Originally Posted by catside
You are a good sport!
Spoo is officially a middle man now. This article is good for him, because his business model depends on increased number of small producers who have limited access, means, time, reputation to access the market efficiently. All he has to do is to convince them he can produce gold, and he certainly does at times, especially for certain brands. He is the only winner. Mainy's business on the other hand may suffer with addition of even one or two flippers in Kansas City area which is a smaller market, relatively speaking. Even if they are not pros, if they buy one or two good stuff he loses money. Some of the better flippers here are relatively new but learned very quick. See DM7s first posts, and I have been here long enough to give you couple more examples. I do not mean to offend anyone. I was just surprised.
As the author of the piece in question, I profited most directly. I had some reservations at first regarding blowing up honey holes, etc., but I've come to realize that thrifting at the elite level is a LOT of work. You really have to love it to do it, and you have to have a knack. Further, the volume of stuff that comes in precludes, I think, most thrift stores from figuring out the grails and pricing accordingly. There's just too much stuff coming in and the need to get it processed and on the floor quickly gets in the way of picking and choosing with any kind of precision, especially when the stores barely pay minimum wage and have high turnover. We all have stories about scoring Oxxford suits for $3 that were right next to Staffords priced at $30, and we have all seen flippers leave behind gold as they push groaning shopping carts to the register. Add to that the widespread refusal to wear used clothing-- there are lots of folks who would rather wear brand-new Faded Glory than gently used Purple Label. In short, I think it is presumptuous to believe that we can have any kind of effect on how thrifts operate. There is a reason that thrifts have evolved the way that they have, and it has nothing to do with EazyE or Mainy or Spoo. We are gleaners, not Mother Earth, and our harvests have nothing to do with planting season.
On a side note, I was on the radio today and one of the hosts complimented me on my navy Dobbs fedora. Where'd you get it, he asked. Goodwill, I answered. He and the others in the studio all laughed, thinking that I had made a joke. I just kept smiling.