Monday, May 30, 2005

Fake Charity Wristbands

Fake Charity Wristbands

This is what happens when charity turns into a trend. The trend gets faked. How much money would have gone to charity if these wristbands which this guy was selling at RO. 1 each ($2.5) were real?

14 comments:

M-Pac said...

I'm not sure what u meant by fake.

Is the wristbands fake or is the charity fake?

I'm assuming it's the charity. What can i say? Easy business for a "good" cause.

OceanDream said...

NOOOOO!!! Its the wristbands that are fake! There is no charity involved here, non of the money is going to any charity. Its just a rip off of the idea.

muscati said...

m-pac, they are fake versions of the real thing. For example they have a Livestrong wristband that looks just like the real thing, but when you buy it none of the money goes to the Livestrong Foundation.

The whole purpose of these wristbands is to raise money for charities, now that they are fashion trend people don't care about the charity part. They just want to wear the bracelets to be trendy.

hibbalicious said...

yeah thats the problem when charities try to commercialise these things, looses its meanings and becomes just another 'cool' fashion accesory.

In this place in london called edgware road you can get the ones that say like 'proud to be saudi' or proud to be yemeni proud to be egyptian etc its a shame a lot of money is being lost to these fraudsters.

A. Woman in black said...

Ewww.....thats disgusting...on the part of the seller and the "trendster" :-(

dervish said...

That's deplorable! I would point this out to any that I saw wearing such things. I haven't seen them here though.

muscati said...

"thats disgusting...on the part of the seller and the "trendster""

"That's deplorable! I would point this out to any that I saw wearing such things."


I don't understand. I thought the deplorable act is someone ripping off a charity.. using a charitable trend for his/her own profit.

How come you are also against the trend itself?

I think the original idea was brilliant. It made millions to support people living with cancer.

A. Woman in black said...

Not against the trend...I am against the "trendster" if he or she KNOWS that the charity wristbands are fake, and buying them anyway , just to look cool. I think that the essence of the trend is not the little plastic wristbands themselves, but the fact that you're so "cool" that you support a charity...that you want to give, that giving is fashionable.I am MORE against the greedy SOB's that are selling them , of course. Pond scum...

illogicist said...

To be absolutely fair, they (MPH at least) have stated that the 'suggestion donation' of one pound doesnt actually go to charity, it covers the costs of production and distribution. MPH recognise that the donations arent going to be making the big change they want: its the actions of world leaders.

So the wristband is little more than a statement of solidarity...I dont see anything wrong with the fake ones then...except that theyre fake :p

muscati said...

I don't know about MPH but I guess it depends from one charity to another. I think the Livestrong bracelet was the one that started the trend and with that one the whole purchase price of $1 goes to the charity.

dervish said...

I'm sorry if I wasn't clear... the trend is ok, what I think is deplorable is wearing such a bracelet when in fact no money has been given to charity.

The best charity is anonymous, the next best is recognized... the worst would be to be recognized for charity, but not in fact having given anything!

william hall said...

In this place in london called edgware road you can get the ones that say like 'proud to be saudi' or proud to be yemeni proud to be egyptian etc its a shame a lot of money is being lost to these fraudsters. cheap wristbands

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