Reporting Jon Delano
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It was the grand reopening of the South Side Goodwill store, redesigned to look like any other retail store.
“This is the new look of Goodwill,” Goodwill CEO Mike Smith told KDKA money editor Jon Delano. “We are trying to get away from the image of the thrift store.”
But it’s good products at a great price that draw so many budget-conscious shoppers into the store.
And now, Goodwill offers a deal that’s hard to refuse – a full desktop computer system for $199.99.
“We can’t keep them in the stores,” Smith said.
It’s called Good-to-Go Computers.
When you open the box, you’ll find a Dell desktop computer with a Windows 7 home premium operating system, two gigabytes of ram, 160-gigabyte hard drive and a flat-screen LCD monitor, with a keyboard, mouse, and speakers.
Smith says much of the system comes from donations that have been scrubbed and refurbished by skilled technicians, and he encourages everyone to drop their old computers off at Goodwill with no fears.
“Every computer system we get, we will clean the hard drive to Department of Defense standards, and if that is not possible, we actually take the hard drives out and completely destroy them.”
The Good-to-Go Computer comes with a limited warranty for 90 days, which means Goodwill will either repair or replace the entire system.
After 90 days, you’re on your own, but what would you expect for a whole system for under $200.
And at that price, Goodwill does not expect the supply of computer systems to last long.
“They’re hitting all our stores this weekend,” said Smith. “We’re stocking up, and we don’t expect them to stay long.”
All the proceeds go to supports Goodwill’s programs and services.