Lot’s of email has been flying into the “in box” asking what are UK and Australia comparable shops to Thrift stores in the U.S?
We had to start digging in and figure it out – because all of you that like in the UK and Australia deserve an answer.
We know that Australia does not yet have the option to sell on Amazon FBA… But UK does have Amazon FBA and it’s important for both of us that we are as “clear and helpful as possible” for everyone.
Debra asked her Aussie friend Christine if OP shops were the same as thrift stores in the states.
As she has traveled all over the U.S. she knows what a thrift store IS and yep… they are the same.
But… what about Charity Shops in the U.K.?
We reached out to one of our U.K. subscribers (Linda) and asked her a few pointed questions:
Hi Debra and Beth
Thank you so much for emailing out the Amazon FBA Shipping Guide – How To Wrap Your Products…Not really knowing how to send in other items other then books has held me back from moving forward onto other products, and selling on amazon UK there isn’t really anyone over here that can help me. All the info i get is from the US mainly from the PAC course which is really great just as your TFP is.
Again many thanks. Linda
Such a nice email from Linda… here is our first question:
Hi Linda… glad we could help. Don’t get held back… ask us anything and we will try our best to help.
Do you buy things locally and send to Amazon UK? Books seems likely – but what other things are you wanting to source in UK?
We are just curious about UK selling on Amazon – it’s seems to be something interesting – and yet we aren’t sure how it works on the other side of the pond. 😉
Debra and Beth
Gracious Linda responded with:
Hi Debra and Beth
I live and work in the UK, i think Amazon works the same way as the US when it comes to selling via FBA, However the US is much bigger so more sales with a wider audience.
My amazon UK AC is open to world wide selling but have not sold any books overseas, I guess the delivery time would not be as quick.
However the good news is, Amazon has open Amazon Europe network. It’s not as straight forward, but worth looking into.
What other things do I want to sell? I’m not sure, up and till now I was quite happy selling my books. I’m not a big seller… love amazon FBA. Its a fantastic business model.
Thank you so much for your interest.
All The Best, Linda
Next – we really dug in and asked about Charity Shops:
Thank you so much for sharing Linda…
Do you know what stores in UK might be similar to what we call Thrift Stores (In Australia they are called Op-Shops (Opportunity Shops)?
Linda… generously responded with:
Hi Debra & Beth, Hope you are both well.
Over here in the UK their known as Charity shops and seem to be a huge hit with the public, they are popping up all over the place and are always packed with people.
All the best, Linda
Next – we dug around on the internet looking for more information about Charity Shops in UK:
Wikipedia has lot’s of info – Charity Shops on Wikipedia
Tool for finding OP Shops in Australia – OpShop.org
Charity Shop Locating Tools – http://www.charityretail.org.uk/locator.php
Interesting info about scouting for Books in UK to re-sell – http://reviews.ebay.co.uk/HOW-TO-BUY-AND-SELL-BOOKS?ugid=10000000052041405
Another interesting chat about buying from Charity Shops for Resell… some divided op pinions!
We are starting to see a “theme” in some of this information:
1. It appears that books are still what most sellers are thinking (or already doing) about selling on Amazon in UK.
2. It also appears that “shoppers” looking to find products to resell – think that Charity shops are over priced and filled with “just junk”. This is a similar opinion as many in the U.S. have… and yet Beth and I usually run out of time/money before we run out of things to buy.
A trained eye and good tools will help you make a income with Thrifty Shopping – where ever you live.