I think I’ve mentioned this before – when it comes to used goods, Finland is a seller’s market. Finns buy used stuff at very high prices. Compare that to the U.S. where it’s a buyer’s market for used goods, you can great deals buying used stuff. There’s nothing better or worse about either option, it’s just how things seem to be.
Take buying a car for instance. In the states, you can get great deals on used cars, buying new is kinda stupid. In Finland, it’s the opposite, you save very little money for buying a used cars. I’ve been spending the last few weeks looking at car prices here, people drive their cars 150,000km (roughly half the car’s life) and drop a half, sometimes even just a third off the price (seriously). Now that’s great if you’re selling a car, but not buying a used one. Of course, cars are literally double the price in Finland compared to the U.S.
For the most part, I think Finns buy used cars because they can’t afford a new one while Americans buy used cars to get a good deal.