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Many of you already know of Freecycle.... https://www.freecycle.org/ … but for those of you who don't or may be new here, it is a great website to recycle things you no longer need rather than junking items or adding them to a landfill. Today, we decided to list our 24 year old portable Coleman Powermate 4000 watt generator since we don't need it anymore and haven't used it in a year since we installed a whole house Generac generator....a perk for us in our older years. Within  8 minutes someone requested it, and within the next hour we were helping him load it on his pick up truck. Now, this young man and his wife have a generator they can use when the power goes out...and, it didn't cost them anything.
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Nice post Jim.  Thanks for posting that little story.

It makes me think about another thread, here on Permies, that I posted to recently... kind of the complement (or yin for the yang) of your subject here.  Feel welcome to post on that thread too, from your point of view.  https://permies.com/t/56320/Frugal-smug-scored-real-deal
 
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Freecycle can be awesome, or horrible depending on the local "moderator".

I used to use it a lot, then we got a moderator that started rejecting 1/2 my posts.  Ok, on one post where I was offering free pond plants and made a comment that I would also be willing to trade for other pond related items, I can maybe see rejecting that one.  But she also reject a post where I was looking for something and stated that I'd be willing to travel "anywhere" to pick it up, she rejected it because I didn't list where "specifically" I'd be willing to drive.  Pretty soon hardly anyone was posting anymore so I quit.

But as long as you don't have that type of situation, it can be a wonderful.
 
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