[nSLUG] Donate Hardware to FMM

Daniel AJ Sokolov @mobile daniel at falco.ca
Wed Jul 6 22:45:01 ADT 2016


I generally share the sentiment. But, if you may, can you please explain how a Canadian supermarket can profit tax-wise if I donate $2 at the checkout?

How exactly would that work?

BR
Daniel AJ

On July 6, 2016 10:05:31 PM ADT, D G Teed <donald.teed at gmail.com> wrote:
>On Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 6:33 PM, Daniel AJ Sokolov <daniel at falco.ca>
>wrote:
>
>> It has been done years ago to track electronics given to "recycling".
>It
>> ended up on a landfill in Africa or something like that. I don't
>> remember the details, but I remember that it was tracked with
>something
>> hidden inside. And that was years ago - so today I expect it to be
>> smaller, cheaper, better.
>>
>>
>Thank you for your donation.  It has contributed 1mg of gold to the
>melting
>pot...
>
>I have read news of junk of all sorts being sent to places where people
>have
>"lost everything".  The thinking is that if they lost it all, they need
>it
>all.
>So off go the dog costumes, chandeliers, used washing machines
>and all sorts of things. It requires more effort to sort and match up
>with
>real needs than if people only sent money.  The relief workers echoed
>this and asked people not to send stuff, as there is no place to
>store it and they lack the resources to find a fit.
>
>Here is a NP article from a few months ago:
>
>http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/after-fort-mcmurray-fire-alberta-copes-with-second-disaster-of-misguided-donations
>
>I can imagine computers being the sort of thing not needed.  Very
>few in Fort Mac are going to be interested in your 4 year old laptop
>with
>fading battery life.  Just like you or me, when the thing is dead, you
>go
>"OK, time for an upgrade".  There are a lower income exceptions to that
>trend, but generally this is what people with are going to do.
>
>Why is this effort springing to life so late?
>I doubt there are people who lost a computer two months ago
>and have not replaced it by now.  If they can go this long without it,
>they can probably adapt to just using their smartphone.
>
>If a company lost a whole rack, there is a thing called insurance.  If
>they
>forgot to get coverage, maybe they shouldn't be in business.  If only
>15%
>of the settlements were destroyed, and the downtown was spared, I don't
>know why server racks and routers are part of the relief.
>
>The whole thing doesn't make sense to me.  I suspect this is just a
>latent
>effort
>to milk people's generosity for corporate gain, just like retailers who
>take
>your $2 donation at the cashier and turn it into a nice sum for
>a charity deductible on their taxes.
>
>I like charity that matters, not charity that is just as easy way to
>not feel guilty about one's good fortunes.
>
>
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