Originally Posted by jamiebryant
Yeah, I dont have a problem with FOR-PROFIT Thrift Stores charging outrageous prices because its expected.
But Goodwill's image doesnt entitle them to the pricing they are trying to adapt. They arent a luxury resale shop and even their Boutique's have the good whit mixed in with counterfeit luxury brands and low-mid quality shit.
It'd be like going into JC Penney and seeing a pair of shoes for $300 when its generally known that they run around the $50 ballpark.
The people that are willing to spend $200 on a pair of shoes arent gonna buy them from JC Penney. Even if the brand/quality calls for it. Theyd rather walk into Macy's and buy it from them.
Its all about image and Goodwill just doesnt have it.
So, you don't have a problem with a for-profit operation gouging or charging what something is worth, but if the proceeds are going to a good cause, that's a problem?
Don't know about the GW where you are, but you should be very careful when generalizing. GW in many communities, including the one where I live, does a lot of good. Employees, while not highly paid, get health insurance and benefits, including paid vacation. There's opportunity for advancement--I've seen cashiers/sorters move up to management. They have mentoring programs for at-risk youth. They have job-training programs for offenders no one else will hire. They employ the disabled. They'll give anyone a chance who is willing to work. They have programs to help folks pay utility and medical bills. They recycle stuff, including electronics and computer gear, for free that other places won't take or won't take without being paid. And their finances are transparent. As a 501(c)3, their tax statements to the IRS are public records available for free online, unlike the SA, which considers itself a church and so does not make its financials available to the public.
We've had this discussion before. GW's are independent chapters organized under a national umbrella, so YMMV. But don't go saying that GW has an image problem. That's just not true.