Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Target's Goodwill Mission

Department: Greening Target

In an effort to reduce waste (and for tax purposes, natch), Target teamed up with Goodwill Industries to donate customer returns, damaged items, and seasonal items (holiday, summer, back-to-school, See.Spot.Save) for sale through Goodwill's thrift outlets.

This is good news for shoppers that didn't catch the items while they were on the shelves at Target (like this felt covered message board from the 2006 Independent Studies collection). The prices are usually equal to or less than what the item was originally priced at in the store.

(original price: $14.99 - Goodwill price: $4.99)

The Goodwill prices, however, are occasionally higher than the Target clearance price. So you're better off staking out when your favorite collection is set to go on clearance at Target - and show up early!


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  • Goodwill around here can be ridiculous with Target merchandise depending on which Goodwill you are in. And they never discount it! Arrrgh. I still find some good stuff though. But really I should just be stalking Target more.

    By Blogger Sarah and Jack, on Tuesday, July 17, 2007  

  • My local Goodwills here in the Seattle area have been carrying Target damages, overruns and returns for years....I've scored some great deals! Mine DO discount the items - not a lot, but hey, anything helps! PLUS it's staying out of landfills and it's helping people have jobs, etc.
    Sort of an 'On Target' way to do a lot of good, huh?!(wink)

    By Blogger DivaDeb, on Tuesday, July 17, 2007  

  • I have no local Goodwill! At least I have a Target...

    I'll keep an eye out in my travels, though. Perhaps pathetic that it would be a thrill to me if I were on vacation or similar and found a Goodwill that had Target items in stock... ;)

    By Blogger rachie, on Tuesday, July 17, 2007  

  • I have heard about Target doing this but our Goodwills don't seem to ever carry any red box merchandise.

    By Blogger amaras_mom, on Tuesday, July 17, 2007  

  • I've seen Target stuff at Goodwill too. Great tip!

    By Blogger Heidi, on Wednesday, July 18, 2007  

  • I boughta red tinsel tree at Goodwill for $1 that was originally $9.99 at Target.

    By Blogger vespabelle, on Friday, July 20, 2007  

  • Wow, what a great idea. I work at a retail chain, and I can't believe the waste. The other day, when I saw an employee throwing away a foam mattress, I asked why it couldn't be donated somewhere. She said (gasp!), "well, it's USED". Gee, so are most of the thriftstore goods I buy, but I still want them. And I'm sure lots of homeless people would appreciate something like this. Or anyone, for that matter.

    I would like to see more retailers donate used goods to thriftstores (mine does sell some items to a discount chain for cents on the dollar, but only items not determined by the buyer to be 'destroy for credit'. I would like to see buyers find other options). Something really needs to be done about the wasteful practices of retail stores. It just would make you sick if you knew it all.

    By Blogger woof nanny, on Monday, July 23, 2007  

  • Goodwills in my area have been doing this for several years. It's true though - sometimes they price things at the same as the store.

    I think that it is one of the reason that Targets tend to look so "uncluttered" (well, most of the time) than a lot of other retailers.

    I know that when I worked at Target many moons ago, at Xmas time we even donated the trees that were on display -decorations and all. I thought that was a great idea.

    By Blogger cressie, on Monday, July 23, 2007  

  • Just another to agree. I have seen Goodwill prices higher than Target. I purchased two green rag rugs from Target during their day after Christmas sale for 2.00 a piece (50% off). I saw the same rug at the Goodwill for $3.00. Buyer beware.

    By Blogger Guitar Widow, on Monday, July 23, 2007  

  • I know that its a tax right off for target and total profit for the goodwill and with the economy so bad right now why not pass some savings to the public why cant target tell the goodwill to charge 1/2 of the lowest price item was sold for its still all profit for them they get it free and sell it for more than target on most items and alot of them are damaged or missing parts come on now help out the people that keep you going I can only speak for the goodwills here in San Jose Ca.

    By Blogger Mary S., on Monday, February 09, 2009  

  • Target does NOT donate these items to Goodwill. Instead, Goodwill buys it all in bulk and resells it for a profit. Anything you see with a "COB" price tag is from Target, FYI.

    By Blogger BobD, on Sunday, July 17, 2011  

  • When I asked Goodwill about how they receive Target merchandise, the manager told me they BUY it by the pound. This allows Target to escape paying the donation taxes in our state. Very disappointed in Target. Don't let them fool you... they're making money off a nonprofit charity foundation. Bad move Target.

    By Blogger FilterBroke, on Friday, March 24, 2017  

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