by Alexa on October 4, 2010

Today I received an addressed but unsolicited package containing Christmas cards and envelopes from the Mouth and Food Painting Artists.

My dilemma:

I don’t need them, but it’s a shame to recycle perfectly good usable envelopes and, if needed, Christmas cards.

But if I keep them, ethically does it not behoove me to remit the $11.95 they’re asking for the cards?

But then again, is it ethical to pray on people’s guilt in order to generate revenue?

And yet, it seems a worthwhile cause to support people who use art to overcome physical adversity.

And so I sit, staring at cozy wood cabins in snowy landscapes.

What would you do?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stephanie Suesan Smith November 29, 2010 at 8:27 am

Our house rule is that if we did not ask for it, we treat it as a gift. However, we do not ask our neighbors or friends if we can have the ones they may also have received. If we want more, we buy them. We just were getting too many to do anything else, particularly since donations mean our names are sold as “hot prospects” and we get inundated. Hope that helps.

2 Alexa November 29, 2010 at 8:37 am

Stephanie, thanks so much for your comment. I think your approach is fair and rational. Definitely helps. Wishing you the best for the holiday season!

3 trixbat December 27, 2010 at 10:11 pm

MFPA is a business, not a charity. As such, treat them as it, just as you would, say, shareware computer programs.

I have received their cards in the mail. If I like none of them, I toss them. If I like some, I store them in a box in case I need to use them in the future – and it often happens over the year that I find myself short of cards or something because I forgot a particular person or had co-workers to give cards to.

If I end up using the cards, I’ll send them money. If I don’t use that set of cards, I won’t.

And if I only use a couple of cards, hey, I’ll send them a check for $5 instead of $12.

They never complain…

Seems to work out okay.

4 Alexa December 29, 2010 at 8:47 am

That’s a solution I can work with. I like the shareware comparison. Thanks, Trixbat!

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