In our countries, with the opening of borders, a stream of worn things was formed. So there was a new phenomenon – second-hand. Today, stores specializing in the sale of clothes are quite a lot. At the same time they are constantly evolving. After all, the market itself is changing, adjusting to the expectations of the public.

Despite the considerable age of this phenomenon, there are many myths around it. Many of them appeared at the dawn of this business. But they have nothing in common with reality.


Second-hand clothes are very worn out.

Today, practically all clothing coming from Europe to Russia and the CIS countries has minimal wear and tear. In addition, there is quite a lot of new clothes in general. How does she even get there? In fact, everything is simple. It happens that the purchased thing is already small at re-fitting the house, or it is great, or just disliked. If the tag is torn off, then such a thing can not be returned to the store. So she gets into second-hand. You can meet in the general mass and stock of clothing. This is a surplus of factory production and those things that stores simply do not have time to implement. Therefore, it is not surprising that in the second hand you can find a new thing with a tag. They say about shabbiness, it is worth noting that such clothes in our countries are almost not received. “Highly demanding of domestic consumers is to blame for everything. As a result, shabby clothing goes to underdeveloped countries, it goes to Africa. Of course, we also have shops selling worn out clothing. But this is easily revealed in the process of inspecting things. It is also worth noting that the culture of wearing things in Europe is completely different than ours. There, people are much more careful about their clothes.

Second-hand clothes are of poor quality.

In fact, clothes brought from Europe have a very high quality. This is very difficult to find in Russia itself. It turns out that the same thing, sold in a prestigious domestic boutique and a second-hand shop, can differ in quality. In this case, the old thing will be better manufactured. The fact is that for our market brands make clothes in Asian countries, using materials of poor quality. After all, in Russia there are not such strict norms on the import and sale of clothing than in Europe. And this gives a “green” light distribution of less quality products. So hike in second-hand can be a hike for quality.

In second-hand clothes are unfashionable.

Amazing is the fact that second-hand clothing on the Russian market comes almost faster than it appears in boutiques. The reason lies in the fact that the used clothes come to us in a continuous stream, a few deliveries are made in a month. But in the boutiques the assortment is updated only with the advent of the new season, that is 4 times a year. So it turns out that European novelties appear in the second hand more quickly, besides they can be found there in a single copy. Therefore, in this store you can buy a stylish and bright thing, without fear that you will see it on someone else. It’s no wonder that a whole layer of fans of second-hand was formed. They specially hunt for exclusive things coming to such stores. These women closely monitor all new arrivals, having time to intercept the original outfit or stylish jeans faster than buyers-competitors. Many connoisseurs turn this hunt even into their hobby.

In the second hand, clothes are for the poor only.

In fact, second-hand buyers have different levels of income. Someone gets worn clothes because they simply can not afford to buy new things. And there are people who have the opportunity to make a purchase in the boutique. But these people, not advertising their interest, understand the quality of materials and know the brands. They understand that in the second hand there is the opportunity to purchase a fairly inexpensive excellent thing. And there is no need to go to Europe for this.The habit of dressing in second-hand does not frighten creative people at all. They find it easier to find a unique thing in a heap of old clothes than to walk on monochrome boutiques. Not surprisingly, many stars openly talk about their commitment to such stores.

The second hand represents ordinary humanitarian aid, which simply did not reach its destination.

It is a mistake to think that clever hucksters catch things halfway and then resell them. This business has nothing to do with charity. Second-hand in large lots are bought in Western Europe and America. Then this product, like any other foreign, goes through customs clearance and goes to wholesale warehouses. Even from there things are bought by small sellers. Therefore, second-hand is not the theft of humanitarian goods, but business products. In addition, it also replenishes the state budget, as the customs duty is paid. Delivery of the second hand to the country is completely legal.

In stores second-hand to buy new and fashionable things is simply impossible – everything goes to relatives and friends of sellers.

In large second-hand stores today a fairly extensive range of high-quality products and well-known brands is presented. Usually the halls occupy hundreds or even thousands of square meters. Regular supplies of products occur 1-3 times a week. So many acquaintances simply can not be found, to give them all new things. Today, second-hand stores are also developing the Internet. Within the city limits, the items selected through the site can be ordered and purchased using a courier. There are delivery options to other regions, the payment methods vary.


Clothing from the second hand is contagious.

This is a very popular myth, but there is no evidence of it. To be afraid of the unknown foreign infection is not worth it. After a powerful disinfection things are still abroad. They are treated with paraformalin at a temperature of 60 degrees. Only after this, things get a sanitary-hygienic conclusion about the possibility of further use. In other words – first antibacterial treatment, and only then customs. That is, to catch anything from the cleansed things is simply unreal.

The thing bought in a second-hand can not be erased.

Actually, there is a special recommendation – to wash the recently acquired in such a store thing. After all, paraformalin is used in the disinfection process, and some people are allergic to it. But after the first wash, this substance will leave the thing.

Clothing from second-hand smells bad.

In any store of such clothes there is indeed a special smell. But its origin is explained by the very chemical treatment. But to be afraid of this smell is not worth it, because it is a direct proof that clothing is clean. After the first wash, an unpleasant smell will surely disappear.

Clothing from the second hand is dirty.

Again, it is worth mentioning the pre-cleaning, which kills all the germs. Clothing from the second hand can have some flaws, but its purity can not be worried.

Clothing from second-hand – the one that was thrown by rich people in the trash.

It is difficult to imagine how many employees must be hired to bypass all garbage dumps and look for things that are suitable for sale. This business has multimillion-dollar turnovers with well-established channels of suppliers.

Things in second-hand stores are sold in kilograms.

There are various schemes for selling things in stores today. Usually they still try to sell things individually, gluing a price tag on each of them. But the purchase of goods is really on weight.

At the same prices, things are sold in ordinary stores.

In fact, in the second hand there are often sales – you need to clear a place for a new product. Prices are really ridiculous, in stores this does not happen. Yes, and the price can be negotiated with the seller, especially if things are found to be defective.

There is no sense to buy in the second hand, because all the same is in the markets.

In fact, the exclusive product is easier to find here, rather than in the markets. After all, low-quality clothes are sold there, designed for a mass user. And in the second-hand things were once bought by Europeans and Americans who can afford to buy quality things, and then change them after a few months. Here are new branded goods among the second-hand goods. Most of the clothes here are original and stylish, which we simply can not find in our markets.


Stock and second hand are one and the same.

In fact, these stores have a different conceptual meaning. Stock offers absolutely new things from the collections of previous seasons. And here the second-hand of a novelty dilutes already used clothes.

It is difficult to find the right size in the second hand.

Unlike most fashion stores, here you can see clothes that go well beyond the average person. After all, clothing in the second hand is among others from people with imperfect figures. What came (or did not fit) in their time to them, may well come in handy for us. Even if the thing turns out to be great, it can be changed.

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