I just discovered an amazing program REI has and I wanted to pass the info along.
Did you know REI sells USED GEAR, that’s practically brand new, for half the price!?
Well, don’t worry if you didn’t. I don’t have an REI near where I live so I was out of the loop, too.
Good news is: they have extended the program to an online platform. Buying online isn’t great for the environment, BUT I think it’s better to support buying used products any chance you get.
It’s the type of stuff that seems like it got slapped with a used label simply because it was taken home, unboxed, then re-boxed. If it says it's in “excellent condition” on the website, It’s practically untouched.
I recently ordered a pair of used Chaco’s from REI and I LOVE THEM.
I had been rockin’ my previous pair of Chacos for over five years. They have been everywhere with me and are now ripped, matted, and floppy-soled. Like “old-faithfuls” should be. I bought my old pair with the toe strap because I thought it was cute, buuuuuut after a few backpacking trips in them, I realized that all the amounts of cute do not add up to practical. In short, the toe strap was really uncomfortable. So, instead of getting a new pair, I made-due and just repositioned the straps so that the toe part was under my foot.
At first, the toe strap under the ball of my foot was annoying, but I learned to ignore it, and eventually they were really comfy. I knew that for my next pair, I wanted double straps, no toe strap, preferably in black.
I didn’t think they even existed. I searched, but no luck. I thought I’d have to custom design them, which I couldn’t rationalize.
The used pair I happened to come by hit all my check marks. They are a size 8, black, with double-straps, no toe constrictor, and COMFORTABLE.
I. Am. Pleased.
The pros of the REI “Used” Platform:
-It’s a more eco-friendly way to shop than buying new since it’s not producing more demand.
-It’s way more affordable.
-It’s still quality product.
-Easy to gauge what you’re getting
-Buying online. Shipping products require a lot of energy and waste.