Originally Posted by cynotgirl
because they don't just donate the stuff they won't sell. They sell it to private sellers, who then sell it overseas in poor communities for 3x what they bought it for. they become millionaires off these poor people, who buy this crap because it's American and says Coca Cola or something on it.
It's awful. What they do in thier stores is good, yes, but.... after that. It's a non-profit, large corporation, so there is a bottom line to watch, even for them.
OK - so I am here trying to figure this out. If someone buys it here and takes it overseas to sell it for 3x what they paid for it...
1/3 is their acquisition cost
Of that 2/3, how much is eaten up by shipping? What percentage do they have to discard b/c it is not wearable/usable (and what IS sold has to make up for these items)? What is their cost for disposal? (Assuming it is not "left on the side of the road".) What other costs of doing business affect the bottom line?
Yes, I am guessing that they ARE making money, O/W they would not be buying the stuff and reselling it. But now that family (or families) has an opportunity to make a living. Jobs are created.
Anyway, I think Value Village has got to be worse than Goodwill. They are much more expensive and they buy their stuff by the pound from a charitable organization. Other than that, I *think* they are a for-profit organization. But they have the best stuff and so when it comes to my time...
For some reason, I do have a problem just packing everything up and donating it. I can't seem to let myself do it and instead end up delivering it to so many different places - wherever I think it might do the most good. It sure would be a lot easier and cheaper for me to make one trip (or 5, or...) to the same place. The stores will take donations during their open hours or will come by with a truck. I have a hard time meeting up with other smaller places that give (not sell) directly to the needy and the piles are cluttering up my house waiting to be delivered (with my children in tow, pushing a stroller...)