Buy second-hand stuff cheaply

Want to buy second-hand stuff cheaply? This is not as difficult as it seems. The internet offers many possibilities for this. However, there are some other options that often do not come to mind. How about the Black Market or a thrift store? That and more in this article about buying second-hand items cheaply.

Online

Since the rise of the internet, it has become “the” place to buy second-hand items. Some websites offer both new and used items for purchase. There are also websites that specialize in selling second-hand items.

Websites

  • Bol.com
  • Marktplaats.nl
  • Ebay.com

What should one pay attention to?

What should one pay attention to when buying second-hand items online? There is often a profile of the seller with information about his or her sales history. It also often states how long the person in question has been working with the website and there are almost always comments with experiences from other users. Also check whether the website in question offers a guarantee in case of a bad purchase or if nothing is received at all. Always try to visit the seller yourself and not have it sent.

Thrift store

A thrift store collects items that people throw away but are still perfectly usable. They repair the items where necessary and the proceeds from the item are used to cover the costs. Thrift stores therefore usually belong to a foundation because they do not need a fixed profit motive. These thrift stores almost always have something you would like to have. If you want to buy something second hand, this is my first choice. You can look at the items yourself and simply pay at the cash register.

Thrift stores

There are quite a few thrift stores in the Netherlands. When looking for a large thrift store, one usually has to go to a large city. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and so on.

What should one pay attention to?

What should one pay attention to when buying second-hand items in a thrift store? First of all, one must be sure of the quality of the product. Check serial numbers and other features that indicate the authenticity of the product. This is not always necessary, but it is useful for amplifiers, etc. Again, ask about any warranty arrangements.

Black market

The “Black Market” in Beverwijk is one of the largest bazaars in Europe. Everything can be found here. Many collectors regularly visit the bazaar. If you are looking for something and can’t find it anywhere, then this might be the place where you will find it.

Black market

When you think of a black market, you immediately think of an underground economy, scammers, thieves and other quacks. This was indeed the case in the past. Now the Black Market (in the Netherlands) is the unofficial name for the Beverwijk Bazaar. Only everyone in the Netherlands talks about the Black Market. So don’t worry about serious scams.

What should one pay attention to?

What should one pay attention to when buying second-hand items on the Black Market? Here too, one must be sure of the authenticity of the product. This is especially important on the Black Market! Many traders only come by once and will never give you your money back or anything like that. So forget about warranty schemes. You can find nice things on the Black Market, but be sure of your purchase!