frequently offer little more than tokenism to those they
help under their otherwise so-called charity work
Thus, more and more charities proliferate and spawn
with the uncontrollable growth of the British charity
industry now standing at a staggering 160,000+
registered charities seeking, of course, your gifts
and cash donations in the name of their "good
claim to be helping! Their prime motive seems to be
to keep milking the cash cow for all its worth and,
as charities that are concerned with their own
survival at all costs. All too many charities have
become a law unto themselves with their con
games and publicity gimmicks to get the public
to support their useless charity aims.
Many Charity Shops have now become nothing more than
commercial businesses that clutter all too many UK high
streets. They compete against for profit businesses while
manipulating their non-profit status. Thus, regular businesses
are handicapped against such charity outfits that have been
transformed in recent years from old fashioned used clothes
and what have you to shops now selling an array of brand
new commercial goods like they're John Lewis or Harrods.
There's nothing at all "charity" about them except their names.
Plus, the exhorbitant prices that charity shops sometimes
charge for donated items are nothing more than rip-off
prices in the name of "helping" such charities.
One of the worst offenders is Oxfam, which made 5 million
quid alone the other year thru their shops by just selling
donated old books and LPs. SCOPE is another offender
that seem to have turned their shops into mini-antiques
marts and charge exhorbitant selling prices for vintage
furniture and decorative artifacts that are more expen-
sive in some cases than regular antiques shops, etc.
Another thing, if I see another tea cup and saucer with
the Charles & Diana Wedding for sale in some
rubblish of a charity shop I think I'll scream bloody
blue murder!!! Every other shop seems to have
the same useless and unwanted stuff.
And don't get me going on the British Heart Foundation
(BHF) charity shops with their bedding, household
furniture and electrical goods that price their stuff
again at rip-off prices. I had to pay 40 quid for a small
foldup bed that I later saw else where for 15 quid, but
at the time I was forced to buy a bed while moving into
my elderly and unfunished sheltered accommodation. I
no longer step inside any BHF charity shops after they
ripped me off. Worse still, I later found the matteress
was full of bed bugz and had to get rid of the bed
after all and, of course, buy another one. But luckily
not at 40 quid! Charity shops also "cream off" their
best donated items that never get to the shevles as
they sell beforehand such items to their connected
friends. Charities are also picky, but if they don't
want your donations tell them to stuff it up their you
know what! But above and beyond that, they're
all what I call "Tick Box Charities" that tick all
the right boxes to stay in business to legally
rip us all off year in and year out ...