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Once Upon a Child is unethical

Posted Wed October 6, 2010 12:00 pm, by dan f. written to Once Upon a Child

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My wife took in my dauhters clothes and her maternity clothes (your store said they needed maternity clothes). Out of all the clothes she brought it, your store offered very little for some of them. She was told that the maternity clothes were stained and couldnt be taken. However, they offered to take them off her hands for free and would "donate" them for her. There are a couple of problems here... 1. Some of the maternity clothes were new. 2. Most of her clothes were worn just a couple of times, and were ery clean with no stains. I know my wife, I saw her every day she was pregnant, I sure the hell would't let her wear stained clothes. Your attitude is insulting torward my wifes and my intelligence. I have seen a few of my friends on facebook upset with Once Upon a Child, now I know why. We know exactly what would of happened to our "donated" clothes. They would of been on your shelf in a week. So i decided to read up on your company online, its the same story from everyone. Im going to write a letter to our local news over this. Your store is a joke!

Be ethical.


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by T. B. Posted Mon October 11, 2010 @ 7:41 PM

Not un ethical...you have the choice to either leave the items or not.
Perhaps they will donate them. If you feel that strongly about it,
donate the items to a charity of your choice. We use a simular store
here in San Antonio, who doesnt always accept what we have...we just
drop off what wasnt taken at the GoodWill on the way home. They do
have a strict guideline to follow for purchases and even those items
that might not look worn or stained to you perhaps just do fit those
guidelines.

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by PepperElf Posted Mon October 11, 2010 @ 3:45 PM

the last time i looked up OUAC some of the locations donated items to
local charities.


instead of assuming the items would be sold anyway (proof?) why not
ask them where they donate to and try verifying it?




as for the ethical/unethical debate... if a company resells donations,
as long as it's clear they will be resold than there's nothing
unethical.


besides when did "making a profit" suddenly become something bad and
unethical?

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by Eclipse Posted Sun October 10, 2010 @ 9:03 PM

"We know exactly what would of happened to our "donated" clothes. They
would of been on your shelf in a week."

How do you know this? This is simply an assumption!
Until you witness clothes that are "donated" on the shelf, then you
have no ground to make the allegation that they are being unethical in
this regard.

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by Just Simply Bella Sera Posted Thu October 7, 2010 @ 8:09 PM

"We know exactly what would of happened to our "donated" clothes. They
would of been on your shelf in a week."

But how is that "unethical?" Once you donate something to a
second-hand shop, shelter or whatever, that property is no longer
yours. It then becomes the property of the place you donated it to,
and they have every right to determine how it is to be used.

And really, is that any different than donating something to Goodwill?
When I donate items to Goodwill, I don't get any money for them per se
(except for a small tax write-off), but they do turn around and sell
those items...and yes, pocket all the money.

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now that's unethical.. by jeishere Fri October 8, 2010 @ 10:00 AM


The word "donate" by Just Simply Bella Sera Fri October 8, 2010 @ 2:14 PM


How is it not unethical?? by Casmly Fri October 8, 2010 @ 10:14 AM


As I said to Jeshiere, by Just Simply Bella Sera Fri October 8, 2010 @ 2:17 PM

You can't deny.. by jeishere Fri October 8, 2010 @ 5:00 PM


I'm not denying it all, Jeishere. by Just Simply Bella Sera Fri October 8, 2010 @ 6:01 PM

Beleive it or NOT... by jeishere Sat October 9, 2010 @ 10:51 AM
by Jill7 Posted Thu October 7, 2010 @ 6:11 PM

I have sold to OUAC many times and have found there are certain
criteria to be met and even then the amount of money offered is
minimal. When you go there to sell you have to remember that the
entire transaction is completely voluntary for both parties. They
will tell you how much they are willing to give and it's up to you to
decide if you are willing to accept or not.

My experience is that they are interested in almost new, brand (Gap,
Gymboree, Abercrombie, etc.) items. Tags don't mean the item will be
accepted. I have done well before and other times had them decline
most of what I have taken. It is not personal at all, it's business.
I would not consider it a money-making venture, more of a house
cleaning with maybe some bonus cash thrown in.

I am not sure about them offering to donate items but it would make
sense to me that they would offer that option to someone who wasn't
interested in lugging their items back home. I usually drop anything
they don't take off at Goodwill anyway but would let them do that for
me if they offered.

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I'm wondering by RedheadwGlasses Fri October 8, 2010 @ 8:30 AM


by RedheadwGlasses Posted Thu October 7, 2010 @ 8:46 AM

"I sure the hell would't let her wear stained clothes"

Interesting.

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Y'Know? by MA Cunningham Thu October 7, 2010 @ 9:08 AM

Me too by Lisa H. Thu October 7, 2010 @ 9:34 AM

What;s wrong with that? by sarahsmile Fri October 8, 2010 @ 11:17 AM


It's the way he said it by RedheadwGlasses Fri October 8, 2010 @ 3:51 PM

Not the way I took it. by sarahsmile Fri October 8, 2010 @ 4:13 PM


Your husband won't "let" you? by RedheadwGlasses Sat October 9, 2010 @ 11:37 PM

Nitpicking by sarahsmile Wed October 13, 2010 @ 10:23 AM

Definitely bad wording by MissNaomi Mon November 1, 2010 @ 5:00 PM

by PepperElf Posted Wed October 6, 2010 @ 9:53 PM

from what i've read here this company is VERY picky about what they
take. even items that still have tags on them might not meet their
standards.


I would recommend trying a thrift store and saving the receipt for a
tax write off. Or craig's


but yes, as i said in the title of my reply "Ethical" does not mean
they're obliged to accept items they don't want.

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I agree by Lisa H. Thu October 7, 2010 @ 9:34 AM




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