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Shoppers Flock to Used Goods as Shelves of New Run Low

Upper East Side Gallery Quietly Opens As Estate Queries Pour In
Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

The second-hand economy is going mainstream thanks in part to knotted global supply chains.

With shoppers facing shortages and delays for a lot of what’s new, they’re turning increasingly to used pre-owned alternatives. In Ireland, that’s causing used cars to sell for more than their initial purchase price. In Germany, visitors of the largest classifieds platform — used mainly to sell used furniture and electronics — was up 20% in March from a year earlier, a spokesperson for eBay Kleinanzeigen said.