Sunday, August 26, 2007

Reuse

Today I put together a pile of stuff for GoodWill. GoodWill is an interesting concept.

Some people just give their stuff away. If you have more than you need or you have something that someone else could use you could just give it away. When you give in your community, you instill that attribute in others. That is when giving works, because you know that others will also give.

Now if the community is larger and you don't know the people who are giving or receiving, or you need something specific we turned to bartering. You trade for something specific in return.

But what if you don't have anything good to barter with then you could trade with someone else or save up to get something that people would want, or just develop currency. So now we spend money for things instead of trading.

But why spend money on something used, when you can buy something new. Now along comes disposable items and our landfills are full of those things because you can no longer just give things away.

So how do we stop the madness!!???

Well one thing someone thought of was Goodwill. With Goodwill you can donate your items and deduct your donation from your taxes. The government is encouraging the giving by giving you a break on your taxes.

What does GoodWill now do with your old stuff? They resell it for a discounted amount. The money goes to running the store and to fund education and career services.


So now your stuff is helping others. But what if Goodwill cannot sell your stuff?
That is what I would like to find out. Do they throw it away in the landfills? I hope not!

Moral: Buy good stuff then give it away.

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