...leads to costing your money and time and energy.
Why don't people know this?
It's pretty simple: follow the directions.
I'm trying to give away a $600 fridge on Freecycle and so far only one person followed the directions to provide me with their phone number. As for the one who did this is what happened.
I called the woman, a man answered.
Me: Can I speak to --?
Man: Who is this?
Me: This is Christine from Freecycle.
Me: Christine from Freecycle. She asked me to call her.
Man: What is Freecycle?
Me: She asked me to call her. I am returning her message. She sent me an email. Ask her to tell you what Freecycle is. (Sorry if that sounds rude but I have no patience for this and it's not my job to educate this man on what Freecycle is if his wife is a member of it maybe she should have explained it to him.)
Man: Hold on.
(Over a minute goes by.)
Me: Hello this is Christine from Freecycle. You asked to have my refrigerator. Do you want it?
Woman: A refrigerator?
Me: Yes. You emailed me that you want my refrigerator. Do you still want it?
Woman: What is the cost?
Me: It is free.
Woman: Did you say it is free?
Me: Yes. With Freecycle everything is free.
Woman: What is Freecycle?
Me: It is the website you joined where people post things they give away for FREE. I posted that I had a refrigerator to give away and you said you wanted it.
Woman: I don't understand.
Man: (who apparently has been listening in the whole time) Did you say it is free?
Me: Yes, it is free, everything on Freecycle is supposed to be free!
Man: Oh, I see. We need to have a discussion about this. We have made a few calls to buy refrigerators so she is confused. We will call you back after we discuss it.
Me: Okay. (That happened so fast I didn't think to give him a deadline so now I'm sitting here waiting for his response rather than moving on to the next person in line.)
Due to recent problems getting in touch with Freecycle people by email I now ask for their phone number so we can discuss the matter. One guy wrote back with a 6 digit phone number. Fail. Three people asked for the fridge but did not give a phone number. One asks the color of it which I failed to supply but she did not provide her phone number so I could answer it and quickly settle up on whether she wanted it or not.
This was my second attempt in the last month to give stuff away on Freecycle and so far only one item has had success. People are not reading the posts, they are pulling no-shows and they are not responding to emails.
Update: Later that day:
Call #2, them calling me: I answer, they say nothing, hang up.
Call #3: Same as above.
Call #4: They call me, we arrange for a pick up tomorrow but they don't know the time, so they promise to call me in the morning with a time.
We'll see what happens.