Hoi,
With the same pragmatism a different scenario. If say a $20,- donation
arrives and a T-shirt is send,
* $12 basic transaction and product costs
* $12 pro rata costs of having our "own" product to sell produce
* 1,80 WMF administration costs
* $5,80 loss on every T-shirt
Thanks,
      GerardM

On 22 March 2016 at 13:40, Fæ <fae...@gmail.com> wrote:

> On 22 March 2016 at 11:51, Gordon Joly <gordon.j...@pobox.com> wrote:
> > On 21/03/16 19:39, Steinsplitter Wiki wrote:
> >> (I must admit that i tested the job a year ago, the product was fine,
> the shipment fast. A bit expensive for my taste.)
> >
> >
> > Expensive? The profit adds funds the WMF, surely.
>
> This is a logical fallacy that many charities fall into, and end up
> damaging their reputation in the tabloid press when it turns out that
> 80%+ of donations "disappear" in costs such as commercial fees, paying
> chugger agencies and bonuses and six-figure salaries for
> fundraising/marketing
> directors, rather than going to the intended beneficiary.
>
> Here's a highly likely pragmatic scenario... if, say, a $20 "donation"
> to get a WMF merchandise tee-shirt disappeared as:
> * $ 12.00 basic transaction and product costs
> * $ 6.00 profit/fees to intermediary organizations
> * $ 1.80 WMF administration costs
> * 20 cents is the outcome "donation" to WMF causes (1%)
>
> Then yes, the transaction adds funds to the WMF, but in a really
> crappy way where the system probably cost several times more in WMF
> staff time to set up than it will make over many years, comparatively
> huge profit margins are going to unnamed parties (at least unnamed for
> the purchaser or WMF volunteers), and in a non-transparent way too.
>
> Fae
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