- Greet the person who posted the message. It's only polite. I find that the word "Hello" helps. Or the abbreviation "Hi".
- Tell them that you would be interested in the item (without presuming
that they will give it to you).
- Tell them how it would improve your life, or someone else's life.
- Don't abbreviate your message. Use full words.
- Make sure that your email software is set up to use your full name. I'd
much rather agree to pass something on to a named person, instead of
- Thank the person for their time.
Some may argue that speed is of the essence, and that the fastest email
will win. Maybe. But unless you're sat there watching the emails roll
in, you're probably not the first to reply, anyhow.
Besides: Freecycle is about reducing consumerism and landfill use. Which email approach do you think is most appropriate?