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Charity can be just a click away

(China Daily)

09:48, October 17, 2011

Tmall.com and some other business websites on a billboard outside a shopping center in Beijing. Unlike traditional online retailers, the website www.buy42.com is a charity shop. It came into operation at the beginning of the year and its staff say it has so far made donations to the value of 139,293 yuan ($21,813). Gao Yuwen / For China Daily

Now nestling on the information superhighway alongside more traditional retailers is the online charity shop.

The website www.buy42.com was the first of its kind based in China. It came into operation at the beginning of the year and its staff say it has so far made donations to the value of 139,293 yuan ($21,813).

Xu Xuan, one of the six co-founders, said there are three ways of participating in charity activities on the website, of which the charity bazaar is the most popular.

People can donate all manner of goods, so long as they are in good condition, which are then sold online. All the income thus generated goes to those who need help.

"Because the products sold on our website are very cheap, the number of buyers is growing quickly as well as the number of donors," Xu said.

She added that although they are inexpensive, the quality is good. Staff apply strict rules in selecting what is offered from what is donated to ensure that buyers return.

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