As many people join the world of reselling and find it a great way to make extra income there are many others that find it an unethical practice.
This is the question we hope to answer in this article.
Why is reselling unethical?
Many people think reselling is unethical for a couple of reasons
1. It takes away from those that need the clothes
2. It drives up the prices in the thrift store
3. It defeats the purpose of thrift
Is reselling an ethical practice?
Our answer is, it depends on an individual’s need and intent.
When I started reselling my thrifted finds it was out of necessity, it was out of a need to make a little more money monthly to pay bills and help with other things. This is why many people start reselling.
Ethics come in when someone performs unethical practices like removing prices when shopping or switching price tags to get a better deal or even passing off fake designer merchandise as authentic.
However, selling clothes that you purchased is not an unethical practice, in fact, it is what many major stores have done for years.
I would actually say to the contrary, reselling is one of the major reasons thrift shops are making more money than ever.
How to keep reselling ethical
The practice of keeping reselling ethical is simple
1. Don’t price gouge your customers
2. Keep your practices ethical
3. Don’t hoard
4. Refrain from shopping at thrift stores meant for those with special needs – like thrift stores for women that can’t afford business attire for work
What do you think? Do you believe reselling is ethical? Follow us on Instagram and let’s discuss!