Would you buy a Jimmy Savile t-shirt on eBay in aid of Stoke Mandeville?
Just when I thought I’d seen everything on eBay, I stumbled upon a Jimmy Savile t-shirt for sale with some of the proceeds going to the hospital so closely associated with Savile and his reported activities.
Why anyone would buy such a thing, I don’t know. There are two styles available, one with a Jim’ll Fix It badge motif printed on it bearing the famous “Jim Fixed it for Me” slogan. Another shows an image of Savile with his catchphrase “Now then, now then” underneath.
In recent weeks there have been about two dozen purchases of the t-shirts with 10% of the proceeds going to the Florence Nightingale Hospice at Stoke Mandeville hospital. As the listings say: “10% of the sales from this Tee are donated to charity in memory of the Great Man himself.”
These sales are made by a third party under the eBay for Charity scheme, which is fully accredited and administered by eBay using Missionfish. Under the scheme in this case, the seller has decided to trouser 90% and donate only 10% to the hospice. So out there, someone is making a few quid on these sales.
A further cursory look around eBay also reveals a copy of Savile’s 1974 book As it Happens for sale, with 90% of the proceeds going to the NSPCC. As the description of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children says in the listing: “our aim is to create a society where children can grow up in a loving environment, free from sexual, physical, emotional abuse or neglect and to help children who have been abused.”
I am genuinely bewildered by the seller’s logic: “let’s flog that Savile book in aid of the NSPCC but pocket 10% of the takings ourselves!” The 10 day auction has a start price of £24.99, currently has no bids and 8 days to run.
It is perhaps a relief that there aren’t any Savile items for sale via eBay for Charity in aid of Children in Need out there, as far as I can see.
So, please, charities: if you let third party sellers sell on your behalf via eBay for Charity do check what’s being sold, because you might not be delighted by what you find. The t-shirts in question have been up for sale for many months. And certainly since before the Savile affair became public knowledge.
And, in that spirit, needless to say, we have contacted the charities in question to let them know,