This week has seen the launch of eBay’s Big Charity Sell to support charities raise vital funds.
The campaign is calling on the nation to declutter and sell their unwanted items on the online marketplace, opting for up to 100% of the proceeds to be donated directly to a charity of their choice.
How does it work?
Charities are not charged any eBay fees on eBay for Charity when they sell or receive funds, allowing more money to be raised for good causes. Supporters wishing to sell for their favourite charity can donate from 10-100% of their sale and will receive the equivalent percentage reduction in fees. Sellers simply check the box that says “Donate a portion to charity” and select the donation percentage when listing their item. You can select your charity as Saint Catherine’s Hospice Trust – we are registered on the site.
What are the benefits of taking part?
An estimated £51m worth of unwanted items have been thrown away during lockdown, with some people even fly-tipping outside closed charity shops in a bid to declutter. Data reveals that the average UK home is sitting on 42 unwanted items worth an estimated £500.
Robin Osterley, chief executive of the Charity Retail Association, says: “It’s brilliant that eBay are encouraging their customers to donate the proceeds of their sales to charity. Charities are undergoing an unprecedented loss of income as a result of COVID-19, partly caused by the closure of their shops, and anything the public can do to help plug that gap will be most gratefully received.”
Last year, eBay’s buyers and sellers raised more than £27 million for charity organisations – an increase of 17% compared to 2018.
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