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Village des Valeurs - Value Village - American company robbing Canadian families

Value Village website makes it look like it IS a charity organization. Call me stupid but I thought it was a non profit organization before I ever went, and Value Village takes advantage of people like me (there are many others I met while donating there who thought the same) who are naive.


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I now realize this is a company out for a profit, I am shocked but also appalled that this 'organization' is nothing more then making money over the backs of poor people. I will now BOYCOTT this company. Shame on you! The name Donation is mentioned several times on their website as it seems this name works for these greedy people at value village . BE AWARE for these companies, look around on the web, there are plenty of smaller organizations that charge much less and that support the communities they work with!
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Karen Davis 

Ever get a call from the Canadian Diabetes Assoc., or the Cerebral
Palsy Assoc. looking for donations of used clothing? Want to know who
the main benefactor of your generosity is? (hint – its neither of
these two organizations.)
In the Feb, 12 edition of "Alberta Report", the situation was covered

Most Albertans who donate their old clothes and household goods to the
Alberta Community Living Foundation (ACLF) assume their contributions
will end up in the hands of needy Albertans. Actually, the chief
benefactor of their generosity is an American billionaire named
William O. Ellison, who lives in a $1.5 million dollar mansion on Lake
Washington outside of Seattle.

 The ACLF is the fundraising arm of the Alberta Association for
Community Living (AACL), the province's chief advocate of mass
de-institutionalization of the handicapped. It operates an extensive
team of telephone workers who solicit donations from Albertans and
keep records of generous supporters for  future canvassing. The ACLF's
yellow trucks can be spotted in neighborhoods throughout Alberta
picking up used goods from donors.

 But rather than distributing these goods directly into the hands of
unfortunate  disable people, as many people expect of a charity
fundraiser, the donations are  actually delivered to a private,
American-owned firm that sells the items for a  profit at thrift
stores operated by Value Village Stores Ltd. Value Village is  owned
by Mr. Ellison, 68, and his 48 year-old son Tom.

 In 1987, the Los Angeles Times documented how the Ellison family
built a multi-billion dollar empire exploiting people's
open-handedness to charities. Many organizations throughout Canada and
the US, including Amvets, Disabled American Veterans, the California
Council for the Blind and dozens of associations for the mentally
handicapped, including the Alberta Association for Community Living,
sold  the Ellisons and their associates the right to canvass for
tax-deductible donations  in their name. The company then sells the
goods for a profit at their chains of thrift stores, which include
Value Village, Thrift Village, Purple Heart Stores, and Red White and
Blue Thrift Stores. In exchange, the charities reap back a  portion of
the profit. But the lion's share goes back to the entrepreneurs.

According to the Times, for every $1.00 that went to undersigned
charities from  some Ellison-owned thrift stores, $2.55 went to the
Ellison associates. Overall, about $1.50 goes to the business for
every $1.00 that a charity such as the AACL receives. And while store
employees earn minimum-wage salaries, the Ellisons pay themselves
enormous salaries that have allowed them to purchase mansions and real
 estate with cash.

The Ellisons are unashamed of the money they make off of people's
goodwill to the disabled. "There has to be a profit ... We are not in
it for our health," the junior Mr. Ellison told the Calgary Herald in

 Genuine non-profit organizations such as the Salvation Army and
Goodwill Rehabilitation Services of Alberta, who market donated goods
directly to the people who need them, regard Value Village as a thorn
in their side. They must compete with the battery of telephone
operators and truck drivers working indirectly for the Ellisons for a
finite amount of donated goods. "It does leave us at a distinct
disadvantage," says Barry Ulmer, Goodwill's vice-president of
marketing and operations.

 And the money that Value Village does give the ACLF is further
scalped by the AACL before it gets anywhere near disabled people. In
1991, for example, of the $1.2 million that the AACL received from
Value Village's thrift business, only $200,000 went to programs for
the handicapped. Most was spent on the group's lobbying efforts  and
conferences. While de-institutionalized disable residents have wound
up in  prison or living in run-down rooming houses, the AACL hosts
conferences in four-star  hotels. One was held in the ritzy mountain
resort, Jasper Park Lodge.

 An even smaller percentage appears to have dribbled down to the
handicapped in subsequent years. According to the AACL's unaudited
1994 statement, it netted  $1.4 million from Value Village. The
Alberta government granted the lobby group a further $110,870 and the
federal government another $5,000. The AACL's total stated revenue was
about $1.6 million, but more than $1 million was devoted to 
"advocacy", "office administration", "building operations" and more
fundraising.  "Membership operations" and "grants" presumably for the
disabled, received only  $190,000.

 Like the Ellison empire, the AACL pays its frontline workers minimal
wages. Revenue  raisers, such as telephone solicitors and truck
drivers, earn only about $5.00 per  hour. It is unclear from the
financial statements provided to the public by the AACL what salaried
employees, including executive director Bruce Uditsky, take home for
conferencing and networking. Both Mr.Uditsky and company treasurer
Paul Kohl declined to return calls to this magazine.

 This is a clear example of what abuses "private charities" can easily
partake of.  Welcome to the wonderful world self-reliance and
independence - where you can  get rich off of skimming from charitable

End of quote....

Value Village is a for-profit company that uses non-profits as
"fronts" to solicit donations. These non-profits receive only the rag
value of clothing, and little or nothing for other things… When Value
Village can't sell donated clothes in the stores, they recover their
investment by selling them for rag value to brokers shipping them to
3rd world countries. Other goods not sold in stores go to the
landfill. In addition, ever notice how high Value Village prices are
compared to other 2nd hand stores? Donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army
or St Vincent DePaul -- true non-profits that directly aid folks.

Want proof - read on....

UBI Number: 601 448 458
Category: Regular Corporation
Profit/Nonprofit: Profit
Active/Inactive: Active
State of Incorporation: WA
Date of Incorporation: 03/02/1993
License Expiration Date: 03/31/2004
Registered Agent Information
Address 777 108TH AVE NE STE 1900
State: WA

One informant reports the following…
My information is "antidotal", I was a Board member of a small
non-profit approached by a former manager of a VV store starting their
own store and looking for chumps... err, charities to solicit for
them. As part of my research I spoke to the drivers of the trucks
delivering to VV stores for the charities.

They report getting receipts for carts of clothes only and a total
disregard of any non-clothing items. It appears the charities
negotiate a contract each year with VV for what they will be paid for
the "cartage" delivered to the stores. The contract may be different
for charities other than the one the driver was working for. Reports
are VV pockets $2 for every $1 paid to the charity. A
web site with information from VV workers about how charities are paid
by the "cart" for donations they deliver to the stores. Bundling of
unsold clothes and shipment to 3rd world countries is discussed. "Value Village...pays the
nonprofit organization based on the number of boxes and bags it
delivers us." ³We have a
continuous and huge flow of merchandise because of our relationships
with the nonprofit organizations, and that will help us as we
expand... "Value Village signs contracts with nonprofit groups in the
regions in which they operate to deliver merchandise picked up from
local residents. The nonprofits receive payment based on the volume of
goods they provide.

And unlike the Sally Anne, or the St Vincent de Paul where people with
real needs can get stuff for free, Value Village doesn't have such a
policy. In fact the punishment for shoplifting at Value Village is
That's right - a poor woman of color – a mother too, suspected of
shoplifting, chased into the compactor and killed when it turned on
automatically, and all for someone's stinky shoes that only "cost" the
store less than a few pennies to acquire.

By the way - if you look behind a Value Village, notice the huge trash
dumpster(s), and the transport trailer(s) backed up to the store. -
The dumpsters are for the unsold junk, and the transport trailer takes
the baled clothing. By the way - the loud "WHIRR" noise from the
back?, that's the compactor in the back of the store going off
periodically as all the clothing that they didn't sell gets compacted
into cubes to go off to the rag wholesalers)

Happy Shopping!
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This is what happens when an American company who got rich by exploiting the poor and donations.
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200$ ridiculously high pricing for a coat "not to mention" how these items are all donated

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Savers, Inc. headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, USA, relies on direct donation by individuals. Savers is known as Value Village in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and most of Canada, and Village des Valeurs in Quebec. In Australia and other regions of the United States, the stores share the corporation's name.
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