Sustainable School Shop.

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For Students, Parents, and Guardians 


The Sustainable School Shop encourages re-use and re-cycling 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.

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

Long term change is best achieved through education and incentive.

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

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What can be Advertised, Sold and Traded

Parents and students can sell or buy practically anything, but most of all anything that relates to:

Commonly traded items

Uniforms (Only items in good condition or better)
Sporting Items
Musical Equipment
School Surplus
Clothing and Costumes
Computer Equipment
Dance Wear

Commonly Advertised Services
Tutoring Services
Facilities Hire

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Cost and Pricing Guide

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 $1.95 (Wanted or For Sale)

3. Annual Subscription
 (Includes Premium Searching)
Annual Subscriptions cost $23.95. An unlimited number of items can be advertised and provides access to Premium Searching and the Advanced Search 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 $4.95 (lasts 365 days)
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.


Some schools pay a bulk discounted fee on behalf of their respective families, who then receive a school's subscription (that applies to their school) when they register on the Sustainable School Shop.


3-5 items to sell - purchase 3-5 single ads at $1.95 each. 

Need 3-5 items and have 3-5 items to sell - purchase an annual subscription at $23.95.

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 - $5.95

Sustainable School Shop Guarantee:

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.

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For Sale Ads
For sale ads remain listed until the annual subscription expires, unless delisted prior by the seller.

Listed for sale ads are automatically extended another 365 days when a sellers annual subscription is renewed.

Individually purchased for sale ads remain listed for 365 days unless delisted prior by the seller.

Wanted Ads
Wanted ads remain listed for 90 days, unless delisted prior by the seller.

Delisting Ads 
Please delist any For Sale & Wanted Ads that you no longer require or for items that have sold, it is important for us and your school.

The Sustainable School Shop uses delisting/sold statistics to compile generic recycling rates which is then reported to the school. The information is also used within the Sustainable Schools Program.

To delist an ad, please login and click the “Delist Ads” button in the dashboard, next click the "Delist" or "Sold" button on the right side of each Ad you wish to remove.
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Advanced Search Summary

Wanted Ads must be listed to use the Advanced Search Summary.

The Advanced Seach Summary can be filtered to show you:

Exactly the right item to buy and who has it
Who has the most of the items you need
The cheapest items
The latest listed items

Ad Match email notifications are sent to the person with the listed Wanted Ad when new For Sale Ads are listed that are an Exact or Close Ad Match. These Ad Match emails will continue to be sent while the Wanted ad is listed.

Ad Match emails are sent each day at 10.00am and 6.00pm local time.

People who list Wanted Ads get first choice of the items and save a lot of time.
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Sustainable School Shop

Learn more about the Sustainable School Shop on our About Us page. 

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

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