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Jul 10, 2019 06:49:13   #
PatK27 (a regular here)
 
Went to Savers yesterday to donate a box full of clothes. While there I went in to see if they had any yarn. Well I found the yarn. One package of yarn I picked up looked like it could be used for hats. 2 full balls of Phentex yarn $3.99. Problem- original price on both balls was $1.39 each from Ames department store. Ames department store closed 17 years ago.So they were sell yarn that originally cost $2.78 for $3.99. Asked in store how that could be. They said they couldn’t do anything about it and that I should go on line to complain. They answered very quickly. They proceeded to send me a link to their business plan and that even stuff they had donated to them wasn’t free. Never addressed the issue of how they could sell 17 year old yarn for more than the original price. Savers claim to support the Epilepsy foundation. I suspect the foundation get about 1 cent for every dollar the store takes in.
Thanks for listening
 
Jul 10, 2019 06:53:08   #
fergablu2
 
According to an inflation calculator, your $2.78 in 2001, would have the same buying power as $4.07 today, so they are selling it for a bit less.
Jul 10, 2019 06:58:22   #
Beverooni (a regular here)
 
I hear what you are saying, but in the other hand, my goal is to save myself money while contributing to charity. Even one penny per sale is better than nothing. If I could buy it cheaper than $3.99 now that would be different but why pay more for it when you CAN buy it for less and support a good cause as well? It's hard to tell ourselves we are saving when a lower price is clearly available. It's like paying $3 for a vintage crochet pattern booklet when it clearly says $.29 on the cover.
Jul 10, 2019 07:06:22   #
yourmother306
 
I see the same thing at the thrift stores near me.
Their pricing is really bad.
I think they price their items so that on 1/2 price days it's a good deal.
Jul 10, 2019 07:12:15   #
flhusker
 
I often wonder how some of these organizations get away with the things they do. We as consumers with our desire to help Many times get taken advantage of.

Don't know if this is a countryside policy but here the SPCA will not take in a stray. Had a neighbor found a dog, tried but could not find the owner. Took the dog to SPCA because they are a no kill shelter and was told they do not take strays.
Jul 10, 2019 07:47:35   #
Charlotte80 (a regular here)
 
My pet peeve is the Goodwill store. They do some good but it is still a for profit store with a catchy name whose founder is a millionaire. Their merchandise is overpriced too. The local store in this little town does have a half price sale in the Spring and Fall. The sale is always on a Saturday and it is comparable to the after Christmas sales that regular stores have.
 
Jul 10, 2019 08:23:58   #
talulakat (a regular here)
 
These stores do have overhead. Rent, utlities, labor plus net goes to charity(hopefully). You should be able to get a statement from the charity as to how much money is actually going to the charity. What would the yarn cost today? If not made anymore what would a comparable yarn cost? And bottom line if you think it's overpriced walk away and see if it comes up on sale at some point.
Jul 10, 2019 08:25:00   #
seamer45 (a regular here)
 
At a Habitat Restore in NC I found a ball of KnitPicks yarn sold online for $2.69 for 50 grams priced at $7.00. 1 was stunned. Then went to the next town where ther was another of their stores. They apparently divided the last batch of donated yarn between the two stores but this store had the skein of yarn, same dye lot even, for $1.50. I bought it. Went back to the other store and told the manager about the yarn. It was there a week later reduced to $3.00. It was there for almost 2 months and one day when I went in the manager asked me if I wanted to buy it for $1.00. I snatched it up.
Jul 10, 2019 09:07:47   #
hildy3 (a regular here)
 
My rule is "How badly do I want an article?" My home has lots of unique items from Goodwill and other second hand stores. The most I have paid is $120 for a large likenew sofa. It is all how the beholder sees something + price. Love it, price is ok, it is mine! Before criticizing Walmart, Goodwill, etc. Please read about their college funding and good things they sponsor. If the owner is a multi millionaire and his income helps others...no complaint! What would you do with millions...you would be charitable.
Jul 10, 2019 09:26:14   #
knitnanny (a regular here)
 
I volunteer in the Habitat for Humanity store. Don't forget the charity shops have expenses to pay so they technically don't get everything free. Rent, electricity etc all cost money. It is also the volunteers that price items and sometimes they get it wrong.
Jul 10, 2019 09:33:40   #
Judyannm
 
I never seem find any yarn in my store. I suspect there are Knitters working there or maybe my area doesn't give up any yarn. I know my stash doesn't go anywhere. Lol
 
Jul 10, 2019 09:41:30   #
bokemom (a regular here)
 
I quit donating or shopping at Goodwill as soon as they started having their premium section. I understand when they say they have cost they have to cover and that's their excuse when they literally are trying to sell things for more than you can buy them for new. When they started to separate out the "good" things to charge more I was mad. The overhead is the same for a ten dollar donation as it is for a 200 dollar donation. If they say they want a fair price for the expensive items they need to charge a fair price for the less expensive things. They can't give anything to charity if people can't afford to buy things.
Jul 10, 2019 09:55:25   #
targa416 (a regular here)
 
When and if I’m unhappy with the pricing policies of a store, I always have the option of simply shopping elsewhere.
Jul 10, 2019 10:06:20   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
I took a few bags and boxes of stuff [u]across the street[/i] to my local Goodwill store a few days ago. I'd rather it go there than to the landfill. While there, I looked at what they had by way of yarn, and picked up two full balls of Patons Shetland Style Chunky for $2. No tax either.

Yes, often the prices are outrageous. No one's twisting my arm to buy.
Their stated goal - at least hereabouts - is to train the unemployed (often considered unemployable) so that they can get 'real' jobs.

It seems that Savers is called Value Village here. I rarely donate anything to them, because they're further away than across the street, but they have greatly enhanced my yarn stash. I dislike only one thing about them; they charge tax. To my way of thinking, the donated items were taxed when sold new; therefore, they shouldn't be taxed again. That's just WRONG!!
Jul 10, 2019 10:30:15   #
PatK27 (a regular here)
 
Really not like buying a vintage pattern book. The is no way to tell how that yarn has been stored for 17 years. It was in a sealed plastic bag as was all the other yarn. I was told I couldn’t open it. No way to tell if it was moldy, smelly or buggy.
Beverooni wrote:
I hear what you are saying, but in the other hand, my goal is to save myself money while contributing to charity. Even one penny per sale is better than nothing. If I could buy it cheaper than $3.99 now that would be different but why pay more for it when you CAN buy it for less and support a good cause as well? It's hard to tell ourselves we are saving when a lower price is clearly available. It's like paying $3 for a vintage crochet pattern booklet when it clearly says $.29 on the cover.
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