To wonder why people who donate clothes to charity shops cut the labels off.

(57 Posts)
Mrsdavidcaruso Sat 18-May-13 16:45:08

I know its not the shops that do it as I used to volunteer in one and a lot of clothes came in with both the size and the shop label removed both from the neckline and the inside of the garment

I have just bought a lovely floaty top in one shop and as the label has been removed I don't know if I have paid £3.49 for something I could have got new in Primark or Matalan for about £12 or something I would have had to pay £20+ for in a higher end retailer. But I liked the top and bought it. Also as the size had to be guessed I took a chance that it actually fitted me ( it did)

I also don't think it is fair on the Charity that donators want to help, price cheap goods too high and the shop will get a rep for being too expensive and no-one will buy - price too low and although the customer is happy it will lose money for the charity. I would imagine such mistakes are common when the shops are run in the main by unpaid volunteers who don't know the difference between Primark and Prada just by the feel and look of a garment.

scaevola Sat 18-May-13 16:48:15

They might be cutting labels out anyhow - itchiness, perhaps, or not wanting to see 18 when other makes have them as a 14.

notapizzaeater Sat 18-May-13 16:49:58

My dh and ds hate labels at the scruff of the neck, they rub so I take the labels out.

awkwardsis Sat 18-May-13 16:50:47

So would you really rather the donor throw them away?! Who's to say they didn't come from a different charity shop first? I know several cut out labels to prevent people trying to take them to get refunds from the original store. Or indeed the retailers themselves cut the labels out before do sting old stock, for the same reason.

ChippingInIsMissingHerLatte Sat 18-May-13 16:51:27

I'm sure people just cut the labels out for their own reasons when they are using the clothes ...

I cut the labels out of lots of my clothes because they irritate me.

awkwardsis Sat 18-May-13 16:52:10

Also, if something is massively over or underpriced ill tell them. I adore charity shops but sometimes they get it very wrong price wise. One near me was selling retro fisher price toys and ladybird books at ten pence each. A collector (or ebayer) would have had a field day

LoveBeingUpAt4InTheMorning Sat 18-May-13 16:53:38

Ditto I'm sure it's done long before they get to he shop

I cut out all the labels in every garment I own. Actually I pick it out via the stitching. I can't stand the labels touching my skin. I donate all my clothes to the charity shop when I don't need them any more.

DameFanny Sat 18-May-13 17:00:04

Plus some shops donate unsold stock to charity shops - Gap used to donate to our local Barnardos* - and they take the labels out so the items can't be 'returned' for a refund.

*this may explain why they're the snottiest shop to donate to

I cut the labels out of my clothes and DS2's and DD's because we have sensory issues and none of us can wear clothes with the labels in, especially at the back of the neck or back of the waistband. I pass most of the clothes down from DS1 to DS2 to DS3, so this means pretty much everyone's clothes except DH's. I cut them out very carefully or unpick them carefully so as not to damage the garment.

I also buy things from charity shops, but buy according to whether I like the garment's cut/texture, not what label it has in it (especially as I will be removing the label of anything I buy anyway).

Honeybadgerdontgiveashit Sat 18-May-13 17:01:57

Why does it matter if you like it?
I also cut labels out, don't care if its Burberry or Tesco, they are irritating.

AnitaManeater Sat 18-May-13 17:03:18

It's to stop people buying them to resell on eBay

alienbanana Sat 18-May-13 17:04:43

Because some clothes have really annoying itchy labels in (like H&M)

I would normally put clothes in a bad marked with the size though, especially kids things

Fairylea Sat 18-May-13 17:05:33

My mum and I cut all labels out of everything. They itch if you have sensitive skin and the ones on the neck can peep out and look awful.

CloudsAndTrees Sat 18-May-13 17:10:18

I cut the labels out of the children's clothes I donate that have my dcs names written on them.

I always cut labels out because they itch or they never stay and always stick out. Not to mention how massive some are.

LaRegina Sat 18-May-13 17:10:48

YABU - I don't believe anybody cuts labels out because they're donating their stuff to a charity shop, they do it because they find the labels itchy and irritating or to stop them poking out when they're wearing them, or for some other mysterious reason. You are also BU because I don't see why it matters or why you would care.

ouryve Sat 18-May-13 17:11:16

I sometimes cut labels out if they itch.

FarBetterNow Sat 18-May-13 17:15:31

I cut all my labels out, whether it's a posh make or George.
They itch and make my neck sore.

gallifrey Sat 18-May-13 17:17:59

my dd makes me cut all the labels off her clothes!

EndoplasmicReticulum Sat 18-May-13 17:23:41

I have label-phobia.

Can't stand the feel, sight or thought of them.

All my clothes get delabelled as soon as I get them home. Even typing about it makes me itchy.

LaRegina Sat 18-May-13 17:28:19

Years ago I had a boyfriend who was obsessed with labels - he would cut them off and keep his favourite ones under his pillow to stroke when he was feeling stressed.

He was really secretive about it (wonder why grin) and tried to keep it from me but I worked it out eventually - after I hid them and he got really stressed out. God that makes me sound like a bitch doesn't it blush

We didn't last long after that.

starfishmummy Sat 18-May-13 17:33:47

I cut them out if they itch.
I cut them out before donating if they have ds's name tape on them.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sat 18-May-13 17:38:39

As others have said, it's not that they cut them out in order to donate them. It's that they cut them out in order to wear them.

My children have massive sensory issues (autism) and my youngest in particular can't tolerate labels. Am I to cut them out so that he can wear them comfortably or make my son miserable so that if the clothes are fit to be donated when he's outgrown them - they still have labels on?

Nobody cuts out labels in order to donate. Unless perhaps they're old school jumpers with the kid's name on, maybe. That's the only reason I can think why someone would do it.

Bumpotato Sat 18-May-13 17:41:09

I bought 2 tops from H&M yesterday and immediately cut the labels off. I hate long labels that have the potential to poke out advertising to everyone that I am indeed a size 16

jamdonut Sat 18-May-13 17:58:12

I find this perplexing. I have never in my 48 years worn anything where the label irritated me. But perhaps that's because I buy things that are a bit on the big side. Can't abide tight or close fitting clothing (makes me feel claustrophobic!)

Now, the ribbon (or soft plastic) hanger things in the shoulders, on the hand, are intensely annoying, but if you cut them out then the clothing wont sit on a clothes hanger properly.

allmycats Sat 18-May-13 18:08:32

If you like the garment why is the brand name relevant ? You see garment, think that you like it, look at the price , and then you buy it if you can afford it.

What annoys me is cutting out the label telling you the washing instructions/ fabric composition

Startail Sat 18-May-13 18:17:28

The stupidly long side lables in thin T shirts show and get the chop. Likewise those in lacy tops designed to have a vest under them.

Lables with names on get the chop, lables that stick out also meet the scissors.

DoJo Sat 18-May-13 18:47:29

I'm constantly surprised at how I can wear a top for months and then suddenly, one day, the label will infuriate me. Not sure if it's me having an irritable or sensitive day or if the labels suddenly take on an irrationally annoying quality which I can't abide and have to cut it out. Never occurred to me that anyone would think that this was a deliberate ploy when I donated them to charity.

I particularly don't understand knickers that have a label at the back hangs down into one's bum crack. How does anyone tolerate that?

backforhelp Sat 18-May-13 20:17:50

I put my DC's name on their clothes labels and if I donate them I cut the label off as I don't really want their name on things which might appear in the shop etc.

My Mum always cuts labels off her clothes as she doesn't like the feel of them. So I really don't think there is anything sinister going on at all!

kelda Sat 18-May-13 20:19:04

I cut them out because they are itchy. DD2 finds them dreadfully itchy and can't tolerate them at all.

SarahAndFuck Sat 18-May-13 20:39:58

I cut labels out when I wear things because I find them itchy.

Some shops donate unsold new shops to charity and cut the labels out first to stop them being resold on ebay.

Springforward Sat 18-May-13 20:43:35

I do this if the labels itch or scratch.

KittensoftPuppydog Sat 18-May-13 20:45:37

Why don't manufacturers use softer materials for labels. They hurt like hell.

Liara Sat 18-May-13 20:47:54

I can't stand labels and always cut them out or unstitch them. Even if this occasionally makes holes in the clothes! Same for the dc.

bluesbaby Sat 18-May-13 21:32:34

If you like something what does it matter if it's Primark or Chanel if it's ~£3 confused

alltoomuchrightnow Sat 18-May-13 23:26:43

my last job was manager of a charity job. The brand was important. We had a pricing structure according to brand and we had to strictly adhere to it. We had shop audits regularly to make sure it was carried out and also mystery shoppers. My job was performance monitored. So in the lower bronze (and yes, they actually called it that) category (of brands) was Primark, supermarket clothes, old C&A, etc.....some of our shops (not mine) did not sell lower bronze if they were in a good area or a refit /training shop. I sometimes covered some of these shops. Customers would donate with labels cut out (they told me this) because they did not want their donated Primark, Tu, Tesco etc to go to rags. If it was good condition, the garment would still go out..without the label(if i was sorting/ pricing, anyhow!) But in the shop i trained in...even if it was new with tags Primark, George etc...the manager would rag it. It drove me nuts as she could've passed them onto stores that did sell lower bronze (we did have a driver between the shops) but no, she'd always rag... we did get money for rags, but not as much as retail, obviously.

alltoomuchrightnow Sat 18-May-13 23:27:13

charity shop not charity job...arghh!

alltoomuchrightnow Sat 18-May-13 23:30:34

because clothing is so disposable these days, charity shops can afford to pick and choose as so much is donated. There are many now that won't sell the lower brands. Luckily my own shop wasn't fussy and we did well. The shop is in an area of about 80% immigrants and they were grateful for bargains and didn't care about labels so much. But a few miles up the road in our Wimbledon branch..v different story and no Primarni

RalphtheTimid Sun 19-May-13 09:05:09

BDF Newlife employ people to remove labels from the clothes they sell in the store.

I believe the donating stores and manufactures request this.

They do sell a huge amount of clothing so sum may get then donated to charity shops.

Kafri Sun 19-May-13 09:23:32

a charity shop near me hikes the pirces up of ANYTHING that has a so called 'better' label in it. I couldn't give a monkeys about where something is from. of I like it I'll wear it so tbh if there's no label in it, then they cant hike the price up because of it. (unless its got the logo on it of course - sportswear or toys for example)

crashdoll Sun 19-May-13 09:45:49

This thread has made me happy. I thought I was in the minority with my label-phobia. I cannot tolerate them at all. I have cut many a hole in my new items of clothing trying to ensure not a single thread has been left.

When I've finished with my clothes, they all go to my local charity shop. Sorry if it's a PITA but I assume they'd rather have label-less clothes than no clothes.

valiumredhead Sun 19-May-13 11:11:52

Lots of clothes especially M and S ones aren't second hand but go to the charity shop as they are slight seconds or out of season or something, the labels are usually cut, but you can still see where they are from.

I cut my labels off as they are irritating.

digerd Sun 19-May-13 11:19:02

Me too. Can't stand the labels itching on back of neck or shoulders, drives me mad.
Also many trousers are too long in the crotch and I double the waist band over, especially with elasticated waists, so take those labels out too as don't want them to be seen < not because I am a size 8 but because it looks tacky.
Same with labels that itch on the side seams of tops. If they don't bother me, I leave them in.

digerd Sun 19-May-13 11:21:35


I have bought loads of clothes from Charity Shops and the label I don't even look at. It's the look and feel of the item I'm interested in.

thegreylady Sun 19-May-13 11:32:22

I know that many shops donate new clothes to charity and always cut the labels out or score them with an indelible marker to avoid fraudulent refunds.

PodgyTumWellies Sun 19-May-13 12:50:44

I cut out all the labels in my clothes as when my DM comes to stay she insists on folding my washing and always comments on my size... which is an obsession for her!

Dawndonna Sun 19-May-13 12:52:40

All labels removed on all clothes as soon as they enter the house. Can't stand them, any of us.

I worked in a charity shop where we had to start cutting them out so some do, I can't remember thereasning but we all thought it was a bunch of crap!

I cut labels out of my clothes now as I have started getting really irritated by them, never was until very recently though but the past few months I've started getting overly sensitive to them!

QueenMaeve Sun 19-May-13 13:01:35

I cut the labels of most things! The children hate them scratching their neck and I hate labels sticking up in clothes. I cut the ribbon loops to hang them buy off as well.

PodgyTumWellies Sun 19-May-13 13:03:25

I hate hate hate ribbon loops. They come off asap. I fail to understand the point of them, partic on t-shirts which surely no-one hangs up? [reveals slovenly self]

Acandlelitshadow Sun 19-May-13 13:15:35

Another who cuts the itchy buggers out.

I'm always surprised at how many labels are left in grin

IsabelleRinging Sun 19-May-13 13:24:16

I don't understand why a charity shop would want to stop ebayers buying their clothes. Surely what happens to it when it leaves them is of little concern, and if someone else can make a profit from it too then everyone's a winner!

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Sun 19-May-13 14:14:12

I read it that it was the shops (eg M&S, tesco, etc) donating some of their stock to charity shops but cutting out their labels before doing so, not the charity shop doing it.

DoJo Sun 19-May-13 14:40:10

I also cut the ribbon loops out of clothes (who ever uses them to hang their clothes up unless it's a sleeveless dress or similar?!) but I then re-use them as book marks.

PearlyWhites Sun 19-May-13 22:17:47

Primark labels are the worst so hard and itchy even on pjs I always cut them out.

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