Amazon: 'I went shopping for Christmas bargains at the Second Chance Store in London - all for Barnardo's'
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For its Second Chance Store, the online retail giant has partnered with children's charity Barnardo's, giving open-box and refurbished items a second life - with discounts of up to 50% off recommended retail prices.
The store in the Brunswick Centre, near Russell Square, is selling bargain items including air fryers, blenders, consoles and games, gym wear and exercise bikes.
Amazon has donated more than 4,000 items for the shop, which is open until December 12. All proceeds go to Barnardo's.
Sonja, from Barnardo's, told LondonWorld: “Amazon have a very stringent process on their refurbished items, so anything that has been refurbished has gone through that process. So, essentially, everything is almost brand new.
“There’s such a vast amount of products, and some really great things, especially for Christmas presents. Because most of them are around 50% of the recommended retail price, you can grab some real bargains.
“It’s amazing. We think this is going to do a really great job for generating the much-needed funds that we need for Barnardo's to continue the work that we do.”
The store has a repair workshop run by GXO ServiceTech, where a team works to fix tech items such as controllers.
Andy, from GXO ServiceTech, said: “There’s obviously a very good environmental requirement for this. It’s a really good cause to do. It’s fantastic. We’re based in Manchester, and have come down here with our team to very willingly set up and demonstrate what a good cause Barnardo’s is.”
Barnardo's has been working with Amazon for about five years. In the last year, the charity supported 357,000 children across the UK, with around 790 services, from adoption to supporting children in care. In the UK, one in four children is classed as being in poverty.
Amazon's Second Chance Store for Barnardo’s is open until December 12 at The Brunswick Centre, WC1N.