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Watch your bids on GW auctions, shills are bidding

Old 11-29-2013, 03:17 AM
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I started a spreadsheet so I could get a better handle on my suspicions about shill bidding and from what I see as a pattern so far on the GW site, it appears that their practices definitely need to be investigated. I don't know what I'll do with the information I'm compiling but it certainly needs to be shared with a person/agency who will follow through and help to clean up the practices of auction sites that run amock.
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Old 11-29-2013, 03:49 AM
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G-W is indeed a "charity" recognized by the Federal government for tax purposes. G-W's mission statement from their official website says: "Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work. Goodwill Industries International is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization."
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Old 11-29-2013, 04:24 AM
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I quit bidding and buying anything on GW a long time ago, as I felt that jacked the price up big time on shipping! I am not going to be ripped off by them. Now after reading this, it just gives me another reason to stay away from there. I just use ebay these days.
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Old 11-29-2013, 06:23 AM
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I won't even shop Goodwill. I had a friend who was in their employ and I got the backstory on how poorly they treat employees. Plus, I think they have shown up on the charity list as one of those who's CEO gets megabucks. Not acceptable.
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:03 PM
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Thanks Joe
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by carol40965 View Post
Joe, I felt this happened to me on a purchase. As a result, I no longer donate to GW and take my items to the SA. I feel much better knowing the items will sold in my community rather than being listed on an auction!
Same here! Things I have noticed too at the 3 GW around here is they will print up an e-bay listing for an item that is in good condition tape it on an item they have in the store that most often is broken and have a price on it for penny less. Now I'm sure they print up the e-bay listing with a high starting price that I'll bet didn't even sell. lol
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Old 12-06-2013, 01:15 PM
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How are the speadsheets coming along?
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Old 11-24-2021, 04:00 PM
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Default Salvation Army has gotten just as bad

The Salvation Army specifically in San Diego is doing the same. Been keeping track and itsonly 2 people running up the auctions. 1 has no bidding or win history and the other has a non paid history. Coincidence? Don't think k so been bidding on these sites for over 5 years.
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Old 11-26-2021, 09:51 AM
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@jlhmnj Pls research GW's business model. They are what I would call a fake charity. Their executive salaries are sky high and there is very little left for charity other that providing entry-level, retail industry clerk jobs at around minimum wage.
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Old 11-26-2021, 11:12 AM
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I hate shill bidding! I have walked away from my items because of this. I never go over my max amount I feel an item is worth and am safer that way.
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