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Do you think shopping at charity shops is an 'ethical' consumption? Why/ why not?

Do you have any favourite charity shops? (Yes, mine is Oxfam!)
I'm currently conducting a dissertation research about consumption of second-hand clothes at charity shops.
People around me gave me some opinions about the question, including...
-YES because the part of money I spend goes to poor people in Africa
-NO because charity shops sell those fast fashion brands and by buying those clothes, consumers are reproducing the whole evil system of clothing industry

So, what do YOU think? It would be most helpful if you could give me some opinions with a bit of your charity shopping experience :)



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    Jul 15 2013: Hi Miriam. Not sure if you are looking for some worldwide comments but....
    First, Thanks to your one respondent (I live in Africa:)
    But seriously, I think many people contribute to charity shops and buy from them because we can't all afford to give money to our charity of choice - I have many that I support with time, donations and expertise.
    But as someone who is often financially strapped, buying from a charity shop is cheaper, in SA you can find amazing little gems and personal items that aren't going to be seen or worn by everyone, while at the same time, you know that your cash is going to a worthy cause.

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