Issue #5 – Why Shop 2nd Hand

 

Shopping secondhand can really benefit the environment. It can help by enabling people not to throw away their used, unneeded items.

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The environmental effect of secondhand shopping can be good. According to all recycling- facts.com, there are five basic principles to help the environment, which are: reduce pollution, conserve resources, conserve energy, reduce consumption and waste, and protect the Earth’s ecological balance. We can help provide better circumstances for the environment by recycling old, used items, while offering someone else the chance to find something they need that already exists. Examples of items that can be bought used Include: cars, electronics such as computers, TV’s, VCR’s, and DVD players, clothing, household appliances, and children’s toys.

Thrift Stores and Their Impact

One example of a thrift store is Goodwill. They sell gently used merchandise and recycwhy shop 2nd hand pic 2lable items that are donated to the store by people in our community and resell them to fund job programs through their non-profit organization. Other examples of stores that sell second hand are the Salvation Army, the Clark County Public Auctions, and Pawn Shops like Super Pawn. These stores can be profitable in an economic recession because they can sell these items at discounted prices instead of buying brand new, and also can be usually sold without taxes since these stores are often notfor-profit. Websites such as EBay and Craigslist can help our economy by creating jobs and allowing people to sell things they no longer use for cash. In a recent survey, 70 percent of adults said it is socially acceptable to shop at thrift stores, and more than 25 percent of people who shop at thrift stores said they would increase their amount of secondhand gifting during this holiday season. Secondhand shopping definitely has its advantages. If you are looking for a good bargain on something special, unique, or even one-of-a-kind, go shop at a secondhand store, and be sure to spread the word about it to all of your friends!!!!