I guess this could go for Freecycle ads as well...
*No wish lists! (Do not go one Freecycle and post a huge list of wants including all new or gently used items) unless the posts reads something like this: "Getting married on DD/MM/YYYY, will take any wedding decorations you have"
*No sob stories. Sorry, Freecycle is NOT a charity! It exsists to hopefully keep usable items out of landfills. If you really need help with food/money/clothing/ect. contact your church or local Social Services agency.
*please try to keep the wants to a minimum. Some FC boards (each town/area runs its own board) have limits on how many wants you can post in a time period.
*If you really want to donate your used items to a "deserving" family/person, contact a local charity or homeless shelter.
*Be honest about the condition of the items you are giving away. Yes, its free stuff, but it's a waste of MY time and gas to tell me something is "Like New" when it looks like you mopped the floor with it.
*If you have arranged to pick up or drop off your items, please be on time. Again, do not waste my time or flake out. CALL if for any reason you will be late or cannot pick up/drop off your item.
*For your safety, it may be best to arrange to meet in a public place to do drop offs/pick ups.
*Please read the ENTIRE AD before responding! If the poster states that one must have own transportation for hauling, do not email me saying you want this item and can I drop it off.
*It's a good idea to state in the ad whether the item comes from a home with smokers or animals (state whether cats, dogs, ferrets, ect). Some people have severe allergies and cannot have items with allergens on them in their homes.
*Do not email requesting pictures of items unless the ad states pics upon request.