Freenapkin.com has become increasingly popular with bargain hunters, frugal consumers, and those looking to donate used merchandise. This site allows consumers in all fifty states to auction off used items including couches, dinnerware, tables, books, shelves, and exercise equipment. Free Napkin is just as convenient as Craigslist or eBay, but there is one added advantage. All of the items on freenapkin.com are free.
Freenapkin.com: Pros and Cons for the Bidder
Freenapkin.com is relatively easy to navigate. If you are looking for a specific item such as an exercise bike, you can enter “exercise bike” in the search box. You will then see a list of free available exercise bikes. Alternatively, you could also search by geographical region by going to the “Auction Categories” box and clicking on your home state.
One obvious advantage of freenapkin.com is that the items are always free. Very often you might luck out and find a nice piece of furniture or exercise equipment. You might also find a vintage item that could have been expensive at an antique store. The downside is that sometimes the temptation to collect free items on Free Napkin may lead to clutter your house with items you may not even need.
Freenapkin.com: Pros and Cons for the Donator
Without sites like Free Napkin, many fine and usable items could have been thrown away. Often when people move, a quality piece of furniture may not look right in the new place. Alternatively, people may want to quickly donate used merchandise in order to clear space or make room for a baby. Another advantage to the donator is that the bidder will come to pick up the items. Most of the time, there is no shipping involved.
Of course, those who are not under pressure to unload their merchandise may still decide to sell their items on eBay or Craigslist and make a nominal profit.
Freenapkin.com vs. Other Sites
Free Napkin has the obvious advantage of having only free items. There is also much less chance of running into scam artists that you might find on craigslist. However, as of now, the selection of items is not nearly as extensive as what you would find on craigslist.
As a New York City resident, craigslist is still much more user-friendly than Free Napkin. One problem I had with freenapkin.com was that when I was not able to separate the New York City listings from the rest. When I searched under “New York,” I had to sift through all the listings from Long Island, Westchester, and Union counties. There were plenty of free items in Long Island, Westchester, and upstate New York, the New York metro region did not have that much to offer.
If I am looking for a specific item, Craigslist is still easier to use than Free Napkin. One advantage of craigslist is the category distinctions (not yet available at Free Napkin). For example, if I am looking for Pimsleur’s Japanese I CDs, I can post my wanted ad in the proper section and will likely have many responses and offers within a few hours.
As of now, Free Napkin seems to be quite a hit with suburban and rural communities, but as a New York City resident, it may take awhile before I am able to fully benefit from this site.