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Making a "profit" for charity donations

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Dave B
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Making a "profit" for charity donations

#1 Post by Dave B » January 12th, 2016, 3:53 pm

Well, if the charity has a shop...

I buy things like smartphone/tablet styli, ten or twenty at a time, on Amazon for about 10p each. Then I donate them and they usually sell for 50p each. Thus my quid earns the shop a fiver or more!
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Re: Making a "profit" for charity donations

#2 Post by Alan C. » January 12th, 2016, 6:41 pm

I did similar some years ago, they were a tiny chip thing I got from ebay that 'boosted' mobile phone reception (reception here was shite at the time) Still pretty poor in some places.
I don't know if they worked as I've never had a mobile phone but they sold in the charity shop next door :smile:
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Re: Making a "profit" for charity donations

#3 Post by lewist » January 12th, 2016, 7:10 pm

I like it. There are indeed things you can get in packs that could be sold individually in a charity shop. :)
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Re: Making a "profit" for charity donations

#4 Post by Alan H » January 12th, 2016, 7:26 pm

lewist wrote:I like it. There are indeed things you can get in packs that could be sold individually in a charity shop. :)
And many of them say they are not to be sold individually...You wouldn't want the manufacturers to lose out on their profit, would you?
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Re: Making a "profit" for charity donations

#5 Post by Dave B » January 12th, 2016, 8:32 pm

Alan H wrote:
lewist wrote:I like it. There are indeed things you can get in packs that could be sold individually in a charity shop. :)
And many of them say they are not to be sold individually...You wouldn't want the manufacturers to lose out on their profit, would you?
All the stuff I am getting is from China, I doubt that anything like it is made in Europe these days because the Chinese are so dominant. I would not want to put a European company out of business by undercutting their sales in this way!

Later: if the Chinese want to sell at these pricesv who am I to stop them? If the customers do not have an Amazon account, well, 50p is not a lot to ask!

I paid £60 for a fancy pulse oxymeter - when I made an enquiry about it to the Chinese manufacturers I was offered 1000 within the week at £12 each. 10,000 in 30 days at £7 each! I was actually asking about the Bluetooth unit for it so I could record to my PC without a USB cable. No longer avaible.
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Re: Making a "profit" for charity donations

#6 Post by Alan C. » January 17th, 2016, 7:49 pm

Alan H
And many of them say they are not to be sold individually
Tins of beans and tins of beer?
I purchased two bubble wrap cards of said mobile phone 'boosters' They were clearly meant to be sold individually
Ffs it's for charity, bulk buy batteries is another good one (but check the use by date)
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Re: Making a "profit" for charity donations

#7 Post by Alan H » January 17th, 2016, 8:03 pm

Alan C. wrote:I did similar some years ago, they were a tiny chip thing I got from ebay that 'boosted' mobile phone reception (reception here was shite at the time) Still pretty poor in some places.
I don't know if they worked as I've never had a mobile phone but they sold in the charity shop next door :smile:
I missed this. Mobile phone boosters? Sounds utterly pseudoscientific!
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3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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