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How wonderful! [Nov. 12th, 2003|11:38 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
eBay has a new program they are running called "Giving Works" which enables eBay sellers to donate a percentage of their auction sales to their choice of charity! They have TONS of charities to choose from, animal charities, humanitarian, environmental, international, etc. How cool is that? I might do that from time to time - I love helping out animal charities in particular - they have all of the regulars, PETA, the ASPCA, etc., but they also have smaller charities like Helping Hands Monkey Helpers and local ones like Peace River Refuge. Wow! I'm definitely going to try to run some charity auctions - they can be anywhere from 10%-100% charity, auction by auction.

[User Picture]From: weetzie_baby
2003-11-12 08:58 pm (UTC)
It's wonderful!!!! ^-^!

I'm definitly going to be doing charity auctions for animals. ^______________________________^
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[User Picture]From: novemberhour
2003-11-12 09:15 pm (UTC)
that's really awesome, Jasmine!!
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From: ariaelf
2003-11-12 09:21 pm (UTC)
Very cool... I haven't really read up on the program, and don't see the difference if you just donate part of the profits yourself... unless they make your listing fees less or something like that. But it's good that they're getting more people to think about charitable giving =)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-11-12 10:55 pm (UTC)
Well, technically saying that the proceeds of your auction will go to any charity is against eBay's TOS!

They implemented that after the World Trade Center attacks on 9-11, there were a lot of scumbags were flooding eBay with charity auctions and there was no way for eBay to tell if they were "really" giving the proceeds to charity. The only "legal" charity auctions on eBay since then were the Red Cross relief auctions they ran after 9-11, any others are technically in violation. Tons of people get away with it still, because somebody would have to report you for it (just like any other listing violation). But, the way some people seem to like to report me, if I had wanted to just mention in my auction that some of the proceeds would go to charity, eBay could boot my auctions right away!!! Now I'm glad there is a way to do it and still comply with the eBay TOS!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-11-12 10:56 pm (UTC)
And of course, the benefit to a seller would be that charity auctions tend to have much higher final prices (people bid higher if some of it goes to charity!), so it works out great for the seller and for charity!
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From: ariaelf
2003-11-13 12:07 am (UTC)
Hmm... interesting...
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2003-11-12 10:24 pm (UTC)
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From: klwillowb
2003-11-13 10:11 am (UTC)

What A Great Idea

I'll be doing animals of course, it would be kind of nice to do it around Christmas too...Shelters get very full just after!
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