Freebies on Craigslist are nothing new. I check the local Craigslist for freebies every now and then to see if anyone is offering anything I might need. What is more fascinating than checking the local listings for Craigslist freebies, though, is perusing the Craigslist freebies from around the world.
Craigslist operates in 55 countries on 6 continents, potentially representing a lot of interesting freebies from different parts of the world. Consumerism is not as rampant anywhere else in the world as it is in the USA, so the items offered as freebies on Craiglist elsewhere in the world are sometimes different than the typical USA listings for old computers, furniture, and major appliances.
Craigslist seems to be in the early stages of introduction in many locations around the world, with the local freebies list devoid of entries. But the spam is there waiting.
Just for fun, check out this selection of freebies from around the world posted in the past month on Craigslist:
Beirut, Lebanon: free karma
Quepos, Costa Rica: free stray cat
Chittagong-Nasirbad, Bangladesh: On the freebies list from Bangladesh, someone is offering prostitution services. These services, while not free, are cheaper than they might cost elsewhere, $5 USD. BYO condom.
Helsinki, Finland: three freshly felled Birch trees free
Mexico, City, Mexico: free place to live… in Snowflake, Arizona
St. Petersburg, Russia: In a roundabout way, I guess you could say this is a free heart on offer with charming back up photos.
Vietnam: free rabbit manure; pick up in Berkeley, California
Prague, Czech Republic: What are the residents of Prague giving away for free on Craigslist? A link to what the Austrians give away for free on an alternate website. Guess the free stuff in Austria is a step up from what’s available in Prague.
Singapore: free laugh at mylaughingblog.com
Buenos Aires, Argentina: 1 hour free Spanish lesson with purchase of 2
Brussels, Belgium: Free piece of toast with butter from Madison, North Carolina
…Okay, who let the Americans loose?
Toronto, Canada: free dental cleaning by a dental hygiene student
Vancouver, Canada: The offer of a free Maytag dishwasher would be nothing unusual except that this one is bulletproof. Is it not safe to wash dishes in your own kitchen in Vancouver? With a population of 578,000, Vancouver suffered 3068 violent crimes this year, a.6% increase over last year. I wonder how many of those were armed assaults on dishwashers.
Chile: free friend
London, England: a man from New York, free
Dublin, Ireland: free pair of talking scarlet macaws
Bogo, Cebu, Philippines: What is interesting about the offer of a free phyton snake in Bogo is the subtext in the offer. “We cannot afford to feed this exotic animal and trying to get rid of it… You have to handle this with extremely careful so you won’t become the next meal…Let me know if you are interested so I can reward you for having it.”
Bangkok, Thailand: free dance partner
Dubai, UAE: free prayer for those in need
What did you want for free?
Sources: Craigslist.org; http://vancouver.ca/police/Planning/StatsDistrict/2009/200905.pdf; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vancouver.