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    Question about JoAnn's

    This morning I was parked in the lot across the street from the back of JoAnn's and I saw a JA employee dumping items into a large trash bin. She was tearing the end off small rolls, then unrolling the item (appeared to be ribbon) from the roll and throwing the whole thing into the bin. I know there are some members of this board who have been/are employed by JA and I was wondering if they or anyone else might know why perfectly good items would be thrown away as opposed to donating to schools, senior center, etc. I am not trying to cause trouble for JA, just wondering what might be going on....thanks.

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    A lot of stores do this, returns to Walmart get thrown in a trash bin out back even if nothing was wrong, My GF's DSIL worked for a landfill and said you would be amazed what they throw in there, My DDIL worked at hobby Lobby and said it made her sick at the things they had to put down the chute.

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    So....if someone was waiting by the dumpster, could they be a pre-dumpster picker-upper?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb watkins View Post
    So....if someone was waiting by the dumpster, could they be a pre-dumpster picker-upper?
    They are not allowed to do that but a dumpster diving expedition may happen later!! LOL

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    I used to peek in the dumpster at work all the time, Not retail, and once found a whole roll of upholstery fabric that I covered a window seat, Rocker and foot stool with, I also found a cool picket fence one time.

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    I don't understand the reasoning behind having to throw away these items. Why can't they be donated to some place that could use them? Is this corporate policy or what? If this is corporate policy, maybe we can/should contact the corporate offices to complain about the waste. I can understand dumping food products that are out-of-date, but ribbons, etc.?

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    Another thing that is tossed are books, and magazines, we had to send in the covers to them for credit and Patterns had to be taken out of the envelope, the envelopes were sent in for the credit, that was a long time ago but I think the same applies now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North View Post
    They are not allowed to do that but a dumpster diving expedition may happen later!! LOL

    Just be careful.. Some places dumpster diving is considered 'stealing' ..... I know- crazy !!!

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    I worked for a local health agency, The things in the dumpster were thing no one longer wanted or needed, I would not really go dumpster diving especially at a retail store, that would be stealing as they are given credit for those things so they have to be tossed as sad as it is.

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    I was just at JoAnns this morning, I never thought of checking the dumpsters. You would think that the stores would at least just put the items on sale...50 60 heck even 90 percent off to sell it and they would at least get a little bit of their money back. Seems like a big waste to me.

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    When I worked at Home Depot, instead of sending things back to a manufacturer, we would have to put it in the compactor. It was required by the manufacturer and the employees could not take it. It's call a "field destroy"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraftyCricket View Post
    I was just at JoAnns this morning, I never thought of checking the dumpsters. You would think that the stores would at least just put the items on sale...50 60 heck even 90 percent off to sell it and they would at least get a little bit of their money back. Seems like a big waste to me.
    I think they get more back when they send in the required proof that it did not sell than if they sold it for pennies, Sad but true.

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    I once had a conversation with a Joann's regional manager about this. I asked why they couldn't give things they couldn't sell to charity. He said that would cause jealousy among charities, because one charity would find out that the other had gotten things. Certainly he could have thought of something more believable than that!

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    At my Jo'Anns even the smallest pieces get the sissor shred before they go to the dumpster. I saw one of the girls doing this one day , and she said it was their policy. When asked about just donating she repied "oh no , all donations have to have Corperate approval". So no mattter what they take sissors and cut up into small pieces before putting in the dumpster. Such a shame ! As so much of what gets tossed could find use !

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    sadly this is the norm now....even at Hancocks....after it hits a certain % off if it does not sell, into the dumpster it goes! So sad...BUT they are a business and that means they need to make MONEY..not give their stuff away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North View Post
    Another thing that is tossed are books, and magazines, we had to send in the covers to them for credit and Patterns had to be taken out of the envelope, the envelopes were sent in for the credit, that was a long time ago but I think the same applies now.
    It still does...I was watching it happen at a Joann's last year. I even made the comment about what a waste. Broken items get written off and dumped in the trash...I don't know about ribbons and such.
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    I remember stores selling books for very low prices without the covers. I think they cannot donate things and get money back from the supplier so they destroy the things rather than donate--more profitable. It's all in the name of profit.
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    Many stores' policy here is after something is marked down 80-90% it is given to GW. I regularly see new clothing and craft items in bins there. As far as something that is broken, the store doesn't want the liability in case of injury. The stores may also have to follow the manufacturers' guidelines as far as disposal, too. As far as something looking perfectly good, it really may not be. Suppose those ribbons were a return item form a heavy smokers home. would you really want the store to try to sell them or donate them? After trying to get smoke out of fabric myself, i would pitch rather than deal with it

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    Our Goodwill gets things from Target. You can still see the Target marks on them.

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    Because, unfortunately, people will try to return the items to the store. I've worked in retail and if an item can't be put back on the floor it has to be destroyed because people will return it saying it was damaged and want money back for it. Sad, but true.
    Quote Originally Posted by gramajo View Post
    I don't understand the reasoning behind having to throw away these items. Why can't they be donated to some place that could use them? Is this corporate policy or what? If this is corporate policy, maybe we can/should contact the corporate offices to complain about the waste. I can understand dumping food products that are out-of-date, but ribbons, etc.?
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    yep, it's true ;-(
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    One of the retail stores throw good things in the dumpster all the time. One time I was driving past the dumpster and saw a small Christmas tree sticking out. I went into the store and asked to speak to the manager; I asked if it was ok to take something out of the dumpster. She said "Help yourself". I got a tree for my porch and several other Chistmas items.

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    Some stores have policies that a returned article has to be discarded if the reason given for the return is damaged. They can get a partial credit for "damaged" goods from the supplier. Sometimes the partial credit is more than they could get for selling it at a reduced price.

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    I am surprised to learn that WalMart does not return goods to the shelves, but destroys them. Just don't understand why they can't give them away, but I suppose that they have their reasons. I can tell you something that Walmart's deli employees do repeatedly. On several occasions when I was having cold cuts sliced, the person will cut one slice and ask you if its ok. I usually say yes, but sometimes I will ask that they cut it a little thinner. Then they will attempt to discard that slice that is too thick and I will tell them to just leave it in, but no, they will throw it away. Other times they will cut too much, more than you asked for, and I will tell them to leave it in. Sometimes they will leave in on the scale and sometimes they will not, they take it off. I know that they probably throw that away too. It makes me sick as I hate waste and think of how many people who are starving in this world. I suppose that may be Walmart's policy because when you think about it, who would want something sliced already.

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    they do put it on sale for 70 off what doesn't sale goes in the dumpster when it scans past discard I cant watch them do it it makes me sick
    Quote Originally Posted by CraftyCricket View Post
    I was just at JoAnns this morning, I never thought of checking the dumpsters. You would think that the stores would at least just put the items on sale...50 60 heck even 90 percent off to sell it and they would at least get a little bit of their money back. Seems like a big waste to me.

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