Used gifts for Sinterclass or Christmas? Kids don’t care

Dear people, we are doing our best, right? Especially now that it’s National Climate Week, and government, businesses and we, the good citizens, are thinking about what we can do to live more consciously. Buying less is perhaps the easiest way for consumers to save money and nature.

But, let’s be honest, the holidays are just around the corner and the time ahead will be all about stocking up on gifts. Because it is very nice if you consume a little food for yourself, but of course we will not only ignore Grandma at New Year’s dinner, we would also like to spoil our offspring to the bone. After all, it is only Sinterklaas once a year and/or Christmas.

Anyone who has ever walked into a thrift store or surfed the internet knows that you’re stepping into a treasure chest where you can discover the rarest of pearls. Like cake plates with a gold rim of fifty cents each or a gorgeous pendant lamp that turns out to be an original 1960s design. He discovers that we would never be able to afford it in ordinary life, such a beautiful Viktor & Rolf dress with a corset, it is also easy to find second hand and at a good price.

In short, second-hand is an exciting adventure, but by no means everyone is convinced: 54 percent of people buy second-hand, says Rick Fairwell, sustainability officer at Marktplaats, the incredibly large second-hand platform with at least more than 8 million unique visitors per month. “How nice would it be if more people cleaned up their attic and started selling things and more people were buying used things?”

persistent bias

The drawback is that there are still persistent prejudices about used items. This was also evident when Marktplaats invited parents and children to their new holiday campaign. Fairwill: “They didn’t know beforehand what was going to happen, it was The real life an experience. Children were allowed to play in a cardboard mansion full of donated used toys, and in the meantime parents answered what they thought of used toys as gifts: “dirty,” “not great,” “new is nicer.” and: “I only want the best for my child.” As if the new is the best for your child. These are precisely used items, due to: Less emissions and raw materials. What happens if you ask the children themselves? They don’t care at all and think second hand toys are cool.”

Marktplaats hopes to show more people: used stuff isn’t dirty or scary, but a great way to approach things more sustainably. Nice too: For some products, like baby gear, 25 recent Marktplaats visitors mentioned how much on average each product category you save in CO2 emissions by buying used instead of new. Not only with numbers, but also with a concrete example. For example, a text attached to the stroller says: “You can save an average of 45.6 kg of CO2 emissions by purchasing a second-hand in this category. This is the equivalent of driving from Amsterdam to Brussels with a gasoline car.”

Verkuyl: “We wanted to make our visitors more aware of their positive impact and help them make sustainable decisions.” It feels like getting a poster from a teacher.

many pictures? How long is active?

Carbon dioxide emissions are far from mentioned all over the place, but if you think: Oh my goodness it’s a good idea to try handy over the upcoming holidays, Verkuyl has some tips for making a good online purchase: “Look first at new items, even You can see the features, how to reviews and the price.Then see if you can find them secondary.Look at the ads with a lot of images, these are the people who put in the effort.Compare a lot.In you can already see a difference in quality.Ask questions at Sellers if you want to know something. Check out seller reviews. And look at how long someone has been, if one day you might want to scroll further.”

What do you bring?

Used is much cheaper than new. This varies from about 20 percent for something new, to the occasional 90 percent or even free for items that get in the way.

Used: What to record where?

note. Used gifts are of course no longer in the original packaging. If you want to pack it well, you’ll find inspiration here.

Selling things online? Tips!

  • Think carefully about the right platform for your stuff.
  • Take good photos all in the same style and show you what you have to offer. And make sure that only the product you sell is in the picture.
  • Think of a good price: the more recent/in good condition, the higher the percentage of news price you can ask for. Be clear what you want for something.
  • Find out what other people are asking for the same product and learn how to make your ad more attractive.
  • Make sure you deliver the items in good condition: No one wants to buy a loose-fitting, un-ironed blouse.
  • Provide a full text about your items (sizes, color, and how they fit), write a catchy title and use relevant keywords.
  • Not sold after a week? Repost the ad to be better found, and also place your ad on your nearby networks and apps.

Sources: Sustainability Compass, Hetkanwel

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