One of my rules of thumb when it comes to shopping is to never buy anything at suggested retail price. If I can, I almost always wait for a sale or promotion. Of course that doesn’t always work out. So sometimes, I look at used or refurbished items. However, while I love eBay and Craigslist, I’m not always totally comfortable buying things used. I kind of get weirded out not knowing who used it and if it’s actually in good condition. You just never know. While there are some things I would be comfortable buying used, there other things where I just wouldn’t take the risk. Here are 10 things you shouldn’t used (IMHO!):
Never ever buy a used mattress. No exceptions. First of all, there’s the risk of bed bugs. Even if you can’t see any, they aren’t always visible to the naked eye. If your house gets infected with those nasty little buggers, it’ll cost you ALOT more to get rid of them. Second, I don’t want to use a mattress someone else has slept in (and done other stuff in….). A hotel bed is one thing but not in my own home.
Similar to mattresses, you should also think twice before buying a couch used..or any upholstered furniture for that matter. Aside for bed bugs, soft furniture is impossible to clean. If you do buy used, consider getting it reupholstered (but at that point, it might be cheaper to buy new).
Tires are tricky because even though they might look new, they can be damaged. Unless you trust the person you’re buying from, you never know if theses tires have been in an accident before. Spend more on brand new tires – they’ll last longer and you’ll be less worried about safety.
You can’t put a price tag on the safety of your children. That’s why it might not a good idea to buy used baby gear or furniture. Regulations for these items change constantly and many products have been recalled. Baby products purchased even a year ago might not be the safest on the market. Don’t buy used unless you’ve done all your research and know what you’re buying.
While I haven’t bought much used clothing in the past, I don’t really have a problem with it. It can easily be washed and cleaned. However, I draw a line when it comes to undergarments or swimwear. Yes, you can clean it but it just feels weird to me wearing used undergarments. Plus, it’s relatively expensive when bought new.
I would totally buy refurbished computers or electronics from reputbale companies that offer warranties. But I wouldn’t buy it from some stranger on Craigslist. If something is actually wrong with the system, you can’t do anything about it. It’s their word against yours. Also, desktop computers are relatively inexpensive and you can usually find a good deal on it if you can wait.
Sneakers mold to a person’s feet so if you wear one’s that used, it probably won’t fit you properly. You need good support when you’re exercising or running so invest a in good (and new) pair of sneakers to give you maximum comfort.
Some computer software limit the use, such as anti-virus software or Windows. It comes with a unique code to activiate the program that can only be used once. If you’re buying used software, make sure this isn’t the case. Otherwise, you’re just paying for a useless CD.
I know a lot of women buy used makeup. In fact, I’ve sold my own before. But I just don’t feel comfortable buying used makeup for myself. It’s not always sanitary, especially liquid makeup like foundation or lip gloss where bacteria can easily grow. If you do buy used, go for powders like eye shadows that can be easily sanitized with a spray of alcohol.
Once a helmet has been involved in a crash, you can’t use it again. It just doesn’t provide the same support. However, not all helmets crack after it’s been damaged. It can be really hard to tell. That’s why you should buy new just to be safe.
What is one thing you would never buy used?