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Old 02-04-2012, 07:24 PM
 
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I was browsing around at the local goodwill today and I found the prices to be ridiculous! I saw a water bottle I bought from the dollar store marked as $3.25 and an IKEA silverware tray market for $2.25- IKEA sells those for 99 cents! Beat up old coffee tables were $80 and there were a bunch of used dresses marked for around $50-$80. Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon? It wasn't like this before.
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I was browsing around at the local goodwill today and I found the prices to be ridiculous! I saw a water bottle I bought from the dollar store marked as $3.25 and an IKEA silverware tray market for $2.25- IKEA sells those for 99 cents! Beat up old coffee tables were $80 and there were a bunch of used dresses marked for around $50-$80. Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon? It wasn't like this before.
Yeah you have to be careful. A lot of the time prices can be the same if not higher than buying new elsewhere. I've noticed this as well
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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We have a pretty nice GW store here. It was newly built a few years ago. It's large, clean and well organized. I have gotten many nice things there pretty cheap. Sometimes things are priced much more than I want to pay. Last time I went there I thought that prices seemed higher.

Right now I don't need anything so I'm not going to pay their prices. I'm priced out of GW!


Yard sale season is coming up. I'm more up for yard sale prices. I often go out on my bicycle and stop at some yard sales on Fri & Sat mornings. So if I don't buy anything there is no gas cost and I got some exercise. Last summer my find of the season was a pair of Oakley sunglasses for $1. I was going to sell them on fleabay but I ended up liking them and wearing them.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:30 PM
 
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Start complaining to the management. If that doesn't help, call their HQ.

Btw... I've noticed that for some reason Goodwill stores in California don't charge sales tax. Every other thrift store I've been in does. Why does Goodwill get special treatment from the state? Are Goodwill purchases tax free in other states?
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:35 PM
 
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Start complaining to the management. If that doesn't help, call their HQ.

Btw... I've noticed that for some reason Goodwill stores in California don't charge sales tax. Every other thrift store I've been in does. Why does Goodwill get special treatment from the state? Are Goodwill purchases tax free in other states?

Not tax free in Illinois or Iowa or Texas.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:36 PM
 
Location: United State of Texas
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Goodwill seems to have become a giant corporate affair. They build huge stores from the ground up here and fill them with a lot of Chinese new stuff to go along with the overpriced donated stuff.

Not the Goodwill of old.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:43 PM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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I was browsing around at the local goodwill today and I found the prices to be ridiculous! I saw a water bottle I bought from the dollar store marked as $3.25 and an IKEA silverware tray market for $2.25- IKEA sells those for 99 cents! Beat up old coffee tables were $80 and there were a bunch of used dresses marked for around $50-$80. Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon? It wasn't like this before.
Not at my little local Goodwill. I was looking at a very nice couch today for $30.00. A couple of months ago, I bought a very nice dresser (one of the older, sturdier ones) for, I think, $30.00. Might have been $20.00.

Occasionally I find something that's overpriced, but for the most part, those are few and far between.

If I need something - clothes for the kid, something for the house - I always check Goodwill first. If we can't find what we're looking for, we'll break down and go to K-Mart (which happened today).

Of course I'm also addicted to the Goodwill auction site. That's where you have to be really careful - sometimes the competitive nature of bidding against other, anonymous people can really jack the prices up.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:45 PM
 
Location: not where you are
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I was browsing around at the local goodwill today and I found the prices to be ridiculous! I saw a water bottle I bought from the dollar store marked as $3.25 and an IKEA silverware tray market for $2.25- IKEA sells those for 99 cents! Beat up old coffee tables were $80 and there were a bunch of used dresses marked for around $50-$80. Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon? It wasn't like this before.
Yes, I've noticed this as well, last couple of times I looked at the ticket prices on some items, I was like WTH, some of these items are retail priced and above. I too saw items that were exactly what you'd find at the dollar store, selling at GW for two or more times what it sold for originally.

I find better deals at Ross and other discount retail stores these days. Believe me, I understand the store is in the business to support the community, but at the same time, many people that shop there are on extremely low incomes, so might be a good thing for charity to work two fold. I think their prices went up when, a few years ago, shopping at GW became somewhat tready. For a good time, there was a new demographic shopping the isles suddenly. I'm thinking that might be a reflection of the upward pricing, not sure, but, possibly.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:00 PM
 
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Where else one could buy "Made in USA" jeans and clothing and prices are very reasonable (if you don't really need to shop at GW to survive).
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Goodwill seems to have become a giant corporate affair. They build huge stores from the ground up here and fill them with a lot of Chinese new stuff to go along with the overpriced donated stuff.

Not the Goodwill of old.
A huge new Goodwill just opened in a pricey suburb north of Tucson recently. They had a grand opening and gave away flat-screen TVs via raffle. Haven't gone because I don't need anything but now I'm really curious as to what's in there.

I'll stop in and report back. Maybe Goodwill has lost some of its stigma with the haves, now that the recession has turned some of them into have-lesses. Perhaps the management is trying to test the limits of their new customers.
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