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To boycott any charity sending out unsolicited Christmas card packs

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DyslexicScientist Sun 22-Nov-15 08:07:45

I seem to be getting one almost everyday at the moment. What a waste of paper and three of the companies doing it I have supported for many years (British legion, Isis and shelter).

I just hate waste and worry that my money has gone into this waste rather than something useful.

DyslexicScientist Sun 22-Nov-15 08:08:01

Crisis!

Sirzy Sun 22-Nov-15 08:13:29

That was an unfortunate typo grin

I have never been sent Christmas card packs by a charity but yes that would frustrate me. Although I assume they feel it is worth the outlay for what they will get back.

notquitehuman Sun 22-Nov-15 08:20:06

I get regular envelopes full of shit from the Red Cross. Notebooks, pens, cards etc. There's no way to return it to sender, and it annoys me that money has been spent sending me junk rather than on people who really need it. Puts me right off donating to them.

However, I suppose they must make a lot of money from people feeling guilty enough to donate. So maybe it is a good business model.

arethereanyleftatall Sun 22-Nov-15 08:23:13

Yabu.
I find it strange when grown ups don't understand this.
It's called marketing.
They will get more back in revenue than it cost them.
That's why they do it.

coffeetasteslikeshit Sun 22-Nov-15 08:25:23

This annoys the shit out of me too. I can't remember which one it was but it had horrible cheap coasters in which went straight in the bin (I would have recycled them but doubt even the charity shop would have wanted them). The next day another pack arrived addressed to DH this time. I hate the waste.

DyslexicScientist Sun 22-Nov-15 08:26:56

Thanks for being patronizing. I'm talking about a boycott.

SquareStarfish Sun 22-Nov-15 08:29:03

That typo has me proper chuckling grin

PetShopGirl Sun 22-Nov-15 08:33:38

Me too! My first proper LOL in ages. Thank you, OP smile

On a more constructive note, I agree with you it is annoying. Perhaps a shame to boycott if you otherwise appreciate what these charities do though. Maybe you could write to them to say you feel this way and that it makes you consider withdrawing your support? They might be able to offer a justification that satisfies you.

Oysterbabe Sun 22-Nov-15 08:34:39

LMAO @ the Isis Christmas card packs. grin

Samcro Sun 22-Nov-15 08:37:32

i usually hate this stuff, but so glad I got one the other day , I had to wrap a christmas present yesterday and had no labels so use one of thr freebies

kerbs Sun 22-Nov-15 08:43:03

It works with my DH, his charity coaster is on the coffee table right now and he loves random pens, in fact he loves crappy stuff in general.

So if you want to know why they do it, blame people like him.

NoArmaniNoPunani Sun 22-Nov-15 08:44:27

YANBU. I've stopped giving money to the Red Cross because of the amount of useless crap they send me.

coffeetasteslikeshit Sun 22-Nov-15 08:52:39

Kerb, shall I just send your DH my packs then, it'd keep us both happy grin

Whoknewitcouldbeso Sun 22-Nov-15 08:55:46

I chuckled too. Apparently they have trillions in the bank do they don't need any charitable donations currently. I've heard their membership is pretty high though! confused

I quite like getting the coasters each year as we use them blush

OstentatiousBreastfeeder Sun 22-Nov-15 08:56:26

Why are you moaning about free stuff?!

DS stole the coasters for his bedside table and I love me a free pen.

<joins kerbs' DH on the saddo bench>

saraht84 Sun 22-Nov-15 08:57:46

When they're sent as junk mail each postie has around 600 to deliver in a week. I'm guessing not many people receive them and make a donation, possibly older generations do. Household contracts line that aren't cheap (the thicker the envelope, the higher the cost to the company) so I've always thought it was pretty counterintuitive.
Plus I bloody hate delivering them.

StrawberryTeaLeaf Sun 22-Nov-15 08:59:25

Yabu.
I find it strange when grown ups don't understand this.
It's called marketing.
They will get more back in revenue than it cost them.
That's why they do it.

It's donors money that they are spending on this 'speculate to accumulate' merry-go-round, though.

Besides, waste is still waste, whether the financial cost is covered or not.

If one is looking at it from a purely Marketing perspective, the brand IS cheapened by becoming known as 'the envelope full of unsolicited gubbins' charity, just as it is by becoming known as a 'chugger chasing £2 direct debits' charity.

coffeetasteslikeshit Sun 22-Nov-15 09:05:16

Ok, well I'm going to have to give the coasters to a charity shop now that I know people like and use them.

gingerdad Sun 22-Nov-15 09:18:12

I tend to send anything with a free post envelope back.

I avoid supporting any large charity with paid staff. They are big businesses.

I only buy cards from a couple of local charities that 100% of the profit goes to them not 1 or 2 p

So YANBU

arethereanyleftatall Sun 22-Nov-15 09:18:32

Strawberry, if I donate £5 to a charity, and they choose to spend that £5 on marketing which they know will result in £30 for the charity, that's fine with me.

StrawberryTeaLeaf Sun 22-Nov-15 09:21:18

But it's not fine with everyone. Pointless to tell us all that we're thick for not 'getting it'. It's a PR issue; A matter of perception.

StrawberryTeaLeaf Sun 22-Nov-15 09:22:35

But it's not fine with everyone. Pointless to tell us all that we're thick for not 'getting it'. It's a PR issue; A matter of perception.

StrawberryTeaLeaf Sun 22-Nov-15 09:23:55

(And not 'just' perception, in fact; Opinion)

Tangfastics Sun 22-Nov-15 09:23:44

YABU

I'm not a fan either but I do find it faintly ridiculous that some people base their charitable giving decisions on a few recycled paper coasters and a 1p pen.

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