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    • lemontart
    • By lemontart 17th Feb 14, 11:56 AM
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    nope they are struggling as well - the charities that is
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    • Indie Kid
    • By Indie Kid 17th Feb 14, 11:58 AM
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    • 17th Feb 14, 11:58 AM
    No. Did used to volunteer in a charity shop and though it was plain rude.
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  • wildcatr27
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    • 17th Feb 14, 12:13 PM
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    • 17th Feb 14, 12:13 PM
    I think it is totally wrong to haggle in a charity shop. especially a Hospice one. well no infact any charity shop regardless
    • kelty
    • By kelty 17th Feb 14, 12:24 PM
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    • 17th Feb 14, 12:24 PM
    When money is tight every penny can make the difference and for some haggling is a necessity
    • skulamus
    • By skulamus 17th Feb 14, 12:35 PM
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    • 17th Feb 14, 12:35 PM
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    • 17th Feb 14, 12:35 PM
    Many charity shops are running the shops as full businesses.They buy stock from auctions and get reduced or free rent/rates. They compete with businesses that have to pay these costs. The staff at the top of the chain get very high wages. I have noticed brand new items from shops like primark, where they are marked up higher than the original prices. I have haggled and would do so again. However if it was an individual shop aimed at a local cause, I wouldn't.
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 17th Feb 14, 12:35 PM
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    The stores operate as profit centres, often buy in products in order to compete with other local businesses. Some of the larger chains sometimes charge absurdly high prices (to the extent it's cheaper to buy new than to buy their second hand goods.) Why not haggle? particularly if you're supporting the charity in other ways.
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    • 17th Feb 14, 12:35 PM
    Maybe
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    • 17th Feb 14, 12:35 PM
    I have been to car boot sales where charity shops have had a stall or someone is selling their stuff in aid of charity. Generally I have haggled but have found that the stall holders point out that it's for charity and don't enter into haggling. I've never haggled in a charity shop, but if I think a price is too high then I would walk away rather than haggle. If I haggled then the charity would get the money for the item sooner, the turnover of stock would be faster and that would entice more people in. However a lot of charity shops are run by people who probably would not like to have to haggle with the customers so it's not really fair to them
    • Indie Kid
    • By Indie Kid 17th Feb 14, 12:39 PM
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    • 17th Feb 14, 12:39 PM
    When money is tight every penny can make the difference and for some haggling is a necessity
    Originally posted by kelty
    Would you haggle in a normal shop?

    I did come across someone who argued for a discount because "I shop here a lot". And? I shop a lot in other shops. I would not ask for a discount.

    The prices are set by HQ, which depends on the brand, etc.
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    • SailorSam
    • By SailorSam 17th Feb 14, 12:49 PM
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    I wouldn't dream of haggling, you're giving to charity. It's like if you were to throw £1 into one of their collecting tins and ask for 50p change.
    I remember talking to one of the volunteers in a local charity shop and i was surprised when she told me that had a problem with shoplifters taking 2 items innto the changing cubicle but bringing out one.
    Expanding the thread a bit, can you believe shoplifters target charity shops.
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    • Indie Kid
    • By Indie Kid 17th Feb 14, 1:17 PM
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    I wouldn't dream of haggling, you're giving to charity. It's like if you were to throw £1 into one of their collecting tins and ask for 50p change.
    I remember talking to one of the volunteers in a local charity shop and i was surprised when she told me that had a problem with shoplifters taking 2 items innto the changing cubicle but bringing out one.
    Expanding the thread a bit, can you believe shoplifters target charity shops.
    Originally posted by SailorSam
    Similar happened when I was volunteering. And then we had the ones who stol CDs and DVDs and put the empty cases on the shelf.
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    • kit34
    • By kit34 17th Feb 14, 1:26 PM
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    i volunteer in a well known charity shop and we dont mind haggling on some items ie bric a brac as that doesnt really have a set price however our clothing prices come for head office and have to be stick too , most peple try there luck some are genuine the others trawl charity shops to stock up ebay / collectables cabinets we get to know whos who and generally answer accordingly

    also we have a LOT of people who steal from us !!!
    my name is Kit and im addicted to competitions , the what if is my driving force !!



    • samsmoot
    • By samsmoot 17th Feb 14, 2:51 PM
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    Would you haggle in a normal shop?
    Originally posted by Indie Kid

    If a supermarket chain, then no. In the local corner shop or for electricals on the High Street, then yes.


    If something's too dear I will say it's a bit more than I usually pay, or more than I want to pay right now, and a discount sometimes follows. If I were buying an expensive item I'd expect something extra thrown in if I didn't get a reduction.


    Charity shops are also sometimes happy to give a discount - 20% off a £5 purchase might be given if you ask. I was in a charity shop the other day - they had everything at £1. I asked if a piece of jewellery was also a pound but was told I could pay 50p - and then the next item I took to the till also was sold to me for 50p. Mind you, this was a 'proper' charity shop, as opposed to one of those glossy chain stores with shiny goods and 'management' - gimme the old and tatty stuff any day!
  • paulineb
    I wouldnt haggle. Ive also volunteered in a charity shop and people did steal stuff or attempt to. If an item is overpriced as far as Im concerned I'll go to another cheaper charity shop, in my local barnardos everything is priced at 99p and Ive had some really good bargains from there.
    • fabforty
    • By fabforty 17th Feb 14, 7:41 PM
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    Personally I don't have a problem with it. The charity shop can always say 'no' and given the choice between something sitting unsold on the shelf or getting a few pounds less than hoped for for it, I would have thought a sale is better - especially as most of the items have been donated for free.
    • rachiibell
    • By rachiibell 17th Feb 14, 9:28 PM
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    I think it depends on the item. It's rude to do it on clothes IMO but if they are already on a reduced rail (charity shops in my area often knock stuff down once it's been around for a few weeks) then that's fine. Why would a charity shop let you haggle down the price of a dress that's just come in when they know someone else will probably pay the asking price?
    Also if something catches your eye and it's been hanging around for a while I don't think it would be out of order to say "I notice X has been around for a while would you consider taking £X for it?"
  • worbikeman
    So they have a price tag on something, refuse to take offers, and it ends up going in the skip. Marvellous.
    • Gordon the Moron
    • By Gordon the Moron 18th Feb 14, 11:15 AM
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    I just couldn't do it, I'd pay the full price or not buy it. Someone commented about things being sometimes cheaper elsewhere than in charity shops, simple solution, buy it from the non-charity shop and donate the difference to the charity shop.
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    • ptrichardson
    • By ptrichardson 18th Feb 14, 11:30 AM
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    I don't see an issue with it, if the item you want is obviously overpriced. Similarly, if something is clearly underpriced, then give more.
  • kronenbourg
    theres on particular charity shop i go to and nothing is priced , depending on who is serving the prices vary , sometimes its way too much and sometimes not enough
    i do question if you get asked for £2 paperback book but will give extra if i am asked for 50p
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