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

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chadurban wrote:
Nov 2nd, 2015 8:26 pm
Salvation Army will give you a $10 off of $25 or more worth of purchases coupon with every donation. Donate there.
Try donating to your local mission.
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makaturing wrote:
Nov 3rd, 2015 3:02 am
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:
Surgery rooms are as clean as it gets. :D
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i stopped donating to VV...their prices are insane now, i take my clothes to a thrift store & get credit to use anytime.

agree about ...if you think they charge too much $$, then STOP SHOPPING THERE!
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makaturing wrote:
Nov 3rd, 2015 3:02 am
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:
Going to a hospital would be an unfortunate necessity.

Going to Value Village is unfortunately not a necessity.
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JackWhyte wrote:
Nov 3rd, 2015 7:32 am
and everything you drop off at the front door? 100% to value village.
Worse is usually they won't even help you take it out of your car. It's one BIG F U and people drive out of there all smiley thinking they just did a good deed and earned level 100 karma. Why is the average human being too dumb and lazy to edumacate themselves so all these scammers would be out of business?

Whoever said they drop off their garbage there is one smart man/woman.
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You must admit the guy who came up with the concept of Value Village is a genius - it's the perfect business model i.e. one group donates the merchandise you sell to another group.... you donate tiny percentage to charity and get to advertise that a percentage of proceeds goes to charity and the general public are none the wiser...and pocket the profit (while paying your employees minimum wage).
IMHO it borders on fraud.
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plymouthhater wrote:
Nov 4th, 2015 10:41 am
You must admit the guy who came up with the concept of Value Village is a genius - it's the perfect business model i.e. one group donates the merchandise you sell to another group.... you donate tiny percentage to charity and get to advertise that a percentage of proceeds goes to charity and the general public are none the wiser...and pocket the profit (while paying your employees minimum wage).
IMHO it borders on fraud.
I don't think it's anywhere near fraud. There's no high pressure sales tactics...if I put a sign in front of my house to please donate items and place them in front of my garage am I committing fraud?

Just because society if full of gullible idiots does not mean they're being defrauded.
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Cas77 wrote:
Nov 4th, 2015 11:10 am
I don't think it's anywhere near fraud. There's no high pressure sales tactics...if I put a sign in front of my house to please donate items and place them in front of my garage am I committing fraud?

Just because society if full of gullible idiots does not mean they're being defrauded.
If you mislead people into believing ( either directly or indirectly ) that a large portion of what you do goes towards charity, when only a tiny percentage actually does. Plus if you get tax breaks from the gov. for running a so called charity, when its actually a big business & nowhere close to a charity, its fraud.

People can donate whatever they want to you and you can sell it at whatever you want, its not fraud. But if you mislead people into believing its a charity and get tax breaks from the gov, while you are selling crap from your lawn, that's where things get tricky.
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I bought an aluminum baseball bat from Value Village for under $10. The prices for bats at Sport Chek are craaaaazy, so I guess that was a good VV deal.
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rfdcanucks wrote:
Nov 4th, 2015 11:25 am
If you mislead people into believing ( either directly or indirectly ) that a large portion of what you do goes towards charity, when only a tiny percentage actually does. Plus if you get tax breaks from the gov. for running a so called charity, when its actually a big business & nowhere close to a charity, its fraud.

People can donate whatever they want to you and you can sell it at whatever you want, its not fraud. But if you mislead people into believing its a charity and get tax breaks from the gov, while you are selling crap from your lawn, that's where things get tricky.
I totally agree with this. I have always been under the impression that this was a charity and donate tons of stuff there but their prices are absolutely outrageous
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The realities of Value Village are scary. I need to stop donating there.

Side Note: Someone rear ended my car the last time I was at one and tried to drive away! A little nutty on the horn, refused to give insurance and $803 later (paid by him), I got a new bumper!
But ... I have a sour taste in my mouth these days :razz:
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JackWhyte wrote:
Nov 3rd, 2015 7:32 am
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".
This was a big problem I was having in the GTA when I was looking for places to drop off clothes. The Diabetes Association (who I like) ends up donating all of it to Value Village anyways! So do many others!
How does the Clothesline program receive funding from Value Village?
The Clothesline program is responsible for soliciting, picking-up and delivering goods to Value Village stores. The program is paid for the volume of goods delivered. Value Village operates the retail store.

- See more at: http://www.diabetes.ca/how-you-can-help ... 5VIqQ.dpuf


So, what are the GOOD ONES for clothes and STUFF in the GTA???
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instead of donating to value village, my aunt donated the brand new/slightly worn children's clothing to us when my cousins finished with them. And then when we were done with them we donated some of it to my aunt's niece and some of it to my mom's friend's relatives kids over in denmark. Instead of donating to VV, check if your relatives or neighbours could use the clothing. we just use VV as our garbage can when we want to get rid of junk lol.

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