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Once or twice a month my wife will head to a few op shops and buy cheap items in the clothing and crockery range to give to those that need it If they choose to sell it on well then thats their choice..On her latest venture she came back with virtually nothing as she said a lot of the items were cheaper at the Warehouse or Kmart.

How do op shops justify some of their prices especially when most of the staff are volunteers and they are given for free most of what they sell.

 

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I know the Salvation Army are very fussy in what they take now. If it isn’t in spotless condition they don’t want to know about it. They run it like a business these days with some staff being paid while all the menial jobs are done by volunteers.

In saying that, it doesn’t help when people turn up after hours and dump stuff that’s only fit for the tip.

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4 hours ago, ngakonui grass said:

Once or twice a month my wife will head to a few op shops and buy cheap items in the clothing and crockery range to give to those that need it If they choose to sell it on well then thats their choice..On her latest venture she came back with virtually nothing as she said a lot of the items were cheaper at the Warehouse or Kmart.

How do op shops justify some of their prices especially when most of the staff are volunteers and they are given for free most of what they sell.

 

Also there is a lot of op shop type stuff sold on Trademe.  And so much you can buy online now, not just in NZ

A lot of these places, some pretty big, have their online act together, in terms of service.

I can buy seeds online from Holland, and they are here in my hand in 4-5 days, whereas Egmont Seeds in New Plymouth, were taking 2 weeks.  They may have upped their game by now

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NG you are seeing one side of it, I am very aware of the other side of the equation that these shops have to deal with.

1) The dumping of rubbish from the general public on there doorstep because councils charge too much. The disposal of soiled, broken or dangerous stuff is a significant cost.

2) Theft during opening hours is massive.

3) Burglary outside of hours is a common problem.

4) Abuse from the buying public toward people doing a good deed often voluntarily.

5) Quality 2nd hand items beats imported Chinese warehouse shit every time.

6) The professional traders whom buy from these shops & then on sell via trade me is significant. this tells me the pricing is the opposite to what you are saying.

7) These are charities doing great deeds for the community, providing essential services & providing much needed household items to the most vulnerable in society, as well as opportunistic people the chance to find great bargains.

8 Our house is full of dresses, outfits, nick naks that people have discarded often with even removing the price tag or ever  worn. 
 

 

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