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Oxfam Bookshops are NOT ethical
Last Post 27/05/2016 14:54:55 by EcoverWatch. 2 Replies.
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ArberyBooks
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02/12/2013 00:35:30
    Independent secondhand booksellers have to pay full business rates (Oxfam pays reduced rates), have to pay full wages (Oxfam relies on volunteers) and have to pay for stock (Oxfam gets stock free).

    This unequal playing field has forced many independent secondhand booksellers to close. If Oxfam had behaved ethically, it would have stayed out of a business where it had an unfair advantage, but it decided that its own brand image and income was more important than British livelihoods. The result has been that its aggressive actions, opening bookshops wherever it could, has forced many long-standing secondhand booksellers to close. In this field of business Oxfam’s behaviour has been no more ethical than Starbucks or any other High Street invader. Ethical consumers should donate to Oxfam if they wish - but they should also boycott Oxfam Bookshops and make it clear why they are doing so.
    Rob Harrison
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    03/12/2013 16:39:28
    From your point of view I can see how it can look like being invaded by a starbucks-like corporation. It's hard not to see Oxfam's point of view too - which is surely that people now donate so many books that the logic of dedicated bookshops that can raise funds for famine relief is inescapable for them. I guess it is up to each individual to choose whose side to take.
    Incidentally there is a slightly strange article on forbes.com website which likens Oxfam's tax avoidance to Amazon's. http://www.forbes.com/sites/timwors...n-britain/
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    27/05/2016 14:54:55
    Incidentally, I don't see how any organization and/or individual can be "ethical" while supporting the suffering and killing of any animal, bet it human or non-human.
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