I both shop and donate to Goodwill Industries. My son has often criticized me for doing both. He asked if I realized that I am giving products to someone who will sell them for 100% profit? He says Goodwill makes a lot of money off poor people who shop there, and they do it with free (to them) merchandise.
I was in Goodwill with a friend this past week. The price signs were gone and I wondered why. They used to hang over whatever section I was looking in. “How do you know what things cost, if the price signs are gone?” I asked my friend. She said the prices are now posted behind the cash register. So I went to the cash register and put on my glasses so I could read the signs posted behind it. Everything had gone up. How could that be? Why? My son’s words echoed in my head about how Goodwill makes the ones in charge rich while exploiting the poor who shop there and the employees who work there. Suddenly I saw nothing in that store I wanted.
I wandered around just to see what was available that day. Did you know if you pick up something from one of the sections, where they put the price on those items in hand written black marker . . . if the price isn’t on the item, you cannot buy it? There is no price check. You have to let the cashier just put it behind the counter to be sent, so she says, back to be priced. How did it make it out to the floor with no price on it to begin with? Is that something an employee wants for themselves and they didn’t price it so they can get it later?
It didn’t matter which of the other sections I was in, if it wasn’t the section where the price was written on the item, I had to go to the cash register to see what it costs now.
I think my son was right. I just don’t know how much money the CEO or other high ranking Goodwill higher ups want to make from goods they get for free and sell to many who shop there because they cannot afford to shop elsewhere.
Then there are also those who shop there looking for the unusual or unique. However, if the price isn’t on the item, they still can’t buy it. And no, they won’t price it while you wait.