Sustainable School Shop.

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Primary and Secondary Schools 

Philosophy

The Sustainable School Shop encourages reuse and recycling through innovation and technology, enabling schools and families to look for a second-hand item first before buying new. 
 
Making better use of current resources builds a more sustainable school community and lowers the cost of education.

We can all make a difference, changing individual behavior even slightly brings significant change overall.

The Sustainable School Shop undertakes to treat clients at all levels with respect, courtesy and in good faith, while promoting and encouraging long term relationships that deliver improved value and reward.  

 
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The Project

The project was born out of frustration at not being able to find suitable second hand school items and the realisation of the significant waste that occurs every year within the school community.

Research and current trends clearly show existing in-school recycling arrangements for educational consumables such as textbooks, uniforms, musical & sporting equipment calculators etc, are in decline.

Government and community expectations dictate improved sustainability, arguably it has become the most important global issue for centuries to come. Cultural and generational change begins within educational institutions teachings and actions. The rate of change is contingent upon the communities' perceptions, expectations and acceptance.

Simple solutions are always the best. Changing technology and the low cost nature of the internet offers the best opportunity to develop a service that meets or exceeds the needs and expectations of parents and schools. In addition it is important that families receive what they consider to be real value and reward for their recycling efforts as the stark reality is - Individuals will not recycle unless it is easy.

Essential attributes:
(i) Provides a hand-up rather than a hand-out
(ii) Inclusive and accessible by all
(iii) Contributes to and assists in building the sense of school community
(iv) Single platform serving the different layers of the education community (Kinder to Uni)
(v) Genuine in-school service
(vi) Browsers must find the service easy to use - and it must work

We trust our Browsers find the service enjoyable to use and delivers benefits and value as intended.


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Services

Separate systems form the basis of the service:

Each system is customised to your school's requirements. Schools choose which to use while others can be blocked if required.

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Cost

Families are provided 4 levels of access:

1. Searching for Free
Registering and manually searching all the for sale ads on the main search page, gaining the sellers contact details, is free.

2. Advertising Single Items

Single items can be advertised for $1.50 (Wanted or For Sale)

3. Annual Subscription
 (Includes Premium Searching)
Annual Subscriptions cost $21.95. An unlimited number of items can be advertised and provides access to Premium Searching and the Advanced Seach Summary.

Annual Subscriptions last 365 days from your payment date or if you already have a subscription, your subscription expiry date will be extended by 365 days.
 
4. Premium Searching  Cost $3.95
Premium Searching has been created for those families wishing to only search from the main search page. Benefits include immediate access to:
See and search all newly listed For Sale ads
ISBN textbook numbers
Show members other ads
Improved search filtering tools

Newly listed For Sale ads are delayed 48 hours before they will appear to people searching for free.

When manually searching for textbooks, always search by ISBN. This guarantees only the correct texts are found. Book titles in For Sale ads are not standardised and our search engine is keystroke sensitive. Searching by title will often miss books or return incorrect books.

Improved filtering tools include; latest listed; condition; cheapest and distance.


The Sell/Buy Transaction
The sell/buy transaction is direct between buyer and seller. The Sustainable School Shop is not involved in the transaction and does not take any commissions on the sale or the selling price.

Alternatively:

Some schools pay a bulk discounted fee on behalf of the families, who then automatically receive an annual subscription when they register on the Sustainable School Shop.

Recommendations:

3-5 items to sell - purchase 3-5 single ads at $1.50 each. 

Need 3-5 items and have 3-5 items to sell - purchase an annual subscription at $21.95.

Experience has shown that families always find more items to advertise and most upgrade to an annual subscription.

Schools/Heads of Curriculum strongly advise families to use ISBN's when manually searching for books or to list Wanted ads and use the Advanced Search Summary.

Postal Insurance

Sustainable School Shop will compensate sellers, the value of items (including postage) where the sale proceeds are not received.
 
Sustainable School Shop will compensate buyers, the amount of money spent where the goods have not arrived.
 
Postal insurance only covers second-hand items that are advertised on the Sustainable School Shop website and are transacted using a postal/delivery service. Postal insurance lasts 365 days from date of purchase and is limited to a maximum benefit of $400.00AUD.
 
Postal insurance does not cover: ebooks, digital media, or electronic media licencing.
 
Claims must provide: Seller, buyer, item details, any receipts and a brief summary of the incident. Use Contact Us above to submit claims.
 
Postal Insurance - $4.95
 

Sustainable School Shop Guarantee:

We unconditionally guarantee to refund your advertising/subscription fee if you feel the service has not been of value.

We undertake to treat all clients with respect, courtesy and in good faith, while promoting and encouraging community and long term relationships that deliver improved value and reward.

 
Pricing Guide:

New and Unused:  70%         (Purchased new and is Unused)
Excellent:              60%         (Has been used but is unmarked, may have student's name on it)
Very good:            50%         (Minor marks and slight wear showing)
Good:                   40%         (Marks and wear showing but not significant)
Fair:                     25%:         (Well worn but intact, and usable)

Only uniforms of good or better condition, to be advertised and traded. Must have one years wear left in it.

Pricing may vary depending on the type of item.  

Please remember, your items for sale are competing with the other (same) items listed for sale.  Would you purchase the dearest or cheapest item?

Factors that influence purchase decisions include: price, condition, location, school, other items the seller has, competition for the item and the numbers of the same item for sale.


Online Payments
 

Online payments are managed by the ANZ Bank.  Families can pay by credit/debit card, EFT, cheque, direct depost and postal order. 
 
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Implementation

Implementation is easy, Sustainble School Shop (SSS) does most of the work.

Second-hand Textbook Trading System

For school and families this is the best solution for the trading of second-hand textbooks. Come and join the other 100's of schools already using it. It can take as little as 1 day to get your school up and running. 

Provide current years and next years (when final) textbook data (booklists). The SSS uploads the textbook data.
Provide a High Resolution image of the school's logo which is used on the cover of customised User Guides (these are free).
Circulate to families information about the service, available to assist are draft letters and User Guides.
Place a hyperlink from the school's website to the SSS website for families to use.
Regularly place information about the service across the year.

Second-hand Uniform Trading System
Provide a copy of the school's uniform listing including all sizing's and prices. The SSS uploads the uniform data.
Provide a High Resolution image of the school's logo which is used on the cover of customised User Guides (these are free).
Circulate to families information about the service, available to assist are draft letters and User Guides.
Place a hyperlink from the school's website to the SSS website for families to use.
Regularly place information about the service in the school's newsletter.

General Trading System
This trading system usually automatically follows after the implementation of either of the above two. Families learn that many types of items can be traded.

Blocking the Trading of specific types of items
The SSS does not compete with in-school services. If a school wishes to maintain an existing in-school service then the SSS can advise families accordingly upon the website and totally block any of those items from being advertised. This is very effective.

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 An online New Uniform Ordering Facility

The SSS can provide the school or uniform supplier an online platform for families to order new uniforms.

These online pages are customised to the needs of the school and a typical model is:

Implementation
Provide a copy of the school's uniform listing including all sizing's and prices with product codes. The SSS uploads this data.
Provide a High Resolution image of the school's logo which is used on the cover of customised User Guides (these are free).
Circulate to families information about the service, available to assist are draft letters and User Guides.
Regularly place information about the service in the school's newsletter.

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Different implementation Models Used by Schools

The service is customised to the needs of the school, below are examples of the different implementation models thus far:

 If your school's needs are different again then talk to us for a customised solution.

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Items Commonly Advertised and Traded

Textbooks
Uniforms
Calculators
Sporting items
Musical Equipment
DVD's
School Surplus
Stationery
Clothing and Costumes
Computer Equipment
Electronics
Furniture
Dance Wear

Services commonly Advertised
Accomodation
Tutoring Services
Facilities Hire

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Schools using this service include 

VIC
Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy
Alkira Secondary College, Cranbourne
Ashwood Secondary College
Ave Maria College, Aberfeldie
Bacchus Marsh Grammar
Balcombe Grammar School, Mt Martha
Ballarat Christian College, Ballarat
Ballarat Grammar
Ballarat Secondary College
Belgrave Heights Christian School
Bentleigh Secondary College
Berwick College
Berwick Fields Primary School
Berwick Grammar
Bialik College
Box Hill High School
Brentwood Secondary College
Brunswick Secondary College
Buckley Park College, Essendon
Carrum Downs Secondary College
Casey Grammar School
Catholic College Wodonga
Catholic Regional College Melton
Catholic Regional College North Keilor
Caulfield Grammar School
Charles La Trobe P-12 College, Macleod West
Christian Brothers' College, St Kilda
Christian College Geelong
Cobden Technical High School
Cornish College, Bangholme
Cranbourne East Secondary College
Damascus College, Mount Helen
Dandenong High School
De La Salle College, Malvern
Diamond Valley College
East Doncaster Secondary College
East Loddon P-12 College, Dingee
Edinburgh College, Lilydale
Emmanuel College, Warrnambool
Emmaus Catholic Primary School
Fintona Girls School, Balwyn
Flinders Christian Community College, Tyabb, Carrum Downs & Morwell
Fountain Gate Secondary College
Gisborne Secondary College
Gladstone Park Secondary College
Glen Eira College
Glenroy College, Glenroy
Glen Waverley Secondary College
Goulburn Valley Grammar, Shepparton
Grovedale College, Grovedale
Heathdale Christian College, Werribee
Heatherton Christian College, Clarinda
Heathmont College
Highvale Secondary College, Glen Waverley
Highview College, Maryborough
Hillcrest Christian College, Clyde
Hume Anglican Grammar, Mickleham
Hume Central Secondary College
John Monash Science School, Clayton
John Paul College, Frankston
Kambrya College, Berwick
Killester College, Springvale
Kooweerup Secondary College
Korumburra Secondary College
Kyabram P-12 College, Kyabram
Lakeside College, Pakenham
Lavalla Catholic College, Traralgon & Morwell
Loreto College Ballarat
Loyola College, Watsonia
Lyndale Secondary College, Dandenong
MacKillop College, Werribee
Maranatha Christian College, Endeavour Hills & Officer
Marist Sion College, Warragul
Maryborough College of Education
Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College, Leongatha
Mater Christi College, Belgrave
Matthew Flinders Girls' Secondary College, Geelong
McClelland College
McKinnon College
Melbourne Girls College, Richmond
Mentone Girls' Secondary College, Mentone
Mentone Grammar School, Mentone
Mercy Regional College, Camperdown
Mill Park Secondary College, Mill Park & Epping
Mordialloc College
Mount Erin Secondary College, Frankston
Mount Scopus Memorial College, Burwood
Mountain District Christian School, Monbulk
Mt Clear College, Mt Clear
Mt Eliza Secondary College
Mullauna Secondary College
Nagle College
Narre Warren South P-12 College
Nazareth College, Mulgrave
Newhaven College
Northcote High School, Northcote
Notre Dame College, Shepparton
Nossal High School, Berwick
Our Lady of Sion College, Box Hill
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, East Bentleigh
Oxley College, Chirnside Park
Phoenix College, Ballarat
Red Cliffs Secondary College
Rosebud Secondary College
Rosehill Secondary College, Essendon
Sacred Heart College, Kyneton
Sacred Heart College, Newtown
Saint Ignatius College, Drydale
Salesian College, Chadstone
Seymour College
Shelford Girls Grammar, Caulfield
Somerville Secondary College
South Oakleigh Secondary College
St Albans Secondary College, St Albans
St Arnaud Secondary College
St Bede’s College, Mentone
St Bernard's College, Essendon
St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield
St James College, Bentleigh
St Joseph's College, Echuca
St Margaret's School, Berwick
St Patrick’s College, Ballarat
St Paul's Anglican Grammar, Traralgon, Warragul
St Peters College, Cranbourne
Sunbury Downs Secondary College
Sydney Road Community School, Brunswick
The Knox School, Wantirna
Trinity College, Colac
Victoria University Secondary College, Deer Park & Brimbank
Viewbank College
Warrnambool College
Wellington Secondary College
Wesley College, Glen Waverley
William Ruthven Secondary College, Reservior
Wonthaggi Secondary College
Yarra Hills Secondary College

NSW & ACT
Avondale School, Cooranbong
Broughton Anglican College, Menangle Park
Cedars Christian College
Christian Brothers College Lewisham
Coffs Harbour Christian College, Coffs Harbour
Delany College, Granville
Emmaus Catholic College, Kemps Creek
Gilroy Catholic College, Castle Hill
Good Samaritan College, Hinchinbrook
Hunter Valley Grammar, Maitland
James Sheahan Catholic High School, Orange
Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange
Knox Grammar, Wahroonga
Loreto Normanhurst, Normanhurst
Marian Catholic College, Kenthurst
Marian Catholic College, Griffith
Mary Immaculate Primary School, Quakers Hill
Mater Maria Catholic College, Warriewood
Mercy Catholic College, Chatswood
Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, Nth Sydney
Mount Annan Christian College
Mt St Benedict College, Pennant Hills
Newington College,
Oakhill College, Castle Hill
Orange Anglican Grammar School
Pymble Ladies College
Ravenswood School for Girls, Gordon
Roseville College, Roseville
Sceggs Darlinghurst
Scone Grammar
Snowy Mountains Grammar School, Jindabyne
Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, Burwood
Southern Cross Early Childhood School, Scullin ACT
St Clare's Catholic High School, Hassel Grove
St Columba's Catholic College, Springfield
St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill
St Ignatius’ College, Riverview
St Leo’s Catholic College, Wahroonga
St Luke’s Grammar, Dee Why
St Mark’s Catholic College, Stanhope Gardens
St Mary’s Catholic College, Casino
St Patrick's College, Campbelltown
St Paul’s Catholic College Manly
St Vincent’s College Potts Point
The Illawarra Grammar School, Wollongong
Trinity College, Thurgoona & Baranduda
William Clarke College, Castle Hill

SA & NT
Banksia Park International High School
Eynesbury Senior College, Adelaide
Prescott College, Prospect
Roma Mitchell College, Gepps Cross
St Michael’s College, Henley Beach
St Peter's Girls, Stonyfell
St Philip's College, Alice Springs NT
Walford Anglican School for Girls, Hyde Park
Woodcroft College, Morphett Vale

QLD
Assisi Catholic College, Upper Coomera
Charters Towers School of Distance Education
Chisholm Catholic College
Coomera Anglican College
Grace Lutheran College
Hillbrook Anglican School
King's Christian College, Reedy Creek
LORDS School, Pimpama
Loreto Coorparoo, Coorparoo
Mt Maria College, Mitchelton
Mt St Michael’s College, Ashgrove
Murrumba State Secondary College
Redeemer Lutheran College, Rochdale
San Sisto College, Carina
Sheldon College
Somerset College, Mudgeeraba
Springfield Central State High School, Springfield
Stanthorpe State High School
St Aidan's Anglican Grammar School
St Augustine's College, Augustine Heights
St Eugene College, Burpengary
St Hilda’s School, Southport
St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, Ascot
St Peter Claver College
St Peter’s Lutheran College, Indooroopilly & Springfield
St Thomas More, Sunnybank
Trinity Lutheran College, Ashmore

WA
Alkimos Baptist College, Merriwa
All Saints College, Bull Creek
Bunbury Catholic College, Bunbury
Busselton Senior High
CBC Fremantle
Cornerstone College, Bunbury
Georgiana Molloy Anglican School, Bussellton
Grace Christian College, Bunbury
Guildford Grammar, Guildford
Helena College, Darlington
Hillside Christian College, Forrestfield
Iona Presentation College, Mosman
John Calvin Christian College, Armadale
John Curtin College of the Arts College, Fremantle
Kennedy Baptist College, Murdoch
Kingsway Christian College, Darch
Lake Joondalup Baptist College
Lumen Christi College, Martin
Mandurah Baptist College
Mandurah Catholic College
Manjimup Senior High School
Melville Senior High School
Mercy College
Methodist Ladies' College Claremont
Mindarie Senior College
Perth College
Peter Carnley Angilcan Community School, Wellard
Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, Mindarie
Quinns Baptist College, Quinns Rocks
Rehoboth Christian College, Kenwick
Rockingham Senior High School
Rossmoyne Senior High School
Safety Bay senior High School
Santa Maria College, Attadale
Sepentine Jarrahdale Grammar School
Seton Catholic College, Samson
Shenton College, Shenton Park
St Georges Anglican Grammar School, Perth
St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, Mosman Park
St James Anglican Community School
St Mark's Anglican Community College, Hillarys
St Norbert College, Queens Park
Thornlie Christian College, Southern River
Tranby College, Baldivis
Ursula Frayne Catholic College, Victoria Park
Yidarra Catholic Primary School

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Policies

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School Benefit Program

You can learn more about our School Benefit program at our School Benefit page.

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Sustainable School Shop

You can learn more about the Sustainable School Shop at our About Us page. 

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FAQ's

Please visit our FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions.

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