QOTW....Never buy used......

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QOTW....Never buy used......
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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 12:40pm

Duh, just noticed title of my post says "never buy used". Totally contradicts the article!!! That should be "NEVER BUY NEW"!!! Makes a totally new question, doesn't it??? Good grief!


Interesting article about 21 Things You Should Never Buy New. What do you think? Somethings you hear about a lot (cars), but a couple were a surprise to me (jewelry). Are there things you'd just rather buy new? Or do you go for used most of the time on the things on the list?


I'll usually look for a used option on most things 1st. Of the things we use on the list, most we have bought used at one time or another. But if a used option is not available, we don't hesitate to buy new. We just research and watch for the best price.


The one thing that we knew we wanted new was our travel trailer. We did look around at used ones, but decided we didn't want to inherit some hidden problem. So we bought that new. But I feel that is a like getting a new car--if you're planning on keeping it for several years, which we are, the depreciation factor is irrelevant.


Kelly



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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 1:41pm

I will always buy new underwear :)


Jill

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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 4:04pm

Jill- I was thinking the same thing!


Never buy used Mattresses!

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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 4:20pm


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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 5:13pm

I agree with the cleats. I've been able to get both my boys cleats or soccer shoes from garage sales for all but one year. I think the most I spent on a pair of garage sale cleats was $2 (and those were brand new!).


Jill

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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 5:57pm

Hi! I'm an old time poster on Shoestring Budgeting who never quite found my way over here. Hello!

Like other posters, I would never buy a mattress used. Yuck. But also wanted to add to the list child car safety seats as well as bike helmets. One impact can weaken these items and there is no way of knowing the history when you buy it used.

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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 7:37pm

I keep trying to convince DH to buy books, video games, etc. used off ebay or amazon.com instead of at the store. Sometimes he listens; sometimes he doesn't. It just seems like such a waste - especially when he'll read/play with it for awhile and then it sits in a pile!

I have to admit that I've bought a used bathing suit (from the consignment store). I just wash it before wearing it. Is it really that bad? I've also bought used shoes though (for both me and DD).


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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 7:56pm

Great additions to the list! I definitely agree w/the mattresses, car seats

Kelly



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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 7:58pm
Hey, Laura! Glad you found your way over here! You always have great insight and I look forward to seeing you share that over here on Frugal Families!
Kelly



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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 9:26am

I agree with pretty much all of those. Although I did buy my wedding dress new, of course, my parents were paying for it so that made a difference!


I totally agree with buying books used, although we don't buy a whole lot of books. We use the library more. Especially for me. I don't generally read a book more than once. And we've found great deals at Play It Again Sports. We check there first before each sports season. And I am FOR SURE buying an older house next time. One that was built back when the builders actually cared and didn't rush through things just to get stuff done, didn't have inspectors in their back pockets, weren't robbing people blind... oh my, getting off my soapbox now.


Great article! I never really thought about stuff like gardening supplies, electronics.


Jill


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