This happened to a good friend of mine this week...someone who is known for being a considerate and toughtful person.
Our fair city is about to hold an annual public event, sort of like a county fair. One evening there will be a charity event that is open for anyone to attend, but only in large groups (the smallest is twenty people). If each couple pays for their own part, the cost is extremely low...as in less than the cost of a sitter. Usually the spots are taken by employers or other organized groups, but my friend thought it would be fun to see if she could get a group of friends from our neighborhood to go. The invitations were very clear on the cost per couple and the details of the event, what it's for, what would be involved, etc.
Yesterday she called me and said that of twenty couples she sent it to, she received exactly three responses (we were one of them).
Now, I should mention that she used eVite, because that's how all invitations have been sent in our circles. This is because everyone agrees that unlike normal invitations, they don't get lost.
My friend was wondering if the lack of response is due to 1)The fact that it was an eVite (doubtful), 2)The fact that the event costs money, thereby relegating it to the same category as invitations to sales parties, or 3)People just being inconsiderate.
I wasn't really sure, but I wonder how all of you would respond if you received an invitation from a close friend for a charity event that costs money. Would you at least respond to decline if you didn't want to go?