The public would rather shop for items such as books, clothing and furniture in charity shops than online marketplaces such as eBay or Gumtree, according to research by NfpSynergy.
The study, which asked 1,000 people whether they would prefer to buy a range of goods from a charity shop, an online marketplace or neither, showed that charity shops ranked higher for all 16 categories, except food and toiletries.
NfpSynergy's head of data analysis Cian Murphy said:  "The fact that people would rather go to their local charity shop than go online for most things shows the importance of charity retail as a sector and presence on the high street.  Charities should be proud of their shops, not apologetic." 

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