Deciding whether to buy new or second-hand clothing.

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When it comes to buying clothing over the internet there are many factors to consider such as what country standard the item is sized by, quality of material and appearance. This is besides the obvious factor of how much you are willing to pay to get the item. But once you have a general idea in mind, the question comes to mind- should you buy new or second-hand items?

Well from experience, I highly recommend buying items listed as BNWT or BNWOT. For those of you who are not familiar with these terms, put simply- buy new items with or without tags. Why you may ask? Second-hand clothing can range from poor to good quality. It is hard to find an item that has been truly worn once as stated in an item's listing. Most probably, the seller has worn it a few times and listed it as 'worn once' to attract buyers. I'm just mentioning this so that if you are new to ebay or clothing shopping online at least, you have been warned! Photos, I believe, do not show the true quality of what you are buying. For example, a garment's faded colour is not obvious in a picture filled with shadow. Piling of the material is only seen on close expection but generally, most sellers show a picture of the whole item and do not zoom in close enough for you to notice. It is of course good to ask questions about these things but it depends on whether you can be bothered or there is enough time before the listing ends for you to question and then receive a response back. On a couple of occasions I have bought, and then received second-hand items, where I was quite disappointed by the quality. Needless to say, I wish I had not wasted my time and money, and did not end up putting the clothing to use.

Okay, some of you out there may like the second-hand, vintage look and I would say people in that group are exceptions. In the end, it is really up to you to decide the factors in buying clothing that makes you look your best.

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