Originally posted by double_frick
reply to post by xsheep
wow, thats unbelievable!
they should just give all their unused clothes to goodwill or salvation army! :/
i just returned a perfectly good clothing item at target, it was the wrong size. they immediately tagged it for goodwill upon my returning it,
strange, but nice.
Actually, I was working for a March of Dimes thrift store last year, and we did get old unsold clothing and returns from Sears. As was noted in
earlier posts, Sears does
have a problem with people returning such merchandise. Many unscrupulous people go to places like March of Dimes,
buy shirts for $4.00, then rush back to Sears to get "their" $29.95 back. In light of this kind of problem, it is not unreasonable for these places
to purposely ruin clothing to prevent this from happening.
At March of Dimes, we were instructed to cross out all clothing tags with "Sears" or any Sears brand name with permanent black marker to prevent
people from trying to return them. If there was a neck tag with "Jessica", "Arnold Palmer" or any other Sears brand name on it, we went over it
with black marker until it was illegible.
March of Dimes throws out clothing too of course. Any item that was deemed unsellable in the store, such as a shirt with a missing button or a pair
of pants with a broken zipper, would be put into what we called "bailing". T-shirts and towels would be cut up and sold as rags, and the rest
would put into a hydraulic press that would squash them into bails like hay bails, hence the term "bailing". Even good clothing had to go into
bailing from time to time if donations were heavy and we needed to remove older stock from the racks to make room for the new stuff.
And what happens to the bailing?
Some of the bailing is sold to companies that shred it and recycle it as stuffing.
If you have ever wondered why some toys or other stuffed items have multicoloured threads and fluff for stuffing, now you know why.
Some of the bailing is sold to textile plants that shred it to extract the fibres and recycle them into new fabric.
If you have ever bought a shirt or other item and wondered why the tag says "100% mixed fibres", now you know why.
Much of the bailing is shipped off to Africa and various third world nations around the world, and distributed to the poor.
If you have watched a news story about some event in Africa and wondered why all those tribesmen are wearing Megadeath T-shirts and clothes that have
been out of style since the 1970s, now you know why.