You Better Skip This One
( published 9th April 2002 )
If you want to buy second hand stuff ( furniture, bike, car ), do it in Germany! Why? Well just think about it, in the UK one says "I bought this or that second hand", but who tells me it is SECOND hand? Could be third or fourth hand, hmm? Same in Portugal, "comprei este carro em segunda mao ( second hand )", when the 30 year old car has definitely been used in several stock car races. So the buyer is already being fooled before the purchase when talking about the product he is going to buy.
In France and Luxembourg it is even worse: there they talk about "produit d'OCCASION". Well "occasion" can mean event, but as well "good deal". So the buyer is already being psychologically prepared for buying a bargain, which I am sure does not happen all the time.
So buy second hand in Germany: there Disziplin is still present, and you buy for instance a "Gebrauchtwagen" ( used car ). Thanks to this wording honesty, German second hand cars are among the most respected in the world ( BMW, Mercedes, etc ). Oh shit, it's early Alex...
Have a nice day
Bush and Powell were sitting in a bar. A guy walked in and asked the barman, "Isn't that Bush and Powell?"
The barman said, "Yep, that's them."
So the guy walked over and said, "Hello. What are you guys doing?"
Bush said, "We're planning World War III."
The guy asked, "Really? What's going to happen?"
Bush said, "Well, we're going to kill 10 million Afghans and one bicycle repairman."
The guy exclaimed, "Why are you gonna kill a bicycle repairman?!"
Bush turned to Powell and said, "See, I told you no one would worry about the 10 million Afghans!"