Dollar Store Give away…. | Debbie's Caribbean Resort Reviews Forums

sorry we went from dollar store to weight so i figured all about luggage kinda ok to ask =) thanx for reply

As to Dollar Stores in Cuba…. yes they have them although not wide spread. There are a couple of them in Havana along with $2 and $5 stores. Yes, they are usually packed with Cubans. Many come from the countryside and load up to resell when they return home.

Lots of the Varadero workers sell their stuff in Havana, Cardenas, Matanzas etc. For example, I’ve bought good quality infant outfits, still in their original packaging, for $2 in Cardenas from a nurse in the Maternity Hospital.

So…… if they have Dollar stores, and they buy in bulk to re-sell……I guess the question would be ……. is it worth packing our suitcases to the point of them being overweight and paying a fee ourselves, in order to give them gifts (that they could themselves buy at home), just for them to re-sell???

So…… if they have Dollar stores, and they buy in bulk to re-sell……I guess the question would be ……. is it worth packing our suitcases to the point of them being overweight and paying a fee ourselves, in order to give them gifts (that they could themselves buy at home), just for them to re-sell???

We’ll all make our own decisions, of course. But a few points of interest:As greslogo points out , these dollar stores are not numerous. I would think that most Cubans don’t have easy access to them.He also mentions that the Varadero workers are selling their stuff in the cities. So, once again, we see further evidence that the workers with close contact to tourists are at the top of the chain.My approach: a lot less goes to resort employees. Tip as I do at home, and offer gifts sparingly. I do still go to the dollar stores and load up: but I get off the resort and into the countryside to explore, meet locals, and share.Lastly: the Dubois Charitable Foundation can do a lot more than I can alone, so I donate through that organization.

Irie

Consider that the Varadero workers are doing well, relative to other spots in Cuba. the majority of AI visitors hit Varadero. If you receive 20 baby outfits, why wouldn’t you sell the extra, to feed your kids or buy them shoes? And if the outfit is $2 dollars, they are not making a mint on it. If you are in more isolated areas, they don’t have the same access to stores as the big city… IMHO, strike up acquaintance/friendship with people who resonate with you, and if you return regularly, you can bring them specific items that would make their lives easier: good dishwashing liquid, fry pan with lid, kitchen knives, mosquito nets, bed and bathroom linens, shoes for specific individuals, as well as "luxuries" like lipstick, nailpolish, grooming products.
Lots of the Varadero workers sell their stuff in Havana, Cardenas, Matanzas etc. For example, I’ve bought good quality infant outfits, still in their original packaging, for $2 in Cardenas from a nurse in the Maternity Hospital.
If people are willing to buy it at that price, obviously they either can’t get it elsewhere, or can’t get it that cheaply elsewhere…..therefore it serves a purpose….allowing people to purchase something that otherwise wouldn’t be available. Yes, resort workers are "top of the food chain" but when they pass things along….either by selling or "regifting"….these items do end up with people who apparently need them. (or want them….not the same thing!) Once you have given a gift, what the recipient does with it is none of your business IMHO. (and yes, I also "regift" items that I can’t use….you just have to remember who gave them to you!! ) ;D
It doesn’t make much sense to gift a $10 outfit that they will sell for $2. Better to give then $3 and everyone is ahead. No ?As far as the dollar stores they don’t have anywhere near the variety that they do have here.
It doesn’t make much sense to gift a $10 outfit that they will sell for $2. Better to give then $3 and everyone is ahead. No ?
I wouldn’t want to prejudge what anyone is going to do with a gift. Once it is theirs, it’s theirs to do what they wish with. That said, I don’t personally gift many $10 items, and I doubt many on this board do either….that’s why this thread is about $ stores. (and sometimes expensive items were acquired cheaply at sales, thrift stores, or out in the country where I live, at the end of someone’s driveway on trash day!! Amazing what people throw out!) ;D
Greslogo~ How could anyone possibly know what will be done with the gift they give? So, to say one should just give money is not very realistic! I am still going to take down many items I purchase here on sale for the people who live in the Caribbean. What they do with them will be their choice….

Northgal

Of course money is a great gift. I give $ tips and little gifts to the resort workers. If they sell the gift, well good luck to them. It didn’t cost me much and it will come in handy for someone who needs it. The larger gifts, clothes (that I get at Garage Sales) etc, I try to give to people outside the resort. Our last 2 trips to Holguin we took a tour to a small village and 2 schools in the outlying area. I brought down large bottles of generic Tylenol and Advil, bottles of vitamins for children and elderly, polysporin, Gravol, Tempra and childrens fever reducers and gave them to the doctor of a little clinic there. He was very appreciative as these items are not always readily available. I don’t care if he sells it to other people, he could use extra money. Same thing with school supplies – I usually give them to the professor to hand out as he sees fit. If he sells them to other people – I don’t care. He has made a few pennies, which he richly deserves, and he has supplied someone with something they need. Mostly, the reactions from these people have been genuine and I felt as if I was helping in some small way. If I lived closer to Dubois, I would also help put there.
I don’t think there is any right or wrong way about helping out in Cuba. I cannot come home to what I have without doing something for those who have not.

ac Guest Seachick1, so VERY, VERY well said!!! In fact you said what I would have liked to say but I didn’t have your words!!! Gracias amiga!

[glow=red,2,300]Happy Cuba Dreaming…AC[/glow]

I am not suggesting that offering help in some way is a bad thing. I am suggesting that spending $10 on an item that will be sold in Cuba for $2 is like throwing $8 down the drain. Your $10 gift, in reality was only worth $2.

Resort workers get stuff every week, if not every day. How many bars of soap, bottles of perfume, lipstick, shirts or … or… can they possibly use. It is sold…. and usually for less than what you paid for it. Give someone $3…. they can buy that $10 item from a resort worker for $2 and have $1 left over.

Am I the first to quote myself on Debbie’s?I donate all sorts of goods: pots, shoes, pans, cutlery, clothing, tools, hockey equipment.I also donate a dollar or two when I can. If you’re of a mind to help out Dubois, but a little out of our geographical sphere of activity, you could send a financial chunk of goodwill. No amount is too small, and the exponential value will astound!!!The Dubois Charitable Foundation686681 Hwy #2RR#1Princeton, OntarioN0J 1V0THANKS.p.s. We currently have enough hockey equipment for the Nacionales.

Gracias.

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