Mattresses are an item you would never buy second-hand. Diapers are also an item you would not buy second-hand. You should always buy some items used, however. If you want to save money, looking into second-hand purchases is an ideal way to do so.
Let’s take a look at five items you should always buy used if you want to save some money.
New books can cost a fortune. College textbooks can easily cost $100 a piece. There is no good reason to purchase a new book because books carry the same words regardless of whether it’s new or second-hand.
Unless you are building a smart book collection, look for second-hand books online. They are often sold in bulk at affordable prices.
- Recreational Gadgets
RVs and weekend boats are recreational gadgets many middle-class families like to own. Unfortunately, they are like cars. They depreciate at an enormous rate and it’s difficult to prevent this steep decline.
The benefit of buying second-hand is most people sell them simply because they don’t have much time to use them any longer, which likely means they’re already in good condition.
- Sports Equipment
Getting in shape for the summer is one of the most common goals in the country today. Many people try to avoid expensive gym memberships by purchasing equipment for their home. When bought new this can be expensive.
Weights will never go bad and as long as the machine works there’s no reason why you can’t buy second-hand. A few scratches and scuffs aren’t going to change anything.
You should always see the sports equipment in person before buying, and preferably try it. Sports equipment takes a lot of punishment, and you don’t want it to break down within a couple of sessions.
Most furniture stores aren’t charging you for the quality of the furniture. They’re charging you for the brand name and the brand selling it.
Second-hand furniture is a fantastic way of getting a bargain. Sometimes movers have to leave things behind at the last minute. In addition, college towns are usually loaded with furniture during graduations.
Just be aware that when buying second-hand you will have to arrange transport of the furniture yourself. When figuring out whether you are getting a fair deal, factor these costs into the equation. Remember, this is not something the seller is going to reveal to you.
Clothing can be up to 90% below the retail price when bought second-hand. If the idea of digging through someone else’s dirty laundry disgusts you, do not worry about it. Quality stores always clean the merchandise prior to selling.
The only disadvantage is you cannot guarantee what you will find. This can make it far more time-consuming to build up that dream wardrobe.
Buying second-hand is one of the best ways to save money on high-quality items. If you have some artisan skills, you can even purchase rundown second-hand items and fix them up yourself. Just make sure that you shop smartly when purchasing used items and you should be fine.