Goodwill Industries Launches Books Online through Amazon.com
Grand Rapids, MI – Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids has begun utilizing Amazon.com to sell donated books online to increase revenue for Goodwill’s mission. This initiative will generate higher revenues by selling books at a price closer to the actual value.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids is not the first to use this line of forward thinking. There are other Goodwill organizations that have had success with selling books through Amazon.com. Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids’ first 172 books were posted online on Wednesday, March 26 with two books sold on the first day. The majority of books posted online are limited edition, classics, and best sellers.
“Shoppers are becoming savvier with finding great deals in Goodwill Stores and online sites,” said Jill Wallace, Vice President of Community Relations. “By selling high-value books through Amazon.com, Goodwill is able to increase revenue which ultimately benefits our mission of assisting people with barriers to employment.”
Individuals who want to conduct a search of books that benefit Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids can visit www.amazon.com/shops/goodwill_grand_rapids
. Two employees have been hired with newspaper backgrounds to assist in sorting valuable books with other donated books. The twelve Goodwill Stores in the Greater Grand Rapids area will continue to sell books with other new and gently-used merchandise.
This program is the second online option that sells items for Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids. Shopgoodwill.com, Goodwill’s popular internet auction site, was launched in
2000 and redesigned in December, 2007. Since its launch in 1999, the nationwide site has earned more than $50 million for Goodwill programs.
Every purchase made through Goodwill Industries directly translates into opportunities to change lives and communities through the power of work. The proceeds from donations support the various occupational training programs and services that Goodwill offers to assist people with barriers to employment become self-supporting members of our community.
About Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids
Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives through the power of work. Since 1968, the organization has offered a wide range of employment and training programs free of charge to assist those with disabilities and other barriers to employment in developing their marketable skills in order to find meaningful employment. Its efforts are supported by revenues from its 14 retail stores in an eight-county area, as well as from monetary donations. For more information, visit www.goodwillgr.org.