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It's free & easy to setup your own shop & start selling

Soon you can be selling your products to buyers around the world. Just follow these three easy steps...

1

Can you sell on The Shop for Change?

  • Eligibility criteria

    If more than 50% of your profits are directly supporting a disadvantaged person or group...

    Eligibility Criteria

    With a mission to maximise social impact, our sellers are required to comply with our Eligibility Criteria:

    Eligibility Criteria
    1. More than 50% of profits are directly supporting a disadvantaged person or group – those struggling to access basic human rights1
    2. Profits have a positive, measurable effect on at least one Social Impact2
    3. Sale prices and profits will be disclosed to The Shop for Change if requested
    4. If you are based in Australia, you a registered business with an Australian Business Number (ABN)
    5. The items for sale are produced:
      1. Free of child and slave labour
      2. In sweatshop-free, safe environments
      3. While protecting and conserving the environment
      4. In appreciation of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights

    1. Generally we consider those at a disadvantage to be facing social or economic marginalisation, with limited access to food and water, education or health care. These descriptions may fit the seller, or the person or group who benefit from the seller's profits. Please note that this evaluation can be complex, and The Shop for Change reserves the right to assess seller eligibility on an individual basis. 

    2. Social Impacts include: Reducing poverty & hunger, increasing access to education, gender equality & empowerment of women, access to child health, access to maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and access to safe drinking water.

    Related FAQs

    Q: We are the Australian distributors for products made by the NGO, so we are not the disadvantaged seller directly. Is this okay?

    A: Yes. While ideally, we would like to allow buyers to deal as directly as possible with the disadvantaged person or group, the Operational Requirements necessary to run an online Shop can mean that sales are managed by a supporting organisation. As a distributor, you can even make a profit, as long as more than 50% of total profits go back to the disadvantaged person or group.

  • Operational requirements

    Confirm you are able to do the things necessary to manage an online shop, such as regularly checking emails...

    Operational Requirements

    In order to maintain high-quality standards of service, sellers on The Shop for Change must be able to meet the following Operational Requirements. If at any time a seller is unable to satisfy these requirements, they must deactivate their shop. Sellers can re-activate their shop at any time.

    Operational Requirements for sellers:
    1. Access the Internet and communicate by email at least once every 3 days
    2. Speak, read and write English1
    3. Take digital photographs and upload them using the Internet
    4. Write a description about their shop, their story and the Social Impact2 they are tackling
    5. Provide descriptions, costs and upload digital photographs of their products
    6. Update the quantity of products they have in stock on the website when necessary
    7. Receive orders by email and post/dispatch them in a timely manner
    8. Promptly and honestly respond to any buyer questions using The Shop for Change website and email
    9. Have access to a bank account through which to receive funds
    10. Collaborate with The Shop for Change staff to optimise their shop profile and product presentations
    If a seller cannot satisfy the Operational Requirements, they can consider finding someone who can help:
    • Someone they know and trust that meets the requirements, OR
    • Consider forming a collective with other sellers in their area and involve someone that can meet the requirements

    1. Some basic help is made available on The Shop for Change website, and tools such as Google Translate may help, but it is expected that sellers have an ability to read and write in basic English or have someone who can help when required.

    2. Social Impacts include: Reducing poverty & hunger, increasing access to education, gender equality & empowerment of women, access to child health, access to maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and access to safe drinking water.

     

  • Social impact

    Do your profits have a positive, measurable effect on one or more social impacts, such as reducing poverty, women’s empowerment...

    Social impact

    Do your profits have a positive, measurable effect on at least one Social Impact?

    Social Impacts include: Reducing poverty & hunger, increasing access to education, gender equality & empowerment of women, access to child health, access to maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and access to safe drinking water.

2

Setup your shop & start selling

  • Setup your shop

    It's free and easy! Tell us about yourself, list your products and provide two references....

    Setup your shop

    While The Shop for Change is still in development, our team currently assists you to manage your Shop. However, in the near future, you will be able to do this independently.

    Once you have confirmed that you meet the Eligibility Criteria, Operational Requirements (see above) and accept the Seller Terms & Conditions, we will need you to provide the following to get your shop online:

    Shop profile

    • Shop name
    • Contact name, phone number and email address
    • Where is the person or community who will benefit from your sales? (country and specific region)
    • Where are your products shipped from? (country and specific region)
    • Photos (to represent you / your organisation on your shop profile page)
    • Your story (up to 500 words): the people you support and why, the impact you have, about you / your organisation etc.
    • Which Social Impacts your organisation contributes to (see the Social Impacts supported by The Shop for Change):
    • On average, how long does it take to post your products?

    Business details

    • Your registered business and / or trading name
    • Registered business address
    • If you are an Australian registered business:
      • What is your Australian Business Number (ABN)
      • Do you charge GST?

    Banking

    In order for The Shop for Change to make payments to you we need to obtain your preferred payment details. Please note any applicable transaction costs, including currency conversion, are deducted from your total payment. We process seller payments at the beginning of each month and you can choose to receive a payment at that time or wait until you have made more sales. As you will need to pay the money transfer fee, we pay you in a single payment for all payable orders. 

    Product details

    • Product name
    • Multiple images of your product, including close-ups of product details (see Images below)
    • The identification number ('SKU') you wish to give your product (eg. WF001)
    • The price of your product (please include The Shop for Change 5% commission and any applicable taxes as this will be deducted from the product price)
    • Detailed product description, including its use, dimensions, colour options, disclaimers (about colours, washing, design consistency etc. if required), and any interesting back-stories to the product
    • Available quantity of the product
    • Category of product (one or more of Wearable, Home & Garden, Art & Music, Gifts & Novelties)
    • Words you would like to tag the product with (see Tagging below)
    • Weight of product in grams (Important: please be as accurate as possible as the weight is used for calculating the cost of shipping)
  • Make sales

    Your products are seen by buyers around the world. You can communicate with them and use their feedback to improve your products and sales...

    Make sales

    When you sign up to be a seller, you'll get your own online shop. You can upload photos and information about your organisation, and manage your list of products for sale. Having a shop on The Shop for Change means connecting with a community of buyers and sellers around the world.

    When your shop goes live, it will then be promoted to buyers all around the world. You will also have your own shop web address to promote to your own networks (eg. www.theshopforchange.com/seller/your-username).

  • Post products

    You send sold products directly to the buyer via the mail. The buyer pays for the postage along with the product price...

    Post products

    Sold listings

    When a product is sold, the seller is notified via email of the sale and is requested to post the item as soon as possible, within their specified dispatch time. Once a product’s stock quantity is sold out, the product automatically becomes inactive. The product can be reactivated by updating the stock quantity.

    Shipping charges

    Postage and handling charges are calculated automatically, based on the weight of the product(s) sold. Shipping charges are added to the sale price that buyers pay, so these costs are covered when you are paid for the sale. 

3

Get paid!

  • No sign up costs

    It's free to set up your shop, list products and start selling online...

    What does it cost to sell on The Shop for Change?

    It is free to set up your own shop on The Shop for Change and there is a 5% commission on sales you make. This contributes to the development of The Shop for Change as our teams works to grow this international market of sellers and buyers. There are no upfront fees however sellers are required to pay any bank transfer fees when they get paid. These costs can vary based on the type of payment from free to $15 AUD for an international money transfer.

  • 5% commission

    To help us grow the marketplace, we include a small mark-up in the sales price...

    What does it cost to sell on The Shop for Change?

    It is free to set up your own shop on The Shop for Change and there is a 5% commission on sales you make. This contributes to the development of The Shop for Change as our teams works to grow this international market of sellers and buyers. There are no upfront fees however sellers are required to pay any bank transfer fees when they get paid. These costs can vary based on the type of payment from free to $15 AUD for an international money transfer.

  • Get paid monthly

    We pay you via your bank OR PayPal account when the product arrives. Sellers pay any transfer fees....

    Get paid monthly

    How will you get paid?
    Buyers use PayPal to purchase and pay The Shop for Change for products. The Shop for Change then pays sellers through their PayPal account or their personal / company / organisation bank account. Sellers are required to pay any applicable transfer fees.

    When will you get paid?
    At the beginning of each month, The Shop for Change processes all orders and makes payments to sellers for completed orders.

    Normally, an order is completed after:

    • it has been shipped;
    • the estimated time to delivery has expired + 14 days; and
    • no issues (such as non-delivery) have been flagged by the buyer.

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