Originally Posted by elizilla
The power of free is why some animal lover organizations recommend that one should charge some nominal price for kittens, instead of giving them away for free. If people pay even a tiny amount of money for their cat, they will treat it with more care, and be a better pet owner. Or you'll at least screen out the worst pet owners, and avoid sending the kitten into a bad situation.
There are some relief organizations in Africa who sell mosquito netting for beds to families for $1. They have found that when they give the netting away for free that it goes unused or uncared for and the rates of malaria are unaffected. When a family has to pay $1 the nets are used and cared for and the rates of malaria in the area greatly decrease.
There is something about buying a good that makes people more likely to care for it.