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Everyone selling the magazine has to work according to our Vendor Expectations, a set of rules governing how vendors work.

  1. Vendors can only sell on designated pitches.
  2. Vendors cannot sell between 8pm and 7am (or 6pm and 7am in Liverpool).
  3. Vendors must wear their own badge.
  4. Vendors must not use physical or verbal aggression towards members of the public or other vendors.
  5. Vendors are not allowed to sell if staff feel they are unfit to do so.
  6. Vendors must normally stand when selling.
  7. Vendors must not beg for money using the magazine (asking for spare change or other items is considered to be begging).
  8. Vendors can only charge the cover price (£2.50) for each magazine and must always give the customer the magazine once paid for.

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Big Issue North during the Coronavirus pandemic

We have taken the difficult decision to tell our vendors that they cannot sell Big Issue North on the streets during the Coronavirus pandemic, for the safety of the public and themselves.

This is a serious emergency for our vendors, and they need your help. There are three things you can do right now to help them get through this impossibly tough period.

  1. Buy our digital issue of this week’s magazine Buy
  2. Donate to our hardship fund, which we’ll use to help vendors in the most urgent need Donate
  3. Buy subscriptions and back issues online Shop Now