Amazon opens temporary London shop for second hand items

Amazon said the Second Chance store will allow shoppers to buy a wide range of returned, refurbished and open-box items, saving themselves up to 50 per cent.

The shop will be open until the 12 December and is located at the Brunswick Centre in London.

It will also feature a Repairs Zone where customers can participate in free repairs workshops from experts at GXO ServiceTech, which is Amazon’s repair partner in Europe, and learn how to fix broken laptops and household tech.

The store is operating in partnership with Barnardo’s and all proceeds from the shop will go to the children’s charity to support their work with children and young people.

Amazon said that it gave a “second chance” to over four million products last year and enabled customers in the UK to save over £30 million by buying used or refurbished goods.

In the first nine months of 2023, Amazon said its sales of second-hand goods in the UK increased by more than 15 per cent compared to the same period last year.

“Amazon is committed to giving more products a second chance – both through helping customers shop pre-loved, and through programmes to recycle, trade-in and repair products, contributing to a more circular economy,” said John Boumphrey, UK country manager at Amazon. “The Second Chance Store that we’ve launched today with Barnardo’s is all about offering customers a great way to shop second-hand this festive season, while supporting a brilliant charity we have been working with for many years.”

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