Charles Basenga Kiyanda

No good deed goes unpunished

I’m in the process of getting rid of some old crap I have laying around and no longer use. I’ve replaced it with some old, albeit younger crap. In any case, I posted stuff on craigslist some stuff for sale and some for free. One of those items was a small, roughly 1 cubic foot, microwave I was giving away for free. It was given to me by a friend who was moving and didn’t need it anymore. First of all, I had someone calling me after about 220 seconds about the microwave. By 6pm it was out of my appartment. I had to delete the ad because more people started contacting me about the microwave. Who knew free microwaves were so popular on craigslist! In any case, it turns out it will benefit a non-profit activist organisation. I dropped the microwave at a women’s mother’s business, which turns out to be a spa. So I ended up with a 30 minute massage gift certificate from the spa. Hurray for Julie!

Seriously though, that is the power of the internet. Can you imagine if I’d posted this on traditional newspaper ads? First, it wouldn’t have made it out before the next morning (at best) if not the day after. Maybe a few days in the case of a weekly publication. Then what would the penetration of such an ad be? Anyway, you see my point. The internet is an impressive medium for the distribution of information and putting people in contact.

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