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Retail Offer We're going ALL IN to help fundraise and support the fire devastated communities across Australia

Discussion in 'Noticeboard' started by CarveMan, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    We're devastated by the bushfire crisis.

    My family has had a near miss, but this is a holiday home and therefore a triviality, and we're aware of at least one customer who is also a forum member who has lost their home.

    Our heart aches for the displaced, the victims, the hurting communities, lost and injured wildlife and our beloved lands.

    We’re in awe of the brave and selfless firefighters who have tirelessly defended and supported their communities and we thank you.

    To show our love and support for those affected by this crisis we will be joining retailers tomorrow to go ALL IN by donating 100% of profits for the day to the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

    Shop online or in-store on Thursday 9th January to support the initiative.

    https://aussieskier.com - or donate directly to the Red Cross.

    Thank you.

    Find out more about the ALL IN initiative and locate other participating retailers.
     
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    Bugger just did my shopping - Dakine Fall Line Roller bag v nice.

    Will have to donate the old fashioned way.
     
  3. teckel

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    Unfortunately, going through the Red Cross will not give any help to many farms or businesses :(
     
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  4. CarveMan

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    I'll chuck in a few more bucks :thumbs:
     
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  5. Chaeron

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    Great initiative!
     
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    Great work Carveman
     
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  8. teckel

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    They can't give to businesses (which includes many farms) as that would destroy the charity status of the Red Cross.

    “Red Cross money has restrictions, it was set up over 100 years ago, and farmers, schools, sporting clubs ... - they can’t receive funds through the Red Cross,” he said.
    https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/black-saturday-australia-bushfire-recovery-011637051.html

    According to a spokeswoman for the fund, which is administered by the Red Cross, some farmers cannot be given money because their properties and homes are owned by a business or a trust.
    Tax laws forbid the Red Cross donating to commercial enterprises on pain of losing its charity status, she said.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/town-burnt-once-by-fires-and-again-by-tax-rules-20090426-ajej.html
     
  9. Sadie

    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    They should be able to give to the individual just like any other individual that has been affected. Just because they are “farmers” should not come into it. They have farming jobs, just like Nancy down the road works as a school teacher. You would hope that their business is insured for loss and the entity that owns the farm (if different) is insured for loss. The individual families should be looked after like anyone else.
    I should add, hopefully that is where the Australian Government steps in to help with the business’ that have been affected, if there wasn’t able to be an insurance cover.
     
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    Thanks for the background Teckel.
     
  11. teckel

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    A lot of things on a farm can't even be insured. From memory, I think, stock and fences - may have that wrong and I stand to be corrected by someone who knows first hand.
     
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    It is possible to insure fencing.
     
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    Doonks Let's cook! Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    The company I work for has a special donation portal for staff. For every staff dollar donated to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, the company puts in $2.

    Was happy to put in a stack this week
     
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    Stock and fences can be insured. I have been told there is an embargo on new stock insurance during this time. Fair enough.
     
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    Don't forget donations direct to charitable orgs are tax deductions.
     
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    I think there would be some limitations, but I am pretty sure (not 100%) that fences and stock can be insured. Those other items, you would hope would form part of the Government Relief to get them back on track.
     
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    OK i need to vent.

    Just had a phone call from a person who was trying to haggle us down on stuff that is in clearance and already heavily discounted, my excellent staff member said 'I'm under strict instructions that there are to be no further discounts today as we are doing a bushfire fundraiser' and the person said OK then I'll call back tomorrow and hung up.

    I'd welcome some suggestions to how I answer that call tomorrow (I'll make sure it's me).
     
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    Call a "fire sale" and bump up all your prices by 20%. Pity its not really ethical haha
     
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    Keep the message simple - reiterate what your staff member said and respond like you normally would to out of bounds haggling - “our prices are already discounted and extremely competitive, you’re welcome to come into the store and see our amazing stuff at our awesome prices..”
     
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    What a selfish ****! Wanting to profit from others’ misfortune and generosity!
     
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    Sorry, no further discounts can apply to clearance items. If you were to purchase a full priced item, I can see what I can do.
     
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    I'm surprised you are surprised.
    Some of my staff have told me that when people ask for a discount (eg: on $87), the staff member has replied 'Okay, $93.50'. And the stupid customer has said 'OK' with a smile.
    When I get them asking that, I just reply that we're already the cheapest. If you don't like our prices, go elsewhere and pay more. Often, sub-continentals apologise and says it's a cultural thing and they have to ask.
     
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    Well the good news is that we look to have raised approx $4k, still got a bit of time for more online sales tonight and I'll calculate the profit and make the donation ASAP.
     
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    Do you think there was an increase in sales or was it a fairly ‘normal’ day? IE: did people come because of the donation day?
     
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    Every day is different and unpredictable in retail but I would estimate turnover was 2-3x what you would typically expect from a day in the first half of January.

    So that’s a pretty good sign that people embraced the concept.

    We had one monster sale, a family has been in the process of kitting themselves out and was going to buy sometime in the next week or so but chose to pull the trigger yesterday, similarly I had a good friend buy a couple of big ticket items, I usually give him a good deal but he asked to pay full price.
     
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    OK donation made - it added up to be a bit shy of $5k so I rounded it up and made the transfer just then.

    Thank you so much to everybody who supported the day and assisted our donation to this very important cause.
     

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    Fences ,stock feedlots etc can be insured though not many bother with boundary fencing. We insure our sheds ,feedlots etc but dont bother with boundary fencing. Stock can be insured quite readily and I dont know anyone who doesnt. In our case our rams are individually insured and much of our lambing stock is insured under the terms of our contract with IGA. My dogs are also insured ( I call it workers comp :D) against illness ,injury ,permanent disability and death.

    Charities not specifically formed for the cause have difficulty helping farmers for the reason that nearly all commercial farms are a business or family trust entity which are outside the scope of their remit. I would like to suggest though that maybe the children of farmers could be helped by charities in times of need. Even that small help may be the difference for some.
     
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    Did person ever call back?
     
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    Nah they just bought the items online that were already discounted and not the ones they were trying to haggle on.
     
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