Repeat after us: Buying new things won’t make you happy.
Well, actually, it may. But only for a moment. The new wears quickly wears off over time (and takes a big hit when the reality of your adjusted bank balance hits). It’s a process psychologists refer to as habituation: the longer you live with something, the less joy it brings you. And considering the toll on the environment that manufacturing takes, is it really worth that momentary high for a lifetime of “oh, right, that old dresser?”
Buying secondhand just makes sense. It diverts items from landfills and decreases demand for new goods. That means fewer raw hardwoods being plucked from the forests, fewer metals dug up from mines, and fewer gasses being belched out of factories. Even better: used goods usually don’t come wrapped in a thousand layers of plastic packaging like new things do.
And there’s never been a better time for buying used. Facebook sales groups and sites like Craigslist and Ebay make it easy for sellers and buyers to connect. Between the three sites, you can find anything you might need. So before you head out to your local big-box store, think twice. If you’re about to buy one of the nine items below, you’re probably better off getting it secondhand.
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