Every once in a while I am reminded of the importance of our blog's mission - make the world a brighter place by helping others SHINE.
Monday I was reminded of how much harder shining is when so many people are conditioned to accept mediocrity.
Heather, Katie, Cheryl, and I are on a mission to sell 1,000,000 Shine shirts by 2013. You might have heard. Earlier this week I went to Kinkos, hoping to make copies of a postcard promoting four great reasons to surprise someone with a Shine Shirt. Fifty copies on white card stock would provide me 200 postcards. Twenty copies of another sheet was all I needed to attach one gift tag per shirt.
Seventy colored copies on white card stock - one sided. That's what I wanted. "No problem," says Hillary the hourly Kinko's employee. "That will be $125.32."
One hundred twenty five dollars and thirty two cents for 70 color copies! The only thing shining at that very moment should have been the gold plated paper on which my postcards were being copied! I respectfully declined and assured Hillary I could get copies somewhere else for cheaper.
Hillary's response? "Well, if you can find them someplace cheaper and bring in a written quote, we will match the price. It's just that those are Kinko's prices."
So let me get this straight. Hillary wants me to do the leg work of finding a lower price, requesting a printed quote, delivering it back to Kinkos, and then letting Kinkos make my copies. All for what? So I can have the privilege of giving business to a company with no conscience? I don't mean to shoot the messenger, Hillary, but... "No thank you!"
The next day I took my order to the copy center at the University of North Texas, where I work. Same exact order, but instead of costing $125.32, Shawn charged me $32.73. A difference of $92.59. Say what you want about overhead and corporate expenses, but almost four times as much? I don't think so.
Today's post is not about Shawn shining. I'm sure he's a very nice guy, but charging me a reasonable price for a modest order does not automatically make for shining. No, today's post is more about the challenges of shining when the world around us is dimmed by apathy and poor judgement.
We have our work cut out for us. Whether Kinkos, your work place, the dry cleaners, or your local grocery store, we must each find a corner of the world and commit to making it SHINE!
Where might you start?
Signing off until tomorrow...