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2016 Thrift Store Thread -- Share Your Findings Here


#1 Narukami   http://i.imgur.com/J8SRXIT.jpg The hype is dead. CAGiversary!   2280 Posts   Joined 4.7 Years Ago  

Posted 05 January 2016 - 01:49 AM

New year means it's time for a new thread. Being the group of cheapassgamer's that we are, it's only natural that thrift stores would be one of our main areas to hit up. Go ahead and use this thread to show off all of those juicy finds you've had for the 2016 year.

 

The TC of the last thread has been AWOL for a few months, so I'll take the honor of making this year's new thread. I've only got a few thrift stores near me, but I do on occasion find some fairly decent stuff.

 

That being said, thrifting requires a lot of persistence, I can't tell you the amount of times that I have come home with nothing. In order for it to be worth your time you really do need to expand past just video game items.

 

Here's last year's and the year before last's thread if your looking for some motivation. Quite a big number of great finds to be seen there.

 

https://www.cheapass...-findings-here/

 

https://www.cheapass...our-finds-here/

 

Start posting!



#2 Olengie   Your Waifu is Kuso. Except Mine CAGiversary!   11301 Posts   Joined 6.3 Years Ago  

Posted 05 January 2016 - 02:57 AM

:whee:



#3 Billytwoshoes   Perpetually behind the times CAGiversary!   1824 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 05 January 2016 - 08:51 PM

Thanks for the new thread, I was going to create one myself but didn't get around to it.  Not much to kick off the new year, but I did find this for $1.50 yesterday:

 

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Haven't found anything really worthwhile for CD based games in a while (low quantity), the DVD style games tend to be bought out quickly, so I continue buy what I can find.



#4 The Punisher   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3909 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 10:07 PM

A Furby 1998 for $3. It works, but no sound



#5 Kaipper  

Posted 07 January 2016 - 06:54 PM

It works, but no sound

Given that Furbies are downright creepy...that's for the best.



#6 sp00ge   Hey guys, I'm a turd! CAGiversary!   11840 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 07 January 2016 - 11:17 PM

Missed out one some good stuff today (A stack of Gamecube games topped by Smash Bros). To make it even worse, it was to a cherry picking employee.  It was 2pm and he just got off and came out from the back room in his street clothes with a hand basket with them in it.  I ended up asking the manager (that I'm on a first-name basis with) about it and he said he would look into it.  It's not the first time I've seen him come out from the back in his street clothes with merchandise, so maybe they were already suspicious.

 

When he went to check out, both the manager and assistant manager went up front (since only one manager is needed for an employee purchase, two must have meant something).  I was on the other side of the store so I missed what happened, but a few minutes later the manager came up to me and told me "thanks" and went in back.  I don't know what that meant, but hopefully they shitcanned that cherry picking jackass.



#7 The Punisher   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3909 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 11:46 PM

Missed out one some good stuff today (A stack of Gamecube games topped by Smash Bros). To make it even worse, it was to a cherry picking employee.  It was 2pm and he just got off and came out from the back room in his street clothes with a hand basket with them in it.  I ended up asking the manager (that I'm on a first-name basis with) about it and he said he would look into it.  It's not the first time I've seen him come out from the back in his street clothes with merchandise, so maybe they were already suspicious.

 

When he went to check out, both the manager and assistant manager went up front (since only one manager is needed for an employee purchase, two must have meant something).  I was on the other side of the store so I missed what happened, but a few minutes later the manager came up to me and told me "thanks" and went in back.  I don't know what that meant, but hopefully they shitcanned that cherry picking jackass.

Probably going to pull up past purchases. Maybe the employee is ticket switching?



#8 The Punisher   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3909 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 11:47 PM

Given that Furbies are downright creepy...that's for the best.

Fubies were popular back then. Not sure about now. Back then, it was in along with alf pods, trolls, etc. They should have created a off switch so fury wouldn't talk so much.



#9 Olengie   Your Waifu is Kuso. Except Mine CAGiversary!   11301 Posts   Joined 6.3 Years Ago  

Posted 08 January 2016 - 02:28 AM

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$3. Pretty good price for what it is. Brings me back to when I used to collect Sonic Children Books and Comics when I was a kid.

#10 TheGuido   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   416 Posts   Joined 10.2 Years Ago  

Posted 08 January 2016 - 02:15 PM

Champions Return To Arms PS2- complete lightly scratched $3.97 yesterday. Decent find.

#11 strawyleader997   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1035 Posts   Joined 6.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 12:35 AM

I bought a bin of Legos and found a Pokemon Black Version 2 (Nintendo ds) cartridge in it, so now I have a complete copy.

#12 The Punisher   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3909 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 12:58 AM

I bought a bin of Legos and found a Pokemon Black Version 2 (Nintendo ds) cartridge in it, so now I have a complete copy.

What if it was a diamond ring?



#13 sp00ge   Hey guys, I'm a turd! CAGiversary!   11840 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 09 January 2016 - 03:53 AM

What if it was a diamond ring?

He'd be obligated to marry the bin of Legos.



#14 sp00ge   Hey guys, I'm a turd! CAGiversary!   11840 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 09 January 2016 - 07:10 PM

Update to the cherry picker saga:  

 

I went in today and the manager (the one I'm good friends with who wasn't there on the day it happened) wanted to talk to me.  He thanked me for letting them know what was going on, because they had been suspicious he had been up to something for months but could never catch him in the act.

 

What happened, as it turns out, is those games came in with a gamecube, so they were to be sent out to the warehouse as a bundle to be put up on shopgoodwill.  It had already been tagged and binned with the outgoing stuff in the back of the stockroom, so he had gone in to the bin and pulled, priced and stashed the games until the end of his shift.  When he went to check out, the managers refused to sell him the games and when they took them in the back, one of the other pricers confirmed that the games were already marked as outgoing.

 

The manager told me the guy has two options: resign voluntarily or be reported to loss prevention, face possible theft charges, etc and he was waiting to hear back from him.  While I don't like being responsible for people losing their jobs, anyone who steals from their company for their own personal gain can blame only themselves when they eventually get caught.

 

Too bad they didn't give me a gift card or something for helping them finally catch the guy... 



#15 The Punisher   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3909 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 07:17 PM

Update to the cherry picker saga:  

 

I went in today and the manager (the one I'm good friends with who wasn't there on the day it happened) wanted to talk to me.  He thanked me for letting them know what was going on, because they had been suspicious he had been up to something for months but could never catch him in the act.

 

What happened, as it turns out, is those games came in with a gamecube, so they were to be sent out to the warehouse as a bundle to be put up on shopgoodwill.  It had already been tagged and binned with the outgoing stuff in the back of the stockroom, so he had gone in to the bin and pulled, priced and stashed the games until the end of his shift.  When he went to check out, the managers refused to sell him the games and when they took them in the back, one of the other pricers confirmed that the games were already marked as outgoing.

 

The manager told me the guy has two options: resign voluntarily or be reported to loss prevention, face possible theft charges, etc and he was waiting to hear back from him.  While I don't like being responsible for people losing their jobs, anyone who steals from their company for their own personal gain can blame only themselves when they eventually get caught.

 

Too bad they didn't give me a gift card or something for helping them finally catch the guy... 

What company do u work for and what is your position? Depends on company, LP has a reward program if it leads them to a case.

If its your manager, they should at least buy u lunch. They dont have to, but they should be good role models



#16 sp00ge   Hey guys, I'm a turd! CAGiversary!   11840 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 09 January 2016 - 07:39 PM

What company do u work for and what is your position? Depends on company, LP has a reward program if it leads them to a case.

If its your manager, they should at least buy u lunch. They dont have to, but they should be good role models

I'm just one of their regular customers (I shop at that store almost every day) that happened to see this guy pull something shady and informed management.



#17 NESplayersince1985  

NESplayersince1985

Posted 10 January 2016 - 12:36 AM

Good bust

#18 nigel200099   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   13 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 04:30 AM


 

Too bad they didn't give me a gift card or something for helping them finally catch the guy... 

 

did the employee trying to steal them or was he trying to buy it? If the games was not be meant to sell to the general public at your store, why can't this employee get to buy them. wasn't this a perk to work for this shitty company? You can't buy it anyway.



#19 Narukami   http://i.imgur.com/J8SRXIT.jpg The hype is dead. CAGiversary!   2280 Posts   Joined 4.7 Years Ago  

Posted 12 January 2016 - 04:38 AM

Finally got something good after a few weeks of nada. A Playstation Move controller and Navigation controller for $4 altogether. They bundled them up. Happy with that as it fetches a nice price on the Bay. If it's a first-party controller. I am not familiar with Move controllers so I don't know if any third-party ones were made.



#20 The Punisher   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3909 Posts   Joined 7.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 05:08 AM

Finally got something good after a few weeks of nada. A Playstation Move controller and Navigation controller for $4 altogether. They bundled them up. Happy with that as it fetches a nice price on the Bay. If it's a first-party controller. I am not familiar with Move controllers so I don't know if any third-party ones were made.

I dont think so. How much is it going on ebay?



#21 sp00ge   Hey guys, I'm a turd! CAGiversary!   11840 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 12 January 2016 - 05:24 AM

did the employee trying to steal them or was he trying to buy it? If the games was not be meant to sell to the general public at your store, why can't this employee get to buy them. wasn't this a perk to work for this shitty company? You can't buy it anyway.

He was trying to buy them (five games or so, tagged at $1.99/ea), but they were already binned to be shipped out and sold on shopgoodwill.com, where they'll likely sell for $100+ as a bundle with the gamecube. That's still theft. 

 

And no, why would theft be a perk?  Their perk is a discount. Up until last year, employees weren't even allowed to shop on the days they worked because of shit like this.  Employees would stash good stuff until they got off and then buy it themselves.  

 

But like I said, I'm friends with most of the managers there, so if I see one of their people pulling some shady shit, I'm gonna let them know.  



#22 ArugulaZ   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1523 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 12 January 2016 - 05:48 AM

Got a Sony alarm clock/music player/image viewer/iPod dock for about $8. It was marked $9.55 but there was a 25% discount that day, bringing the price down. I'm using it right now... it's not perfect but it's easily the most high-tech alarm clock I've ever owned. It's got a seven inch color LCD display, man!

#23 Narukami   http://i.imgur.com/J8SRXIT.jpg The hype is dead. CAGiversary!   2280 Posts   Joined 4.7 Years Ago  

Posted 13 January 2016 - 12:34 AM

I dont think so. How much is it going on ebay?

Looks to be between $10 and $15 for the Navigation Controller and between $20 and $30 for the Move Controller. (the one with the big bulb on it)



#24 Narukami   http://i.imgur.com/J8SRXIT.jpg The hype is dead. CAGiversary!   2280 Posts   Joined 4.7 Years Ago  

Posted 13 January 2016 - 12:39 AM

He was trying to buy them (five games or so, tagged at $1.99/ea), but they were already binned to be shipped out and sold on shopgoodwill.com, where they'll likely sell for $100+ as a bundle with the gamecube. That's still theft. 

 

And no, why would theft be a perk?  Their perk is a discount. Up until last year, employees weren't even allowed to shop on the days they worked because of shit like this.  Employees would stash good stuff until they got off and then buy it themselves.  

 

But like I said, I'm friends with most of the managers there, so if I see one of their people pulling some shady shit, I'm gonna let them know.  

 

I can't say I agree with any of that. Matter of fact, the thrift store that I "worked" at last encouraged cherry picking. I told them to hold on to video games and accessories for me and they did. While I worked, if I found something I wanted, it was okay to put it in the back to buy at the end of the shift. And if they brought in something recently and didn't even put it on the floor yet, I had first access to that too. Why wouldn't that be okay? Are employees exempt from being able to purchase something? Are they not valued customers too? Give me a break. Honestly, it just sounds like sour grapes to me that you had some competition that worked in the store, resulting in him being able to get dibs on the good stuff so you got him fired so you'd have a better chance to get stuff.



#25 sp00ge   Hey guys, I'm a turd! CAGiversary!   11840 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 13 January 2016 - 06:07 AM

I can't say I agree with any of that. Matter of fact, the thrift store that I "worked" at last encouraged cherry picking. I told them to hold on to video games and accessories for me and they did. While I worked, if I found something I wanted, it was okay to put it in the back to buy at the end of the shift. And if they brought in something recently and didn't even put it on the floor yet, I had first access to that too. Why wouldn't that be okay? Are employees exempt from being able to purchase something? Are they not valued customers too? Give me a break. Honestly, it just sounds like sour grapes to me that you had some competition that worked in the store, resulting in him being able to get dibs on the good stuff so you got him fired so you'd have a better chance to get stuff.

Think what you want.  Just because the one thrift store you "worked" at allowed it, doesn't mean every thrift store does. Smaller thrift stores have different policies, where some don't give a shit as long as someone buys the stuff.  Besides, if they let employees cherry pick the good stuff, what incentive is there for the regulars to keep shopping at that store?  Do Gamestop employees get first crack at rare amiibos?  Do Best Buy employees get first crack at game consoles when they're hard to find?

 

Back on point, did you even read the story?  Those games weren't even meant to be put on the floor to begin with.  He was fired because he was stealing, whether or not you agree with that.  He knew the policies when he was hired, he broke the policies in an attempt at personal gain and got caught.  There is nobody to blame but himself and it was only a matter of time until he got caught.  But because a customer caught him coming out of the back with the stuff in hand and questioned it, it's sour grapes and I got him fired?   :roll:



#26 Narukami   http://i.imgur.com/J8SRXIT.jpg The hype is dead. CAGiversary!   2280 Posts   Joined 4.7 Years Ago  

Posted 13 January 2016 - 06:16 AM

Think what you want.  Just because the one thrift store you "worked" at allowed it, doesn't mean every thrift store does. Smaller thrift stores have different policies, where some don't give a shit as long as someone buys the stuff.  Besides, if they let employees cherry pick the good stuff, what incentive is there for the regulars to keep shopping at that store?  Do Gamestop employees get first crack at rare amiibos?  Do Best Buy employees get first crack at game consoles when they're hard to find?

 

Back on point, did you even read the story?  Those games weren't even meant to be put on the floor to begin with.  He was fired because he was stealing, whether or not you agree with that.  He knew the policies when he was hired, he broke the policies in an attempt at personal gain and got caught.  There is nobody to blame but himself and it was only a matter of time until he got caught.  But because a customer caught him coming out of the back with the stuff in hand and questioned it, it's sour grapes and I got him fired?   :roll:

 

Gamestop and Best Buy are very different from thrift stores. You're comparing apples to oranges. The thrift store I worked at was mostly a clothes one, so regular customers are always flooding the store, whether or not I cherry pick.

 

As for the second paragraph, my first response was only towards what I bolded in your quote. Yes, taking the stuff that wasn't meant to be sold in the store was wrong. I'm not denying that. I agree that he deserved to be fired. I'm not arguing that. But you can't tell me that you did it merely to protect the store. You still wanted to get rid of the cherry picker.



#27 nigel200099   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   13 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

nigel200099

Posted 13 January 2016 - 07:08 AM

He was trying to buy them (five games or so, tagged at $1.99/ea), but they were already binned to be shipped out and sold on shopgoodwill.com, where they'll likely sell for $100+ as a bundle with the gamecube. That's still theft. 

 

 One more question...why is this going out to shopgoodwill.com? These are kids games and kids don't shop at shopgoodwill.com.  If I donate something I wanted my items to stay within MY community.



#28 nigel200099   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   13 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

nigel200099

Posted 13 January 2016 - 07:18 AM

 Besides, if they let employees cherry pick the good stuff, what incentive is there for the regulars to keep shopping at that store?

 

And also What is the difference between an employee cherry picking the good stuff  and the manager cherry picking the good stuff to sell at shopgoodwill.com?



#29 sp00ge   Hey guys, I'm a turd! CAGiversary!   11840 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 13 January 2016 - 04:00 PM

Gamestop and Best Buy are very different from thrift stores. You're comparing apples to oranges. The thrift store I worked at was mostly a clothes one, so regular customers are always flooding the store, whether or not I cherry pick.

If it means that more good stuff will start hitting the floors again, then yes.  But that wasn't my sole intention.  I know the store's policies as I've been shopping there for close to 10 years.  Anything for sale hits the floor first.  I had been walking around for about 45 minutes and there were no games out anywhere, and seeing an employee walk out from the back with a basket full for himself is a red flag.  Like I said before, they already suspected he had been shoplifting as well but never caught him in the act.

 

 One more question...why is this going out to shopgoodwill.com? These are kids games and kids don't shop at shopgoodwill.com.  If I donate something I wanted my items to stay within MY community.

Um, Gamecube games are collectibles, some valuable and highly sought after.  If the company can make more money selling them online, they are going to.  Some Goodwill stores sell on Amazon as well.  If you have a problem with it, and want everything you donate to stay local, don't donate to them.

 

And also What is the difference between an employee cherry picking the good stuff  and the manager cherry picking the good stuff to sell at shopgoodwill.com?

Cherry picking stuff to sell on shopgoodwill.com benefits the company.  An employee cherry picking stuff for himself only benefits him.



#30 Billytwoshoes   Perpetually behind the times CAGiversary!   1824 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 04:58 PM

I'm not even sure why there is a debate about the employee shopping policies.  I see those signs posted on all the walls at every Goodwill I visit about making it a fair shopping experience, which benefits you as a shopper and when donating.

 

A quick google check shows an Ohio Goodwill Employee Handbook stating their employee shopping policies very clearly (section 10 page 5 if you want to read it), I'm sure this is similar for their other regions.

 

The policy makes sense if you think about it on a larger scale.  One employee in violation doesn't make that much of a difference, but if all employees took part (all with different tastes and target items), the shelves would be closer to dumping grounds than they already are.