The Salvation Army Headquarters are either not monitoring their local Salvation Army Thrift Stores or they are turning a blind eye to the injustice and price-gouging.
On May 13 2015 we visited Kitsilano Salvation Army (Kitsilano is a high-rent neighbourhood in Vancouver). A man on welfare who has about 210 dollars a month left after rent was trying to buy shoes. Of course the man on welfare cannot afford to buy shoes at a retail store, so he thought the Salvation Army would sell “donated shoes” at a price that a person on welfare can afford.
What is scandalous is that the Salvation army manager, in the rich neighbourhood, decides to sell “used black shoes” for not 5 dollars; not 10 dollars; not 15 dollars; not 20 dollars. BUT 40 DOLLARS FOR A PAIR OF USED BLACK RUNNING SHOES. PLUS TAX.
Why does CATHOLIC CHARITIES and Saint Vincent Depaul Thrift Stores charge 5 to 10 bucks for used shoes? Because they truly do uphold and value their mission statement, that’s why. This injustice must STOP. Salvation Army is bordering on a scandal which must be stopped.
Please join us in seeking justice and contact:
British Columbia Divisional Headquarters
Div. Director of Public Relations & Development The Salvation Army BC Division
Off. 604.296.3821 c. 604.626.1513
Price gouging is a pejorative term referring to a situation in which a seller prices goods or commodities at a level much higher than is considered reasonable or fair. This rapid increase in prices occurs after a demand or supply shock