Pandemics, inflation, war. Wallets are empty, the cost of living is exploding. More and more consumers are discovering a way out: second hand products.
Shopping is becoming more expensive every day. Inflation is 7.4 percent, the highest level in 40 years, and due to a lack of supplies, the price of certain products has also risen to the point where they are no longer available.
The loss of value of the upcoming money frightens many: According to a survey by the Institute for Retail Research (IFH), more than half of consumers are afraid that they will soon be unable to maintain their standard of living. About two-thirds of those surveyed said they wanted to reduce costs as a result.
Kai Hudetz, IFH’s Managing Director, said: “Buying second-hand fabrics or electronics is a comparatively painless way to keep money together.
Whether flea market, second hand shop or application: There is no blockage of delivery and new prices every day when buying used goods. Instead, there are other trappings that can be circumvented – in contrast to inflation.
Application and portal online
Second hand clothes are as easy to buy online as new merchandise. The list of applications for the flea market and buying and selling portals is getting longer and longer.
- Momox Fashion: The second-hand giant is both a buyer and a store for used clothing, shoes and accessories.
- Rebel has specialized in the sale of used designer goods.
- Sellpy: An offer from the H&M group, which also includes the Monki, Cos, Weekday and Arket chains. Provider with a 30 day return option!
- Shpock: The flea market application is a competitor to eBay classifieds.
- in Community change there are also second hand clothes from designers and luxury brands, sold by private individuals from all over the world.
- Twenty is the largest supplier of second-hand goods in Germany with a total of 8.5 million users.
- Zik is Zalando’s second-hand series.
They distinguish between two business models: In Vinted and Shpock, for example, private individuals buy from private individuals. On the other hand, deals between companies and consumers take place through buying and selling portals like Momox Fashion or Sellpy.
If you want to sell clothes from Sellpy, you can order a free mail bag and send your goods there. Sellpy takes the photograph, description and placement of the advertisement in the shop – and collects a commission. Up to a value of 50 euros, the seller receives 40 percent of their money, and everything above 90 percent.
- Purchases at any time of the day or night – the Internet is always open.
- Search masks and filters make browsing easier.
- On reputable sales portals you can be sure that the clothes are clean, intact and genuine. Plagiarism is ruled out here.
- Authenticity is also guaranteed for contracts between two private individuals: Most providers block users who sell fake and are evaluated negatively accordingly. As long as you buy with a seller verified by the portal, little can go wrong.
▶ ︎ Disadvantages:
- Clothes can not try on. Returns are usually not possible either. Sellpy is an exception here. Otherwise, bad buys either have to be sold again – or disappear into the depths of the closet.
- Of course, the companies behind flea market apps are also making money. Buyers and sellers even suffer from this. The buyer pays more than they would in a flea market, while the seller must give up a portion of the profits.
- Don’t expect anything new! The condition of the item is described on many platforms or by sellers with terms such as “like new” or “very good”. Nevertheless, one should not expect any garments that could also be hung in a shop.
- Buyers should always pay attention to seal approvals such as “Trusted Shops” and the ratings of the respective seller.
The idea of second hand newly smelling shops is long outdated. The need for people to live sustainably continues to grow. Rapid fashion, meaning chasing current trends in the form of new cheap goods and unfair products, is becoming less popular.
Against this background, more and more second hand shops are opening in German towns and cities. Designer items, vintage clothing, ready-to-wear items – you can find it all here!
- The buyer can touch and try on the clothes before making a purchase. A haptic shopping experience should not be underestimated: According to scientific findings, more happiness hormones are released than with an online purchase.
- Possible return to some stores.
- Advice from a seller.
- You have enough time to think about the purchase without having to worry that someone else might be faster.
▶ ︎ Disadvantages:
- Unlike the internet, you have to when opening.
- If you want to get rid of old clothes in a second-hand shop, in most cases you enter into a commission contract: you get money only when the goods have actually been sold.
▶ ︎ Fall:
- Old treasures are also hanging in the second hand store, which is significantly more expensive than new goods. So never forget to check the price tag to make sure you are really getting a bargain.
Stroll, talk shop, find and haggle – This is a flea market. Aside from the option to buy cheap second hand, junking makes a great Sunday outing for the whole family.
- Shoppers can expect really low prices: T-shirts for 50 cents, jeans for 1 euro and a suitcase set for five – anything possible in flea markets.
- Freedom of action is a big advantage compared to apps and stores. Bazaar rules do not write: cheaper still possible!
- Only in a flea market can one discover treasures and find them irresistibly cheap, the actual value of which the seller does not know.
- Anyone looking for something special is looking for a needle in a haystack. Flea market fans unite patience.
- Payment is only possible with cash.
- Counterfeits are difficult to detect.
- If the goods are dirty or have holes, you must live with it.
- Many can go wrong in social interactions between buyers and sellers. If you want to buy, be friendly!
- When you’re in a junk mood, you buy more than you really need.