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Second-hand trade
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1. Definition and Function

In the shortage economy of the early modern period, the relevance of used objects in both production (Industrial trades and crafts) and consumption was great: since raw materials were scarce and generally expensive (Resources, use of), whereas the relative cost of work was low, repair and recycling of scrap and salvage was normal practice; possessions were passed on or resold. Not just members of the underclass but members of the middle and upper classes also participated…

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Stöger, Georg, “Second-hand trade”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029095>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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