Free Stuff On Criagslist
I've gotten at least one thing, and have given away a number of others on the Humboldt Craigslist Free Classifieds. I got a nice weight bench last November. I've given away all sorts of odds and ends including cassette tapes, vhs tapes and other stuff laying around I didn't need.
You can get some goofy replies, though. I recall posting an ad giving away something for something free when the first reply asked if I still had "...the item for sale". Probably some troll so I didn't answer. I guess that happens fairly often. That's why people post ads like this. Apparently yet another person replied saying they wanted something but never showed up to get it.
When I first started giving stuff away most came and got it pretty quick. I do recall one time where it took two days for them to come get it. What's with that? No harm done, I suppose, but I'm gonna have to get a bit pickier about who I decide to give it to. This last time I'm wondering if I've been mega- trolled?
Posted an ad yesterday for some free shelving. I included a picture of what I was offering. Checked the e-mail an hour later and had three replies, all saying they wanted it. The second and third even gave phone numbers. The first just said he or she would be interested in it.
As I always do (and mention in the ad), I e-mailed the first three replies telling them what order they were in. The first one gets it, normally. The first one was told they could come get it and I gave them directions. I never heard back. As of last night I hadn't heard back so figured I'd give them 'til sometime this morning. I e-mailed #2 saying I'd give it to her if #1 didn't come get it by then.
#2 e-mailed me last night and said that would be fine and she could come get it on the way to work. I e-mailed her back this morning telling her #1 didn't contact me so it was hers and gave her directions to my house. She's never replied. She said she'd be here by 10am but she hasn't shown up. Is this another troll? Her e-mails don't read like it.
I guess I'll let the shelving sit on the front lawn until tomorrow. Things happen. Maybe she couldn't make it? Then maybe I'll call, instead of e-mail #3 if I don't hear from #2 again.
I'm thinking of changing the way I handle those ads. I usually state if they're among the first 3 responses they'll be notified. If they don't hear from me, they're not in the top three. Maybe from now on I'll e-mail the first 3 or 5 and offer it to the first one that replies and says they'll come get it? I can't think of any other way to do it.