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Oct. 4th, 2005 @ 05:04 pm season's greetings from amnesty international
Current Mood: pissed off
Current Music: Yoko Takahashi - Tamashii no Rufuran
Guess what I got in the mail today? A package! A package from Amnesty International! It was a cardboard box, large enough to require extra postage. Inside was a dozen fancy greeting cards and envelopes. It was really hard to not throw it in the trash, so I just left it in the mailroom.

I never thought I'd say this, but fuck you, Amnesty International. I don't even know why I send you money. I understand that you appreciate my donations, but the point of giving to charity is that it doesn't come back to the giver. There are Iraqis being abused at Guantanamo Bay and in military prisons in Iraq, and we have a new Supreme Court Justice, and New Orleans has fallen into anarchy, and all sorts of crazy shit is going down in Africa and South America and the Middle East, and you send me a box of fucking greeting cards. In fucking October. If it were one greeting card, I would understand. If it was a small token of your appreciation, I would still disapprove, but I would understand. But this is easily ten dollars worth of consumerist garbage. I don't think most people even give ten dollars. If you had so much money left over, why didn't you give all the people on death row greeting cards? If I were rotting in a jail cell on the ass end of the earth awaiting execution, I would damn well appreciate a card from a stranger who cared. Or a good last meal--I doubt it would cost much more. And don't you need money for lawyers? For offices in Iran and Colombia and China? For all those "YES! I would like to make a fucking donation!" cards you mail to everyone else? If I wanted a box of thank-you cards I would have donated to Hallmark.

You're almost as bad as the Sierra Club, with their free backpacks and magazine subscriptions.
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From:retch
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
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doubt it cost that much, paper is relatively cheap.

As for why? Because they know statistically that they get more money overall by doing this. It may be a net loss for them on you, but the folks it gets to pony up more money make up for it overall. Same sort of reason that Oberlin sends out the alumni magazine and other fundraising materials, etc. Likewise with my high school. Sure I'm not putting up gobs of cash, I'm not sure if either entity has made more money off of my giving than they've spent marketing to me, but next to the person who plunks down hundreds or thousands of dollars due to those materials, it hardly matters...
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From:erf_
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure how a ten dollar package of greeting cards would persuade me to donate more than ten dollars to them.
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From:retch
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
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right, for you, they are probably losing money. But random donor X, presumably not. Fundraising is pretty scientific, they know response rates, how to get people to kick over the cash, so odds are, they made money on their mailings.
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From:erf_
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
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And the box was big enough that it wouldn't fit in my mailbox. I had to claim it with one of those blue OCMR slips.
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From:retch
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
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well the mailboxes are really tiny... :)
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From:hatikvah_42
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Is the name on the greeting cards? Like, if you send them out to people will they see the Amnesty logo and think, ohh, I should support amnesty?

Still...*sympathy*
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From:erf_
Date:October 4th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
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No, if the cards had said "Please donate to Amnesty International" or something like that in small print, I would have been more sympathetic.
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From:user_undefined
Date:October 5th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)
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What did the cards have on them, out of curiosity?
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From:erf_
Date:October 5th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)
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My mailing address, some pretty pictures, and "Season's Greetings." Printed on fancy paper.