Potential buyers register, much like most Internet auctions, to place bids, utilize the Web sites "watch list" and "personal shopper services." Both features enable bidders to track and monitor specific items at any given time.
Pictures and clearly defined shipping terms round out the process, adding to the security of knowing the purchase is being made from a store and not an individual.
The categories of merchandise available is as vast and unique as what you can find in the stores. Items range from everyday lamps, used toys and clothing to signed art and collectibles. Much like the stores, the anticipation of finding a pot of gold for pennies keeps potential buyers browsing the list of available items.
Revenues from shopgoodwill.com and Goodwill's retail stores fund job training and career services for people with disabilities, welfare recipients, dislocated workers and other job seekers. Goodwill channels 83 percent of its revenues into its career programs.