Most of you know that I recently released a book to Amazon’s Kindle platform called Amazon Mom – One Woman’s Journey from Mom to Successful Online Entrepreneur. I was great to get my story out there and hopefully inspire others who are or have been in my shoes to make their own success story. I have gotten the most wonderful comments, reviews, and emails from people all over the country and it has been an incredible journey so far.
But, if you thrift and resell items yourself you will know that not everyone agrees with what you do. Case in point, I recently had a reader leave this one star review for me:
“I was appalled., July 25, 2014
This review is from: Amazon Mom: One Woman’s Journey from Mom to Successful Online Entrepreneur (Kindle Edition)
When I give to Goodwill I expect that people who cannot afford it under normal circumstances will be able to buy it. It never occurred to me that someone who was better off would take advantage of both the donor and the poor by buying items to turn a profit on ebay or amazon. I can honestly say that I regret buying this book”
On one hand I can see where she is coming from and I believe it is a good place. Yes, it is great to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves and I don’t believe anybody sets out in this business with the mindset that they are intending to make the poor suffer. But, on the other hand she doesn’t see the big picture. Yes, Goodwill does a tremendous amount to help others but they do not exist to distribute inexpensive items to communitiies. Those thrift stores they run are for the sole purpose of funding their objective which is to provide job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities
. The bottom line is that they don’t care who buys the items just that they are sold. And as a reseller we are some of the biggest supporters of this cause by spending a large chunk of our inventory funds with them.
And personally I don’t just buy from Goodwill I also donate there. A lot. So, do I feel bad about sourcing inventory from thrift stores? No. Not a bit. I am doing what I can to support my family and anyone who shops there is free to do the same. The Goodwills I have shopped at not only expect resellers they welcome us. It helps them move more product and turn a faster profit which in turn helps them to fulfill their mission of helping others in the community.Does the general population who donates to Goodwill believe their items are being passed along to those that need them? Maybe, but if that is the true intention you are better off finding a shelter or community center that can put the items right into use.
I’ve been thinking about it lately as I work on my second book which is focused specifically on thrifting and how to make it work for you. I’m sure there will be those that think it is a horrible way to make a living and that is ok. I would definitely recommend the reviewer above not read it. But, I believe there are many more that will read it and be given the tools to make their own situation better.
In my opinion, a hand up is always better than a hand out.
What do you think?