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

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carmaster wrote:
Nov 2nd, 2015 12:08 pm
Some of the biggest scams have involved Salvation Army and Goodwill.
Please show me a scam where the Salvation Army was the scammer.
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death_hawk wrote:
Nov 2nd, 2015 4:28 am
Apparently I was mistaken anyway:
http://www.salvationarmy.ca/2013/09/26/ ... imination/

But I'd still rather support an organization that isn't backed by a religion.
Their stance has changed a lot over the last few years and varies from chapter to chapter. Last I read, their position was something along the lines of "You can be gay but if you are, you must be celibate since only heterosexual sex between a married couple is OK".

They've also done a lot of other dumb things such as refuse donations of Harry Potter and Twilight toys.
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Cas77 wrote:
Nov 2nd, 2015 3:33 pm
The problem being old, ripped non-sell-able t-shirts sell for about that to rag makers. The whole Clothesline program is incredibly flawed and if you dig a little deeper under the surface it looks like 12 year olds run it. Something is definitely fishy there, so much so that as a diabetic and long time donor to Clothesline they don't see anything from me.
I'm missing something here. What do you find fishy?
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I needed an old Rogers cable box and a VCR to give my PC cable signal so I could record TV programs and the only place in the world I could have found that Rogers box was at Value Village and it costed me only $6 in mint conditions LOL
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Salvation Army will give you a $10 off of $25 or more worth of purchases coupon with every donation. Donate there.
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there is no place to donate clothing where clothes go straight to ppl who need clothes?
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importpsycho wrote:
Nov 2nd, 2015 10:56 pm
there is no place to donate clothing where clothes go straight to ppl who need clothes?
skid row?
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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.

Maybe but your shirt you just bought from VV was tossed in with someone's soiled garments covered in all sorts of body fluids. I've made a killing off thrifting but sometimes it's just better to buy "new"
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Gammatron wrote:
Nov 2nd, 2015 7:00 pm
I needed an old Rogers cable box and a VCR to give my PC cable signal so I could record TV programs and the only place in the world I could have found that Rogers box was at Value Village and it costed me only $6 in mint conditions LOL
Ripped off, they sell at the goodwill for roughly 1-2 dollars, I was lucky to score an 4250hd box with no account for 1.50
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nexuscardguy wrote:
Nov 2nd, 2015 11:10 pm
Maybe but your shirt you just bought from VV was tossed in with someone's soiled garments covered in all sorts of body fluids. I've made a killing off thrifting but sometimes it's just better to buy "new"
Next time you go into hospital for life saving emergency surgery, remember you're going to be lying on sheets that have been covered in "all sorts of body fluids" and insist on brand new ones, rather than ones from the hospital laundry. :razz:
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Solsearchin1 wrote:
Nov 1st, 2015 4:39 pm
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.
yep, value village *masquerades* as a non-profit charity, but it's actually a for-profit business just like walmart or best buy. but instead of actually paying for inventory, like those stores, people drop it off for free at the front door. :lol:

and prices are insane there now - I used to pick up the odd videogame or book or board game, but prices have spiked like 3-5X. I saw an old ps2 sports game with a tag at $17.99! old pc games missing manuals and discs - $19.99! and those used to be $2.99-$4.99 or so, but for some reason, vv thinks they're sitting on gold.

and do you know the worst thing? if an item doesn't sell, they just toss it in the dumpster rather than lowering the price. people that give them free stock should be slapped in the face.
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importpsycho wrote:
Nov 2nd, 2015 10:56 pm
there is no place to donate clothing where clothes go straight to ppl who need clothes?
try a *real* non-profit charity with stores like the salvation army. when new immigrants/homeless people need clothing, they get certificates to redeem for clothes, and the system does work.
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Solsearchin1 wrote:
Nov 1st, 2015 4:39 pm
I wouldn't be surprised if less than 20% of its sales are donated to charity.
20%? :lol:

more like "less than 1%". do you know all these diabetics/clothesline/etc. guys who call you up for clothes and household items? well, they send all that to value village, who pays them a nominal rate by the pound. charities get nothing based on sales, just weight, and I'd be surprised of they even get 1% of the overall revenues of value village.

and everything you drop off at the front door? 100% to value village.

so when value village raises prices, they are making more money, *not* the charities. they already got their cut "by the pound".
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I give them garbage and let them dispose of it. Beats having to pay $2.50 for garbage tags.
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psyko514 wrote:
Nov 2nd, 2015 5:45 pm
Their stance has changed a lot over the last few years and varies from chapter to chapter. Last I read, their position was something along the lines of "You can be gay but if you are, you must be celibate since only heterosexual sex between a married couple is OK".

They've also done a lot of other dumb things such as refuse donations of Harry Potter and Twilight toys.
Ok, back on my [expletive deleted] list.

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