Donate vs. Sell

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  1. pshulam

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    After getting low balls and receiving no followup on offers, I feel it's probably more satisfying donating rackets as opposed to selling them via TW or Craigslist. It's true that I probably will end up with more cash in my pocket if I choose the latter. However, the recipients who buy rackets from a charitable organization, I feel, will be more appreciative than those form TW. I am tired of people for not committing after acceptance of their offers.
     
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  2. pshulam

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    I like to clarify this statement. There are many people with whom I have dealt in selling and buying rackets in TW forum are of high integrity. That is, they keep their words and complete the transaction in a professional manner. A few bad apples, I guess, can cause a lots of bad feeling.
     
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  3. Bud

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    I don't know about others... but I didn't take it personally :)

    Like everywhere in life... there are lots of flakes on TT :wink:
     
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  4. tennisee

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    I have bought all my classics from the local charity shop (is that the right term? we call them op shops in Aust) and have not paid more than $5 for gems like a mint Maxply, Kramer Prostaff, Donnay Allwood - latest was a mint Head Competition Edge Arthur Ashe. So when I'm culling the collection I just donate them back to the op shop in case someone else wants them. It's also a way of donating to charity.

    If I ever want to get rid of the collection (only a couple dozen worthwhile ones) I'll probably just offer to give it to someone like Virginia or Plasma. Better to share the joy than have the hassle over a couple of hundred bucks I reckon.
     
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  5. Mansewerz

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    Is it wrong to buy from a good will shop? I mean, it is meant for the rather unfortunate people.
     
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    Doors are open for everyone and< most unfortunate people dont play tennis!
     
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    I thought I was reading about myself...I wonder if we haunt the same op-shops !? Let me know how I may get in touch with you - I'd be interested in your offerings before you consign them to Vinnies or the Salvos Shop. I have impeccable references - Virginia!:)
     
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    If you're not one of the needy...
    How about giving them $10 more than the price they're asking for?

    Or donate another item to them as you buy whatever you're buying...
     
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    ^^Re the op shop thing; no, it's not wrong to buy from them. (It's good) People donate things they no longer want to the shop, other people then buy them and the proceeds are used for charitable work.

    Virginia Hi - I think I read about you on the boards; you're in NZ? I'm not nearly so serious as you; I'd have only 3 doz or so raquets, and only a dozen or so are serious collectables.

    Generally I only buy one if I happen to come across something interesting; then I might think "gee, better get rid of something to make room..." so I'm unlikley to be much of a a source, but you are most welcome to make contact - I sent you an email through your profile.
     
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    Sorry for the confusion Tennisee; I'm not Virginia - I was merely pointing out that I know and have dealt with Virginia. Any email you sent Virginia is meant for me. My contact details are in my profile.

    Cheers, MAXXply
     
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    Thanks for clearing that up Virginia... err Maxx :lol:
     
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    Ah - now I get it; Virginia is Maxx's referee (I think!) I should have looked more closely. Maxx is in Sydney - Hi Maxx, I'm in Adelaide. I'll keep you in mind if any raquets are needing a home. Cheers.
     
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  13. Capt. Willie

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    No. The money raised from the sale of these items goes to helping such people. So by you buying the racquet you are helping the needy.
     
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    That's a good way to look at it. Not only shopping at Good will save money but also provides jobs for people to get back on their feet.
     
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    And if I could add to this (sorry if I'm getting off topic), I know a girl who shops in Goodwill all the time. And believe me she doesn't need to. She likes the funky clothes she finds in there from time to time. I guess it is the same as you guys going in there vintage racquet hunting.
     
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