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Selling used clothes in bulk - price per kg

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I want to sell used clothes to a company that would buy it on per kilo basis. The clothes are used, in a good condition or new. I have so much, I do not want to sell it by posting individual items, as I would have to post over 500. A few charity shops I asked, wouldn't take such high amount or were not interested at all. I previously used places like this: https://webuyclothing.ie/ and this https://www.getcash.ie/.

Does anything like this exists in Zurich?

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Re: Selling used clothes in bulk - price per kg

Hi JennaHig - having the same question myself, did anyone ever let you know?
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Re: Selling used clothes in bulk - price per kg

Hi Pete, no, I have not heard a word. I guess there is no places like that in Switzerland. I know that Zara and H&M take used clothes, but not sure, if they will take a very large quantity. The charity shops I have tried, would not. I have 5x large IKEA zip bags full.
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Re: Selling used clothes in bulk - price per kg

Maybe try Tutti or Ricardo?
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The charity shops I have tried, would not. I have 5x large IKEA zip bags full.
If you are willing to donate rather than sell:

You can deposit the clothes in a collection box, any amount that fits into the box accepted. I deposit mine (new, unworn) at the Coop colleciton boxes, as I've heard that with this collection less ends up being pulped for rags. I can't verify that, however. They do say that the clothing stays in Switzerland rather than being exported.
https://www.cooppatenschaft.ch/de/wi...estellung.html
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If you are willing to donate rather than sell:

You can deposit the clothes in a collection box, any amount that fits into the box accepted. I deposit mine (new, unworn) at the Coop colleciton boxes, as I've heard that with this collection less ends up being pulped for rags. I can't verify that, however. They do say that the clothing stays in Switzerland rather than being exported.
https://www.cooppatenschaft.ch/de/wi...estellung.html
No idea about the coop ones - but in the African country I spend a lot of time in, they get bales of clothes from European collection services.

These get cleaned, folded and resold on the local market.

Quite a profitable business.
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Maybe try Tutti or Ricardo?
Thank you for the suggestion. I am not sure, if someone would be willing to buy bags if clothes, but maybe worth a try.

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No idea about the coop ones - but in the African country I spend a lot of time in, they get bales of clothes from European collection services.

These get cleaned, folded and resold on the local market.

Quite a profitable business.

I have exactly the same experience, that is why I do not want to donate. I have seen jeans from Primark worth 5 euro in the first place and quite used being sold for 15! I was told that African countries are flooded with a very bad quality clothes from China and they prefer the better quality European clothes, hence the mark up even on Primark used stuff.
The companies I used in Ireland to sell clothes per kg, would resell it to eastern European countries second hand shops. Their business model was that they would buy a bag of clothes for 8 euro and sold it to Eastern Europe for 15 per bag. Sometimes even more as they told me, they would get designers items too, which they would resell it individually or at higher price. I felt that was a better way of getting rid of old clothes.
After seeing what was happening with the free donations from charities in Africa, I was really put off.

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If you are willing to donate rather than sell:

You can deposit the clothes in a collection box, any amount that fits into the box accepted. I deposit mine (new, unworn) at the Coop colleciton boxes, as I've heard that with this collection less ends up being pulped for rags. I can't verify that, however. They do say that the clothing stays in Switzerland rather than being exported.
https://www.cooppatenschaft.ch/de/wi...estellung.html
I have looked into COOP, it seems they re-home the clothes within Switzerland, which would be great, because a lot of my clothes are new or almost new. I will look into it more, but a great idea. Thank you so, so much! Would be delighted, if they took it all and made a good use of it

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I have exactly the same experience, that is why I do not want to donate. I have seen jeans from Primark worth 5 euro in the first place and quite used being sold for 15! I was told that African countries are flooded with a very bad quality clothes from China and they prefer the better quality European clothes, hence the mark up even on Primark used stuff.
Apparently this used to be the case but not any longer. As there are lots of low quality cloths in Europe now (even Zara and alike) apparently people in Africa now prefer cheap new from China. So less and less places take on these clothes. Remember reading an article 1-2 years ago, but don't have the link.

Some shops take on a bag of clothes and give you a voucher. I think H&M was doing this. They don't need to be in good condition. Maybe they are recycling though I was also reading that it is increasing difficult to recycle given complex composures of different clothes. Many times they end up in car seats and similar.

Also the standard collection from in-front-of-the-building (they put in the mailbox plastic bags beforehand) say that the clothes should be in good shape so I guess they are re-allocating them.

OP: maybe you could contact a second-hand shop and ask what they offer?
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I was told that African countries are flooded with a very bad quality clothes from China and they prefer the better quality European clothes, hence the mark up even on Primark used stuff.
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The better quality European clothes made in China too?

Europeans did everything in their power to destroy their textile industry. So I think more than 90% of all clothes we can buy in Europe are made either in China or other countries in Asia.
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Apparently this used to be the case but not any longer. As there are lots of low quality cloths in Europe now (even Zara and alike) apparently people in Africa now prefer cheap new from China. So less and less places take on these clothes. Remember reading an article 1-2 years ago, but don't have the link.

Some shops take on a bag of clothes and give you a voucher. I think H&M was doing this. They don't need to be in good condition. Maybe they are recycling though I was also reading that it is increasing difficult to recycle given complex composures of different clothes. Many times they end up in car seats and similar.

Also the standard collection from in-front-of-the-building (they put in the mailbox plastic bags beforehand) say that the clothes should be in good shape so I guess they are re-allocating them.

OP: maybe you could contact a second-hand shop and ask what they offer?
A good place to donate is Red Cross, that's where I tried, but they wouldn't take such large amount. I was told they only take selected clothes as well. Red Cross is the most proficiently run charity organisation, using only a small percentage of their funding to run it. Plus, if they take clothes, they either sell them out of their stores or make donations directly. I fully agree with H&M view, they , like most other fashion companies are only able to recycle a small amount of not sold or donated clothes.
As for Africa, I was there for a period of time in a late 2019 and I personally saw containers of clothes from Europe being brought in to Dar es Salaam, to be resold. I also saw the second hand clothes in markets in Arusha, Nairobi and Kigali. Maybe it stopped on a scale it used to be, but at least 2 years ago, the whole resell process was very much alive.

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The better quality European clothes made in China too?

Europeans did everything in their power to destroy their textile industry. So I think more than 90% of all clothes we can buy in Europe are made either in China or other countries in Asia.
I agree, sadly it is hard to buy good clothes in Europe that are European. However the clothes I saw in Africa from China were such poor quality. Felt like pure plastic. The dies run in rain.... it was awful. Even in the low cost European Chinese clothes shops, you do not see such a low quality. A t-shirt felt like a plastic bag and half of the stitching was missing.

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I have looked into COOP, it seems they re-home the clothes within Switzerland, which would be great, because a lot of my clothes are new or almost new. I will look into it more, but a great idea. Thank you so, so much! Would be delighted, if they took it all and made a good use of it

I think it isn't true that most of the clothes are re-homed in Switzerland. Coop's boxes are run by TellTex, which operates boxes with the banners of various different charities on them.


See this newspaper article from last year, in German: https://zofingertagblatt.ch/?id=2855...+zweites+Leben


Some figures from the article:
65% of the clothes donated can be re-worn. 15% get made into cleaning rags. 15% get turned into things for other industries. 5% get thrown away.


And of these 65% that can be re-worn: 80-90% get sold to Eastern Europe.


It says on the Coop page linked in an earlier post "Wenn Ihnen wichtig ist, dass Ihre Lieblingsstücke explizit in der Schweiz weiterleben, senden Sie Ihre gut verpackte Kleiderspende an..."- roughly translated- if it's important to you that the clothes stay in Switzerland, send them directly to TellTex
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One thing you could look it (but not right now given COVID) are the annual charity rallies in Africa.

e.g. Plymouth Banjul, Budapest to Bamako, Plymouth Timbuktu, etc.

The participants (myself included) are usually more than happy to take donated clothes and other items, and then donate them along the way directly to people.

Years ago, I brought an incubator for a hospital down, which was kindly donated by a client.
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Hi Pete, no, I have not heard a word. I guess there is no places like that in Switzerland. I know that Zara and H&M take used clothes, but not sure, if they will take a very large quantity. The charity shops I have tried, would not. I have 5x large IKEA zip bags full.
FYI, C&A has the "We take it back" program, where they give you a 15% discount for each bag you take with them, and they accept max. 2 per client per day.
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Some Brockenhauses and Kleiderbörse (used-clothing shops) take loads of quality clothes.
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One thing you could look it (but not right now given COVID) are the annual charity rallies in Africa.

e.g. Plymouth Banjul, Budapest to Bamako, Plymouth Timbuktu, etc.

The participants (myself included) are usually more than happy to take donated clothes and other items, and then donate them along the way directly to people.

Years ago, I brought an incubator for a hospital down, which was kindly donated by a client.
That is a fantastic idea. I will keep it in mind, as due to my job, I have a lot of clothes I do not need that are new or worn once.
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That is a fantastic idea. I will keep it in mind, as due to my job, I have a lot of clothes I do not need that are new or worn once.
Are you a TV host? I am curious now..A movie star?

Anyways, HM and CA take used clothes here for discounts. Salvation Army and Caritas resell your donated clothes. You don't make cash on it but it's ecological. We also have flee markets and since clothes are so expensive in CH, people successfully sell quite a bit.
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That is a fantastic idea. I will keep it in mind, as due to my job, I have a lot of clothes I do not need that are new or worn once.
Also, not sure if that exists in CH, but in the UK I used to donate old suits to a local charity that helped people off the streets. The suits would be used primarily for people going to interviews and whatnot
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Also, not sure if that exists in CH, but in the UK I used to donate old suits to a local charity that helped people off the streets. The suits would be used primarily for people going to interviews and whatnot
I am not sure about this exact plan. I was already told by Swiss more than once, that they feel uncomfortable as I am wearing suits. Poor them.
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Are you a TV host? I am curious now..A movie star?

Anyways, HM and CA take used clothes here for discounts. Salvation Army and Caritas resell your donated clothes. You don't make cash on it but it's ecological. We also have flee markets and since clothes are so expensive in CH, people successfully sell quite a bit.
I work in promotions and PR, i get sent a lot of clothes - some I have to wear to meetings or otherwise (depending on the agreement). In Ireland, i used to sell the used clothes to the buy your clothes per kilo shops, because I knew they will re-sell these to second hand shops. I was supporting a small business locally, rather than giving my clothes away to an organisation that re-sells it for profit to Africa. New clothes, I used to give to local organisations, which distributed these locally to poorer families via schools, community centers etc. Some of the clothes I get are really trendy(from the brands young girls love) so in Ireland this was always in high demand.

I have no time for flea markets right now, but I will bare this in mind anyway.
Thank you so much for all the suggestions here. This is very helpful. Since I have moved to Switzerland, I kept storing all my unwanted clothes in the spare bedroom, but now, I feel like I have options to give it away to a good place.
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