TIMING/LENGTH (IN MINUTES): 15’
In the next activity we can learn a little more about background of first-hand and second-hand shops.
Are you a second-hand shop customer? Did you ever give it a try?
-Think about the possible advantages and disadvantages of acquiring items from second-hand stores.
-Write down 1 advantage and 1 disadvantage you thought about.
FIRST HAND IS OVERVALUED
Everything that has had one or more previous owners is considered second hand, but this does not mean anything about the state it is in. It is quite common to “inherit” clothes from older brothers or sisters, or relatives, a house, a vehicle… on many occasions this is done without the need for economic mediation. On other occasions, this can be done through the exchange of money in an informal way (through flea markets, garage sales, bazaars) or through shops dedicated to the sale of second-hand products or auctions. The sale of these products is done by assessing the initial sale price with a discount, which depends on the state, the hands it has gone through and the type of article it is.
The origin of second-hand shops comes from the intention of different people to transform the industry, concerned with generating a less harmful impact on the environment. It was a movement often followed by minority groups.
-Think of the social value of second-hand items in your culture and in this country, where you are in now. Write down the common points and the main differences?