My comment was directed at the sheer number of upper-end items, pool cues as an example, which are now appearing weekly. Like you, I too have been watching Goodwill- 10+ yrs for me. And while I know that all businesses evolve, or should, I had believed that Goodwill was an "above board" organization, and didn't need mislead folks with slick wording and the like.
Now, however, I'm questioning that, and here's why.
The "handling charge", as well as exorbitant shipping charges for pool cues, etc. I bought a cue, shipping was FedEx, and very expensive. I checked USPS and UPS; way cheaper. Then I called FedEx, who told me the price was $8 cheaper than Goodwill's shipping calculator had figured for it. Called them, they said buy it or don't, essentially. I blew it off as a one-time thing, until yesterday.
Like you, I'm not much of a conspiracy-type person. After reading those posts, I did some research. Seems to be some agreement. There's a fishy smell.