it isn't worth it and the jewelry stores are getting a bargain from you.  When you do decide to look for a wedding band you are better off selling your gold on ebay and using that money toward the ring.  Or just buy the ring and save your gold.  A lot of people don't like pawn shops, but they really do have the best deals in my experience. 

It does seem a bit optimistic to post on Freecycle for gold, but I can see how it's not worth the trouble of selling on ebay for some people.  For my engagement ring, we reset a diamond from a gold pendant into his grandmother's ring, so now I have an empty pendant setting sitting in my jewelry box doing nothing.  It would probably cost more to have something set into it than to just buy a new pendant, and as far as I know, it wasn't of any special significance to the aunt that I inherited it from, so I don't have much attachment to it.  I've considered taking it to a Cash for Gold place to see if I get five bucks for it, but it's totally not worth the trouble of selling on ebay (especially since the Cash for Gold place is closer to my house than the nearest mailbox).  For someone as ignorant as I am about how much that pendant setting would actually get, it might make sense to just let someone on freecycle take it.  An actual piece of jewelry might be a different story.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on February 03, 2011, 04:03:58 PM
I actually don't find this request so far fetched. My grandmother likes to give me jewelry. Lots of jewelry. Most of it is heavy yellow gold that I will probably never wear. Now that my boyfriend and I have starting look at rings and talking about marriage, I will probably look into having some of this gold redeemed towards his wedding band, but in the past I have donated a lot of gold to Goodwill. Prior to researching engagement and wedding jewelry I wasn't really aware of turning gold into cash as a serious option, and even if I had been, I probably wouldn't have considered it worth the bother.
You can sell gold on ebay for much more than you'd get at a pawn shop or via "gold for cash".  Asking for gold is just like asking for money.  And holding onto your gold is a good idea if you are not needing to sell.  But if you really want to get rid of your gold, I sure would take it.  Send it my way.  ;)

Also, trading in your gold or diamonds for other jewelry ends up a loss on your end.  It might look like you are saving money, but really it isn't worth it and the jewelry stores are getting a bargain from you.  When you do decide to look for a wedding band you are better off selling your gold on ebay and using that money toward the ring.  Or just buy the ring and save your gold.  A lot of people don't like pawn shops, but they really do have the best deals in my experience. 

It does seem a bit optimistic to post on Freecycle for gold, but I can see how it's not worth the trouble of selling on ebay for some people.  For my engagement ring, we reset a diamond from a gold pendant into his grandmother's ring, so now I have an empty pendant setting sitting in my jewelry box doing nothing.  It would probably cost more to have something set into it than to just buy a new pendant, and as far as I know, it wasn't of any special significance to the aunt that I inherited it from, so I don't have much attachment to it.  I've considered taking it to a Cash for Gold place to see if I get five bucks for it, but it's totally not worth the trouble of selling on ebay (especially since the Cash for Gold place is closer to my house than the nearest mailbox).  For someone as ignorant as I am about how much that pendant setting would actually get, it might make sense to just let someone on freecycle take it.  An actual piece of jewelry might be a different story.

You'd probably be surprised. 5 grams (the weight of a US nickle) of 14k is worth about $125 right now.

Pawnshops vary widely, but 50-60% is normal for the bulk of the low-rent places. A better shop, maybe someone you have an ongoing relationship with will pay up to 70-75%, refiners will pay between 90-95% (but you have to have a serious amount before a refiner will deal with you).

In contrast Cash4Gold starts at 20% and will maybe go as high as 30%. HUGE rippoff.

If you have a decent scale, this is a handy calculator:

http://gold.yabz.com/jewelry.htm
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on February 03, 2011, 04:15:11 PM
Now I wish I had a decent scale!  I still doubt my empty pendant (since I'm keeping the perfectly good chain) would add up to much, since it's not actually jewelry anymore and I'd assume wouldn't be of much interest to the pawn shop (also closer than the mailbox, by the way :D). 

As you can see, I'm exactly the kind of ignorant sap that the freecycle poster is looking for!  I got it for free, and I'm happy enough with the surprise free diamond to be too worried about the bit of gold left over.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on February 03, 2011, 04:29:02 PM
Now I wish I had a decent scale!  I still doubt my empty pendant (since I'm keeping the perfectly good chain) would add up to much, since it's not actually jewelry anymore and I'd assume wouldn't be of much interest to the pawn shop (also closer than the mailbox, by the way :D). 

As you can see, I'm exactly the kind of ignorant sap that the freecycle poster is looking for!  I got it for free, and I'm happy enough with the surprise free diamond to be too worried about the bit of gold left over.

I see a lot of "We buy Gold" signs even in the windows of better jewelry stores these days. Or just keep it in the back of the jewelry box, maybe someday the chain will break. (not to wish ill on your chain, or anything :P)

I've found a ridiculous amount of gold at yard sales and the like. Even silver is worth buying these days, if you are willing to collect it long enough to take a serious load to the refiner.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Marisol on February 03, 2011, 04:35:03 PM
I still doubt my empty pendant (since I'm keeping the perfectly good chain) would add up to much, since it's not actually jewelry anymore and I'd assume wouldn't be of much interest to the pawn shop (also closer than the mailbox, by the way :D). 

The pawn shops melt scrap gold.  They will buy anything and if they can't resell as is, they will save it up to sell to the refineries to melt down.   
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Suze on February 04, 2011, 05:17:58 AM
one of our jewlrey stores here let you "sell them" the extra gold or whatever if you are buying and resetting a stone

they take it off your bill

of course this jewlery store is one that makes settings and such so they have a use for scrap gold
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Bibliophile on March 02, 2011, 07:53:06 AM
I've currently got a Craigslist post up...  My old gas stove - it's white & in good condition.  I have it listed at $75.  I'm not telling anyone this to try to sell it, but because I got an email this morning from someone who asked me if it was new....   ???  Granted, I don't specifically say "used", but I mention in the ad that we're replacing it and got a new one - and the pics didn't make it look new either.  And seriously, a NEW stove for $75??  Tell me where you're shopping cuz I want a bargain too!  To top it off, the guy is an attorney.  You'd think there'd be a bit more attention to detail.  I give up - I'm donating it to ReStore.   ;D

Oh, and I also have a tv stand.  I state in the ad that they'll need more than one person to move it.  I got a nasty gram from the no call/no show woman who was going to buy it saying she bought a different one from someone who was willing to "coordinate with me and help my husband move it".  Seriously?  Did you not read the ad?  You could've just said you weren't interested...  My response was to just delete the email.   ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: lady_disdain on March 02, 2011, 08:35:56 AM
I would kill for any amount of gold right now. I would love to work with some but it is prohibitive to buy, specially since I am afraid I will waste some in a learning effort (new metals always take some getting used to). But I would be too embarrassed to ask for it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on March 02, 2011, 10:27:56 AM
It's been a busy few days on my Freecycle list.  We've had multiple requests for laptops, Leapsters, and accessories. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Brentwood on March 02, 2011, 01:06:13 PM
The weirdest thing I've ever seen on Craigslist is an ad offering my house for rent. Dated this morning.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DangerMouth on March 02, 2011, 01:10:57 PM
The weirdest thing I've ever seen on Craigslist is an ad offering my house for rent. Dated this morning.

Awww. Sorry  :-\
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: HermioneGranger on March 02, 2011, 01:19:39 PM
The weirdest thing I've ever seen on Craigslist is an ad offering my house for rent. Dated this morning.

So not cool.  I'm sorry.   :(
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Nora on March 02, 2011, 02:10:51 PM
The weirdest thing I've ever seen on Craigslist is an ad offering my house for rent. Dated this morning.

So not cool.  I'm sorry.   :(

Not the one you just moved to, I hope?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Brentwood on March 02, 2011, 02:14:28 PM
It was so strange. A couple knocked on my door at 8:30, just as I was getting ready to take the kids to school. They showed me a printout of the ad from Craigslist, offering my house for $500 a month (!!! I pay $800!). I told them the house was not for rent. When I looked up the ad, it was dated today. I did not recognize the email address given as a contact.

I called the property management company and was assured that this couple must have been looking at an "old" ad. However, I found yet another listing for it under a different ad number. Both ads were deleted only a few minutes later, so it was definitely not an "old" ad. How it got listed I have no idea.

I'm getting pretty tired of weird, hinky things happening with this house.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Brentwood on March 02, 2011, 02:15:43 PM
The weirdest thing I've ever seen on Craigslist is an ad offering my house for rent. Dated this morning.

So not cool.  I'm sorry.   :(

Not the one you just moved to, I hope?

Yes, that's the one. Weird things just keep happening. For that reason and a few others, I'm really starting to feel like I'm being gaslighted. I feel off-balance all the time lately. (sorry for the threadjack.)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: esteban on March 02, 2011, 02:20:01 PM
My wifes grandmothers house got listed on craigslist.  Someone posted her address and said please come take the siding off, we are having new siding installed.  Aluminum siding so there are people who will come take it for the scrap value.

Fortunately she was home when someone showed up to start pulling off siding, and minimal damage was done.  We got the add pulled off of CL as well. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: kethria on March 02, 2011, 03:17:17 PM
Seen on Des Moines, IA Craigslist---

"Decorated Jello, all occasions."  

Des Moines has the highest per capita number of Jello consumers. (Or however you say it).

True.  However, as many church dinners and potlucks as I've attended, I have yet to see 'decorated' Jell-O.  


Ah but then you're probably not hispanic. :D

http://cocina.univision.com/tv/quesabor/video/2010-05-15/una-gelatina-bella-al-paladar (http://cocina.univision.com/tv/quesabor/video/2010-05-15/una-gelatina-bella-al-paladar) Part 1

http://cocina.univision.com/tv/quesabor/video/2010-05-15/la-preparacion-de-una-gelatina (http://cocina.univision.com/tv/quesabor/video/2010-05-15/la-preparacion-de-una-gelatina) Part 2 with instructions (in spanish)

Decorated jello is BIG in hispanic communities. I want to do one for Muffin's first birthday!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wheeitsme on March 02, 2011, 04:34:35 PM
It was so strange. A couple knocked on my door at 8:30, just as I was getting ready to take the kids to school. They showed me a printout of the ad from Craigslist, offering my house for $500 a month (!!! I pay $800!). I told them the house was not for rent. When I looked up the ad, it was dated today. I did not recognize the email address given as a contact.

I called the property management company and was assured that this couple must have been looking at an "old" ad. However, I found yet another listing for it under a different ad number. Both ads were deleted only a few minutes later, so it was definitely not an "old" ad. How it got listed I have no idea.

I'm getting pretty tired of weird, hinky things happening with this house.

That's a scammer at work right there.  S/he is hoping to get someone willing to drive by, take a look, and offer to put down a deposit, which, for some reason, will have to be sent via money order, most likely overseas.  Then s/he will collect the money order, take the cash, and post the listing again while the poor sap who sent the money is waiting anxiously for the keys to your house.

(And I'd like to thank Western Union for preventing me from being an idiot and sending that money.  Not for your house, Cathy, but in a similar situation.)

This.  It's becoming a common scam.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: otterwoman on March 02, 2011, 10:55:49 PM
It was so strange. A couple knocked on my door at 8:30, just as I was getting ready to take the kids to school. They showed me a printout of the ad from Craigslist, offering my house for $500 a month (!!! I pay $800!). I told them the house was not for rent. When I looked up the ad, it was dated today. I did not recognize the email address given as a contact.

I called the property management company and was assured that this couple must have been looking at an "old" ad. However, I found yet another listing for it under a different ad number. Both ads were deleted only a few minutes later, so it was definitely not an "old" ad. How it got listed I have no idea.

I'm getting pretty tired of weird, hinky things happening with this house.

That's a scammer at work right there.  S/he is hoping to get someone willing to drive by, take a look, and offer to put down a deposit, which, for some reason, will have to be sent via money order, most likely overseas.  Then s/he will collect the money order, take the cash, and post the listing again while the poor sap who sent the money is waiting anxiously for the keys to your house.

(And I'd like to thank Western Union for preventing me from being an idiot and sending that money.  Not for your house, Cathy, but in a similar situation.)

Wow, I'm glad for Western Union helping you!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: finecabernet on March 02, 2011, 11:06:21 PM
A friend put up an ad a few months ago asking if anyone had found her lost wedding rings. She thought one of her kids might accidentally have put them in a pile of stuff she donated to charity, and she took a shot in the dark hoping someone had found them.

She got only one response, from someone who was curious as to how on earth her kids got rid of her rings.

She still hasn't found them.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mbbored on March 02, 2011, 11:23:03 PM
It was so strange. A couple knocked on my door at 8:30, just as I was getting ready to take the kids to school. They showed me a printout of the ad from Craigslist, offering my house for $500 a month (!!! I pay $800!). I told them the house was not for rent. When I looked up the ad, it was dated today. I did not recognize the email address given as a contact.

I called the property management company and was assured that this couple must have been looking at an "old" ad. However, I found yet another listing for it under a different ad number. Both ads were deleted only a few minutes later, so it was definitely not an "old" ad. How it got listed I have no idea.

I'm getting pretty tired of weird, hinky things happening with this house.

That's a scammer at work right there.  S/he is hoping to get someone willing to drive by, take a look, and offer to put down a deposit, which, for some reason, will have to be sent via money order, most likely overseas.  Then s/he will collect the money order, take the cash, and post the listing again while the poor sap who sent the money is waiting anxiously for the keys to your house.

(And I'd like to thank Western Union for preventing me from being an idiot and sending that money.  Not for your house, Cathy, but in a similar situation.)

Somebody did that with the house I last rented. People kept swinging by to check the place out, with an ad that stated a rent of $1000 a month, freakishly low for our area, as we were renting it for $1400 and considered that a steal.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Zenith on March 03, 2011, 02:51:17 AM

Well, it wasn't all the same sale ;) But people upgrade all the time. SO found a brand new, never-installed dishwasher at a yardsale for $20- his wife had decided she wanted all black appliances ::). I think if we had come by an hour later, dude would have paid us to cart it away, I think.

And most of those fans came from one guy who'd just installed central air (and boy, did he gloat ;D)

Hasn't his wife ever watched the "stage your house" or "home decor on the cheap" shows - there are colored panels that are sold to fit into the front of your dishwasher (heck there may be two panels that came with it for a choice of four colors right out of the box) to change the color so it will "match" your existing appliances.  I think white and almond are the two most common - with black and stainless steel being the next most common - I have no idea about more "exotic" colors like "granite" or something...........


Or (generic) you can buy special plastic/metal spray paint and change the colour yourself. A friend of mine did that when he wanted the grey plastic interior of his car to be blue and I did it when I wanted a checkerboard pattern on my old fridge and freezer so I could have a matching set  ;D.

There is such a variety of paints around, just make sure you use the right one for the job. Cheap spray paint can be good but won't hold up to wear and tear. I'm really tempted to spray paint my friends Wii he's having such a fit because it's not black  ::).

edited b/c I got my quotes mixed up
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Nora on March 03, 2011, 03:00:02 AM
The weirdest thing I've ever seen on Craigslist is an ad offering my house for rent. Dated this morning.

So not cool.  I'm sorry.   :(

Not the one you just moved to, I hope?

Yes, that's the one. Weird things just keep happening. For that reason and a few others, I'm really starting to feel like I'm being gaslighted. I feel off-balance all the time lately. (sorry for the threadjack.)

Oh no! I'm so sorry! Have you checked with your landlord? Maybe it's a malicious prank?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on March 03, 2011, 04:05:58 PM
Oh, Cathy, that sucks. I'm wondering if it was a scammer or if it was some sort of weird mixup with your management company. I hope you don't have any more people coming to your door, whatever is going on.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wheeitsme on March 03, 2011, 06:07:28 PM

Here's a link about the scam:  http://consumerist.com/2011/01/real-estate-listing-leads-to-rental-scam.html (http://consumerist.com/2011/01/real-estate-listing-leads-to-rental-scam.html)

It was so strange. A couple knocked on my door at 8:30, just as I was getting ready to take the kids to school. They showed me a printout of the ad from Craigslist, offering my house for $500 a month (!!! I pay $800!). I told them the house was not for rent. When I looked up the ad, it was dated today. I did not recognize the email address given as a contact.

I called the property management company and was assured that this couple must have been looking at an "old" ad. However, I found yet another listing for it under a different ad number. Both ads were deleted only a few minutes later, so it was definitely not an "old" ad. How it got listed I have no idea.

I'm getting pretty tired of weird, hinky things happening with this house.

That's a scammer at work right there.  S/he is hoping to get someone willing to drive by, take a look, and offer to put down a deposit, which, for some reason, will have to be sent via money order, most likely overseas.  Then s/he will collect the money order, take the cash, and post the listing again while the poor sap who sent the money is waiting anxiously for the keys to your house.

(And I'd like to thank Western Union for preventing me from being an idiot and sending that money.  Not for your house, Cathy, but in a similar situation.)

This.  It's becoming a common scam.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on March 06, 2011, 10:45:54 PM
Today:

WANTED: gifts for a 3 year old boy (especially Thomas or Caillou)

He is turning 3 in a few days and we could use a few free things to give him since we spent so much on the party.. anything you think he would like as long as its gently used enough his favorites is thomas the tank engine and calliou

The request itself isn't really a problem, it's the "we could use a few free things to give him since we spent so much on the party" thing that I find amusing.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wulfie on April 06, 2011, 11:56:06 AM
Some good ones.

A couple of weeks ago: A person posted that they needed wood and chicken wire for a project. I offered them some hardware mesh that we had (like chicken wire but square holes instead of oval). He said it would not work. No big deal.

Today: Same person. Now they want chickens, a chicken tractor and all the supplies to raise chickens! The only thing I did not see them post is a request for feed but that will probably be in a future post. :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: otterwoman on April 06, 2011, 12:07:32 PM
Some good ones.

A couple of weeks ago: A person posted that they needed wood and chicken wire for a project. I offered them some hardware mesh that we had (like chicken wire but square holes instead of oval). He said it would not work. No big deal.

Today: Same person. Now they want chickens, a chicken tractor and all the supplies to raise chickens! The only thing I did not see them post is a request for feed but that will probably be in a future post. :)

In my area, people do offer chickens on Freecycle.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on April 06, 2011, 12:13:26 PM
One that I saw but can't find now, so it must have been removed. Someone was asking for an English bulldog. From what I remember they wanted a purebred puppy, either from the Freecycler reading or if they knew of anyone with a dog that would give birth soon they'd accept a newborn too (presumably they'd be willing to wait eight weeks for it). Now maybe--big maybe--you might find someone giving away an older English bulldog because they can't take care of it or whatever. But DH wants one so I happen to know that around here English bulldogs run from $900-$1400. And they're pretty rare; the nearest irresponsible parent of the human variety is quite a few hours away. You're much more likely to find a Yorkie or Maltese for free or in the pound than you are to find an English bulldog puppy. (American bulldogs come around fairly frequently, though.)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ladymaureen on April 06, 2011, 11:46:29 PM
... But DH wants one so I happen to know that around here English bulldogs run from $900-$1400. And they're pretty rare; the nearest irresponsible parent of the human variety is quite a few hours away. You're much more likely to find a Yorkie or Maltese for free or in the pound than you are to find an English bulldog puppy. (American bulldogs come around fairly frequently, though.)
Okay, that autocorrect was pretty funny!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on April 07, 2011, 10:44:38 AM
... But DH wants one so I happen to know that around here English bulldogs run from $900-$1400. And they're pretty rare; the nearest irresponsible parent of the human variety is quite a few hours away. You're much more likely to find a Yorkie or Maltese for free or in the pound than you are to find an English bulldog puppy. (American bulldogs come around fairly frequently, though.)
Okay, that autocorrect was pretty funny!
Oops, I didn't even think about that when I was typing.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Akarui Kibuno on April 22, 2011, 03:23:27 PM
I had to resurrect this with a slight O/T cause this is not Freecycle or Craigslist :

I was browsing the internet to help a friend doing a translation, she wanted to know what a "debt cashier" is and I couldn't help her define it (I hate not knowing how to translate phrases into French) .

And I came across this gem on a website that came up in the search :
Quote
Financial Forum  >   Credit
Thread title : Is There Any Way I Could Get 5,000?

Post : Maybe Not Instantly, & Please NO Scams. I Am Going To New York On A Shopping Spree With My Friends And I Am Broke And It Ain't No JOKE,! Lol. I Am Trying To Have Fun But I Have NO Money. But Hey I Saved $150 For Gas ( I Have A Tahoe!)
-All I Have Is A Check Card Which I Don't Want To Use.!

First reply :

Well now if you can figure out a way which is legal , please post and let us all know we can all use a $5,000.00 shopping spree, better yet with Christmas and cold weather coming we can all use some extra money

Oh my that place is pure gold for... I need to show you some others.
Quote
Title : I NEED £100 FAST I HAVE A LOT OF THINGS I NEED TO PAY FOR?

Post : IT IS MY FRENDS BIRTHDAY IN A COUPLE WEEKS AND THERE IS ALSO A BIG FESTIVAL BEING HELD I NEED £100 TO BUY MY FRIEND A NICE GIFT AND MYSELF SOMTHING NICE TO WEAR ALONG WITH HAIR. I HAVE TRIED FINDING WORK BUT ITS EVER SO HARD! HELP ME PLEASE WITHOUT SAYING ONLINE SURVEYS OR ANYTHING TO DO WITH MAKING MONEY ON THE INTERNET! THANKS

And then a title, cause the posts have no texts :

where can i buy online with a credit card that has no money on it?

___

I don't know when these were posted. They may be old, they may be recent. But it strikes me as SS and outrageous that "in this economy" people would act this way, which is why I put this here :) .
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: norrina on May 05, 2011, 07:28:26 AM
This wasn't a crazy request, but I posted some stuff on Freecycle midday yesterday and someone called me at 6:00 this morning because she was afraid it would already be gone if she didn't roust me out of bed. The call woke me, but I let it go to voicemail and intended to ignore it because her message was for an item I had not listed.

Well, she called back about 15 minutes ago though, and I was awake so I answered if only to tell her to stop calling. This time she said she'd realized her error about the item, and she wanted this other item, that I had listed. I thought it was asked for already, but only having been awake about 15 minutes when she called the second time I couldn't be sure. I did tell her it would be available for pickup today regardless, so she asked if she should call back tomorrow. I told her not until after 9:00 a.m. if she was going to (honestly, I should have just told her she couldn't have the item!). She gave indication that she found this specification odd, so I explained that I noticed that she had called me at 6:00 a.m. and I wanted to make it clear that this was not acceptable and I did not want it happening again (and hopefully it wasn't rude of me to say so). She hung up on me!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Beyond The Veil on May 05, 2011, 08:40:41 AM

Here's a link about the scam:  http://consumerist.com/2011/01/real-estate-listing-leads-to-rental-scam.html (http://consumerist.com/2011/01/real-estate-listing-leads-to-rental-scam.html)

It was so strange. A couple knocked on my door at 8:30, just as I was getting ready to take the kids to school. They showed me a printout of the ad from Craigslist, offering my house for $500 a month (!!! I pay $800!). I told them the house was not for rent. When I looked up the ad, it was dated today. I did not recognize the email address given as a contact.

I called the property management company and was assured that this couple must have been looking at an "old" ad. However, I found yet another listing for it under a different ad number. Both ads were deleted only a few minutes later, so it was definitely not an "old" ad. How it got listed I have no idea.

I'm getting pretty tired of weird, hinky things happening with this house.

That's a scammer at work right there.  S/he is hoping to get someone willing to drive by, take a look, and offer to put down a deposit, which, for some reason, will have to be sent via money order, most likely overseas.  Then s/he will collect the money order, take the cash, and post the listing again while the poor sap who sent the money is waiting anxiously for the keys to your house.

(And I'd like to thank Western Union for preventing me from being an idiot and sending that money.  Not for your house, Cathy, but in a similar situation.)

This.  It's becoming a common scam.

... a little off-topic, but ... w-why is there photoshopped image of Justin Beiber in that article link image?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ceiling Fan on May 05, 2011, 08:48:37 AM

Here's a link about the scam:  http://consumerist.com/2011/01/real-estate-listing-leads-to-rental-scam.html (http://consumerist.com/2011/01/real-estate-listing-leads-to-rental-scam.html)

It was so strange. A couple knocked on my door at 8:30, just as I was getting ready to take the kids to school. They showed me a printout of the ad from Craigslist, offering my house for $500 a month (!!! I pay $800!). I told them the house was not for rent. When I looked up the ad, it was dated today. I did not recognize the email address given as a contact.

I called the property management company and was assured that this couple must have been looking at an "old" ad. However, I found yet another listing for it under a different ad number. Both ads were deleted only a few minutes later, so it was definitely not an "old" ad. How it got listed I have no idea.

I'm getting pretty tired of weird, hinky things happening with this house.

That's a scammer at work right there.  S/he is hoping to get someone willing to drive by, take a look, and offer to put down a deposit, which, for some reason, will have to be sent via money order, most likely overseas.  Then s/he will collect the money order, take the cash, and post the listing again while the poor sap who sent the money is waiting anxiously for the keys to your house.

(And I'd like to thank Western Union for preventing me from being an idiot and sending that money.  Not for your house, Cathy, but in a similar situation.)

This.  It's becoming a common scam.

... a little off-topic, but ... w-why is there photoshopped image of Justin Beiber in that article link image?

Because consumerist finally ran out of kitteh pictures?

(but that doesn't seem likely ;D)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on May 19, 2011, 01:14:41 PM
Today's offering.......

I really need some tires and wheels for my truck. 305/70/16 if anyone has any thanks
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Miss March on May 19, 2011, 01:55:59 PM
I saw a post from someone who wanted someone to board his dog from May 1st- May 25th, for which he was "willing to pay $100."

Most professional dog kennels charge about $25 a day. He wants someone to exercise/feed/care for his dog for 24 days for roughly $4 a day? Even the pet sitter who cleans out my cat litter and puts down a bowl of cat food gets paid $12 a visit!

Wonder if he got any takers?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Petticoats on May 19, 2011, 02:36:37 PM
I saw a post from someone who wanted someone to board his dog from May 1st- May 25th, for which he was "willing to pay $100."

Most professional dog kennels charge about $25 a day. He wants someone to exercise/feed/care for his dog for 24 days for roughly $4 a day? Even the pet sitter who cleans out my cat litter and puts down a bowl of cat food gets paid $12 a visit!

Wonder if he got any takers?

He would entrust a total stranger with his dog? I'm terrified for the dog's sake.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on May 25, 2011, 11:35:03 AM
Hello! I am a young mommy of 2 planning on moving to Evanston within the next 2 weeks in hopes of a new beginning. All I can take is what will fit in my jeep. Any furniture, dishes, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Contact me at  . Thank you =)

I wonder if she needs a house too?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: still in va on May 25, 2011, 11:54:36 AM
Hello! I am a young mommy of 2 planning on moving to Evanston within the next 2 weeks in hopes of a new beginning. All I can take is what will fit in my jeep. Any furniture, dishes, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Contact me at  . Thank you =)

I wonder if she needs a house too?

at least she's not asking for a jeep to fit her stuff in.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on May 25, 2011, 12:01:50 PM
I can't imagine much furniture would fit in a jeep with two carseats...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: esteban on May 25, 2011, 12:06:21 PM
I can't imagine much furniture would fit in a jeep with two carseats...

Which is why you need to donate a trailer to her.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: still in va on May 25, 2011, 12:11:06 PM
I can't imagine much furniture would fit in a jeep with two carseats...

Which is why you need to donate a trailer to her.

that'll be the next request.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: esteban on May 25, 2011, 01:32:21 PM
I can't imagine much furniture would fit in a jeep with two carseats...

Which is why you need to donate a trailer to her.

that'll be the next request.

Make sure you include a hitch that you are willing to install on the Jeep. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Tosha Go on May 25, 2011, 06:37:14 PM
Hello! I am a young mommy of 2 planning on moving to Evanston within the next 2 weeks in hopes of a new beginning. All I can take is what will fit in my jeep. Any furniture, dishes, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Contact me at  . Thank you =)

I wonder if she needs a house too?

Why doesn't she wait until she's in Evanston before she starts asking for stuff?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: EddiesMom on May 25, 2011, 07:37:28 PM
Posted today to Craigslist: 

Ok, I am going out on a limb here to seek help from the community of any kind of money donations to help pay for my wedding... and this is why:

#1 Reason: My dad sucks, has money but won't help me pay for a thing.
#2 Reason: My mom pretty much makes minimum wage and can't help pay for a thing either.

I don't have a sob story for you, and I am not going to make one up for pity or money that is not me. I plain and simple just need help. Contact me if any of you are feeling generous, if I get enough donations and have money left over I plan to donate the rest to charity.
Thank you!



Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on May 25, 2011, 09:49:54 PM
Hello! I am a young mommy of 2 planning on moving to Evanston within the next 2 weeks in hopes of a new beginning. All I can take is what will fit in my jeep. Any furniture, dishes, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Contact me at  . Thank you =)

I wonder if she needs a house too?

I generally don't do the whole what if speculation thing, but it sounds to me like maybe she's trying to get away from a bad marriage or relationship, but didn't want to post the whole big sob story.  Maybe she's just trying to get some basic stuff set up before she leaves, because once she leaves, she can't go back.  I'd give her a break, since she's not asking for specific, expensive stuff.  People get rid of old furniture and dishes all the time.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on May 25, 2011, 10:04:42 PM
Hello! I am a young mommy of 2 planning on moving to Evanston within the next 2 weeks in hopes of a new beginning. All I can take is what will fit in my jeep. Any furniture, dishes, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Contact me at  . Thank you =)

I wonder if she needs a house too?

Why doesn't she wait until she's in Evanston before she starts asking for stuff?
Oh well aren't you just the logical one? LOL
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Aggiesque on May 25, 2011, 10:16:50 PM
about the flatscreen monitors- my DH and I are always getting rid of the things. He gets new ones at work all the time, they tell him just to take the old one home and to sell it/use it/whatever. So, some people do seem to always have the dratted things around... I think we have 2 that are over 19 inches sitting in our closet atm.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Brentwood on May 26, 2011, 12:20:29 AM
Hello! I am a young mommy of 2 planning on moving to Evanston within the next 2 weeks in hopes of a new beginning. All I can take is what will fit in my jeep. Any furniture, dishes, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Contact me at  . Thank you =)

I wonder if she needs a house too?

I generally don't do the whole what if speculation thing, but it sounds to me like maybe she's trying to get away from a bad marriage or relationship, but didn't want to post the whole big sob story.  Maybe she's just trying to get some basic stuff set up before she leaves, because once she leaves, she can't go back.  I'd give her a break, since she's not asking for specific, expensive stuff.  People get rid of old furniture and dishes all the time.

I had the same instinctive response.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on May 26, 2011, 10:41:01 AM
And it is all well and good if that's the case, but it just occured to me that she will need someplace to store all these donated items.

(Although I'm not sure I would pick this specific town as a place for a new start unless I had family there already)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Miss March on May 26, 2011, 10:48:58 AM
Posted today to Craigslist: 

Ok, I am going out on a limb here to seek help from the community of any kind of money donations to help pay for my wedding... and this is why:

#1 Reason: My dad sucks, has money but won't help me pay for a thing.
#2 Reason: My mom pretty much makes minimum wage and can't help pay for a thing either.

I don't have a sob story for you, and I am not going to make one up for pity or money that is not me. I plain and simple just need help. Contact me if any of you are feeling generous, if I get enough donations and have money left over I plan to donate the rest to charity.
Thank you!





Hello all. I want a pony. My parents won't buy me one. I'm not going to give you a big sob story, I'm just wondering if you feel like being generous and helping me out. Seriously. I want a pony. Help me out?  ;)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on May 26, 2011, 10:51:19 AM
I guess I assumed she had a space.  I figured she had an apartment or something lined up (or even storage in mom's basement til the apartment is ready, maybe?), and wanted it at least minimally furnished and ready, because in two weeks, she knows she'll have a chance to take the kids and go, but knows she won't be able to make multiple trips.  It makes sense to me, at least.  I could be wrong, but it doesn't seem like an unrealistic assumption.  I'll have to trust you on the town, though.  Oddly enough, my first thought was "If you can't afford plates, how can you afford to live in Evanston?" but I reminded myself that there's more than one Evanston out there, and chances are very slim that she's talking about the same one ;)

While I'm here, does anybody feel like paying for MY wedding?  I could really use the help, and I'm so much cooler than that lady on Freeecycle, so of course you'd rather donate to me.  Anything left over will be used to pay for room service on my honeymoon.  I've never had room service before.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wavicle on May 26, 2011, 10:52:23 AM
I saw a weird one on Craigslist a few weeks ago from a mom trying to hire a helper for her autistic son just out of high school. She only wanted you to hang out with him though, doing stuff like playing video games, and was looking for a college aged girl. It sounded like she was trying to hire him a girlfriend! It could have been innocent and unintentional, but the way she was writing it just seemed off.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: TychaBrahe on May 26, 2011, 12:45:53 PM
Or she would like him to socialize with a woman of the same age in a low-pressure situation so that when he does meet a girl he's interested in, she won't be entirely unfamiliar territory.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 26, 2011, 12:48:31 PM
For the young woman moving to Evanston, I got the impression she was advertising to get stuff in Evanston once she got there because she wouldn't be able to transport very much stuff in her Jeep.

If she were moving to my town and I saw that ad, I'd be happy to give her the stuff I wanted to get rid of.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on May 26, 2011, 01:01:46 PM
Nothing wrong with this ad, I just thought it was really funny:

I have 4 chairs total:

- 2 are Fisher Price Red Plastic Seat with blue metal legs, not
folding. Sturdy. They were left out in the rain by someone (ahem) so the
bottom legs have some rust on the top where the screws are.

- 2 are beach chars or fold up chairs, made small for say a 5 year
old, but not the low "bum to the sand" beach chairs. These are more like
grandpa wearing black socks with sandals watching the parade folding chairs
(think of those weave ones from the 70s.but in a solid fabric.)

I realize my imagery is making this the most breathtaking find ever so
please attempt to contain your wild robust enthusiasm.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on May 26, 2011, 01:11:23 PM
I guess I assumed she had a space.  I figured she had an apartment or something lined up (or even storage in mom's basement til the apartment is ready, maybe?), and wanted it at least minimally furnished and ready, because in two weeks, she knows she'll have a chance to take the kids and go, but knows she won't be able to make multiple trips.  It makes sense to me, at least.  I could be wrong, but it doesn't seem like an unrealistic assumption.  I'll have to trust you on the town, though.  Oddly enough, my first thought was "If you can't afford plates, how can you afford to live in Evanston?" but I reminded myself that there's more than one Evanston out there, and chances are very slim that she's talking about the same one ;)

While I'm here, does anybody feel like paying for MY wedding?  I could really use the help, and I'm so much cooler than that lady on Freeecycle, so of course you'd rather donate to me.  Anything left over will be used to pay for room service on my honeymoon.  I've never had room service before.
No, but I'll send you a pony!! And FTR, it's Evanston, WY, not IL.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on May 26, 2011, 01:12:35 PM
I don't think my backyard is big enough for a pony :(  Will it eat dog food?  ;)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on May 26, 2011, 01:13:46 PM
For the young woman moving to Evanston, I got the impression she was advertising to get stuff in Evanston once she got there because she wouldn't be able to transport very much stuff in her Jeep.

If she were moving to my town and I saw that ad, I'd be happy to give her the stuff I wanted to get rid of.
But it still means you would have to hold until or if she truly got there!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ceiling Fan on May 26, 2011, 01:20:47 PM
Nothing wrong with this ad, I just thought it was really funny:

I have 4 chairs total:

- 2 are Fisher Price Red Plastic Seat with blue metal legs, not
folding. Sturdy. They were left out in the rain by someone (ahem) so the
bottom legs have some rust on the top where the screws are.

- 2 are beach chars or fold up chairs, made small for say a 5 year
old, but not the low "bum to the sand" beach chairs. These are more like
grandpa wearing black socks with sandals watching the parade folding chairs
(think of those weave ones from the 70s.but in a solid fabric.)

I realize my imagery is making this the most breathtaking find ever so
please attempt to contain your wild robust enthusiasm.

LOL :D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 26, 2011, 01:47:03 PM
For the young woman moving to Evanston, I got the impression she was advertising to get stuff in Evanston once she got there because she wouldn't be able to transport very much stuff in her Jeep.

If she were moving to my town and I saw that ad, I'd be happy to give her the stuff I wanted to get rid of.
But it still means you would have to hold until or if she truly got there!

I might hold it.  If someone else came along who was going to take it right away, I might not.  I'm just saying, I didn't think it was that outrageous of a request.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on May 26, 2011, 02:45:22 PM
I guess I assumed she had a space.  I figured she had an apartment or something lined up (or even storage in mom's basement til the apartment is ready, maybe?), and wanted it at least minimally furnished and ready, because in two weeks, she knows she'll have a chance to take the kids and go, but knows she won't be able to make multiple trips.  It makes sense to me, at least.  I could be wrong, but it doesn't seem like an unrealistic assumption.
My reason for thinking she'll need it held or stored as opposed to mom's basement is that one would hope her family would/could help with some of the necessities.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: purplemuse on May 26, 2011, 02:56:31 PM
Posted today to Craigslist: 

Ok, I am going out on a limb here to seek help from the community of any kind of money donations to help pay for my wedding... and this is why:

#1 Reason: My dad sucks, has money but won't help me pay for a thing.
#2 Reason: My mom pretty much makes minimum wage and can't help pay for a thing either.

I don't have a sob story for you, and I am not going to make one up for pity or money that is not me. I plain and simple just need help. Contact me if any of you are feeling generous, if I get enough donations and have money left over I plan to donate the rest to charity.
Thank you!





Hello all. I want a pony. My parents won't buy me one. I'm not going to give you a big sob story, I'm just wondering if you feel like being generous and helping me out. Seriously. I want a pony. Help me out?  ;)

I would really like some money to finance my desired lifestyle while I pursue my dream of being a fantasy writer.  I have two babies dependents gerbils, to support, and people giving me money would really help.  If you won't do it for me, please, think of the gerbils.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on May 26, 2011, 03:01:35 PM
Quote
I would really like some money to finance my desired lifestyle while I pursue my dream of being a fantasy writer.  I have two babies dependents gerbils, to support, and people giving me money would really help.  If you won't do it for me, please, think of the gerbils.
 
Will some old newspaper suffice for bedding?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: EddiesMom on May 26, 2011, 06:47:06 PM
The Craigslist ad posted earlier asking for donations to fund a wedding lasted about as long as I thought it would.  Here's the replacement: 

Ok, I am going out on a limb here to seek help from the community of any kind of money donations, wedding decor, nice venue ideas at a good cost, flowers, photography help... basically anything that can help toward a wedding whether it be a donation or helpful advice would be greatly appreciated.

Contact me if you feel you could be of any help, Thank you! :)


My advice?  Second job. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on May 26, 2011, 07:55:31 PM
^ courthouse
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Miss March on May 26, 2011, 08:38:39 PM
My advice-- a wedding is a WANT, not a NEED. You don't need to have a wedding in order to get happily married.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ceiling Fan on May 26, 2011, 11:42:26 PM
Quote
I would really like some money to finance my desired lifestyle while I pursue my dream of being a fantasy writer.  I have two babies dependents gerbils, to support, and people giving me money would really help.  If you won't do it for me, please, think of the gerbils.
 
Will some old newspaper suffice for bedding?

Cedar chips  >:D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: purplemuse on May 27, 2011, 08:16:25 AM
Quote
I would really like some money to finance my desired lifestyle while I pursue my dream of being a fantasy writer.  I have two babies dependents gerbils, to support, and people giving me money would really help.  If you won't do it for me, please, think of the gerbils.
 
Will some old newspaper suffice for bedding?

Cedar chips  >:D

Now, that's just mean :(
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on May 27, 2011, 09:16:19 AM
Somebody just posted this morning asking for a working refrigerator, "full-size, no dents, dings, or rust."  I know of plenty of working fridges that have dents/dings - heck my upright freezer that I bought off Craigslist has about ten of them, and it works just fine!  I'd have no problem with the request asking for one in "good condition" but to specify purely cosmetic attributes when you're begging is just too much for me.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Lorelei_Evil on May 27, 2011, 09:17:29 AM
My advice-- a wedding is a WANT, not a NEED. You don't need to have a wedding in order to get happily married.

I need this on a t-shirt, or a bumper sticker. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sirius on May 27, 2011, 04:47:02 PM
Somebody just posted this morning asking for a working refrigerator, "full-size, no dents, dings, or rust."  I know of plenty of working fridges that have dents/dings - heck my upright freezer that I bought off Craigslist has about ten of them, and it works just fine!  I'd have no problem with the request asking for one in "good condition" but to specify purely cosmetic attributes when you're begging is just too much for me.

My parents donated a freezer that worked perfectly but had some dents and dings from being transported all over the country to a charity organization.  My mom called them up and told them they had one they no longer needed, and they'd heard that the charity needed one.  Within an hour the director was there with a truck to get the freezer.  They didn't care what it looked like, just that it worked.  That's the type of story I like.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Brentwood on May 27, 2011, 05:17:54 PM
My advice-- a wedding is a WANT, not a NEED. You don't need to have a wedding in order to get happily married.

I need this on a t-shirt, or a bumper sticker. 

Well, you do need a wedding in order to be married. What you don't need is a big to-do of a wedding. License, officiant, and witnesses will do the trick.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MissRose on May 28, 2011, 05:58:55 AM
I'd personally be happy to be married in front of a priest in a Catholic church with a few witnesses etc.

I'd go without a lot of fancy stuff as long as the ceremony was considered legal in the eyes of the law and the Deity of choice.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Everlee on May 28, 2011, 07:42:19 AM
^ courthouse

POD.  We got married in the courthouse and had our dinner at a Mexican restaurant.  Cost:  less than $50
Savings:  thousands!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: whiterose on June 11, 2011, 09:28:02 AM
Well, somebody in my local Freecycle group wanted a washer and dryer! Big and expensive- not to mention hard to move.

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ceiling Fan on June 11, 2011, 09:34:31 AM
^ courthouse

POD.  We got married in the courthouse and had our dinner at a Mexican restaurant.  Cost:  less than $50
Savings:  thousands!

Or, Savings: Millions:

http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/9898

;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on June 11, 2011, 09:46:24 AM
Well, somebody in my local Freecycle group wanted a washer and dryer! Big and expensive- not to mention hard to move.


Actually I gave away my old W&D on Freecycle when I got my new set.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ceiling Fan on June 11, 2011, 10:00:23 AM
Well, somebody in my local Freecycle group wanted a washer and dryer! Big and expensive- not to mention hard to move.


Actually I gave away my old W&D on Freecycle when I got my new set.

Yeah, I see them pretty regularly. Much easier to have someone come take them away than to have to haul them to the dump.

In fact, this seems exactly what freecycle was made for. The posts I roll my eyes over (just a bit) are people who have a single jig-saw puzzle or a not-expensive kid's game, or a few flower pots, or some towels. The kind of stuff you'd see at goodwill for 50. It seems pretty (fossil fuel)inefficiant to me to drive across town to pick up one very cheap item. I know the point is to keep stuff out of the landfill, but why not just take it to goodwill?

But I'm a big fan of just hauling stuff to the curb and putting a 'free' sign on it. It's pretty rare when it doesn't go away :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Brentwood on June 11, 2011, 09:01:21 PM

But I'm a big fan of just hauling stuff to the curb and putting a 'free' sign on it. It's pretty rare when it doesn't go away :)

My ex-husband did that with a perfectly functional and problem-free dishwasher (he only got a new one because he wanted an upgraded model), and it took a week before someone claimed it. I was surprised! It probably would have gone more quickly through freecycle.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on June 11, 2011, 09:38:47 PM
I just posted that I had two of a children's entertainment system, a carrying case, and several mismatched cartridges/books that go with them.  I said that I wasn't sure if the systems were working, because since the few books/cartridges I had didn't match, I only had one cartridge that worked to try, and it didn't seem to work properly in either system.  However, I didn't know whether the problem was with the cartridge, or the systems.

I got a nasty email saying, why do people offer things that are broken?  Just put it in the trash.  Etc.  She was very nasty about it, too.

I probably shouldn't have responded, but I emailed her back, saying that, as I'd said in my post, I wasn't sure if the systems were working or not as I didn't have another book/cartridge to test them with.  Furthermore, somebody else might know how to fix it, or have the system but want the carrying case, or have some mismatched books/cartridges of their own that mine might fit with.  If nobody wanted it, sure, I'd put it in the trash, but I didn't see the harm in offering it.  Apparently she did.  (Oh, and when nobody responded to my post, I did just chuck the whole thing in the trash.  Easy.  But why not offer it first just in case?)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ceiling Fan on June 11, 2011, 09:59:07 PM
I just posted that I had two of a children's entertainment system, a carrying case, and several mismatched cartridges/books that go with them.  I said that I wasn't sure if the systems were working, because since the few books/cartridges I had didn't match, I only had one cartridge that worked to try, and it didn't seem to work properly in either system.  However, I didn't know whether the problem was with the cartridge, or the systems.

I got a nasty email saying, why do people offer things that are broken?  Just put it in the trash.  Etc.  She was very nasty about it, too.

I probably shouldn't have responded, but I emailed her back, saying that, as I'd said in my post, I wasn't sure if the systems were working or not as I didn't have another book/cartridge to test them with.  Furthermore, somebody else might know how to fix it, or have the system but want the carrying case, or have some mismatched books/cartridges of their own that mine might fit with.  If nobody wanted it, sure, I'd put it in the trash, but I didn't see the harm in offering it.  Apparently she did.  (Oh, and when nobody responded to my post, I did just chuck the whole thing in the trash.  Easy.  But why not offer it first just in case?)

I admit, 'non-working item' would also have me rolling my eyes a bit.

Expensive (like 100's of dollars) piece of high end stereo equipment? Sure, I could see that. DH can repair many electronic stuff, so it's worth it to drive across town to get it (or even pay something for it. Amps, EQs, non-working receivers, tape decks etc.).

Game component that only cost $10-20 to begin with seems a waste of time. (and I confess no familiarty with the game system or 'cartridges' you speak of. Repairing a Xbox or PS whatever might be worth it, but only if it not so fatr out of date that anyone would want it.)

Still, it would never occur to me to email you to chastise you over this, that's just needlessly rude.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ginlyn32 on June 11, 2011, 11:40:30 PM
Posted today to Craigslist: 

Ok, I am going out on a limb here to seek help from the community of any kind of money donations to help pay for my wedding... and this is why:

#1 Reason: My dad sucks, has money but won't help me pay for a thing.
#2 Reason: My mom pretty much makes minimum wage and can't help pay for a thing either.

I don't have a sob story for you, and I am not going to make one up for pity or money that is not me. I plain and simple just need help. Contact me if any of you are feeling generous, if I get enough donations and have money left over I plan to donate the rest to charity.
Thank you!





Dear Princess:

Get off your high horse and get a job and save up money for a year.

Signed Grumpy Married Lady


ginlyn
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ginlyn32 on June 11, 2011, 11:51:11 PM
I'm just bein' honest here....I just wanna lay around all day, sippin' margarita's in the Cabana. While a very hunky Cabana boy fans me and and in-ground pool nearby in case I get sweaty. But I don't wanna work for it! Also I need money for food, utilities and a house with in-ground pool. Can't some of you nice internets people just give me money? kthxsbye!

ginlyn
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: steelstress on June 12, 2011, 12:40:21 AM
I found a wanted today:  Quad/ATV, with helmet, clothing, and any other items for safety.


MMMMkkkaaaayyyyy.............
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: dawnfire on June 12, 2011, 01:43:18 AM
And I have seen lots of ads for people giving away old cooking oil for anyone who makes biodiesel.

There is a guy who sells liquid soap, it's pretty rough. apparently he makes biodiesel and the soap is a biproduct or his mistakes( I can't remember which)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Daffodil on June 12, 2011, 05:43:40 AM
This was in the "free" section of my local Kijiji - It gave me a good laugh ;p
Here is the ad, verbatim. And all the title of the ad said was 'free'

"Son moved away and we can't give him the attention he deserves. Male, approx. 1 year old, looks mean but is a big sooky.He is house trained (but will tinkle if excited) . Bark's like a son'o'btch when someone comes over so you wont be surprised by anyone sneaking in. Great friend and will miss him when he's gone."

No where in the ad do they mention that they're talking about a dog. I just about choked when I read it, I was keeled over, laughing. I forwarded it to BF who had a good laugh, as well.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on June 12, 2011, 09:04:45 AM
Somebody just posted this morning asking for a working refrigerator, "full-size, no dents, dings, or rust."  I know of plenty of working fridges that have dents/dings - heck my upright freezer that I bought off Craigslist has about ten of them, and it works just fine!  I'd have no problem with the request asking for one in "good condition" but to specify purely cosmetic attributes when you're begging is just too much for me.

Once in my free cycle ads a woman asked for a refrigerator. She used the "single young mom" mantra (nothing against single moms, but using it as leverage gets old).

She got lots of replies - people offering nice ones. She refused ALL of them. why? She wanted one that matched her other appliances perfectly!  ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ceiling Fan on June 12, 2011, 09:13:55 AM
This was in the "free" section of my local Kijiji - It gave me a good laugh ;p
Here is the ad, verbatim. And all the title of the ad said was 'free'

"Son moved away and we can't give him the attention he deserves. Male, approx. 1 year old, looks mean but is a big sooky.He is house trained (but will tinkle if excited) . Bark's like a son'o'btch when someone comes over so you wont be surprised by anyone sneaking in. Great friend and will miss him when he's gone."

No where in the ad do they mention that they're talking about a dog. I just about choked when I read it, I was keeled over, laughing. I forwarded it to BF who had a good laugh, as well.

Oh, that's funny! I'm sure my mom was tempted to advertise us 'free to good home' at times (but she always did keep the cats) :D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on June 12, 2011, 09:14:30 AM
I saw a weird one on Craigslist a few weeks ago from a mom trying to hire a helper for her autistic son just out of high school. She only wanted you to hang out with him though, doing stuff like playing video games, and was looking for a college aged girl. It sounded like she was trying to hire him a girlfriend! It could have been innocent and unintentional, but the way she was writing it just seemed off.

TBH, that wouldn't be my first thought. My heart goes out to her. DS #1, 23, has autism and it's very difficult to find competent services for the autistic adult. DS has a girlfriend already, and that's very typical for him and his peers. We don't need to "troll" for girlfriends!

In many states services for kids this age are rare or expensive. I'm very fortunate in that my son receives excellent care in NY state.

You are fortunate that you can look at this from the outside. Inside, we don't have that luxury.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ceiling Fan on June 12, 2011, 09:20:31 AM
Somebody just posted this morning asking for a working refrigerator, "full-size, no dents, dings, or rust."  I know of plenty of working fridges that have dents/dings - heck my upright freezer that I bought off Craigslist has about ten of them, and it works just fine!  I'd have no problem with the request asking for one in "good condition" but to specify purely cosmetic attributes when you're begging is just too much for me.

Once in my free cycle ads a woman asked for a refrigerator. She used the "single young mom" mantra (nothing against single moms, but using it as leverage gets old).

She got lots of replies - people offering nice ones. She refused ALL of them. why? She wanted one that matched her other appliances perfectly!  ::)

Oi! ::)

As to 'dents and dings', my mom just got a (spendy) new fridge, with the brushed stainless steel doors. Pretty much as soon as it was installed and delivered it had a (fairly subtle, not major by any means) dent in the door. You'd never notice it if it had a plain finish instead of the stainless. "Good condition" to me means clean, doesn't look like it's been run over with a back-hoe ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Spoder on June 12, 2011, 09:23:00 AM
I saw a weird one on Craigslist a few weeks ago from a mom trying to hire a helper for her autistic son just out of high school. She only wanted you to hang out with him though, doing stuff like playing video games, and was looking for a college aged girl. It sounded like she was trying to hire him a girlfriend! It could have been innocent and unintentional, but the way she was writing it just seemed off.

TBH, that wouldn't be my first thought. My heart goes out to her. DS #1, 23, has autism and it's very difficult to find competent services for the autistic adult. DS has a girlfriend already, and that's very typical for him and his peers. We don't need to "troll" for girlfriends!

In many states services for kids this age are rare or expensive. I'm very fortunate in that my son receives excellent care in NY state.

You are fortunate that you can look at this from the outside. Inside, we don't have that luxury.

That makes a lot of sense, jaxsue. What a shame that it's so hard for kids and their families to access these services.  

I am a bit confused as to why this mom is specifically advertising for a college-aged girl, though. I can sort of see the age thing (he's going to have more in common with his own peers, enjoy hanging out with them more, etc.), but why would the mom specify the gender? I can see how that makes it look more as if she's trying to find him a girlfriend, KWIM?   :-\
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Spoder on June 12, 2011, 09:28:26 AM
Somebody just posted this morning asking for a working refrigerator, "full-size, no dents, dings, or rust."  I know of plenty of working fridges that have dents/dings - heck my upright freezer that I bought off Craigslist has about ten of them, and it works just fine!  I'd have no problem with the request asking for one in "good condition" but to specify purely cosmetic attributes when you're begging is just too much for me.

Once in my free cycle ads a woman asked for a refrigerator. She used the "single young mom" mantra (nothing against single moms, but using it as leverage gets old).

She got lots of replies - people offering nice ones. She refused ALL of them. why? She wanted one that matched her other appliances perfectly!  ::)

Oi! ::)

As to 'dents and dings', my mom just got a (spendy) new fridge, with the brushed stainless steel doors. Pretty much as soon as it was installed and delivered it had a (fairly subtle, not major by any means) dent in the door. You'd never notice it if it had a plain finish instead of the stainless. "Good condition" to me means clean, doesn't look like it's been run over with a back-hoe ::)

I bought my fridge from the 'seconds' outlet of a big box store (i.e., it sells slightly-imperfect or ex-display models at a discount). I got the exact model I wanted, in a top brand, for *hundreds* less than normal retail. This, purely because it didn't have a box (ex-display, not a mark on it).

Trust me, I was actively hoping to find one with a few dents and dings so that it'd be even cheaper!  ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on June 12, 2011, 09:32:15 AM
That makes a lot of sense, jaxsue. What a shame that it's so hard for kids and their families to access these services.  

I am a bit confused as to why this mom is specifically advertising for a college-aged girl, though. I can sort of see the age thing (he's going to have more in common with his own peers, enjoy hanging out with them more, etc.), but why would the mom specify the gender? I can see how that makes it look more as if she's trying to find him a girlfriend, KWIM?  


All very good questions, and thanks for asking. I'm happy to share my "insider" knowledge.  :)

First of all, women way outnumber men in services to the disabled. Also, and this may be unfair, but abuse cases seem to indicate a higher level of abuse done by male caregivers. I'm not casting aspersions on male caregivers, just saying that it seems "safer" to have a female caregiver.

Secondly, people going into social services/special education often want to get to know people in those communities. This is an ideal way to do it. Once again, it is very female-heavy. Also, women tend to be more empathetic. My son responds better to women than men, and by that I don't mean romantically.  :)

I truly don't see how her ad is trolling for a girlfriend, and that opinion's based on over 20 yrs experience in the autism community. There is that remote possibility and if that's the case, shame on her. But I'd need to know more before judging.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ceiling Fan on June 12, 2011, 09:32:21 AM
Somebody just posted this morning asking for a working refrigerator, "full-size, no dents, dings, or rust."  I know of plenty of working fridges that have dents/dings - heck my upright freezer that I bought off Craigslist has about ten of them, and it works just fine!  I'd have no problem with the request asking for one in "good condition" but to specify purely cosmetic attributes when you're begging is just too much for me.

Once in my free cycle ads a woman asked for a refrigerator. She used the "single young mom" mantra (nothing against single moms, but using it as leverage gets old).

She got lots of replies - people offering nice ones. She refused ALL of them. why? She wanted one that matched her other appliances perfectly!  ::)

Oi! ::)

As to 'dents and dings', my mom just got a (spendy) new fridge, with the brushed stainless steel doors. Pretty much as soon as it was installed and delivered it had a (fairly subtle, not major by any means) dent in the door. You'd never notice it if it had a plain finish instead of the stainless. "Good condition" to me means clean, doesn't look like it's been run over with a back-hoe ::)

I bought my fridge from the 'seconds' outlet of a big box store (i.e., it sells slightly-imperfect or ex-display models at a discount). I got the exact model I wanted, in a top brand, for *hundreds* less than normal retail. This, purely because it didn't have a box (ex-display, not a mark on it).

Trust me, I was actively hoping to find one with a few dents and dings so that it'd be even cheaper!  ;D

Right? I just discovered a 'scratch and dent' place near-ish me. I keep checking back for a 'french-doors' fridge :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on June 13, 2011, 07:53:10 AM
And I have seen lots of ads for people giving away old cooking oil for anyone who makes biodiesel.

There is a guy who sells liquid soap, it's pretty rough. apparently he makes biodiesel and the soap is a biproduct or his mistakes( I can't remember which)
My husband would have been delighted about the people giving away old cooking oil.  He went to a zillion restaurants before he found one that was willing to give some to him for making biodiesel.  On the plus side, we heated our house very cheaply this winter!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mechtilde on June 13, 2011, 08:01:21 AM

But I'm a big fan of just hauling stuff to the curb and putting a 'free' sign on it. It's pretty rare when it doesn't go away :)

My ex-husband did that with a perfectly functional and problem-free dishwasher (he only got a new one because he wanted an upgraded model), and it took a week before someone claimed it. I was surprised! It probably would have gone more quickly through freecycle.

I got a slimline dishwasher after seeing an advert up in the local supermarket. 50. The people had just had their kitchen redone and now had space for a full size.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: LadyClaire on June 13, 2011, 08:41:56 AM
Posted today to Craigslist: 

Ok, I am going out on a limb here to seek help from the community of any kind of money donations to help pay for my wedding... and this is why:

#1 Reason: My dad sucks, has money but won't help me pay for a thing.
#2 Reason: My mom pretty much makes minimum wage and can't help pay for a thing either.

I don't have a sob story for you, and I am not going to make one up for pity or money that is not me. I plain and simple just need help. Contact me if any of you are feeling generous, if I get enough donations and have money left over I plan to donate the rest to charity.
Thank you!





Dear Princess:

Get off your high horse and get a job and save up money for a year.

Signed Grumpy Married Lady


ginlyn

Ha. That, or just have a smaller wedding.

DH and I did our wedding for under $1,000..you don't need the big fancy wedding to get married. You just need the license, witnesses and an officiant. Everything else is just frosting.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on June 13, 2011, 09:55:18 AM
Some yutz I've never seen before has been posting every other day for a week asking for "a large flat-panel LED TV, stereo receiver, and surround-sound speakers, brand unimportant."  Greedy little.....  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Marisol on June 13, 2011, 04:57:54 PM
Not too long ago there was a "recall" on a specific kind of TV which is very out dated but was having factory faulted malfunctions.  I think it was catching on fire or something.  To compensate the owners of said TVS the company was going to give them a new flat screen.  VERY nice exchange.

So guess what was all over craigslist?!  Lots of people asking for that very specific model so they could turn it in. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: aiki on June 13, 2011, 06:43:42 PM
I saw a weird one on Craigslist a few weeks ago from a mom trying to hire a helper for her autistic son just out of high school. She only wanted you to hang out with him though, doing stuff like playing video games, and was looking for a college aged girl. It sounded like she was trying to hire him a girlfriend! It could have been innocent and unintentional, but the way she was writing it just seemed off.

TBH, that wouldn't be my first thought. My heart goes out to her. DS #1, 23, has autism and it's very difficult to find competent services for the autistic adult. DS has a girlfriend already, and that's very typical for him and his peers. We don't need to "troll" for girlfriends!

In many states services for kids this age are rare or expensive. I'm very fortunate in that my son receives excellent care in NY state.

You are fortunate that you can look at this from the outside. Inside, we don't have that luxury.

That makes a lot of sense, jaxsue. What a shame that it's so hard for kids and their families to access these services.  

I am a bit confused as to why this mom is specifically advertising for a college-aged girl, though. I can sort of see the age thing (he's going to have more in common with his own peers, enjoy hanging out with them more, etc.), but why would the mom specify the gender? I can see how that makes it look more as if she's trying to find him a girlfriend, KWIM?   :-\

'Cos carers have to be female, dontchya know.  ::) No male nurses in that momma's world. That's how I read it, anyhow.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on June 13, 2011, 07:24:01 PM
'Cos carers have to be female, dontchya know.   No male nurses in that momma's world. That's how I read it, anyhow. (sic)

Not sure what you mean by this, but, unfair as it may seem, the vast majority of people in the services to the disabled are female. And, they are largely immigrants to the US (Jamaicans are a large part of that). And a "nurse" isn't what the mom is asking for. A caretaker/companion isn't the same.

I know what it is to try to find services for a disabled adult child. It ain't fun, dontchya know.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: aiki on June 13, 2011, 08:45:56 PM
'Cos carers have to be female, dontchya know.   No male nurses in that momma's world. That's how I read it, anyhow. (sic)

Not sure what you mean by this, but, unfair as it may seem, the vast majority of people in the services to the disabled are female. And, they are largely immigrants to the US (Jamaicans are a large part of that). And a "nurse" isn't what the mom is asking for. A caretaker/companion isn't the same.

I know what it is to try to find services for a disabled adult child. It ain't fun, dontchya know.

I'm not trying to get at people caring for those with disabilities. I'm pointing out that some people - not you - make sexist assumptions when it comes to looking for a carer for themselves or their loved ones. If it's so difficult, why would someone limit themselves to women when there may be a very suitable male candidate avaliable.

I'm sorry if I came off as snarky.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ceiling Fan on June 13, 2011, 08:58:59 PM
'Cos carers have to be female, dontchya know.   No male nurses in that momma's world. That's how I read it, anyhow. (sic)

Not sure what you mean by this, but, unfair as it may seem, the vast majority of people in the services to the disabled are female. And, they are largely immigrants to the US (Jamaicans are a large part of that). And a "nurse" isn't what the mom is asking for. A caretaker/companion isn't the same.

I know what it is to try to find services for a disabled adult child. It ain't fun, dontchya know.

I'm not trying to get at people caring for those with disabilities. I'm pointing out that some people - not you - make sexist assumptions when it comes to looking for a carer for themselves or their loved ones. If it's so difficult, why would someone limit themselves to women when there may be a very suitable male candidate avaliable.

I'm sorry if I came off as snarky.


Agree with the bolded. Just because many happen to be female or Jamaican, it doesn't make any sense to advertise for that specifically (and if this were a real business, it could be illegal). I could certainly see a female wanting a female caregiver or companion, but to advertise for a college age woman for a teenage boy also strikes me as a bit off.

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on June 13, 2011, 10:20:42 PM
'Cos carers have to be female, dontchya know.   No male nurses in that momma's world. That's how I read it, anyhow. (sic)

Not sure what you mean by this, but, unfair as it may seem, the vast majority of people in the services to the disabled are female. And, they are largely immigrants to the US (Jamaicans are a large part of that). And a "nurse" isn't what the mom is asking for. A caretaker/companion isn't the same.

I know what it is to try to find services for a disabled adult child. It ain't fun, dontchya know.

I'm not trying to get at people caring for those with disabilities. I'm pointing out that some people - not you - make sexist assumptions when it comes to looking for a carer for themselves or their loved ones. If it's so difficult, why would someone limit themselves to women when there may be a very suitable male candidate avaliable.

I'm sorry if I came off as snarky.


Got it. FTR, I don't like sexism either. And I was a bit snarky, so sorry about that.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on June 13, 2011, 10:25:07 PM
Ceiling fan, I don't know the "why's" of why mostly women are in this type of work.

When DS was in junior high and high school he had "buddies," neuro-typical kids who helped them during the school day. Out of the several he had, only 1 was a male.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ceiling Fan on June 13, 2011, 10:34:12 PM
Ceiling fan, I don't know the "why's" of why mostly women are in this type of work.

When DS was in junior high and high school he had "buddies," neuro-typical kids who helped them during the school day. Out of the several he had, only 1 was a male.

I guess my point is, why would someone advertise specifically for a woman? And why a college-age woman? If what you want is a companion/caregiver for a teenage boy, why not a college-age young man? Or a 30yo man? Or a 45 yo woman? I understand that it can be hard, but I feel that being so specific is limiting already limited choices, and yes, I do see something 'off' about looking specifically for a young woman as a companion for a young man.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Brentwood on June 13, 2011, 11:52:07 PM
Ceiling fan, I don't know the "why's" of why mostly women are in this type of work.

When DS was in junior high and high school he had "buddies," neuro-typical kids who helped them during the school day. Out of the several he had, only 1 was a male.

I guess my point is, why would someone advertise specifically for a woman? And why a college-age woman? If what you want is a companion/caregiver for a teenage boy, why not a college-age young man? Or a 30yo man? Or a 45 yo woman? I understand that it can be hard, but I feel that being so specific is limiting already limited choices, and yes, I do see something 'off' about looking specifically for a young woman as a companion for a young man.

I know nothing about this subject, but based on what jaxsue said, it's possible that this young man, like her son, responds better to female caregivers/companions. Perhaps he also relates better to people closer to his own age, which could be why his mother isn't asking for a middle-aged woman.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wavicle on June 14, 2011, 08:06:10 AM
I did not mean to offend. It was the way it was worded that threw me off, and I probably shouldn't have mentioned it without the wording. I totally get wanting services, but the way the poster talked about how she just wanted someone to hang around with him and it would hopefully be more than a job made it seem like they were buying a friend more than looking for actual support. I think she specified they wouldn't need to do anything more than hang around and play video games or go to the movies.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on June 14, 2011, 08:28:34 AM
But, you know, if a disabled teenager or adult doesn't *have* any friends, because most neurotypical people tend to look away, I don't really have a problem with a parent "hiring" one.  So that their kid can have the experience of talking to somebody who isn't a relative, doing activities with that person, practice the art of conversation with somebody they haven't grown up with, etc.  Sure, ideally they wouldn't have a friend "bought" for them, but if the only people willing to be around the disabled person are his family, I don't think it's a bad thing to "hire" somebody else to give the disabled person some practice being a friend.  Who knows, maybe he'll learn useful skills that will make it easier for him to make a real (non-paid) friend later.

The part that gives me pause, though, is specifying a girl.  Because it does come across as wanting to buy a girlfriend.  It's quite possible that the mother is choosy because she's seen a difference in girls versus guys in how they interact with the disabled in general, or her son specifically.  Maybe she worries that a guy would be less patient or even bully her son when she's not around to oversee.  But I think that it does come across as wrong and I can see why you posted here!  I think that, in making such a request, maybe explaining things a bit would have made it seem less creepy.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on June 14, 2011, 08:31:00 AM
I did not mean to offend. It was the way it was worded that threw me off, and I probably shouldn't have mentioned it without the wording. I totally get wanting services, but the way the poster talked about how she just wanted someone to hang around with him and it would hopefully be more than a job made it seem like they were buying a friend more than looking for actual support. I think she specified they wouldn't need to do anything more than hang around and play video games or go to the movies.

I can see your POV on this, but I've been "on the other side" for over 20 yrs, so unless I know more about the person who posted the ad I won't throw her under the bus.

It's very difficult for someone with autism to make friends. My son's lucky - he has a large network of friends (even a girlfriend), largely from the disabled community. From the outside it may look odd to us, but it makes them happy. I'm very fortunate in that I don't have to place an ad in Craigslist!  :-[
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wulfie on June 14, 2011, 09:12:13 AM
Hey guys. Maybe we should move this to it's own thread before this one gets locked.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on June 14, 2011, 09:57:41 AM
Hey guys. Maybe we should move this to it's own thread before this one gets locked.

Good idea, but I've said as much as I will about it (don't want to beat a dead horse). I think we can find a lot more crazy Craigslist ads quite easily.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Bibliophile on July 23, 2011, 11:31:03 AM
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/fuo/2508687521.html (http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/fuo/2508687521.html)

This one made me giggle - 6 "Cheers"   ;D 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on July 23, 2011, 11:56:06 AM
http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/fuo/2508687521.html (http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/fuo/2508687521.html)

This one made me giggle - 6 "Cheers"   ;D

That is funny. So I guess if you have plenty of seating you're "cheerful"?  :) Another one I see often and that makes me crazy: "saling," as in "Sale my house" instead of sell.  :-X
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Lorelei_Evil on July 23, 2011, 12:04:01 PM
There is a sign down the street here: mortar home 4 sell.

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: greenleafmountain on July 25, 2011, 07:01:53 PM
Saw this one today when browsing to see about possibly picking up a babysitting gig.  This woman wants childcare for three children under the age of 5, for 10-11 hours a day, five days a week, at a rate of $30 a day.  That works out to less than a dollar an hour per child.  I get that everyone's finances are tight, but when unemployment is so high and you've posted the same ad multiple times over the past month and still don't have any takers, you might consider revising your terms.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wavicle on July 25, 2011, 07:26:57 PM
I saw one kind of like that, and someone posted a separate ad chewing them out. I don;t think it was that low, but I remember them asking who they expected to be watching their children for below minimum wage.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Army Mom on July 25, 2011, 09:35:41 PM
I found a wanted today:  Quad/ATV, with helmet, clothing, and any other items for safety.


MMMMkkkaaaayyyyy.............

I actually saw an ATV as an offer last year, didn't come with a helmet so I guess it wouldn't do
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Everlee on July 25, 2011, 10:15:24 PM
Saw this one today when browsing to see about possibly picking up a babysitting gig.  This woman wants childcare for three children under the age of 5, for 10-11 hours a day, five days a week, at a rate of $30 a day.  That works out to less than a dollar an hour per child.  I get that everyone's finances are tight, but when unemployment is so high and you've posted the same ad multiple times over the past month and still don't have any takers, you might consider revising your terms.

I used to baby-sit for a friend of mine a lot and she would give me about $20 to watch her three year old for 10-11 hours at a time.  The last time (before I refused to watch him anymore) she brought him over with a fever and refused to come pick him up until she was off work.

So yeah, this person needs a clue by four.  I would want at least twice that to watch her kids.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: hermanne on July 26, 2011, 06:37:49 AM
Hmmmm... now I have to ask DH what he's come across in his on-line search for furniture. (Although what's out there can be intresting, not that I'd want it in my house...)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on July 26, 2011, 06:47:25 AM
There is a sign down the street here: mortar home 4 sell.

Just what kind of home would mortar live in?  ::)

This reminds me of "here's your sign."
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Marisol on July 26, 2011, 08:35:24 AM
Saw this one today when browsing to see about possibly picking up a babysitting gig.  This woman wants childcare for three children under the age of 5, for 10-11 hours a day, five days a week, at a rate of $30 a day.  That works out to less than a dollar an hour per child.  I get that everyone's finances are tight, but when unemployment is so high and you've posted the same ad multiple times over the past month and still don't have any takers, you might consider revising your terms.

Maybe she should talk to my mom.  When I was a senior in high school my mom negotiated a babysitting job for me at the rate of $2 per hour all summer long (about 6-8 hours a day).  They were our neighbors and my parents friends so I felt obligated to accept.  Every other baby sitting job I had ever done gave me at least $5 per hour and even if I worked only two hours they would give me at least a twenty.  Not this job.  I was given exactly $2 for each hour.  No more.  I should have been working at a real job instead.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: greenleafmountain on July 26, 2011, 10:05:37 AM
Saw this one today when browsing to see about possibly picking up a babysitting gig.  This woman wants childcare for three children under the age of 5, for 10-11 hours a day, five days a week, at a rate of $30 a day.  That works out to less than a dollar an hour per child.  I get that everyone's finances are tight, but when unemployment is so high and you've posted the same ad multiple times over the past month and still don't have any takers, you might consider revising your terms.

Maybe she should talk to my mom.  When I was a senior in high school my mom negotiated a babysitting job for me at the rate of $2 per hour all summer long (about 6-8 hours a day).  They were our neighbors and my parents friends so I felt obligated to accept.  Every other baby sitting job I had ever done gave me at least $5 per hour and even if I worked only two hours they would give me at least a twenty.  Not this job.  I was given exactly $2 for each hour.  No more.  I should have been working at a real job instead.

What a terrible way to spend a summer!  What got me most about this ad was that she wanted someone to continue through the school year, so I'm assuming the person would have to be out of school themselves.  I don't know who on earth besides a teenager could accept such a low wage.  If she had been advertising for a single day or something I maybe could have understood it.  But what adult would be able to work a 50+ hour work week for $150 a week.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Marisol on July 26, 2011, 12:39:18 PM
Saw this one today when browsing to see about possibly picking up a babysitting gig.  This woman wants childcare for three children under the age of 5, for 10-11 hours a day, five days a week, at a rate of $30 a day.  That works out to less than a dollar an hour per child.  I get that everyone's finances are tight, but when unemployment is so high and you've posted the same ad multiple times over the past month and still don't have any takers, you might consider revising your terms.

Maybe she should talk to my mom.  When I was a senior in high school my mom negotiated a babysitting job for me at the rate of $2 per hour all summer long (about 6-8 hours a day).  They were our neighbors and my parents friends so I felt obligated to accept.  Every other baby sitting job I had ever done gave me at least $5 per hour and even if I worked only two hours they would give me at least a twenty.  Not this job.  I was given exactly $2 for each hour.  No more.  I should have been working at a real job instead.

What a terrible way to spend a summer!  What got me most about this ad was that she wanted someone to continue through the school year, so I'm assuming the person would have to be out of school themselves.  I don't know who on earth besides a teenager could accept such a low wage.  If she had been advertising for a single day or something I maybe could have understood it.  But what adult would be able to work a 50+ hour work week for $150 a week.

Yes, ridiculous.  An adult would be better off working anything else and I'm pretty sure other nanny jobs pay nicely so no one is going to take up her "offer". 

As for my summer, I should say that my mom didn't know the going babysitting rate at the time or that I always made at least $20 for shorter "jobs".  This was the only job she "found" for me.  I never spoke up so she had no idea I was unhappy with the pay.  So I don't really fault her. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Reuth on July 26, 2011, 01:20:26 PM
My grandmother found me my one and only babysitting job. She talked up how the woman was wealthy and would pay me very well. But at the end of several hours with her two kids, she handed me $8. That was supposed to cover my time plus what I spent on them at McDonalds.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ruelz on July 26, 2011, 01:28:21 PM
My favourite went something like this:

My 3-year old daughter really needs a kitten.  We'd like one today.  The kitten shouldn't be too old, and should be neutered and have all it's shots.  I don't have any money, so it should come with a litter box, litter and other cat supplies like food.  We are a great loving home.  We'd prefer a female but would look at a male as well.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: LeeLee88 on July 26, 2011, 01:31:38 PM
My favourite went something like this:

My 3-year old daughter really needs a kitten.  We'd like one today.  The kitten shouldn't be too old, and should be neutered and have all it's shots.  I don't have any money, so it should come with a litter box, litter and other cat supplies like food.  We are a great loving home.  We'd prefer a female but would look at a male as well.

I can't even begin to break this whole thing down without having a total fit  :P.  Good find!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ruelz on July 26, 2011, 01:38:29 PM
Me too.  I should have kept a copy.  Boggled my mind.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: heartmug on July 26, 2011, 01:46:12 PM
My favourite went something like this:

My 3-year old daughter really needs a kitten.  We'd like one today.  The kitten shouldn't be too old, and should be neutered and have all it's shots.  I don't have any money, so

so... how are you going to pay for it's food?  I would be so tempted to ask that.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on July 26, 2011, 01:54:31 PM
My grandmother found me my one and only babysitting job. She talked up how the woman was wealthy and would pay me very well. But at the end of several hours with her two kids, she handed me $8. That was supposed to cover my time plus what I spent on them at McDonalds.

Silly, that's why she's rich!  :D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: darling on July 26, 2011, 03:36:53 PM
How about this one (which had already been removed by the time I thought of this thread).

It's moving time in our college town, which means lots of items are going to the dumpsters, goodwill, or salvation army. A guy actually posted a request for a ton of different things, "so that you won't have to move it", including laptops, computers, flat LCD TVs, couches, beds, college textbooks (because these can be sold back for cash), you name it.

But he doesn't have any money, so it would all have to be free.

 ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: CaptainObvious on July 26, 2011, 09:35:44 PM
Saw one the other day - this one person wants a nice queen bed & box springs. Oh, they don't have a vehicle, can you deliver? Oh - they live on the 3rd floor. And Oh - they have a bad back, so they won't be helping....

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on July 26, 2011, 11:15:45 PM
Today was a pretty good trifecta - wanted ads for a working DVR (like Tivo), for a working treadmill, and for a reliable economic car (not a gas guzzler).  The middle one I could see asking for, people get rid of exercise stuff all the time, but a CAR???  And it was someone asking "for a friend with a gas guzzler" to boot...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Reuth on July 28, 2011, 10:20:01 AM
Wow, I had no idea the want ads could be so entertaining!

"Wanted to rent: bulldog costumes."
I'm intrigued by this one.

"I'm looking for a free ipod touch for a twelve year old."

And my favorite is that these two ads were posted within hours of each other:
"Will barter a tattoo for a laptop"
"Need a tattoo-cash or trade"
I hope they find each other.

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: HermioneGranger on July 28, 2011, 12:44:14 PM
Wow, I had no idea the want ads could be so entertaining!

"Wanted to rent: bulldog costumes."
I'm intrigued by this one.

"I'm looking for a free ipod touch for a twelve year old."

And my favorite is that these two ads were posted within hours of each other:
"Will barter a tattoo for a laptop"
"Need a tattoo-cash or trade"
I hope they find each other.


 ;D  Nice. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on July 28, 2011, 02:38:14 PM
Today's offering:

I am looking for a spinning wheel is Rock Springs/Green River area.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wulfie on July 28, 2011, 02:42:16 PM
Today's offering:

I am looking for a spinning wheel is Rock Springs/Green River area.

Actually, not so strange. I had one that I was having a hard time geting rid of EVEN giving it away for free! I would have loved this person. (I finally ended up giving it to a woman I met at a spinning retreat)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on July 28, 2011, 02:52:13 PM
Spinning isn't a big hobby in these parts, so who knows, she might get lucky.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: amylouky on July 28, 2011, 03:19:20 PM
Today on Craigslist     ::)
 
Quote

Wanted: Baby Girl Pink with teddy bear bedding

I am going to be a first time mother in Sept. and being that I can't work I don't have the money to get anything really at the moment. So, if you have this bedding and no longer use it; I would gladly love to take it off your hands. I can't travel either, so if you could bring it to me; that would be a great help as well. Thanks.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: heartmug on July 28, 2011, 04:05:36 PM
Wants it free and delivered to her.  Wow.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: esteban on July 28, 2011, 05:07:40 PM
See I think the people who want it delivered are at least being clear and up front about it.

Like I drive a decent amount to out of the way places for work and disc golfing.  If I had something to get rid of and I was going to be in the area I might be willing to drop it off.

If you can't drive and public transportation is poor (like it is in my large metropolis) then at least they are being up-front about not being able to pick up.

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Elfmama on July 28, 2011, 06:41:27 PM
Someone wanting baby stuff.  An entire 50-60 item list, looks to have been copied wholesale from one of those baby books, then amended to specific brands and colors. ::)

And you know what?  You don't NEED most of that stuff, no matter what the baby book tells you.  Bassinet?  Changing table?  Strike them out.  My babies slept wherever they happened to be, and were changed on the floor.  (Yes, the floor.  When they get to the rolling-over stage, they can't fall off!  And when they get to the rolling-over-and-crawling-away-giggling, you can put your bare feet on their elbows to hold them down.)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: General Jinjur on July 28, 2011, 07:32:42 PM
A while ago I was selling a used dog crate. I paid about $175 for it, but since it was used and had slight damage (a couple of the wires were bent) I was asking $75 and hoping for $65. A woman emailed and asked about the dimensions, which were in the ad, but OK. Then she emailed and asked if I would deliver. Uh, no. Then she wrangled with me over the pick-up time. Finally, she said she'd be willing to buy it IF it was totally undamaged AND she was only going to pay $45. I laughed as I deleted it and moved on to the queue of people wanting to pay full price.

$45 for an XL dog crate...really.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: SisJackson on July 28, 2011, 08:04:51 PM
Got someone looking for an air conditioner.

Yesterday, the same user requested an electric range.

Two days ago, the same user posted a want for a gas grill.

Three days ago, the same user asked for a refrigerator.

All have the following notation:  [Edited by moderator to remove reason]

This generally means a sob story accompanied the request and our mods are very good about removing that sort of wording.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Reuth on July 28, 2011, 08:42:46 PM
I was rejected for membership in our local freecycle. They didn't give a reason but I assume it's because I corrected the grammar on the application.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: squeak on July 28, 2011, 08:45:47 PM
Today:

"Coktail Cage:

We are looking for Cage for our pet ( cocktail) we have buggy cage we can exchange."

I, personally, prefer my cocktails free-range, as the strawberries taste fresher.  And I DON'T want a buggy cage. Exterminators are expensive. Or is it a cage for an old fashioned carriage? Or a VW Bug? And why???

(yes, I know it's all about birds)  ::)



Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Carnation on July 28, 2011, 11:40:48 PM
I was rejected for membership in our local freecycle. They didn't give a reason but I assume it's because I corrected the grammar on the application.

How could you not? ::)

I was invited to rush a sorority, but they misspelled a word on the invitation. :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: VorFemme on August 06, 2011, 07:34:15 PM
Just offered RAM for a notebook (memory that goes into the notebook - not flash/thumb drives and most definitely NOT a free notebook).

In less than two hours, I've already been asked for both - with a sob story about a graduate student who had their notebook computer quit working and they could really use my "free notebook".

Note - I did have a spare notebook for sale - but it's been sold.........and I don't know how a graduate student could get by with such a poor grasp of the written word............unless they are a math student?  I don't speak math............

I've only had three responses - the first knew what I was talking about and still wants RAM (not a flash drive) and is not expecting the notebook that the "old" RAM came out of to accompany the RAM..............

Still scratching my head over "free sticks of RAM for a notebook" turning into "FREE NOTEBOOK"...........
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: heronlady on August 06, 2011, 11:28:10 PM
Not a request, but on my Craigslist "free" section somebody is giving away a 16' boat... it's kind of old and has no motor, but still, a free boat!?

And there's a free piano, and a free entertainment center, a really nice-looking couch, free dresser, and...

a free tree (for firewood).  I guess you've got to cut it down yourself to get the firewood.

As for wanteds?

 - Free iPhone (any model).  At least they are not picky.
 - Free iPad
 - Free Rocks (OK, I guess I can see this, but it still struck me as strange at first)
 - Free Cat (yes, a cat.  Any free cat.)
 - Free Bear Bait (???)
 
and that's all I've seen lately.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on August 07, 2011, 12:13:40 AM
I hope the person looking for the cat isn't the same one looking for the bear bait!!

(But to be honest, the bear bait people are probably just looking for old meat that people are cleaning out of their freezer.)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: heronlady on August 07, 2011, 12:18:10 AM
I hope the person looking for the cat isn't the same one looking for the bear bait!!

(But to be honest, the bear bait people are probably just looking for old meat that people are cleaning out of their freezer.)

No, haha, separate people.  I would have been worried too if that were the case...

And yes, that seemed to be the point of the bear bait poster's thread... but what does one use old meat for?  And what exactly is bear bait and why is it used?  *confused*
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: TeamBhakta on August 07, 2011, 01:28:54 AM
Today on Craigslist     ::)
 
Quote

Wanted: Baby Girl Pink with teddy bear bedding

I am going to be a first time mother in Sept. and being that I can't work I don't have the money to get anything really at the moment. So, if you have this bedding and no longer use it; I would gladly love to take it off your hands. I can't travel either, so if you could bring it to me; that would be a great help as well. Thanks.

I took the title the wrong way and had flashbacks to an old Law and Order episode ("Look, McCoy, there's no law against selling your own kid. Here's our motion to dismiss")

*ETA: from my local listings:
-Hussein - $50
Roll of toilet paper near open with saying Hussein's Insane


-"To the person that picked the mattress (San Pablo Rd. S.)
I have the frame for the mattress at the balcony, come an get it."


-"Free 1 man 5 women hot tub shell (southside)
I have an old hot tub shell, motors and heaters do not work, has old covers. Need it taken away soon."


-"...Free guinea pigs to good home. I have two guinea pigs, not sure if they are male or female but do know they are of the same sex, have had them over two years..."
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: twiggy on August 07, 2011, 02:22:53 AM
On Craigslist, under the "jobs" listings:

Lingerie Haircut

"My stylist just moved away, and I am looking for a new one. I thought I might try this out. I would love to find a new hair stylist that is willing to work with my hair in either lingerie or possibly even topless. I am not looking for any "extras", just would like to look at a beautiful woman while getting my hair styled. I am a fun easy going guy, and am looking for a professional stylist. Sometimes I even get my hair frosted or dyed, so it would be nice to find someone who can do that as well. Let me know, price is negotiable."
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on August 07, 2011, 09:27:20 AM
I hope the person looking for the cat isn't the same one looking for the bear bait!!

(But to be honest, the bear bait people are probably just looking for old meat that people are cleaning out of their freezer.)

No, haha, separate people.  I would have been worried too if that were the case...

And yes, that seemed to be the point of the bear bait poster's thread... but what does one use old meat for?  And what exactly is bear bait and why is it used?  *confused*
For exactly that...to bait bears during bear hunting season. You hang bait, the smellier the better and wait.

PLEASE NO COMMENTS ON THE PROS OR CONS OF HUNTING.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kimblee on August 07, 2011, 10:23:50 AM
Today on Craigslist     ::)
 
Quote

Wanted: Baby Girl Pink with teddy bear bedding

I am going to be a first time mother in Sept. and being that I can't work I don't have the money to get anything really at the moment. So, if you have this bedding and no longer use it; I would gladly love to take it off your hands. I can't travel either, so if you could bring it to me; that would be a great help as well. Thanks.

I took the title the wrong way and had flashbacks to an old Law and Order episode ("Look, McCoy, there's no law against selling your own kid. Here's our motion to dismiss")

*ETA: from my local listings:
-Hussein - $50
Roll of toilet paper near open with saying Hussein's Insane


-"To the person that picked the mattress (San Pablo Rd. S.)
I have the frame for the mattress at the balcony, come an get it."


-"Free 1 man 5 women hot tub shell (southside)
I have an old hot tub shell, motors and heaters do not work, has old covers. Need it taken away soon."


-"...Free guinea pigs to good home. I have two guinea pigs, not sure if they are male or female but do know they are of the same sex, have had them over two years..."

I'd jump on this so fast their head would spin. We want guinea pigs again. but won't pay the pet store prices.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on August 07, 2011, 10:30:43 AM
I'd jump on this so fast their head would spin. We want guinea pigs again. but won't pay the pet store prices.

My shelter takes in pocket pets and sometimes has guinea pigs. I just did a search on guinea pig rescues and came up with a ton of hits - if you really want one I am sure you can find a rescue/shelter in your area that has them.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: magicdomino on August 08, 2011, 11:01:12 AM
Not a request, but on my Craigslist "free" section somebody is giving away a 16' boat... it's kind of old and has no motor, but still, a free boat!?

And there's a free piano, and a free entertainment center, a really nice-looking couch, free dresser, and...

a free tree (for firewood).  I guess you've got to cut it down yourself to get the firewood.

The free piano isn't all that unusual.   Pianos are very, very heavy.  Even an upright can require 2 or 3 strong men, preferably ones who know what they are doing.  If it is a beginner brand, it may cost as much to hire piano movers as the piano itself is worth.  If there is some kind of damage that has to be repaired (I understand that cheap pianos are prone to warping), the piano is worth even less.  I once heard of someone who ended up breaking up and burning the family piano because a major part was warped and they couldn't get anyone to take it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: CuriousGeorge on August 08, 2011, 11:22:10 AM
Just offered RAM for a notebook (memory that goes into the notebook - not flash/thumb drives and most definitely NOT a free notebook).

In less than two hours, I've already been asked for both - with a sob story about a graduate student who had their notebook computer quit working and they could really use my "free notebook".

Note - I did have a spare notebook for sale - but it's been sold.........and I don't know how a graduate student could get by with such a poor grasp of the written word............unless they are a math student?  I don't speak math............

I've only had three responses - the first knew what I was talking about and still wants RAM (not a flash drive) and is not expecting the notebook that the "old" RAM came out of to accompany the RAM..............

Still scratching my head over "free sticks of RAM for a notebook" turning into "FREE NOTEBOOK"...........

God help me, all I can think of is The IT Crowd:  "Memory IS RAM!"  ;)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Hushabye on August 08, 2011, 12:05:34 PM
a free tree (for firewood).  I guess you've got to cut it down yourself to get the firewood.

They may be like several people in our area: they have a downed tree but can't afford to have it removed and are therefore offering it for firewood.  The takers may have to cut it up themselves, but it may well no longer be standing.  We've had a lot of that lately due to severe storms (we just about lost one of our own, but it's making a comeback; we're lucky enough that it's a fairly small tree and we have a chainsaw).
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: purplemuse on August 08, 2011, 12:17:53 PM
Today's offering:

I am looking for a spinning wheel is Rock Springs/Green River area.

Just as long as it's not meant to be a 16th birthday gift for a real "Beauty" of a girl...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Hushabye on August 08, 2011, 12:27:20 PM
Today's offering:

I am looking for a spinning wheel is Rock Springs/Green River area.

Just as long as it's not meant to be a 16th birthday gift for a real "Beauty" of a girl...

"So I just put my hands here?  But that seems awfully close to the nee-- Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..."
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: littlebird on August 08, 2011, 01:53:05 PM
I haven't read through all of this, but this morning I read a post on Clist in the housing section which definitely fits. Of course, it's already been taken down.

Guy wanted to rent a room at no cost to a woman who would "take care of me" (cook, clean) and curl up with him in the evenings. There was a room "but you won't need it since we'll be spending all our time in mine."

 ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on August 08, 2011, 02:39:34 PM
I haven't read through all of this, but this morning I read a post on Clist in the housing section which definitely fits. Of course, it's already been taken down.

Guy wanted to rent a room at no cost to a woman who would "take care of me" (cook, clean) and curl up with him in the evenings. There was a room "but you won't need it since we'll be spending all our time in mine."

 ::)
ewwwwww
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: dawnfire on August 09, 2011, 01:42:47 AM
I haven't read through all of this, but this morning I read a post on Clist in the housing section which definitely fits. Of course, it's already been taken down.

Guy wanted to rent a room at no cost to a woman who would "take care of me" (cook, clean) and curl up with him in the evenings. There was a room "but you won't need it since we'll be spending all our time in mine."

 ::)

real winner there  ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Daffodil on August 09, 2011, 02:31:14 AM
Ok, I have some good ones  ;D  Not really requests but Kijiji ads.

There has been a lot of buzz lately, because Elton John is putting on a concert on this tinny little island called Cape Breton. (I'm still bitter I didn't get tickets for my parents, but whatever. They sold out FAST!). You could get 8 tickets per person, and it was basically set up for scalpers, IMO. There's a whole lot of drama going on right now with people not getting tickets even though they paid, etc. But that's besides the point of my story :P

Scalpers. They're putting up the most ridiculous ads I have ever read in my life. Tickets sold at 71, 90 and 151 dollars. Some scalpers are selling their tickets for 600 - 1000 dollars a piece ! Some of the ads I have seen to attract buyers are (warning : grammar, etc. is not mine. these are copied and pasted !)  :

- FRONT STAGE TICKETS YOU CAN FEEL HIS PANT LEG ALMOST
THE EVENT IS SOLD OUT AND THERE IS NO 2ND SHOW
NO MORE TICKETS WILL BE SOLD FOR THIS EVENT

- help me ! my wife has escaped the mental hospital today and forgot to take her meds. she is practiclaly giving these tickets away at bargain basement prices ! help, help ! my wife has gone crazy !

- TICKETS FOR SIR ELTON JOHN. SO CLOSE YOU CAN FEEL THE SWEAT ROLL OFF OF HIS SKIN ! 


 ::) At least they give me a good laugh.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on August 10, 2011, 08:57:46 AM
Seen today on Freecycle:

NEED: 8 Lbs. Dumb Bells

That's it - no message, just the title (cut/pasted), no location, nothing.  I'm having a hard time seeing how someone can NEED a set of dumb bells...plus marking something as a NEED when the convention is to post WANTED is more than a little SS!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on August 10, 2011, 09:45:53 AM
 help me ! my wife has escaped the mental hospital today and forgot to take her meds. she is practiclaly giving these tickets away at bargain basement prices ! help, help ! my wife has gone crazy !

Per the bolded: one of the most entertaining aspects of CL is the creative spelling you find.  :D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on August 10, 2011, 03:34:35 PM
"i'm looking for a 50 inch lcd screen mine broke i have a samsung lcd tv if you have please email or text, call me at XXXXXXXXXX thank you." I'm not sure from the way it's written if she's offering her Samsung TV for trade for a 50" screen or not. I think asking for a 50" screen specifically is a bit excessive.

Someone also asked for a "double electric closed system breast pump." I can kind of understand that one, and if you're going to ask for a used breast pump you should ask for a closed system unit (so milk doesn't touch the motor or other components) but they can be expensive when bought new. I've seen them from $100 up to $900 with the average in the $200-$300 range.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wulfie on August 11, 2011, 10:36:09 AM
Seen today on Freecycle:

NEED: 8 Lbs. Dumb Bells

That's it - no message, just the title (cut/pasted), no location, nothing.  I'm having a hard time seeing how someone can NEED a set of dumb bells...plus marking something as a NEED when the convention is to post WANTED is more than a little SS!

Maybe they need it for physical therapy? When WulfieMan messed up his shoulder part of his rehab involved doing arm curls with a small weight.  The therapist suggested 7-8lb ones if we had them.

I agree with the labeling however. That is a bit odd.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on August 11, 2011, 12:26:14 PM
I think someone is a little unprepared:

We have a new dog. I need a med-large crate or pet carrier for crate training purposes. Also need gates, at least two to block off areas of the house for the time being. Also, if anyone has a dog house for outside shelter, in decent shape
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on August 11, 2011, 12:34:42 PM
I think someone is a little unprepared:

We have a new dog. I need a med-large crate or pet carrier for crate training purposes. Also need gates, at least two to block off areas of the house for the time being. Also, if anyone has a dog house for outside shelter, in decent shape

wow..no kidding. Whenever I've gotten a new pet I get all the stuff beforehand. And if money's so tight that you must ask for pet supplies (to this extent), then perhaps getting a new pet isn't in the budget at the moment.  :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on August 11, 2011, 12:50:36 PM
I think someone is a little unprepared:

We have a new dog. I need a med-large crate or pet carrier for crate training purposes. Also need gates, at least two to block off areas of the house for the time being. Also, if anyone has a dog house for outside shelter, in decent shape

wow..no kidding. Whenever I've gotten a new pet I get all the stuff beforehand. And if money's so tight that you must ask for pet supplies (to this extent), then perhaps getting a new pet isn't in the budget at the moment.  :P

I know it's a long shot, but it might be a surprise pet.  DF works for a vet, and previously worked at a pet store, and you'd be surprised the number of phone calls I got saying he was bringing X animal home for a week because someone abandoned it.  We ended up making a few emergency store runs.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: CuriousGeorge on August 11, 2011, 12:52:30 PM
I think someone is a little unprepared:

We have a new dog. I need a med-large crate or pet carrier for crate training purposes. Also need gates, at least two to block off areas of the house for the time being. Also, if anyone has a dog house for outside shelter, in decent shape

wow..no kidding. Whenever I've gotten a new pet I get all the stuff beforehand. And if money's so tight that you must ask for pet supplies (to this extent), then perhaps getting a new pet isn't in the budget at the moment.  :P

It's also quite possible someone is fostering or taking in an abandoned/abused, etc., animal as a last-minute sort of thing.  I did that once with a cat a few years back.  My friend called me to say she'd spotted a kitten in the middle of the freeway (yes, the freeway, I nearly threw up when she called), was able to snag him and brought him to my office because she couldn't take care of him.  I was lucky enough that I had the funds to cover it, but I guess I can sort of see being in an unexpected situation and not thinking quite clearly.

That's me being as charitable as I can, though.  The bigger part of me thinks someone maybe got an impulse pet.   :(
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kimblee on August 14, 2011, 03:48:32 PM
I once saw a freecycle ad saying "Needed: Disposable or reusable diapers, formula, carset for infant, baby clothes, bassinet or crib. Any brands/colors fine. URGENT. Will explain why if needed." (paraphrased, but that's the jist of it.)

I had a stack of baby clothes, so I did call and offer them. She sounded REALLY grateful and told me that she could come get them or meet me somewhere. I asked about the story and she told me she could tell me when she got to me. We met at a grocery store where a frantic looking women and a very paniked man lept out of the car. (they had the baby with them, a TINY baby girl in a boy-colored carseat.)

Turns out his sister had been pregnant, told no one, and when she had the baby left her brother's phone number and LEFT the baby. :o (I'm not sure how she got away with this but she did.) The kiddo was mostly healthy but really small and tested positive for drugs. they were told that the baby would be in the NICU for a day or so but then someone needed to come get her, so cue them rushing around to get anything the kid might need. She told me that the reason she hadn't included any of that info in the ad is because she didn't want to "guilt" people into donating.

She promised to send me pictures of the baby in my clothes if I wanted her to, and I agreed that I'd love that. (some of the dresses originally belonged to my baby cousin, and i wanted to see them being used. She did, by the way, send me lots of pics, but it was almost six months before the baby was wearing the 3-6 month clothes i gave them.) I get messages (group e-mail style) from her occasionally, always ending with something like "And thank you again, everyone, for donating your items. We can never thank you enough."
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: cabbagegirl28 on August 14, 2011, 04:00:28 PM
That is such a sweet end to a pretty bad story! :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: CaptainObvious on August 14, 2011, 04:25:45 PM
I once saw a freecycle ad saying "Needed: Disposable or reusable diapers, formula, carset for infant, baby clothes, bassinet or crib. Any brands/colors fine. URGENT. Will explain why if needed." (paraphrased, but that's the jist of it.)

These are the kind of people one hopes to find, which makes all the nutty ones more bearable!!!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Daffodil on August 14, 2011, 06:56:29 PM
I recently put an ad on Kijiji to sell my used cell phone. It's only a year old, and excellent condition and I'm selling it for "$60 OBO" - it sells for $100 new, so it's not like I'm selling it for too much."

I received an email replying to my ad today. There was no name or contact info. All it said was "I'll give ya 25 bucks today for it."

Yeah .. um .. No. I didn't bother replying and just hit delete.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on August 15, 2011, 12:06:01 AM
"Older wooden fort (about 20 years old) taker has to remove from ground. Posts are cemented."

I read this as "Please come remove my kids' old rotting play equipment from my backyard, because I don't want to do it.  There will be significant labor involved and the structure may not be sound enough to make the move.  Also, it's probably full of wood rot and termites."

(It may be a perfectly nice play space, too, but I'm not volunteering to dig up cement posts!)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: TeamBhakta on August 15, 2011, 01:19:15 AM
I once saw a freecycle ad saying "Needed: Disposable or reusable diapers, formula, carset for infant, baby clothes, bassinet or crib. Any brands/colors fine. URGENT. Will explain why if needed." (paraphrased, but that's the jist of it.)

I had a stack of baby clothes, so I did call and offer them. She sounded REALLY grateful and told me that she could come get them or meet me somewhere. I asked about the story and she told me she could tell me when she got to me. We met at a grocery store where a frantic looking women and a very paniked man lept out of the car. (they had the baby with them, a TINY baby girl in a boy-colored carseat.)

Turns out his sister had been pregnant, told no one, and when she had the baby left her brother's phone number and LEFT the baby. :o (I'm not sure how she got away with this but she did.) The kiddo was mostly healthy but really small and tested positive for drugs. they were told that the baby would be in the NICU for a day or so but then someone needed to come get her, so cue them rushing around to get anything the kid might need. She told me that the reason she hadn't included any of that info in the ad is because she didn't want to "guilt" people into donating.

She promised to send me pictures of the baby in my clothes if I wanted her to, and I agreed that I'd love that. (some of the dresses originally belonged to my baby cousin, and i wanted to see them being used. She did, by the way, send me lots of pics, but it was almost six months before the baby was wearing the 3-6 month clothes i gave them.) I get messages (group e-mail style) from her occasionally, always ending with something like "And thank you again, everyone, for donating your items. We can never thank you enough."

Why would it matter if a baby girl is in a "boy colored" carseat ?  ???
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MinAvi on August 15, 2011, 04:01:49 AM
I took it to mean that the carseat was obviously a loan, or at least something they had borrowed/collected/picked up in a hurry so they could transport the surprise baby.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RegionMom on August 15, 2011, 08:06:40 AM
Especially since we have heard of some Special Snowflake parents that will only accept Exclusive Brand Name Princess Limited Edition Special Anniversary special color and style only from expensive store...
this family was willing to take whatever they could get, and was grateful.   :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jaxsue on August 15, 2011, 08:30:34 AM
I think someone is a little unprepared:

We have a new dog. I need a med-large crate or pet carrier for crate training purposes. Also need gates, at least two to block off areas of the house for the time being. Also, if anyone has a dog house for outside shelter, in decent shape

wow..no kidding. Whenever I've gotten a new pet I get all the stuff beforehand. And if money's so tight that you must ask for pet supplies (to this extent), then perhaps getting a new pet isn't in the budget at the moment.  :P

It's also quite possible someone is fostering or taking in an abandoned/abused, etc., animal as a last-minute sort of thing.  I did that once with a cat a few years back.  My friend called me to say she'd spotted a kitten in the middle of the freeway (yes, the freeway, I nearly threw up when she called), was able to snag him and brought him to my office because she couldn't take care of him.  I was lucky enough that I had the funds to cover it, but I guess I can sort of see being in an unexpected situation and not thinking quite clearly.

That's me being as charitable as I can, though.  The bigger part of me thinks someone maybe got an impulse pet.   :(

You may be right, and if that's the case then my opinion would change. And I've been known to rescue cats/dogs that were loose on busy roads, and even once stopped traffic on a country highway (don't worry - not a super-busy one) so a couple of beautiful gopher tortoises could safely cross! All drivers but one applauded me.  ;D

I think my initial response is colored by the fact that I've known a lot of people who just decided one day to get a pet. They're not prepared at all and they've put no thought into it. Those are the people who really bug me.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: CuriousGeorge on August 15, 2011, 09:25:56 AM
It's also quite possible someone is fostering or taking in an abandoned/abused, etc., animal as a last-minute sort of thing.  I did that once with a cat a few years back.  My friend called me to say she'd spotted a kitten in the middle of the freeway (yes, the freeway, I nearly threw up when she called), was able to snag him and brought him to my office because she couldn't take care of him.  I was lucky enough that I had the funds to cover it, but I guess I can sort of see being in an unexpected situation and not thinking quite clearly.

That's me being as charitable as I can, though.  The bigger part of me thinks someone maybe got an impulse pet.   :(

You may be right, and if that's the case then my opinion would change. And I've been known to rescue cats/dogs that were loose on busy roads, and even once stopped traffic on a country highway (don't worry - not a super-busy one) so a couple of beautiful gopher tortoises could safely cross! All drivers but one applauded me.  ;D

I think my initial response is colored by the fact that I've known a lot of people who just decided one day to get a pet. They're not prepared at all and they've put no thought into it. Those are the people who really bug me.
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It makes me really sad how many people don't realize just how much goes in to having a pet.   :(
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Daffodil on August 15, 2011, 12:52:39 PM
This made me laugh a lot >

I was just on Kijiji and saw an ad for "Triple-K-Construction". A part of me wondered if I just have an awful mind or the owner of the business didn't realize the name sort of reminds people of a certain group, or what. I kind of smirked, though  :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kimblee on August 15, 2011, 01:50:11 PM
I once saw a freecycle ad saying "Needed: Disposable or reusable diapers, formula, carset for infant, baby clothes, bassinet or crib. Any brands/colors fine. URGENT. Will explain why if needed." (paraphrased, but that's the jist of it.)

I had a stack of baby clothes, so I did call and offer them. She sounded REALLY grateful and told me that she could come get them or meet me somewhere. I asked about the story and she told me she could tell me when she got to me. We met at a grocery store where a frantic looking women and a very paniked man lept out of the car. (they had the baby with them, a TINY baby girl in a boy-colored carseat.)

Turns out his sister had been pregnant, told no one, and when she had the baby left her brother's phone number and LEFT the baby. :o (I'm not sure how she got away with this but she did.) The kiddo was mostly healthy but really small and tested positive for drugs. they were told that the baby would be in the NICU for a day or so but then someone needed to come get her, so cue them rushing around to get anything the kid might need. She told me that the reason she hadn't included any of that info in the ad is because she didn't want to "guilt" people into donating.

She promised to send me pictures of the baby in my clothes if I wanted her to, and I agreed that I'd love that. (some of the dresses originally belonged to my baby cousin, and i wanted to see them being used. She did, by the way, send me lots of pics, but it was almost six months before the baby was wearing the 3-6 month clothes i gave them.) I get messages (group e-mail style) from her occasionally, always ending with something like "And thank you again, everyone, for donating your items. We can never thank you enough."

Why would it matter if a baby girl is in a "boy colored" carseat ?  ???

It really doesn't. I just added it because I noticed it and at the time thought "Oh thank heavens they got a carseat! Oh look, it has airplanes."

Just a detail I added because I was trying to add everything I remembered.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Marisol on August 15, 2011, 02:09:44 PM
I recently put an ad on Kijiji to sell my used cell phone. It's only a year old, and excellent condition and I'm selling it for "$60 OBO" - it sells for $100 new, so it's not like I'm selling it for too much."

I received an email replying to my ad today. There was no name or contact info. All it said was "I'll give ya 25 bucks today for it."

Yeah .. um .. No. I didn't bother replying and just hit delete.

I have no idea of the value for a Kijiji, but in general I think half off or nearly half off is a pretty good deal for something that is not too old.

On the other hand, I ran into an add selling a super cute tea length bridesmaids dress from David's Bridal for $150 and saying that the dress was originally $275. 

First of all, I am looking for this particular dress so I have seen it come and go on different forums and the price is NEVER more than $45.  In fact most of the time it averages about $25.  I haven't seen my size yet otherwise I would have it already. 

Second, the dress was no more than $150 NEW.  It was never $275.   

Third, her dress is a size 2 so it is going to be hard to find a buyer.  It is unlikely to sell.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on August 15, 2011, 10:06:50 PM
I recently put an ad on Kijiji to sell my used cell phone. It's only a year old, and excellent condition and I'm selling it for "$60 OBO" - it sells for $100 new, so it's not like I'm selling it for too much."

I received an email replying to my ad today. There was no name or contact info. All it said was "I'll give ya 25 bucks today for it."

Yeah .. um .. No. I didn't bother replying and just hit delete.

I have no idea of the value for a Kijiji, but in general I think half off or nearly half off is a pretty good deal for something that is not too old.

On the other hand, I ran into an add selling a super cute tea length bridesmaids dress from David's Bridal for $150 and saying that the dress was originally $275. 

First of all, I am looking for this particular dress so I have seen it come and go on different forums and the price is NEVER more than $45.  In fact most of the time it averages about $25.  I haven't seen my size yet otherwise I would have it already. 

Second, the dress was no more than $150 NEW.  It was never $275.   

Third, her dress is a size 2 so it is going to be hard to find a buyer.  It is unlikely to sell.

Kijiji is a free advertising site like Craigslist.

Re the dress, I've seen a lot of people put extremely unrealistic prices on wedding, formal and bridesmaids dresses. I don't know why, maybe they think since it's fancy and not worn for very long they're entitled to a higher resale value. I think the lady in your ad is going to be disappointed, though. I know if I saw an ad that said "David's Bridal dress" I'd go to the David's Bridal website and look and see what the actual price was.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Marisol on August 16, 2011, 02:49:49 PM
Lol, oops I had read her sentence to mean that Kijiji was the cell phone brand.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on August 16, 2011, 04:45:15 PM
Today:

any one have yard sale left overs we are lookin for fridge, 2 gas stoves n floor tile plez
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on August 16, 2011, 05:41:27 PM
This one isn't at all outrageous, maybe a little weird, but it made me laugh. This morning someone was asking for a giant stuffed gorilla. The ad said they were somewhere where you could win a giant purple stuffed gorilla and their daughter didn't win so they were hoping someone had one to give away. Didn't specify purple or not. I could actually see someone having a giant stuffed gorilla taking up space, I kind of hope they get one.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mlkind1789 on August 16, 2011, 07:27:40 PM
One that made me giggle today was "CPU-beige-older model" - well, because EVERYONE shops for computers by color   ::)

I'm sorry, but did anyone else hear Sheldon Cooper in their head..."OK, what kind of computer do you have?  Do not say 'white'."
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Nora on August 17, 2011, 01:32:39 PM
One that made me giggle today was "CPU-beige-older model" - well, because EVERYONE shops for computers by color   ::)

I'm sorry, but did anyone else hear Sheldon Cooper in their head..."OK, what kind of computer do you have?  Do not say 'white'."

I did!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Tosha Go on August 22, 2011, 02:04:59 AM
This made me laugh a lot >

I was just on Kijiji and saw an ad for "Triple-K-Construction". A part of me wondered if I just have an awful mind or the owner of the business didn't realize the name sort of reminds people of a certain group, or what. I kind of smirked, though  :P

There is an auto body shop in Alberta by the same name.  I did a double take when I first heard the name...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kimblee on August 25, 2011, 12:44:54 PM
Quick question:

Is it rude to post an ad asking for any unwanted yarn on freecycle? Do I include that its for charitable puposes, or leave that out?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on August 25, 2011, 12:48:18 PM
Quick question:

Is it rude to post an ad asking for any unwanted yarn on freecycle? Do I include that its for charitable puposes, or leave that out?

No - that is what freecycle is for but leave out the charity part.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on August 25, 2011, 12:52:47 PM
Quick question:

Is it rude to post an ad asking for any unwanted yarn on freecycle? Do I include that its for charitable puposes, or leave that out?
That is an ad I would expect on Freecycle.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on August 25, 2011, 12:55:45 PM
Today's offering:

~WANTED: Decent/Automatic CAR~
Posted by: "Wheels" wheelsup2002@yahoo.com   wheelsup2002
Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:26 pm (PDT)


I know this is a long shot, but I am in desperate need of a car.
Must be reliable and AUTOMATIC.
My ex husband quit paying for mine and it was repo'd.
Single/disabled mom of young kids
So if anyone out there can help....
PLEASE PLEASE CONTACT ME!!!!



THANK YOU & GOD BLESS.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Lorelei_Evil on August 25, 2011, 12:59:21 PM
 >:(

I do without a car in this town just fine, lady.  Don't get your hopes up too high when no one gives you a car.   ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: magicdomino on August 25, 2011, 03:09:11 PM
Quick question:

Is it rude to post an ad asking for any unwanted yarn on freecycle? Do I include that its for charitable puposes, or leave that out?

It's fine.  In fact, things like leftover tile, scrap lumber, or unwanted yarn is exactly what Freecycle is for: the odd and ends that people don't want.  It's the high-value requests that raise eyebrows.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: esteban on August 25, 2011, 03:20:03 PM
Quick question:

Is it rude to post an ad asking for any unwanted yarn on freecycle? Do I include that its for charitable puposes, or leave that out?

I would leave out the parts about wanting the yarn to be gold plated or the magical self-crocheting yarn.

Just plain yarn should be fine though.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: magicdomino on August 25, 2011, 04:22:05 PM
Quick question:

Is it rude to post an ad asking for any unwanted yarn on freecycle? Do I include that its for charitable puposes, or leave that out?

I would leave out the parts about wanting the yarn to be gold plated or the magical self-crocheting yarn.

Just plain yarn should be fine though.

Yee-ah, specifying organic cashmere/silk blend may be pushing it.   ;)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kimblee on August 25, 2011, 05:09:09 PM
Quick question:

Is it rude to post an ad asking for any unwanted yarn on freecycle? Do I include that its for charitable puposes, or leave that out?

I would leave out the parts about wanting the yarn to be gold plated or the magical self-crocheting yarn.

Just plain yarn should be fine though.

Yee-ah, specifying organic cashmere/silk blend may be pushing it.   ;)

LOL

I just want yarn. ugly yarn, acrylic yarn, wool yarn, YARN.

Any of it can be made into charity blankets or other items. I've been getting into making Warm Up America blocks.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: CuriousGeorge on August 26, 2011, 03:14:29 PM
Since school is looming, I've seen school-supplies-wanted requests on Freecycle, which makes sense, I've given away boxes of tape, pens/pencils, and other bulk supplies I had no need for on Freecycle, lots of students out there, not a lot of $$$ and why not try and swap around, etc..

What I saw the other day was a new low point...someone posted wanting supplies, and instead of mentioning what they were needing said something like "the lists are at the stores, so if you go there, you can see what I need" ....

Oh, for crying out loud.   >:(

So do people actually do this kind of stuff for them that they expect it?  Not only am I not going to buy my own supplies, but I can't even be bothered to type out what I need?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Daffodil on August 26, 2011, 11:42:47 PM
I found this on Kijiji - This was posted just two days ago  :P

HI SUMMERS HERE!!!!!!
DO YOU HAVE A WEATHER BEATEN HOME, THAT'S IN NEED OF A GOOD POWER WASH CLEANING? OR MAYBE EVEN A TRAVEL TRAILOR, BOAT, FENCE, DECK OR EVEN YOUR POOL.
IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THESE.
E-MAIL OR CALL JO AT [Redacted] AND BOOK UR FREE ESTIMATE TODAY. WHY WAIT.
 
VERY GOOD RATES
DISCOUNT FOR SENIORS
HOURLY $10 OR A FLAT RATE BY THE SIZE OF JOB


I Lol'd :P If you're in need of work and you're going about it by posting on Kijiji, you may want to try and use proper grammar, spelling and the like  :P (And possibly learn how to turn CAPS lock off..)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on August 27, 2011, 09:29:54 AM
I responded to an offer of a toaster oven. All good right? Well, so far all I know is I can pick it up today before 1pm, somewhere in my town....
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on September 02, 2011, 04:53:16 PM
And here's today's submitter:

lookin for rhubarb or if u dont have time to pick the garden we will take any veg or fruit i want to do some canning this year please call 307xxxxxxxx thank you
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on September 02, 2011, 04:58:53 PM
And here's today's submitter:

lookin for rhubarb or if u dont have time to pick the garden we will take any veg or fruit i want to do some canning this year please call 307xxxxxxxx thank you

There have definitely been years when I would have taken her up on that!  Cucumbers out the ears :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: LazyDaisy on September 02, 2011, 05:05:26 PM
^ Yes, and zucchini too. I'm surprised there aren't multiple offers from gardeners on Freecycle. "Someone please take this zucchini!"
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on September 02, 2011, 05:09:22 PM
oops, I forgot to paste the title too:

wanted rhubard or cannin jars


This is why I posted it. She wants to can if you provide the food and the jars...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: LazyDaisy on September 02, 2011, 05:15:07 PM
Ah, that is a little more special. I wonder if the person requesting even knew how to can properly if they didn't have the supplies already.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on September 02, 2011, 05:41:18 PM
I hope she cans better than she posts.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on September 02, 2011, 06:04:29 PM
I hope she cans better than she posts.

Me too!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sharnita on September 02, 2011, 06:07:32 PM
^ Yes, and zucchini too. I'm surprised there aren't multiple offers from gardeners on Freecycle. "Someone please take this zucchini!"
That's what I'm thinking
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Elfmama on September 02, 2011, 06:55:37 PM
I hope she cans better than she posts.
Well, if she thinks that you just put the food in the jar and screw the lid on it, it will be a self-correcting problem...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: VorFemme on September 02, 2011, 07:20:41 PM
I remmber helping my mother and grandmothers (they took turns visiting in the summer - two women canning got a lot more done AND they went home with some of the produce from our garden - win/win situation from their points of view).

To this day, the smell of canned black eyed peas makes me feel hot & tired - canning involves lots of hot water for washing and even more boiling water (clean jars, clean lids, scald lids & jars with boiling water, put food in jars, put jars in boiling water, add lids, and put the lid on the pressure cooker - just in case water boiling at the usual temperature isn't HOT enough - you use the pressure cooker to get it even hotter............)...........and opening the lid could make a kitchen in arid West Texas into a steam bath to rival some saunas I tried at gyms twelve years later...............only smelling like corn, black eyed peas, tomatoes, carrots, or (if we were lucky) peach jelly...............
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on September 13, 2011, 03:09:50 PM
Okay...........

Very interested in an Big kitchen mixer, that comes with the mixing bowl and bread hooks. Also interested in a food processor, and a food dehydrator.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: POF on September 13, 2011, 03:41:22 PM
I had 2 great freecycle transactions. I had an older 32 inch tube TV, that I just replaced with a flat screen. DH posted it with the caveat you had to move it yourself and haul it. Two brothers in their 40's showed up with a pickup and a dolly and took ti right out. There Dad recently moved into an inlaw suite with one of them and had an itty bitty TV. They were surprising him with the big one.

I had a recumbant exercise bike that I initially had a lot of response on and 3 no shows ( and one major snowflake who wanted it delivered ). Its heavy, you need a van / truck .. we are not delivering. We waited a month or two and re-offered it to someone who happened to live two streets over. They came right over stuck it in the van and took it home.

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: steelstress on September 13, 2011, 08:49:32 PM
I had an older 32 inch tube TV, that I just replaced with a flat screen.

I had a 27" tube also.  The only color it displayed was blue, of varying shades.  Posted it on Freecycle and a dad and his brother came out the same day to pick it up.  Seems he wanted the tv for his kids to play video games on.  He thought the one color just may discourage them from staying in the house.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on September 13, 2011, 09:52:35 PM
I want to be in Amara's freecycle group!!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on September 14, 2011, 09:17:56 AM
Today there was an ad for a "small, female, not fixed kitten" which is stirring up ALL kinds of drama.  One person responded telling people not to answer the ad, that there was no good reason for someone to be that specific.  The original poster then said that his friend wants a mouser and to shut up, and it went downhill from there.  This is going to be ugly for a few days, I think...

The moderator of our list died a few months back, there is no other moderator, and her family (understandably, though frustratingly) has neither given someone else the moderator abilities nor done it themselves.  *sigh*
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on September 14, 2011, 09:31:45 AM
Today there was an ad for a "small, female, not fixed kitten" which is stirring up ALL kinds of drama.  One person responded telling people not to answer the ad, that there was no good reason for someone to be that specific.  The original poster then said that his friend wants a mouser and to shut up, and it went downhill from there.  This is going to be ugly for a few days, I think...

The moderator of our list died a few months back, there is no other moderator, and her family (understandably, though frustratingly) has neither given someone else the moderator abilities nor done it themselves.  *sigh*

Wait - they want a kitten or they are giving up a kitten? The later I can understand giving the description - the former - there is no way I would give them a cat!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on September 14, 2011, 09:38:18 AM
Today there was an ad for a "small, female, not fixed kitten" which is stirring up ALL kinds of drama.  One person responded telling people not to answer the ad, that there was no good reason for someone to be that specific.  The original poster then said that his friend wants a mouser and to shut up, and it went downhill from there.  This is going to be ugly for a few days, I think...

The moderator of our list died a few months back, there is no other moderator, and her family (understandably, though frustratingly) has neither given someone else the moderator abilities nor done it themselves.  *sigh*

Wait - they want a kitten or they are giving up a kitten? The later I can understand giving the description - the former - there is no way I would give them a cat!

Sorry I wasn't clear.  They want a kitten - here's the text of the ad:

my friend is looking for a female kitten not fixed yet, I will call him if anyone has and he will pick-up.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kimblee on September 14, 2011, 09:39:41 AM
Today there was an ad for a "small, female, not fixed kitten" which is stirring up ALL kinds of drama.  One person responded telling people not to answer the ad, that there was no good reason for someone to be that specific.  The original poster then said that his friend wants a mouser and to shut up, and it went downhill from there.  This is going to be ugly for a few days, I think...

The moderator of our list died a few months back, there is no other moderator, and her family (understandably, though frustratingly) has neither given someone else the moderator abilities nor done it themselves.  *sigh*

Wait - they want a kitten or they are giving up a kitten? The later I can understand giving the description - the former - there is no way I would give them a cat!

And apparently they "want a mouser"

All I gotta say is, i had an unfixed female who was a superb mouser... and she got WAY better when we had her fixed and she could mouse without pregnancy getting in the way. I've never heard of unfixed cats being better mousers.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: HermioneGranger on September 14, 2011, 09:52:47 AM
I want to be in Amara's freecycle group!!
Me too!   :D  Hubby would kill me, though, as he says that I already have enough books.  But you can never have enough books... ;)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Miriam on September 14, 2011, 09:56:35 AM
Someone in the city next to mine was wanting used bras. For what, I don't know.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on September 14, 2011, 10:13:41 AM
Today there was an ad for a "small, female, not fixed kitten" which is stirring up ALL kinds of drama.  One person responded telling people not to answer the ad, that there was no good reason for someone to be that specific.  The original poster then said that his friend wants a mouser and to shut up, and it went downhill from there.  This is going to be ugly for a few days, I think...

The moderator of our list died a few months back, there is no other moderator, and her family (understandably, though frustratingly) has neither given someone else the moderator abilities nor done it themselves.  *sigh*

Wait - they want a kitten or they are giving up a kitten? The later I can understand giving the description - the former - there is no way I would give them a cat!

Sorry I wasn't clear.  They want a kitten - here's the text of the ad:

my friend is looking for a female kitten not fixed yet, I will call him if anyone has and he will pick-up.

Sounds like he wants to do some breeding. :-(  If he really wants a mouser I know plenty of feral cat caretakers who are looking for barn homes for their neutered cats. I took in a pregnant cat who came with 2 kittens already - once you have seen the sad results of indiscriminate breeding you really don't want to encourage it (She was a stray - she must have gotten pregnant soon after giving birth and was so good at hiding the kittens I thought she was a lost spayed cat which was why I was trying to catch her)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Betelnut on September 14, 2011, 10:41:59 AM
Just joined my local Freecycle group so posting for updates.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: buvezdevin on September 14, 2011, 11:01:13 AM
Someone in the city next to mine was wanting used bras. For what, I don't know.
May or may not not be similar to a story a friend told me recently regarding a similar type request, shipping many bras to one person, a non-retailer.  As he later learned, the gentleman ordering them had a bird sanctuary, and the birds nested and laid eggs in the cups of larger size bras which were suspended in branches.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: POF on September 14, 2011, 11:48:45 AM
What kind of birds were they ? Boobies .....


runs away giggling .... I said Booby !
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: magicdomino on September 14, 2011, 11:53:39 AM
And apparently they "want a mouser"

All I gotta say is, i had an unfixed female who was a superb mouser... and she got WAY better when we had her fixed and she could mouse without pregnancy getting in the way. I've never heard of unfixed cats being better mousers.
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Best hunter that I ever had was a spayed female.  Jessica was both smart and ferocious.  The rodent population went way up after she died. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: esteban on September 14, 2011, 12:00:30 PM
What kind of birds were they ? Boobies .....


runs away giggling .... I said Booby !

I just reverted to my 12 year old boy self there and giggled.

Thank you
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: purplemuse on September 14, 2011, 12:30:42 PM
Someone in the city next to mine was wanting used bras. For what, I don't know.
May or may not not be similar to a story a friend told me recently regarding a similar type request, shipping many bras to one person, a non-retailer.  As he later learned, the gentleman ordering them had a bird sanctuary, and the birds nested and laid eggs in the cups of larger size bras which were suspended in branches.

That's so cool-- I didn't know they did that!

I was thinking double-barreled slingshots myself...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sirius on September 14, 2011, 12:39:54 PM
Today's offering:

~WANTED: Decent/Automatic CAR~
Posted by: "Wheels" wheelsup2002@yahoo.com   wheelsup2002
Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:26 pm (PDT)


I know this is a long shot, but I am in desperate need of a car.
Must be reliable and AUTOMATIC.
My ex husband quit paying for mine and it was repo'd.
Single/disabled mom of young kids
So if anyone out there can help....
PLEASE PLEASE CONTACT ME!!!!



THANK YOU & GOD BLESS.

This one would have been rejectected on my group with the note: DO you realize that you are telling almost 2000 local people that you are disabled, have small children, and no man around the house?  ARE YOU LOOKING TO GET ROBBED??
Think  of your children's safety, and resend this without all of the personal stuff.  Nobody needs to know your business.

Moderator

Not only that, it's very similar to other requests I've read about - the single disabled mother of young children who is asking for things. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wench on September 14, 2011, 01:13:44 PM
I just seen this on gumtree!  Which is similar to craigslist.

Hi,

I require a Nintendo DS. My preference is towards a DS Lite, but any (working) model of DS will be considered.

It doesn't have to be perfect cosmetically, but it must function perfectly. The touch screen must work perfectly.

I don't need a charger. I would like a stylus included (preferably a stylus that matches the colour of the DS).

I will pay up to 25 if the DS comes with a game (if its a good game).

I will consider paying more if the DS has a few games. My maximum budget is 40.

The reason why I am setting my budget quite low is because I am happy to accept a DS that isn't in the greatest of condition providing it works properly.

I live near London so would require delivery depending on where you are based.

Please email me with any DS you have for sale.

Thanks


A ds lite on its own on ebay sells for about 45.00 ($71) and a broken one can go for 25.00 ($39).  A normal ds still goes for about 29.00 What made this entry extra snowflakey was the fact they wanted someone to deliver the item to them! 



Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: LazyDaisy on September 14, 2011, 01:35:09 PM
I just seen this on gumtree!  Which is similar to craigslist.

Hi,

I require a Nintendo DS. My preference is towards a DS Lite, but any (working) model of DS will be considered.

It doesn't have to be perfect cosmetically, but it must function perfectly. The touch screen must work perfectly.

I don't need a charger. I would like a stylus included (preferably a stylus that matches the colour of the DS).

I will pay up to 25 if the DS comes with a game (if its a good game).

I will consider paying more if the DS has a few games. My maximum budget is 40.

The reason why I am setting my budget quite low is because I am happy to accept a DS that isn't in the greatest of condition providing it works properly.

I live near London so would require delivery depending on where you are based.

Please email me with any DS you have for sale.

Thanks


A ds lite on its own on ebay sells for about 45.00 ($71) and a broken one can go for 25.00 ($39).  A normal ds still goes for about 29.00 What made this entry extra snowflakey was the fact they wanted someone to deliver the item to them!

The words that jumped right out at me was "will be considered" This person is so confidant that they will have multiple people clamoring to give them a DS that they will have an...interview...audition...to see which one they will honor with acceptance.  ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Jules1980 on September 14, 2011, 06:42:56 PM
The words 'I require' jumped out at me.  You can require a lot of things in life.  Some of them even pricey electronics, for instance, I can see a college student requiring a computer, not the top of the line, but a decent one.  However, you will never convince me that ANYONE REQUIRES a hand held video game system.  I can't see one single scenario where one's life would be somehow impaired without a DS.  Every single thing I can come up with still labels it as a want.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on September 15, 2011, 01:00:15 AM
Someone asked for a digital SLR camera the other day. Go big or go home, I guess.

Re: mousers, the best one we ever had was an old half-blind declawed spayed Siamese. When we first moved into the house my parents live in now it was overrun with mice. We didn't see her for three months because she was in the basement catching mice all the time. She was an itty bitty thing too, and she got really fat for a while there. I can't really think of any reason a cat would need to be unaltered to be a good mouser, unless that was just something his friend had decided or heard somewhere. Of course I also can't think of any reason anyone would want to b*reed a non-purebred cat because kittens are a dime a dozen around here, it's not like there's any money in it unless you're selling them to a lab or something.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Spoder on September 15, 2011, 02:02:12 AM
This isn't Freecycle/CL, so please forgive me.

Recently, I was shopping for bras in a local department store that's part of a big chain - think more upmarket than Target - something like Macy's/Nordstroms in the U.S. Anyway, they were running a chain-wide special program for 'Donate your used bras to women who can't afford a new bra', complete with a donation bin.

 ??? 1. The brand of bra I buy here retails for $69 when not on sale and that's fairly typical, but I know Big W/KMart/Target have them for a *lot* less than that. 2. If I'm getting rid of a $50-$70 bra, it's because it's knackered. Like, the elastic is gone and they're all frayed. Who's going to want that?

What am I missing?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on September 15, 2011, 02:08:17 AM
This isn't Freecycle/CL, so please forgive me.

Recently, I was shopping for bras in a local department store that's part of a big chain - think more upmarket than Target - something like Macy's/Nordstroms in the U.S. Anyway, they were running a chain-wide special program for 'Donate your used bras to women who can't afford a new bra', complete with a donation bin.

 ??? 1. The brand of bra I buy here retails for $69 when not on sale and that's fairly typical, but I know Big W/KMart/Target have them for a *lot* less than that. 2. If I'm getting rid of a $50-$70 bra, it's because it's knackered. Like, the elastic is gone and they're all frayed. Who's going to want that?

What am I missing?

That just sounds gross to me. I'm sure they're washed and all, but...ew.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Spoder on September 15, 2011, 02:10:33 AM
This isn't Freecycle/CL, so please forgive me.

Recently, I was shopping for bras in a local department store that's part of a big chain - think more upmarket than Target - something like Macy's/Nordstroms in the U.S. Anyway, they were running a chain-wide special program for 'Donate your used bras to women who can't afford a new bra', complete with a donation bin.

 ??? 1. The brand of bra I buy here retails for $69 when not on sale and that's fairly typical, but I know Big W/KMart/Target have them for a *lot* less than that. 2. If I'm getting rid of a $50-$70 bra, it's because it's knackered. Like, the elastic is gone and they're all frayed. Who's going to want that?

What am I missing?

That just sounds gross to me. I'm sure they're washed and all, but...ew.

That's what I thought...a bit gross, but mostly just pointless. I mean, who donates their pricey bras, unless they're ready for the rag bag? They're not like outerwear, it's not as if they go out of fashion, or take up too much room in your closet.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on September 15, 2011, 02:17:44 AM
Agreed.  I think the only clothing items I wear out more than bras are good everyday shoes, socks, and maybe the rare absolute favorite shirts ever.  If I toss a bra, it's because it's DEAD.  Grossness aside, it just doesn't make sense.  I suppose if you've gained weight or changed sizes for some other reason it might make sense.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mechtilde on September 15, 2011, 02:24:59 AM
My best ever mouser was a neutered tom. These people want a female for breeding.

I have a good friend who breeds pedigree cats- she says that as soon as people specifically say they want a female, warning bells go off. Any cat she sells as a pet has to be neutered by nine months- and she only sells breeding cats to people she knows very well and who are reputable. If they specified that she had to be unspayed she'd be saying no immediately.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on September 15, 2011, 06:31:06 AM
Count me in as one who is puzzled by the unfixed request.  It would be one thing for a purebred, but why would somebody want to breed any generic cat?  There are plenty of kittens already, I can't really see making money by selling them.

I had a spayed female cat and mice for a while.  She thought they were intriguing creatures and she was happy to share the apartment with them, watching them with interest.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on September 15, 2011, 08:27:00 AM
My best ever mouser was a neutered tom. These people want a female for breeding.

I have a good friend who breeds pedigree cats- she says that as soon as people specifically say they want a female, warning bells go off.

I don't know - I know a few people who prefer female cats because they find them more loving. Of course they are all looking for neutered/spayed cats but I do think a gender preference isn't necessarily something warning bell worthy.

Personally I have noticed that my female cats are a bit more loving but they are also more high strung - the males tend to be more mellow. I like torties so will probably get a female when I am ready for more.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mechtilde on September 15, 2011, 08:37:31 AM
I've got two toms and a queen. Personally I find toms more affectionate, but that's probably due to personal experience rather than anything else.

My catbreeder friend gets suspicious because of personal experience. There are far too many people who want to get a female so she can have kittens and they can "Make their purchase money back". It isn't that she doesn't sell females (and I should know- I've got one asleep on my bed at the moment) but she is very cautious if that is the first thing out of people's mouths when  they call her. She has the same reaction to people who turn up, point to a cat and say "How much is that one?"

Back on topic- I've just had a look at my local Freecycle, and am posibly considering joining. What's putting me off are the sheer number of "Wanted" requests- including someone asking for two(!) laptops so his children can do their homework. There is a library with free computer access where he lives...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Betelnut on September 15, 2011, 08:39:51 AM
Quote
Wanted:  Cat food.  In need of some food for my kitten

Why do you have a cat if you have to beg for free food for it?   ???
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on September 15, 2011, 08:55:43 AM
I've got two toms and a queen. Personally I find toms more affectionate, but that's probably due to personal experience rather than anything else.

My catbreeder friend gets suspicious because of personal experience. There are far too many people who want to get a female so she can have kittens and they can "Make their purchase money back". It isn't that she doesn't sell females (and I should know- I've got one asleep on my bed at the moment) but she is very cautious if that is the first thing out of people's mouths when  they call her. She has the same reaction to people who turn up, point to a cat and say "How much is that one?"

Back on topic- I've just had a look at my local Freecycle, and am posibly considering joining. What's putting me off are the sheer number of "Wanted" requests- including someone asking for two(!) laptops so his children can do their homework. There is a library with free computer access where he lives...

Okay I can see what you mean now. Most of my cats I got from my backyard so I am pretty open to what I want - I have learned I can live with most personality types. But it has also shaped my preferences so next time I am looking I know I want a shy tiger with a more outgoing buddy - males preferred but not necessary and a rascally tortie to go with them. Thinking about this I realize I do have gender preferences - they just aren't the first thing I express - the personality is more important. I do have one friend who is looking for a female cat - he grew up with a very loving calico and that is what he is looking for but it is also obvious that he isn't looking to breed - just to try to recreate a loving bond.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on September 15, 2011, 01:19:39 PM
I actually got some bras through Freecycle, and they were fantastic - I was not prepared to go up three cup sizes when breastfeeding, so I was very happy to pick up some nursing bras for free  ;D  The previous owner bleached the heck out of them, I bleached the heck out of them, and they were fine.

I'd probably donate some bras to this type of thing, too.  I've got bras in my drawer everywhere from a 34A to a 40F (and yes, I've been all those sizes, from pre-Babybartfast -> pregnancy -> breastfeeding -> never went back to my original size).  There's no way in hell I'll ever be an A-cup again  :P
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mikeylou on September 15, 2011, 04:41:46 PM
I think, perhaps, they were aiming for bras that have been barely used, ie: lost/gained weight, lost inside your dresser, etc.   Before we moved I donated a LOT of barely used bras..Some still had tags on them.  *headdesk*  [BTW, You're not talking about a Wooly department store, are you?]

Statistically, in my life, toms have been more affectionate than the females.  But it really just depends on the cat.  There's also no real reason a cat needs to stay intact in order to remain a good mouser.  I have a neutered male (a big cuddle bunny, but only if he's behind me..) who was a big hunter of Geckos.

I don't have many really special requests from my group lately.  Mostly b/c I've moved and I'm transitioning the reins of power...  I also don't care for Craigslist.  I tried to sell some items and I've NEVER had so many noshows. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on September 15, 2011, 06:29:20 PM
Statistically, in my life, toms have been more affectionate than the females.  But it really just depends on the cat.  There's also no real reason a cat needs to stay intact in order to remain a good mouser.  I have a neutered male (a big cuddle bunny, but only if he's behind me..) who was a big hunter of Geckos.

In my life the toms have been more affectionate overall once they are okay with you (I attract shy cats apparently - if you ever came to my house you would only see 3 of the 8) but the females bond with a human and that human is theirs! Loki must cuddle with me when we sleep - she will lightly tap me until I assume a position where I can hold her in my arms. Storm love sit when I lie on the couch so she can run up and lie purring on my chest. Turbo loves to be held by my spouse and will demand to be picked up. The males will come up for pettings and be lap cats but nothing like the devotion the girls seem to have. I figure that i don't have enough of a sample to really decide which are more affectionate but I can see why people would prefer a particular gender.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Marisol on September 15, 2011, 08:31:14 PM
I prefer female cats as well.  They do seem more loyal to you as "their person" and less indiscriminate.  The house pet Tom cats I have known are all super lovey to everyone without discrimination.  I guess I also like a little independent behavior from my cats.  The females all seemed to be able to be with me in the room but nit demanding attention like the Tom cats do. 

As for bras, I have some I bought that for whatever reason I rarely wore.  I could see donating them.  My good comfy bras on the otherhand I wear until they are no longer fit for donation.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MinAvi on September 15, 2011, 09:44:32 PM
I dont know if this might be a reason for the donated bras or not.

In Adelaide at the moment they are doing 'Bras off for Breast Cancer'.

Basically, you take your old Bra into a participating store, pop them in the collectin bin, and donate $2.00 (or 'a buck a cup' as it is refered to). The money is then donated to breast cancer research. I am not sure what they do with all the old bras though, I assume they are recycled into rags... maybe??? 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Elfmama on September 15, 2011, 10:03:49 PM
Maybe gently used ones are being recycled into these Bras for Breast Cancer Awareness/Support:
http://www.quiltersofsc.org/Artful%20Bras/artfulbraproject.htm

A sample of these fancifully decorated bras:

(http://www.quiltersofsc.org/Artful%20Bras/Owls.jpg)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Spoder on September 15, 2011, 10:14:58 PM
 :D Elfmama, that's amazing!

So, I went and did a spot of googling, and found out that these bras are actually going to *Africa*. It's part of a Berlei bra recycle program in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness:

http://www.thevine.com.au/fashion/news/berlei-launches-bra-recycle-program20100930.aspx

That makes a whole lot more sense. I was thinking the bras were for Australian women, and I just couldn't figure out why they wouldn't grab a $10 bra from K-Mart rather than waiting for someone to donate a used bra to Myer.  :-[

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MinAvi on September 15, 2011, 10:21:58 PM
You learn something new every day!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Spoder on September 15, 2011, 10:25:31 PM
You learn something new every day!

Don't you just?!

But I still don't have any unwanted bras at the back of a drawer. I figured out my size properly years ago, it hasn't fluctuated much, and those $60+ suckers have to fall apart before I ditch them! As other posters have said, though, I'm sure there are women who have usable pairs lying around.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: DoubleTrouble on September 15, 2011, 10:38:09 PM
What kind of birds were they ? Boobies .....


runs away giggling .... I said Booby !

Bawhahahahahahahahahaha!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Miss March on September 16, 2011, 08:43:30 AM
I actually saw rather a nice one on Craigslist the other day. A person is asking for any unused "Thank You" cards, because she keeps them on her desk in a basket with a little sign saying feel free to take a card if there is someone in your life that you would like to give thanks to. She does this to promote positivity and thankfulness. I don't know where she works, but it's a neat idea!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wonderflonium on September 16, 2011, 08:49:57 AM
I actually saw rather a nice one on Craigslist the other day. A person is asking for any unused "Thank You" cards, because she keeps them on her desk in a basket with a little sign saying feel free to take a card if there is someone in your life that you would like to give thanks to. She does this to promote positivity and thankfulness. I don't know where she works, but it's a neat idea!

Aw, I love that!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Reader on September 16, 2011, 10:48:39 AM
Saw a Craiglist ad the other day asking for a woman to ride with this guy while he drives around wearing a bra to get attention.  Compensation was offered but did not state how much in the ad.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Moonie on September 16, 2011, 11:03:32 AM
Re: bra donations

Every year during Breast Cancer Awareness month (October, I believe), the city of Lawrence, KS does  "Bras Across the Kaw".  A chain of over 800 bras decorate the railing of the bridge crossing the Kansas River; one of the main roads leading into downtown Lawrence.  It is a spectacular sight and something I can totally see someone posting on CL or Freecycle for donations.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on September 16, 2011, 11:07:55 AM
Not the worst I've seen but these still make go  ???


I am in need of some furniture. A good couch, coffee table, end tables, small kitchen table, kitchen chairs and a fridge. Please call 307-679-xxxx or email me if you can assist me. Thank you so much. LaVon
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RegionMom on September 16, 2011, 10:13:31 PM
hey, he did not ask for a bed or a chest of drawers!
maybe that will be his next post...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: WhiteTigerCub on September 19, 2011, 11:53:35 AM
hey, he did not ask for a bed or a chest of drawers!
maybe that will be his next post...
of course it all has to match!  ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Hushabye on September 19, 2011, 12:25:40 PM
Maybe gently used ones are being recycled into these Bras for Breast Cancer Awareness/Support:
http://www.quiltersofsc.org/Artful%20Bras/artfulbraproject.htm

A sample of these fancifully decorated bras:

(http://www.quiltersofsc.org/Artful%20Bras/Owls.jpg)

Now those are some hooters!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: kymom3 on September 19, 2011, 12:35:00 PM
I had a good craigslist experience over the weekend, but the seller told me about a bad experience she had in the process.

I decided that DS3 needed a sofa bed or futon or something for his room.  He is the only child I have at home and his oldest brother took middle brother's bed when he moved out.  Middle brother is in the Army and probably won't ever live at home full time again, but will need somewhere to sleep when he visits. 

We looked at different stores and the futons were either too expensive or cheaply made.  I had the idea to check craigslist (DUH! should have looked there first) and found a sleeper sofa and loveseat at a very reasonable price.  I contacted the seller and agreed on a time and place to meet.  She said the items were in her storage unit and it would be easier to meet her and follow her than try to figure out the place.  She lived in town in next county, so it was a little distance to travel but not bad.

I borrowed BIL's truck and when I picked the truck up and described seller, it turns out that SIL knew her.  :D

Seller had advertised that the couches were dirty because they were in storage.  When we saw the couches I was pleasantly surprised.  They were dusty but not as bad as I thought she said in her ad.  Seller told me that another person had looked at them and fussed about the condition.  We did a mutual eye roll at people's SSness and how seller was very upfront about condition and what did the other woman think--that she was at Macys furniture department? Sheesh.

So, DS3 is happy, I'm happy and seller was happy--it was a couple of hours well spent.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on September 21, 2011, 02:19:42 PM
A new ad just popped up on my CraigsList. It's from someone out of the area--a place that has its own CL so why the moderators let it in I don't know. And wouldn't you know it? It's a "wanted."

I am looking for any wedding decorations: Chairs, chair covers, tool, lace, fake flowers, an archway if possible, etc. This is a rush call as I need it by September 29th. Thank you for any help you can give!

You can color me annoyed.

And I but she'd be really mad if someone offered a screwdriver or hammer as a tool instead of the fabric.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Marisol on September 22, 2011, 03:02:40 PM
A new ad just popped up on my CraigsList. It's from someone out of the area--a place that has its own CL so why the moderators let it in I don't know. And wouldn't you know it? It's a "wanted."

I am looking for any wedding decorations: Chairs, chair covers, tool, lace, fake flowers, an archway if possible, etc. This is a rush call as I need it by September 29th. Thank you for any help you can give!

You can color me annoyed.

Cute.  :)

And I but she'd be really mad if someone offered a screwdriver or hammer as a tool instead of the fabric.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mbbored on September 23, 2011, 09:57:04 AM
The other day, there was a whole series of posts on my Freecycle, each about 10 minutes apart.

WANTED: Tent. I'm going camping and could use a tent.

WANTED: Sleeping bag. I'm going camping and could use a sleeping bag.

WANTED: Backpacking pack. I'm going camping and could use a pack.

WANTED: Backpacking stove. I'm going camping and could use a stove, the lighter the better.

WANTED: Backpacking cook wear. I'm going camping and could use some pots and pans.

WANTED: Camping spork. I'm going camping and could use one of those all in one sporks.

At the last one, I started laughing so hard, I cried. Seriously? You're going camping and have absolutely nothing you need, not even utensils!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: esteban on September 23, 2011, 10:01:46 AM
My wife just posted a free piano for her grandparents.  The first response was someone offering their piano moving business.  becasue we are only giving it away because we can't find a reputable piano mover in the entire Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  Especially one so reputable that they use an @aol.com email address.

color me annoyed.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Elfmama on September 23, 2011, 10:26:52 AM
The other day, there was a whole series of posts on my Freecycle, each about 10 minutes apart.

WANTED: Tent. I'm going camping and could use a tent.

WANTED: Sleeping bag. I'm going camping and could use a sleeping bag.

WANTED: Backpacking pack. I'm going camping and could use a pack.

WANTED: Backpacking stove. I'm going camping and could use a stove, the lighter the better.

WANTED: Backpacking cook wear. I'm going camping and could use some pots and pans.

WANTED: Camping spork. I'm going camping and could use one of those all in one sporks.

At the last one, I started laughing so hard, I cried. Seriously? You're going camping and have absolutely nothing you need, not even utensils!
And what do you want to bet that 'camping' meant 'driving to the campsite and setting up a tent'?  Backpacking is not a good idea when you're a camping virgin.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on September 23, 2011, 10:28:20 AM
The other day, there was a whole series of posts on my Freecycle, each about 10 minutes apart.

WANTED: Tent. I'm going camping and could use a tent.

WANTED: Sleeping bag. I'm going camping and could use a sleeping bag.

WANTED: Backpacking pack. I'm going camping and could use a pack.

WANTED: Backpacking stove. I'm going camping and could use a stove, the lighter the better.

WANTED: Backpacking cook wear. I'm going camping and could use some pots and pans.

WANTED: Camping spork. I'm going camping and could use one of those all in one sporks.

At the last one, I started laughing so hard, I cried. Seriously? You're going camping and have absolutely nothing you need, not even utensils!
Wonder if he had boots and clothing!?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RegionMom on September 23, 2011, 10:32:18 AM
And food!
Free s'mores for all!
mmmmm......
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on October 17, 2011, 11:55:18 PM
Today on Craigslist:



hi, i know i know,, its asking alot, but i was just wondering if anyone would possibly have 2 spare/unusable tickets for the performance of mannheim steamroller performance/show on november 21st 2011? i would love to surprise my wife by taking her to her first performance like this, it would also be my first also. ive seen them on tv before and they are quite impressive. please contact ken... so thank you in advance for any help that someone may be able to provide, and have a super day.and thank you very much again......:)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on October 18, 2011, 12:41:20 AM
"Sure, I'm certain someone does!  Just show up at the concert and ask the noisy guys who are waving handfuls of tickets outside the gates.  They probably have extras!"
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on October 18, 2011, 12:00:02 PM
What I forgot to include in the above posting....he listed this want in the "free" section.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Lorelei_Evil on October 18, 2011, 12:01:26 PM
Oh, of course.   :P  Free tickets just lying about  - happens all the time.   ::)

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Miss March on October 18, 2011, 12:19:18 PM
I was wondering. He had worded it just nebulously enough that I couldn't tell if he was willing to pay for the tickets or not.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Reader on October 18, 2011, 12:29:08 PM
Found this one today under Desperately Needed in the Wanted section:

Hi Friends I am asking a huge favor: Does anyone have any drywall that they are not needing to use and want to get rid of it? Also Tile, Linoleum, peel and stick or the other type, carpet, needed desperately before the cold weather really sets in. Please email me on here if you can't call if you can call here is my number ********. Even if you want a reasonable price for what you have let me know we'll go from there. Also paint mostly white if at all possible indoor and out.
Daughter got a fixer upper and needs these items the whole living room and 1 bedroom and ceiling need drywall they are stripped to the boards and any ligh fixtures or wiring. I WILL PUT LIST BELOW TO SEE BETTER:
CARPET ANY COLOR PREFERABLY BROWNS, MAUVES, GRAYS
PAINT: WHITE OR BEIGE OR BLUE
LIGHT FIXTURES
WIRING FOR LIGHTING
LINOLEUM
PEEL & STICK
OR THE OTHER TYPE
DRYWALL FULL SHEETS OR PIECES SHE'LL USE IT ALL PIECE TOGETHER WHATEVER SHE NEEDS TO DO TO GET THE HOME WARM BEFORE IT GETS TO COLD

SHE HAS BEEN DOWN ON HER LUCK AND TRYING TO HURRY TO FIX THIS HOUSE UP SO SHE CAN GET HER CHILDREN BACK SO PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING JUST LAYING AROUND AND WANT TO GET RID OF IT WE'LL PICK IT UP AND DEFINATELY USE IT.


SHE HAS NOTHING:
SHE ALSO NEEDS A TABLE AND CHAIRS, ANY FURNITURE YOU CAN SPARE, POTS & PANS
ROOM SIZE RUGS OR THROW RUGS
TUB WITH SHOWER AND THE BACK THING THAT GOES TO IT.
CURTAINS LONG ONES AND SHORT ANYTHING WILL BE FINE
THANK YOU EVERYONE IT WILL HELP!!! WE ARE NOT BEGGERS BELIEVE ME BUT WE JUST CAN'T AFFORD TO HELP HER FIX THIS HOUSE AND SHE WANTS TO GET HER CHILDREN BACK AND IT'S THE ONLY WAY SHE CAN BY HAVING A HOME FOR THEM. SO PLEASE YOUR JUNK IS OUR TREASURE FOR HER.

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on October 18, 2011, 12:29:45 PM
See, it would make sense to post that the day before or the day of the concert - if I had something come up, I'm not going to bother trying to resell my tickets at that late date.  But to post that over a month before the show?  Good luck with that one, buddy...

(says the woman with eighth row TSO tickets for November 26th...)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Bethczar on October 18, 2011, 03:46:52 PM
Today on Craigslist:



hi, i know i know,, its asking alot, but i was just wondering if anyone would possibly have 2 spare/unusable tickets for the performance of mannheim steamroller performance/show on november 21st 2011? i would love to surprise my wife by taking her to her first performance like this, it would also be my first also. ive seen them on tv before and they are quite impressive. please contact ken... so thank you in advance for any help that someone may be able to provide, and have a super day.and thank you very much again......:)

Could I give him some tickets for last year's concert? He did ask for ones that are "unusable".
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on October 19, 2011, 12:02:13 AM
Found this one today under Desperately Needed in the Wanted section:

Hi Friends I am asking a huge favor: Does anyone have any drywall that they are not needing to use and want to get rid of it? Also Tile, Linoleum, peel and stick or the other type, carpet, needed desperately before the cold weather really sets in. Please email me on here if you can't call if you can call here is my number ********. Even if you want a reasonable price for what you have let me know we'll go from there. Also paint mostly white if at all possible indoor and out.
Daughter got a fixer upper and needs these items the whole living room and 1 bedroom and ceiling need drywall they are stripped to the boards and any ligh fixtures or wiring. I WILL PUT LIST BELOW TO SEE BETTER:
CARPET ANY COLOR PREFERABLY BROWNS, MAUVES, GRAYS
PAINT: WHITE OR BEIGE OR BLUE
LIGHT FIXTURES
WIRING FOR LIGHTING
LINOLEUM
PEEL & STICK
OR THE OTHER TYPE
DRYWALL FULL SHEETS OR PIECES SHE'LL USE IT ALL PIECE TOGETHER WHATEVER SHE NEEDS TO DO TO GET THE HOME WARM BEFORE IT GETS TO COLD

SHE HAS BEEN DOWN ON HER LUCK AND TRYING TO HURRY TO FIX THIS HOUSE UP SO SHE CAN GET HER CHILDREN BACK SO PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING JUST LAYING AROUND AND WANT TO GET RID OF IT WE'LL PICK IT UP AND DEFINATELY USE IT.


SHE HAS NOTHING:
SHE ALSO NEEDS A TABLE AND CHAIRS, ANY FURNITURE YOU CAN SPARE, POTS & PANS
ROOM SIZE RUGS OR THROW RUGS
TUB WITH SHOWER AND THE BACK THING THAT GOES TO IT.
CURTAINS LONG ONES AND SHORT ANYTHING WILL BE FINE
THANK YOU EVERYONE IT WILL HELP!!! WE ARE NOT BEGGERS BELIEVE ME BUT WE JUST CAN'T AFFORD TO HELP HER FIX THIS HOUSE AND SHE WANTS TO GET HER CHILDREN BACK AND IT'S THE ONLY WAY SHE CAN BY HAVING A HOME FOR THEM. SO PLEASE YOUR JUNK IS OUR TREASURE FOR HER.

I tend to feel bad for these people until they ask for area rugs, lamps, bookcases, art, etc. I also have to wonder why, if she wants her children back and getting them back depends on having a suitable place to live, she bought a house that needs a ton of work.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Spoder on October 19, 2011, 12:30:58 AM
Found this one today under Desperately Needed in the Wanted section:

Hi Friends I am asking a huge favor: Does anyone have any drywall that they are not needing to use and want to get rid of it? Also Tile, Linoleum, peel and stick or the other type, carpet, needed desperately before the cold weather really sets in. Please email me on here if you can't call if you can call here is my number ********. Even if you want a reasonable price for what you have let me know we'll go from there. Also paint mostly white if at all possible indoor and out.
Daughter got a fixer upper and needs these items the whole living room and 1 bedroom and ceiling need drywall they are stripped to the boards and any ligh fixtures or wiring. I WILL PUT LIST BELOW TO SEE BETTER:
CARPET ANY COLOR PREFERABLY BROWNS, MAUVES, GRAYS
PAINT: WHITE OR BEIGE OR BLUE
LIGHT FIXTURES
WIRING FOR LIGHTING
LINOLEUM
PEEL & STICK
OR THE OTHER TYPE
DRYWALL FULL SHEETS OR PIECES SHE'LL USE IT ALL PIECE TOGETHER WHATEVER SHE NEEDS TO DO TO GET THE HOME WARM BEFORE IT GETS TO COLD

SHE HAS BEEN DOWN ON HER LUCK AND TRYING TO HURRY TO FIX THIS HOUSE UP SO SHE CAN GET HER CHILDREN BACK SO PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING JUST LAYING AROUND AND WANT TO GET RID OF IT WE'LL PICK IT UP AND DEFINATELY USE IT.


SHE HAS NOTHING:
SHE ALSO NEEDS A TABLE AND CHAIRS, ANY FURNITURE YOU CAN SPARE, POTS & PANS
ROOM SIZE RUGS OR THROW RUGS
TUB WITH SHOWER AND THE BACK THING THAT GOES TO IT.
CURTAINS LONG ONES AND SHORT ANYTHING WILL BE FINE
THANK YOU EVERYONE IT WILL HELP!!! WE ARE NOT BEGGERS BELIEVE ME BUT WE JUST CAN'T AFFORD TO HELP HER FIX THIS HOUSE AND SHE WANTS TO GET HER CHILDREN BACK AND IT'S THE ONLY WAY SHE CAN BY HAVING A HOME FOR THEM. SO PLEASE YOUR JUNK IS OUR TREASURE FOR HER.

I tend to feel bad for these people until they ask for area rugs, lamps, bookcases, art, etc. I also have to wonder why, if she wants her children back and getting them back depends on having a suitable place to live, she bought a house that needs a ton of work.

I dunno - because she can't afford one that has already had the work done on it?

I am struggling to see what's so bad about the request. I feel a bit sorry for her, really.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on October 19, 2011, 01:05:56 AM
Found this one today under Desperately Needed in the Wanted section:

Hi Friends I am asking a huge favor: Does anyone have any drywall that they are not needing to use and want to get rid of it? Also Tile, Linoleum, peel and stick or the other type, carpet, needed desperately before the cold weather really sets in. Please email me on here if you can't call if you can call here is my number ********. Even if you want a reasonable price for what you have let me know we'll go from there. Also paint mostly white if at all possible indoor and out.
Daughter got a fixer upper and needs these items the whole living room and 1 bedroom and ceiling need drywall they are stripped to the boards and any ligh fixtures or wiring. I WILL PUT LIST BELOW TO SEE BETTER:
CARPET ANY COLOR PREFERABLY BROWNS, MAUVES, GRAYS
PAINT: WHITE OR BEIGE OR BLUE
LIGHT FIXTURES
WIRING FOR LIGHTING
LINOLEUM
PEEL & STICK
OR THE OTHER TYPE
DRYWALL FULL SHEETS OR PIECES SHE'LL USE IT ALL PIECE TOGETHER WHATEVER SHE NEEDS TO DO TO GET THE HOME WARM BEFORE IT GETS TO COLD

SHE HAS BEEN DOWN ON HER LUCK AND TRYING TO HURRY TO FIX THIS HOUSE UP SO SHE CAN GET HER CHILDREN BACK SO PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING JUST LAYING AROUND AND WANT TO GET RID OF IT WE'LL PICK IT UP AND DEFINATELY USE IT.


SHE HAS NOTHING:
SHE ALSO NEEDS A TABLE AND CHAIRS, ANY FURNITURE YOU CAN SPARE, POTS & PANS
ROOM SIZE RUGS OR THROW RUGS
TUB WITH SHOWER AND THE BACK THING THAT GOES TO IT.
CURTAINS LONG ONES AND SHORT ANYTHING WILL BE FINE
THANK YOU EVERYONE IT WILL HELP!!! WE ARE NOT BEGGERS BELIEVE ME BUT WE JUST CAN'T AFFORD TO HELP HER FIX THIS HOUSE AND SHE WANTS TO GET HER CHILDREN BACK AND IT'S THE ONLY WAY SHE CAN BY HAVING A HOME FOR THEM. SO PLEASE YOUR JUNK IS OUR TREASURE FOR HER.

I tend to feel bad for these people until they ask for area rugs, lamps, bookcases, art, etc. I also have to wonder why, if she wants her children back and getting them back depends on having a suitable place to live, she bought a house that needs a ton of work.

I dunno - because she can't afford one that has already had the work done on it?

I am struggling to see what's so bad about the request. I feel a bit sorry for her, really.

Yes, that thought that she couldn't afford anything else occurred to me too, but an apartment* seems like it would have been a better choice. Stuff comes up all the time when you own a house, it's not a purchase one should make lightly. What if the water heater goes? Or the furnace? Also, I've lived in multiple fixer-uppers and every single one of them has been subject to can of worms syndrome--you fix one thing and five other things break. I feel sorry for her too, I've been in that situation of needing someplace to live and thinking that anything will do when slowing down and thinking things over was actually the better decision. The last time I did that we ended up spending twice what the house payment was on fix ups every single month until we sold and moved.

The request itself isn't the worst I've seen on this thread, but I assume it was posted because of the extent of the items requested. It could very well have been that the mother decided to do this without the daughter's knowledge or that they decided to give it a shot and see what people have to offer, but she's pretty much asking for everything to remodel a house from the studs up.

*I have yet to live in a city where there were not reasonably priced apartments or rental houses in decent neighborhoods available and they were much easier to get into than houses you purchased.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on October 19, 2011, 09:29:20 AM
Found this one today under Desperately Needed in the Wanted section:

Hi Friends I am asking a huge favor: Does anyone have any drywall that they are not needing to use and want to get rid of it? Also Tile, Linoleum, peel and stick or the other type, carpet, needed desperately before the cold weather really sets in. Please email me on here if you can't call if you can call here is my number ********. Even if you want a reasonable price for what you have let me know we'll go from there. Also paint mostly white if at all possible indoor and out.
Daughter got a fixer upper and needs these items the whole living room and 1 bedroom and ceiling need drywall they are stripped to the boards and any ligh fixtures or wiring. I WILL PUT LIST BELOW TO SEE BETTER:
CARPET ANY COLOR PREFERABLY BROWNS, MAUVES, GRAYS
PAINT: WHITE OR BEIGE OR BLUE
LIGHT FIXTURES
WIRING FOR LIGHTING
LINOLEUM
PEEL & STICK
OR THE OTHER TYPE
DRYWALL FULL SHEETS OR PIECES SHE'LL USE IT ALL PIECE TOGETHER WHATEVER SHE NEEDS TO DO TO GET THE HOME WARM BEFORE IT GETS TO COLD

SHE HAS BEEN DOWN ON HER LUCK AND TRYING TO HURRY TO FIX THIS HOUSE UP SO SHE CAN GET HER CHILDREN BACK SO PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING JUST LAYING AROUND AND WANT TO GET RID OF IT WE'LL PICK IT UP AND DEFINATELY USE IT.


SHE HAS NOTHING:
SHE ALSO NEEDS A TABLE AND CHAIRS, ANY FURNITURE YOU CAN SPARE, POTS & PANS
ROOM SIZE RUGS OR THROW RUGS
TUB WITH SHOWER AND THE BACK THING THAT GOES TO IT.
CURTAINS LONG ONES AND SHORT ANYTHING WILL BE FINE
THANK YOU EVERYONE IT WILL HELP!!! WE ARE NOT BEGGERS BELIEVE ME BUT WE JUST CAN'T AFFORD TO HELP HER FIX THIS HOUSE AND SHE WANTS TO GET HER CHILDREN BACK AND IT'S THE ONLY WAY SHE CAN BY HAVING A HOME FOR THEM. SO PLEASE YOUR JUNK IS OUR TREASURE FOR HER.

I tend to feel bad for these people until they ask for area rugs, lamps, bookcases, art, etc. I also have to wonder why, if she wants her children back and getting them back depends on having a suitable place to live, she bought a house that needs a ton of work.

I was thinking she was already living there and that is why the kids were taken away.  Considering everything that is wrong with that house I am not sure that she would have been able to get a mortgage on it - so either someone gave it to her or she already owns it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on October 19, 2011, 09:32:42 AM
Found this one today under Desperately Needed in the Wanted section:

Hi Friends I am asking a huge favor: Does anyone have any drywall that they are not needing to use and want to get rid of it? Also Tile, Linoleum, peel and stick or the other type, carpet, needed desperately before the cold weather really sets in. Please email me on here if you can't call if you can call here is my number ********. Even if you want a reasonable price for what you have let me know we'll go from there. Also paint mostly white if at all possible indoor and out.
Daughter got a fixer upper and needs these items the whole living room and 1 bedroom and ceiling need drywall they are stripped to the boards and any ligh fixtures or wiring. I WILL PUT LIST BELOW TO SEE BETTER:
CARPET ANY COLOR PREFERABLY BROWNS, MAUVES, GRAYS
PAINT: WHITE OR BEIGE OR BLUE
LIGHT FIXTURES
WIRING FOR LIGHTING
LINOLEUM
PEEL & STICK
OR THE OTHER TYPE
DRYWALL FULL SHEETS OR PIECES SHE'LL USE IT ALL PIECE TOGETHER WHATEVER SHE NEEDS TO DO TO GET THE HOME WARM BEFORE IT GETS TO COLD

SHE HAS BEEN DOWN ON HER LUCK AND TRYING TO HURRY TO FIX THIS HOUSE UP SO SHE CAN GET HER CHILDREN BACK SO PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING JUST LAYING AROUND AND WANT TO GET RID OF IT WE'LL PICK IT UP AND DEFINATELY USE IT.


SHE HAS NOTHING:
SHE ALSO NEEDS A TABLE AND CHAIRS, ANY FURNITURE YOU CAN SPARE, POTS & PANS
ROOM SIZE RUGS OR THROW RUGS
TUB WITH SHOWER AND THE BACK THING THAT GOES TO IT.
CURTAINS LONG ONES AND SHORT ANYTHING WILL BE FINE
THANK YOU EVERYONE IT WILL HELP!!! WE ARE NOT BEGGERS BELIEVE ME BUT WE JUST CAN'T AFFORD TO HELP HER FIX THIS HOUSE AND SHE WANTS TO GET HER CHILDREN BACK AND IT'S THE ONLY WAY SHE CAN BY HAVING A HOME FOR THEM. SO PLEASE YOUR JUNK IS OUR TREASURE FOR HER.

I tend to feel bad for these people until they ask for area rugs, lamps, bookcases, art, etc. I also have to wonder why, if she wants her children back and getting them back depends on having a suitable place to live, she bought a house that needs a ton of work.

I was thinking she was already living there and that is why the kids were taken away.  Considering everything that is wrong with that house I am not sure that she would have been able to get a mortgage on it - so either someone gave it to her or she already owns it.

That makes sense. I was thinking the mom said she "just" got this house, but I don't see that in there, and I didn't think it could possibly be a rental because of the volume of work that needed to be done.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: norrina on October 19, 2011, 10:06:48 AM
Found this one today under Desperately Needed in the Wanted section:

Hi Friends I am asking a huge favor: Does anyone have any drywall that they are not needing to use and want to get rid of it? Also Tile, Linoleum, peel and stick or the other type, carpet, needed desperately before the cold weather really sets in. Please email me on here if you can't call if you can call here is my number ********. Even if you want a reasonable price for what you have let me know we'll go from there. Also paint mostly white if at all possible indoor and out.
Daughter got a fixer upper and needs these items the whole living room and 1 bedroom and ceiling need drywall they are stripped to the boards and any ligh fixtures or wiring. I WILL PUT LIST BELOW TO SEE BETTER:
CARPET ANY COLOR PREFERABLY BROWNS, MAUVES, GRAYS
PAINT: WHITE OR BEIGE OR BLUE
LIGHT FIXTURES
WIRING FOR LIGHTING
LINOLEUM
PEEL & STICK
OR THE OTHER TYPE
DRYWALL FULL SHEETS OR PIECES SHE'LL USE IT ALL PIECE TOGETHER WHATEVER SHE NEEDS TO DO TO GET THE HOME WARM BEFORE IT GETS TO COLD

SHE HAS BEEN DOWN ON HER LUCK AND TRYING TO HURRY TO FIX THIS HOUSE UP SO SHE CAN GET HER CHILDREN BACK SO PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING JUST LAYING AROUND AND WANT TO GET RID OF IT WE'LL PICK IT UP AND DEFINATELY USE IT.


SHE HAS NOTHING:
SHE ALSO NEEDS A TABLE AND CHAIRS, ANY FURNITURE YOU CAN SPARE, POTS & PANS
ROOM SIZE RUGS OR THROW RUGS
TUB WITH SHOWER AND THE BACK THING THAT GOES TO IT.
CURTAINS LONG ONES AND SHORT ANYTHING WILL BE FINE
THANK YOU EVERYONE IT WILL HELP!!! WE ARE NOT BEGGERS BELIEVE ME BUT WE JUST CAN'T AFFORD TO HELP HER FIX THIS HOUSE AND SHE WANTS TO GET HER CHILDREN BACK AND IT'S THE ONLY WAY SHE CAN BY HAVING A HOME FOR THEM. SO PLEASE YOUR JUNK IS OUR TREASURE FOR HER.

I tend to feel bad for these people until they ask for area rugs, lamps, bookcases, art, etc. I also have to wonder why, if she wants her children back and getting them back depends on having a suitable place to live, she bought a house that needs a ton of work.

I dunno - because she can't afford one that has already had the work done on it?

I am struggling to see what's so bad about the request. I feel a bit sorry for her, really.

Yes, that thought that she couldn't afford anything else occurred to me too, but an apartment* seems like it would have been a better choice. Stuff comes up all the time when you own a house, it's not a purchase one should make lightly. What if the water heater goes? Or the furnace? Also, I've lived in multiple fixer-uppers and every single one of them has been subject to can of worms syndrome--you fix one thing and five other things break. I feel sorry for her too, I've been in that situation of needing someplace to live and thinking that anything will do when slowing down and thinking things over was actually the better decision. The last time I did that we ended up spending twice what the house payment was on fix ups every single month until we sold and moved.

The request itself isn't the worst I've seen on this thread, but I assume it was posted because of the extent of the items requested. It could very well have been that the mother decided to do this without the daughter's knowledge or that they decided to give it a shot and see what people have to offer, but she's pretty much asking for everything to remodel a house from the studs up.

*I have yet to live in a city where there were not reasonably priced apartments or rental houses in decent neighborhoods available and they were much easier to get into than houses you purchased.

In the current economy especially, it isn't necessarily true that you can get a rental more affordably than buying. I owned a fixer-upper for about 5 years, I couldn't have rented an efficiency in my town for the mortgage on that 2BR house, and when you have children, you tend to need 2 bedrooms. I'm willing to give mom the benefit of the doubt, maybe her finances fell apart after she had already gotten the house. Even barring that, oftentimes what seems like a cheap, easy job at the onset takes on an overwhelming life of its own. They're even willing to pay a bit for the materials. And when I was doing my renos, some of my materials came from Craigslist, or were on clearance so I bought everything left, meaning I did have extras when the work was done, and I would have been happy to give them away.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on October 19, 2011, 10:17:17 AM
My current house is cheaper than a rental but it's a three bedroom so that's usually how it goes. However, our last house (a 2br) was cheaper on paper but when I averaged out how much we were spending on repairs each month, we could have afforded a really really nice 2br apartment. One in a building with a pool, gym, parking garage, elevators and playground. That's the risk you take with fixer-uppers though, and that's why we didn't buy another one.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: goldilocks on October 19, 2011, 10:23:24 AM
Today on Craigslist:



hi, i know i know,, its asking alot, but i was just wondering if anyone would possibly have 2 spare/unusable tickets for the performance of mannheim steamroller performance/show on november 21st 2011? i would love to surprise my wife by taking her to her first performance like this, it would also be my first also. ive seen them on tv before and they are quite impressive. please contact ken... so thank you in advance for any help that someone may be able to provide, and have a super day.and thank you very much again......:)


This brings up one of my pet peeves.  People who call the radio station to beg for free tickets.  That's not the problem the problem is their stories.

"I want to take my dying dad to see XXX in concert, because it's his favorite,etc etc etc" - and so they are trying to get tickets from the radio.  If it's that important to your dad - BUY SOME TICKETS YOURSELF!!!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on October 19, 2011, 10:32:25 AM
Has anyone else's Freecycle/Craigslist been inundated with requests for specific Monopoly pieces? I was looking around last night and saw several requests for specific Monopoly pieces. Only one person offered to split the prize.

There's also someone hoping you'll give them your 1970s and '80s Star Wars toys. That's all the ad says--"older star wars figures wanted 1970's - 1980's."

This is probably the most unusual--and definitely the saddest--request I've seen on Craigslist. I can't even imagine having to write this:

"Our nephew age 19 , jumped off of the XXXX Pedestrian Bridge, November [I assume they mean October] 7th, we have been checking the banks but some areas we can not get to . We understand this is a recovery effort now, and with winter approaching we are hopefull he may still be found before any boating comes to an end, I am asking any boaters out on the river to keep an eye out for his body, He was last thought to be wearing blue jeans and possibly a blue shirt, also if anyone has a boat, particularly a flat bottom boat, I can provide gas money if you are willing to take me out looking on the river, we are concentrating our search from the XXXX Toll bridge, up river to around XXXX between XXX bridge and pedestrian bridge, any help on river would be greatly appreciated,, XXX-XXX-XXXX Also , I wanna thank everyone who has offered to help us search along the shores, We did turn down several people due to safety concerns, we are currently keeping a search group of around 6 at this time,, walking the river banks is extremely dangerous at this time due to the flooding, Please do not attempt to walk the banks of the river looking for him, the shore line is extremely unstable in some places, we have witnesses several cave ins along the bank during our private searches,,If someone attempts this and falls in the river it will be extremely difficult to get out due to the debree in the water, and the current temperature of the water, Thanks again."

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on October 19, 2011, 10:43:07 AM
This brings up one of my pet peeves.  People who call the radio station to beg for free tickets.  That's not the problem the problem is their stories.

"I want to take my dying dad to see XXX in concert, because it's his favorite,etc etc etc" - and so they are trying to get tickets from the radio.  If it's that important to your dad - BUY SOME TICKETS YOURSELF!!!

I've done that once - and I DID try to buy tickets myself.  They sold out in 30 seconds flat - I wanted to buy tickets, any seats, for any one of about 12 different Red Wings home games in Detroit.  My DH (then DF) and I were going to move to the west coast after graduation, and I wanted to take him to see his favorite hockey team play at home before we were out of range to do so (we lived in Pittsburgh at the time).  Three ticket releases, three tries, each time they sold out in 30 seconds flat and I couldn't get any, despite being on the phone and logged into the website at the same time.  There was no way I could afford the 3x-6x ticket prices on the reseller sites, unfortunately.  So I contacted a Detroit radio station with my story and asked if they could help me.  Amazingly, they did - they gave me a pair of seats on the centerline just under the press box, and we had an amazing time.  :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kaora on October 19, 2011, 03:37:25 PM
Not so sure if this counts, but here we go:

Quote
wanted verizon smart phone

need verizon smart phone dropped mine in water please help.

I shouldn't poke fun of this, but you're probably just going ot have to buck up and buy a new one.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: norrina on October 19, 2011, 07:10:48 PM
Not so sure if this counts, but here we go:

Quote
wanted verizon smart phone

need verizon smart phone dropped mine in water please help.

I shouldn't poke fun of this, but you're probably just going ot have to buck up and buy a new one.

Meh, depends on how new a phone they want. When I'm eligible for my upgrade in Dec. I'll have 2 extra Blackberries kicking around, and if someone wants the 4 y.o. piece of junk they're welcome to it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Samantha on October 20, 2011, 06:29:54 AM
I actually managed to win the last minute concert tickets that I couldn't afford to buy. Grandma REALLY wanted to see Rod Stewart, but she couldn't afford the ticket cost to see him, and at 18 years old, I couldn't either. I had been trying to win tickets from the radio station since the day they started giving them away with no luck.

The day of the concert, Grandma and I were both working VOLUNTARY overtime (I did assembly and she did QA at the same company), but I had to leave for a short period for a medical appointment. As I pulled back into the parking lot at work, the radio station announced that they were taking callers 9, 10, 11 and 12 for a pair of concert tickets. I RAN into the shop and had Grandma toss me her cellphone... I was caller 11. Our boss told us to go, have a wonderful time, and that we'd better have some good stories to tell the next morning during break time. :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Samantha on October 20, 2011, 06:36:48 AM
Speaking of concert tickets! This wasn't a request on Craigslist/Freecycle, but it was certainly outrageous!

When I was a sophomore in high school, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers came to my area. I managed to get three tickets (one for me, one for my boyfriend, and one for a friend of mine). The night of the concert, I get a phone call from Kim, a woman that I regularly babysat for. She wanted me to watch her kids that night, so she could go on a last-minute date. I told her that I couldn't, as I had plans, which surprised her... I had NEVER turned down a sitting job before. She asked why I couldn't watch the kids so I told her that I had tickets for the concert.

She spent the next 15 minutes trying to talk me into giving her two of the three tickets that we had, so that she and her date could go to the show. She didn't want to pay for the TICKETS of course. She expected me to give them to her in exchange for the pleasure of watching her kids that night, and she'd pay me her usual rate.

She was completely serious about this. The family friend that had introduced me to her called me the next day, wanting to know WHY I didn't take Kim up on the offer, and that I should have... Didn't I know that she was a single mother that couldn't afford concert tickets? Why, I was young, I'd have PLENTY of chances to see Tom Petty again in the future, and Kim would probably never have that chance again! I was so selfish!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on October 20, 2011, 09:12:19 AM
ica171, around here they usually set up a "riverwatch" for those situations.  Someone in a boat comes by each day just after dawn (when the water is starting to warm and more things start to float) and watches for the body.  If there's a water-trained search dog team near you, the dogs can find the body under the water, too.  (It's really cool, actually!)  Sadly I quit my search dog team before my dog got to that stage, but it's something I think he would have loved to do.  The dog and handler sit in the front of a flat-bottomed boat and the dog leans over to "bite" at the water, and they can give an alert where the scent is coming up.  Then the humans have to use fluid dynamics and physics to figure out, if the scent is coming up here, then the source must be at the bottom of the river X yards upstream.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on October 20, 2011, 09:23:26 AM
Ah, mornings...

"I want a big screen TV!  And I need it delivered!  And by Friday!!"


 ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)


Big Screen or DLP tv wanted. It must be delivered as it wont't fit in my car. Would this for movie night with my kids. If you have one you don't need or are thinking about tossing let me know. I am willing to pay you 25.00 for gas. I can help load and unload it aswell. I would like it by Friday as I work weekends 12 hour shifts. Could do it after work though. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Miss March on October 20, 2011, 09:56:56 AM
Cynical me says this would NOT be for "movie night with the kids." This would be for the playoffs.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: General Jinjur on October 20, 2011, 12:35:51 PM
Saw a Craiglist ad the other day asking for a woman to ride with this guy while he drives around wearing a bra to get attention.  Compensation was offered but did not state how much in the ad.

Can you share more details? I need a part-time job.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on October 20, 2011, 02:08:29 PM
Found this one today under Desperately Needed in the Wanted section:

Hi Friends I am asking a huge favor: Does anyone have any drywall that they are not needing to use and want to get rid of it? Also Tile, Linoleum, peel and stick or the other type, carpet, needed desperately before the cold weather really sets in. Please email me on here if you can't call if you can call here is my number ********. Even if you want a reasonable price for what you have let me know we'll go from there. Also paint mostly white if at all possible indoor and out.
Daughter got a fixer upper and needs these items the whole living room and 1 bedroom and ceiling need drywall they are stripped to the boards and any ligh fixtures or wiring. I WILL PUT LIST BELOW TO SEE BETTER:
CARPET ANY COLOR PREFERABLY BROWNS, MAUVES, GRAYS
PAINT: WHITE OR BEIGE OR BLUE
LIGHT FIXTURES
WIRING FOR LIGHTING
LINOLEUM
PEEL & STICK
OR THE OTHER TYPE
DRYWALL FULL SHEETS OR PIECES SHE'LL USE IT ALL PIECE TOGETHER WHATEVER SHE NEEDS TO DO TO GET THE HOME WARM BEFORE IT GETS TO COLD

SHE HAS BEEN DOWN ON HER LUCK AND TRYING TO HURRY TO FIX THIS HOUSE UP SO SHE CAN GET HER CHILDREN BACK SO PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING JUST LAYING AROUND AND WANT TO GET RID OF IT WE'LL PICK IT UP AND DEFINATELY USE IT.


SHE HAS NOTHING:
SHE ALSO NEEDS A TABLE AND CHAIRS, ANY FURNITURE YOU CAN SPARE, POTS & PANS
ROOM SIZE RUGS OR THROW RUGS
TUB WITH SHOWER AND THE BACK THING THAT GOES TO IT.
CURTAINS LONG ONES AND SHORT ANYTHING WILL BE FINE
THANK YOU EVERYONE IT WILL HELP!!! WE ARE NOT BEGGERS BELIEVE ME BUT WE JUST CAN'T AFFORD TO HELP HER FIX THIS HOUSE AND SHE WANTS TO GET HER CHILDREN BACK AND IT'S THE ONLY WAY SHE CAN BY HAVING A HOME FOR THEM. SO PLEASE YOUR JUNK IS OUR TREASURE FOR HER.

I tend to feel bad for these people until they ask for area rugs, lamps, bookcases, art, etc. I also have to wonder why, if she wants her children back and getting them back depends on having a suitable place to live, she bought a house that needs a ton of work.

I dunno - because she can't afford one that has already had the work done on it?

I am struggling to see what's so bad about the request. I feel a bit sorry for her, really.

Yes, that thought that she couldn't afford anything else occurred to me too, but an apartment* seems like it would have been a better choice. Stuff comes up all the time when you own a house, it's not a purchase one should make lightly. What if the water heater goes? Or the furnace? Also, I've lived in multiple fixer-uppers and every single one of them has been subject to can of worms syndrome--you fix one thing and five other things break. I feel sorry for her too, I've been in that situation of needing someplace to live and thinking that anything will do when slowing down and thinking things over was actually the better decision. The last time I did that we ended up spending twice what the house payment was on fix ups every single month until we sold and moved.

The request itself isn't the worst I've seen on this thread, but I assume it was posted because of the extent of the items requested. It could very well have been that the mother decided to do this without the daughter's knowledge or that they decided to give it a shot and see what people have to offer, but she's pretty much asking for everything to remodel a house from the studs up.

*I have yet to live in a city where there were not reasonably priced apartments or rental houses in decent neighborhoods available and they were much easier to get into than houses you purchased.

In the current economy especially, it isn't necessarily true that you can get a rental more affordably than buying. I owned a fixer-upper for about 5 years, I couldn't have rented an efficiency in my town for the mortgage on that 2BR house, and when you have children, you tend to need 2 bedrooms. I'm willing to give mom the benefit of the doubt, maybe her finances fell apart after she had already gotten the house. Even barring that, oftentimes what seems like a cheap, easy job at the onset takes on an overwhelming life of its own. They're even willing to pay a bit for the materials. And when I was doing my renos, some of my materials came from Craigslist, or were on clearance so I bought everything left, meaning I did have extras when the work was done, and I would have been happy to give them away.

I agree.  The mortgage payment on our newly, and nicely, renovated home is only $11/month more than our rent in an awful apartment.  There are tons of foreclosures going now for next to nothing - in some less desirable suburbs, you can buy a small fixer upper for $10,000.  Those exact same houses, fixed up, rent for around $1000/month.  Would I want to live in one of them pre-reno?  No way.  But I can definitely see the appeal for someone who just needs a cheap place to live.  She may have inherited some money, or had her parents help her out in buying it, but now needs to figure out renovations.  Or, for that price, she may have even figured out a way to get a mortgage, though I agree that it's unlikely.

 It sounds like she's willing to take just about anything that will make it habitable, as opposed to asking for high end stuff, so I'm inclined to give her a break, though I prefer that people skip the sob story.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Brentwood on October 20, 2011, 08:34:02 PM

WIRING FOR LIGHTING


I hope one of these people is a licensed electrician or has access to one. With the walls stripped of drywall, and apparently needing wiring for lighting, it sounds like all the electrical in the stripped rooms will need to be rewired to meet building code. That's not something an amateur should take on.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Rohanna on October 20, 2011, 08:41:46 PM
http://thunderbay.kijiji.ca/c-services-childcare-nanny-Single-Mom-Free-Cook-Sitter-In-Exchange-For-Room-Must-Read-W0QQAdIdZ323639700


0_o Just seems a little.....strange...to me.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on October 20, 2011, 08:59:34 PM
Not necessarily on Freecycle or Craigslist, but someone I used to have on my Facebook started a group called "Buy (my son) a Quad!"

He was basically begging his fb friends to send him money to buy a quad for his kid...yeahhh...

Something that drives me crazy about posting stuff on Freecycle for some reason is when people reply saying they want what I'm giving away and pile on the sob stories.  I can't say why, because I don't really know, but for some reason this has completely the opposite effect on me.  I posted that I Had a small chest freezer to give away and got some huge story from this woman about how she was a single mom with four kids and she was on medical leave or something...really laying it on thick...and for some reason it really got my back up.  I gave the freezer to someone else.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Where's the Quiet? on October 20, 2011, 09:16:58 PM
I'm with you, GreenEyedHawk...sob stories start to make me a little mad, even. Several years ago we thought we were done having kids so were getting rid of all of our baby gear. One couple replied and said that they really needed a crib and would be honored (or something along those lines) if I picked them. They were one of the first to respond so I arranged a pick up time. When they got to my house, I asked when she was due and she said she wasn't even pregnant yet! That really annoyed me.

Recently someone posted in the free section asking for help weeding several acres of land. I wonder how many responses they got?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: KimberlyRose on October 20, 2011, 09:18:13 PM
http://thunderbay.kijiji.ca/c-services-childcare-nanny-Single-Mom-Free-Cook-Sitter-In-Exchange-For-Room-Must-Read-W0QQAdIdZ323639700


0_o Just seems a little.....strange...to me.

A little?   ;)  "Hi, I'm a 57-year old male drifter and I'd like to come live with a single mom and her kids."  Can't help but wonder if anyone would actually call him.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ceallach on October 20, 2011, 09:20:15 PM
Saw a Craiglist ad the other day asking for a woman to ride with this guy while he drives around wearing a bra to get attention.  Compensation was offered but did not state how much in the ad.

Can you share more details? I need a part-time job.

Why can't the guy just drive around in his bra to get attention by himself?  Why does he need to be accompanied by a woman?  Or is he actually asking for a woman to ride around in a bra with him?   Bizarre either way!

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Miss March on October 20, 2011, 10:41:43 PM
"Asking for a woman to ride with this guy while he drives around wearing a bra to get attention."

I read this as he wants a woman to sit in his passenger seat in her bra and he can watch all the attention it garners.

And I agree, that's bizarre.  :-X

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ceallach on October 20, 2011, 11:28:40 PM
"Asking for a woman to ride with this guy while he drives around wearing a bra to get attention."

I read this as he wants a woman to sit in his passenger seat in her bra and he can watch all the attention it garners.

And I agree, that's bizarre.  :-X

I'm probably too pedantic, because I read it very technically, and if you split the sentence up it says: "he drives around wearing a bra to get attention".  Her wants her to "ride with [him]" while he does so. 

But then when I stopped and thought about it for awhile I realised it probably was just poorly constructed and meant the opposite and more likely interpretation..... but then again, you can never really be sure with these kind of crazy requests - which is nuttier!

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MariaE on October 21, 2011, 07:01:44 AM
I once saw a freecycle ad saying "Needed: Disposable or reusable diapers, formula, carset for infant, baby clothes, bassinet or crib. Any brands/colors fine. URGENT. Will explain why if needed." (paraphrased, but that's the jist of it.)

I had a stack of baby clothes, so I did call and offer them. She sounded REALLY grateful and told me that she could come get them or meet me somewhere. I asked about the story and she told me she could tell me when she got to me. We met at a grocery store where a frantic looking women and a very paniked man lept out of the car. (they had the baby with them, a TINY baby girl in a boy-colored carseat.)

Turns out his sister had been pregnant, told no one, and when she had the baby left her brother's phone number and LEFT the baby. :o (I'm not sure how she got away with this but she did.) The kiddo was mostly healthy but really small and tested positive for drugs. they were told that the baby would be in the NICU for a day or so but then someone needed to come get her, so cue them rushing around to get anything the kid might need. She told me that the reason she hadn't included any of that info in the ad is because she didn't want to "guilt" people into donating.

She promised to send me pictures of the baby in my clothes if I wanted her to, and I agreed that I'd love that. (some of the dresses originally belonged to my baby cousin, and i wanted to see them being used. She did, by the way, send me lots of pics, but it was almost six months before the baby was wearing the 3-6 month clothes i gave them.) I get messages (group e-mail style) from her occasionally, always ending with something like "And thank you again, everyone, for donating your items. We can never thank you enough."

I know this is old, but I only just made my way through the thread today.

This post made me want to cry. Thank goodness for that baby's uncle!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Amara on October 24, 2011, 01:50:50 PM
I run a literary website so a lot of books come in for review consideration. What neither the reviewers nor I want is put up on Freecycle. I've been doing this for a couple of years and it is very popular because the books are new and unread. I've also given other stuff away too.

In the several years I have been giving things away I have asked for only two items. Not big. One I remember was any board games like Monopoly or Sorry. (I got a few very old ones but that is fine; they all play.) Then about eight days ago I posted a "want," asking if anyone had any pomegranates. (I absolutely adore them and they have gotten expensive.) After I sent it but before it went live I received a call about a major medical family emergency. I had to rush the new issue on my website, call my dean at work and get time off, arrange cat care (which is another story in itself), and rush down to Los Angeles.

Three days later I arrive home, exhausted physically, emotionally, and mentally. The cats are fine if annoyed, the house is good. Great. I then go online to deal with a lot of emails with the website. Then I check the Yahoo address I use for FC. There were only three emails. No one had any to offer but two of them said I want some of what you get. One guy, who has gotten numerous books from me and rarely posts any "offers" said, "I don't have anything to give you but I want more of your lemons."

And I lost it. Okay, I was a bit disappointed by the lack of any pomegranates.But it's FC; that's the way it goes and really, it's not the purpose of FC. What made me really, really angry, though, was the "gimme" emails with no concern for anyone but themselves. Especially from people who have benefitted from my generosity.

I create a post. It is not angry, though I was seething and very hurt, but it is clear and unambigious. In it I state what happened, where I was ("a major family medical emergency"), and how I felt.I ended it with a statement that "giving" rather than "gimme" was a way to leave the wold in better shape.

The next day I am at work and check that Yahoo address again to find nearly two dozen emails waiting. None from anyone with pomegranates, but lots of from others who told me how much they appreciated my offerings, how sorry they were I was going through the anguish, and lots of sympathy. A guy offered me avocados; he will have hundreds apparently in a couple of weeks and we are going to exchange books and avocados at that time.

In response to this, our moderator posted, a couple of days later, that he was becoming discouraged by the falling number of offerings, especially since there were now 6,000 members. He said that if things didn't pick up that he would assume few people were interested and he would let the group go to unmoderated status. He indicated it was not a threat nor was he angry, simply that he saw no reason to do the work of moderating if there was little interest.

Well, that has started a whole string of responses. There are numerous "thank you" posts, stories of what people have given away, their experiences, and most of all, their gratitude. I don't know if my original post had anything to do with the moderator posting what he did--I wasn't in contact with him over this--but I have to say that it is good to see this coming out. Offerings are up, and people are commenting on how FC is an important part of our community.

Whatever the reason, I am very grateful. And I am going to post several things, including new books, again this evening. Only a couple of people are on my "do not give to" list because I hate feeling taken advantage of. The rest are all free to ... read!

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Marisol on October 24, 2011, 04:01:25 PM
Oh, of course.   :P  Free tickets just lying about  - happens all the time.   ::)

It has happened to me several times, and we have given away extra tickets we had.  But this usually happens as you are standing in line waiting to buy tickets or when someone leaves extra tickets up at the ticket booth and you are lucky enough to be next in line. 

In our case we bought tickets for friends who then decided not to go.  That is probably a story for another board.  But it had a good ending as we gave out the tickets to some people in line who ended up being really fun to sit next to.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on October 24, 2011, 05:03:50 PM
Amara, I posted something much like that on our FC and was immediately put on moderation! Even though many people posted in support.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: TootsNYC on October 24, 2011, 05:42:03 PM
Last weekend a friend said he'd posted his large tv (rear projection) 42 inch. No one would take it.

It was 8 hours before anyone took my working portable dishwasher (also free).

It's not always so crazy to ask for some higher end stuff.

My brother couldn't get anyone to take his portable television on Freecycle, so he posted it on Craigslist for a price, and got calls right away.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Amara on October 24, 2011, 06:46:58 PM
Wow, wyozozo, that is something! Your group must have ... interesting moderators.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wyozozo on October 24, 2011, 07:35:35 PM
Wow, wyozozo, that is something! Your group must have ... interesting moderators.
Yeah, she's a peach!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on October 26, 2011, 01:03:33 PM
Amara, I posted something much like that on our FC and was immediately put on moderation! Even though many people posted in support.

I can't get off moderated status. I've been a group member for years, almost since the group was founded in this area, never post inappropriate wanteds/offers, rarely post wanteds, have posted several offers, etc. I have emailed several times asking politely to please be taken off moderated status for all those reasons and have been told I've been taken off, but then the next time I go to post I'm moderated again. That's part of the reason that I just started taking everything to Goodwill. I've been a member in good standing for something like six years, I should be able to post an offer, get a response and get it gone within a few hours--the group is active enough that this is very possible. Instead I have to wait days until someone notices my email and puts it through, then hope that the ad I posted Friday night or Saturday morning gets the same response on a Wednesday at 3 PM. Then of course I have to deal with coordinating pick up during the week when I posted on the weekend to avoid having to do that. No thanks.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: 567Kate on October 27, 2011, 10:13:18 PM
I actually have a friend who basically furnished her house for free using Craigslist, but she didn't post a sob story. She had just moved to a new area for her husband's job but didn't have a job of her own yet. She simply spent a lot of time on Craigslist and would respond first for free furniture/home decor.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mbbored on October 28, 2011, 12:36:16 AM
I actually have a friend who basically furnished her house for free using Craigslist, but she didn't post a sob story. She had just moved to a new area for her husband's job but didn't have a job of her own yet. She simply spent a lot of time on Craigslist and would respond first for free furniture/home decor.

I did something similar. 3 days before I was supposed to close on my house, and a week before I had to be out of my old place, I finally realized my new home had no lighting in the living room or bedrooms. I spent 48 hours closely monitoring Craigslist, and got 8 lamps for less than $50.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RegionMom on October 28, 2011, 07:36:35 AM
See that's the way to do it! 
I have an acquaitance who recently had surgery, newly divorced, so I went to her rental home with food.  I was expecting.....something different that a giant house with all brand new funiture!  In talking, she told me that she had expected more money form the divorce, but when it turned out less, she took out a loan of $12,000 dollars just for furniture.  It was hard for me to keep a blank straight face as I started adding up all the items I have secondhand or discount at home. 
Think of all the money you can save!!

And to think, she could have gotten her giant tv or leather furniture combo from Freecycle or Craig'sList, if only...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 28, 2011, 09:13:47 AM
I've perused ads on Kijiji - similar to Craigslist - for yarn lately and saw an add for 30 balls of fun fur style yarn for $20.  That stuff goes for $4-$5 a ball where I am, so I jumped on it.  Before I picked it up, they e-mailed me that they had about 40 more balls, if I was interested.  So I paid $40 for almost 70 balls of yarn!

Then they sent me an e-mail that they found another 25 balls that they were going to list for $15.  Was I interested?

I sent back:  You are killing me. :-)  Yes, I'm interested.  And then I'm going to see if I can block Kijiji on my computer.

They laughed when I picked up the last of it last night.  I'm going to be making hats to give away for Christmas Cheer, chemo patients and for a coworker to take on his mission trip to Guatamala so I told them I'd send them a picture of some of the hats when I get some made.

So in this case, maybe I'm the weird one.   ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: RegionMom on October 28, 2011, 09:49:56 AM
OG-
you did a major Thrift Score! 
congrats on putting that yarn to great use.  many many people will have smiles thanks to you! 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on October 28, 2011, 09:55:33 AM
Thanks!  It keeps my hands busy without taxing my brain and keeps me from getting up and down to the refrigerator.   ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on November 01, 2011, 12:17:05 PM
This morning as I was going through my mail, I noticed that there were a ton of Freecycle wanted posts from one person--fourteen, to be exact. None of them were over-the-top in what they asked for, although some were a little strange (boulders up to 500 pounds, wooden statues especially of elephants) but there were a lot. I thought it was a little weird that they all got through since we're supposed to have a limit of I think two wanteds a week, but if you're not on moderated status there's not much to do about it until after you've posted too many wanteds. I deleted them since I didn't have any of the stuff and went about my day. I just checked my email again and there were a bunch of posts in the Freecycle chat group complaining about how Freecycle had become a place to post shopping lists, there were always more wanteds than offers, etc. I wanted to post that it hasn't gotten nearly as bad as it's going to with Christmas coming up, but all of the posters talking about it have been around for a while so they know what's coming.

I don't think our group is consistently posting more wanteds than offers. It waxes and wanes. It's definitely heavy on the wanteds today, though, but this weekend someone will clean out their basement and it'll be even again.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Marisol on November 02, 2011, 12:32:25 PM
So in this case, maybe I'm the weird one.   ;D

You are the weird one, and I bet everyone loves you for it.  Love my fish hat.  :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 02, 2011, 12:34:47 PM
So in this case, maybe I'm the weird one.   ;D

You are the weird one, and I bet everyone loves you for it.  Love my fish hat.  :)

 ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: alegria on December 12, 2011, 08:51:28 AM
Hooooo buddy, saw this gem on my Freecycle this morning:

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Single mom would like ski equip for 2 girls 15,16 and 2 boys 10 and 12. 10 Y/O boy would like to snowboard.

She wants free ski equipment for 4-5 children (not sure if the 10yo boy who wants to snowboard is an additional child or not)?  Are you *kidding* me?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: chibichan on December 12, 2011, 10:10:46 AM
So in this case, maybe I'm the weird one.   ;D

You are the weird one, and I bet everyone loves you for it.  Love my fish hat.  :)

I love her for it ! My fuzzy hat that she made for my chemo treatment is the only fond memory I have of those days . It is one of my most treasured possessions and resides in a Place of Honor , on top of Mrs. Bunny - my childhood stuffed animal . Mrs. Bunny is treadbare and yellowed with age now , but she's got style !  ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Nornster on December 12, 2011, 10:40:20 AM
I saw this one yesterday, despite the admin already having warned people not to post any "We just want this for Christmas, so that the kids can finally have a nice time, otherwise we'll have nothing for the holiday.." stories (a warning which has already been widely ignored). 

I need three working laptop computers for my three girls for Christmas. This is
the only thing my three girls have asked for is a laptop of each their own. But
i just don't have the money to get them one.

Whenever I see wants like this, what comes to mind is an expression that my great-grandfather would use whenever one of us would whine that "I want..." something.

"Oh, really?  Well, people in Hell want ice water."

We also have a lot of "I'm having a baby and have nothing for it," posts around here, and usually I'm sympathetic - not nearly as hardcore as the "you're having a kid, you'd better be able to provide for all of its needs" mindset.  But I did do a double take with this one recently:

For my baby shower, I received an infant car seat, but not a base.
With the baby almost here & christmas right around the corner, we just don't
have the money to buy one.

So, she was gifted part of the needed car seat, but she can't go out and buy the rest because, apparently, she needs to keep the money she has for Christmas (gifts? decorations? feast?), instead of being able to safely transport her child? Not as much sympathy from me on this one.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: siamesecat2965 on December 12, 2011, 11:01:21 AM
I saw this one yesterday, despite the admin already having warned people not to post any "We just want this for Christmas, so that the kids can finally have a nice time, otherwise we'll have nothing for the holiday.." stories (a warning which has already been widely ignored). 

I need three working laptop computers for my three girls for Christmas. This is
the only thing my three girls have asked for is a laptop of each their own. But
i just don't have the money to get them one.

Whenever I see wants like this, what comes to mind is an expression that my great-grandfather would use whenever one of us would whine that "I want..." something.


Well then, I must have been THE MOST deprived child on the planet when I was young.  I wanted plenty, but my parents didn't really believe in spoiling kids, and also had a "thing" for more educational gifts, there was plenty I didn't get.  I got nice gifts, but never really what I wanted from the Sears Wish Book.  So I guess I'm scarred for life because I had never had an easy-bake oven, lite-brite or Barbie dream house! 

And now as an adult, there is STILL plenty I want but don't have.  And life goes on.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BabyMama on December 12, 2011, 11:17:55 AM
Just signed onto my Freecycle for the first time in months. This one was near the top:

The bottom rusted out 4-5 months ago, and now its constantly filling with water,
making my water bill quadruple per month. I cant afford a brand new one at
$600-$800, so if anyone can donate one PLEASE CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Amara on December 12, 2011, 11:38:42 AM
Christmas does seem to bring out the entitlement, doesn't it? I mean worse than usual.

I put up a half dozen newly issued books, all different genres, that I was sent by publishers (including two copies of one book). I get a lot of responses. Great! They'll all find new and appreciative homes. One email, however, was from a woman who said "I'll take them all!" And she wanted to come over right away.

Uh, no. I do not offer free inventory for Amazon and eBay sellers. Anyone who asks for "all" the books is obviously a seller. And is now on my "never respond to" list as well. Greed is just so unattractive.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Miss March on December 12, 2011, 11:39:56 AM
Just signed onto my Freecycle for the first time in months. This one was near the top:

The bottom rusted out 4-5 months ago, and now its constantly filling with water,
making my water bill quadruple per month. I cant afford a brand new one at
$600-$800, so if anyone can donate one PLEASE CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY.
I'm not even sure what the person is asking for. A new water tank? Is that what they need?

I don't suppose most people have an extra water tank kicking around that they don't need....
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Elfmama on December 12, 2011, 11:44:41 AM
Just signed onto my Freecycle for the first time in months. This one was near the top:

The bottom rusted out 4-5 months ago, and now its constantly filling with water,
making my water bill quadruple per month. I cant afford a brand new one at
$600-$800, so if anyone can donate one PLEASE CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY.
??? The bottom of what rusted out?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wonderflonium on December 12, 2011, 11:50:52 AM
I'm guessing water heater.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Elfmama on December 12, 2011, 11:59:00 AM
But a water heater is supposed to fill with water.  And if that's the case, cut off the water to the blasted thing.  No, you won't be able to take a shower or use hot water out of the sink.  But heating water on the stove for dishes or a washcloth-bath is perfectly doable. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BabyMama on December 12, 2011, 12:00:19 PM
^^ That. I understand his concern--we had the same thing happen a couple of years ago--but $600-800 for a new heater? We bought one for $200-300! The extra money he/she is paying on their water bill would have paid for the new tank by now...

I need to post an ad. I've got 18 egg cartons at home that I can't bring myself to throw away (we used to have an egg supplier who would take them, but they got out of the business.) I posted on CL a week or so ago, asking to trade them all for one or two filled cartons, with no response. I miss fresh farm eggs  :'(
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 12, 2011, 08:02:30 PM
^^ That. I understand his concern--we had the same thing happen a couple of years ago--but $600-800 for a new heater? We bought one for $200-300!

An electric tank is cheaper.  If it is a gas powered tank, it'll be in the higher range.  The quote I got to replace mine, plus the venting and including installation was $1350.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: steelstress on December 12, 2011, 09:37:06 PM
^^ That. I understand his concern--we had the same thing happen a couple of years ago--but $600-800 for a new heater? We bought one for $200-300!

An electric tank is cheaper.  If it is a gas powered tank, it'll be in the higher range.  The quote I got to replace mine, plus the venting and including installation was $1350.

My gas water heater ran me $1000 to purchase and install.  Just a year ago.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mikeylou on December 14, 2011, 08:33:44 AM
Back to back requests:

Big Screen TV
Food
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Virg on December 14, 2011, 01:03:32 PM
Nornster wrote:

"So, she was gifted part of the needed car seat, but she can't go out and buy the rest because, apparently, she needs to keep the money she has for Christmas (gifts? decorations? feast?), instead of being able to safely transport her child? Not as much sympathy from me on this one."

With most bucket-style seats, you can anchor it to the car belt without the base and it's safe to use, but it's a real headache to thread-and-buckle, unbuckle-and-unthread every time you get in and out (which is why the bases are so popular).  My take on this request is that they got a usable bucket, but no base, and since the base isn't a requirement they can't justify the cost for a new one.  So, she hits up the list hoping to score a base to make things easier, not because she can't use the seat without it.

Virg
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Amara on December 14, 2011, 01:09:49 PM
For a different take, a nice one.

I am pretty well known on my Freecycle group by my unique email address for giving away a *lot* of stuff, particularly new books. (I honestly don't know where I get it because I am a minimalist rather than a hoarder.) People often ask me if I am a writer since the email address implies that.

Anyway, I rarely ask for anything but yesterday I saw a post from a woman who had gotten far more black mustard seeds than she could ever use when she ordered online. So she offered them up. I responded nicely, but never heard from her before getting off the computer last night. An hour or so ago, I checked Freecycle again and saw her "promised" ad. Oh well, says me, at least someone got it so that's good.

Then I check my email. And she's not only chosen me but said I'll pick it up even though I hadn't seen her email yet. I will definitely pick it up. And I even offered her a book or two.

The requests, unfortunately, are showing more of the "gimme" than usual. Wants include toys, Christmas trees and all kinds of decorations, and so forth. Apparently, Freecycle members are responsible for supplying others' holiday needs.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on December 14, 2011, 01:15:31 PM
My Freecycle is *very* well moderated, definitely no sob stories!  I posted last month asking for shoeboxes "to fill for Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoebox program," and they edited that part away.  I guess it does count a little as a sob story, but I hadn't really thought of it as one, just as relevant information as to their purpose.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Nornster on December 14, 2011, 02:13:10 PM
Nornster wrote:

"So, she was gifted part of the needed car seat, but she can't go out and buy the rest because, apparently, she needs to keep the money she has for Christmas (gifts? decorations? feast?), instead of being able to safely transport her child? Not as much sympathy from me on this one."

With most bucket-style seats, you can anchor it to the car belt without the base and it's safe to use, but it's a real headache to thread-and-buckle, unbuckle-and-unthread every time you get in and out (which is why the bases are so popular).  My take on this request is that they got a usable bucket, but no base, and since the base isn't a requirement they can't justify the cost for a new one.  So, she hits up the list hoping to score a base to make things easier, not because she can't use the seat without it.

Virg

Oh, that changes things, Virg - thanks for clearing that up!  I actually just gave away my (still valid) car seat and two bases on Freecycle, and I didn't even know that they could be used without a base - that would make it a pain to buckle and unbuckle when you want to use it as a child carrier, too.  We were lucky - friends gave us an extra base they had, so we had one in each of our cars and didn't have to reinstall one when we wanted to take baby in a different car than usual.

But back to the Freecycle post - I'm chagrined now that I went with the most uncharitable assumption about the poster.  I'm glad to know that she will be able to use the seat safely even if her request doesn't come through!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Elfmama on December 14, 2011, 03:54:39 PM
I always found it easier to carry the baby, instead of the baby AND a carrier...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: darling on December 15, 2011, 11:30:36 AM
I always found it easier to carry the baby, instead of the baby AND a carrier...

Yeah, but that carrier comes in handy if you are shopping or going to a restaurant (Mine - eons ago - actually clipped onto the child seat area of the carts, and was soooo handy that way). But yeah, less heavy too, if you just carry the baby! (and more cuddly!)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on December 15, 2011, 12:26:58 PM
The issue I've always found with carrying the baby is that it takes a little while to unbuckle the seatbelt, pull the seatbelt back around to the sides of a child with limited mobility in its arms and legs (and a tendency of them to curl upwards) and pry the child from the seat.  Then when you get back to the car, putting the child in the seat, pulling the belts around the child, buckling him or her in, etc.  And if you need to be able to push a shopping cart, you need to have a baby carrier (unless you are going to put the bucket in the main part of the shopping cart), which means you have to strap the baby carrier on, put the child in it, close the straps, etc.  So if it's a short trip, I would often find it easier to just carry the child in the carseat when he/she was very little.  It would depend on where I was going, though.  But it's nice to have the option.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MariaE on December 19, 2011, 03:46:08 AM
This just appeared on my Freecycle Group:
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dear all free cycler,
we got a play station 2, from some one,but now we need
games for it, if some one have extra games for ps2, he is most welcome to give us, we need it badly.

thanks to all

No. I'm sorry, you don't "badly need" a PS2 game. You might want some, and had it been phrased like that, I might even have considered parting with some of my old, never played games. But like this? Not going to happen.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Betelnut on December 19, 2011, 09:25:32 AM
Not weird or outrageous, but kind of nice:

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OFFER:  Christmas Presents for Families in Need  (Waldorf )

I would like for my children to learn that Christmas is not only about asking for presents, but it is also about giving to those families in need. I have a couple of toys and clothing items to offer this Christmas and would like for my children to give them to yours.

All I need is for you to email me and let me know how many children you have and what their ages are. I will respond depending on whether the toys or clothes that I have are suitable for your children's ages. I have toys from baby stage- toddler stage for both boys/girls.

I do ask however, that you come to pick them up with your children so that mine can give them to yours. They will be wrapped and ready to be put under the Christmas tree. I will be giving the presents on Friday between 6-9pm. So make sure you can come around that time. Thankyou!!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Amara on December 19, 2011, 11:32:11 AM
That is nice!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: esteban on December 19, 2011, 12:14:33 PM
That is nice!

Honestly I think the opposite.

It really feels like a parent who wants to hold their generosity over someones head.  And teach their kids that.  I don't know exactly what it is about the post that gives me that feeling, it just does.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Shoo on December 19, 2011, 12:21:40 PM
That is nice!

Honestly I think the opposite.

It really feels like a parent who wants to hold their generosity over someones head.  And teach their kids that.  I don't know exactly what it is about the post that gives me that feeling, it just does.

I find it extremely distasteful too. I believe children should be taught to be generous and help those less fortunate, but making them come to her house so her kids can see the faces of the children feels really icky to me. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: GreenHall on December 19, 2011, 12:22:33 PM
That is nice!

Honestly I think the opposite.

It really feels like a parent who wants to hold their generosity over someones head.  And teach their kids that.  I don't know exactly what it is about the post that gives me that feeling, it just does.

Not just me then?   I can be rather cynical, so wasn't sure. 
Also really demanding for what they are 'requesting', I feel.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on December 19, 2011, 12:22:53 PM
That is nice!

Honestly I think the opposite.

It really feels like a parent who wants to hold their generosity over someones head.  And teach their kids that.  I don't know exactly what it is about the post that gives me that feeling, it just does.

I find it extremely distasteful too. I believe children should be taught to be generous and help those less fortunate, but making them come to her house so her kids can see the faces of the children feels really icky to me.

I agree - there is just something about the post that doesn't sit well with me.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Army Mom on December 19, 2011, 12:33:30 PM
Saw this one last night 

Looking for HP TouchPad for Christmas for my kid

 ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: doodlemor on December 19, 2011, 12:51:01 PM
That is nice!

Honestly I think the opposite.

It really feels like a parent who wants to hold their generosity over someones head.  And teach their kids that.  I don't know exactly what it is about the post that gives me that feeling, it just does.

I find it extremely distasteful too. I believe children should be taught to be generous and help those less fortunate, but making them come to her house so her kids can see the faces of the children feels really icky to me.

I agree - there is just something about the post that doesn't sit well with me.

I also think that this is rather *off.*  To me it sounds rather patronizing, like when the lady of the manor handed out gifts in the servants' hall.

I think that the poster meant well, but is very naive.  I don't think it is wise to invite indigent strangers to one's home, either.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: WhiteTigerCub on December 19, 2011, 01:11:18 PM
That is nice!

Honestly I think the opposite.

It really feels like a parent who wants to hold their generosity over someones head.  And teach their kids that.  I don't know exactly what it is about the post that gives me that feeling, it just does.

I find it extremely distasteful too. I believe children should be taught to be generous and help those less fortunate, but making them come to her house so her kids can see the faces of the children feels really icky to me.

I agree - there is just something about the post that doesn't sit well with me.

I also think that this is rather *off.*  To me it sounds rather patronizing, like when the lady of the manor handed out gifts in the servants' hall.

I think that the poster meant well, but is very naive.  I don't think it is wise to invite indigent strangers to one's home, either.

For me it's about the  "we must hand it to the child so he/she knows it came from MY kid" idea.  True charitable gifts focus in more on the gift being given to the child not the person giving it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: LadyClaire on December 19, 2011, 01:14:32 PM
That is nice!

Honestly I think the opposite.

It really feels like a parent who wants to hold their generosity over someones head.  And teach their kids that.  I don't know exactly what it is about the post that gives me that feeling, it just does.

I find it extremely distasteful too. I believe children should be taught to be generous and help those less fortunate, but making them come to her house so her kids can see the faces of the children feels really icky to me.

I agree. If you want to teach your kid to be generous, there are so many ways to do it. Donate things to Goodwill. Do the Angel Tree at Christmas. Volunteer at a shelter. Give to Toys for Tots or some other charity of your choice. The request just feels off to me, somehow, but I can't quite put into words why that is.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Amara on December 19, 2011, 01:34:56 PM
All of you who disagree with me have good points. I didn't see them, but in a way you are right. What I saw, among other things, was a woman who wanted to make sure that the gifts got into good hands, not those of eBay or Amazon sellers.

Naive is not a word I'd use to describe me. Hopeful, maybe, of some goodness on the giver's part.  :-\
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: esteban on December 19, 2011, 02:20:00 PM
All of you who disagree with me have good points. I didn't see them, but in a way you are right. What I saw, among other things, was a woman who wanted to make sure that the gifts got into good hands, not those of eBay or Amazon sellers.

Naive is not a word I'd use to describe me. Hopeful, maybe, of some goodness on the giver's part.  :-\

At least in my case it has more to do with knowing someone who would pull exactly what we are describing.  Holding the gifts out while saying things like "Isn't it nice we are able to help the less fortunate" and demanding thanks that met with their approval before even giving the gift that may or may not be something the person wants or needs.

No I have no memory of being put in a similar situation at age 15 and then being given a stuffed toy that would have been more appropriate for one of my young cousins instead of all in black with facial piercings me.  But if you haven't dealt with someone like that before it's much easier to see the possible good in people and maybe the poster is being totally honest about it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Klein Bottle on December 19, 2011, 02:27:27 PM
That is nice!

Honestly I think the opposite.

It really feels like a parent who wants to hold their generosity over someones head.  And teach their kids that.  I don't know exactly what it is about the post that gives me that feeling, it just does.

I agree.  Although I believe the woman in question means well, something feels a little "off" about this to me.  It makes me very uncomfortable when others are put in a position wherein they are expected to grovel or act unduly grateful.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kimblee on December 19, 2011, 02:28:37 PM
All of you who disagree with me have good points. I didn't see them, but in a way you are right. What I saw, among other things, was a woman who wanted to make sure that the gifts got into good hands, not those of eBay or Amazon sellers.

Naive is not a word I'd use to describe me. Hopeful, maybe, of some goodness on the giver's part.  :-\

At least in my case it has more to do with knowing someone who would pull exactly what we are describing.  Holding the gifts out while saying things like "Isn't it nice we are able to help the less fortunate" and demanding thanks that met with their approval before even giving the gift that may or may not be something the person wants or needs.

No I have no memory of being put in a similar situation at age 15 and then being given a stuffed toy that would have been more appropriate for one of my young cousins instead of all in black with facial piercings me.  But if you haven't dealt with someone like that before it's much easier to see the possible good in people and maybe the poster is being totally honest about it.

Very true. I know just these sort of people and they unfortunatly made me a bit cynical and distrusting. (I got a towel. A used towel. It WAS wrapped very nicely though, bow and all.)

It makes me happy to know that there are people (Amara and Betelnut) who would do something like this with generosity and love, and therefore see generosity and love in the post. (And I say that sincerly without any snark or sarcasm. I love seeing (reading?) people who have that kind of niceness. The world needs as much of it as possible.)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: doodlemor on December 19, 2011, 02:34:32 PM
Amara, I didn't mean that you are naive. 

Sorry, I didn't make myself clear.  I meant that the Craigslist poster was well meaning but naive.  Let's add clueless, too. 

Perhaps I think of these things because my husband is retired from law enforcement.  It is my opinion that the original Craigslist poster may attract criminals who want to scope out her home.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BabyMama on December 19, 2011, 06:53:44 PM
Just saw someone on mine asking for an iPad. Mmkay, good luck with that.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ladyknight1 on December 20, 2011, 11:16:17 AM
On our freecycle, I have seen offers that were, IMHO, outrageous. This is not a rural area and most people do not have room or a home with zoning for "barnyard" animals.

I have seen offers for pigs, goats, and guinea fowl. All of these are fine, if an appropriate receiver is available, but they all insisted they be gone immediately.

The saddest have been pets, mainly cats and older dogs. The most extreme were purebred German Shepherd puppies, six months old, with papers and all shots, who hadn't sold during the "cute" puppy stage. Some owners do ask to do a home visit first, but many do not and those concern me that the person getting the animal may have an unsuitable home/lifestyle.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Betelnut on December 20, 2011, 11:24:33 AM
On our freecycle, I have seen offers that were, IMHO, outrageous. This is not a rural area and most people do not have room or a home with zoning for "barnyard" animals.

I have seen offers for pigs, goats, and guinea fowl. All of these are fine, if an appropriate receiver is available, but they all insisted they be gone immediately.

The saddest have been pets, mainly cats and older dogs. The most extreme were purebred German Shepherd puppies, six months old, with papers and all shots, who hadn't sold during the "cute" puppy stage. Some owners do ask to do a home visit first, but many do not and those concern me that the person getting the animal may have an unsuitable home/lifestyle.

We have offers of pets at least once a week, if not more frequently.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Wench on December 20, 2011, 12:21:11 PM
Our freecycle has just banned pets being given away as so many adverts were put on the website.

 I personally feel that animals should only be rehomed through a reputable animal charity or rescue centre like the RSPCA.  The person advertising can keep the animal until a suitable home is found but the charity can be involved in finding a new home.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on December 20, 2011, 12:41:07 PM
Just saw someone on mine asking for an iPad. Mmkay, good luck with that.

darn... and here I spent some time scrimping and saving and looking for a good deal. I could have just posted on freecycle!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Betelnut on December 20, 2011, 01:05:34 PM
This doozy just came through:

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WANTED: Pellets .... see details. (LaPlata)
Unopened, unused and preferably Hammer or Lignetics brand. Other high quality hardwood would be acceptable as well. Mint condition only please. Am available for you to drop off at my home before Christmas.

The kicker is wanting them to be dropped off at his/her house!  Wow.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: magicdomino on December 20, 2011, 01:11:13 PM

I have seen offers for pigs, goats, and guinea fowl. All of these are fine, if an appropriate receiver is available, but they all insisted they be gone immediately.

I suspect the posters got a baby animal as a pet, ran afoul of animal control laws, and now have to get rid of the animal immediately or face a fine. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: still in va on December 20, 2011, 02:18:11 PM
This doozy just came through:

Quote
WANTED: Pellets .... see details. (LaPlata)
Unopened, unused and preferably Hammer or Lignetics brand. Other high quality hardwood would be acceptable as well. Mint condition only please. Am available for you to drop off at my home before Christmas.

The kicker is wanting them to be dropped off at his/her house!  Wow.

assume these are pellets for one of those pellet stoves?  could have been worse....they could have expected the stove to be filled upon delivery!   ::)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on December 20, 2011, 11:26:21 PM
Our freecycle has just banned pets being given away as so many adverts were put on the website.

 I personally feel that animals should only be rehomed through a reputable animal charity or rescue centre like the RSPCA.  The person advertising can keep the animal until a suitable home is found but the charity can be involved in finding a new home.

This doesn't always work out, though.  I ended up taking a stray who literally wandered in the back door to my (rural) library one day - she was absolutely skin and bones.  Took her to the vet to get shots and figure out her age (about 6 months) - I'm guessing someone dumped her off on the road in the woods once she didn't sell at the "cute" stage.  She even knew commands like "sit" already!  However, she and my sheltie did NOT get along.  They weighed about the same, but she was twice his height and was obviously not used to being in a fenced yard - she scratched up our back door and a wall in our garage, even though we only kept her for a few days.

So we had to get rid of her, but a) all the no-kill shelters in our area were full, b) most of the kill shelters were full too, and c) we didn't have the luxury of sitting around and waiting for the perfect family to fall in our laps.  I did send out feelers among the other people in my library and my local friends, seeing if anyone wanted a dog, but no luck.  We eventually ended up finding a rescue organization which does foster homes for its dogs and finding a foster mom who was willing to trade - she took the stray and we took home the dog she had been fostering (who was about the same age, but smaller).  It's worked out well - our second dog is dumb as a brick but a well-loved part of the family - but we really would have been stuck if we couldn't have accommodated a second dog.  As it was, we ended up paying almost $400 for the swap - $70 for the shots at the vet, and then our new dog had been spayed the day before so we payed for the stray to be spayed too since the $300+ to do that would have had to come from the foster mom's pocket.

Oh, the other wrinkle: by giving up a dog, we're supposed to be ineligible to ever adopt from this particular organization again.  Some of the other local shelters had the same rule.  I can understand it, but "It's not actually my dog" doesn't seem to make a difference  :-\
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Moralia on December 21, 2011, 07:53:46 AM
I'm giving away a Vemco V-track drafting machine today. I got it from Freecycle and it was too big for my drafting table...so it's out the door again!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Amara on December 21, 2011, 12:43:42 PM
I just ended up being picked to get a smokeless indoor grill. I'll pick it up after work today. Has anyone ever used one of these?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ceallach on December 21, 2011, 05:11:35 PM
Our freecycle has just banned pets being given away as so many adverts were put on the website.

 I personally feel that animals should only be rehomed through a reputable animal charity or rescue centre like the RSPCA.  The person advertising can keep the animal until a suitable home is found but the charity can be involved in finding a new home.

My boss and her family were looking for a puppy, and saw one free to a good home online.  Unfortunately, somebody else had responded 30min before them and already picked up the dog.  Ok, no problem, they missed out.

1 hour later they see an ad by another person for the exact same dog, but this time with a pricetag of $50!!!  They made contact with the person, thinking somebody was trying to turn a dodgy deal.  It turned out she had legitimately got the dog wanting to keep it, but her other dog hated it. (I find it odd that she didn't give them more time to adjust, but whatever).   

Anyway, boss and her family ended up getting the dog (I don't think they gave her any money) and he's happily part of their family.  But yeah, giving away pets online can be dodgy.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wolfie on December 22, 2011, 09:17:53 AM
Oh, the other wrinkle: by giving up a dog, we're supposed to be ineligible to ever adopt from this particular organization again.  Some of the other local shelters had the same rule.  I can understand it, but "It's not actually my dog" doesn't seem to make a difference  :-\

And this is why people don't help stray animals. Why help when you will be penalized for it. I used to try in the city but the 'dumping' fees jumped from 20$ to 100$ starting from kitten and could go to 250$ for a medium dog and I couldn't help strays anymore (I bought and donated food instead). Luckily I now live in a farmland area where animals are found and looked after until their owners are found without penalty unless the animal is not registered. Lots of cows get lost whenever big storms come through because the fences come down, they even get announced on the radio.

it really does depend on the shelter. I was looking for a lost cat and ended up finding a lot of very friendly strays. Obviously I couldn't keep them all so went looking for a no kill shelter to help me out. They took some of the cats and I am definitely not penalized for it - at a later time I wanted to adopt one of the cats and they let me do it. Some rescues/shelters pride themselves on how tough they make it for people to adopt - and I think that hurts the animals in the end. I think they should look at the reasons that someone is dropping off the animal before deciding they are not adoption worthy. Someone dropping off an animal because they aren't cute and interesting anymore? They shouldn't be allowed to adopt. Someone dropping off an animal because it showed up on their door one day and they can't keep it? Should be given a little star that says "already shown to be responsible even for animals that aren't theirs" and welcomed if they decide to get their next pet from that place.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wheeitsme on December 22, 2011, 11:23:39 AM
We tried to adopt a Labrador puppy from a rescue organization near us.  They wouldn't let us adopt because we wouldn't keep her as an indoor dog.  They wanted all of their pets to be kept inside most of the time.  They said that otherwise they wouldn't be "a part of your family".  I'm sorry, but there is no way that I am going to be so mean as to keep a lab inside all the time. 

We ended up finding an ad on Craigslist.  Somebody's unfixed purebred lab met the dog next door (half lab - half German Shepherd).  They had 8 puppies to find homes for.  And we got our Melody Puddles.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6154/6195865356_25d320f9b5_m.jpg)

(That was her at 10 weeks and 10lbs.  She is now 5 months and 30lbs.)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Shoo on December 22, 2011, 11:25:47 AM
We tried to adopt a Labrador puppy from a rescue organization near us.  They wouldn't let us adopt because we wouldn't keep her as an indoor dog.  They wanted all of their pets to be kept inside most of the time.  They said that otherwise they wouldn't be "a part of your family".  I'm sorry, but there is no way that I am going to be so mean as to keep a lab inside all the time. 



I doubt they meant you couldn't take the dog outside to play or for walks.  They just don't want you putting the dog in the backyard in a kennel to live (sleep, eat, etc.).  That's what the shelter told us when we adopted our dog.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: WhiteTigerCub on December 22, 2011, 11:27:00 AM

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6154/6195865356_25d320f9b5_m.jpg)

(That was her at 10 weeks and 10lbs.  She is now 5 months and 30lbs.)

o.m.g. sooooooooo dang cute!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wheeitsme on December 22, 2011, 11:38:31 AM
We tried to adopt a Labrador puppy from a rescue organization near us.  They wouldn't let us adopt because we wouldn't keep her as an indoor dog.  They wanted all of their pets to be kept inside most of the time.  They said that otherwise they wouldn't be "a part of your family".  I'm sorry, but there is no way that I am going to be so mean as to keep a lab inside all the time. 



I doubt they meant you couldn't take the dog outside to play or for walks.  They just don't want you putting the dog in the backyard in a kennel to live (sleep, eat, etc.).  That's what the shelter told us when we adopted our dog.

No, my husband called them. The said that they felt that if a dog didn't spend most of it's life inside they didn't think you considered it a member of your family.

We let her in and out whenever she wants, but as our puppy is getting a lot bigger, she prefers to spend a lot of her time outside. She has a big backyard with digging spots and bones and birds and rabbits and toys and other dogs that she can talk to over the fences.  It's part being the breed of dog she is.  And she loves it!
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: POF on December 22, 2011, 11:58:31 AM
I ran into a similar situation with trying to adopt a golden retriever.  they were concerned that we would let her roam in our very large FENCED wooded yard and that we would "CRUD MONKEYS" let her swim off the boat. So we purchased a puppy.

Who has a wonderful life and gets to be outside when she wants to and goes everywhere in the car and loves to be swimming off the boat. She's spoiled silly.

Considering that she has her OWN spot on the couch between DH and I and sleeps in my 14 year olds room ( in his bed .... when i am not looking ) I think she feels like she is one of the family.

Puppy is ADORABLE !
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kimblee on December 22, 2011, 01:30:46 PM
We tried to adopt a Labrador puppy from a rescue organization near us.  They wouldn't let us adopt because we wouldn't keep her as an indoor dog.  They wanted all of their pets to be kept inside most of the time.  They said that otherwise they wouldn't be "a part of your family".  I'm sorry, but there is no way that I am going to be so mean as to keep a lab inside all the time. 



I doubt they meant you couldn't take the dog outside to play or for walks.  They just don't want you putting the dog in the backyard in a kennel to live (sleep, eat, etc.).  That's what the shelter told us when we adopted our dog.

No, my husband called them. The said that they felt that if a dog didn't spend most of it's life inside they didn't think you considered it a member of your family.

We let her in and out whenever she wants, but as our puppy is getting a lot bigger, she prefers to spend a lot of her time outside. She has a big backyard with digging spots and bones and birds and rabbits and toys and other dogs that she can talk to over the fences.  It's part being the breed of dog she is.  And she loves it!

Sounds like our Rocky.

He'll come inside for cuddles and yummy things, but when he's done with us he wants to be OUTSIDE where the goats and the chickens and his "true love" (Our fixed pyraneese mix) are.

Annie (The afore mentioned true love) comes inside even more rarely. Only if its cold and wet. (She's elderly, when she was young she'd consent to come in even less. She doesn't like it inside so we go outside to love and adore her.)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: chibichan on December 22, 2011, 08:17:05 PM
She doesn't like it inside so we go outside to love and adore her.)

^  This made me all warm amd fuzzy  ;D .
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Kimblee on December 22, 2011, 08:19:51 PM
She doesn't like it inside so we go outside to love and adore her.)

^  This made me all warm amd fuzzy  ;D .

Funnily enough, Annie is also warm and fuzzy. :D

(I really need to get a picture of her to show off, she's REALLY pretty.)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: oz diva on December 22, 2011, 08:21:42 PM
I read this the other day:

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I know that this is a big ask, but I'm wondering if anyone might have an
inflatable jumping castle that their kids have grown out of and no
longer use. If you do, I'd love to have one for my children. I am happy
to travel.

Who owns one of these? I'd hire one, but I wouldn't buy one.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: ica171 on December 22, 2011, 08:47:18 PM
I read this the other day:

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I know that this is a big ask, but I'm wondering if anyone might have an
inflatable jumping castle that their kids have grown out of and no
longer use. If you do, I'd love to have one for my children. I am happy
to travel.

Who owns one of these? I'd hire one, but I wouldn't buy one.

Depending on the size it can be cheaper to buy them. A friend of mine got one for a birthday party and it was a big one, but it was a few hundred dollars. If you're going to do that more than once it seems like it would be better to buy it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: wendelenn on December 22, 2011, 09:33:12 PM
What kind of birds were they ? Boobies .....


runs away giggling .... I said Booby !

I just reverted to my 12 year old boy self there and giggled.

Thank you

Singing willow, tit-willow, tit-willow. . .
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: kherbert05 on December 23, 2011, 10:38:25 AM
This made me laugh a lot >

I was just on Kijiji and saw an ad for "Triple-K-Construction". A part of me wondered if I just have an awful mind or the owner of the business didn't realize the name sort of reminds people of a certain group, or what. I kind of smirked, though  :P
Seems like a glaring oversight.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Marisol on December 23, 2011, 10:40:01 AM
What kind of birds were they ? Boobies .....


runs away giggling .... I said Booby !

I just reverted to my 12 year old boy self there and giggled.

Thank you

Singing willow, tit-willow, tit-willow. . .
And i said to him 'Dicky-bird'
Why do you sit, singing
Willow, tit-willow tit-willow
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Friday on December 26, 2011, 10:44:29 PM
Tell me if I'm being overboard about being bothered by this.

I posted:  I have 3-4 grocery bags full of markers, crayons, colored pencils, pom
poms, googly eyes, cotton balls, pipe cleaners and other misc. items.
Will only give to a teacher.

One responder:  HI
Can I please get these bags- I am starting a childcare business and I am in need of any help!!
I appreciate your offer
Thank you

I stated that I'd give them to a teacher... she's starting a business.... just seems a little entitled to me.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: esteban on December 27, 2011, 08:29:24 AM
Tell me if I'm being overboard about being bothered by this.

I posted:  I have 3-4 grocery bags full of markers, crayons, colored pencils, pom
poms, googly eyes, cotton balls, pipe cleaners and other misc. items.
Will only give to a teacher.

One responder:  HI
Can I please get these bags- I am starting a childcare business and I am in need of any help!!
I appreciate your offer
Thank you

I stated that I'd give them to a teacher... she's starting a business.... just seems a little entitled to me.

Childcare providers consider themselves teachers (and rightly so)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: mikeylou on December 27, 2011, 12:56:54 PM
Tell me if I'm being overboard about being bothered by this.

I posted:  I have 3-4 grocery bags full of markers, crayons, colored pencils, pom
poms, googly eyes, cotton balls, pipe cleaners and other misc. items.
Will only give to a teacher.

One responder:  HI
Can I please get these bags- I am starting a childcare business and I am in need of any help!!
I appreciate your offer
Thank you

I stated that I'd give them to a teacher... she's starting a business.... just seems a little entitled to me.

Childcare providers consider themselves teachers (and rightly so)

I think its her delivery. 
My problem with it is that I would not expect that level of desperation from a potential business owner who had properly done their business plan.  A childcare provider may be a teacher, but they are also an independent business owner.  Her message comes across as someone who is woefully unprepared for their business venture. 

I think the message would have been received better if she had said "I am interested in your craft items.  I am starting my own childcare business and would like to supplement my supplies with gently used ones.  Thank you for your consideration."

Instead she comes across as needy and unprepared, relying on the generosity of others to start her business.

I think it's also possible that a traditional teacher is seen as someone who works hard for little pay and has to pay out of pocket for additional supplies the classroom needs.  A childcare provider's supply cost should be built into their company budget instead of out of pocket. 


Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sharnita on December 27, 2011, 01:01:53 PM
I think the educational level and continuing education requirements of a "teacher" as opposed to a "childcare provider" can be significantly different, as can the monitoring of student achievement, etc.

A parent could say they are a teacher but I think that they are not in the sense that OP means it.

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Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on December 27, 2011, 04:15:59 PM
Yeah.  I'm a teacher in the sense that I homeschool my kids... but I wouldn't respond to that post, because I'd assume they meant professional public/private school teachers with classrooms of kids.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on December 27, 2011, 08:38:42 PM
Yeah.  I'm a teacher in the sense that I homeschool my kids... but I wouldn't respond to that post, because I'd assume they meant professional public/private school teachers with classrooms of kids.

See, I don't think it's that bad.  She was honest about her role, and it's entirely possible no "real" teachers might have responded - in which case the PP might have considered her request.  It would be entitled if she demanded it, but it didn't sound to me like she was being all that rude in her response.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sharnita on December 27, 2011, 08:48:19 PM
If somebody offered knives to a chef she might also claim that or that she is a health care provider and she certainly does those things for the kids she cares for but that does not make her a teacher, chef or helath care provider in the same way as somebody who has trained specifically for that and only that.

Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Amara on December 28, 2011, 01:01:13 PM
I have one. It showed up this morning. WARNING: Eeeeeewwwwww factor involved.

Santa brought new undies to our family so out with the old and in with the new!

Men's boxer shorts:
1) cotton Calvin Klein maroon in color with tiny white plaid design- Size Large
2) cotton Calvin Klein blue in color with blue/white plaid design- Size Medium

Both used, but in clean condition and no holes
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Marisol on December 28, 2011, 06:17:43 PM
I think the fact that the child care provider was the business owner makes her out of the correct category of recipients the OP was intending the items for. 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Ceallach on December 28, 2011, 06:21:49 PM
I have one. It showed up this morning. WARNING: Eeeeeewwwwww factor involved.

Santa brought new undies to our family so out with the old and in with the new!

Men's boxer shorts:
1) cotton Calvin Klein maroon in color with tiny white plaid design- Size Large
2) cotton Calvin Klein blue in color with blue/white plaid design- Size Medium

Both used, but in clean condition and no holes


Lol!  I could see donating them to a clothing charity for homeless people or similar, that would make sense.  But I doubt that many people are sitting on their computers surfing freecycle and wondering "Where can I get some free second-hand undies from?"
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Betelnut on December 29, 2011, 09:35:00 AM
I have one. It showed up this morning. WARNING: Eeeeeewwwwww factor involved.

Santa brought new undies to our family so out with the old and in with the new!

Men's boxer shorts:
1) cotton Calvin Klein maroon in color with tiny white plaid design- Size Large
2) cotton Calvin Klein blue in color with blue/white plaid design- Size Medium

Both used, but in clean condition and no holes


Lol!  I could see donating them to a clothing charity for homeless people or similar, that would make sense.  But I doubt that many people are sitting on their computers surfing freecycle and wondering "Where can I get some free second-hand undies from?"

Were they ever marked as "taken"?
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BabyMama on December 29, 2011, 12:42:57 PM
WANTED: Household items for my son's new apartment: see list.
Thank you for looking.

Pasta Strainer/Colander
Measuring Tape
Queen Sized Bed Frame
Shower mirror
Towel rack
Night stand
Sink Plug
Plastic bag holder
Newer TV (with A/V Hook-ups)
TV Stand/Entertainment Center
Kitchen Knives
Rolling Pin
Beaters/Mixer
Hand Towels
Dish Towels
Vacuum
Broom and Dust Pan
Ice Cube Trays
Microwave Stand
Curtains
Casserole Dishes
Pots
Pans
Pot Holders
Baking/Cookie Sheets
Cups
Bowls
Food Storage Containers
Mixing Bowls
Cooking Utensils (Spoons, Spatulas, Tongs...)
Baking Utensils (Scraping Spatulas...)


The mods removed the sob story that I expect was attached to this. I'm surprised she's not asking for bed linens and clothing too.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: hermanne on December 29, 2011, 12:50:21 PM
WANTED: Household items for my son's new apartment: see list.
Thank you for looking.

Pasta Strainer/Colander
Measuring Tape
Queen Sized Bed Frame
Shower mirror
Towel rack
Night stand
Sink Plug
Plastic bag holder
Newer TV (with A/V Hook-ups)
TV Stand/Entertainment Center
Kitchen Knives
Rolling Pin
Beaters/Mixer
Hand Towels
Dish Towels
Vacuum
Broom and Dust Pan
Ice Cube Trays
Microwave Stand
Curtains
Casserole Dishes
Pots
Pans
Pot Holders
Baking/Cookie Sheets
Cups
Bowls
Food Storage Containers
Mixing Bowls
Cooking Utensils (Spoons, Spatulas, Tongs...)
Baking Utensils (Scraping Spatulas...)


The mods removed the sob story that I expect was attached to this. I'm surprised she's not asking for bed linens and clothing too.

That's funny, DH and I do have a queen bedframe we'd like to get rid of...
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: WhiteTigerCub on December 29, 2011, 12:58:48 PM
Who needs a rolling pin this days?  ;D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: MommyPenguin on December 29, 2011, 01:05:42 PM
I do!  I was trying to make fondant icing for the first time for my middle daughter's birthday, only to realize that I didn't have a rolling pin.  I had to use a brayer (new and unused), and man, was that tedious!  I told my mother afterwards, and it turns out I got a rolling pin as a wedding gift and it's been living at her house ever since.  I've been married for 7 years.  Oops.  So now I have a rolling pin.  :)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: LibraryLady on December 29, 2011, 02:12:08 PM
Lots of people!!

I have a rolling pin (58) my daughter does  (40)  and we use it to make pie crust, rolled cookies with.
The pie crust you get - Pillsbury- in the refrigerated section has animal fat in and tastes bad to me.  If you buy
the ones in the frozen section, some taste like cardboard.  To me, the crust is a crucial part of the pie.

Not a good crust, the pie is only half as good.

LL
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Reader on December 29, 2011, 02:16:45 PM
Me!  I just used one of the 2 I have to crush up Oreo cookies to make Oreo truffles.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: WhiteTigerCub on December 29, 2011, 02:23:59 PM
LOL. You see I don't bake. :)      You all now make me want to put up an ad on CL looking for someone to bake for me so I can have all those yummy treats!  >:D
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: BabyMama on December 29, 2011, 02:54:44 PM
Just put up a Freecycle request for peoples' leftover holiday goodies. But only if they're freshly made and untouched ;)
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: jedikaiti on December 29, 2011, 02:59:02 PM
Who needs a rolling pin this days?  ;D

We have 2 - I had one, then BF bought another later b/c he didn't like mine so much. He's a chef and has strong preferences, tho.

We don't use them all that often, except for the annual Holiday Baking Spree. Which is a little behind schedule this year.

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So... am I the only person who HASN'T seen any weird/greedy requests on Freecycle/ReUseIt? Either folks around here are really nice (the ReUseIt list has at least twice as many offers as requests), or the mods are very vigilant.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Amara on December 31, 2011, 03:54:13 PM
Apparently no takers on the used (but clean) underwear. I have to say that I am not surprised.

That long list the woman put up for her son would annoy me. When I moved out of my parents' home *ahem* decades years ago I got nothing. I went to the thrift store and bought one set of silverware (fork, knife, spoon), unmatched, a toaster for 25 cents that ended up lasting me for about twenty-two years, and maybe a couple of plates, bowls and cups. Slowly, very slowly, I added stuff but I think it took quite a while before I had much of anything that matched.

And, really, if her son needs this stuff Mom should have it. If she doesn't want to share her home things with her son why would she expect other people to do so?

*shakes head* Amazing.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: VorFemme on December 31, 2011, 03:59:57 PM
I just Freecycled a vacuum cleaner (works - the notch in the thing that lets it stand upright when not in use broke over Christmas - it's ten or so years old, no big deal and VorGuy got me a new "bagless" vacuum).  I posted to see if anyone NEEDED one that would vacuum, even if it wasn't NEW and in perfect cosmetic condition.

Someone is coming over shortly to pick it up.

I posted that it was taken pending pick up (PPU).

Someone NEW asked me for it - as apparently PPU doesn't mean "it's taken" in their lexicon. 

At least no one is telling me that they deserve my NEW vacuum cleaner and should keep the older one..............which I have heard about happening..........someone did not give in to the guilt trip but posted to the list requesting that they be banned (not their name - that was sent to the moderator - a post to let everyone else know why her stuff would no longer be posted to Freecycle but taken to the closest Salvation Army or Goodwill instead).  Apparently she'd heard from ONLY the loonies in her time on Freecycle.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Slartibartfast on December 31, 2011, 04:32:28 PM
I just Freecycled a vacuum cleaner (works - the notch in the thing that lets it stand upright when not in use broke over Christmas - it's ten or so years old, no big deal and VorGuy got me a new "bagless" vacuum).  I posted to see if anyone NEEDED one that would vacuum, even if it wasn't NEW and in perfect cosmetic condition.

Someone is coming over shortly to pick it up.

I posted that it was taken pending pick up (PPU).

Someone NEW asked me for it - as apparently PPU doesn't mean "it's taken" in their lexicon. 

At least no one is telling me that they deserve my NEW vacuum cleaner and should keep the older one..............which I have heard about happening..........someone did not give in to the guilt trip but posted to the list requesting that they be banned (not their name - that was sent to the moderator - a post to let everyone else know why her stuff would no longer be posted to Freecycle but taken to the closest Salvation Army or Goodwill instead).  Apparently she'd heard from ONLY the loonies in her time on Freecycle.

I've replied to some PPUs, just in case - I've had items where a dozen people are interested, but I get four no-shows in a row.  At that point I usually just decide to stick it in the Goodwill pile instead of contacting person #5 on the list.  If I get a late responder, I'll often give them a shot too.  I always try to phrase it like "I see this is pending pickup, but if that falls through I would absolutely be interested and can pick up anytime on X, Y, and Z days!" so they know I'm serious about it.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: magicdomino on December 31, 2011, 07:34:00 PM
Yeah, sometimes it pays to have a waiting list.  I have gone as far as 6 to 8 people before the items -- paintings done by my mother when she was getting her Fine Art degree -- found a home.  On the other hand, I once gave some electronic equipment to another person who came to pick up an ancient computer.  The claimer was a no-show, and this guy was there.
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Sirius on January 01, 2012, 01:14:01 AM
Apparently no takers on the used (but clean) underwear. I have to say that I am not surprised.

That long list the woman put up for her son would annoy me. When I moved out of my parents' home *ahem* decades years ago I got nothing. I went to the thrift store and bought one set of silverware (fork, knife, spoon), unmatched, a toaster for 25 cents that ended up lasting me for about twenty-two years, and maybe a couple of plates, bowls and cups. Slowly, very slowly, I added stuff but I think it took quite a while before I had much of anything that matched.

And, really, if her son needs this stuff Mom should have it. If she doesn't want to share her home things with her son why would she expect other people to do so?

*shakes head* Amazing.

At the time I bought my mobile home the local Albertson's was having their "Get a Blue Willow plate, cup, and saucer for $2.50 with a $5 purchase" promotion going on, and since I've always liked Blue Willow dishes I picked up four sets over the couple of months leading up to me taking possession, and I got several sets as Christmas presents.  I also hit every yard sale in town.  My mobile home was furnished in "Garage Sale Modern."   I think that the first few years I lived there the only thing I bought brand new was my sewing machine.  I sewed all my own drapes (or hung up hand-me-down drapes from my oft-redecorating sister), and my dining room table was also my desk (that my mom had bought at a yard sale for $5.) 
Title: Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
Post by: Phoebelion on January 01, 2012, 09:14:23 AM
I recently cleaned another area and had several listings.  Of course, you get the people who want it all.  I had a hand held game and told one party (the only one that gave the requested info) the address to pick up.  Then she got busy and forgot, reset time/day.  Then she had an emergency, reset time/day again.  Then she just didn't pick up.  I told her not to bother coming as I was going to the next person in line.   At that point she had over 36 hous to pick up.  The next person picked up within half hour - approximately  6:30 am.  At 7