Possibly Targeted: Earn 5 x Nectar points (10 per £1) when you donate your used goods to Oxfam

Until we moved a few years ago, we had an Oxfam shop at the top of our road (photo below). We often used to drop off second hand items there, especially as our children grew.

Oxfam has an excellent scheme called ‘tag your bag’ which uses Gift Aid to increase the amount of money received from your donation. Even better, if you are a higher rate taxpayer you receive a little present from the tax man too!

You can sign up online or in your nearest store. You need to fill in a form with your name and address and tick a box to confirm that you are a UK taxpayer. You agree that Oxfam will sell your products on your behalf and that you will donate the money back to Oxfam. This means, technically, you are making a cash donation to the charity.

As it is a cash donation, Oxfam can reclaim an additional 25% of Gift Aid on top of your donation. If your products sell for £30, the Government gives Oxfam an additional £7.50.

Every six months you receive an email from Oxfam telling you how much they made from your items. If you are a higher rate taxpayer, you can include this amount – £30 in my example – as a charity donation on your tax return. You will then receive an additional tax rebate of £7.50 for yourself. Everyone wins!

To encourage more people to use ‘tag your bag’, Oxfam has teamed up with Nectar.

Tag Your Bag Oxfam

You will receive 100 Nectar points purely for signing up.

(If you are already signed up for ‘tag your bag’, you can add your Nectar number here and also receive the 100 points.)

Going forward, you will receive 2 Nectar points for every £1 that Oxfam raises from the sale of your goods.

Until 31st October, Oxfam and Nectar are running a very special deal. You will receive 10 Nectar points for every £1 that Oxfam raises. Your goods must be sold before 31st October, not just dropped off, so don’t leave it until the last minute.

This offer is potentially targeted, although Anika and I both have it on our accounts. Full details can be found on this page of the Nectar website (log-in may be required).

The only issue with the scheme is whether you should take part at all. Oxfam is buying the points from Nectar which obviously leaves it with less money for its charitable work.

On the other hand, Oxfam clearly believes that the Nectar partnership generates awareness and interest in ‘tag your bag’ which increases the income it gets from donations. It may even believe – in a very competitive charity market – that it encourage people to donate goods to Oxfam rather than other charity shops. It is a decision you need to take for yourself.

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