If an item doesn't sell, the customers have told us that for whatever reason that they didn't want it. Wether they didn't buy it because of the price, dirty, or even just didn't have the "right" customer come in, they still told us they didn't want it. If we lowered the price we would be encouraging customers to not purchase and just wait, but in a business where we put out 8000 pieces of product a day, and fresh product always sells the best, we can't afford to use that shelf space for something that hasn't sold. Have you ever been to a thrift store every other week and they had the same product?
I've been to multiple thrift stores where stuff sits unsold for a long time. Several of the Salvation Army stores in the area will actually accept a lower amount if an item has been in their case for a while. They figure that some profit is better than nothing. The thrift stores here also have sale days with different color stickers on sale each day and Wednesday being 'Family Day' where there's a bigger discount. Those type of discounts are what drive me to shop on those particular days.
People go to thrift stores to find CHEAP deals. They don't go there to pay retail store type prices without the generous return policies some stores have in place. Hell. Even at Gamestop they give you 7 days to return something you bought pre-owned. At a thrift store, you're SOL unless you completely test something at the store before buying it. Unfortunately that's not always able to happen since some game consoles get donated without cables and many times even if they do get donated complete there may not be a new enough TV on the sales floor to plug it into.
At $1-3 I'm willing to take a 50/50 gamble on a prior gen game or CD that comes in. But it has to meet my criteria before I'll consider buying it. Nine times out of ten I leave games behind because they're mangled or incomplete and the store still wants $5 for them.
But to throw stuff out after pricing the items outside of the normal thrift store range solely to try eliminating resellers from the picture and then to refuse to lower those prices when it doesn't sell is asinine at best. I'm willing to bet that more than a few times those higher prices discouraged regular customers(i.e. not resellers) from buying them. Many people have the same mindset as I do, where a cheap price on something that may or may not work 100% will influence them to impulse buy. But putting a higher price on something with no way to fully test it 90-95% of the time just drives customers away.
If you have you then waited a
Month to go back again. When I was training I had trouble understanding this philosophy right away but now It makes perfect sense.
I've largely stopped going to many of the local thrift stores for a number of reasons, the main one right now being that I don't want to buy anything more to add to my collection since I'll never get around to playing them all.
But many times I've avoided some stores for a while hoping that they get more reasonable with their pricing. Like I said above, I go to a thrift store for a CHEAP deal.
A $5 game or CD, even if complete, is still a $5 gamble if it's at all scratched. Even clothing has become a bit ridiculously priced around here at the thrift stores. Some stores want $5 each for someones' pre-owned, shrunken, faded shirts when I could go to WalMart and get a brand new one for $5.
I understand these stores have rent/lease payments and employee wages to pay and all and they do expect to be able to make something over those amounts to be able to either fund their programs they run or make a profit. But what I'm basically trying to say with everything above is that when people can go to a normal retail store and buy the same item for the same price or possibly even cheaper, then why should they buy someones' used items with no return policy in place if something is wrong with it?
Edited by IAmTheCheapestGamer, 17 May 2012 - 11:55 PM.