Coronavirus Considerations with Second-hand Goods

Coronavirus considerations when buying and swapping second-hand goods are something that we must be very wary of.  We are still in need of purchasing and swapping our goods during these times but how we do this should be safe and always follow the guidelines of our health experts.

The best way to prepare your goods before they are sold or swapped

The Salvation Army suggests;

We understand that you may have some questions around buying second-hand goods and we want to answer these for you. We know that Covid-19 can survive on surfaces for varying lengths of time (generally no longer than several days), so we recommend taking proper precautions before using your goods to mitigate the risk to you and your family. 

Best practice is always to follow up to date health professional warnings. With this in mind, we recommend customers do the following before using any purchased items:

  • Was clothing, linen and soft furnishings
  • Clean children’s toys with disinfectant solution
  • Spray shoes and used mattresses with disinfectant
  • Clean/wipe furniture and homeware with disinfectant solution
  • Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water

What to do when it’s time to do the physical swap or purchase?

In relation to the physical point of transfer it is best practice to once again consider the advice of the health authorities.  In the case of handing over goods between two parties we suggest;

  • Have the item delivered where possible.  SwapU uses Sendle, a courier service that allows for the item to be collected from your home and taken to the other person’s house meaning you don’t have to meet and you have the convenience of delivery
  • Transfer the via through a banking transaction rather than pay cash
  • Do not shake hands during the meeting
  • Do not accept the item if you see that the other person is not well
  • Coronavirus can stay active on some surfaces for up to 72 hours as shown in some studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine
  • Ensure that the items have been sanitised before agreeing on the transaction
  • Placing the item on the ground and collecting it from there rather than from the arms of the other person
  • During this time be more wary of items that are used often on or around the face (masks, glasses etc.)

Best practice would be to have the item delivered and to not open the item for 72 hours or more after it was posted.

These times call for us all to do our bit.  If you are of the opinion that you can get by without purchasing a second hand item or swapping a second hand item then please refrain.  Your health is of utmost importance.  If you are sure that you can follow all of these considerations and still undertake a safe exchange than please do so.  If do not and you are in any doubt then we at SwapU suggest that you hold off on the transaction until it is safe to do so.

Remember to stay safe and stay up to date.  The advice within this article is a collection of articles from advisers that are reputable.  However advice is always changing as the pandemic also changes.  We encourage you to always seek professional advice from reputable organisations and to stay up to date.

Coronavirus considerations with second-hand goods are vital!

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