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BHW CHALLENGE: Use Craigslist to Help Struggling Parents Give Gifts to Their Kids

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  1. Jared255

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    THE CHALLENGE

    Take inventory of all of the crap you own. Chances are you have some stuff you don't need that has some value. Determine if any of the stuff with value would be suitable for a kids' Xmas gift. If it would be, post it on Craigslist (the Free section) and give it to a parent who has fallen on hard times and needs gift(s) for their kids.

    THE REWARD

    Good karma (helps with IM earnings) and mad props from everyone in this thread.

    WHY THIS STRATEGY OF GIVING?

    • No need to donate money - just give stuff you don't need that has value
    • Make Christmas great for two people - the parent and the kid
    • Get immense satisfaction knowing you helped someone instead of just eating a lot and consuming items this holiday season
    • Help someone individually instead of generally helping an organization
    • Be the last-minute savior of Christmas (any parent looking in the Free section really needs something)

    FAQ

    How do I make sure I give it to a parent, and not some random guy who wants to sell it to a pawn shop?

    That's a risk you run, but try to use your bullshit detector. Mention in the CL ad that you want to give it to a parent on hard times. People with kids will send heartfelt emails. People without kids will send stuff like "I'm ready to pick this up please call me" and other short stuff like that. Feel free to do extra confirmation yourself.

    You can also give it to Salvation Army of something of that nature if you'd like, but person-to-person is more satisfying IMO.

    What should I give?

    Here are two examples of stuff I'm giving:

    • Old bicycle - I bought a motorcycle a few months ago and do not see myself ever riding this (I hadn't ridden it in years, anyways)
    • Xbox 360 + Controllers + Games - I bought an Xbox One a few months ago and I have no use for it

    I'd make barely anything if I tried to sell these things but they could make great gifts.

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    HOW TO GET STARTED

    1. Take inventory of the valuable stuff you have, but never use, right now.
    2. Take pictures of the stuff you feel like giving away. I KNOW you have something.
    3. Make the Craigslist ad(s).
    4. Wait for responses.
    5. Trust your gut and try to pick an honest responder.
    6. Feel great about yourself.
    7. Post on this thread to receive your mad props.
     
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  2. DeadJoe

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    Great idea, I am going to do this now. I have kids myself and I understand what you're saying
     
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    Good shit, 100% support.
     
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    Good stuff.
     
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    Great Idea!
     
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    That's a thoughtful idea, good initiation to helping others in need out.
     
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    Nice idea but as @Jared255 said at #6 watch out for the scammers looking just for free stuff and try to find people who really need it.
    Also lots of charities and children's hospitals need toys and gifts at this time of year, so donate if you can.
     
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    There actually might be a simple solution to this, though I suppose it may come off as "creepy". Just specify in the ad that whoever contacts you needs to introduce themselves via email, phone, or in-person and tell you a bit about their family.

    The extra effort required can deter away the indolent and all you have to watch for are sob stories and people who provide superfluous details (e.g., "My mother in Utah, Janet, has cancer, and she's about to lose her 2-story home that she worked 3 years at the power plant for); liars love throwing in superfluous details.
     
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    Bro i'm dying of dick cancer, they are gonna have to amputate it from 16 feet to 2 feet in Utah...spare a grand for your brotha in need?
     
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    Sorry man, I need the money to help pay for my grandmother's erectile dysfunction treatment.
     
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    I give away old video game systems every year to the person with the best story.
    This year it was an xbox 360, 40 responses in one hour. Winner was a laid off teacher.
     
  12. Jared255

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    Awesome man, that's a great idea. The Xbox was really wanted by a lot of people. Might start buying up old systems in the future to give away.

    Awesome man, hope you followed through.

    Good point. Luckily my bullshit detector is state of the art and dishonest people browsing Craigslist aren't all that savvy. Most replies were "hey when can I pick it up" and the genuine ones were easy to spot.

    Yeah, I asked for two pictures of them and their kids just to make sure. But most people who replied just said something along the lines of "I'll take it", etc. The genuine ones seemed to put a little effort into the reply. I think the best way to ensure your stuff is going to someone in need is going through a charity or something similar, but I've never been a fan of charities and prefer face-to-face, so this seemed best for me.

    Ended up giving the bike to someone with a nephew and the Xbox to someone with two boys. Feels good man. You should too. There is still plenty of time to take a picture of something you don't want, put it up on Craigslist, wait for the replies to come in, pick a legitimate one, and be a genuine hero for someone on Christmas Eve.

    Just do it right now; I know you're not doing anything important considering you just read this post all of the way through. Get up and do it now. You will feel great if you do.

    Jared
     
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  13. wookie85

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    Done! Thanks for the great idea!

    Just gave away a brand new Spalding basketball that has been around the house for year now. A parent with a mental disability got it for his son. Merry Xmas all!