How do some of the Christian and non-Christian organizations afford to send out some of the mail that they do? Tax deductions as business expense? Is that it?
You know those thick packets of mail you get from charities hoping you’ll send them a donation. Sometimes they contain address labels and such.
Yesterday, I got a packet from a very popular Christian women’s organization that I love (which is NOT a charity but a for profit business). I was excited, it was clearly a dvd. I had entered a contest a while back and thought I’d won something. I opened it to find a dvd and a “club” bill. Keep this dvd for $14 or return it. Return it without it’s case. Keep the dvd case (a normal movie case, not the slipcovers that are small) or recycle it. Um, okay. My first thought was, “how wasteful.”
Then I tried to find ways to give them the benefit of the doubt – something I’m working on when something strikes me as odd. Maybe the cases were donated? Free to the organization? Given by aliens. Hey, I cover all the possibilities.
So, now I have this dvd to remember to return and I admit, it sort of bugs me because I didn’t order it in the first place and they clearly used my mailing address from the contest I entered in order to send it.
What are your thoughts on things like this? How do they pay to send out materials like this? Is it a wise use of their resources? Should companies use your address to send you billable items from a contest? Did you receive one of these packets?
Yes, today, I am going to allow debate on this topic. Just be respectful.