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Subject: Free Books!
Date Posted: 2/23/2010 4:16 PM ET
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Freecycle is a great way to get books, read them and then post them.  You get enjoyment out of them and then pass them along to others.  In my area I have seen quite a few posts of people giving away all sorts of books.  I got some the other day and found some weren't to my liking or I already had a copy and have six that were requested within 24 hours!  It helps keep books out of the landfill and you can trade them after you read them on PBS.  Just thought I would share :)

Date Posted: 2/27/2010 12:46 PM ET
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I just wanted to post again saying that I recieved more books from freecycle and I let the guy know that I would be posting any I didn't want, he was fine with that, and I now have 16 books to mail!!!!!! 

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 4:46 PM ET
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I've done this but some of the books were not postable..but some were.  it can be hit or miss because many times the books are ones that are popular and are so many in the system, but if you can get ones that aren't common than what a deal!



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Date Posted: 3/10/2010 5:31 PM ET
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Yes, it is somewhat hit and miss, but I have had very good luck with this!  If books are not postable you can always post them in the bazaar including why they aren't postable and get credits that way also.  I have been very lucky getting rare books that were WLed and the only ones in the system.  To me it's worth it! 

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 3:36 PM ET
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I've done this as well and it works nicely...Remember if the books you have from Freecycle don't move from your bookshelf after a while, you can always freecycle them again!!! I've a several that have not been requested in the last 6 months that will be posted to Freecycle soon.

Date Posted: 3/16/2010 12:45 AM ET
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I tried posting to my local group, and the admin banned it. I was pissed so I just removed myself from the group.

Date Posted: 3/16/2010 5:26 PM ET
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I'm a Freecycle member but the group I'm a member of is centered in the nearest fairly major city, and I live in a small town some distance away. As a result I can't often travel there quickly enough to satisfy the giver's requirements (often they say things must be picked up same-day, for example). I have gotten my daughter a few things, mostly clothes, and when I was attending college in that city, I was able to get some books and a few other things. Worth checking into if you live near enough to be able to participate frequently. If I lived in a bigger city I'd be all over that.

Date Posted: 3/25/2010 7:41 PM ET
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The admin banned it?  That is weird....did they give a reason?


Freecycle is definitely worth looking into, especially in this economy!  Some areas are better than others, for instance, I am in a military community and things are always being given away due to the frequent moves of military members.  They can't have a yard sale in the time allotted and wind up giving away some great things.  And not everyone likes having yard sales for whatever reasons, it's a great way to get things you need and/or want without paying anything more than gas.

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 9:40 PM ET
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I love freecycle!  And my area has a cheapcycle group that works along the same lines, only cheap, not free.  I just got the most amazing Ikea chairs from freecycle that are just my style!  I recently got a big box of books in good shape and most not to our taste for reading.  Already sent some out.  I sold a bunch of VHS tapes on cheapcycle.  Both great groups. 

Date Posted: 4/2/2010 1:48 PM ET
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Sassy, I have never heard of cheapcycle...I'll have to check it out!  Thanks for the info! 

Date Posted: 4/3/2010 3:59 AM ET
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You're very welcome.  I only found it because my freecycle group has a note about it on their site.

Subject: freecyle
Date Posted: 4/3/2010 3:26 PM ET
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I don't want to sound stupid, but how do you find freecycle?  Is it a local organization?

 

Thanks,

Dawn Marie

Subject: Reply to Dawn
Date Posted: 4/7/2010 10:53 AM ET
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That is not a stupid question at all Dawn.  I was wondering the same thing:-)

Date Posted: 4/7/2010 6:26 PM ET
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http://www.freecycle.org/ then enter in your city, state and it will pop up with anything close. then you can join the yahoo mailing list for that group.

Date Posted: 9/4/2010 9:24 AM ET
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It also depends on what kind of area you live in... I live in a small town surrounded by a rural area with other small towns... not many people offering things sometimes... especially books, but I agree i really do love freecycle and it is great. :]

I've given away plenty of books on freecycle, especially books that I've had on here for awhile or ones that I think are just not up to posting standards. People snatched them right up.



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Date Posted: 9/6/2010 5:27 PM ET
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I never thought of doing the books on freecycle... we do other stuff there!  Thanks for the tip!