Those charity clothes bag collections

(15 Posts)
maybemyrtle Mon 28-Jul-14 10:48:03

I'm probably the last person to realise this, but those donation bags that come through the door from different charities? The donations actually go to a private company that just make a pathetic donation to the named charity per tonne of donations received. £50 per tonne, which is nothing!

I'm very annoyed because I donated a load of decent stuff a few weeks ago in this way that could have done quite well in a charity shop.

some are from charities and some are from companies. I always check the leaflet for the charity registration number before using the bag. I bin the ones from companies

Rainydayblues Mon 28-Jul-14 11:07:09

I don't even bother checking, they go straight in the bin, clothes go a local charity shop.

dexter73 Mon 28-Jul-14 11:49:41

I keep the bags and use them for rubbish and take my clothes to the local charity shop.

pinkfrocks Mon 28-Jul-14 11:58:16

I only fill them with absolute rubbish- old towels , ancient T shirts, etc etc- and all my old clothes are either ebayed or taken to a charity shop.

starfishmummy Mon 28-Jul-14 12:12:02

I just use one, where I know that the clothes go to a local charity shop.
Or I send them to school when they have a collection.I know they don't get a lot of cash for the clothes but its something they wouldn't otherwise have

starfishmummy Mon 28-Jul-14 12:12:10

I just use one, where I know that the clothes go to a local charity shop.
Or I send them to school when they have a collection.I know they don't get a lot of cash for the clothes but its something they wouldn't otherwise have

YoungBritishPissArtist Mon 28-Jul-14 12:42:37

I use them for my bin grin

Take donations direct to a charity shop.

maybemyrtle Mon 28-Jul-14 13:22:22

I just wish I'd known before - I usually donate direct to local charity shops but the convenience factor won out, plus I honestly thought it was from the charity it said it was! Oh well, shan't make the same mistake again.

Scrumbled Mon 28-Jul-14 19:12:03

Give your good bits for the charity shops, the stuff they will actually sell and make a profit on after they've handled it and got it ready for sale. Fill the bags with with everything else. The company has to make enough to keep running and pay staff. It's often the charities that don't have shops that use these companies, they may not get the biggest cut but it's money that they wouldn't get otherwise. It's also not labour intensive to a charity.

Bunbaker Mon 28-Jul-14 20:06:04

I use the bags to put stuff that I want to take directly to the charity shop. This is the only way the charity gets 100% of the profits.

peasandlove Tue 29-Jul-14 06:16:39

Yup it's bit of a scam I think. They will still get money for the unsaleable clothes by selling them as rags to businesses

maybemyrtle Tue 29-Jul-14 17:13:54

In case anyone's interested, I emailed Audosta, the company that sent the latest bag asking fr more info and this is their response:

"Thank you for your email.

Firstly, we donate £500 per month to each of the four charities which we represent. This is paid irrespective of any clothing collection made, so we donate £24,000 in total. At the end of each year we calculate the total tonnage collected for each charity and multiply that figure by £50.

If the resulting figure is more than the £6,000, the charity will get the additional amount, if less, then nothing further is paid.

All costs are borne by ourselves. Cost of bags, design , shipping, distribution/collection , so charities have no risk whatsoever.

The clothes that you kindly donate via our collections are sold mainly to Eastern European countries, but we hope to expand to other areas of the world.

I hope this gives you some insight into our operation."

Will still be donating to actual shops in the future!

flumperoo Tue 29-Jul-14 17:19:27

I didn't realise that! What about clothing banks? the ones you get in supermarket carparks along with the bottle banks, recycling bins etc - does anyone know where those clothes go?

peasandlove Tue 29-Jul-14 22:11:00

Where I am the clothing bins are the same people. They sell the clothes and make millions off it. I live in a fairly wealthy area (not uk) and there are four of those bins at our local supermarket. The stuff I've seen go in there is amazing.
I bet if people knew it wasn't going to charity they would think twice. I take mine to the local church shop.

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