Support KDE via AmazonSmile

For quite some time, the KDE e.V. – KDE’s non-profit organization – is listed in the AmazonSmile program. On the AmazonSmile website it says:

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, […]. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

In other words, if you do a lot of shopping on Amazon anyways, make sure to start shopping via smile.amazon.de and choose the “KDE e.V.” as organization. This way you financially support the KDE e.V., even without having to pay more. I am posting this here since I know many people who buy things on Amazon several times a week. Feel free to spread the word & happy shopping 🙂

PS: This is not supposed to be advertisement for Amazon. You can also donate to the KDE e.V. directly.

PPS: It seems the KDE e.V. is only available on German Amazon.

12 thoughts on “Support KDE via AmazonSmile”

  1. I would love to support KDE this way. However, “KDE e.V.” is not listed as organization on amazon.com for me. I only see 2 search results for KDE: “KDE PTA” in Katy Texas and “Kde Disability Africa Foundation”

  2. Should we encourage people to buy stuff from Amazon by accepting this kind of programs? This sheds a good light on a company that seems not to deserve it.

    Here are _plenty_ of reasons not to support Amazon that should not be forgotten:

    https://stallman.org/amazon.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_(company)#Controversies
    – German:
    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon.com#Kontroversen
    https://www.foodwatch.org/de/ueber-foodwatch/aktuelles-ueber-foodwatch/nach-foodwatch-kritik-amazon-aendert-spendenprogramm-smile/

    1. Surely I do not want to support Amazon here. It’s just that many people do use it. Whether its good or bad is up to them to decide. There is btw. an interesting detail here that many readers likely will miss: The KDE e.V. never publically stated the fact that KDE e.V. can be chosen as organization in the Smile program – for exactly the reasons you are mentioning. So my blog post is not an official KDE voice telling you to use Amazon. I hope people are smart enough to see that 🙂

    2. This is probably intended primarily for people like me who are already buying stuff from Amazon. Sending or not sending my donation to KDE is not going to change my behaviior in regard to Amazon. Either Amazon is going to keep the money or, if KDE is available as a charity, KDE will get the money.

      1. I think, what we do here is helping Amazon to get a publicity which worth more money than KDE will receive through this marketing program. So effectively, we are supporting Amazon. Remember: there are much more charities which are doing exactly the same thing: everyone advertises for Amazon by announcing their presence in the dontation program. But in the end, the customer can only choose one charity.

        Dave wrote:
        > My current listed Smile charity received $50.37 from my orders this year.

        Does that mean you bought good which are worth $10.000 this year (0.5 % of that is $50)? That’s a exceptional spending :-).

        > Either Amazon is going to keep the money
        The question is: would Amazon really keep the money or would you just keep your current charity? In that case, from your point of view, no money would be wasted if KDE was not available, right?

      1. One could choose to stay with the FSF there. If people switch to KDE, the FSF (or some other charity) will loose some money.

        Since the FSF is much about ethics, I don’t really understand their choice. Maybe the text that describes their Smile Choice contains some discouraging words for Amazon users?

        On the net, I just found this article from 2014:

        “More to the point, is this the kind of corporation with which you want to align your nonprofit and for whom you want to provide free advertising? Because buying through Amazon is not inevitable – it’s a choice. And if you give your supporters a moral excuse for supporting an immoral corporation, are you serving your mission or simply chasing a few bucks?” (http://alancantorconsulting.com/2014/12/no-dont-smile/; found on https://socialjusticebooks.org/about/why-boycott-amazon/ about tax avoidance)

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