Jul 8, 2021

How de-cluttering grew Facebook Marketplace to 1bn users

For some people, such as 27-year-old Lapoze McTribouy, the pandemic has helped turn a hobby of selling second-hand clothing into a career. While selling second-hand goods online has surged over the past year, there also appears to have been a big rise in people giving away things via websites and apps since the pandemic. Olio is a UK app that allows people to give away surplus food and household items to people living near them. Mintel fashion analyst Tamara Sender says that the big increase in the buying and selling of second-hand clothing online has been led by young people who "in particular have suffered the financial consequences of the pandemic", and thus "they have become thriftier". "Our online sales rose by 11% over the last year, and we're expecting to increase our online income by £1.5m in the next two years," says Josephine Mewett, head of retail operations at Cancer Research UK. "By donating pre-loved items and shopping with us, people are not only doing their bit for the environment, but also helping fund life-saving research to beat cancer."

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