Get ready, the holidays are upon us again. For many, that means wincing at the wad of cash you’re about to deposit.
Buying used, whether for yourself or for others, is a great alternative. Not only does this save a lot of money, but it reduces waste and keep products out of landfills. Now there’s a browser plug-in from thrift store retailer Beni that turns any product search into a digital thrift store outlet.
How to Use Beni’s Second-Hand Shopping Browser Extension
First, it’s time to de-stigmatize second-hand buying, and that includes buying gifts. Reducing waste and packaging makes buying second-hand (or circular buying, as it’s called) a more forward-thinking alternative to new products. When it comes to many items, including electronics and clothing, buying gently used items can be huge value with little downside.
The plugin works by offering second-hand alternatives to your online shopping searches. It directs users to the same or similar products on resale marketplaces such as The RealReal, Rent the Runway, Vestiaire Collective, eBay, Kidizen, and others. The idea is to make it as easy as possible for users to find and buy second-hand items that offer better value and a smaller environmental footprint.
Is Beni available for all browsers?
Not at this time. Currently, Beni is only available for Chrome. The plugin has just been launched, so it’s a safe bet that its availability and compatibility will increase.
Are there other sites, apps or plugins that can help me buy used?
Absolutely! Check Depop and Asos market. And Ebay is still great for all sorts of things, including electronics and gadgets, which have a much longer lifespan in many cases than you might expect. For local alternatives, try Craigslist, OfferUpand local Facebook groups offering second-hand goods for free or for purchase.
What’s so great about buying used?
The fashion industry produces a huge amount of waste (not to mention its frequency horrible work practices). Buying new fuels a cycle of production and consumption that uses vast resources for consumables that usually end up in landfill.
On top of that, the culture is changing. With 93% of US buyers are willing to buy used (up from 45% in 2016), the fashion resale industry has become more popular. Shoppers now have access to a growing number of resale options, including brand-owned resale offers.