Everyone loves a bargain and good sales! But sometimes the bargains and sales are not selling what you need. While there is an untapped resource of quality and cheap items that you do what out there, unfortunately, many still associate used second hand with the stigma that it is all ‘junk’, ‘old’ & ‘unwanted crap’ despite missing out on these excellent bargains. Don’t let your misconception about used second hand buying cloud your judgement because these 5 reasons on why buying used second hand are guaranteed to make a difference in your buying habits.
1. It’s Value For Money
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Going to garage sales or buying second hand online is not only about buying junk or things that you will never use. Think about all the money you are saving by widening your shopping pool to second hand resources. Make sure to be a savvy shopper by checking the quality and ensuring a safe transaction. On average, used products are about 50% cheaper leaving you with more money for important things like rent, bills or a special holiday! Do you know that cars are also about 50% cheaper second hand?
2. Help Save The Planet
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Ponder on these jaw-dropping information and click for more :
Shopping malls outnumber high schools. (Affluenza).
Over the course of our lifetime, we will spend a total of 3,680 hours or 153 days searching for misplaced items.The research found we lose up to nine items every day—or 198,743 in a lifetime. Phones, keys, sunglasses, and paperwork top the list (The Daily Mail).
Shopping used second hand is a universal loophole that allows for spending and shopping for what you need and want without breaking the planet. Re-using and re-purposing gives a longer life to common household items that would have gone into a bin anyway to help another family and therefore saving the Earth at the same time.
3. Quality, Quality, Quality
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Not many realize this, but the best place to look for affordable quality items would be at second hand resources. Besides the fact that many high end, expensive, quality items are looked after carefully by the owner, there also comes a time where owners will eventually upgrade or no longer need them anymore to ease while moving. This is the time for us budget friendlies to score quality carefully looked after quality items!
Most items are nearly new such as newborn stuff that are often used for only a year and as the baby outgrows it, they have to sell. Another great example for these items is high end handbags such as Gucci, Chanel or LV or even the very awesome multi cooker Thermomix. Not only that, as these items are definitely tried and tested, you know that they are of good quality and durable. No more buying a RM200 top that has thread runs after just one wash.
4. Keeping The Money In The Community
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Shopping is definitely a very big part of Malaysia’s economy & culture. But think about how much you are boosting the local profits by shopping second hand and putting the ringgits directly into the sellers hands. Buying used second hand is a interactive transaction that takes place in a close knit community filled with friendly conversation and warm helpful sellers. This is because you are supporting individuals in obtaining their money goals.
5. No GST
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How to shop and not get slumped with GST & Service Tax? Buy second hand off someone who has already paid those taxes for you and the costs on your end is one set affordable price. While everyone is scratching their heads trying to figure out which products will carry GST and which won’t, eliminate the stress from your life by sticking to the worry-free second hand enterprise as you will always know you getting what you pay for.
However, remember that buying used second hand takes more work and research, a more discerning eye for detail, a nearly clairvoyant knowledge of what you’ll need down the road, and loads of patience. But the benefits definitely outweigh all of that so much that online marketplaces are taking the country by storm with new converts every day. Check out this awesome guide to help with car shopping. High five to smart spending!