charity shops rule ok

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Lawrence

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Re: charity shops rule ok
« Reply #45 on: May 06, 2012, 18:30 »
Doesn't everything have to be PAT tested nowadays, though?

That is part of the problem see   http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/july.pdf
The assumption is that the test is too expensive/complicated to make it worth the bother.
Much easier to throw them away.

BTW, Just recently found out that "PAT testing" is a tautology
as it means "Portable Appliance Testing testing" like when people say PIN Number

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Re: charity shops rule ok
« Reply #46 on: May 06, 2012, 19:38 »
Yes I know what PAT testing is, the company I work for does electrical work. ;) Where people have rental properties, they have to have all the portable applicances tested on a regular basis. ;) But it is the law nowadays along with many other regular signed for safety checks.  :closedeyes:
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Lawrence

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Re: charity shops rule ok
« Reply #47 on: May 06, 2012, 22:55 »
I thought you would know what it stood for, but PAT only applies to certain appliances.
In rented accomodation only the equipment supplied by the landlord needs to be tested, not the tenants stuff, and unless it has changed recently second hand sellers are NOT required to test.
As the link from the HSE says, it is not required every year, although many people will swear it is!

OH! I thought of another tautology, "LCD Display" would you say
 "liquid crystal display display" ?

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Re: charity shops rule ok
« Reply #48 on: May 07, 2012, 01:02 »
Unfortunately most of the charity shops over here have the weird idea that they are not allowed to sell electrical goods (they are!) and so they never do.

This seems to be very much the case - it's very rare to see electrical goods recycled in this way but there's a charity shop not far from us (believe me I've stood outside them all.. but that's another story) and it sells all manner of electrical appliances.

I even went in this one - came out with a smashing BIG button BT telephone with amplifier (wow it's loud) for my father - no excuse now not to answer the phone.  :)
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Re: charity shops rule ok
« Reply #49 on: May 07, 2012, 14:32 »
Charity shops aren't testing electrical devices because of a PAT requirement.  They're doing it for the Sale of Goods Act to prove that the equipment isn't faulty.  If it was unsafe, that would constitue the item not being fit for purpose and faulty.

Locally, some charities do sell electrical equipment (BHS, Mind) and others don't (STC, Cancer).. it seems entirely down to whether or not they have someone locally that can do the testing.

Anyway.. my best charity shop bargain find was my Yashica D..

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Re: charity shops rule ok
« Reply #50 on: May 08, 2012, 13:12 »
Jumble sales are even cheaper...we have a great one near us & people drive up to an hour to it, it's so good!  Our local charity shops are great too though & practically everything I buy comes from them.

BTW, if you buy clothes from a charity shop, never reject anything because its label says it's not your size...I've bought several brand new items from charity shops (some still have the label on)  that have definitely not been the size on the label - I think people just buy 'their' size from a shop & when they find it doesn't fit, they can't be bothered to take it back.  Fine by me  :D
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Re: charity shops rule ok
« Reply #51 on: May 08, 2012, 20:05 »
where I live we have 1 really good shop with a changing room bought allsorts. They ha\ve explained the system to me after 3 weeks all clothes are reduced to half price on a mon and the date is on the label so I check the item and return the on the tues. great for items I want to sell on. If i'm really taken with something for myself i'll pay full price
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