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Old 22 January 2011, 07:04 PM
Steve Steve is offline
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The slaughterer doesn't profit from the sale of new shoes, either. He's already sold his product by the time someone's deciding between leather or canvas sneakers. Of course, by buying the leather, the purchaser is ever so slightly increasing demand for leather products, and therefore ever so slightly increasing the slaughter of cows.

Of course, the same thing is true of a market in second-hand leather products. Increase the demand for used leather shoes, and you make it ever so slightly more desirable to own new shoes; not only do you get to wear them, but maybe you can sell them in the future. But, off the top of my head, I can't see how buying used leather shoes at a thrift store like Goodwill would increas the demand for slaughtered cows. And I'd imagine that more people get their used shoes from places like Goodwill than from the original owner directly, so it would make a difference.
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