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post #52051 of 110356
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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post


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?
 

my point exactly

post #52052 of 110356
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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post


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.


I meant "image" in the sense of how they are perceived in the retail world. I understand they do alot of good but its disappointing when they have For Profit pricing schemes and management/big wigs are seen driving fancy cars.

post #52053 of 110356
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post

In Soviet Russia, Goodwill steals from the poor.

It's more hilarious when you can say it with a Russian accent.
post #52054 of 110356
Good pass?
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They aren't my size, weren't iron rangers so...

e:i dont know how i managed to get everything except the label in focus.
post #52055 of 110356
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Originally Posted by jamiebryant View Post


I meant "image" in the sense of how they are perceived in the retail world. I understand they do alot of good but its disappointing when they have For Profit pricing schemes and management/big wigs are seen driving fancy cars.

Hard to get quality management without paying for it.
post #52056 of 110356
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Originally Posted by guyver00 View Post

It's more hilarious when you can say it with a Russian accent.

I have a Russian colleague that I've had say things in a variety of languages just to hear it. My favorite was "KGB agent know where you live and how find you."
post #52057 of 110356
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post


In Soviet Russia, Goodwill steals from the poor.


Haha I was going to say in Soviet Russia, Goodwill thrifts from you.

 

Re: pricing... I found it funny at the local GW that two Brioni shirts came out, one priced the usual 5.99, and the one with Brioni for Neiman Marcus on the tag was 15 or 20. Identical quality. I started to point it out, realized what I was doing and shut up.

 

The group of regulars at this GW are quite the interesting group. Today the moments I witnessed/conversations I heard made me question the idea of writing a script about them. I've lived here what, a month and I already want to write a script? Wtf.

post #52058 of 110356
Halloween thrift fit.

James Bond with less hair.

post #52059 of 110356
The problem with thrift stores pricing things with Ebay prices: thrift stores aren't Ebay.

I am fine with paying a premium for a nicer item. $12 for Allen Edmonds vs $6 for other shoes. $9-10 for a RLPL shirt vs $5 for Gap. Fine. But $40 for Allen Edmonds, when they're lucky to sell for that much on Ebay? Ebay prices are driven by one thing: the size of the audience, and selection. I can sit on my couch, and be guaranteed to find a pair of shoes in my size on Ebay. In a thrift store? I have to spend time, gas money, and hope to find something in my size, then hope it's nice. Then find out they want Ebay prices? No, no, and no. A FAIR price for a nice item in a thrift store is probably 25% of Ebay prices, and that's just reality. You want Ebay prices, spent time photographing it, listing it, measuring it, and exposing it to a worldwide audience.
post #52060 of 110356
I've seen some weird pricing at my local Value Village. I once found a navy DB Ermenegildo Zegna SC for $79.99, and it was there for months before it finally disappeared. Another time I found a black cashmere Isaia SC for $14.99...needless to say, I immediately bought it. biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
post #52061 of 110356
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Originally Posted by Evil Abed View Post


Haha I was going to say in Soviet Russia, Goodwill thrifts from you.

Re: pricing... I found it funny at the local GW that two Brioni shirts came out, one priced the usual 5.99, and the one with Brioni for Neiman Marcus on the tag was 15 or 20. Identical quality. I started to point it out, realized what I was doing and shut up.

The group of regulars at this GW are quite the interesting group. Today the moments I witnessed/conversations I heard made me question the idea of writing a script about them. I've lived here what, a month and I already want to write a script? Wtf.

I ran a few through my head but they all made sense, so I took a swing at it.

I ran into a similar pricing scenario one time. I grabbed a mint Brioni shirt that was like €7 and next to it was a €20 clearly used Borrelli (or was it the other way around?). One store I go to knows most of the stuff. She even upped the price on a Paul Smith that was missing the label. She said she recognized the colorful "Made in Italy" tag at the top.

I think I've said it before, but the thrifts in my area are basically secondhand retail. For the most part, they won't put things out that have issues, i.e. giant stains or tears. It means there is less selection, at least on the men's side, but that if you find something, you have a high likelihood of finding it in great condition. Prices are all over the mark with a couple of shops that price everything about the same to a shop that has a rack of "branded" merchandise. On that rack, I never know what I'll find but it will always be higher priced. I've seen Gap and Tom Tailor mixed in with Dolce & Gabbana and Jil Sander. On a different rack I might find mainline Zegna marked at the same price as something unknown. It's a crap shoot but almost always higher than US prices.

For the record, if anyone wants to do a trade with me in the future, you'll have to expect to pay about €15 for a single item to be shipped. It's not bad for an odd jacket but a bit high for a single shirt. It could be more or less, but that should give you guys an idea.
post #52062 of 110356
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Originally Posted by Greg613 View Post

Halloween thrift fit.
James Bond with less hair.

Awesome, it's a perfect way to break out the tuxedo. I should've thought of that instead of my lederhosen.
post #52063 of 110356
The local paper decided to do a spot on thrift shopping.

Thankfully it's focussed on women and being economical and the writer's search for an outfit was a bit meh.

There's a contest. I won't enter - best not to pique anyone's interest about the possible. happy.gif
post #52064 of 110356
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Originally Posted by Greg613 View Post

Halloween thrift fit.
James Bond with less hair.

Awesome! Really though, it's James Bond with more scalp rather than with less hair. Glass half full man, glass half full. happy.gif
post #52065 of 110356
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Originally Posted by Towers View Post

Good pass?
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They aren't my size, weren't iron rangers so...
e:i dont know how i managed to get everything except the label in focus.

Dunno? You told us what they weren't....but what were they, more pics, how much...?

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