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Sometimes Free Stuff Isn’t Worth It


Welcome all again to that fun look at goodies from the free section of Craigslist! (Or other classifieds service.) We have tried out this little adventure for a couple of weeks now, and last week Dean Bigglesworth pointed out that with the same same lead picture, this post looks mildly similar to just being an inadvertent repeat. But instead it is just time for another week of fun, so have no fear! Our winner by a nose last week was MrHowser, with a sweet desk on which to put what I am sure is an equally sweet Atari 520ST desktop system, and it even has cabinets to store all his floppy disks! As he said in his comment genuine finds like this make it worth wading through “the formula coupons, junk tires, freezer-burned deer meat, and suspiciously-stained couches” that comprise the filler in the /zip/. Hit the jump to see just how awesome it is!

I would also like to give out two honorable-mentions, winners of the coveted ‘Willing Participant’ award, to RSDeuce, who found a prosthetic arm (ad still up, get while the getting is good! [screenshot here]), and klaw_smutco, who found twelve 55 gallon drums of used  air conditioner compressor oil ( that is 660 gallons for those of you counting at home, or nearly 2500 liters, and yet again, still available! [screenshot here]).

What can you find this week? Show us the coolest, lamest, most obscure, useful, obsolete technological item being offered for free on your local classifieds. The gem that generates the highest level of interest, whether positive or negative, will get highlighted the next week. Additional points and praise will be awarded to those who actually go and acquire the free item in question!

  • CaptianNemo2001


    I am looking for Quantum Bigfoot Hard Drives. IDEALLY of the TX and TS series but CY is ok.

    Lets just say that I will not be able to return it in one piece. It has something to do with mineral oil, heat and platters moving at abnormal speeds.

    Latter after all the "testing" I intend to make a RAID setup in a radial fashion stacked, ideally 20-25 high with 7 stacks spread radially, with a glass table top. If I buff the aluminum out and clear coat them or just build a tank to hold oil it will look even better. Maybe even some glowing green LEDs or neons. But that all means collecting HDs. 140-175.

    I also gathered ever shred of info on the QBFs and will write something up over the next few weeks as I dig through my small mountain of data. And make a nice and fancy Excel sheet showing the HDs in all their glory. Once the writing is all done I will try and post the longish article here.


    Think like this, but Harddrives laid out in a radial pattern and spaced evenly, vertically, into stacks all the way round. With a glass table top on top. With sat 1 HD thickness in between each HD as you go from bottom to top so that it stays cool.
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  • jeepjeff

    Free unopened packaged Food (sunset / parkside)
    My aunt just moved out of our house so I cleaned out her cabinet of all the food. I don't eat this kind of food so I'm giving it away. There are lots of different things – cake frosting, mac n cheese, canned pine apple, kashi cereal…. and a lot more. To be honest -a lot of it is expired but since it's so packed with preservatives, it's probably fine – but use your best judgment.


  • jeepjeff

    Free Personal Development books (redwood city)

    Looks like the opportunity of a lifetime:

    I have a box full of Personal Development books that need to go to a good home.
    Free to the first person who emails me.

    Titles include:
    Getting Things Done (GTD) by David Allen
    The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
    The Positive Dog by Jon Gordon
    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
    The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
    The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (Paperback) by Malcolm Gladwell
    As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
    The Business of the 21st Century by Robert Kiyosaki
    The Four Year Career by Robert Brooks
    The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
    Beach Money by Jordan Adler
    How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
    plus 9 more.