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You know what really grinds my gears?

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Sorry i just need somewhere to vent.

 

I was at goodwill today and i found a sega gamagear. Battery pack on the back i plugged it in and it worked perfectly. Bright and noisy, but i couldnt find a price.

 

When i asked an employee anout a price he snatched it away from me saying it cant be sold without a price and pricing is a 24 hour process.

 

So now what i have to keep coming back here all day to see if its out on the floor!

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Ask for a manager.  That employee is keeping it for himself. 

When there is an item with no price that I want, I usually just go right up to the cash register to pay.  Seems like there's less shenanigans up there.  A manager usually comes up, determines a price, and sometimes you can even negotiate a little. 

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And just to expand on what I do...i usually suggest a price that isn't ridiculous.  Like for that Game Gear, I would have said something like "I think it's worth around $15" once the manager came up to apply a price.  If you try to lowball, they won't work with you.  As in most areas of life, being honest is usually the best policy.  And never rip off a charity on purpose.  That's bad karma.  Honesty and a nice smile will get you far.  That's the RickR policy. 

 

There's a guy here in town that rips off stores and people whenever possible.  But now, he's got that reputation and no one will sell him anything anymore.  And now with social media and all, absolutely every thrift store and collector in town knows this guy and what to expect.  It's great.  So that guy did grind my gears, but karma caught up to him. 

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And as an example, I recently did this exact thing on the LCD TV I posted on the thrift store finds thread.  It had no price.  I took it up.  The manager said "How does $20 sound?" and I said "I was thinking $15 -- it has no power adapter" and she agreed that made sense.  Deal.  Win/win.  Note:  I made those prices up, as I don't remember the exact details. 

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All solid advice!   I don't haggle in Goodwill or my local thrift stores.  I take what I get at face value.   I RARELY haggle at garage sales unless its something I really want and they are way too expensive on it.   Sometimes I do try to bundle stuff at garage sales and get the price down. 

Back to what grinds my gears.  Today it is non-paying buyers on eBay.   Why man?  If you can't pay why bid?

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  If you can't pay why bid?

 

EXACTLY!  It's so painful to have to wait to get your fees back and relist the item.  Most buyers that do this are too chicken to even respond to e-mails and cancel the order.  Because cancelling would auto-refund the fees at least. 

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You know what grinds me gears?!

When electronics and technology just don't work.  Oh man that makes my blood boil.

For example, you pick up a smartphone, swipe to make a call and the ONE THING a cellphone is used for decides to crash in the midst of dialing.  Like...  Why.

 

Or when a modern console decides to freeze, lock up or glitch-out.  Yeah that drives me nuts.

 

Coming from my computer science background, I'm really particular in the way things are coded and assembled, so when I see things like that happen, it just drives me nuts because I know that SOMEONE in that particular company probably knew that glitch existed or cut a certain corner on purpose and couldn't care less to fix it, so they'd just release it instead.

 

That, and a lot of companies now-a-days knowingly choose to hire cheap (and lousy) software engineers and cheap components to sell it at the most absolutely low price possible because so many electronics are now considered a cheap 'throw-away good', so why bother in actually making it GOOD?

 

Yeah, I could rant for hours regarding this....
*takes a deep breath*

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