Would you like to buy this for less than a dollar and free shipping? Of course, you would. But most unsuspecting people will pay $20.00 for it and pay for shipping too. Why? Because they think they are really helping to save turtles.
Only 10% of PROFITS are donated to various charities by Ocean & Co. They get to deduct THEIR donation to the charities from their taxes and you don’t. Why, because you gave to a BUSINESS. You made a purchase of a bracelet. YOU did not donate, THEY did.
Now let’s look at what you could have done. You could have gone on Ebay or Aliexpress and bought the bracelet for less than a dollar. The rest of your $20.00 could have been sent to a legitimate charity and you could deduct YOUR donation from your taxes. You would have given $19.00 to the charity instead of less than $2.00. What a difference that would make to the charity if everyone did that instead of what people are doing.
What is the true “Cause” here?
The true cause of businesses like Ocean & Co and 4Ocean etc. is to make themselves rich. You may be thinking, well, what’s wrong with that? The problem is this is a very deceptive way to do business. To me it’s criminal. It’s preying on the sensitivities of people who genuinely care about the “said cause” which in this case is saving turtles lives. These “cause” businesses mask that you are really doing very little to help the turtles, nor are they.
If you look at the mission statement for Ocean & Co, you will see where they put down 4Ocean for what they do to try to make themselves look more legit. As I’ve said before, I hate deception. In any form. To me, this is as are all cause businesses that are not upfront about what they are doing and transparent about their giving to charities and their profiting for themselves.
Below is an anklet sold by Ocean & Co. As you can see, the price is $17.99.
Below you see the same bracelet. From .66 cents to $1.65. This is true. Companies like Ocean & Co buy it for probably less if they are buying in bulk. Or maybe they are paying the listed price and having it drop shipped. No shipping cost to them. Easy peasy. And they tell you “Thank you for your SUPPORT.” I say they should be saying, “Thank you for your BUSINESS!” Stop the deception!
Give to an honest charity
You can Google “Turtle Rescues” and find many. One that is in Marathon, Florida is owned by Richie Moretti. A local businessman that used to sell Volkswagons in Winter Park, Fl who sold his business and bought a small motel in Marathon, Fl in the Keys. He later turned it into a turtle hospital and rescue. He has been on Sea Rescue many times and you have probably seen him on Saturday mornings on your tv. You can give to his turtle rescue and I’m sure it would be oh so appreciated.
Please also see the blog post about 4Oceans here. Thank you for taking the time to read this. And please feel free to share.
Please make your donations really help! Don’t buy cheap Chinese jewelry to give a business a big profit that benefits saving turtles very little. Thanks.