Today (26 January) CRNS member MARC is launching a new LAYAWAY scheme – the first of its kind for reuse organisations in Scotland.
‘As the name suggests this scheme is all about reserving items, either new or recycled, and then allowing customers to pay for these items interest free up to a maximum of four weeks,’ says Willie Dunn, Project Coordinator at MARC. ‘A non-refundable deposit of 20% will secure any item and after the final payment, customers can arrange for either pick up or delivery of the item.’
MARC is a community based Social Enterprise serving the people of Midlothian. The furniture and white goods recycling project, collects, refurbishes and redistributes household goods within the local community.
The LAYAWAY scheme is open to everyone but is primarily aimed at those with little or no income – those who are unable to immediately afford items in the shop that they need or want. It is hoped that access to this scheme will alleviate some of the debt problems experienced by this group of people.
‘We’ve had a number of requests from our customers for this scheme,’ adds Willie Dunn. ‘In this current economic climate, people find it a struggle to pay for everything they need in one go. This scheme is a real alternative to high interest shops or payday loan schemes. There is no added interest and people are given a real chance to save and secure the goods they need, whilst the shop is not left holding on to stock that could have been sold to others. We hope it will be a real win/win scheme for everyone.’
If you would like further details on the LAYAWAY scheme please contact the MARC shop on 0131 454 0458 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.