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News - 8 January 2003

Perfect Pitch

Council stamps on Big Issue pitches

In an attempt to overcome the problem of rogue Big Issue sellers who are not authorised the Big Issue office, in conjunction with the city council and police have marked the location of every pitch in the city centre.

If a Big Issue seller isn't standing on the pitch with a current badge then the public should not buy from them.

It is hoped that this will help to eradicate roving sellers who often purchase a single copy of the magazine and then wander up and down a street approaching people to buy it. When they come across a willing purchaser they often take the money and persuade the purchaser to let them keep the magazine. This amounts to begging which is not only illegal but gets genuine Big Issue sellers a bad name.

Despite being controversial the Big Issue sellers in the city are quintessential small businesses. They pay in advance for a time limited product and then try to sell it at a modest profit by dint of hard work and effort. The job is hard enough for legitimate vendors without them having to contend with the rogue sellers into the bargain.

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