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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 19th Aug 08, 11:29 AM
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    MMD: Would you tell a charity shop that a Chloe bag was under-priced?
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    • 19th Aug 08, 11:29 AM
    MMD: Would you tell a charity shop that a Chloe bag was under-priced? 19th Aug 08 at 11:29 AM
    Here's this week's hypothetical situation for you to cogitate on:

    Would you tell a charity shop that a Chloe bag was under-priced?

    You’re trawling the local charity shop for bargains and spot a swanky Chloe bag, marked up at just £5. The bag is in pristine condition and is only a few seasons old. It would have cost about £600 new; the ladies who run the shop are obviously oblivious to its true worth. Would you own up and tell them they’re selling it for too little, or grab it before they spotted the mistake?

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  • ClareEmily
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    • 19th Aug 08, 11:32 AM
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    • 19th Aug 08, 11:32 AM
    I would snap the bag up I'm afraid
  • unhappybuuny79
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    • 19th Aug 08, 2:26 PM
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    • 19th Aug 08, 2:26 PM
    Charity Begins at home in my opinion.

    Snap it up and stick it on eBay....
    • JimmyTheWig
    • By JimmyTheWig 19th Aug 08, 2:30 PM
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    • 19th Aug 08, 2:30 PM
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    • 19th Aug 08, 2:30 PM
    Not knowing who or what Chloe is (Bratz, maybe??) I'd leave well alone and huff internally to myself that they wanted five pounds for a second hand bag.

    • LimeLight
    • By LimeLight 19th Aug 08, 4:18 PM
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    • 19th Aug 08, 4:18 PM
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    • 19th Aug 08, 4:18 PM
    I'd snap it up.
    just passing through.... Nothing to see....
    • Gosia
    • By Gosia 19th Aug 08, 8:54 PM
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    • 19th Aug 08, 8:54 PM
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    • 19th Aug 08, 8:54 PM
    I would definitely snap it up! That's what charity shops are for - the occasional cheap bargain - why else shop there!
    • *Louise*
    • By *Louise* 19th Aug 08, 9:44 PM
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    • 19th Aug 08, 9:44 PM
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    • 19th Aug 08, 9:44 PM
    Not that I would know one if I saw it, but I would buy it, flog it on ebay and give some of the proceeds to charity.
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  • avisk
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    • 19th Aug 08, 9:46 PM
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    • 19th Aug 08, 9:46 PM
    Snap it up, sell it on, then split the profits with the charity.
    • lnr
    • By lnr 19th Aug 08, 10:22 PM
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    • 19th Aug 08, 10:22 PM
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    • 19th Aug 08, 10:22 PM
    Definitely snap it up! Makes a change for charity shops to underprice something, I can't believe some of the prices in charity shops lately - sometimes more than they cost new in the shops!!
    • craigb6
    • By craigb6 19th Aug 08, 10:23 PM
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    If you've posted this dilemma about a year ago then I'd probably say that you should just buy it and not worry about it. However I do spend my Saturday afternoons helping at a local charity shop and a customer pointed out that we had a signed football book for about 2, which they pointed out was too cheap. The price was increased to 20 and a few weeks later I had the pleasure of putting the 20 in the till when someone bought it.

    Even though it was only 18 more, its better than nothing. Everyone should be as honest as possible (within reason, ie. not to a large profiting corporation, but especially to a legitimate charity).

    Thanks, Craig
  • EDNA
    Pay what you genuinely think it's worth.
    • elsien
    • By elsien 19th Aug 08, 10:39 PM
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    I'd tell them - I think a charity run by volunteers is different to finding a bargain in a private shop where the owner should know their stuff.
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    • cheznal
    • By cheznal 19th Aug 08, 11:38 PM
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    I would snap it up and waltz into work the next day with it gleaming with glee at my newfound bargain
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  • MrSmartprice
    I'd tell them - I think a charity run by volunteers is different to finding a bargain in a private shop where the owner should know their stuff.
    Originally posted by elsien
    Charity shops aren't really like that any more. They certainly have people who are capable of recognising valuable goods, especially china and glassware. They may not be at each shop, but the managers are professional and trained to refer to HQ for valuations on decent stuff. So it's unlikely to unearth a priceless vase in the 50p these days, they are far too smart for that.

    The best bargain I ever had was an old cricket book, which I discovered had been signed by the late author. It cost me 1 but it seems it's worth much more. I found it, they didn't.
    • jojo2004
    • By jojo2004 20th Aug 08, 12:23 AM
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    If the (mad) person who donated it paid 600 for the bag, then decided they wanted it to go to a charity shop, and they decided not to sell it on ebay/whatever, i'd say that was their moral decision, not yours - either they could have told the charity shop it was worth a significant amount, in order to benefit the charity, or they might have decided to directly be charitable to the lucky soul who found such a bargain. Either way, the decision is made for you.

    Personally, I wouldn't pay more than 5 for a Chloe bag new - what is with designer handbags that cost more than second hand cars???!! Maybe that's just me... :rolleyes:
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  • janaltus
    A few years ago I was visiting the South Coast for the day and spotted a majolica/Palissy-style ceramic in a charity shop that was priced way under value. I told the woman behind the counter of its probable value (about a hundred quid and certainly not the tenner it was going for) but she was very snobby and arrogant and looked at me like I was a mad man. It was far too heavy and fragile to carry home - even if I had wanted to buy it. She hardly acknowledged my observation and I doubt she upped the sale price. I just hope it went to a good home.

    • robpw2
    • By robpw2 20th Aug 08, 1:28 AM
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    i feel bad to say i would make the most of the bargain and feel good that i helped a charity whilst helping myself.
    I used to volunteer for a charity shop

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    • elisebutt65
    • By elisebutt65 20th Aug 08, 1:44 AM
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    Should I feel bad cos I've been there and done that - Only it was a 10 Prada leather backpack style bag Goodness knows how much it cost originally but it is so well loved now.

    And should I have told them - well it was Oxfam - and they should have known better really - I mean Prada - who hasn't heard of them?????
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    • Contains Mild Peril
    • By Contains Mild Peril 20th Aug 08, 3:11 AM
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    If I really wanted the bag for myself I'd buy it, maybe make an additional donation if I had plenty of spare cash at the time, and make sure I gave that shop some half-decent stuff next time I have a clearout. If I didn't want it for myself I'd mention it discreetly to the staff, unless the only member of staff around was one I knew to be unfriendly. I probably wouldn't buy it to sell on eBay because if I had no original receipt the listing would probably be removed as a suspected fake, with possible repercussions for my eBay account, which I really need.
    I have sometimes bought from charity shops to sell on eBay, but mostly stuff that would not have made that much in the shop (e.g. I bought a tuxedo in a relatively uncommon large size from the sale rail in a local charity shop, so it had been unsold there for at least a couple weeks, but it sold well on eBay).
    Last edited by Contains Mild Peril; 20-08-2008 at 3:14 AM.
    • gravitytolls
    • By gravitytolls 20th Aug 08, 3:20 AM
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    Absolutely not, I'd buy it. But I wouldn't know one if I saw one.
    I ave a dodgy H, so sometimes I will sound dead common, on occasion dead stupid and rarely, pig ignorant. Sometimes I may be these things, but I will always blame it on my dodgy H.

    Sorry, I'm a bit of a grumble weed today, no offence intended ... well it might be, but I'll be sorry.
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