Collective buying – G.A.S. Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale


Group buying, also known as collective buying, offers products and services at significantly reduced prices on the condition that a minimum number of buyers would make the purchase. Origins of group buying can be traced to China where 團購 (tuángòu) or team buying was executed to get discount prices from retailer when a large group of people was willing to buy the same item. In recent times, group buying websites have emerged as a major player in online shopping business. Typically, these websites feature a “deal of the day“, with the deal kicking in once a set number of people agree to buy the product or service. Buyers then print off a voucher to claim their discount at the retailer. Many of the group-buying sites work by negotiating deals with local merchants and promising to deliver a higher foot count in exchange for better prices.

Source: wikipedia

I Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale (GAS) sono gruppi di acquisto che partono un approccio critico al consumo e che vogliono applicare il principio di equità e solidarietà ai propri acquisti. I criteri che guidano la scelta dei fornitori (pur differenti da gruppo a gruppo) in genere sono all’insegna della qualità del prodotto, dell’impatto ambientale totale (prodotti locali, alimenti da agricoltura biologica od equivalenti, imballaggi a rendere)

I principi di equità e solidarietà si estendono:

* ai membri del GAS;
* ai produttori e loro lavoratori;
* ai popoli del sud del mondo;
* al rispetto dell’ambiente.

Nel vasto panorama dei GAS si trovano associazioni riconosciute, associazioni non riconosciute (fra cui numerosi sono i gruppi informali), cooperative del settore (botteghe del mondo) che trovano in questa forma un modo intelligente per acquistare quei prodotti che servono ai soci. La storia dei Gruppi di Acquisto inizia nel 1994 a Fidenza e prosegue nel 1996 quando viene pubblicata la “Guida al Consumo Critico” dal Centro Nuovo Modello di Sviluppo, dove vengono rilasciate informazioni sul comportamento delle imprese più importanti al fine di guidare la scelta del consumatore. Nel 1997 nasce la rete di gruppi d’acquisto. Il 5 novembre 2007 la Commissione di Bilancio del Senato ha approvato un emendamento alla legge finanziaria relativo agli aspetti fiscali dei GAS, che chiarisce il fatto che si tratta di attività di acquisto e distribuzione agli aderenti svolta dai GAS costituisce attività “non commerciale”.

Link: Rete GAS italianaeconomia solidale

Fonti: Wikipedia

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