Fighting for freerecyling

Leaving freecycle means more members

Stockport  Bus Station & Railway Viaduct
Image by Gene Hunt via Flickr

Many mods worry their heads over a little thing called “belonging to freecycle”, as if somehow they will either get more members that way, or at even lose members.  Nothing could be further from the truth, as this from Stockport Freecycle as they moved through the 11,000 member barrier demonstrates:

“Woo hoo! When we moved to Freegle we had 10,827 and we were at first losing
them quicker than they joined and went down a bit. Steady growth since then,
approx 300 new members in the just over a month since we moved which I’m
more than happy with! 🙂 Long may it continue!”

Instead what happens is that, as group owners and moderators you begin to take full responsibility for you and the community you serve.

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  1. I highly agree. I have been “out” of Freecycle Corp for over 2 years now.

    My group, the original group for out area, has continued steady growth ever since. When we left, we lost 2 members – count them – 2!!

    The new replacement Freecycle group has just over 70 members in over 2 years – that tells you how much “traffic” the TFN website gets you in terms of members.

    In the same time, I have gained over 300+ members!! Well over 4X as many as TFN.

    My group has a healthy 72% Offers/28% Wants.
    The Freecycle replacement group has over 91% Wants. Very sad indeed.

    Freecycling is a wonderful concept and when it is done in relaxed way with the community in mind, instead of the corporate rules, it works really well.

    If you are worried about leaving Freecycle cause you think you will get more members by staying, please know that there is NOTHING to worry about.

    Leaving Freecycle behind has actually caused my group to grow stronger, bigger and better!

    Comment by ReUseItSupporter | October 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. A focused website for freecycling baby and children’s items has surfaced. It looks like it might have potentional but it just started. Best part is you can do a search near you or see items posted on a map.

    Comment by Sean | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. I totally agree, recycling these days is just like driving. The force you to do it, you know you need to do it so you get taxed and charged to high haven and all you can do is say thank you.

    Comment by Craig Mansley | October 18, 2010 | Reply

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