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Source: TikTok | @anotherhijabiontiktok

TikToker Outs Goodwill Selling Products for Retail Store Prices

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Feb. 16 2022, Published 5:17 p.m. ET

If you're shopping around for bargains, then there are tons of second-hand and consignment stores and flea markets that you can peruse in order to find a cool deal. Some folks even manage to secure themselves items that are worth way more than their owners are aware of, who then go and resell these products online for a nice profit.

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There are tons of "retail arbitrage" videos on the internet that show folks scanning items at retailers like Ross Dress for Less and Marshall's, too, and turning a hefty profit. But even if you aren't scouring brick-and-mortar establishments for a great item-flip opportunity and want to just get a nice new piece of decor for your home or cool clothes, or whatever tickles your fancy, second-hand stores can provide some pretty great finds.

However, there are a growing number of folks who are heading to antique/consignment stores and discovering that they're at the shallow end of the deal spectrum.

Like this one Tiktoker who saw a mirror at a Goodwill store they thought was cute...until they saw how much the charity was selling it for.

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Source: TikTok | @anotherhijabiontiktok

User @anotherhijabiontiktok, Nesreen, uploaded a video of them finding the mirror while shopping at a Goodwill location. As they zoomed in on the price, however, they discovered that the second-hand mirror was going for $149.99, or more than a similarly designed mirror goes for on Amazon.

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goodwill inflated prices
Source: TikTok | @anotherhijabiontiktok

Granted there could be many other factors at play here: the mirror that Goodwill is selling could very well be one manufactured for a higher-end company, or perhaps it holds some intrinsic antique value, but that didn't stop throngs of TikTokers to start a conversation on the nature of reselling "ruining" Goodwill stores and folks who are hoping to make a great find in one of the non-profits many locations.

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Source: TikTok | @anotherhijabiontiktok

One user wrote that "they inflate their prices of donations and don’t even pay their works more and take advantage of disabled workers."

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goodwill inflated prices
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Others have simply stated that "the prices have been crazy lately," to which Nesreen agreed.

TikToker @lindsayryan26 writes, "It’s not even worth buying used stuff anymore. Cheaper to buy it new these days."

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And while there were a lot of folks who decried resellers, there seemed to be many who ultimately chalked the "price hike" up to Goodwill's business practices.

@20something.milf simply said, "Goodwill is a scam."

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TikTok user @kristendupont1 wrote, "I don’t think we should blame the resellers. Goodwill gets everything donated. What people do AFTER they purchase something shouldn’t matter. Blame GW."

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@gsdlvr22 penned, "I had an employee tell me 'it’s inflation'. I said ma’am, you don’t purchase your merchandise, it’s given to you…. I walked out and I’ll never go back."

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What do you think? Have you been a longtime Goodwill shopper and have noticed that the charity store has seen an uptick in its prices as of late? Or do you believe that retail arbitrage/reselling has had some type of effect on this phenomenon?

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Source: TikTok | @anotherhijabiontiktok

Or do you think that Goodwill has always featured items that were higher priced than others and that folks on social media are just posting clips/photos of these higher-priced items and painting an inaccurate portrayal of the prices of items at these locations?

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