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Old 05-05-2017, 4:19 PM
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My area has Goodwill stores with way overpriced electronics - $20 for a 1st generation DVD player, etc...and have never had a scanner, never had a decent radio in the past 5 years. My guess is that they must have some directive to save anything half-way decent and send it to a 'central location' where they would put them on fleaBay? I donated a Moto VHF HT and it never showed-up on their shelf, so I can only make that assumption. Same goes for 'Savers'. In addition, anytime I find a nice box, the electronic item has already been stolen, which is distressing. Saw a Sirius radio in an unopened box, came back the next day with a coupon and the box was ripped open, everything inside was pilfered, radio, cables, even the damn instructions. So I'll quit whining , but really a waste of gas for me to stop at the two thrift stores here every other day.
I know a guy who used to work for Goodwill. Nothing whatsoever is kept at the store where donated; it's always shipped somewhere a good distance away. Or it was when he worked there anyway, this has been in the 2010-2012 timeframe, IIRC. I guess they didn't want people to get embarrassed at seeing their old shirts and jeans on other people or something, I dunno.

In my area, only one Goodwill carries any electronics to amount to anything, that's on South 3rd in Terre Haute. The others around only will have a few basic things, phone chargers and such. And they are just about all way overpriced on all of it...nor have I ever found anything even at the T.H. store that was worth bringing home. Closest thing was an old Realistic Weather Cube, which I might have gotten just as a nostalgia item except that it was beat up and they had it tagged at $12. I didn't even bother trying to talk them down.
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You guys are lucky. I'm in the same boat as johnny. Anything I find at local Goodwill, even pawn shops, is worth the price or I simply cannot find anything. Believe I saw a Bearcat digital (of some variety) at Goodwill for a ridiculous price along with some old, abused analog scanner, also overpriced. Even their books are overpriced. Why would I pay $10 for a used copy of a book when I can buy it brand new for $5? Their own business model is self-destructive. Removing stuff from the communities where it was donated. It's redistribution to where they think they can gouge people.

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Old 05-08-2017, 4:52 PM
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You guys are lucky. I'm in the same boat as johnny. Anything I find at local Goodwill, even pawn shops, is worth the price or I simply cannot find anything. Believe I saw a Bearcat digital (of some variety) at Goodwill for a ridiculous price along with some old, abused analog scanner, also overpriced. Even their books are overpriced. Why would I pay $10 for a used copy of a book when I can buy it brand new for $5? Their own business model is self-destructive. Removing stuff from the communities where it was donated. It's redistribution to where they think they can gouge people.

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Same here goodwill is not cheap no bargains to be had most stuff is over priced like 10-15 dollar pairs of jeans crazy
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My major beef with Goodwill* is that it is a "for profit" not for profit enterprise. Yes, they are a 501(c)(3) corporation. Yes, they do employ those with various challenges (including some who's only challenge is lack of employment).
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Goodwill is funded by a massive network of retail thrift stores which operate as nonprofits as well. Goodwill's answer to its profit status is "As a unique hybrid called a social enterprise, we defy traditional distinctions. Instead of a single bottom line of profit, we hold ourselves accountable to a triple bottom line of people, planet, and performance."
They pay their workers significantly less than minimum wages. Meanwhile...
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* See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodwill_Industries
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We're very lucky here in Central Indiana to have several well-stocked Goodwill stores with reasonable prices. I swear that a third of my house is decorated/furnished with Goodwill scores, and my tech desk is loaded with odds and ends found at Goodwills all over the area. Goodwills vary from region to region, so it's really based on how big of a footprint they have in your community, and maybe even moreso on the donors in the community.


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Hey can we get this thread back on track.I am sure it changes from store to store.This is about thirft store finds and it does not specifically say goodwill.

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Goodwill is the only "thrift store" here in NW Indiana...
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How about a yard sale find to get back OT? Will that qualify? Picked up a basically new in box BC365crs at a garage/yard sale for $10 over the weekend. RS associate had assured the people that it was "just the ticket for hearing all of the police/fire/ambulance/other emergency traffic around here," which of course it won't, since most is on Safe-T. And then they discovered that RS is serious about the no-returns policy. I've got most of the local Ham repeaters on it, plus the local fire/EMS pagers...but I find myself using the FM function to listen to EIB more than anything, LOL. But for a ten-spot I guess it's not too bad. I got it Sunday afternoon and as with the rest of their stuff they were ready to see it leave.
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Today at a flee market, I picked up a VHF XPR 6550 for $20.00 (yes TWENTY) dollars. It was strewn among piles of low-end electronics, the seller clearly had no idea what it was. I'm about to get some accessories on Ebay and have someone test it for me, hopefully it still works (from what I've heard Motorola stuff is pretty hard to break)...
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On Sat 5/20/17 at a local Goodwill store I found a Radio Shack Pro-2077 scanner for $5.00. The guy on the checkout had no idea what it was.Works great RadioPics Database - RadioShack/Realistic - PRO-2027
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Old 05-26-2017, 1:03 PM
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Just got a Radio Shack Pro-2021 for $8 today.. Didn't really need but picked it up as a backup rig for my fire feed..
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