0232: /pay.to.pickup


OK, no one wants it, now what?

So you couldn’t unload your stuff at /free.to.pickup.  Apparently those vintage and stained chairs just are not anyone’s style anymore. Well… you just can’t leave it on the curb; it needs to be removed.

Renting a dumpster will cost a few hundred bucks at least, and there is no way all that stuff will fit in the back of your Subaru.  It’s time to post to localweb.is/free.to.pickup.  Just take a photo of the lot and post what you are offering, maybe $50 to take it to the dump.  Anyone with a pickup truck could take that stuff to the dump and probably profit $20 or so for 20 minutes of work.  Not bad.

Or maybe someone will just want to take on your “problem” for $50 and keep the stuff in their garage.  Who knows, who cares.  You are willing to pay $50 to have this stuff moved off your curb.

All of the slashes such as /free, /free.to.pickup, and /pay.to.pickup are not categories that were created by the folks at local web HQ.  They were created by patrons themselves, and spread by patrons themselves.  By allowing patrons to use the local web the way they want to, it creates the most efficient avenue to getting stuff done, sold or just moved.  If there is no /pay.to.pickup in your area, just make it by simply going to the URL and posting.  Someone will see it.

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0231 /free.to.pickup


Set it (on the lawn) and forget it

So maybe you are not giving away hugs and you really do need to just get rid of this stack of cooking books.  Well just take a photo and drop a post on localweb.is/free.to.pickup and there is a good chance someone will come by to get it.  The posts you see there aren’t just from your state or city, they are from within 2 miles and might be right next door.

If you are having a yardsale and it’s getting late in the day, start snapping pics of some items and post them to /free.to.pickup to drive some attention to your yard sale.  It’s a clever way to promote some “loss leaders” for the tail end of your sale.

Sure you can post an ad to craigslist as well, but there might be more people looking at /free.to.pickup and chances are they are closer, which means your stuff has more value.  The free stuff on Craigslist isn’t such a great deal if you have to drive 15 minutes to get it.  Some patrons even have alerts on their phone when stuff is posted to /free.to.pickup within walking distance of them.

Of course if there are no takers, then you might have better luck at /pay.to.pickup.

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0230: /free


If you love something, let it go…

What started as a simple way to get rid of free stuff you had accumulating has turned into something much more.  Sure you can put that old desk and winter coats on /free and someone might pick them up, but these days /free has evolved into a different purpose.

People started putting “free hugs” on /free, then “free conversations”, and “free friendships”.  Some people are naturally giving, and when they run out of hard goods to give away, they give away part of themselves.

The people of /free are just looking to make their small corner of the world a better place by offering up their time and emotional energy. There aren’t many places online where you can get a “free coffee conversation” because our current platforms are not really set up to do that.  The “free” section of Craigslist is mostly mattresses and other piles of semi-garbage.  Dating apps and other “connect to those around you” type apps come will all sorts of expectations.

The local web is created and defined by the people who use it.  And patrons are using /free to share a part of themselves that is hard to commoditize.  Where else will your find your neighbors offering free garden planning, free art lessons, or free painted portraits in exchange for being a model.  When you have a platform that is as open and flexible as human nature, you end up with a product that is closer to the human heart.

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