As savings grow in popularity, you might assume that the reason there aren’t good choices at your local Goodwill has to do with the time you go, or even the day of the week.
Well, a supposed ex-employee at the chain has revealed that there’s another reason why you might not come across a bargain-basement Gucci bag or two on your shopping spree.
In a videothe previous employee detailed a system he says Goodwill has in place for the most valuable donations they receive.
He recalls: “Five or six years ago I worked for Goodwill and was one of their Drive Thru ambassadors.
“A Drive-Thru Ambassador is responsible for collecting donations from cars and pricing them so they can be put on the ground.
“So you have to know what things are worth. We were told that if we ever come across anything that we think is valuable, to take it directly to the manager so it can be sold at our online store.
The ex-employee explained exactly what the e-commerce store was for.
They claimed that items that proved valuable were not put on the floor for customers to buy.
Instead, they were sent to Goodwill’s head office so they could be sold online on eBay’s version of Goodwill.
Apparently Goodwill has a website similar to eBay where they sell and auction off items deemed valuable.
Thus, high dollar value items that Drive-Thru Ambassadors were able to single out were sold on the website.
“A lot of times these days you can’t find really good items at Goodwill because they all ship out,” the man pointed out.
He also explained a process related to their scanner: “If you like to collect video games or old books that have valuable barcodes, those are scanned, and if they are considered valuable in our system, they are immediately sent to e.-Commerce.”
That’s why you apparently can’t find good video games, Blu-rays or DVDs at Goodwill stores.
So if you want to collect rare versions of any of the aforementioned items, you might want to look elsewhere.
This story originally appeared on The sun and has been reproduced here with permission.