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Travels in the New Global Garage Sale
Written by: Adam Minter
Narrated by: Daniel Henning
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Commerce

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Publisher's Summary

When you drop a box of unwanted items off at the local thrift store, where do they go? Probably across the country - or even halfway across the world - to people and places eager to reuse what you don’t want.

In Secondhand, Adam Minter delves into the vast, multibillion-dollar industry that resells used stuff around the world. He follows the trail of unwanted objects from the closets, garages, and storage units of Middle America to epic used-goods markets in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Ghana, India, Malaysia, and beyond. Secondhand takes us through the often painful and heartbreaking process of cleaning out a lifetime’s worth of possessions and shows that used stuff still has a place in a world that values the new and shiny - it entertains us, makes fortunes, fulfills needs, and transforms the way we live and work.

©2019 Adam Minter (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Cristina
  • 24-02-20

Minimalism vs. business opportunity?

This was a super engaging listen and fascinating to hear the global perspectives. The case for re-using things and fixing them is strong, and the book addresses business practices that prevent this (apple anyone?). I also found myself oscillating between wanting to buy far fewer stuff, and wanting to start a second-hand resale business. The author captures this paradox in his epilogue, great finish!

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  • Ms.Ravelled
  • 09-03-20


I don't remember where I learned about this book, if it was a suggestion on Amazon or in my book club, but it was both informative and entertaining. The narrator was a good match for the narrative.

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  • Tammam
  • 22-02-20

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The writers keep talking about unimportant things and don't give any useful info. and much marketing for himself and his business. feel bad that I chose it