Do you need three good reasons for buying and selling used items? Read on to learn my top three reasons:
- It’s good for the economy. When you are buying and selling used items, that money is made in Canada and kept in Canada. This promotes our economy and helps real Canadians. According to this article, “second-hand goods spending by Canadians contributes close to $34 billion to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in Canada by diverting dollars away from items that would otherwise be imported.” http://www.kawarthanow.com/kawarthanowguide/2015/03/05/buying-second-hand/
- It will save you money. When you think of an item that you’d like to purchase, make a list of those items. By simply going to the local store to purchase items when you want them, doesn’t mean that you actually need the item. You may find that by waiting to purchase will actually lead to the realization that you don’t actually need that item at all! This will automatically save you from spending anything! Keep your hard earned money in the bank! If you do actually need that item, then you can start “hunting” for them by either going to garage sales/ flea markets, searching online groups such as Facebook or on kijiji.com, or by word of mouth. You will most definitely find it to be less of a hit on your wallet if you find it second hand, thus saving you money! Remember: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!
- It will save the environment! Buying or selling a used item does not require any more energy in the production of that item. This will eliminate the carbon footprint related to the production of that item. It does not require any more natural resources. “The farming, harvesting, manufacturing, and shipping of a new product requires quite a bit of energy from electricity (usually from natural gas or coal) and from oil (from running the vehicles used in farming, harvesting, shipping). This is called “embodied energy“.” http://www.resilience.org/stories/2008-11-20/top-7-reasons-buy-used-goods
In conclusion, buying and selling used items will not only save you some money, but will help to boost our economy and save our environment. These are three great reasons to help you decide to Live Environmentally Conscience.