She's an evening manager at a local thrift store. While pretending to straighten the racks, she is actually selecting the items that she wants, enough clothing to dress the entire family plus grandkids, along with home furnishings for pickup after the day shift has gone. Later, when the coast is clear, a family member casually loads them into a shopping cart and out of the store. And...guess who you'll see selling these same items at weekend yard sales? You guessed it!
A lady in Chicago noticed that when certain employees were present, nice purses were absent, But, on their "off" days, she was able to find nice purses at prices as low as $6.99. When, she brought this to the the attention of the store manager, he asked if she was reselling the purses that she bought. Her answer was "no", but she noticed that the nice purses went from hanging on the walls at $6.99 to being locked in display cases with prices from $69.99 to $89.99 to a whopping $129.99! These prices are for used handbags (retired patterns), not new with tags, but visibly worn bags that can be purchased "new" at, near, or below thrift store prices. That's price gouging and I sincerely hope that none of those overpriced bags sell!
Do you see why it matters where your donations go? If you're donating for a good cause, be sure that cause is being addressed. Ask the management about their "so-called" charitable donations. What are they doing for the community other than hiring individuals who are severely overworked and underpaid? Do a walk through inspection. Are their prices fair or inflated? Would the less fortunate benefit from that particular store or fair better shopping at a discount chain?
Do your research. If your donations are not helping the disadvantaged, they are only feeding the insatiable greed and thrift store theft!
Wait before you donate!