Frequent readers noticed that I got away from focusing too much on aggressive money accumulation because it became clear to me that obsession about money leads as well to unhappiness as having no money at all.
Having said that I still 100% subscribe to the need of efficient spending.
The concept is easy:
Money can buy you nice things and possibilities but money typically is in short supply, plus we downshifters are not into working long hours to maximize income.
Thus spending money on the right things, as well as spending as little as possible on a give thing we want to buy, are important.
One way to do this is to buy second-hand stuff:
In todays consumption and throw away world, actually the second-hand market is one of the most inefficient markets I know – to the benefit of the buyer!
A book not even read but unpacked typically sells for only 60% of original price. Once read but in perfect condition it drops to 30%.
Electronic articles are incredibly cheap to get once they are half a year old and thus no more “fashionable”.
Toys, bicycles etc. are available at very low prices even if they are still in very good condition.
In general the second-hand market is always in oversupply as most people buy new stuff far too often with a need to get rid of their old gear.
The same holds to a very large degree for second-hand cloths.
Problem here is that second-hand stores are typically stuffed with all kind of crap, quality is extremely diverse and it is difficult and no fun to find good cloths in those shops.
Now Woodpecker by accident came across a very good internet service (Germany only?) to buy used cloths.
I typically do not promote internet shops and like to assure you that I am not connected nor paid by these guys.
The site is called ubup.com.
It offers an amazing choice of cloths that you can sort by quality, size and brand. They still might want to work on their search function a bit, but in general this is much better and more comfortable than eBay etc.
I (and Mrs. Woodpecker) did some test buys and went only for high-end brands (brands that we typically would seldom buy because they are too expensive in the shop) and for the very high quality section (i.e. barely used or unused).
And, voila, we were very positively surprised. Prices even in the barely used section come in around 25%-30% of the shop price, and the things we got were in fantastic condition, no shipping costs plus you can resend for free.
Please feel absolutely free to ignore this post but if you want to try the shop anyway and would like to support this blog a bit without a cost to you, you can use Woodpeckers promotion code.
That way you will get a 10 EUR deduction from your first purchase, and Woodpecker gets a voucher of 10 EUR as well.
The code works anonymously for both parties (tried it already with Mrs. Woodpecker) and would be:
Simply enter it at the check out page.