Popular Post Ghostrider Posted March 12, 2015 Popular Post Report Share Posted March 12, 2015 (edited) ....so please support cope and please remember folks its better for us that cope works well and can take on more clients. I think it would be fair to say that in general most folk would like to, and where possible try to, but when COPE is offering a used couch for sale at £75.00 and you can buy a comparable couch on local Classifieds for £50.00, they are making it difficult for a lot of folk to do so. The majority of folk in general, I think, will be amenable to paying a little over the odds to COPE on account of it being "for a good cause", but the wider the gap gets between their prices and those of their competition, the fewer folk feel willing to pay the extra amount. That's the thing with charity, folk need to feel comfortable with whatever amount they're giving, not that their heartstrings are being pulled to the max to squeeze as much out of them as possible. That just turns folk against giving at all, and the goose that lays the golden egg is dead. IMHO COPE have done quite well with the Scrapstore as far as they've taken it, but are in danger of killing it off with their current pricing and stocking policies. There's a whole lot more they could possibly be doing with it to make it a better earner. The stock I'm seeing on their F/B page these days is almost exclusively very conservative household items, with the occasional semi "antique" piece thrown in, virtually none of which I'd fancy living with every day unless as a temporary measure. Maybe thats what the vast majority of Shetland households comprise of, and maybe that what the majority of Shetlanders want in their houses, I don't know, I just know its the kind of stuff I'd expect a maiden aunt (if I had one) to have, not me. Likewise, their policy of cherry picking donations, to eliminate items which in their opinion won't shift in their current set up. Why throw away this potential income stream? Okay, so its not suited for how they are, but would it not make a whole lot more sense to take it anyway and hold occasional auction sales of it to shift it "as is" and get what little they could for it. They're getting it for nothing, a volunteer auctioneer and a couple of volunteer helpers to organise and keep the books, and two or three of their clients as "fetch and carry" people, and its done. They can't lose, the stock comes free, so even if each auction only cleared £100 for a pile of what was basically "junk", they're coming ahead, and it would provide "work" for some of their client base. Edited March 12, 2015 by Ghostrider Pleepsie, Silver_Birch and oddtablet 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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