Goodwill Shopping Secrets They Don't What * YOU * To Know !

Goodwill Shopping Secrets They Don't What * YOU * To Know !

Here are 10 Secrets to Shopping at Goodwill that only the Employees know about and now you know about.

There’s A LOT of information in this video but don’t worry about getting out your handy pen and paper BECAUSE I’ve written it all down for you. Before we go into the list I should say every districts Goodwill is a little different – so these are not hard and fast rules!

If you are like most people you LOVE shopping at Goodwill. The Thrill of the ” hunt ” of a good deal. The amazing prices. However, there are secrets to getting the best deals ! I have listed them all in my newest blog post that you can find HERE :

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  1. Rahmani bowens on October 14, 2022 at 5:21 am

    Can u sell a goodwill

  2. Dick Dan on October 14, 2022 at 5:22 am

    I don’t believe that I bought clothes and never washed them they smelled like washing detergent for a month

  3. Brittany Mills on October 14, 2022 at 5:24 am

    not my goodwill they sell the stuff at the goodwill you bring it too i bring my old stuff and always see it in there, but if it doesn’t sell here we have two huge warehouse you buy by the lb everything that didnt sell in store its pretty cool

  4. M JEF on October 14, 2022 at 5:24 am

    I remember Goodwill employing many disabled people. Few years later they were gone. They have a couple here and there to give the impression they’re in it for the disadvantaged. Not anymore. Check out what the CEO makes. I don’t donate to them anymore. Local gets my donation. Where they have volunteers.

  5. loridianeh on October 14, 2022 at 5:26 am

    I work at Goodwill in Middle TN, most of our customers are re-seller’s, so much of the cool items are purchased, re-sold for much more than they paid for, a little annoying, they become greedy, and sometimes customers get in fights, grabbing things from others carts, or in TN they call carts, buggys.

  6. Kayleigh Miller on October 14, 2022 at 5:27 am

    Goodwill employee here! If we get authentic paintings form big artists it goes to e-commerce for goodwill bidding. Remember different districts usually have different owners. Northern AZ goodwill just bought out Central AZ. We spray down the clothing with sanitization spray not febreeze. Biggest thing j feel I should correct is Wednesday is a day off for our processors so NOTHING goes out Wednesdays and Sundays cause they’re simply not a processing team. Best days to go in are Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and fridays (at my store at least.) And usually donations are sorted as we get them or puked up in these LARGE bins called Gaylords so that we have stuff to process over the week! If we don’t have enough other stores send pre processed or as we call it raw cloth (fresh Gaylord of stuff.) And vice versa! We put furniture out as we get it, there’s not a fancy round a boutique way to get it to a bigger store unfortunately. 😅

  7. LittleKatieBird on October 14, 2022 at 5:30 am

    I live in Southern California and I know we have different regions just within this area. I lived in OC and they had a 50% off color of the week and I believe a Senior Discount day (I didn’t pay attention since I’m not in that category yet). Now I am in San Diego County and they do not have a 50% off color of the week. They only offer 10% off for Seniors, Veterans, Nurses and Students all the time, which I am none of either. You can sign up for their emails and you get an occasional coupon for 20-25% off one item. I think I had one coupon for 20% off total purchase once. The prices are high here and have really gone up in the last 6 months especially at "Boutique" stores. I have an Outlet Store near me, it’s structured differently than others, it’s not by the pound. Each item of clothing has a certain price point, and hard goods are 50% off the marked price. I had gone several times in the past but was unsuccessful in finding much, especially in hard goods but I went this week and found some good stuff. I think it’s because the prices are so high in the stores, things are ending up at the outlet now. For example, there was a small milk glass bowl priced originally for 7.99, it had been marked down to 3.99 (which I haven’t ever seen markdowns at the stores I frequent, so that was interesting) I got it for 1.99 at the outlet, which is probably what it should have been in the first place.

  8. Carolynsbargains3434 on October 14, 2022 at 5:30 am

    My goodwill does not accept returns. I was at the cash register and I just paid for something. And I realized it was damaged. And the person was like I’m sorry but you cannot return it. I was not happy..

  9. Jacklyn B on October 14, 2022 at 5:30 am

    How are donated items a tax write off :0

  10. Michael Berndt on October 14, 2022 at 5:31 am

    On some of your secrets are not in all states. Oklahoma City area don’t have discount awards or connections with stores anymore. Also it should be mentio ned the pay by the pound happens at the outlet store. You physical search though bins that are dirty and sometimes have breakable in them.

  11. Marlene Cotla on October 14, 2022 at 5:32 am

    Goodwill needs to consider that making a profit is not by overpricing their items especially when it’s as-is. You can sell more if you give a much lower competitive price no other store can compete. Another is Goodwill needs to hire proper managers that are experienced to work with disadvantaged people. I had worked at Goodwill for 8 years and the whole management and employee treatment was very sloppy. I got tired of hearing so many complaints about the pricing that was beyond my control. Customers too had a tendency to gripe about items that were actually considered dirt-cheap but they wanted it for free. Goodwill needs to stop taking advantage of higher prices and people’s money as a scam for "charity".

  12. Misty Mitchell on October 14, 2022 at 5:32 am

    I was at a goodwill one time and I saw a movie and CD I was interested in. I went to open them to make sure there weren’t any scratches or other damages and one employee saw me and said "what are you doing, are you trying to steal those?" I said no I’m just checking for damages, she said "you cant just open them like that, we’ll check them out at the counter" which they did and said they were fine. When I got home, the CD was so scratched it wouldn’t work and the movie wasn’t what the cover said. When I tried to return them, they said "sorry sold as is, you get what you pay for, we dont do returns." So I was stuck with a messed up CD and a movie I didnt want.

  13. Brandy on October 14, 2022 at 5:33 am

    I worked for good will. No they do not wash anything that comes in or check for bugs, or sanitize, that is true, but they don’t ship furniture to other places like that. They just put excess in the back until the floor clears. It costs too much to ship items to a specific store. They are cheap af to do anything like that. It does depend on the neighborhood. If you are in the poor side of town, you get junk, rich side of town. You get nicer hardly worn or used items. Also high end items that bring them more money they don’t put on the floor, they put it online so people bid on it and they can make more money that way.

  14. ThePizzageek on October 14, 2022 at 5:33 am

    The title is misleading. These are definitely things that Goodwill wants you to know. They want us to shop there!

  15. geometry dash on October 14, 2022 at 5:33 am

    I used to work at goodwill and some things i should mention is although its true we dont wash the clothes we dont spray it? I dont know how that got out? And we dont sell large furniture at any location. Also some goodwills may not have a return policy.

  16. Aaron Johnson on October 14, 2022 at 5:35 am

    No air freshener at my goodwill 😂 we just hang them yes I worked goodwill for 8 years

  17. Rustic75 on October 14, 2022 at 5:36 am

    In Midwest area, goodwill is no longer accepting returns since before pandemic started.

  18. Reesie212 on October 14, 2022 at 5:36 am

    Goodwill has never treated the clothes. They go by donations ONLY.

  19. Mario Cruz on October 14, 2022 at 5:37 am

    goodwill at burbank is no good. They taxing too much especially for shirts.

  20. Michael Raub on October 14, 2022 at 5:38 am

    Good luck at finding a Picasso painting at Goodwill , they have a ebay section on their own and sort high valuable items at the donationcenters out to sell them on ebay!

  21. Kimmysue1 on October 14, 2022 at 5:38 am

    My local Goodwill‘s just throw tons in the dumpsters. It is amazing what they throw away! It definitely is not recycled where I am from. I know this because I used to be a dumpster diver. Lol no joke sometimes I’ve got out things better from the Dumpster than they had in the store. Ridiculous.. and the only way I know this is because I donated some things once went back late that afternoon to bring more and saw everything I donated in the dumpster. Which in turn made me look in and I could not believe my eyes. Of course this has been 5 to 7 years ago so hopefully things have changed.

  22. Beautifully Mastered on October 14, 2022 at 5:39 am

    Thanks for this video but I am not a fan of Goodwill at all! I feel like they are way too expensive, however I do donate to Goodwill because they are easily accessible but I never find anything at Goodwill I go places where the prices are significantly lower in price I’m talking 25cents at the most $2.00.

  23. Pattie C on October 14, 2022 at 5:41 am

    Our town Goodwill charge way too much for everything. Everything is priced at the warehouse before being taken to the store. They sell Dollar tree items for $3.00. Clothes are like $5.00-$6.00 and you can get them brand new in Walmart. I can’t stand Goodwill. The Mustard Seed is way better and they will at least haggle with you.

  24. Martha on October 14, 2022 at 5:43 am

    Goodwill prices are ridiculous. It’s rare when I find anything worthwhile. I usually go Tuesday’s because they give you a senior discount.

  25. Catily Ever After on October 14, 2022 at 5:44 am

    My local GW was selling a pair of those socks 🧦 you get from the hospital 🏥 for FREE before you have a surgery. The insult is that they were selling them for $2.97! They also sell Dollar Tree items for $1.97 because that is the lowest price they are allowed to use. JFC. Goodwill is a scam and only trying to make as much money as possible. Families that RELY on thrift stores can no longer afford to shop there. SHAME ON GOODWILL. 👿

  26. christiana hale on October 14, 2022 at 5:45 am

    I work at goodwill secret 1. Is a lie we don’t have a fresh we the stuff gets sorted out and eventually priced 3. They don’t send furniture to other stores we stop accepting furniture

  27. Devin Bryant on October 14, 2022 at 5:46 am

    Not even a minute in and I see some.issues. We don’t send items around based on sales. We get stuff donated, we price out the good stuff and send out the bad stuff.

  28. diana cantrell on October 14, 2022 at 5:47 am

    Goodwill to expensive

  29. John Jones on October 14, 2022 at 5:48 am

    Wow ur soo pretty!! And u look so young!

  30. Andrew Soupene on October 14, 2022 at 5:49 am

    Hi, I saw you on tv !

  31. Ben Daum on October 14, 2022 at 5:51 am

    Also employees have first pick on really nice things before you even see them

  32. Xtreme Game Hunters on October 14, 2022 at 5:51 am

    Vintage Fashion Guild???? I tried guide but it doesn’t work

  33. E Lo! on October 14, 2022 at 5:52 am

    Goodwill are over priced. Even thrifts….hit and miss when you shop when prices are half off..

  34. race martin on October 14, 2022 at 5:53 am

    Just wanted to say thank you for the insightful video regarding Goodwill stores.

  35. Pamela D on October 14, 2022 at 5:53 am

    Goodwill’s prices are crazy high considering all their items are donated! I don’t think there are any secrets to shopping at their stores. Sometimes you find something that you consider a "bargain" but the majority of items are either overpriced, damaged, or extremely out of date.

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  38. Laurie phillips on October 14, 2022 at 5:59 am

    They closed my awesome independent “Goodwill” type store to open a Goodwill store. I thought we were getting a great new option, until i went into the store. I couldnt believe the prices! I found another great independent store 12 miles away! Will return tomy Goodwill store just to buy great non clothes items! Thx!

  39. Oliferous on October 14, 2022 at 5:59 am

    OMG, I remember Cricket(sp?)!! Ithink we’re about the same age cause I was about 5-6! My sister got one a few years after they came out, now I’m gonna check to see if our Mom still has it! LOL!! But thanks for a great video!:)

  40. john mejia on October 14, 2022 at 6:01 am

    Managers from goodwill will often take jewelery and higher priced items into their office and sort out what they want and dont want. But if its a bigger item they’ll hold it in the back until they can get a family member or friend at the store who will buy it up soon as its put out.

  41. arbj on October 14, 2022 at 6:01 am

    How about washing machines, microwave oven etc? Is it a good place to buy these things?

  42. T.E.G. on October 14, 2022 at 6:03 am

    I disagree with it, what they do with the stuff after I did not sell it if you want to see pictures I’ll be glad to send them to you they throw it in the dumpster and roll off and they break it up in pieces and destroy it don’t kid yourself they throw away more than 40%. That’s a fact I’ll send you pictures I can prove it. Not to mention all the stuff that the managers employees take out the back door you would not believe it sit back at one of the back doors and watch it’s amazing I’m not scared of them they threw me out of their store but that don’t stop me I still fight your stupidity don’t donate to anything to Goodwill that’s what I think they don’t deserve it don’t feed the piggy bank he’s a millionaire now

  43. Carol on October 14, 2022 at 6:06 am

    I bought a 2 kartot Rudy stone at Gig harbor Goodwill 20 years ago for 2 bucks , sold it for for 8 G”s

  44. Debbie Deveau on October 14, 2022 at 6:07 am

    Nice video! Great education every store should have a sanitation machine that the clothing sit in before they go into the stores! Don’t you think.. thanks for the tips your sister thifter ! Debbie

  45. DJ MG ATL on October 14, 2022 at 6:08 am

    Worst video editing ever

  46. Brandy on October 14, 2022 at 6:08 am

    I worked at the donation door, someone donated multiple massive black trash bags filled dirty used clothing, including dirty underwear. I had to throw it all away. They wanted to put it on shelves. Also, they don’t make you use protective gear to go through items. I found a handgun with the serial shaved off had to call the cops, and used needles. That god I’m out of there. Goodwill is disgusting.

  47. Miriam on October 14, 2022 at 6:10 am

    Great video!

  48. Janice Corn on October 14, 2022 at 6:12 am

    Love your sweater and necklace! Thanks for the info!

  49. T BLK on October 14, 2022 at 6:20 am

    Zara? Wow!!

  50. charlie on October 14, 2022 at 6:20 am

    former employee here, hi! so since goodwill varies by district, not all of this is correct, but let me give my comments on this!

    -i have never seen an air freshener in the back. the clothes smell like other scents because many people just don’t wash their stuff, and it smells like strong perfume or cologne or something. we do not wash the clothes and expect customers to wash them, just like how you should wash your new clothes from other stores.

    -not all goodwills accept returns or exchanges! mine had a zero policy for this. check your store or ask an employee before buying anything risky.

    -i 100% agree with testing your electronics before purchasing, many goodwills have tester lightbulbs and batteries and many outlets around the store.

    -once again, this varies on the store, but it does NOT take a few days for clothes to get out on the salesfloor. additionally, the amount of clothes put out in a day isn’t determined by how many clothes we get, it’s determined by how many pricers there are in the back.

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