Second-Hand InteractionsInvestigating Reaquisition & Dispossession        Practices around Domestic Objects               ...
How can we design to support sustainable  second-hand consumption practices?
What can we learn from second-hand consumers      about “sustainable consumption” ?
ConsumptionAcquisition | Possession | Dispossesion | Reacquisition
Study & Methods
Study & MethodsObservation at local second-hand sites (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)Thrift storesVintage storesFlea marketsEstate s...
Study & Methods18 In-Depth interviews with reacquirers
Findings
Findings4 Reacquisition orientations1.   Casual2.   Necessary3.   Critical4.   Experiential
Findings4 Reacquisition orientations1.   Casual2.   Necessary3.   Critical                         Invested reacquirers4. ...
Casual Reacquisition
FindingsCasual reacquisition | A cheaper alternative
FindingsCasual reacquisition | A cheaper alternativeKristy, 20-something, dog walker   “Sometimes I don’t have a lot of pa...
Necessary Reacquisition
FindingsNecessary reacquisition | A financial necessityJoan, 30-something, unemployed
“I really don’t go out to go shopping unless Ireally need it, and I don’t. ... It’s just not asgood. ... It’s a stressful,...
{invested reacquirers: part I}Critical Reacquisition
FindingsCritical reacquisition | Reacquisition as a reflective and political practiceJohn, 30-something, self-employed sou...
FindingsCritical reacquisition | Reacquisition as a reflective and political practiceJohn, 30-something, self-employed sou...
[“making things”]
[“give-away piles”]
{invested reacquirers: part II}Experiential Reacquisition
FindingsExperiential reacquisition | Skill, satisfaction & discovery
FindingsExperiential reacquisition | Skill, satisfaction & discoveryTanya, 30-something, skilled amateur interior designer...
“eBay is... it’s too much work almost.  ... The experience of looking through page after page after page, It’s not as sati...
“I mean, where’s the satisfaction in typing in, ‘I want a blue—I want a turquoise blue vintage ashtray with a dolphin’, an...
“[At flea markets] You might have to go for two years and finally, when you find that blue vintage ash tray with dolphins....
“work is underrated ”
(Part 1 of 2) Second-hand interactions: Investigating reacquisition and dispossession practices around domestic objects
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We present a qualitative study of reacquisition-the acquisition of previously possessed goods-involving in-depth interviews with 18 reacquirers within or nearby Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Based on critiques of sustainable consumption and our findings, we reframe technology consumption as acquisition, possession, dispossession and reacquisition. We present four reacquisition orientations describing our participants' motivations and practices: casual, necessary, critical, and experiential. We then present a range of findings including issues with work, time and effort involved in reacquisition, and values and practices of care and patience associated with invested reacquirers. We conclude with implications for designing technologies to support current reacquisition practices, as well as broader opportunities for HCI and interaction design to incorporate non-mainstream reacquisition practices and values into more mainstream technologies.

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(Part 1 of 2) Second-hand interactions: Investigating reacquisition and dispossession practices around domestic objects

  1. 1. Second-Hand InteractionsInvestigating Reaquisition & Dispossession Practices around Domestic Objects James Pierce & Eric Paulos Carnegie Mellon University, HCII Living Environments Lab
  2. 2. How can we design to support sustainable second-hand consumption practices?
  3. 3. What can we learn from second-hand consumers about “sustainable consumption” ?
  4. 4. ConsumptionAcquisition | Possession | Dispossesion | Reacquisition
  5. 5. Study & Methods
  6. 6. Study & MethodsObservation at local second-hand sites (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)Thrift storesVintage storesFlea marketsEstate salesYard salesBuilding material re-useTrash and things left on the street
  7. 7. Study & Methods18 In-Depth interviews with reacquirers
  8. 8. Findings
  9. 9. Findings4 Reacquisition orientations1. Casual2. Necessary3. Critical4. Experiential
  10. 10. Findings4 Reacquisition orientations1. Casual2. Necessary3. Critical Invested reacquirers4. Experiential
  11. 11. Casual Reacquisition
  12. 12. FindingsCasual reacquisition | A cheaper alternative
  13. 13. FindingsCasual reacquisition | A cheaper alternativeKristy, 20-something, dog walker “Sometimes I don’t have a lot of patience for [shopping at thrift stores]. ... If you don’t have a lot of free time or if you’re not feeling patient that day, [thrift stores are] not the best.”
  14. 14. Necessary Reacquisition
  15. 15. FindingsNecessary reacquisition | A financial necessityJoan, 30-something, unemployed
  16. 16. “I really don’t go out to go shopping unless Ireally need it, and I don’t. ... It’s just not asgood. ... It’s a stressful, terrible thing. Then itwas, you know, it was really cool...”
  17. 17. {invested reacquirers: part I}Critical Reacquisition
  18. 18. FindingsCritical reacquisition | Reacquisition as a reflective and political practiceJohn, 30-something, self-employed sound engineer
  19. 19. FindingsCritical reacquisition | Reacquisition as a reflective and political practiceJohn, 30-something, self-employed sound engineer [resisting “retail therapy”]
  20. 20. [“making things”]
  21. 21. [“give-away piles”]
  22. 22. {invested reacquirers: part II}Experiential Reacquisition
  23. 23. FindingsExperiential reacquisition | Skill, satisfaction & discovery
  24. 24. FindingsExperiential reacquisition | Skill, satisfaction & discoveryTanya, 30-something, skilled amateur interior designer and remodeler
  25. 25. “eBay is... it’s too much work almost. ... The experience of looking through page after page after page, It’s not as satisfying as going to the flea market and handling them.”
  26. 26. “I mean, where’s the satisfaction in typing in, ‘I want a blue—I want a turquoise blue vintage ashtray with a dolphin’, and three of them pop up. Is there any satisfaction in that?”
  27. 27. “[At flea markets] You might have to go for two years and finally, when you find that blue vintage ash tray with dolphins... when you find it you feel like, ‘I got it.’ ”
  28. 28. “work is underrated ”

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