Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone works or previously worked at David’s Bridal so I can find out if this is true. Someone told me yesterday that they throw out all of their old dresses? (not that I’m going to go look in a dumpster or anything !!) LOL just curious I guess
Post # 3
I don’t know about David’s Bridal, but when I worked in a retail clothing store, the clothes that didn’t sell even after being on the sale rack were thrown out. Even though they were going in the trash, employees couldn’t take them, nor did we donate them to charity. During inventory, those that were deemed “for trash”, we had to slash up with scissor, then the regional manager would take them with her to dispose of them. Very wasteful in my opinion; they should have at least gone to charity!
Post # 4
unfortunately it’s a common retail practice. waldenbooks did the same thing when they were going out of business!
Post # 5
ok thanks for the replies…i just couldnt beleive it when she told me!!
Post # 6
That’s awful! Sheesh, I’d think they’d want to donate them, then they’d get a tax write-off for it. (For me, I’d want to donate them just because I think it’s the right thing to do, but I know many businesses are more motivated by dollar signs than by feelings of civic responsibility.)
Post # 7
@Bubu82: Businesses probably don’t care about having a tax writeoff since they can write off ones that are trashed as Cost of Goods sold probably. Stupid though.
Post # 8
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Bummer. I don’t know that much about business taxes and what not, so I’m not sure I understand how something that gets thrown away can be called cost of goods sold. But I totally believe you that such a thing exists. *sigh* Stupid tax loopholes, stupid businesses. Yuck.
Post # 9
@Bubu82: They probably just write them off at ‘losses’ so they are saying that they aren’t good enough to sell, not that anyone can really confirm that after they are gone.
Post # 10
That’s awful.. there are so many people that could use these supplies! I worked at Toys R Us and American Eagle for a while and they never threw out their toys or clothes (at the retail level, at least). Even if they were damaged they had to be boxed up and sent back to a corporate office. I have no idea what they did with them once they got there, but I think I would’ve lost it if I saw them throwing out perfectly good merchandise!
Post # 11
Wow…this makes me glad I work for Target…they donate all merchandise that isn’t damaged enough to have to be thrown away. Anything that doesn’t sale goes “salvage” and is donated to good will or somewhere like that. We also give food to the food bank (not expired, but maybe something that is dented or something like that) or the Blackburn Center (a women’s shelter).
Post # 12
Barnes and Noble does the same thing. My manager explained that it has something to do with the manufacturer’s contract, and that apparently B&N has tried several times to circumvent it. We actually lucked out though – they didn’t destroy the books before throwing them out, so on several occasions, we were allowed to take the books we wanted, and by contract, they had to be placed out “by” the dumpsters. So the manager would take our bags, place them next to the dumpster, and at the end of the night, we’d collect our bags of books. 🙂
Post # 13
I don’t know about Davids, but Half Price Books does this. I had a friend that worked there that told us about it. They throw them in a books only dumpster every Tuesday. Yeah…90% of the books I have are from drunken night dumpster diving.
It’s really wasteful. People who work in retail should stand up to that BS and ask why things don’t go to homeless shelters or other places. I couldn’t work in retail if that was a common practice.
Post # 14
Ugh- I honestly don’t think I could work for a company that did that. I’m glad Maurices donates the things they dont sell as well as anything damaged (e.g. cardigan missing a button) to those in need. I don’t understand why any company wouldn’t do the same since everything they donate= tax deduction!
I can understand the rule about employees not being allowed to take damaged/unsold items because then you would have people abusing that privilege…but it just seems so wasteful to destroy perfectly good, unwanted items~
Post # 15
Marshall’s does this as well. Anything marked “damaged” which may not even really be damaged or doesn’t sell after several clearance rounds, get thrown in the garbage by the store manager. It’s ridiculous, but unfortunately the corporate policy and they can be fired if they don’t comply. They are not allowed to donate anything. It’s absurd and i know that it really bothers the employees and especially the store managers. 🙁
Post # 16
Oh yes, I’ve heard of this happening before. My sister worked at Claire’s and she told me that after a sale she had to box up the leftover merchandise in multiple boxes (like those nesting dolls), tape them heavily, and then throw them in the dumpster behind their building.