Hmmm....to comply with Caesar. Interesting that the "donation" arrangement has been implemented only in those countries that attempted to tax "sales" of religious literature. Isn't this "donation" arrangement in reality a tax dodge, so the Society can avoid "paying Caesar's things to Caesar"? Hmmmm? I'm sure that "Caesar" NEVER told the Society to go to a donation arrangement. All "Caesar" did was say that since the WTBTS was engaged in "selling" religious literature for a profit, they'd better pony up the taxes due on such sales.
And, as far as the "costs" of printing go, have you ever considered the actual printing costs of the literature and how it compares to the "donations" received?
All labor is donated...so, no wages, no Social Security taxes, no 401K plans. Materials are pretty cheap when purchased in quantity. Most publishing companies incur the most cost through labor and advertising as well as distribution costs. The WTBTS' costs in these areas are either negligible or non-existent. I had seen some stats on these costs a couple of years ago. Magazines cost about 4/100ths of a cent to produce, and books were about 10 cents to 25 cents. CDs cost only a few cents for materials, and copying costs are almost non-existent.
Now.....what are the "donations" that are "suggested" for this literature? I don't know the latest prices....er suggested donations....but I'm sure that most publishers feel "compelled" to pay....er donate.....much more than the actual printing costs. Additionally, they incur their own personal costs in gasoline and auto maintenance, as well as bookbags, shoes, etc. along with their time to sell....er distribute.....this crap....er information.
As far as the magazines being highly informative....... Get real! We all know that the information contained therein is either regurgitated and frequently reprocessed and edited information from other sources, or it is religious propaganda. This info is not exactly earth-shattering stuff.