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Share of French people buying second-hand apparel items 2018, by type and PCS

Buying new is not necessarily the only solution when it comes to clothing, home textiles and footwear items. One can also consider barter, rental, or second-hand purchase. Regarding the latter option, a survey conducted in 2018 revealed that an important portion (among people buying second-hand) of people without a professional activity purchased second-hand women's clothing (72 percent). At the time, only 17 percent of people retired reported purchasing footwear items second-hand.

Share of people in France purchasing apparel items from the second-hand market in 2018, by type and by professions and socio-professional categories

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Release date

July 2018



Survey time period

April 9-12, 2018

Number of respondents

612 respondents

Age group

15 years and older

Special properties

People who buy second-hand items

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

The question was phrased by the source as follows: "Quel(s) type(s) d’article(s) achetez-vous d’occasion, en seconde main ?"

* According to the INSEE (French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies):
"The Classification of Professions and Socio-professional Categories, or PCS, replaced the CSP in 1982. It classifies the population by a combination of profession (or former profession), hierarchical position and status (salaried employee or otherwise).

It comprises three embedded levels of aggregation :

the socioprofessional groups (8 items) ;
the socioprofessional categories (24 and 42 items) ;
the professions (486 items)."

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