Is Goodwill too Expensive? Exploring more than the clothes.
November 6, 2018  //  By:   //  Opinions  //  Comments are off

It’s the infamous thrift store that everyone knows and loves. Goodwill is the place for anyone to shop for clothes, furniture, books, shoes, and much more. The store is known for its low prices and hidden treasures, but recently, there has been controversy over whether this holds true anymore.It’s the infamous thrift store that everyone knows and loves. Goodwill is the place for anyone to shop for clothes, furniture, books, shoes, and much more. The store is known for its low prices and hidden treasures, but recently, there has been controversy over whether this holds true anymore.

Goodwill is a thrift company that receives millions of donations daily, and provides jobs to numerous people. The inventory is constantly changing and you never know what you will find. Goodwill claims to have affordable prices, but many are saying that this is not true. According to Rachel Teodoro (A blogger who used to work at Goodwill), she has discovered that Goodwill is charging for more than what items are worth. For example, a fifteen year old dresser that was in okay condition was $200. That price for a dresser that was donated is too expensive especially if it is worth a maximum of $80. Bed frames at Goodwill are up to $600, and run down couches can be up to $100; these are just a few of the expensive items at Goodwill that you can find. Many of these items can be found on clearance at the same price in a retail store for brand new. Goodwill is suppose to be a place for customers to buy things without having to worry about the price even if they are pre-owned. How can customers who want to buy inexpensive items come to Goodwill anymore when the prices are so high? Will Goodwill every go back to the way it was or will prices continue to increase?

Another argument being made against Goodwill is the quality of their donations they are putting for sale. Goodwill is being over ran with cheap, and unusable items. The store is using useless clothing that no one wants, but the question is why? The thrift industry is becoming competitive and selling faster than what they can put up. This results in run down quality clothes being put up for sale instead of donating to nonprofits who could use them. The clothing that is not sold, is disposed into landfills causing great environmental impacts instead of being donated. Goodwill has been in constant competition with other retail thrift stores to sell more faster. This leads them to accepting all donations even if they know they most likely won’t sell. According to Business Insiders, Americans buy four times more clothing today than they did in 1980. The retail industry is growing each year and is not stopped. Critics are saying that recycling and donating used clothing is great, but if it is not going to sell or be donated somewhere it’s needed, that what’s the use of putting it to be sold? And how much does Goodwills profits and donations go to charities? People are starting to question Goodwills motivations.

Goodwill will always be known as a place for anyone to go for inexpensive items. Knowing this might change, will switch people’s perspective on it. Will Goodwill just become one of those costly thrift stores? Or is this just a phase? In reality, the prices have increased and might not stop growing. If you look at the prices compared to normal retail stores, Goodwill is still less expensive. Thousands of people everyday shop at Goodwill and even though it takes time to dig through the items to find your hidden treasure, it still is worth it. The real question everyone should be asking, is when will the prices be too expensive?

About the Author :

Brianna Bruyere is a senior at Bainbridge High School. She enjoys writing for the Spartan Standard because it allows her to know what is going on in our world and helps to better her writing skills. It’s a different experience for her to be the one writing the story instead of the one reading it. When Brianna is not writing for the Spartan Standard, she is participating in Key Club, Link Crew, and NHS. She also has a job at Pacific Fusion Martial Arts as the Director of First Impressions. Brianna has two younger brothers; one of who you might know Mark Bruyere (Junior at the high school) and James Bruyere (7th grade at Woodward). She enjoys outdoor activities too such as skiing, hiking, paddleboarding, biking, etc.