Prepping on the Cheap: How to Purchase Used Survival Items

Prepping on the Cheap: How to Purchase Used Survival Items

Prepping on the Cheap: How to Purchase Used Survival Items

There has been a fundamental shift of mindset in America over the last several decades when it comes to consumer behaviors. What was once considered smart, or at least a good idea, may now be frowned upon (like preparing for a natural disaster or downturn in the economy). Purchasing an item used instead of brand new has become one such area.

Modern America often looks down on the behavior of obtaining used goods and might now be considered something that only “poor people” do. One of the greatest problems that I see with this thought process is that it is not the, uh, “financially challenged” who are making used purchases.

I was a car salesman for GM at an earlier point in my life and it was not uncommon to see someone purchase a brand new vehicle that had a payment that was larger than their rent. Just to be clear, it was not because they were only financing the vehicle for 12 months. It seems as though 84 month financing was common in these situations. For a little further perspective, this was when a new car cost about 75-80% of the cost of a new car today.

When making a purchase decision, there are a couple of exceptions to the requirement to always buy brand new that come to mind: buying a house or a car are the two big ones. Overall, even that is still considered inferior to a person that is able to purchase everything brand new. It has become a status symbol to have a shiny new car and brand new house.

Looking at purchasing behaviors in America today, one statement keeps coming to mind, “retail is for suckers.” This is truer than it has ever been before. The products manufactured today are usually from outside of the country, made with the cheapest materials (even if they have to be created first), and to top it off, they are usually engineered to fail at a certain point so that you have to continue to purchase that product over and over again. And it will continue to work that way as long as the mindset of buyers stays the same.

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