Goodwill - Price Gouging of Donated Goods
SWARTHMORE, PENNSYLVANIA -- I've been shopping at this Goodwill over four years, I've been on social security disability a very limited income. Prior to going to GW I hadn't shopped other then for food since 2006. Since summer of 2012 the prices have doubled on many items and skyrocketed on other items. I am now priced out of GW. It is obvious to me that other people are also going elsewhere to shop. This particular store used to be crowded, not any more.
Today I found a pair of used shoes typically they are $4.00. These were marked $9.00! I don't know why, they were used, not a big name or anything. Old wool coats that were $10.00 last winter are $25.00- $50.00 this winter. Used vests were $5.00 now they are $7.00. Hoodies went up as well. Used bath towels are now $4.00 each! Bath matts are $5.00. Used end table lamps range $25.00 - $50.00 EACH (shades NOT included). They charge retail prices for the used shades ugh. Pictures are outragously priced, usually by size, what used to be $15.00 is not $40.00 and up. Today I saw $100.00 mink stolle, it's been there 3 weeks now.
It is said that this is what is charged on e-bay. Really?!! well you can charge anything you want on e-bay, problem is what YOU think your stuff is worth is not what others will actually pay. So to me the "e-bay rule" is used by Goodwill to gouge. Over the past few months I've walked out of GW with nothing and so have others.
I used to be able to find what I thought were deals. Now I just put the stuff back on shelf or rack and walk out. The customers are talking to each other about the price gouging to each other. YOur repeat customers are not spending like they used to. Finally no more returns. All sales are final. Price gouging and no returns. GW used to be my first stop shop. Now I go every two or three weeks and leave empty handed more times then not.
If Goodwill is a non-profit then why do they charge tax on items they get free? Do they keep the tax or have to hand it over to the state?