Space_turnip wrote:I've tried volunteering for local charity shops but my job makes it difficult to guarentee days to work there. At the moment, I'm itching to get in there and sort it out, as their prices have gone from underpriced (the N64 lot I bought was worth a few hundred, cost 30; 50 pence a Dreamcast game, 99p for all other games) to ludicrously overpriced. Real world Golf on the PS2 - £30. PS2 games, a fiver each. Toy Racer on Dreamcast; £8; Big Boxed PC games: £15 each.
I don't mind high prices in charity shops, I've spent more than I wanted to on several occasions, but they really have no idea and when I mention it to them, they look at me as if I'm trying to scrounge pieces for nothing.
The very worst was the loose Game Boy they had in one. Was interested, was quite happy paying a decent price for it. When they asked for £25, I stared at them for a little while and tried to explain it wasn't worth that much. The woman then argued with me that on ebay they go for £50 and that they could stick it on there and get double what they're asking in shop. I did ask why they didn't do that then, but I got glared at.
Oddly, it was gone next time I went in there, so I guess someone will always buy these things.
Same charity shop then decided to stick loads of Star Wars boxed figures on sale. Not original ones (if they had they'd of gone by now!), but Phantom Menace ones. Prices started at 20 quid, and went up to the hundreds. Checking on ebay, auctions ended at around a tenner at most. Not entirely sure how they priced them up....
I find people in charity shops fall into one of two categories - one who hasn't a clue how much a game is worth and so will stick a boxed Mario RPG up on the shelf for 50p and those who think
they are clued up and know what they're doing but in fact go the other way and massively over
value everything based on the fact that it's old so it must be a collector's item. It's hard to criticise them too much since they're giving their time for free to a good cause, though.
I would imagine what happened with the Star Wars figures was that someone caught an item on TV stating boxed figures change hands for hundreds of pounds but didn't do enough research to realise that there's a distinction between the old 70s/80s figures and the newer ones, and that the latter are worth a lot less. But, y'know, who goes into a charity shop with £100 burning a hole in their pocket anyway?
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