You may have heard of items you should never buy used such as cribs and bike helmets, but there are some items you may be over-paying for that you should be buying used as well. Here are 9 things you should seriously consider buying used:
- Furniture. There are so many furniture options everywhere if you know where to look. The great thing about used furniture is you can buy it cheap and fix it any way you want. Vintage furniture is especially good for this as the newest trend in home décor is “shabby chic”. Also, home office furniture is especially cheap with many businesses shutting down due to the economic downturn.
- Non-power tools. Hammers, screwdrivers and pliers can be bought at great discounts if bought used. There is no need to pay full price for them when nearly every yard sale and thrift store has them. They are likely to be in good shape because they have no motorized parts as well. You can also find some great deals on yard and gardening tools, too.
- Baby clothes and maternity wear. Because this kind of clothing is not worn long, it will be in good or even great shape by the time it arrives on the resale market. You can save big bucks buy shopping at children’s consignment shops and second-hand stores on name brand duds.
- Media such as books, cd’s and movies. The resale market for these items in huge and because they depreciate so much in value over a short time, you can get fairly new releases for just a couple dollars. Most of the time, you will find books for sale for under a dollar.
- Cars. Cars are excellent things to buy used because all the kinks have been worked out and any that have been recalled have usually been fixed. Cars tend to start to get broken in at a certain mileage as well. Just make sure you buy from a person who is honest and upfront and do your research on issues the make and model is known to have. Also, check Kelly Blue Book to make sure you are not getting ripped off.
- Wedding dresses. It may seem strange buying a used wedding dress, but you can get ones at consignment shops or from a private seller for rock-bottom prices and have it altered to fit you for less than a new dress. The same is true for tuxes and other formal wear.
- Textbooks. You can buy used textbooks for amazing prices. In fact, there are websites that you can go to for just this price. You may even be able to sell your current used textbooks on these sites as well. You can save up to 90% off by buying used.
- Holiday wear. Costumes and cute holiday t-shirts might be great for one or two times worth of wear, so why buy them new? Around holidays, many thrift stores put out these items for sale and you can get them at heavy discounts.
- Cook wear. You can buy expensive cook wear at 50-75% at thrift stores and most likely it is still in good shape. So while you may find $20 a lot to pay for a used pot, it probably has years of wear and tear left on it as the more expensive the cook wear, the longer it will last. Plus, that $20 may only be ¼ of the original price.
What are some items that you won’t buy new?