Complaint / review / scam report
Salvation Army
Cost

I wish to address complaints regarding the cost of items at the Salvation Army. I have volunteered there for many years. The items that are donated are essentially "free" yes, but please keep in mind that the rent, heat, hydro, maintenance and staff etc. are NOT free, not to mention the outrageous dumping fee's they must spend each year disposing of others garbage they bag up and throw in the donation bins. If you don't want the ripped, stained or smelly items anymore, likely no one else does either. please put it in your own garbage so the Salvation Army aren't burdened with it. The staff try their best to price fairly, but you have to be a jack of all trades to know the exact worth of each and every item, most employee's price 300 to 500 items a day. There are surely some mistakes made both for their benefit, and vice versa. They are a charitable organization, after expenses the rest DOES go to those in need! The $200 dresser you were complaining about was probably about $1000 or more new. We help those in need, there are vouchers for clothing, household items and furniture for those who need them for free. They supply gratuities to the homeless who wander in needing shoes, boots or coats. When you shop the Salvation Army you are supporting a wonderful cause, one that I devote many hours of my time to. The stores are just an avenue to try to increase their funding for programs, and that is what you are supporting when you shop there. The higher end items are more costly but there are many antique dealers and re-sellers who shop there daily. Who should benefit more from the donations your provide us, we who support those less fortunate? or the re-sellers? I hope this all made sense. I am just trying to show the whole picture out so opinions can be educated ones.
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Offender: Salvation Army

Country: Canada   Province: Canada

Category: Politics & Government

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