By Hilary Ribons, Staff Writer
We are serial deal-seekers, makers and money-savers. We have slim wallets made slimmer by our penchant for purchasing hot pockets and Ramen at 7-11. We are college students. And where there are deals, you better bet we will find them. I’ve made it easier for you this time by exposing one of Boston University’s Facebook groups’ best-kept secrets. The “Free and For Sale” Facebook page is a public group that as of now has about 1,920 members. The title is pretty much self-explanatory. All the stuff you find on there is either—wait for it—free or for sale. The page is a forum for “fridges, futons, textbooks and tons of other stuff,” according to the page’s about section.
It keeps its promise. On the groups wall, tons of BU students write posts advertising things that they are selling, getting rid of or looking for. And they include everything. Here’s an amusing list of items being sold and requested that I saw while perusing the page:
- A Wally the Green Monster Pillow Pet
- An LED desk lamp
- A November bus/train pass
- A Wii console
- An “everything must go” closet sale
- An iPhone
- Fairy wings
- Concert tickets
- Recording services
Students offer help (and sometimes sarcasm) to their peers, either responding to their requests with offers of their own, or directing them to places where they can buy or sell what they are looking to. Most of the items on the page are lightly used, and the owners are looking to get rid of them quickly and conveniently, so they are cheaper than they would be off-the-shelf. It’s a pretty convenient way to buy or sell something, since it’s all located within the BU community. Usually, buyers and sellers contact each other via message or phone if they are interested in making a transaction.
There you have it—I just catered to your weaknesses—convenience, low prices and the allure of new crap. Have at it. If nothing else, join for the sheer amusement of seeing what people post.