Salvation Army in Vancouver again is caught charging 40 dollars for shoes

Salvation Army Thrift Store in Vancouver does it again.  In May 2015 we wrote about them charging 25 dollars for donated used shoes.  However, instead of apologizing they have showed insidious actions.  In addition we wrote to Patricia Cuf, Div. Director of Public Relations & Development The Salvation Army BC Division hoping that she would offer an explanation.  However as we expected she did not have an explanation, what is even worse, she did not even reply.

What is most insidious is that 4 months later we walked in hoping that they would see some compassion for the poor but we saw the exact opposite.  This time a pair of used black running shoes was priced at a whopping 40 dollars !!!!

Let me repeat please.  Salvation Army Thrift store expect people on welfare can afford 40 dollars for a pair of used running shoes.

A man on welfare has about 210 dollars a month left after rent.  Salvation Army claims to help the poor and the needy ?

What is scandalous is that the Salvation army manager, in Kitsilano Vancouver which is a  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.

Is the Vancouver Salvation Army unaware that 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 ?

Why does CATHOLIC CHARITIES and Saint Vincent Depaul Thrift Stores charge 5 to 10 bucks for used shoes?

CATHOLIC CHARITIES and Saint Vincent Depaul Thrift Stores truly do uphold and value their mission statement. Which is help the poor afford the necessities of life, such as SHOES.

This injustice must STOP.  Salvation Army is bordering on a scandal which must be stopped.


British Columbia Divisional Headquarters

Patricia Cuff
Div. Director of Public Relations & Development The Salvation Army BC Division

Off. 604.296.3821 c. 604.626.1513




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