wonderful opportunity? or example of hypocrisy?
Goodwill talks a good game about how they are all about helping people to better their lives. They offer training and employment. They take in donations from the public, then offer them for sale at ‘reasonable’ prices. All this under the guise of:
Goodwill Southern California empowers individuals by training, educating, employing and placing people with disabilities or disadvantages into careers that transform their lives. This extensive network of practical, compassionate aid embraces not only the individuals served, but also achieves a positive impact on Goodwill shoppers, donors and staff members. We offer a low-cost, high-quality shopping experience to consumers; provide donors a feel-good and convenient method to dispose of reusable household goods and e-waste; and create opportunities for staff members to enjoy rewarding careers in a supportive and inspiring environment.”
Sounds good anyway.
Many of us who do shop at their stores have noticed practices ‘evolving’ over the years. They started having not-so-great prices. Then they started splitting items they perceived as having a higher resale value into separate ‘Boutique Stores’ located inside the larger general stores — where most of the items are seriously overpriced.
Now we find out they’ve been hoarding. http://laist.com/2015/04/17/goodwill_atwater_village_sale.php
If you believe their marketing, we’re supposed to be grateful and excited. At least those of us that are ‘into’ vintage. Well most of us aren’t that gullible.
Even so, I have to admit to being tempted to attend their once-in-a-lifetime vintage sale… though I won’t, on principle.
Not even sure I’ll donate to them anymore… or give them any of my business. There are plenty of other thrift stores to choose from…