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Goodwill Stickers And Price Labels Suck!

Updated on November 30, 2012
Every thrift shop I have ever been to has had a simple, effective pricing method. I have never come across mass stickers on a single item in a thrift shop or at a rummage sale.
Every thrift shop I have ever been to has had a simple, effective pricing method. I have never come across mass stickers on a single item in a thrift shop or at a rummage sale. | Source

Recent Goodwill Haul

I hate stickers at Goodwill and Savers! I see a lot of crazy stuff at Goodwill, Salvation Army, Savers and other thrift shops, but the one thing that is most outrageous is the sticker placing habits of most Goodwills and Savers. I was out the other day looking for some treasure when I noticed a nice sturdy vintage book shelf. I am always interested in quality crafted bookshelves because I have to store inventory for my amazon business. I was so excited when I found one at a Goodwill for only $15! After checking it over thoroughly, I was pleased to see that there were no major flaws, and so I was happy to purchase the item for $15. The only aspect that frustrated me about purchasing the item however, was the fact that there were 17 stickers on it. Are you kidding me? Whoever had placed the stickers did it in a very aggressive and angry manner, I could tell! I could see two, three, maybe four stickers at most, but 17?

Local thrift shops are my favorite. In New England, there is usually one in each town!
Local thrift shops are my favorite. In New England, there is usually one in each town! | Source

Surprisingly this is not that uncommon. Most items have several stickers. I have come across common beat up paperback books that have had a good 4 or 5 stickers on them too. It is not uncommon to find items like this and it seems it is becoming more and more common. What's the point of it? Is Goodwill really that concerned that someone is going to change the price? The vast majority of cashiers I have met are able bodied adults who can tell when someone is pulling the wool over their eyes.

What's worse than a whole bunch of annoying little stickers that are tough to come off though? How about one big huge sticker that is extremely difficult to remove? Welcome to Savers. Don't bother purchasing anything that you can't scrub with a Brillo pad because you will not be getting that sticker off. This means anything worth buying at Savers is ruined by the sticker! With Goodwill stickers you can remove it with rubbing alcohol, but not so with these. Savers stickers are near permanent. They really don't want you messing with the price. Well why don't they just not sell an item that doesn't have a sticker? It seems to work very well everywhere else I have ever been... I wouldn't care as much, except that 80% of the store can be bought cheaper on Ebay delivered anyway!

No matter where you go, there will be lots of books. Salvation Army does 90% off retail on books, but at Goodwill they are usually $1 for paperback and $2 for hardcover. Some thrift shops have them for as low as 50 cents per hardcover!
No matter where you go, there will be lots of books. Salvation Army does 90% off retail on books, but at Goodwill they are usually $1 for paperback and $2 for hardcover. Some thrift shops have them for as low as 50 cents per hardcover!

Salvation army is generally the best when it comes to stickers. Their stickers are usually relatively unobtrusive and come off fairly easily because they are perhaps a bit smaller than goodwill stickers. Salvation Army stores don't sticker any media around here. Why don't Goodwill and Saver's just follow that method?

You know what the absolute worst offense is though? They all do it, except for thrift shops. How about when the place takes a black permanent marker to the inside of a nice women's bag or purse? I see it all the time, a nice innocent bag that has done nothing wrong to anyone, and the Goodwill staff takes it upon themselves to just violently slather on black permanent marker. Really? Come on now. Can't you just attach a price like thrift shops do? Why destroy a nice bag or purse? Ive even seen this on jackets sometimes too! Please stop the madness!

I am always very thankful for those who donate items for me to buy for resale, and I am grateful that there is a Goodwill for me to go to, but I think I spend more time peeling off stickers and using rubbing alcohol to clean stickers off than I do listing the items I bought! Do you frequent Goodwill or Salvation army? Are you familiar with the hassle of the non removable stickers too? Let me know!

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      GILAC 3 years ago

      Googone is my ally :-)

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I rant right alongside of you, PickingProfits! Stickers are the bane of resellers like us. Good for you for writing about this. I chuckled, in empathy, over the part where you wrote, "...80% of the store can be bought cheaper on Ebay delivered anyway!" Amen to that!

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      PickingProfits 4 years ago

      From what I have seen there is one person who is completely competent who prices items. They must have some role because they sometimes come out from the back to price things for me.

      Every single salvation army I have ever been to has people who are clearly there because they are on hard times or handicapped. Every goodwill I have been to has people who are all there, and look and talk like they are just working a part time job on the side. The savers stores I have been to are the highest priced and have the least needy looking people working. If anyone has seen otherwise I would be interested in hearing about it though.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I don't even like stickers in retail stores anymore. Always a pain to remove and so unneeded.

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      kschang 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      IMHO, the 17 stickers are put on by 17 different people. :)

      You have to keep in mind that Salvation Army and Goodwill don't exactly employ the smartest of workers. It's supposed to be a "charity job" and "training". They don't use tag machines. You'd be lucky of they know how to use a labeler. :)