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It's for Charity, Mate!

Anthony Simons
United Kingdom
Royal Wootton Bassett
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Alright, time for a little bit of a moan; at the risk of once more being considered typically English.

There are a lot of charitable institutes in the UK, from BHF through Cancer Research, to Age UK and the ubiquitous Oxfam. They're all good causes, usually run by unpaid volunteers and are frequently a good place to go if you're looking for old boardgames (I have found one or two grails in places like this myself).

They're also bad in a few ways; they tape up boxes to hold them shut, they occasionally don't check items properly and they are filling our high streets! But the worst thing I can think of is the pricing!

Sure, most of the time they see boardgames as rubbish; they're a relic of the recent past that nobody really wants because of computer and video games. But sometimes they get the impression that something is really collectible; it's usually a false impression created by a quick perusal of Ebay or some such second-hand guidelines, and the result is that I often walk away saying "no thanks".

Before anybody starts saying "it's for charity, what's the matter with you?", let me first point out that this should have nothing to do with the pricing of items. The items are donated, they are priced (those that make it past - dare say it - the beady eyes of the volunteer staff) and then they are placed on the shelf. The key word is "donated". The fact these items are given to them for free makes me begrudge their robbing me blind by charging way over what it is worth and hiding behind the word "charity".

It's less of a problem with boardgames, however, and more an issue, IMO, with clothing, music and video. I have often turned up my nose at a CD or DVD on account of the fact I can generally get a new copy cheaper! It's just completely unfathomable why they price things so high, and then look at customers oddly when they declare something as being way too expensive!

IMO, if they're going to try to charge online auction rates to customers walking into a bricks-and-mortar store, then they should be prepared to accept refusal.

I am in a miserable mood today, aren't I? Well sod it, I don't care!
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