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Shalamar

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1260 on: April 17, 2014, 11:29:25 AM »
I've probably told this story before, but I had a similar tale to the laptop saga when I was trying to sell some brand-new china on Craigslist.  I got an e-mail purportedly from some young fellow who was moving out of province, had therefore closed all of his bank accounts, but he really wanted to buy my "items".  Because, naturally, if you're a young guy moving across the country, the thing you need the most is fragile china.   ::) 

I got the same type of "give me your banking info, and I'll pay you, plus I'll throw in some extra $ for your time" nonsense.  I said "Sorry, cash only", whereupon I got a "What?   Are you afraid I'm trying to scam you?  How DARE you?" type of reply. 

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1261 on: April 17, 2014, 07:06:43 PM »
I still have the "spare" laptop.  I was offered $75 from a reseller...the same laptop line but one model older (same amount of RAM, lower speed #, and smaller hard drive) was a bit over 3X that price on their shelf, right behind me.

Decided for that amount of money, I'd rather have a spare computer on hand (two story house).  Then VorGuy's Windows 7 laptop died in November 2013 (about two months after the $75 "offer") and he used it while I first tried to get his to work, get a backup made (didn't work very well either), and then transferred what I could recover to a new laptop with Windows 8 on it.

Just tried to use that hard drive for a back up of my laptop - it is one very dead hard drive...not recognized by either of my laptops...

But I don't feel like buying a NEW hard drive & trying to set it up at the moment - I've had one minor crisis after another lately, including two leaks under the kitchen sink.  The plumber came back for a second visit in 13 days this morning.  I'm hoping that there will be an interlude in this drama over Easter.

I could use some chocolate and a weekend where nothing breaks down.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1262 on: April 17, 2014, 11:04:59 PM »
I'll virtually send you the LARGE broken chocolate bunnies I found in the clearance section at Fred Meyer's last weekend.  Ears were broken off.  Bunny foo foos, anyone????  ;D

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1263 on: April 17, 2014, 11:30:49 PM »
I never turn down a vitual Bunny Foo Foo - or two, when the plumber's been here twice in two weeks....
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1264 on: June 28, 2014, 02:46:10 PM »
Bringing this hilarious thread back to life with an ad I have seen posted my my local CraigsList for at least six months now. Can't figure out why no one has stepped up to help this guy out. After all, he's "awesome"!  ::)  And by the way, Montecito is a section of Santa Barbara that is generally quite wealthy. A lot of celebs have second or third homes there.

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I'm awesome.
That's it.
Truly, though.

I require a parking spot, wifi. Privacy and an awesome attitude.
I prefer my own bathroom.
I have an awesome attitude.
Well, maybe if by awesome he means "will perform all outdoor maintenance, yard work, and clean your house as well as Merry Maids would" ...

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1265 on: June 29, 2014, 09:20:26 AM »
I have been trying to sell my no name electric guitar for a while.  I had one generous purchaser offer me two thousand and twenty dollars for it.  Wow! What an offer!  Here's the catch: I get the $20 in cash and he rest by cheque.

I was denied membership to my local freecycle because I did not post anything for giveaway.  I needed a membership to post......... I found out from a friend that it is a select group of people that run it, trade stuff and don't allow anyone they do not know on it.  Who knew the freecyclers could be cliquey.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1266 on: June 29, 2014, 02:19:16 PM »
I was denied membership to my local freecycle because I did not post anything for giveaway.  I needed a membership to post......... I found out from a friend that it is a select group of people that run it, trade stuff and don't allow anyone they do not know on it.  Who knew the freecyclers could be cliquey.

It was our Freecycle's suggestion to post a give before a request.  I sent 2 gives in response to requests; the posters never contacted me. I didn't have an offer, but I knew I would soon. I have talked to others and found the same thing: in general, our Freecycle group was pretty cliquey.

It's been out for about 3 years now. Makes me sad, but I'm not surprised. It was just too much moderated - although the "no pets!" thing I think is very responsible.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1267 on: June 30, 2014, 10:23:56 PM »
While giving away a tube TV, I saw a request for broken jewelry. Since I was decluttering, I did have some broken jewelry and costume jewelry. I didn't see any specific use mentioned. I asked the poster if he/she might be an artist. She replied her church was going to repair it to sell and help fund a mission trip. She asked what I had. I replied with the description of my stuff and said I would be happy to mail to her in care of the church's name and address. Indignant, she must have seen the word costume jewelry and said her church would not dream of accepting it.

Oh, well, a druggie couldn't get her fix by fencing it at a pawn shop......

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1268 on: July 01, 2014, 10:42:36 AM »
I saw one today... someone was asking for a free pair of size 6 Hunter wellies.

Wellies (or Wellington boots, or gum boots, depending on your country) can be purchased at our local supermarket for about £8 - 10.  Hunter Wellies are a very posh, hard wearing yet fashionista type item... they retail for about £80. 

So of course I'd have a pair floating around that I'd be happy to give to someone.  Sure. 

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1269 on: July 07, 2014, 05:47:25 PM »
We have one woman who keeps posting that she needs bricks for a retaining wall and dirt to go behind it.  Oh yea, she doesn't have a car so you will need to deliver it to her . She is an hour drive from the main part of town. 

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1270 on: July 08, 2014, 02:09:48 AM »
I saw someone who always posts looking for Beanie Babies- the same post appears every 10 days. So I thought maybe the poster was trying to get them to give to soldiers, or the police, or for charity groups. I did a quick google of their contact info before I reached out to them, and I am glad I did. The poster is a huge Ebay seller.

I was happy to hand off my old Beanies to a good cause, but not to someone who is going to try and turn a profit off them.

In the local Freecycle-type groups I'm a member of, that's a huge no-no, and will get you booted. I imagine the repeated requests would make the mods a bit testy, as well.

I'm a bit appalled at some poster's experiences in their groups. In the ones I have joined in my area, there's generally far more offers than requests, and very few really specific ones.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1271 on: July 08, 2014, 12:47:17 PM »
Someone on the local Freecycle list is repeatedly asking for twenty or thirty Beanie Babies, as they are a "teacher" and need them for some kind of school related thing - some kind of awards program where the kids get to pick a prize for attendance, good behavior, or the like.  I have three - that I plan to keep - as they are MY collection (unicorn, Siamese cat, and a white tiger, if I recall correctly - I'm not sure if the white tiger is a Beanie Baby or just that size...).
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1272 on: July 20, 2014, 10:38:12 AM »
From a local buy/sell Facebook group....

Good Morning To Everyone,
ISO of a pickup truck year 99 - 05. I am looking for a Chevy Colorado, S10, or Silverado 1500. GMC S15 Pickup or Sierra 1500. Considering a Dodge Ram depending. My friend has ask me to help her find a well owned vehicle. She is a country girl a very good friend of the family. She is willing to spend the amount of anywhere from $1800 - $2500 cash. I told her to look on Craigslist, but after 2 months evening with me looking all we seen was JUNK!!! So? If you have or someone you know have a pickup truck for sale send me a friend request lets talk. PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU CONTACT ME. The vehicle must have under a 150,000 miles, a good clean exterior n interior, receipts n maintenance records (the whole history of ownership). NO TRUCKS THAT HAVE BEEN USED FOR PULLING EXTREME HEAVY LOADS, CONTRACTOR OR COMPANY TRUCKS, OR BEEN USED FOR SCRAPING NOT INTERESTED. I will be posting on other groups and checking other resources.



I can see looking for a specific model/year of truck, looking for low-ish mileage, but all of the other stuff and for less than $2500??  Good luck buddy.  I see a lot more searching in your future.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1273 on: July 20, 2014, 10:41:44 AM »
I've seen a few of my facebook friends now posting items for sale. One is wanting to sell used sweatshirts at $10 each and the other is selling used electronics. What happened to garage/yard sales or listing things on Craiglist?
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1274 on: July 20, 2014, 01:19:46 PM »
Are they posting directly as a status update/photo or are they posting to a group?  We have a local buy/sell group (see the post above) and I could see something getting on your timeline if they post to an open group.  Happens to me all the time with cousins of mine who post to an open group in their local area.  Having said that, I should probably check my settings if I start posting to our local buy/sell group.

If they are posting directly as a status update/photo, then yeah, that seems a little off to me. 

I've seen a few of my facebook friends now posting items for sale. One is wanting to sell used sweatshirts at $10 each and the other is selling used electronics. What happened to garage/yard sales or listing things on Craiglist?