Erm, I’m not sure why anyone would want to start up an online service that aims to do what Freecycle already does really well all around the world.
Freecycle is another example of a service that couldn’t exist without the web. But it works so well. You have something you want to get rid of, you send a message outlining what you’ve got (for example, 24 plain white 15 cm x 15 cm tiles, as I did yesterday) and members of your local Freecycle group receive that notification. Likewise, if you need a telephone extension cable, you ask for it in an email which goes out to the group.
Often you find stuff you need. People take things you no longer need off your hands. No money changes hands. Nothing goes to landfill. It’s great.
So it’ll be interesting to see what these new kids on the block, SnaffleUp come up with. I do like their ‘vote for’ section on new ideas though, with suggestions for improvements allowing users to vote for the ones they want to happen, like adding RSS to see the latest offerings and requests.