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This company offers resale and new clothing, shoes, accessories, household items, furniture, jewelry, bedding, toys & electronics.
According to information received by BBB on Feb. 19, 2015, from Chris Groves, Vice President of Operations, Thrift Stores of Ohio, Inc. dba Ohio Thrift:.
Kidney Services of Ohio, Inc. ("KSO") is a Georgia nonprofit corporation, authorized to conduct business in Ohio.
The status of KSO with the Ohio Secretary of State Office is due for renewal in 2019.
The address of KSO is at 5714 Columbus Square, Columbus, Ohio 43231; previous address was at 3900 Sullivant Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43228. KSO does not have presently a designated telephone number.
KSO entered into an agreement with the National Kidney Foundation, Inc., a New York nonprofit corporation; this agreement was terminated as of June 30, 2011.
KSO conducted charitable solicitations for used household items in the State of Ohio, sold these donated items to Thrift Stores of Ohio, Inc., a for-profit corporation proceeds from these sales were donated to the National Kidney Foundation, Inc.
National Kidney Foundation, Inc., is a nationally charitable 501(c)(3)
KSO had agreements only with the National Kidney Foundation, Inc., previously National Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Inc. and Thrift Stores of Ohio, Inc.
The agreement with Thrift Stores of Ohio, Inc. was also terminated.
KSO did not have in the past and does not have at present any affiliation with National Kidney Services, Inc.
KSO presently does not conduct charitable solicitations in Ohio; however, its board of directors resolved to keep the entity active.
BBB serving Central Ohio issues a separate report Kidney Services of Ohio http://www.bbb.org/centralohio/business-reviews/fund-raising-counselors-and-orgs/kidney-services-of-ohio-inc-in-columbus-oh-28001973
There are several kidney nonprofit organizations and/or businesses with BBB reports that may or may not be affiliated.
Other separate BBB reports involving kidney organizations include:
BBB in Cleveland, OH issues this report:
http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/cleveland/health/kidney-foundation-of-ohio-inc-in-cleveland-oh-14874 on Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Inc.
BBB Wise Giving Alliance issues these reports:
http://www.give.org/charity-reviews/national/health/national-kidney-foundation-in-new-york-ny-41 on National Kidney Foundation.
http://give.org/charity-reviews/national/health/national-kidney-services-in-doraville-ga-25484 on National Kidney Services
http://www.give.org/charity-reviews/national/health/american-kidney-services-in-atlanta-ga-19642 on American Kidney Services.
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Business ManagementMr. Chris Groves, Vice President of Operations
Thrift Shops Womens Apparel - Retail Clothing - Retail Antiques - Dealers Boys Clothing & Furnishings - Retail Childrens & Infants Wear - Retail Collectibles Mens Clothing & Furnishings - Retail
Method(s) of PaymentWe accept Cash, Visa, Master Card, and Discover.
Refund and Exchange PolicyNo returns. No refunds. Exchanges only. Item(s) can be exchanged within 14 days of the original date of purchase with the original receipt and tags. Item(s) can be exchanged for purchase of other item(s) of equal or higher value. Furniture, mattresses and computers are excluded from exchange.
Alternate Business NamesOhio Thrift
100 Washington Sq
Wshngtn Ct Hs, OH 43160 (740) 333-4444 Directions
1881 Henderson Rd
Columbus, OH 43220 Directions
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Grove City, OH 43123 Directions
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Additional Phone Numbers
- (614) 263-7993(Phone)
- (614) 272-6281(Phone)
- (614) 275-4196(Phone)
- (614) 351-2901(Phone)
- (614) 491-5305(Phone)
- (614) 714-2444(Phone)
- (614) 751-6936(Phone)
- (614) 820-2324(Phone)
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Complaint: They sent me a $5 coupon in my email - I used it for a $5 discount. They sent me another $6 coupon and a $3 coupon. Each coupon requires I spend a certain amount to get it (from how it was explained when I signed up) then the coupon offers a discount ($5 or $6 off of a $25 purchase, for example). On 2/1/2015 in the ***** **** Store, I found more items than usual that I wanted - and then gathered enough for the $6 off of the $25. At the register the acting store manager explains that I had already used the same coupon. I had not. She said I must have used the coupon because I didn't have enough points. I don't understand what the points system is and she can't explain it or the amount of points for what - just that I must have already used the coupon. Another girl steps out from another register and starts filming us straight on with her iPhone. I'm frustrated and being accused of cheating. I asked if she was the actual store manager. She made a snotty remark about coming back to have him explain it on Monday. I said that I got another for $3 and that I used one awhile back. She then tells me that there is a tier system and that I no longer qualify for the $6 tier because I used the $5 coupon after they sent me that one. Really? she knew that could happen yet accused me of using the same coupon fraudulently - and didn't change her story until I told her about other coupons? It's all on video - just ask your associate for her phone. I finally start figuring it out and I ask her where this is all explained - as that would obviously be important as I fill my cart in hopes for the offer made. She said it's not explained as far as she knows - not to her - not to me - not with the coupon in the email - and not anywhere I can now find. I told her that it seemed that she had no idea how the points, the tiers, or the discounts worked, and even that she don't know why I can't get my offered discount (which she now has admitted not understanding several times). I told her, that from her answers, it certainly seems as if this happens a lot with other customers. She said "Yes, but I never had anyone make such a big deal out of it". The other girl standing there continues to video us as my daughter and I pay for the purchase and leave the store.
Desired Settlement: Store policy change and $6 please. This is fraud, and I really don't appreciate the attitude about it or the assistant that jumped out to film with her phone.
*** *******I appreciate your feedback concerning our Loyalty program.
We are always striving to perfect different areas of our company wither it be customer service, pricing, selection, or as in your instance the loyalty program.
The loyalty program is one that has different threshold values. With different coupons offered at different levels. I believe the person that you spoke with may have been misinformed about the scenario that was at hand. I truly understand your frustration with this issue and I assure you we will investigate not only this issue, but the customer service that was displayed as well as the issue with an employee videoing via their phone.
We attempted to return your call on Tuesday 2-3-15 so that we may speak to you directly to discuss your complaint. Please contact ***** directly at our office ###-###-#### so that we may discuss and remedy your complaint.
If I can be of further assistance, please let me know.
I have checked into the discount coupon program and I believe it is a currently active, and intentional, fraud. Their above stated response makes no attempt to reconcile a very simple matter of how the typical customer, like me, utilizes the coupon discount. In fact the coupon discount is managed by an undisclosed computer algorithmic method of weighing the customer's purchases, dispensing coupon emails, and monitoring and acting on the progress of coupon redemption. Furthermore, if a coupon is redeemed and the customer has just received another, the system voids the current coupon without disclosure. I believe this violates the most basic protections for consumers in the state of Ohio. These are offers that can not be redeemed even though they are used to attract customers into filling their cart with items to achieve a discount that will not be given. In context, the manager accused me of fraudulently using a coupon twice, then changed her story about the differing coupons becoming ineligible only after I explained that it was a different coupon. The methodology of deception appears to include a manager, familiar with this program, accusing customers of trying to use the same discount coupon twice. The manager that this happened with was an acting manager, and not the cashier. She was doing manager duties, including the authorization/denial of coupons. I have now spoken with both an assistant manager and manager at another store (referenced below), and the business has still failed to disclose the methodology or the calculations used for the coupons. The coupons are clearly marked with no particular exclusions and no expiration - no communication via email or website can reconcile the redemption ineligibility. The fact of the case is that it is now obvious that this is clearly a calculated deception by OhioThrift to encourage customers to use coupons that will not work once the shopping is done and we are in checkout process. They have failed to address an accusation that the practice and policy is wrongdoing, yet have no explanation on why all disclosed information clearly indicates a discount - which then can not be redeemed and the methodology of stated discount is hidden. Upon my own inquiries during the original transaction (I was also told that I was the one who made the "biggest deal" about the issue), and with management at the ******* **************** ** location, this is a program that is frequently being questioned by the customers. It appears that the behavior of this company in regards to it's bold attempt to deceive without any explanation regarding the facts of discount deception should be referred to the appropriate agencies regarding the laws in place protecting consumers in the State of Ohio.
*** *******I greatly appreciate your feedback concerning our Loyalty program and we are truly apologetic to your recent shopping experience at our store.
As you may know our Loyalty program is in its infancy, and with something that is new, at times we experience issues. In which we are always learning from these issues whether they are positive or negative.
Our reward program was devised to communicate special sales, promotions, store openings and to reward our loyal customers, such as you. We have attempted to utilize a point system for generating coupons. However, as you experienced the system has had its share of problems. For one it did not include an expiration date of an old or previously generated coupon, prior to sending out a new coupon. This resulted in a conflict or the system to crash when multiple coupons were issued under the same customer number.
I assure you this issue is being resolved as we speak. We are currently revamping the program and hopefully this matter will be reformed quickly so that we will no longer experience issues such as this.
We assure you there has never been any intent to mislead customers. As a loyal customer we hope that you will give us another chance to be your Thrift store of choice.
In your letter addressed to the BBB, you desired an outcome to change store policy, $6 back, as well as investigating the issue with an employee who videoed with her phone.
As mentioned above, we are in the process of changing the policy, as well as I would like to offer you a $6 coupon, and we are currently investigating the customer service displayed with our ***** **** location. Due to the changes that are being made to our system I cannot issue another coupon. However I can send a $6 gift card to you. If you are interested in receiving this offer please contact our office so that I may send this gift card to you.
If I can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me.
I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID ********, and appreciate the willingness to do the right thing going forward. If they follow through, I really couldn't ask for more. I once had a business owner I worked for say, "Something may go wrong - it is likely that it will happen eventually. It is an opportunity that you will never have if everything goes right. You can only show how good you are by how hard you are willing to work to right a wrong. It may actually make your customer trust you more than if nothing went wrong at all"
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Complaint: On 11-11-14, I visited the ***** **** location and purchased (2) 4-pack Stolzle stemless champagne flutes @1.99 each, which was printed on each box. There were 20 in total at the time. I wanted to purchase them all, but needed more to make a total of 160 glasses for my upcoming wedding. So I decided to see if another location had them as well to ensure that I had enough before purchasing the remaining boxes at that location. I decided to call another location to see if they in fact had this same item, and check the availability.
Desired Settlement: Honor the price for the glasses at $1.99. I have 2 boxes at home that were bought with intent in mind and that was for my upcoming wedding reception.
Consumer Response: Hello,
I have tried to reach out to *** ***** ****** today via telephone a few times. I left my phone number with Sandy. In final I left a voicemail for him, since I have some additional questions. The response states that I would need to pick up the glasses by 11/21 and I do not want to miss that deadline. I also understand that the ***** **** location is holding the glasses for me, in which I do appreciate very much. I would like to know if they are also being held at the ** ***** ****** (*********) location as well? This was my reason for calling them since I stated that I need 160 glasses in total for my upcoming wedding.
Thank you in advance
Regards, ******* *********
I spoke with *** ********* on 11-21-14 in regards to her inquiry. The glasses were pulled in order for her to purchase at both location, at the agreed price.
Consumer Response: I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID #######, and find that this resolution is satisfactory to me.
I would like to thank *** ****** for all he has done, the speedy response of the company and their kind regards to ensuring that they continue to provide great customer service.
|9/3/2014||Problems with Product/Service|
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Complaint: The consumer purchased a shirt from the supplier and wished to return the shirt. The consumer had the receipt with him when he attempted to return the product but the supplier would not accept a return because the shirt did not have a tag on it; the tag was discarded by the consumer on accident. The return policy was not posted conspicuously in the establishment.
Desired Settlement: The consumer would like to exchange the shirt for a larger size.
I thank you for your complaint. We as a retailer are always striving not only to increase our customer service aspect and environment, but our experience overall. At all of our locations our EXCHANGE policy is posted in obvious areas of the store, normally they are located at the checkout area. Not only are these posted at our checkout areas, the exchange policy is attached to every receipt printed. Regardless the item, wither it is new furniture, closeouts, or gently used merchandise the following is printed;
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Complaint: In the Ohio Thrift stores, they have posted on the interior store walls, Its a HUGE sign, i.e. red tags 25% off, green 50% off, yellow 75% off. While at the check out, I said to the clerk, "I never find any article on sale, is there a group of people who just come in on the first day of the sale and buy everything?" She then said "I'm just going to be honest with you, everything that is on sale is in the back. They call it 'ragging', but they have us go through and pull everything off the racks that is going to be on sale. It really bother me, because people who could really use the deals aren't getting them. The only deal is when they have the 50% off days." "I only get here about five times a year, but that would explain why I never see any sales tags." She wished me a good day and I left.
Desired Settlement: It is obvious that this practice is in violation of fair business practices and false advertising. The company needs to stop 'ragging' their merchandise and let the consumer have the opportunity to purchase what they claim is on sale.
YOUR OWN EMPLOYEE INFORMED ME THAT YOU INTENTIONALLY PULL ALL THE DISCOUNTED MERCHANDISE OFF THE SHELVES. YOU CALL IT 'RAGGING' BUT THE FACT IS, THAT THE CLOTHES ARE ALL STILL IN THE BACK AND THREE WEEKS LATER, AFTER ALL THE DISCOUNTS ARE TAKEN, THOSE SELECTED COLORED TAGS ARE PUT BACK ON THE SALES FLOOR ONCE AGAIN!
FOR A COUPLE REASONS, I BELIEVE THE CLERK. YOU HAVE HUNDREDS OF ITEMS ON THE FLOOR AND NOT ONE OF THE DISCOUNTED TAGS IS TO BE FOUND. WHILE I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT MANY ITEMS WOULD BE CLEARED OUT, (IF GIVEN THE CHANCE TO BE PURCHASED ON DISCOUNT), BUT EVERY DISCOUNTED ITEM? NOT POSSIBLE. ALSO, WHY WOULD THEY HAVE LIED? THE TRUTH IS HE/SHE ISN'T LYING, HE/SHE HAS A GUILTY CONSCIOUS AND DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE SITUATION.
OHIO THRIFT NEEDS TO OWN UP TO ITS OWN ADVERTISED SALE AND KEEP THE DISCOUNTED MERCHANDISE OUT FOR PUBLIC PURCHASE.