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Online preloved hub can rake it in for charities

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Shoppers turn to charities to find a bargain

eBay is showing how shoppers can access over 2,000 charities in one place - via its charity hub.

Top charity sellers, including British Red Cross, Cancer Research, Oxfam, British Heart Foundation are being given an online presence via the hub.

While the nation’s awareness of online charity shopping is low, research reveals that 48% of UK consumers have overall shopped more from charities (either online or in store) in the past year - both to save money (27%) and in a bid to be more sustainable (18%).

Influencer, Jen Graham who goes by the tag Charity Shop Girl said:  “Charity shopping online is so much bigger and easier than ever before - and you really can find those golden items if you aren’t a fan of rummaging and searching the shops in person .It’s a lot more efficient, and you pay a fraction of the price than if you bought the item new.

"I also love that when charity shopping, you really are giving back. Online charity shopping makes it easy to support a charity that is close to your heart - in the same way you can when walking into a specific charity shop.

"Charities receive different and unique donations every day, and did you know volunteers actually hand pick items from charity shops to be put online on eBay?

“That means you’re shopping for some of the best charity donations from across the whole of the UK, from the comfort of your home.”

Lucy Peacock, head of pre-loved at eBay UK said: “With so many people not knowing where to start when it comes to  online charity shopping, we hope to help more people discover how eBay is a one-stop shop for finding the most unique items at bargain prices.

“It’s been so great to see the appetite for charity shopping grow over the past year, and with over 300 new charities entering to trade on our platform since the beginning of the year, there really is something for everyone.”