In the Business of Making Happiness

Dave Killion — December 22, 2013

imagesNow and again, some journalist proposes awarding a Nobel Peace Prize to WalMart. There have certainly been less-worthy recipients, but I understand WalMart is a supporter of increasing the minimum wage, mandated provision of health care, and has turned to local governments for assistance in acquiring desirable properties through the political process.  Still, the notion of honouring a commercial organization for benefiting humanity has some merit, and if I were looking for a Canada-specific example, a more worthy nominee than UsedEverywhere would be difficult to find.


In the past year, UsedEverywhere (more specifically, UsedVictoria) has increased my well-being several times. Through their website, I have gotten free fence panels, firewood, pallet racking, and more. In addition, I have saved literally thousands buying second-hand items for my business, and some frivolous things that I would never indulge in at full price. The people from whom I got these things have been able to rid themselves of unwanted items, not only saving themselves the time and trouble of hauling them away, but even making a few bucks. These mutually beneficial arrangements have come at no cost to my trading partners and me, all thanks to the self-interested conduct of the UsedEverywhere operators. Their actions have enabled a great deal of happiness where none was possible before, and caused harm to no one.

If only there was a medal for making this kind of win-win-win possible.

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