It seems almost like one has to "sell" a free item and paying for postage is too much of a hassle for folks, and "you paying for postage", that's "deep".
Indeed. I recall being quite taken aback by the nub of the first reply I got when I was trying to kickstart a 'surplus' pens and bottled inks redistribution initiative for Australian FPN members, and I almost abandoned the thing right there and then.
It's one of the reasons why I now have a whole box of new, good-for-what-they-are fountain pens of different makes and models that I acquired "while I was at it" when placing orders with overseas sellers for something else, such that the marginal shipping cost for those items I don't need for myself is nil or negligible. Frankly, I haven't encountered too many1 others online who warrant (since 'deserve' is such an emotive word, I won't use it) being given those products at zero cost to them, including postage and other considerations.
It still astounds me that offering something at lower total cost of acquisition than they could otherwise manage (i.e. you-pay-for-postage offers where I already know, and clearly stated, that domestic postage is less than the bargain price I paid for the product) is still considered not a good enough deal. I think it's fine for them to judge the pen (or set of whatever is on giveaway offer) to not be 'worth' A$8.55, but therefore those folks were never interested enough in the pen (which cost me a bit more than A$8.55 to buy in the first place, even without considering international postage) on offer anyway, so why give it to them as freebies when they apparently think it's nigh worthless?
The more I'm learning about this, the more I'd rather pass it on to my correspondents/pen pals and mail as a gift. My gratification level will be better.
I hear ya. Personally, I'd rather donate my several new Pilot Prera and Sailor Profit Junior pens to op shops run by charities, as far as personal gratification goes if I don't end up using them for myself, because I know anyone here who is interested can buy one from a retailer (or on eBay) at market prices if they really wanted one. The Nemosine Singularity Obsidian demonstrator is something one cannot easily buy new now even if one wanted to, much less for A$8.55, and that's why I'm offering it to one fellow hobbyist here as a you-pay-for-postage giveaway.
Last time I offered to give away a set of three good Muji A5 notebooks (with postage paid by me), with a nominal total price of A$5.25 but for which I only paid $3.75 to buy, and would cost me another $2.55 to send, nobody put their hand up to be the recipient. Fancy that! All I said in the terms of the offer was that I would favour those who have the least opportunity to buy it from Muji themselves, if multiple people put their hands up as prospective recipients, instead of selecting someone completely randomly.
So, as I said in another thread, these days if I want to give away something that's easily available for purchase in the market for $25 or more, I'll just do it privately instead of putting it up as a anyone-can-enter-the-draw 'PIF'.
Anyway... I'll stop ranting now.
Thanks for the help.
1 But there are some.
Let's give each other due respect, and approach discussion rigorously. I believe we're all peers and equals here as fellow hobbyists, with common interests in the acquisition and use of fountain pens, but no shared values and no obligation to offer each other moral support for one's narrative.
Don't think 'cos I understand, I care
Don't think 'cos I'm talking', we're friends
— '6 Underground' by Sneaker Pimps