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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Actions for Earth: How being Eco-Friendly Can Actually Make you Money - Reuse

One common misconception is that being eco-friendly will cost you time and money. In fact, nothing can be further from the truth. Being eco-friendly can actually put money in your pocket.
 
Of the three principles of Reuse, Recyle and Reduce, reusing is the most "profitable'. Old or unwanted items that are still in good condition can be sold to others who have use for them. The following are two ways you can do it in Singapore ...
 
Sell to Traders. Besides your local *karang-guni man, more professional outfits like Cash Converters are convenient ways to sell your items. These traders will buy almost anything of value for resale. If there is no demand in Singapore, these traders will even export them to developing countries like Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia. The downside to selling to traders is that they are for-profit businesses. As such, while convenient, they will buy low to maximize their profits.
 
Sell Online. If you have the time on your hands, and you do not mind the hassle of dealing with buyers, you can sell virtually anything online. Carousell and eBay are two fantastic free platforms that have a large user-base in Singapore. If the price is right, you will always find a buyer. You just need to be patient. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that some karang-guni man actually resell your items on Carousell  or eBay for a profit.
 
In short, being eco-friendly is not all about making you spend time and money. Being eco-friendly is also a great way to make you some extra pocket money. So let's take Actions for Earth and reuse.
 
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*karang-guni man is Singapore slang for a rag-and-bones trader

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