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Suggestion: Add a "Free stuff" section

Discussion in 'Forum Problems & Issues' started by Ron C, Jan 27, 2021.

  1. Ron C

    Ron C Tele-Meister

    Sep 12, 2006
    Long Island, New York
    Not a forum problem but a suggestion: I posted this thread in Bad Dog Cafe about adding something like a Freecycle.org section to TDPRI and it's gotten some enthusiastic responses so far. TDPRI member @archetype suggested that I post the idea here, and also that Squier Talk has a Free to A Good Home section like what we're proposing.

    The premise is that many of us tinkerers have guitar parts and accessories that are taking up space, and we would gladly get rid of, but that just aren't valuable enough to warrant selling. We'd be happy to send those items off to a TDPRI member who would just reimburse us for shipping.

    Stuff like the 20 used pots of various values that I no longer needed. I sent them to member @dfab along with a switch tip he needed; he sent me PayPal payment for the shipping cost + enough to buy me coffee. Better than tossing them, he gets a bargain and we made a connection.

    Other members said they'd gladly give away new picks and used pedals if the recipient paid for shipping.

    It would be great if there was a Wanted function, too, for small stuff (screws, resistors, etc.)

    Thanks for reviewing.
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  2. Danb541

    Danb541 Friend of Leo's

    Nov 27, 2019
    Great idea, I have 25 years worth of stuff, necks, bodies, pickups, pots, switches, tuners, caps, bridges, pick guards.... I'm obviously not in to giving away anything valuable but I have a lot of stuff I'd pass along to someone in need.
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  3. Informal

    Informal Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 16, 2013
    As a recent recipient of dozens of free picks (Thanks again @David Meiland)
    I think it's a great idea.

    I definitely have some goodies I could throw into the ring.
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  4. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 21, 2008
    Left of the Left Coast
    I agree that this would be great (because I’m downsizing and finding stuff I forgot).
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  5. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

    Jun 4, 2005
    Williamsville NY
    Beat me too it, as I was just coming here to post the same question.

    Over on Squier-Talk there is a Free To A Good Home section in the classifieds and it gets quite a bit of action. Folks give away unwanted parts and gear quite successfully. I've given and gotten multiple times. One guy sourced various free items this way, combined them with his own parts, and built a good partscaster that he gave away on the forum.

    Please create a Free classifieds section. I've yet to see any downside to this.

    The Example:
  6. gitold

    gitold Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 25, 2009
    Greeley Co.
    I just gave away a Epi Les Paul jr to a great 12 year old kid. I never played it and it was a great little guitar. I sold a Mexican Duo Sonic to him and his dad and the kid was really into the guitar and could play a few rock classics. As they were leaving I asked him if he wanted the Epiphone and he and his dad almost pooped their pants. That was one happy kid and I don’t have to try to sell it for the $70 bucks I had into it. There’s some pedals that are collecting dust in my man cave that I would gladly give away!
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  7. Telekarster

    Telekarster Tele-Holic

    Aug 14, 2019
    That was way cool of you, man. He will remember you and your kindness for the rest of his life! Awesome. I was on the beach once and found an awesome counch shell that I had planned to keep for myself. Then, I saw this family that were obviously on vacation and they had a 5 year old boy that reminded me of... well... me! LOL! I walked over and gave it to him instead cause I wanted him to have a really nice token to remember his trip by, and his eyes nearly popped out! :) The joy I had in seeing his reaction, and his parents reactions, I will remember for the rest of my life ;)
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