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Deciphering the Free Ads On Craigslist
I appreciate a good deal. Be it a used item at the thrift store or a closeout sale at the retail stores, saving money is always a good thing during these tough economic times.
Occasionally I will take a peek at Craigslist to see what deals are out there in my neck of the woods, but I have to take caution, entering the free section on Craigslist is like entering a new dimension. Anything goes when you're giving it away so you have to pay very close attention to the details.
Some people just want to help. For instance, they have some extra bubble wrap and don’t want it go to waste. They post it on Craigslist in hopes of finding somebody that at that moment needs….bubblewrap. Problem solved.
Other times it seems that the poster has come up with a clerverly veiled plan to get some work done around the house, and they make quite the sales pitch.
If indeed what’s one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, there is significant booty on Craigslist. But I can't imagine what one would do with some of the items being given away.
Below are a few examples of actual items posted, I've taken the liberty of adding what you more than likely will find when you arrive to pick up your freebies.
Antique sectional – The couch is over 30 years old and was used when we got it in the late 80’s. It has a spring that sticks out of the back so be careful with that.
Free Firewood – We would love to get someone out here to clear out these old trees.
Free Mature Shrubs – See trees, but with bushes.
Free Mulch - Only it's not mulch, it's brush, and it's in our yard.
Free Tires – The local authorities have recently informed me I can no longer burn these.
Free cassette tapes – Most containing dictation on UFO’s and the connection they have with dolphins
Free Paint – The landfill won’t take these.
Ceiling Fan– We just upgraded, come take this hideous monstrosity.
Free "Well used" recliner - We don’t have a truck with which to take this to the dump
Free Mobile Home - We really need this thing off our land. Be careful of the coyote that lives inside.
Free Styrofoam cooler – Slight fish smell.
Free retro grill– Needs grates, burner, and igniter.
Free Xbox, men’s shirts, baseball memorabilia – Scorned woman seeks revenge.
Swing Set – From the mid seventies, enjoy the lead paint.
Tanning Bed – I also have skin cancer research
Free Pool – A clump of faded blue plastic that has sat in our lawn for the past ten years, please come haul away this eye sore.
Variety of Free Stuff– Various odds and ends of useless items such as, one flip flop, a 9 volt battery, a decapitated bobble-head, the owner’s manual to a 1979 Chevrolet Chevette, a cordless phone sans base, and 17 wire coat hangers.
Tomato Plant Cages - Untangle this mess of wire yourself.
Free VHS tapes – Junior is 45 and cleaning up his room in Mom’s unfinished basement. Do not touch anything!
Basketball hoop – Let's see, there's a pole, a backboard and.....did we mention it's free?
Landscaping rocks – Chunks of broken up concrete.
Curb alert – Our junk is your junk.
Complementary haircuts – Be prepared to sign a waiver as you may or may not lose one of your ears as beauty school students practice.
Free extension cord – I’m very lonely, please come out and visit.
Encyclopedias– As I now have internet access.
These are just a few of the many items people are trying to give away. From odd to downright gross, there are many head scratching things people want gone .They say there is something for everyone, let's hope you're ready to work for those free coat hangers...