Olivia Penner-Wilson is onto op shop rip offs.
Olivia Penner-Wilson is onto op shop rip offs. Blainey Woodham

Opinion: ADRA tells the reality about op-shop pricing

THE Daily News last week ran a story in which seasoned op-shoppers complained second-hand stores in the Tweed like the Salvation Army and ADRA had inflated their prices in recent years.

Here Norma Brown, the secretary/manager of the ADRA Op Shop at Tweed Heads, hits back:

WE ARE disappointed in the Daily News for publishing the article on page 10 in last Saturday's edition (DN 4/1) in which the ADRA Tweed Op Shop was reported as selling T-shirts for $10.

The facts are that T-shirts, both men's and women's, are priced at $3 each all year round, and have been so since September 1, 2013.

So it's a mystery as to where Michael Howlozcak purchased his. There are a few T-shirts priced to approximately $5, but these are either brand new, with original price tags attached, or a well known label, like Billabong or Quiksilver.

The reporter had not bothered to speak with the manager of the ADRA op shop, to check out if what her informant had reported was correct, but has now blackened the name of the ADRA Op Shop by reporting as fact something which is untrue.

We invite the Daily News reporter and editor as well as Michael Howlozcak to personally visit our shop, located at 2/5 Machinery Dr, next to Volcom and Fantazia and speak with the manager.

You will be pleasantly surprised.

We agree with the comments from Salvos general manager in that sometimes incorrect tagging can occur, as we too rely on volunteers; and also complaints about pricing are usually from those not in genuine need.

We know there are some op-shoppers who are looking for really good items at bargain prices, which they can then re-sell at markets or on eBay.

Indeed we receive comments from customers each day telling us the ADRA op shop has the best quality and most reasonably priced items locally.

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