(Closed) Destruction of Bridal Gowns

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

There’s other very public brands that do this too.  It’s maddening.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I used to work at Michael’s Arts and Crafts and when we set up a new store in Canada they shipped us tens of thousands of dollars of Thomas the Train merchandise. Apparently these items were not allowed to be sold by Michael’s in Canada and we were forced to break them, spray paint them, bag them and throw them out. As a teacher I literally cried seeing this done, knowing the good they could have done in our community (which was quite poor).

It’s disgusting what cooperations will do.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Thats disgusting, and very very sad.

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

The POB in DC and the one in Boston sold almost everything. Asampleresale boutique got a ton of the dresses.

I don’t buy the company’s statement. Then again. Davids makes so much profit on their dresses that Im not totally surprised.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

So much quality merchandise is trashed like this. I worked for Border’s until they filed bankruptcy. We trashed literally 1,000s of magazines, comics, and soft cover books that couldn’t be sent back to the distributer for refunds on a monthly basis. We signed an employment agreement that basically stated we could be fired on the spot if we attempted to donate the materials (this was before they filed bankruptcy – all major retailers do this in one way or another).

I still think about how much we could have donated to homeless shelters, jails, high schools, etc. Awful 🙁

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

This brought tears to my eyes. I can’t believe people would be so wasteful and selfish. I’m glad I bought my dress from a local boutique.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The only way to overcome the greed that caused the financial bust/crisis of 2008 is for corporations to take ownership in the customer constituencies that they serve. Sorry to get political, but there is no repercussions for them – we can be snarky and complain all we want but there’s no benefit for them to do it. If people speak up and make it something they need to consider, changes can be made. Too much waste when so many people are in need 🙁 This is too sad

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MrsEdamame: I worked for Chapters (Canadian equivlent of Boarders) and every day we destroyed about 100 books. It is actually cheaper to destroy a softcover book or magazine than it is to ship it back, so the manufactuers will give you a credit for sending back the cover and destroying the book. That is why when you open a book it has the blurb about missing a cover and it being stolen– all the books without covers are just thrown in the trash.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

omg! this is horrid!

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That made me so sad to see those dresses in the dumpster. That could have made hundreds of women very, very happy. I’m sure that those dresses were ‘unsellable’.

My cousin worked at starbucks in new york city and at the end of the night they would throw away tons of food, and were not allowed to donate it, apparently starbucks didnt want their food being donated, they would rather throw it out. He said he used to put bread in bags and sneak it down the street where homeless people would wait for leftover food.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

such a waste of beautiful dresses! think of the write off they could get for donating those dresses, makes no sense…

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I worked for Victorias Secret and we would trash beauty gift sets, candles, etc because the packaging was old. I know Bath & Body Works does the same – so wasteful!

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