12 Mar '12, 10am

Do We Value Free Stuff Less? The Downside of Freecycle

Do We Value Free Stuff Less? The Downside of Freecycle

From Lloyd's experiences with delighted freecyclers to Rose's enthusiasm for the Really, Really Free Market , TreeHugger is full of examples of people getting stuff for free and being profoundly grateful for it. But that's not always the case. Lucy Siegle of the Guardian responds to a reader's email about the problem with Freecycle , in which they complain that a recent Freecycle transaction was ruined by the lack of gratitude, and sense of entitlement, of a recipient of a free mattress - who expected the giver to deliver the thing to them. Lucy argues that this is simply a sign of the times: Your ungrateful recipient confused Freecycle's altruistic approach and the moon-on-a-stick expectations of consumerism. There's always one. Shaylesh Patel of Healthyplanet.org recently held a successful Stuff For Free giveaway in west London (look out for further events). Over three d...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/economics/do-we-value-free-stuf...

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