Thursday, December 18, 2014

Amazon-Free Challenge - Better Places to Shop

The Amazon-Free Challenge kicks off today, and over 12,000 have now signed up to ditch Amazon this Christmas! [1] It's not too late to join in too - you can add your name here. If you’re used to shopping at Amazon, we recognise it might be tough at first. Even if you’re an Amazon-Free veteran, it’s also hard to find the time to discover better options.

But it’s going to be ok! We’ve put together a quick guide for other places you could get your prezzies this Christmas:

Check out and share the 'Better than Amazon' Shopping guide here

With our friends at Ethical Consumer we’ve done some research and ranked retailers according to how they treat their workers, and whether they are likely to be dodging tax.

This is by no means an exhaustive list - but hopefully it’s enough to get your started, and give a flavour of what’s out there :). We’ve done our best to provide a mix of super ethical options and some big names that might be regarded as better than Amazon. In some cases, your best bet could be to use your local independent shops, or go for second hand options.

Today is ‘Cyber Monday’ - supposedly the biggest online shopping day of the year. Let’s use it instead to build a movement away from Amazon and companies who don’t play fair. Please check out the guide, and let us know if you have any other Amazon-Free favourites by commenting at the bottom of the page, or dropping us an email:

Get your Amazon-Free Shopping guide here


Amazon Anonymous x

[1] From the Guardian today: Amazon Christmas boycott campaign gathers weight


Anonymous said...

Where are the better places to shop?

Councils have killed the high street, with high parking charges.

East Ham and Stratford with its £2 per hour charges.

Do any Newham Councillors get 'free' parking permits?

I used to park on the street by Central Park then walk-down to East Ham. The council introduced residents parking even though those spaces are not outside people's houses and hardly qualify has been 'residents' parking. Although they do provide 2 hours, it is risky, if you are delayed.

Westfield no longer gives free parking....

Just a lot easier to go to Lakeside shopping centre....

John Gray said...

Hi anon

Nonsense. Newham is a great place to shop. I do agree that we need to look again at parking charges and there is a review at the moment which I hope will improve things.

No, Cllrs do not get free permits.

Westfield is run by a private company. Take up charges with them.

Anonymous said...

"Nonsense. Newham is a great place to shop."

Do you shop in East Ham?

Did you buy any of your Christmas presents from there?

We lost the Marks & Spencers and then Wilko bought it. Heard rumours Wilko may be shutting down too.

A patisserie has opened up. Looks promising. Not too far from Primark. They told me they were Romanians.

Went to Ilford shopping centre and they waved their parking fees!

(Their charges are £1.20 for £2). Compare that with Newham £2 per hour.

John Gray said...

I do shop in East Ham, it has a great high street but I buy nearly everything on the internet. I don't buy xmas presents but send money or vouchers.

The exchange is privately run as is Westfield

Anonymous said...

"I do shop in East Ham, it has a great high street"

Your Councillors allowance is making you see East Ham with distorted reality.

John Gray said...

while I think your trolling is making you even more bitter and twisted anon.

Relax, and go for some lovely retail East Ham