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Young woman criticises charity shops for being more expensive than retailers like Kmart

Young woman blames charity shops for being more expensive than retailers like Kmart: ‘It looks like a scam’

  • A young Australian woman has sparked debate over the role of charity shops
  • She claims prices are so high that ‘poor people can’t afford it’
  • Instead, they resort to buying cheap clothes from retailers like Kmart

The anonymous girl, who passes by Raiimouse on TikTok, responded to a video thread

The anonymous girl, who passes by Raiimouse on TikTok, responded to a video thread

A young Australian woman has sued charities because they sell second-hand clothes that are more expensive than buying a brand new ensemble at a store like Kmart, Target or Big W.

The anonymous girl passing by Raii mouse on TikTok, responded to a video thread titled, “What’s a scam that’s become so normalized that we don’t even realize it’s a scam anymore?”

She was quick to respond with her thoughts on stores like Lifeline, St Vincent De Paul and the Red Cross, claiming that she felt their prices were no longer in line with their purpose.

“The fact that it’s more expensive to buy the same shirt from Lifeline or St Vincent De Paul than it is to buy it brand new, off the rack, at Kmart,” she said.

‘As if it shouldn’t be more expensive to buy something used than to buy something brand new.

‘I don’t understand why these charities have to make so much profit when all the people who work for them are volunteers. It doesn’t really help poor people to buy things there anymore.

“Looks like a scam.”

She clarified by saying that individuals who run the charities are most likely paid, but those who work in their storefronts are predominantly volunteers.

Her followers agreed with the sentiment, arguing that times had changed recently.

Thrift stores were so cheap in the 1990s and early 2000s. Not anymore,” said one fan.

She clarified by saying that individuals who run the charities are most likely paid but those who work in their storefronts are predominantly volunteers

She clarified by saying that individuals who run the charities are most likely paid but those who work in their storefronts are predominantly volunteers

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“The word charity used by these companies is a joke,” said another.

A third added: ‘As a single mother it is now difficult to afford things second hand’.

Not everyone agreed, however, with some arguing that they should make a profit to lease the storefront and that much of the money goes back to food and clothing.

‘Comparing with Kmart doesn’t seem like a good idea to me. Kmart is cheap because of their supply chain,” one woman replied.

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