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Value Village: Are the prices too high?

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Ottomaddox wrote:
Aug 18th, 2014 11:22 am
Why would you think that ?
I always assumed that they primarily sell donated clothing and the like. I thought their business model was geared towards servicing the poor and needy in our society that unfortunately cannot afford to purchase brand new items.

Am I mistaken?
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Fakeman wrote:
Aug 18th, 2014 11:08 am
I've found that Value Village is the worst of the major thrift store chains for pricing. When I first started going there in the mid to late 90s this wasn't the case. Salvation Army is the only chain where I'll bother looking at the clothes any more. Goodwill uses a colour coding system that isn't explained anywhere. At the end of the aisle there will be a sign saying "$5.99 and up" and it's the colours of the tags that determine the "and up", but apparently they prefer to keep you in the dark about the actual price until you get to the checkout.
I wonder if the colour coding pertains to what day it was processed? So the older ones in the cycle are cheaper?

I'm on the call list for donations for a couple of these charities and it's getting flipping annoying how many times they call. I've told them on occasion to take me off the list, but they are still calling. For some bizarre reason, I've been more tolerant of them than regular telemarketers.

Prices were never really good there...it was only the really esoteric brand names that you got good deals. As soon as there was a 'Gap' or 'Lululemon' logo on it, think 50% off new or sale price at the actual store.
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I go to check out old brand name shirts and blazers, they have some interesting pieces sometimes. I've seen some authentic givenchy, YSL's, Ralph Lauren purple labels before. P.S please let me know if you see any old IBM keyboards!
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Ottomaddox wrote:
Aug 18th, 2014 11:21 am
I`m surprised you guys would even take couches or any upholstered furniture... Technically they would have to be retagged WRT to the upholstered and stuffed articles act. Come to think of this, stuffed animals, and bedding with filling materials (like comforters) would be fall under that legislation. Did the mattress police (aka TSSA inspectors) ever visit your location ?
As far as I know no. I was just given a list of things I don't accept and mattresses/couches were featured on that list along with large electronics/appliances and health products and whatnot.
FutureCEO wrote:
Aug 18th, 2014 11:27 am
I always assumed that they primarily sell donated clothing and the like. I thought their business model was geared towards servicing the poor and needy in our society that unfortunately cannot afford to purchase brand new items.

Am I mistaken?
Based on my observations, you're not wrong no, but I've seen people who seem pretty well off buy things off VV; I guess the same type of crowds who buy things off kijiji.
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Mars2012 wrote:
Aug 18th, 2014 11:27 am
I wonder if the colour coding pertains to what day it was processed? So the older ones in the cycle are cheaper?
I believe it's just a dollar value scale but I could be mistaken. There are only so many colours to cycle through so using it to represent shelf time would present some issues I think. The "tags" they use are the plastic things normally used to attach a paper tag to clothing, in a few different colours.

I just don't like that they don't explain the system on their signs. IMO customers should be able to tell the price of an item without the help of staff.
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Fakeman wrote:
Aug 18th, 2014 11:46 am
I believe it's just a dollar value scale but I could be mistaken. There are only so many colours to cycle through so using it to represent shelf time would present some issues I think. The "tags" they use are the plastic things normally used to attach a paper tag to clothing, in a few different colours.

I just don't like that they don't explain the system on their signs. IMO customers should be able to tell the price of an item without the help of staff.
VV uses colored pricing tags to denote the date they were processed (well week). They operated I think on a 6 color rotation and then the cycle began anew. Any items left from the previous cycle were gathered and shipped to Africa or some other place I can't recall.
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FutureCEO wrote:
Aug 18th, 2014 11:27 am
I always assumed that they primarily sell donated clothing and the like. I thought their business model was geared towards servicing the poor and needy in our society that unfortunately cannot afford to purchase brand new items.

Am I mistaken?
I'm sure this was the original intention of thift shops 75 years ago, but these days, they are just another store. In fact, the poor and needy could probably do better at Goodwill/Sally Ann/garage sales/Kijiji/CL/freecycle/fullcircle rather than VV.
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For profit. Greater Demand = Higher price.
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Soulboy wrote:
Aug 18th, 2014 11:36 am
I go to check out old brand name shirts and blazers, they have some interesting pieces sometimes. I've seen some authentic givenchy, YSL's, Ralph Lauren purple labels before. P.S please let me know if you see any old IBM keyboards!
I'm on the hunt for a Model M also :) .
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uber_shnitz wrote:
Aug 18th, 2014 12:03 pm
VV uses colored pricing tags to denote the date they were processed (well week). They operated I think on a 6 color rotation and then the cycle began anew. Any items left from the previous cycle were gathered and shipped to Africa or some other place I can't recall.
Maybe that is the case at Goodwill then too and that's the basis for their pricing, but either way it's annoying how they have no indication of the exact prices for clothing items. If a customer thinks an item is worth $5.99 but not $7.99, they shouldn't have to hold up the line (and possibly embarrass themselves for looking cheap) by making that call at checkout time.
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Theory wrote:
Aug 18th, 2014 12:49 pm
I'm on the hunt for a Model M also :) .
I have one in my attic, along with the original IBM computer from 1989. My children all insisted on buying mechanical keyboards for their computers but I personal don't like that click, click, clack. :lol:
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Theory wrote:
Aug 18th, 2014 12:49 pm
I'm on the hunt for a Model M also :) .
Authentic YSL? YSL clothing isn't hard to counterfeit lol. Especially those shirts with the giant YSL logo on it.
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Everything at VV should be priced 50-75% lower than their current tag price
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