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Pound Shops And Charity Shops

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What, no pizza take-aways? ;)

Well yes I exaggerated, and there are some really good takeaways!

But judging by the big houses up the hill, I imagine this is a posh area,

but charity shops abound!

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Isnt there some kind of favourable tax/business rate status for charity shops, hence their prevalence?

Charity shops pay normal business rent, but a reduced business rate.

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Well yes I exaggerated, and there are some really good takeaways!

But judging by the big houses up the hill, I imagine this is a posh area,

but charity shops abound!

Posh charity shops can have excellent pickings.

I fancy doing a tour of the UK's charity shops...

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Posh charity shops can have excellent pickings.

Yes they can Sarah! ;)

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What about all the high street bookmakers. They are one for one with charity shops in most Scottish cities it seems, probably near the same ratio down south.

Personally I like charity shops, they are a good place to get DVD's and books on the cheap, plus lots of other things.

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What about all the high street bookmakers. They are one for one with charity shops in most Scottish cities it seems, probably near the same ratio down south.

Personally I like charity shops, they are a good place to get DVD's and books on the cheap, plus lots of other things.

You have obviously been to Scawtland! A "village" consists of a bookie, a bar, and a takeaway! :huh:

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You have obviously been to Scawtland! A "village" consists of a bookie, a bar, and a takeaway! :huh:

Hehe. It ain't so bad here.

Point was that there are as many bookies about as charity shops.

A sign that people are too broke to buy new, and that happiness levels are dropping as people take to gambling.

First one is a good thing, people need to learn to be frugal. Wholesale gambling, on the other hand, is a signal of state failure in my mind.

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Posh charity shops can have excellent pickings.

I fancy doing a tour of the UK's charity shops...

I was in one the other day, a lady came in, when straight up to the counter and asked if they had any more cashmere jumpers in...... ;)

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I couldn't count the amount of times I've bought something for a few quid, and then wandered into Poundland and seen the same damn item for ...... a pound.

These days I make a point of checking Poundland *before* I go anywhere else.

You also may have noticed a lot of chancers on Ebay trying to flog Poundland goods at inflated prices.

As for charity shops, actually I think they suck now. There was a time you could get decent goods for great prices and be doing your bit for charity at the same time. But now the prices I see are way way higher. Matalan and Poundland beat these resale shops on price, and the goods are new.

I guess we have a lot to thank China for :ph34r:

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I couldn't count the amount of times I've bought something for a few quid, and then wandered into Poundland and seen the same damn item for ...... a pound.

These days I make a point of checking Poundland *before* I go anywhere else.

You also may have noticed a lot of chancers on Ebay trying to flog Poundland goods at inflated prices.

As for charity shops, actually I think they suck now. There was a time you could get decent goods for great prices and be doing your bit for charity at the same time. But now the prices I see are way way higher. Matalan and Poundland beat these resale shops on price, and the goods are new.

I guess we have a lot to thank China for :ph34r:

I posted the other day how I managed to fix a puncture (12" inner tube) whilst in town for the princely sum of 3 quid thanks to a couple of pound shops. Could have been 2 quid if I was paying attention. They have their place.

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I posted the other day how I managed to fix a puncture (12" inner tube) whilst in town for the princely sum of 3 quid thanks to a couple of pound shops. Could have been 2 quid if I was paying attention. They have their place.

Absolutely.

Most pound shop stuff is TOTAL CRAP and NOT WORTH EVEN A POUND. But you do get the odd thing at a bargain price, yes.

Charity shops - out of touch with their prices. I've seen new stuff in IKEA or Gap that's cheaper.

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Absolutely.

Most pound shop stuff is TOTAL CRAP and NOT WORTH EVEN A POUND. But you do get the odd thing at a bargain price, yes.

Charity shops - out of touch with their prices. I've seen new stuff in IKEA or Gap that's cheaper.

The big national brand charity shops such as cancer research, Oxfam etc are out of touch with the exception of British heart foundation. The smaller local ones linked to hospices, Altzhemers etc are well priced for things such as books. Half my book shelf is of second hand books costing 15p from charity shops. I go into Oxfam and they are £2-4! More expensive than Amazon new!

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Poundshop's won't be here for much longer (10 years away), they will convert to multi price discounters. Reason: Inflation.

Discount retailing is big business, landlord's are no longer fussy and everyone loves a bargain, if you live near a busy Home & Bargain, pop inside in the morning and again late in the afternoon, shelves go from full to almost empty.

A well balanced high street makes a town.

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The big national brand charity shops such as cancer research, Oxfam etc are out of touch with the exception of British heart foundation. The smaller local ones linked to hospices, Altzhemers etc are well priced for things such as books. Half my book shelf is of second hand books costing 15p from charity shops. I go into Oxfam and they are £2-4! More expensive than Amazon new!

Agreed. I only donate to the hospice, local charity type shops because I think the main chains are now just run as businesses under the guise of charity.

Remember however that charity shops can only work well in a boom, because the donations outstrip the demand. In a recession, fewer people give and more people buy, so there are fewer bargains. An increase in charity shops in a recession doesn't therefore mean I'll get the kind of bargains I got during the boom, which included stuff like unworn suits, Jermyn street shirts etc.

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Absolutely.

Most pound shop stuff is TOTAL CRAP and NOT WORTH EVEN A POUND. But you do get the odd thing at a bargain price, yes.

Charity shops - out of touch with their prices. I've seen new stuff in IKEA or Gap that's cheaper.

Remove the word in red and it still make sense.

I have been to Oldham shopping today.

Done the poundshop and then visited some real shops.

Was horrified at how dear stuff is. Got some ideas and came home and interneted it all.

How WHSmith is still in business I'm not sure - perhaps the people who don't have internet keep it going.

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Remove the word in red and it still make sense.

I have been to Oldham shopping today.

Done the poundshop and then visited some real shops.

Was horrified at how dear stuff is. Got some ideas and came home and interneted it all.

How WHSmith is still in business I'm not sure - perhaps the people who don't have internet keep it going.

On a relatively similar theme, anyone noticed that new bookmakers shops seem to be springing up everywhere......a reflection of where modern society is after two decades of casino capitalism maybe?

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Remove the word in red and it still make sense.

I have been to Oldham shopping today.

Done the poundshop and then visited some real shops.

Was horrified at how dear stuff is. Got some ideas and came home and interneted it all.

How WHSmith is still in business I'm not sure - perhaps the people who don't have internet keep it going.

Clothes in particular seem of poor quality in most places now. Even in Marks and Spencers. Underwear seems paper thin, socks seem to wear out in weeks and there seem to be far more things like cotton pullovers around these days (unless that's just down to warmer houses, I don't know).

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