Economy of second hand, you know? While this practice is gaining more and more followers in Western Canada, Quebeckers still turn their backs on thousands of dollars each year.
According to the 2017 report of the Kijiji Index, which ranks cities and provinces according to the volume of transactions of second-hand goods, Quebec City ranks second last in a market that generates Across the country between $ 35 billion and $ 38 billion in economic activity.
As for the province (with a score of 67), it did not do much better, sitting just outside the Maritimes (53.8, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland And Labrador).
The study revealed that between January and December, Canadians gave a second life to 1.88 billion items, 30.4 million more than in 2015. The value of the transactions was 29 Billion and the Kijiji Canadian Index jumped one point from 77 to 78.
“Despite a slight decline from last year, purchases remain the most used practice for acquiring second-hand goods. This represents 43.3% of transactions, “comments Fabien Durif, director of the Observatory of Responsible Consumption at the Université du Québec à Montréal and co-author of the study. “When Canadians want to dispose of assets, they prefer donations, which is equivalent to 62.6% of all abandonment transactions,” he said, not surprisingly, that the biggest motivator for people to buy Of second-hand goods is to save money. The second is an ecological motivation.
Last year, consumers who preferred to buy used products rather than new ones saved an average of $ 843 and resellers earned $ 1037 compared to $ 883 in 2015. The most popular items, Among others on websites or in social stores, are clothing, footwear and fashion items, followed by entertainment products, baby clothes and accessories, games, and leisure and sports items. Crafts.
“Pres of a transaction is two for clothes,” said the Sun Mr. Durif. “For the last three years, the main categories have not changed much. However, one should eventually see new goods appear in the second-hand economy like electronic devices, tablets and cell phones. It’s a growing sector, “he adds.
In 2016, 82% of Canadians participated in a second-hand form of transaction. The citizens of Alberta (91) were the most active in the field. The Prairies (86), Ontario (83), and British Columbia (82) were also included, according to the report.
For the city of Quebec, followers of the second-hand market economy are rather rare. While Montréal (84.7) is one of the three most active cities in the country, behind Calgary (103.5) and Edmonton (85.9), Capitale-Nationale (48.4) Penultimate rank of the cities studied. In 2015, Quebec was the last place. This time, Winnipeg (34.3) is good last.
“This shows that there are still efforts to be made on certain types of behavior. […] The city of Quebec is a mystery. People are depriving themselves of considerable savings, “Durif says. “In general, our report indicates that the smaller you go, the more the second-hand index increases. Winnipeg, Montreal and Quebec City are exceptions. We have an opposite effect, “the researcher continues.
Why? “For the moment, we can draw a parallel with studies on responsible consumption, where we see that it is also a little weaker [in Quebec City]. Is there a less developed culture? Are these variables more psycho-behavioral at the level of individuals? There are several hypotheses to check, “he concluded, promising to further study the issue in his next reports.