||[Jul. 5th, 2010|12:14 pm]
Is it just me or do charity shops these days behave as if they're Harrods? I get soooo annoyed when I go into these shops - because I'm not very rich - and find they have put ridiculous prices on everything. I remember a time when you paid anything from 5 to 50 pence for everything - as it should be, but now it's more like 3 or 4 pounds.
The thing is, they are given the stuff for free, so inflation has nothing to do with it. They won't even let you off 10p and they all seem to have aquired these complicated new fangled tills. They seem to forget that charity goes both ways, beginning AT HOME as the saying goes. Recently I've been in a local one that had some nice tea pots but marked up to nearly a fiver each, so of course, I didn't buy one. A few weeks later I went in and found that all the teapots had been marked down to half price, so of course, I bought not one, but two. You see where I'm going with this? Yep, don't be so damned pretentious and behave like a real chartity shop should. You are NOT in competition with Tesco or Homebase, you are in the business of making a bit of money from FREE, DONATED items and articles, some of which goes to the named charity the rest on overheads and you don't even pay any staff.
Do, please, get over yourselves and remember that you are but humble charity shops who would probably do much better if you put sensible prices on things.