Goodwill - HIGH Prices, false advertisement, rude employees!!

High prices at Goodwill!

The appeal of a thrift store is pretty simple. Items are donated or collected. They are sorted, organized and put back on the floor to be purchased by others in need of a few things or by those who just enjoy grabbing a bargain on something fun or unusual.

Usually, when you’re shopping at a thrift store you have to keep a few things in mind. The items may be damaged and they are definitely in need of a good wash. The proceeds from a charity thrift store are used for other purposes and, finally, to really get the most from a thrift store you’re going to have to do a bit of digging for treasures.

Bargain Store with Non-Bargain Prices?

But when the rules of the thrift store no longer apply, you can find yourself in quite a frustrating spot. You go to the thrift store hoping to get some good deals on used items. You know they are used, you’re willing to handle the cleaning and repair if necessary and you understand it’s all very hit and miss.

But when you get to the store and start looking around you quickly notice that something seems off. The prices for this thrift store are anything but thrifty. In fact, the prices are about comparable with low cost retailers. Why would you buy a used, beat-up cheap t-shirt for $4 when you can drive to the big store down the street and pay $5 for a brand new one?

And it’s not just the t-shirts that are throwing the pricing scheme off. The furniture may be broken, chewed on, rotted or falling apart and it’s still priced considerably higher than you might expect. Sure, garage sale pricing might not be appropriate, but almost $200 for a broken clock?

The Missing Sales

At least you can count on one good thing coming from the most popular thrift stores. If you wait for the sale day, you can usually get some items half off – those $4 t-shirts are now $2, which seems much more reasonable.

Each day when you walk into the thrift store, the tags on the clothing items designate the sale. Monday might have all of the blue items half off. And Tuesday might have the green items on sale. When you walk into the store on Monday you should be able to go through the racks and find about one seventh of the items on sale thanks to their tagging.

But you can’t.

As it turns out, in some branches of this thrift store, the tagged items don’t always stay where they should. In fact, some of the stores actually remove these items from the sales floor to avoid having to sell them at the discounted price. This is certainly true for higher ticket items at least.

Shopping at a thrift store should be straight forward. You go in expecting to dig a bit and in return for buying used, worn and often hidden treasures, you pay only a mere fraction of what the item is worth. But when a thrift store stops playing by the rules they cease to be an authentic thrift store. Instead, they seem to become something else – an overpriced resale shop that isn’t even careful about quality.

Worst of all, the charity resale shops that are so popular don’t do much in the way of local charities anyhow. They actually send charity cases elsewhere to ask for handouts. Nice.