'Immoral' Oxfam blamed for closure of My Back Pages bookshop in Tonbridge
By 28Maz28 | Friday, March 05, 2010, 10:40
A Tonbridge bookseller is claiming he is being forced out of business by the imminent arrival of Oxfam on the High street - and he believes the way the charity business is run is 'immoral'.
Mr Books - will Oxfam hit trade there or will My Back Pages be the only loser?
Douglas Jeffers, owner of My Back Pages in Angel Walk, says the opening of a dedicated literary branch of Oxfam is unfair competition, as they don't have to pay wages or buy stock.
"They're businessmen with special privileges, which I don't have and it's harming my business," says Mr Jeffers.
"If I complain it imediately makes me look bad, that's why it's immoral using the guise of sanctity."
The shop is set to close at the end of the month. A spokesman for Oxfam said the charity was simply running its network of shops as an 'effective, innovative business'.
For another Tonbridge bookseller, Mr Books, the jury is still out on the impact Oxfam will have on local booksellers.
"There's no doubt about it that it will effect Mr. Books' trade probably
more so at the bottom end of the market, less so on the more
collectable books but I won't lose sleep over it," he says in his blog.
"After all Oxfam are
a great cause and do alot of brilliant work in third world countries as
has been demonstated with the recent Haiti emergency. Competitition is
good, it sharpens you up, it makes you think how you have to improve
your services to do better than the competition."
What do you think?