My wife drug me to another Goodwill outlet recently. For those that don’t know, this is the ultra-stripped down version of a Goodwill. There aren’t even price tags or racks. There are just long bins full of items. Most everything is priced by the pound (roughly $1.49 for 1-19 pounds, $1 for 20-49 pounds, and $.059 for over 50, though some things like DVDs are separate).
Frankly, this place kind of horrifies me. I can understand it is a good deal if you can find stuff that you want, and is a good thing for people who need it, but the place just creeps me out. I’m not entirely sure why, and perhaps I’m being elitist, but it does creep me out.
Still, it does seem to work pretty good. They do have to repeatedly give warnings to people that they can’t start shopping out of a bin until the workers finish rolling it out onto its place on the floor (they can be like piranhas), but it does work pretty good and in a high volume, cost-effective way.
Of course, that’s for clothes and toys and stuff. None of that really interests me. They do have some books, which would interest me more, but this doesn’t really work well for books.
For the most part, books have their own bin. However, they are just tossed in there in a big pile. If there were any good condition books to begin with, they won’t be in even an acceptable condition afterward. Books just don’t do well in a pile.
Worse, you can’t find any books in a pile. Books need to be on shelves so you can easily see what is there. Piled in a bin, you can only see what is on top. Sure, you can shift around a bit, but there is no orderly way to proceed through. You have no idea if it is even worth it to sift underneath…and sifting just damages books even more.
I tried to find a book or two, but I gave up pretty fast. Believe me, if I gave up on looking for books then this isn’t the way to sell books. I’m a pretty easy person to sell books to.
So, more than just being horrified by the entire operation, I just don’t think this ‘bin’ system is a good way to sell books. It works great for clothes and toys and various household goods, but not books. Books deserve better than this.