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Craigslist Experiment

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Elderthewelder, Sep 28, 2008.

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  1. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    So, I have been noticing latley ( this year) how hard it is to get any free firewood off craigslist, last 2 years were pretty easy, anymore it is next to impossible. So I did a little test

    I posted this add for free firewood , it went live at 6:58PM, here is a cut and paste of the add

    Free Maple Firewood (North End)
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    Reply to:
    Date: 2008-09-27, 6:53PM PDT

    We had a 80 foot maple removed today, tree service left all the rounds on property / all cut into 16" sections. easy access, back your truck right up to them. must take all!!! email me for address

    Location: North End
    it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

    I promptly deleted the add after 1 hour, here is a cut and paste of my email log, all wanting to pick all the wood up in the morning. No wonder I am having such a hard time finding free wood, 17 emails in 1 hour

    Firewood Today 7:54 pm 4KB
    maple Today 7:51 pm 5KB
    Free Maple Firewood (North End) Today 7:42 pm 4KB
    Free Maple Firewood (North End) Today 7:37 pm 5KB
    Free Maple Firewood (North End) Today 7:36 pm 5KB
    Firewood Today 7:27 pm 4KB
    Free Maple Firewood (North End) Today 7:21 pm 5KB
    Free Maple Firewood (North End) Today 7:20 pm 5KB
    Free Maple Firewood (North End) Today 7:18 pm 5KB
    maple firewood Today 7:13 pm 5KB
    Firewood Today 7:11 pm 3KB
    Free Maple Firewood (North End) Today 7:05 pm 3KB
    Free Maple Firewood (North End) Today 7:02 pm 4KB
    Free Maple Firewood (North End) Today 7:01 pm 4KB
    Free Maple Firewood (North End) Today 7:01 pm 5KB
    Free Maple Firewood (North End) Today 7:00 pm 5KB
    Free Maple Firewood (North End) Today 7:00 pm 4KB

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  2. timm525

    timm525 New Member

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    I don't have that problem in Florida for some reason:)

    No one jumps at the adds except me.
  3. wood pile

    wood pile New Member

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    i been cleaning up 7 acers for a couple of weeks it was cut into 4 ft. length and they load me too... i found this off of craigslist got lucky i guess..
  4. Jim K in PA

    Jim K in PA Minister of Fire

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    Dang wood pile - good find. Have extra to share??? :)

    Was it in the Poconos? If so I must have missed that CL ad.
  5. Corey

    Corey Minister of Fire

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    Would be interesting to repeat the experiment and substitute different wood types...elm, pine, cottonwood, etc...see if the response differes and if people getting free wood are snobish about what free wood they get.
  6. gpcollen1

    gpcollen1 Minister of Fire

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    It really is like that - but all depends on where you are. Around here, the competition on Cl is stiff for sure. So bad that I do not even bother with it. Much better off scrounging and word of mouth.
  7. DiscoInferno

    DiscoInferno Minister of Fire

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    It's definitely getting harder here in DC, although I think supply still outweighs demand. I have the advantage that I sit at a computer all day, so I can catch new items on craigslist and freecycle quickly. It's also a lot easier to get wood in June and July when it's 90's out than it is in November when it's starting to get cold.
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