Many high street store executives are breathing a sigh of relief as charity shops continue to price themselves out of the market.
Shoppers are starting to change their habits because they simply can't afford to pay exorbitant prices in the charity shops, when the same goods are available new from most reputable stores at a reasonably fair price.
A friend recently mentioned and incident in a charity shop where a lady paid £25.00 for a small scuffed wooden cabinet which was retailing new at £14.00 in a shop only twenty yards away. When asked why he didn't speak up, he said that he only realised his blunder when he saw the same object in the store window after he'd left the charity shop.
When questioned about the high prices in his chain of charity shops one chief executive (who shall remain nameless for legal reasons) merely smiled and said, "I do have a reasonably comfortable lifestyle to fund." He deserves to have his bloody phone hacked for that uncaring callous attitude.
Even the Prime Minister has ordered his good wife to keep well away from the local charity shops and to patronise the local supermarket, just in case her past indiscretions get the party a bad name.
Not to be left out, the opposition leader will now consider buying his suits elsewhere. So we hear on the utterly unreliable commons grapevine.