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Mendocino County

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Freecycle Is Not A Shopping List

Hello, Freecycle(TM) Members,

We are taking a few minutes of time here to discuss WANTED posts. We promise to make this as short as possible.

We've recently been getting a number of Wanted posts from people that seem to think of Freecycle as their personal shopping service.

The mission of Freecycle is to keep still-useful things out of landfills. It is not a shopping service, a make-a-wish organization, or (as lots of news stories say) a place to get cool free stuff. Yes, sometimes people do get luxury items they ask for, but that is not the main goal.

If you post a Wanted for something most people consider extravagant, you probably won't get it. What you will get is a label... the person who asks for crazy stuff... and people will remember who you are.

So, why does Freecycle allow Wanted posts at all?

They remind us of what we may have to give away, but had forgotten about. If someone asks for an espresso maker, someone else may remember the one they have buried in the basement that they haven't used in the last 5 years.

Wanted posts are also good for those who need throwaways for their job or hobby. The person who repairs old PC's and donates them to schools is doing something useful, and the person who makes paper and asks for cotton rags is lowering our landfill use. Please be prudent when requesting these ongoing Wanted requests by posting once a month, otherwise they clog the list.

Remember, though, since we are not a wish list, we also don't allow stories about how desperately you need an item. A simple statement is OK, but not a whole story. Someone will either have what you are looking for or not.

As a final note, please be mindful of the format required by this group. If it is improperly formatted, the moderators will reject the post and ask you to reformat and resubmit.

Thanks for reading this and we hope you find what you are looking for!

Your Mendocino County Freecycle Moderators

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