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5 Truths About Preloved Shopping You Should Know

The idea of shopping preloved or secondhand isn’t something new. Actually, these days it’s more popular than ever. Whether you’re concerned about spending smartly in the time of the pandemic, or growing an interest in fashion sustainability,  the resale market is predicted to overtake fast fashion by the end of the decade! Can you believe that? Fashion will finally be able to breathe again.

However, despite the exciting news, there are still common misconceptions and myths on preloved shopping that keeps some of us at bay. We’re listing 5 of the most popular myths, and diving in to debunk them with good ol’ facts:

Myth #2

The styles are outdated
While the fact of that matter is that most items offered on resale platforms, including Second Edit’s, are from a few seasons back, many preloved shoppers actually opt to shop preloved for the thrill of finding hidden gems and unique, memorable items you can no longer find at the store. A study by Farfetch has also stated that one of the top reasons people shop preloved is to find rare items.

Trends tend to repeat themselves, too. Besides, trends have become saturated ever since the presence of social media and influencers, that they are merely just another idea or inspiration. So, instead of using trends as a deciding factor to splurge on what’s new, why not use it as an inspiration to renew your excitement in old-but-gold classics? Invest in timeless pieces and designs  that will stand the test of time. Remember, the mark of a good purchase is one that lasts a long time.

Myth #1

The items are pretty worn out and in poor quality
One of the most common misconceptions, indeed. Preloved items may come in less-than-perfect conditions, but that also means they were very well-loved! It also depends on where you shop your secondhand goods from. When you shop from a classifieds marketplace like eBay or Carousell, you might get items of varying condition standards, sold by a portal of different sellers and merchants.

At Second Edit, we curate high-quality items that have proven to stand through the test of time of repeated washes and wear. We take care to list the conditions of our items, from pristine, like-new to fair, with items labeled as ‘fair’ having only small fixable defects.

We try to be as transparent as possible when it comes to the condition of the items, with clear condition labels stated in each product description to make preloved shopping more comfortable for you. After all, who would want the shock of receiving an item in an unexpectedly bad condition?

Myth #1

The items are pretty worn out and in poor quality
One of the most common misconceptions, indeed. Preloved items may come in less-than-perfect conditions, but that also means they were very well-loved! It also depends on where you shop your secondhand goods from. When you shop from a classifieds marketplace like eBay or Carousell, you might get items of varying condition standards, sold by a portal of different sellers and merchants.

At Second Edit, we curate high-quality items that have proven to stand through the test of time of repeated washes and wear. We take care to list the conditions of our items, from pristine, like-new to fair, with items labeled as ‘fair’ having only small fixable defects.

We try to be as transparent as possible when it comes to the condition of the items, with clear condition labels stated in each product description to make preloved shopping more comfortable for you. After all, who would want the shock of receiving an item in an unexpectedly bad condition?

Myth #2

The styles are outdated
While the fact of that matter is that most items offered on resale platforms, including Second Edit’s, are from a few seasons back, many preloved shoppers actually opt to shop preloved for the thrill of finding hidden gems and unique, memorable items you can no longer find at the store. A study by Farfetch has also stated that one of the top reasons people shop preloved is to find rare items.

Trends tend to repeat themselves, too. Besides, trends have become saturated ever since the presence of social media and influencers, that they are merely just another idea or inspiration. So, instead of using trends as a deciding factor to splurge on what’s new, why not use it as an inspiration to renew your excitement in old-but-gold classics? Invest in timeless pieces and designs  that will stand the test of time. Remember, the mark of a good purchase is one that lasts a long time.

Myth #3

The item’s authenticity is questionable
When it comes to shopping for preloved luxury items that come at afraction of the retail price, it’s totally normal for you to be wary ofthe authenticity and legitimacy of it. When you’re shopping online,trust and transparency matter all the more. Rest assured, any preloveditems that you buy from Second Edit have been authenticated to a 99.9%accuracy, thanks to our in-house team of experts, and state-of-the-artauthentication technology, Entrupy.

Myth #4

It’s hard to find the items that you like in the right size
Not too long ago, certain luxury fashion brands were known to throw their unused stock straight into raging fires, just to maintain “exclusivity”. The outrage that followed this news went on to show that there was a growing community of sustainable and ethical consumers, who were more than ready to call for an end to the wasteful linear economy of fashion.

What has buying secondhand got to do with this? On a personal level, choosing to buy secondhand helps to prevent unused designer bags from prematurely ending up in the landfills. Instead, you’re increasing the number of wears in a bag’s lifespan, and contributing to the sustainable circular economy — kudos to you! 

Myth #5

The browsing process is overwhelming
So, you’re excited to buy preloved, but the only thing holding youback is the fear of counterfeits lurking in shady thrift shops. Nobodywants to be duped with a high-grade fake that escaped the eye of anauthentication expert! But thanks to the advancement of A.I. machinelearning, that human error factor can be whittled down to achieve awhopping 99.1% accuracy.

Now that the myths andmisconceptions have been busted, we hope it can give you a betterpicture of how preloved shopping truly is and eliminate any doubt you’vehad before.

So, are you ready to join the fashion revolution and buy better with preloved?

Myth #4

It’s hard to find the items that you like in the right size
The thing about finding hidden gems when shopping preloved is that they often come in a limited size. But, that’s not the case when you’re shopping from our website or offline Showroom. The items that are available for you to shop come in multiple sizes that you can choose from and a size guide that makes it easier for you to find the one that fits you

Myth #3

The item’s authenticity is questionable
When it comes to shopping for preloved luxury items that come at a fraction of the retail price, it’s totally normal for you to be wary of the authenticity and legitimacy of it. When you’re shopping online, trust and transparency matter all the more. Rest assured, any preloved items that you buy from Second Edit have been authenticated to a 99.9% accuracy, thanks to our in-house team of experts, and state-of-the-art authentication technology, Entrupy.

Myth #5

The browsing process is overwhelming
So, you’re excited to buy preloved, but the only thing holding you back is the fear of counterfeits lurking in shady thrift shops. Nobody wants to be duped with a high-grade fake that escaped the eye of an authentication expert! But thanks to the advancement of A.I. machine learning, that human error factor can be whittled down to achieve a whopping 99.1% accuracy.

Now that the myths and misconceptions have been busted, we hope it can give you a better picture of how preloved shopping truly is and eliminate any doubt you’ve had before.

So, are you ready to join the fashion revolution and buy better with preloved?
Buy Preloved with Confidence.
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