How can I prevent no-shows?

When someone arranges to come and pickup an item you're offering and then doesn't show up, it can be very annoying. Here are a few tips that long-time freecyclers use to reduce no-shows:

  • Don't simply choose the first person to respond. Gather a few replies and choose someone who you think is most likely to show up.
  • In your Offer posts, ask people to provide dates and times that they can pickup along with their phone number. This makes it easy to eliminate people who don't provide this information.
  • If you ask for a phone number, it also makes it easy to remind people about the pickup and find out what's happening if they are late.