Some thoughts from a long time member
I've been a member of ASG for quite a while and during this time bene quite a prolific giver. I've tried hard to give things away that are great quality that would mean a lot to the recipient.
I'm not a wealthy person but I consider myself fortunate in many aspects of my life. I work very long hours and my time is precious to me. Many of the things that I give away could be sold for good $ on trademe or I could save precious time by just taking them to my local charity shop.
I had several bad experiences a while ago with people not reimbursing me for postage. It put me off the community for a while. Recently I dipped my toe in the water again.
One post, from Anna Rodeo (Anna Rodriguez from Rotorua) struck me as being someone I could help. Her post appealed to me - she was seeking makeup for her training course. I'm always inspired by people educating and training themselves to create better lives. So even though I was really busy (working seriously long hours as well as keeping an eye on my elderly father), over the following week dug through my makeup collection. There's a lot there not being used and I had plenty that was new and unopened. There were new lipsticks, powders, brushes, foundation plus some partially used things. Hundreds of dollars worth of top shelf cosmetics. Remembering people that gave me a 'leg up' when I was trying to build my skills, I sent it all off.
Not even a thank you was received from Anna Rodriguez / AnnaRodeo (let alone reimbursement of the courier). It made me wonder if it hadn't been delivered. So I found some time to ring the courier company who confirmed that Anna in fact picked it up 2 weesk ago and signed for it herself. I was pretty gobsmacked given how impatient (some would say pushy) Anna was with her emails to me in the lead up to couriering the parcel. At the time I had put this down to her being desperate for training materials for her course but now I think that I should have trusted my gut.
I realise that this is a long-winded post but I wanted to make a couple of points:
- Remember your manners if you are asking for something. So many request posts come through without "please"
- Let us know why you need something / what it's for.
- Don't forget to say thank you. Whoever is giving you an item could have sold it for $ or donated to charity for a whole lot less hassle that arranging pick ups or shipping.
- Fill in your profile and let us know a bit you. This is a community of people and stories. Not a free online op shop!!
I have met lovely people through the ASG community and learnt lots through the community. But let's make it the type of community that we all want to be a part of - one that is caring and respectful. Not one where some members take advantage of others or are rude or disrespectful.
Yours in happy giving and receiving :)