Charity shops crammed with copies of 50 Shades of Grey
In 2011 E.L James’s 50 Shades of Grey became the bestselling book of all time in the UK and two years on, an unsuspected side effect is manifesting.
Charity shops have become inundated with copies of the novel and the British Heart Foundation has now revealed that there is a “paper mountain” of copies accumulating across their stores.
Charities are always grateful for donations, but unsurprisingly their customers aren’t too keen on purchasing second-hand erotic fiction or have already read the novel in the first place. The supply is coming in fast, but the demand, it seems, is over.
Helen Partridge, manager at The British Heart Foundation store in Swansea, confirms this trend: “We really do have quite a few copies of 50 shades coming into the store! We have a lot now. In the beginning people didn’t mind them on the bookshelf, but now they want to get rid of them and they send them to us.”
Alan Carlin, a sales assistant at Cancer Research Swansea, also says he’s noticed this: “I can see 2 copies from where I’m stood in the shop now. I go charity shopping quite a lot in other places and I notice 50 shades around them all the time. I’m not surprised we’re getting bogged down with them.”