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  •  Cost of a ShelterBox (5+ / 0-)

    I was a bit perturbed earlier in the week when I noticed that the cost of a ShelterBox in the US was 25% higher than the cost of ShelterBox in the UK. Cost in the UK is quoted as £490 per box (approx $800). At the same time, ShelterBoxes bought through ShelterBox USA cost $1,000 (25% more). Even with varying exchange rates the difference didn't seem justifiable. The difference in price is the reason why Colorado Bob in raising funds in British Pounds.

    Yesterday I called ShelterBox USA asking for the reason for the discrepancy. The initial response was administrative fees. I pointed out that the UK organization has administrative fees too. Then I was transferred to someone else. He told me there were two reasons for the difference: (1) exchange rate fluctuation along with bank charges for currency exchange, and (2) gift aid. I asked what he meant by gift aid and he said that when someone in the US donates they are eligible for a tax deduction for charitable donations but when someone in the UK donates, ShelterBox gets 25p back on each £1 if the donor is a UK taxpayer.

    •  thanks for this information (3+ / 0-)

      it's interesting how the charitable donation credit is handled differently in the US and the UK.

      I was hoping that ShelterBox was getting better prices on their purchases due to higher volume:)It would be great if they could reduce the price a little while still keeping the high quality, but overall I still think it's a bargain.

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