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Decathlon expands Buy Back scheme

Decathlon has expanded its Buy Back scheme to more sporting equipment following a successful launch last year. The scheme enables customers to swap old sporting equipment… View Article

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Decathlon expands Buy Back scheme

Decathlon has expanded its Buy Back scheme to more sporting equipment following a successful launch last year.

The scheme enables customers to swap old sporting equipment to give products a second life in return for store vouchers.

Launched at the end of 2023 across Decathlon’s own-brand cycles, the scheme is now being rolled out to more sports categories including fitness equipment, racket sports, camping gear, and water sport items like kayaks and paddleboards.

To swap their old sporting equipment for new, customers are asked to complete an online assessment and register the return of their product. After being provided with a quote, they can book a slot to drop their product off at their nearest Decathlon store to receive vouchers for up to 40% of the valued item. The retailer will then refurbish and resell the product.

As part of the service, customers can also get their sports kits repaired at any of Decathlon’s stores nationwide.

Buy Back follows the launch of the retailer’s rentals initiative last year, which allowed customers to rent a range of sporting gear  from £10 a day.

Chris Allen, sustainability leader at Decathlon UK, said: “At Decathlon we’re all about driving participation in sport and we want to encourage this in the most sustainable way possible. Buy Back allows people to realise value from older or unused kit and exchange it for new or refurbished products. With the cost of living still having a huge impact on our customers, we are determined to ensure people are ready to play this summer, whatever the weather.”

The retailer estimates that 800,000 products will be bought-back, resold or revived through the service.

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