Spring Cleaning on Craigslist

Who knew this crazy internet thing worked so well? I worked from home yesterday, thanks to a bit of a plumbing emergency. Of course, I did all of my work-related duties, thank you very much. But more interestingly, I tried out Craigslist for the first time. A little background: For the last 6 months or so, I've had an old, 1999 vintage computer monitor in my basement. I didn't want to throw it away, wasn't sure if I could somehow recycle it, etc. So, sitting on the computer yesterday morning, I figured why not give it away online. I posted the ad by 10am (FREE CRT monitor!!!), got two email replies by 2pm, and the giant paperweight/monitor was out of my hair before 4pm! All in a day's work, I suppose. And now that old bookshelf I've been dying to get rid of (and half the junk in my attic) is looking ripe for the giving. I know I'm behind the curve on Craigslist (and in my defense, I have bought and sold on eBay), but anyone else unload something in record time, or get a really great deal on something online?

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As good or better than Craiglist for such things is Freecycle (http://www.freecycle.org). It is localized, structured, moderated and SPECIFICALLY for give-aways - no selling allowed - and always with the objective of keeping 'stuff' out of the landfill. I have both given and received on my local freecycle for several years. Highly recommended.

Thos

Sent by Thos | 1:10 PM | 3-18-2008