Originally Posted by EBTX66
I was also digging through a bucket of ties on a counter and they told me to stop because "our lady has to go through them and pull out the good ones". I had seen an Armani and a Polo in there so I figured those would be jacked up but she let those go out on the "normal' rack. I talked to her and she actually appeared to know what she was doing. She just goes through them and looks for Hermes, Brioni, etc. Those she marks $19.99 and puts them in a case. All the rest are $1.99. She said that she hates having to do stuff like that - apparently the same fate would have awated my Zegnas if I hadn't caught them on the way out of the stockroom - but they're being pressured to because their Board knows about eBay, flippers, etc. and they want in on that much profit. She says the store management agreed to start marking up higher-end labels but if that doesn't work the Board will make them start listing the stuff themselves on eBay.
This seems to be the rule in the city. SA and Goodwill have already been doing this for some time, and it's replicated from store to store. Things sneak through, but they seem to want the racks separated more and more. I can't blame them if it's due to flipping. These are charities, and if you flip your buys for more, you can't be angry. If anything, it makes me consider the name racks more, and I do look through them.
Originally Posted by EBTX66
I guess it was only a matter of time. The only thing going for us is the fact that thrift store workers who have any sort of clue still seem to be a rare breed.
In some of the outer boroughs, some things may not be separated unless they're Sean John or Fubu. It just depends on what's considered popular in that area.
Originally Posted by Steve Smith
Apathy on the part of store workers works to our benefit. The world of thrifting would be changed by something as simple as the stores implementing a policy of checking labels and holding back the brands which are on a list for further inspection and evaluation.
It's happening. Let's be thankful that Nautica is something they consider a "brand".
Originally Posted by WRAdvisor
I'm really starting to think the same about SA. For the amount of people that work and volunteer in there, someone must know men's fashion and pulls aside items for either markup or personal purchase. It's been very very dry as of late in my area, but every time I stop in, the same lady has a shopping cart and is filling it with men's clothes. We must arrive about the same time (her daily, me once a week), but she knows what's going on and must list on ebay. The best thing I've found lately has been a couple BB Makers ties...thats about it
In my experience, there is almost always "a" person that knows a section well enough to judge, that everyone may keep an item off the floor until they get around to evaluating it. Even for a week or more. This has been true with electronics, CDs/Vinyl, furniture and even books for a long time as well.
I remember someone that had the same musical tastes as I. The person worked a store that regularly received rare vinyl in that genre. Music flippers frequented the store, and would have danced on his grave if he were killed, because he kept it all off the floor. Yet, he never bought them (perhaps prevented), he just stacked it up in he back. I never flipped, just wanted to buy for myself, so it was even more frustrating and cruel.
One day he returned after an absence (and late) to find the stash had made the floor due to an unindoctrinated fellow employee. Much of it in a pile next to me as I had arrived early (and nearly had a heart attack at the sight). It literally came to a tug of war over them. He knew I was absolutely going to go to the manager over that (never said so, but my face must have telegraphed it), and let it go. I never sold a disc and to this day enjoy them far more than for the music alone. I feel like I won a battle for all of us.
Originally Posted by mainy
The average thrift store, if run by competent management, realizes that there is really no money to be made in picking out the "nice" stuff and ebaying it or whatever. By the time they pay some lackey to do this (who probably does not have the experience or know how to do it properly, or they'd be doing it themselves), they aren't going to make that much more money if any than if they just threw it out on the rack at a reasonable price. Thrifts are volume businesses... a couple stores here tried to switch to a "higher price for nicer items" format and both the managers got sacked in under 6 months, and back to normal things went, because it was a complete disaster. True story.
Not quite, at least not today. People do
buy from those "premium" racks. It may happen more at store in more affluent neighborhoods, but it does happen. Like I and others speculated, it's likely policy in chain stores even at the distribution centers. There they can (after their own perusal) send it to the stores where they'll sell best. In fact, stores not only do that now, but some chains will separate items for their own auctions
in-store or on their website.
Originally Posted by Nataku
My main advantage was that I was there almost everyday so I never really missed anything. I know workers at the central distribution center and main store downtown do this, though. Some of those rehab workers dress very well with the clothes they pick out from donations.
You seem like a nice guy, and I don't blame you. Yet, I have dealt with many who I can only call corrupt. In fact, I can't imagine how charitable organizations could hire such people, except for the programs you mention. Of course, not all of those in recovery are that way, but there is a higher incidence of donation interception, and poor customer service since the hired employees and retired volunteers have been pushed out.
Originally Posted by EBTX66
That's what I was thinking. There's a new one on one of my routes that just opened and it's just a guy and his mom. I can't see any indication of a charitable affiliation. They have a sign that says they take donations but I doubt they get any, yet the back of the store is just stuffed with garbage bags full of clothes. I was thinking they must buy it for pennies on the dollar from larger charities. I also think that because the stuff they have is pretty much all cheap brands, old, or damaged. I was thinking they were SA or Goodwill cast-offs.
I knew one that advertised charitable associations, yet was a private enterprise who only donated a small portion from sales. The manager played on that for donations, and would set price by personal preference and mood. Dealing with that was not pleasurable, and I retired as regular clientÃ¨le. Only later did I learn that I wasn't alone. Customer service is even important on the thrift shop level.