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When you take the "value" out of Value Village...

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When you take the "value" out of Value Village...

The story has been blowing up online, especially on Value Village's FB page.

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meh, i dont get why people are so outraged. if the price of the item is too high, dont buy it. theyre a business just like any other "charity". majority of the money goes to overhead.
afaic they can charge whatever they want
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For that price, Marks has some good brand new jackets.
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You people dont get it do you? My GF tells me the same thing.... why buy a shirt for $7.99 at Value Village when I can buy it for the same price brand new at WalMart.

Let me see. The shirt at Walmart is a chinese cheap garment that will shrink and discolor after washing... a feeble shirt made with thin cotton.

The shirt at Value Village was dropped there by a rich guy and it originally costed him $75 or more. Its thick cotton and genuine quality. It was worn by a millionaire who is cleaner than I am so what? Vallue Village is the best value.
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While I'm not doubting there's a few gems most of the stuff there is garbage at newer than retail pricing.
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Gammatron wrote:
Nov 1st, 2015 3:07 pm
You people dont get it do you? My GF tells me the same thing.... why buy a shirt for $7.99 at Value Village when I can buy it for the same price brand new at WalMart.

Let me see. The shirt at Walmart is a chinese cheap garment that will shrink and discolor after washing... a feeble shirt made with thin cotton.

The shirt at Value Village was dropped there by a rich guy and it originally costed him $75 or more. Its thick cotton and genuine quality. It was worn by a millionaire who is cleaner than I am so what? Vallue Village is the best value.

Problem is VV is charging $100 for that $75 shirt, not $7.99.
There is no way that columbia jacket is worth $200 used, was it retail for $1000 when it was brand new??? For $200 you can get decent brand new Columbia jacket.

Also, I'd take $7.99 chinese sweat shop made brand new t-shirt at walmart over $7.99 used shirt at VV.
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Stuff ppl posted on their FB are tooooo funny rofl!!
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People seem to get the impression VV is a store tied to charity. It's far from it. It's first and foremost a business and I wouldn't be surprised if less than 20% of its sales are donated to charity. I don't blame people complaining. They are donating stuff to what they believe is a good cause but in the end it's just a business with profits in mind.
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Solsearchin1 wrote:
Nov 1st, 2015 4:39 pm
People seem to get the impression VV is a store tied to charity. It's far from it. It's first and foremost a business and I wouldn't be surprised if less than 20% of its sales are donated to charity. I don't blame people complaining. They are donating stuff to what they believe is a good cause but in the end it's just a business with profits in mind.
Yeah really.
Where do I sign for a store where my stock costs are literally zero?
Even if I (re)donated 1/2 my stock that didn't sell to anywhere I still have a zero product cost.
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Solsearchin1 wrote:
Nov 1st, 2015 4:39 pm
People seem to get the impression VV is a store tied to charity. It's far from it. It's first and foremost a business and I wouldn't be surprised if less than 20% of its sales are donated to charity. I don't blame people complaining. They are donating stuff to what they believe is a good cause but in the end it's just a business with profits in mind.
I saw a report the other day, its far lower than 20% of sales. I dont remember the exact # but basically its a tiny amount
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HP_John wrote:
Nov 1st, 2015 7:34 pm
I saw a report the other day, its far lower than 20% of sales. I dont remember the exact # but basically its a tiny amount
It's pretty much in line with the popular breast cancer charities
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Wow, less than 20%, I didn't know. I thought they were helping the cerebral palsy foundation. My old clothes will now go in the garbage instead.

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