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Old 05-02-12, 10:50 AM   #26
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Re: When did Goodwill get so expensive?

Blame it on the Walmart managers who rifle through the lost and found and take all the good stuff before donating it to Goodwill.
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Old 05-02-12, 10:55 AM   #27
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Blame it on the Walmart managers who rifle through the lost and found and take all the good stuff before donating it to Goodwill.
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Old 05-02-12, 12:29 PM   #28
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Real hipsters would never shop at a mainstream thrift store like Goodwill, so stop blaming them.

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Old 05-02-12, 12:30 PM   #29
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Old 05-02-12, 12:32 PM   #30
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Most of my book buying these days is from Goodwill and similar stores.
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Old 05-02-12, 12:35 PM   #31
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Re: When did Goodwill get so expensive?

Still cheap here. They have sales, too. Like once a month you can get 10 shirts for $10 at the one down the street.
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Old 05-02-12, 03:23 PM   #32
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Old 05-02-12, 10:53 PM   #33
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I regularly shop at Goodwill and take the time out to do those surveys they have on the receipts in hopes of (one day) winning a $25 gift-card. I go to GW's every week and have scored quite a few good things to sell on-line.

Anyway, on one of the surveys I did, I commented on the price of the paperbacks at one of the their stores I frequent - $2.99. I stated in the survey (where it asked what they could do better) that I thought the prices were a bit too high on their books. And lo and behold, I got a cut/paste email from one of the higher ups today about my "complaint" and which I thought was timely for this thread:

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Thank you so much for your feedback on your visit to our Round Rock store on April 14. I saw that you commented on the prices so I thought I would give you some more information on that.



As you know, Goodwill’s mission is “Generating lifelong connections to work,” but you may not realize all the programs Goodwill funds to meet that mission. Our Workforce Development programs are the essence of our mission. They are designed to help participants achieve a level of independence needed to succeed, focus on meeting individual needs, and ensure each participant progresses to reach his or her full potential. We provide thousands of job-related services for people with barriers to employment each year. Essentially, the revenue we raise by selling donated goods is used to help people find jobs in the community. We help individuals with resume and interview skills, training to acquire work-related skills, and even transportation to work. We have helped place people in every type of job you can imagine, from light industrial work to attorneys at the Office of the Attorney General. Anyone who has a barrier to employment is eligible for our services, which can include people with physical or mental barriers, people who are ex-offenders, people experiencing homelessness, people with advanced age, people with language or educational barriers, or even people who just haven’t been in the public workforce for a number of years because they were working at home taking care of family members.



We owe it to both donors and our clients to make the most of every donation we receive in order to provide more services. When you purchase something at a discount retailer like Wal-Mart the money goes to make executives or shareholders in those corporations more wealthy. When you purchase an item at Goodwill, the money goes back into the community to strengthen individuals and families who are striving to improve their own lives through the power of work. $0.88 of every dollar you spend at Goodwill goes directly to our mission, with only $0.12 spent on administrative costs, so you can feel great about that every time you shop!



You may also be interested to know that if an item does not sell in our stores, it gets another chance at our clearance center located in the Goodwill Resource Center on Burleson Rd. If it cannot be sold there, we attempt to sell it in bulk with like items to a salvage dealer, and if it cannot be salvaged we recycle it. Therefore, we are able to raise money for our mission from almost every donation we receive, even if it is not of a high enough quality to sell in our retail stores. We are committed to being the best possible stewards of both our environment and the trust of our donors.



Thank you again for taking the time to tell us how we’re doing and for being a Goodwill customer. If you have any further questions or would like to take a tour of our community center to learn more about our mission and the people we serve, please don’t hesitate to contact me.



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Old 05-03-12, 07:04 AM   #34
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Re: When did Goodwill get so expensive?

So an executive dodged the question and attacked Wal-Mart? Sounds about right.
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Old 05-03-12, 09:15 AM   #35
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Re: When did Goodwill get so expensive?

Actually they do help people who have problems finding a job get one, so they cool on my book. I donate my stuff there often and buy electronics and records there too, last time i found a Toshiba HD-DVD player for $24, the cheapest I found online was $70 so it was a great deal
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Old 05-03-12, 09:54 AM   #36
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12% overhead is pretty good.
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Old 07-07-12, 02:27 AM   #37
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Re: When did Goodwill get so expensive?

store here always has 50% off once a month, random times/dates, always announced in advance.

As a result, they aren't super stocked.

Alpha used to be super expensive, not anymore. Better stuff too.
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Old 07-07-12, 06:09 PM   #38
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Re: When did Goodwill get so expensive?

Sounds like the pricing is regional.

Here (Springfield, Illinois) mens shirts are $2.99 and pants are $3.99 if I remember right. They also put color tags on everything to show them which week it was put on the rack, and every week a color is 50% off. I think those are the items that have been there for a month.

At the end of the week everything with the 50% color is taken off of the racks and they do something else with them. Keep in mind that a low percentage of donations makes it onto the racks, most are sold in bulk somewhere.
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Old 07-07-12, 06:21 PM   #39
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Re: When did Goodwill get so expensive?

I think overall Goodwill got tired of seeing scalpers pick out the most valuable items for resell on eBay and other venues, hence they raised prices. Goodwill and its ilk were much better shopping experiences before people could sell their own junk for something over the Internet. Now most people will sell anything of decent value on their own and donate their absolute garbage items to Goodwill.
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Old 07-07-12, 06:27 PM   #40
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Managers make the prices at goodwills, that's why its different at various stores. I went to one looking for a bed and they wanted $300 I've seen one sell a grandfather clock for over $1,000. they rip people off more than try to help, it's bullshit.
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Old 07-07-12, 08:46 PM   #41
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Girlfriend and I went in to look for some lightly used patio furniture started looking through clothes 12.99 for a button up denim shirt, $14.99 for some shoes. Can't even get a sweater for less than $8. I remember when this stuff was like under five bucks. H&M and Gap you can get new stuff for around the same prices. Fuckin' hipsters.
15 dollar shoes and a less than 8 dollar sweater is expensive ?
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Old 07-07-12, 08:52 PM   #42
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15 dollar shoes and a less than 8 dollar sweater is expensive ?
For used? Yes.
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Old 07-07-12, 09:19 PM   #43
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15 dollar shoes and a less than 8 dollar sweater is expensive ?
it really depends on the brand and what not, but i have bought new shoes and sweatersfrom retailers for 80-90% off a number of times and at prices under $15 shoes and $8 sweater. but without knowing what PenguinJoe saw exactly, hard to say whether it's expensive or not. $15 for a used pair of Berluti or John Lobb is worth it so long as the shoe isn't trashed. otoh, $15 for a used pair of Faded Glory shoes isn't really worth it.
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Old 07-07-12, 09:26 PM   #44
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Old 07-07-12, 09:35 PM   #45
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15 dollar shoes and a less than 8 dollar sweater is expensive ?
I bought a reclining loveseat in pretty good shape from a Goodwill for $25. So yeah, I think that $15 shoes is pretty expensive.
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Old 07-08-12, 12:01 AM   #46
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Goodwill and its ilk were much better shopping experiences before people could sell their own junk for something over the Internet. Now most people will sell anything of decent value on their own and donate their absolute garbage items to Goodwill.
The same with flea markets. Pre-ebay, I used to find lots of great items at flea markets. It was a lot of fun to hunt through those places in the 90's. I don't even bother looking anymore. It's all garbage.
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Old 07-10-12, 12:06 AM   #47
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I bought a reclining loveseat in pretty good shape from a Goodwill for $25. So yeah, I think that $15 shoes is pretty expensive.
Used couch? Nasty.
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Old 07-10-12, 10:25 AM   #48
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I think one of the problems with these places is that the prices are decided by the individual stores by people who don't always understand what they have or how much it is really worth. My daughter went with me to three different places (only one was an actual Goodwill, the others were AmVet and Deseret Industries) to look for clothes. While she did that I looked around. I found VHS tapes listed for $2-$3 and DVDs at about $5. 99% of the DVDs were freebee types you would never expect to pay for new (even if you wanted them). Their cook ware section was also extremely overpriced (with individual plates and bowls priced at $2 a piece even though there was nothing that made a complete set) and pots and pans listed at $10 to $20. Now at Ikea you can buy a complete (matching) dinning set for $10 and get much nicer pots and pans (new) at the Ross down the street for the same price. I also saw locked behind a glass counter an MSDOS version of Flight Simulator for $8.
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Old 07-10-12, 11:51 AM   #49
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Used couch? Nasty.
Especially since it was Thunderball's.
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Old 07-10-12, 02:13 PM   #50
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Used couch? Nasty.
I don't know we got a leather couch of craigslist for $45 from some owner that was moving to portland was cleaned it nothing wrong with it besides a couple of small tears at the bottom a cushion.
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