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  • HaileUnlikely

    Where is it? About 15 years ago I picked up a $20 box fan and carried it for the final 5-6 miles of a 13-mile run. I didn’t even have confirmation that it worked, but I was too poor to pass it up (and I am happy to report that it did indeed work.)

  • Leave it on the curb in the hopes that someone else picks it up for them. Or maybe just as garbage if that doesn’t happen.

    So are they wasteful?.. bored quickly by expensive things?.. or just plain inconsiderate? Quick internet search says this thing goes for over $150.00

    • you are missing the point by a long shot. This would last for an hour at most on any curb outside of upper northwest in DC.

    • I’m not understanding your outrage. It’s almost a random act of kindness to leave this out for somebody.

    • I’d say lazy. Too lazy to recap some of that $150 by selling this on Craigslist. Maybe they already tried and got jerked around by enough nonserious sellers that they gave up? Who knows.

  • Nothing wrong with this and I’m sure it was gone in minutes, but don’t underestimate the power of Craigslist to actually sell things. I’m sure the owner could have gotten at least $20, probably more.

    • If it was I I’d’ve put it out just to make somebody happy. Not everything is about money.

      • This. And also the amount of work and energy and time (and frankly, risk) that would go into selling this wouldn’t be worth $20, at least to me.

        • justinbc

          You would inevitably get a dozen emails asking if you’ll take $10 for it.

          • Totally. And then half of the people who said they would come by to buy it wouldn’t show up. And ones who emailed saying they’d pay $20 would show up with $10, or $5, in their pockets. Not worth my time or emotional energy.

  • It’s been raining off and on for the past few days. If this thing’s been sitting out for any length of time, I can’t imagine it’s in good working order anymore.

  • I bet they put it out because it was super loud. I had a similar one, and even in the basement with the door closed, I could hear it in the living room.
    That, or they upgraded to the 36 bottle model!

    • justinbc

      Is it well vented? We have a 120 bottle model (different manufacturer) in our dining room and you really only hear it just after someone’s opened the door and the compressor fires up to recool. Aside from that you would never hear it unless you’re standing right next to it.

      • It was an age thing. It was fine for the first couple years, but as it got older, it got louder. I cleaned all around the air intake; the compressor was just getting wheezy. It still “worked” but I got rid of it and don’t miss it, except at Thanksgiving.

        • justinbc

          I hope that’s not a foreboding tale of things to come! I’ve only had this one for about 2 years, but it helped organize my supply drastically.

  • Spring is the best time for finding discards.

  • Yeah DC – you turned a good thing (someone giving away something nice) into a bad thing (forgoing $20, broken b/c of rain, loud motor…).
    Never ceases to amaze me how many people see the glass half empty or even broken, shattered and cutting people.

  • I once left a broken wine fridge outside in front of my apartment. I didn’t put a misleading sign on it (in fact there was no sign at all). I just left it and figured maybe whoever takes it might know something about appliances and can fix it. Someone did take it within 10 mins of me leaving it out there. The next day I found it tossed in my neighbors bushes. I guess whoever took it got pissed it didn’t work, and came back to throw it (at the wrong house). My feeling is, if you pick up something off the sidewalk, you have to assume there is a solid chance it is broken, and don’t get mad about it if it is….

    • Or you put a “broken” sign on it, and save someone the trip. Is the time it takes for you to write six letters and find a piece of tape more valuable than a stranger’s time to haul an appliance home?? Jeez.
      (it will take two hours instead of one for the broken fridge to disappear. The elements are worth money and plenty of people are willing to strip them out.)

      • Agreed. Especially for something large and somewhat heavy, like a wine fridge. If it were labeled broken, it would still likely be taken, but only by someone who is handy enough and feels up to fixing it.

        • Also, whenever leaving out a fridge or any large appliance with a door, it’s important to make sure the door is locked and/or that the door faces down so a child cannot crawl in and suffocate.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Agreed. I came across a full-size fridge on the curb on my way to work several months ago. It was upright and its doors were open. I tipped it onto its side and then rolled it over so that the doors faced down while a man inside the house, who presumably put it there in the first place, just looked at me curiously through the window. Moron.

            That said, the arrangement of the racks in this thing would make it difficult for a person much larger than a wine bottle to enter it.

      • Agreed with wdc. If you know something is broken, put a sign on it saying “BROKEN.”

  • All excellent points…leave crap out on the curb because you think “it’s worth something to someone”…well, I’ve got a beat-up old mattress and box spring. I’m sure my neighbors would appreciate my leaving it on the curb in the hope of someone taking it away

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