Shopping second-hand is a surefire way to save money on clothing costs. Or is it?
According to Vancouver shopper Yousef Ahmad, not always.
Ahmad was shopping at the Value Village on 6415 Victoria Drive in Vancouver Sunday night when they got sticker shock.
They found a garment priced at more than double what it appears to have originally retailed for, per the price tags.
The original retail price of an American Bazi brand lime-coloured jacket was $14.99. But the Value Village price tag was asking for $30.99.
Value Village told Daily Hive that its team members price “up to 5,000 unique and varied items to provide our shoppers with the opportunity to explore necessities and one-of-a-kind finds.”
“We encourage our customers to speak with a store manager if they feel we’ve made a mistake and inadvertently mispriced an item.”
“In these circumstances, we work hard to make corrections where appropriate.”
In recent months, social media users have called out Value Village for its high prices.
A TikToker from Vancouver recently blasted their local store, saying that the items it retails at high prices are cheap to produce or find at the dollar store for less.
A Reddit post reportedly taken in an Edmonton Value Village showed used mason jars priced up to $15. There’s even a Change.org petition saying that “Value Village has gotten way out of hand with their pricing.”
So as you’re second-hand shopping, look out for any additional tags on garments, just in case!
With files from Daily Hive Staff.