Oxfam stops sales of second-hand goods from website

The charity is also phasing out collections of donated items because of the pandemic

Oxfam has ceased sales of second-hand goods on its website and will phase out collections of donated items because of the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

The charity announced that it would stop sales from Monday night to protect the health of staff, volunteers and the general public.

The decision comes after the recent closure of the charity’s 600 shops as the UK effectively entered lockdown in a bid to prevent further spread of Covid-19.

There are approximately 100,000 second-hand items on the Oxfam online store, and the charity’s shops – both online and on the high street – raise £17.4m a year for its work.

But the charity said it would continue allowing customers to purchase goods from the Sourced by Oxfam range because the items are “processed at a facility where social distancing measures can be implemented”.

The charity said it would continue to allow the public to order Oxfam Unwrapped charity gift cards.

Oxfam said it was aiming to collect all goods donated to date in the coming days, but also asked members of the public not to leave donations at banks or outside shops, and instead to hold on to them until operations resumed.

A large number of charities have closed their charity shops in recent days, including Save the Children UK, Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.

Anne Webb, deputy trading director at Oxfam, said: “We must prioritise the wellbeing of our people, and the communities they live in, by urging them to stay at home.

“Sadly, this also means we will be suspending collections of second-hand goods from our network of donation points across the country.

“We are asking the public to please hang on to goods until we are able to start collecting again. Their generosity makes Oxfam’s work fighting poverty around the world possible.

“We look forward to resuming normal service as soon as possible.”

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