While I am on the subject of charities (my last blog) I should add another mini rant this time on charity shops. I love charity shops in fact most of the clothes I wear and buy are from charity shops, the shit people give to these shops is amazing. In the old days (a few years ago) charity shops sometimes offered insane bargains. I’ve seen Stone Island jackets for two quid, brand new next jumpers for a quid, charity shops had no idea what they had and the worth of it. It was usually priced up by a little old lady that could couldn’t tell the difference between Nike and Hike. Nowadays Charities are on the ball making sure you don’t get too much of a bargain. They must use the internet and price their donations up based on that prices because now the problem is the opposite. Charity shops have gone from under charging straight to over charging, a charity shop I went to the other day were selling Nike Trainers for 30 pound! They were used FFS and given as a donation, I wouldn’t have paid above two pound for them (they were in average condition worn in places) to ask for thirty is a piss take.
They’re staff are volunteers and they are selling donations to over charge in such a way is pure greed. The Cancer research shops always strikes me as being among the most expensive, well oppressing/ignoring the possibilities of Cannabis as a potential treatment for Cancer while promoting corporate drugs and treatments that don’t help and in some cases kill is an expensive task.
Charity is now business and in too many cases they do not care about the cause, they care about their profits, their sponsors and their future as a business. I still look around charity shops but their rising prices will eventually put people off and damage the cause.
Former British Prime Minister Clement Atlee once said “Charity is a cold grey loveless thing. If a rich man wants to help the poor, he should pay his taxes gladly, not dole out money at a whim.”I wonder what he would think of corporate charities.