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Crazy Cazboys, 5422 Forest Drive: 1 June 2022   12 comments

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I was unaware of this bin based discount operation in East Forest Plaza until commenter Kody mentioned that it was gone. According to The Free Times they closed due to the high cost of fuel as shipping was eating into their small margins. I suspect there may have been more to it than that, but at any rate, they shut down at the start of June.

Interestingly, the same guy who started this chain started the Zoe's Kitchen chain.

(Hat tip to commenter Kody)

UPDATE 26 September 2022 -- Now the conceptually similiar Where Ya Bin:


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12 Responses to 'Crazy Cazboys, 5422 Forest Drive: 1 June 2022'

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  1. No purses, backpacks, jackets, or coats allowed. Sounds like a decent spot for car break-ins - a lot of people showing up and finding out that their purses, jackets, etc. can't be in the building.


    23 Jul 22 at 10:21 am

  2. I heard about them but the whole no jackets, coats etc when they first opened. My lady and I considered going until we heard about the no purse, no jacket etc. As neither of us is a criminal we didn't want to feel like criminals. Then there was that whole no-returns if faulty policy. Yeah... Good riddance!


    23 Jul 22 at 12:35 pm

  3. Not to mention the issues this spot seemed to have when Hobby Lobby was in this spot (as this was actually the follow-on after Hobby Lobby moved to Camden)


    23 Jul 22 at 9:21 pm

  4. Andrew, I imagine that is the main issue. The homelessness in the area around this WalMart might be the worst in Columbia. Vampire Penguin across the street mentioned that as an issue as well. I personally avoid all non drive thru businesses in this area with the exception being a PetCo trip every few months. It’s a shame the City of Columbia seems to be helpless when it comes to this issue. It’s easy to tell when you leave Forest Acres and enter Columbia along that stretch of Forest Dr.


    24 Jul 22 at 12:55 pm

  5. I agree with Andrew and Larry, although I think many Walmart locations have an issue with homeless people and pan-handling. Walmart in West Columbia (Augusta Road) is bad. I almost never go in there now, but I often see people holding signs when I drive past. The last time my mother went in there, a man approached her and asked her to pay for the items in his shopping cart.

    I also avoid the Walmart Market on Charleston Highway/Knox Abbott Road. Not only do some people hold up signs, but one guy stood on the median/divider at the intersection (in front of Joann Craft's), and practically leaned into the window of my husband's truck - taking advantage of us being stopped at the red light.


    24 Jul 22 at 3:58 pm

  6. I never visited this place because I was turned off by the no coats policy in the middle of winter.


    25 Jul 22 at 2:17 pm

  7. Is this one of these places where they get everything on, say, Monday, and everything is X price on Monday. Then what's left is slightly cheaper on Tuesday, and what's left is slightly cheaper on Wednesday, and by Sunday, all the dregs are, like, a quarter a piece?

    Justin S.

    26 Jul 22 at 10:27 pm

  8. Justin, I think so. I read an article when it first opened, and I remember a similar description.


    27 Jul 22 at 6:54 am

  9. Looks like a rebranding is going on. According to an ad on Facebook, this place will be re-opening on August 5th as "Where Ya Bin" and the prices have gone up about 50% on most days.


    27 Jul 22 at 10:26 am

  10. I loved this place. I understand their policy unlike some here. I found a great deal on a turntable cartridge and cat 5 cable. Plus I have seen cheap video games. These places are popping up everywhere . The is another in West Columbia. Also if anyone goes to Charlotte. There is one in the old manifest location.

    Robert Shaw

    28 Jul 22 at 4:20 pm

  11. I've worked at a few retail chains in the past. I've had several experiences with shoplifters and their tricks. That being said, I don't appreciate them *assuming* that *most* customers will try to steal - because the majority of them will not. Yes, this place was in a bad area, but stores operate in bad areas every day, and manage to stay open for decades.

    I don't prefer showing my receipt when I leave Costco - to prove that I decided not to steal today - but at least they trust people not to shove stuff into purses and jackets.


    30 Jul 22 at 10:29 am

  12. Probably worth mentioning this location was previously a Hobby Lobby (covered):

    Aaron J.

    30 Aug 22 at 1:39 pm

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