In April we brought you a post about some products that you should buy used to save some cash, from cars to jewelry and even to toys for your kiddos. And while we’re always looking for a great bargain and ways to save like by buying used, sometimes it just isn’t worth it. In fact, sometimes it is flat out dangerous.
Don’t worry; we won’t leave you wondering if the products you’re shopping for might end up backfiring. In today’s post, we’ll go over 8 of those basic items that you should absolutely not buy used. Why? Well their reasons vary, but for the most part, it just isn’t worth the pennies you’ll save—especially if it puts your family at risk!
So check it out. Remember, this is just a list of the basics, so when you’re out there shopping on Craigslist, eBay, garage sales, or thrift stores, just remember to use your better judgment. And for a list of things you absolutely should buy used, check out this post!
1) Baby cribs and car seats: It’s well and good to get your kiddo’s clothes second-hand, especially since they grow so fast. But when it comes to saving money on baby cribs or car seats by buying used, it just isn’t worth the risk! Safety technology is constantly improving and often times on things like car seats there are recalls. If you buy used, you won’t be notified if the car seat you’re using is unsafe! So sure, you might save a few bucks, but in the end it really isn’t worth the risk.
2) Tires: Just like baby furniture, the savings here don’t outweigh the risk. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if used tires were part of a totaled wreck, and if they have been in an accident, chances are they’re unstable and unreliable. Tires may be a bit expensive, but there are plenty of discount tire options out there.
3) DVD Players: In our last post we told you that a good way to save money was to buy used DVDs (or even sell them to make some extra cash!), but this does not hold true for the players themselves. DVD players have lasers that will eventually wear out and the cost to repair or replace it may cost more than the player is worth.
4) Mattresses: According to a recent ABC News report, mattresses should be replaced about every 7-10 years or so. So chances are, if somebody is selling their old mattress, it is probably because it has passed its expiration, so to speak. Not only would you possibly be sleeping on a mattress doing more harm than good to your back, but you’d also be sleeping with other people’s mold, mites, bacteria, and flat out grossness!
5) Laptops: Because of their portability, laptops are prone to all sorts of accidents and problems. Unless your laptop is refurbished, you really have no idea what it has been through and how long it will last. Of course if it is refurbished, the story is different. Check out BestBuy’s refurbished section here and Apple’s recycled computer section here.
6) Camera lenses or equipment: An SLR camera lens is the most expensive part of a camera and it affects the quality of your image. If you buy a used lens with any damage at all, it will show up in your photos. Best just to go with a new lens, or if you’re going to save a whole lot of money on an otherwise expensive lens, make sure that you can test it out before you pay for it (so in that case, ordering off of eBay would be inadvisable.)
7) Shoes: Shoes have a wonderful tendency to mold to their owner’s feet, like a comfy old blanket or pillow. So when you buy a used pair of shoes, you’re really stepping into something that has already formed to someone else’s foot. Poor-fitting shoes can cause problems from your feet, to knees, to your posture. In this case, walking in someone else’s shoes is not very wise.
8) Swimsuits and undergarments: Okay, probably a no brainer, but we’ll mention it anyway since these are absolutely, positively, 100% the worst things you can buy used. If you really want to save money on swimsuits, just shop out of season when things go on sale. Check out this post to find out how and when to save.
Can you think of any other items you wouldn’t want to buy used? Share them below!