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Tips: Here's how you can save some money by shopping secondhand

There are a variety of apps and websites designed specifically to connect sellers of secondhand goods to buyers.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Consumer Price Index rose 7.9% over the last 12 months from Feb. 2021 to Feb. 2022 with prices for apparel increasing 6.6% year to year.

It’s one of the reasons why buying secondhand clothing has become so popular.

In fact, there are a variety of apps and websites designed specifically to connect sellers of secondhand goods to buyers.

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Here are 5 steps to shopping secondhand online to save money according to the Better Business Bureau: 

  1. Check seller reviews: Look for a seller with a positive track history. Checking the experience of other customers is key. Proceed with caution when you find a seller with mixed reviews.
  2. Inspect photos: Zoom in closely on all photos to examine for imperfections, stains, holes, missing buttons and faulty zippers
  3. Know your measurements: Sizing varies by brand so make sure you know the measurements for your hips, waist, bust and inseam.
  4. Search all online platforms: Once you find an item you like, make sure you look on other online platforms to get the best possible price. Some sellers will charge a different price for the same item depending on the platform where the items is listed.
  5. Know the return policy: Know the policy before you purchase. Many secondhand sellers have an “as-is” policy. If returns are accepted, be aware of shipping costs which could end up costing more than the item itself.

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