Kids Selling Stuff for the Schools

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We had a kid come to the door selling a catalog full over priced crap for the local school; this was all stuff you could buy at Wal-Mart for half the price listed in this catalog. I'm all for supporting the schools but come on $9 for wrapping paper? NOT. Whatever happened to the days where they were selling candy bars for a dollar or selling raffle tickets?

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My kids bring those things ...

My kids bring those things home twice a year, every year. What I don't like (and I don't know if other schools do this) is that my kids school has rewards and does parties for the kids who sell at least one thing.....ok, that's fine, but what about the kids who are unable to sell anything (their parents can't afford to buy, neighbors won't buy, ect.)? Those kids have to go to another class room and sit quietly while the other kids have snacks, play games, and watch movies. 3 of my 4 kids are in school, that means that I get 3 of those fundraiser things and if I buy from 1 I have to buy from all 3 (next year it will be 4). When the cheapest thing in there is $10 and you're on a very tight budget, it's very difficult to buy and be fair about it.

Now, before anyone says anything about kids need to learn that life's not fair, let me point out that I don't see this as a sport or a competition. If a parent, neighbor, or whoever they're trying to sell to can't or won't buy, the child has NO control over it.

Not only do they have to ...

Not only do they have to sell this stuff but they have to lug all the merchandise around and hope that they can collect the money from people who have ordered the stuff. This basically means mom and dad have to do it for the kids.

I would voice my ...

I would voice my objections to the school loudly. The school is supposed to be a level playing field, not someplace where a child is made to feel bad because they don't have parents/and or relatives who can afford the overpriced junk.
Also in our area, we have a group who "hires" school children to sell this type of garbage. They coach the kids to say that it is fund raising for their school, and they can get away with that because the company involved gives the school a few dollars. The kid get a few (very few) dollars and the rest goes in the pocket of the company providing the goods. The neighbor and I didn't like the ambiguous wording on the literature that came with the sales. It is really hard to get anyone to admit what is happening, (the kids don't know) but we happened to catch the guy driving the van picking up the kids. He made the mistake of pulling into a cul-de-sac and my neighbor blocked the exit with his vehicle until the guy admitted what was happening. Watch out for these jerks, especially if you see unfamiliar kids selling in your neighborhood.

"Now, before anyone says ...

"Now, before anyone says anything about kids need to learn that life’s not fair, let me point out that I don’t see this as a sport or a competition. If a parent, neighbor, or whoever they’re trying to sell to can’t or won’t buy, the child has NO control over it." - The motivation for the parties for the big sellers is MONEY.The people behind the fund raising make loads of profit from the sale of this stuff. Yes, "it's for band, or cheer leading", or whatever. Howver companies that solicit the various school clubs to sell their products are the real winners. They make a ton of money and they motivate the kids to do the leg work by promising parties for the top sellers. The cost of these rewards is chump change to the companies involved. I think if the kid agreed to be part of the fund raising effort then they should be allowed to go to the party. They are too young at that age to try to teach them about the competition aspect of sales. However when it comes to sports, I am against this "everybody gets a trophy" crap. That IS competition and part of competition in sports is learning to deal with losses.

I agree about the sports ...

I agree about the sports and even with academic achievement. Last year at my kids school, every single kid got a award for something, regardless of whether they deserved it or not. They called it the "Good Behavior" award. My youngest daughter got one and I made it known to the principal that I thought she didn't deserve it. She got a referral to the office after she was caught stealing from her teacher (I spanked her butt when she got home that day). The principal said that the year before a bunch of parents got upset that their kids didn't get an award and went to the school board and complained. They send these fundraiser packets home with every kid in elementary school. I'm going to start researching how much the schools actually get from those things.

<p>Lisa is right, cuz like ...

Lisa is right, cuz like her, 2 of mine are at the same school so I get double everything but what I have done and will continue to do is sell what I can under only ONE student's name and all the profit goes under one child rather them splitting it cuz the prizes are better with the more you sell and they get to share the BIG prize. last year I had to sell the boxes of choc covered almonds-World's Finest-OMG I prob bought about 100.00 worth for my OWN family-we love those things, but I ended up selling 500.00 worth and all the credit went to my oldest and he came home with a big boom box stereo!!

BUT about those catalog ...

BUT about those catalog things, I just bought about 60.00 worth of stuff about a month ago from the school JUST so my son could get a certain prize he wanted, he had to sell 6 items, so I "found" 6 things to buy, it doesn't go by dollar amounts in those catalogs, it goes by the # of items now!!

and only about a week after THAT fundraiser was done they gave us more shit to sell. it was those discount cards for a number of fast food places and restaurants, selling for 10.00--I didn't sell a one of them, not even for myself!!! I don't need to eat that shit anyway!!

I love the Little Ceasar ...

I love the Little Ceasar pizza kits they sell

When I was in high school ...

When I was in high school choir (took it for a fine arts credit not b/c i wanted to) and we had to sell items for the trip to Myrtle Beach, I made sure that I went to people I knew would help out and buy things and never took it to work or had my mother do it for me. Nowadasy even daycares are getting into the act. My daycare wants to do a fundraiser every year to send one family to somewhere. I didn't even bother to sell to anyone.

i don't like the fund ...

i don't like the fund raisers at school. with all the nuts out there why would anyone send their kid out knocking on strangers doors? any thing could happen to them.

i hadn't thought of that, ...

i hadn't thought of that, good point Mry.