Spymac - A new low

Discussion in 'Mac Scene' started by edesignuk, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

    edesignuk

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    http://www.spymac.com/donations/

    I'm speechless. I know it's a small percentage, but I cannot believe that they are charging people to make donations via them, when there are so many other options where ALL the money will get to the people who need it.
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I have great faith in SpyMac, and fully expect that they will sink to even newer lows. [​IMG]

    Even if you look at some donation programs run by major business, 3% is still quite low. Some of them are so poorly run that they may only have 3% getting to the people that need it.
     
  3. edesignuk thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    If you donate directly to the organizations involved (Red Cross etc) I can't imagine they'll be taking a cut...can they??
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Nope, which is why a lot of people are now telling you to make a trip to the charity in question, and donate directly, instead of donating to somebody collecting money for a charity.
     
  5. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000

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    They live off of the donations themselves. It may be called Administative costs or something else but they take a cut for themselves. I think 15% is about average.
     
  6. edesignuk thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Good thing too. All those 3% mount up. I really hope most are donating direct rather than through Spymac or others like them (taking a cut).
     
  7. edesignuk thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Of course, but these are true operational costs. Not the same thing as taking a cut for doing nothing other than being a middle man.
     
  8. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    I was just shopping on Amazon and they had a disaster relief banner on their front page with the assurance that 100% of the donation would go to the Red Cross. So I guess it isn't unreasonable to assume that it could be done by Spymac, now is it??

    I nearly joined them instead of Macrumors but I think I made the right choice; they are way too bloated with commercialism - although I do like the little script signature under everybody's avatar. How do they do that, I wonder?
     
  9. MacFan26 macrumors 65816

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    That's really too bad. Is there some reason I'm not aware of that they can't send 100%? I can't imagine why anyone would not donate directly after learning that.
     
  10. Mertzen macrumors 6502

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    Well someone needs to pay their skilled, drunken, lazy mod team .. oh wait ..they don't get payed or even supported ..
     
  11. cr2sh macrumors 68030

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    Wow, that's pretty sick... remind me to never go to their site again.
     
  12. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    I hate Spymac. They aut' to be ashamed of themselves for doing this. They're going to charge for documentation when anyone can go there and post pictures for free. They definitely have the wrong priorities.
     
  13. solvs macrumors 603

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    Some of that may be Paypal fees, but even then they can screw themselves. I knew they sucked, but that's pretty bad. They probably have to write that because if they just take the money they'd get into trouble, but they would have been better off just posting a link to the Red Cross.

    If you donate $25 or more, Spymac.com will give you free ad-free status for two weeks. Please include your Spymac username in order to take advantage of this offer.

    I don't have the words...
     

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