The Booksellers Association call for an end to concessions (tax and business rates ) for charity shops. While the high street still struggles, charity shop Oxfam last year made roughly £20million profit.
It would appear that while the charity shops were only selling unwanted, genuine secondhand books the market ‘suffered’ the loss of trade, probably feeling it was for a good cause. Now, as some of the charities are approaching publishers directly for books, the feeling is different.
Godfray asked: “If a charity shop sells new goods, why should it benefit from tax and business rate reductions?”
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