Secondhand

Adam Minter

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Secondhand

Adam Minter

From the acclaimed author of Junkyard Planet, a global exploration of the hidden market for used stuff and a travelogue that follows unwanted, obsolescent objects' journey into a reusable future.

When you drop a box of unwanted items off at the local thrift store, where does it go? Probably across the country - or even halfway across the world - to people and places eager to re-use 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 new and shiny - it entertains us, makes fortunes, fulfills needs, and transforms the way we live and work.

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