having the same problem here with charity shops although my local sells blurays for £3 and Ive found it quite lucrative to buy them all and then trade them in at those high street stores to pay for my media/gaming fix
(I use an app that you can scan the barcode on the disc to see how much its worth for trade in)
Says a lot about what people in your area buy then - but if you can make money from them elsewhere that can only be good.
berry wrote:anyway... Clothes are terrible. mostly well worn and unusable although I did buy a genuine ladies kilt for a fiver. 4 metres of pure wool tartan thats slowly becoming a whole host of new items. Thats been my only bargain. everything else is primarni rubbish that barely lasts a season so Im having to buy brand new (on sale mind because of budget) but I am being silly careful to buy quality items and fewer of them. not quite how I intended to do this but theres little other choice these days.
It just shows what people are buying new that you have well worn Primark and such. People no longer seem to be looking for stuff that wears well and can be passed down when no longer required.
berry wrote:For me I used charity shops used to be a way to save money, a buffer for those with little to spend and they barely do that. all Im finding is bad better ware microwave tat from the 90s and really bad xmas gits! Freecycle is just as youve said. The back end of a car boot where folk try to offload cr*p! ebay is overpriced. gumtree not so bad although again folk want something for nothing.
It's more a reflection on the attitudes of a lot of people - buy cheap and throw it out soon. I can understand Primark/supermarkets for smalls who are growing fast or at the toddler stage where everything wears out faster than you can get it washed. But I think that adults could value things much more and buy well to wear for a longer period. Wonder when the throwaway society will die out.
Mind you there are some ridiculous prices for some clothes and I'm not sure I'd want to pay that much for them even if I was still working.