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November 25, 2019

Online thrift stores give discount shoppers new ways to score

  • The slow comeback in wages since last decade's recession has dramatically altered how people shop.
  • By TALI ARBEL
    AP Technology Writer

    NEW YORK — It's not just eBay anymore. A slew of websites and apps act as virtual thrift stores for vintage devotees, deal hunters and those just looking to unload stuff they don't want anymore.

    These sites have proliferated as the recession of a decade ago and the slow comeback in wages since then dramatically altered how people shop. Discounters like T.J. Maxx have been sweeping up, while many traditional retailers have shrunk, gone bankrupt or disappeared. The stigma of “used” has fallen away, and many now shop knowing full well they can sell their pieces later and get some money back. Some consider buying used clothes online a more eco-conscious approach to trends.


     
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