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Platos Closet: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
To me it seems, Plato's Closet gets a lot more hype than it should. For anyone who doesn't know what Plato's closet is, it's a consignment shop where people can buy or sell clothing. In the words of Platos Closet themselves: a place where you can "buy or sell gently used name brand clothing." The prices are supposed to be a lot cheaper and the you can earn some extra cash by selling old clothes you no longer wear.
In general this all sounds good. Name brand clothing for cheap. I can turn in my old clothes and get some cash. Two deals that sound hard to be displeased with, right?
What I can say about Platos Closet is that they do have a generally good selection of merchandise. There's a lot to choose from and the quality is usually pretty decent. I've also found that the prices are reasonable as well. For example let's say a pair of American Eagle jeans will run you on average maybe $30-$40 dollars, at Platos Closet you can probably buy them for half the price around $20-$25.
They don't just sell clothing. They have shoes, jewelry, purses and even some book and movies.There's a variety of things to pick from. I also like the way the clothing is arranged in the store. Everything seems neat and easy to find. It's pretty much based on color and then rather the item is a top (regular t-shirt, sweater) or bottom (jeans, skirt). It's doesn't seem overwhelming to search through when you're shopping.
Can't have the good without having a few setbacks. One of Platos Closet's setbacks is their selection of name brands. They're very particular about the type of name brand clothing they accept. For instance, if you're looking for American Eagle, Areopostale or Abercrombie more than likely Platos Closet will have it. And LOTS of it. Those kinds of brands tend to be very popular.
However, if you were looking for a brand like Roca Wear, Akademics, Coogi, Enyce they probably don't have it. You may happen to come across Sean John, and maybe Roca Wear (on a good day), but it seems rare. Platos Closet doesn't always seem to cater to the more urban audience so to speak.
Platos Closet is probably the most popular consignment shop in my home city of Jacksonville, fl. I'm sure there may be a few other ones, but Platos Closet is the most well known one.
In saying that, I've tried selling my clothing to Platos Closet on several occasions. Most of the time, I leave with 90% of the clothes I walked in with and either with little money or no money. I mentioned earlier, that Platos Closet seems particular about what they're willing to buy from you.
I've sold to them a variety of clothing items and the name brands have varied. To be honest with you, I'm not particular about where I shop, as long as the clothing fits my general style. What I have noticed in selling to them is that 1. They only take the name brands they want. Whenever I have items from American Eagle, Areopostle or Forever 21 most of the time they'll take the items. HOWEVER.....
2. I feel like the money they give you for the item is WAY LESS than you deserve. If I originally paid $25 for an item, I don't want $5 in return. I feel cheated every time! They really don't give you your money's worth.
Sometimes it's so bad, I end up taking my clothes back just because they weren't offering enough. I mean if I go in the store with 10-15 good pieces of clothing, I'm expecting to make at least $15 maybe $20. Most of the time, I'll be lucky if I leave with $10. And if this is the case, I could make more money selling the item myself.
At first I thought maybe it was just me, but I had a friend of mine take an entire bin of name brand jeans (mainly black brands granted) half of which had never been worn, tag still attached. He had to have had about 30 pair of jeans and they didn't take ANY of his jeans. NOT ONE PAIR! Not even the ones that hadn't been worn.
Now tell me there's not some kind of bias there? I've yet to have any of my friends brag about making a pretty penny from Platos Closet. Every now and then I may hear someone got $20 or $30 dollars, but every once in a blue moon. Most of the time, I hear people complain just like me of how they felt cheated.
To sum everything up, what I'm trying to say is that Platos Closet is not for everyone. Some people shop there and love it. Some people sell their clothes there and love it. But from my personal experience, all I'm saying is that Platos Closet gets more hype than it should. It's not as great as some people make it sound at times.But know that everyone's experience with them may differ.