The Free Section on Used Victoria is My Garbage Dump
I’m sure that an entire psychology paper could be written on the Free section on Used Victoria. Every time I have posted anything I have some kind of story to tell. It’s a feeding frenzy filled with a random assortment of personality types that want all types of free stuff.
Last spring when I decided to de-clutter my house, I considered the possibility of taking all my excess junk to the dump. Now, in order to do this I would have to borrow a truck, load it all up and then actually pay to leave it at the dump. I thought about this for a while and weighed the pros and cons of dumping vs just keeping, and then it came to me.
Why would I go to the garbage dump when there is a hungry group of people that actually want my garbage?
What I have found is that the free section on Used Vic is a great place to get rid of anything, and quickly. I have posted a varity of things like an old trunk all the way to a broken coffee maker. That’s right, people will come and pick up broken electronics. The crazy part is that people will fight for your free junk. I get all kinds of emails from people with stories and explanations as to why they should be the one to “win” my garbage.
Can I get my garbage hauled for free in less than an hour?
I did an experiment to test just how fast I could get rid of something from my home. At first I was worried about the results as it was Super Bowl Sunday and most people would likely be glued to their TV. In the end the items posted were still picked up in less than an hour, but I am pretty sure that on a normal day it would be even faster.
Here’s the timeline:
- 1:52 Submit button was pressed for ad
- 2:01 Ad appear in the free section
- 2:32 First email received
- 2:50 Items were picked up and out of my house
58 minutes later and I have junk removed from my house. A trip to the dump is avoided.
Now here is the part that makes me angry.
I get really cranky when I see people leaving things on the side of the road with a free sign. We live in a rainy city so who knows how long your couch, or desk has been sitting in the rain, or how many dogs peed on it. I see these types of displays all the time, and they are there for days, if not weeks. To me it seems like it would take much less effort to just take a picture, post it in the free section and get someone to haul it away.
Next time you have anything in your house that you do not want please save yourself some money and post it on Used Vic. Please do not leave your crap on the side of the road.