The public would rather shop for items such as books, clothing
and furniture in charity shops than online marketplaces such as
eBay or Gumtree, according to research by NfpSynergy.
The study, which asked 1,000 people whether they would prefer to
buy a range of goods from a charity shop, an online marketplace or
neither, showed that charity shops ranked higher for all 16
categories, except food and toiletries.
NfpSynergy's head of data analysis Cian Murphy
said: "The fact that people would rather go to their
local charity shop than go online for most things shows the
importance of charity retail as a sector and presence on the high
street. Charities should be proud of their
shops, not apologetic."