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Top 10 things to purchase USED

sglmom 2012/04/01 02:11:56
Here's my GOOD FORTUNE in purchasing USED .. (my Tip)
Here's my experience on what to avoid purchasing USED ..
OTHER Thoughts ..
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I can remember clearly the days when I was just starting out on my ADULT LIFE (and living on my own)
How much I pinched the pennies (and how tightly I did this .. they really were pinched hard indeed!)

The fact is .. between the struggle to just provide for the Basics of LIFE
-- FOOD, CLOTHING, SHELTER ..
-- (Heat/Cool .. next on the basic list )

There's plenty of things that we look at .. to make decisions about ..
Whether to purchase NEW or USED ..

I've come across this particular slide show ..
Discussing what the article perceives as TOP 10 Things you should always buy USED ..
http://www.mainstreet.com/slideshow/smart-spending/bargains/d...


Here's the list as they compiled ..

-- Video Games
Although a LUXURY Good .. not a necessity of life, there's so many with Video game systems .. and the expense is astronomical indeed. WHY not look at rending the games or purchasing used?

-- Vehicles (Cars, Trucks, Mini-Vans, whatever you decide!)
It is a LUXURY Good for sure .. NECESSITY to have when you live rurally (some form of transportation). With those within Urban environments that have good public transit .. this is not necessarily going to be a need. But let's face facts here .. Depreciation in value is horrendous as soon as your NEW vehicle leaves the parking lot/you get the keys .. so why not look at a well-maintained vehicle instead?)
I'd like to point out .. there's sites where you can check the vehicle's repair/maintenance status (and if it is an accident/lemon .. ) ..
(here's an example of that site)
http://www.carfax.com/cfm/general_check.cfm?partner=GVY_7&CMP...
http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/vin-check.html?mktcat=vin&k...
(USE a search criteria .. "Sites to check Vehicle Status in ____ (name of country/state here) to find one locally))

-- Books
Seriously .. a wonderful place where I usually find OLDER books I am interested in reading (at a great price) is the 2nd hand bookstores AND the Thrift Stores too ..
Also check the prices of books on the Clearance racks of bookstores in your area as well (some very great bargains there)

-- Baby Clothes/Furniture
I'm sure we've all relied on hand-me downs and pass-arounds in the family ..
(in fact, the crib and Cradle/Bassinette .. along with the Changing Stand I used for my children .. was from Family .. and I also participated in Baby Clothing Exchanges too!)

-- FURNITURE for your very FIRST PLACE (or your Post-Divorce Place!)
Who can afford thousands upon thousands of NEW Furniture ..
Most thrift stores have some sturdy, gently used furniture there .. things that are quite good for a growing family (or someone just starting out).
A Bit of scrubbing clean, some sanding, perhaps some paint to refresh the look .. and Viola! you've got a kitschy, Current, Trendy Piece that can become a showcase in your home!)

-- Musical Instruments ..
Now this I can relate to for when I learned how to play the Violin and the Organ in my childhood .. I did use USED instruments ..
(and even as an Adult .. I still maintain these wonderful musical instruments, my children enjoyed them too)

-- Weight lifting/Exercise Equipment
Now this is a no-brainer .. the bars stay the same, the weights are standardized .. why pay the new price when they can be found used for pennies indeed!

-- Telephones
They highlight the REFURBISHED End of the market here ..
But I have to add a CAUTION .. CHECK The prices and WARRANTY Terms .. sometimes it is NOT worth it to purchase Refurbished if the NEW has a longer Warranty (and is close in price)

-- Clothes ..
THRIFT STORES .. a great place to find economical bargains for everyday use ..
(the only caution here .. Purchase your undies NEW folks .. and WASH Everything before you wear it)

-- Kitchen Goods ..
(Make sure you can run these through the Sani-Cycle in the Dishwasher .. for your own safety sake)
Sometimes, though .. Discounters have better quality merchandise in this category at just a few pennies more .. so look around!


Link to other articles that discuss categories of items to Purchase USED (to help you economize!)
http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-things-to-buy-used.php
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Savings/save-money-buy-secondhand-p...
http://www.moneycrashers.com/things-buy-used-secondhand/
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/25-of-the-best-things-to-buy-...
http://earth911.com/news/2011/08/16/10-back-to-school-items-t...



Do you have any tips on GOOD BUYS for USED GOODS that you've made?

Do you have any experiences where a USED purchase went horribly wrong for you?


Please feel free to add your thoughts below ..




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  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/04/01 02:14:58 (edited)
    Here's my GOOD FORTUNE in purchasing USED .. (my Tip)
    themadhare ~IJM
    +7
    My Ruger GP100. Whoever owned it before I did loved it. The sights were perfect.



    Ruger gp100

    And my Polish china set is awesomely beautiful

    Polish China set

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  • Heffeweizen 2012/04/01 09:25:17
    Here's my GOOD FORTUNE in purchasing USED .. (my Tip)
    Heffeweizen
    +3
    Love my Winchester Model 88! Got it cheap and this is the first lever action rifle I have actually liked.
    Winchester Model 88
  • The Birdman ~ PWCM~JLA 2012/04/01 08:58:17
    Here's my GOOD FORTUNE in purchasing USED .. (my Tip)
    The Birdman ~ PWCM~JLA
    +3
    I've done well at yard sales picking up entire comic book collections from the mom who was getting rid of stuff from a child that has left the nest! Got several thousand bucks worth for pennies on the dollar!
  • U-Dog 2012/04/01 02:47:33
    Here's my GOOD FORTUNE in purchasing USED .. (my Tip)
    U-Dog
    +4
    I have saved tens of thousands buying used items over the years. I furnished my entire house with like new, high quality solid wood furniture for a tenth of what I would have spent new-- not to mention what it would have cost in interest had I financed it. The only things that I would avoid or be very wary of buying used are jewelry, watches, art and of course used undies, mattresses, etc.
  • Bozette 2012/04/01 02:22:45
    OTHER Thoughts ..
    Bozette
    +4
    I trade a lot of things between family and friends, books, clothes, games, furniture...just about anything. I rarely buy anything new, shopping mostly at thrift stores and yard/garage sales. I have also found some really good things put out to the road.
  • Sister Jean 2012/04/01 02:18:54
    OTHER Thoughts ..
    Sister Jean
    +2
    basics and a few toys
  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/04/01 02:14:58 (edited)
    Here's my GOOD FORTUNE in purchasing USED .. (my Tip)
    themadhare ~IJM
    +7
    My Ruger GP100. Whoever owned it before I did loved it. The sights were perfect.



    Ruger gp100

    And my Polish china set is awesomely beautiful

    Polish China set
  • Chieki 2012/04/01 02:14:23
    Here's my experience on what to avoid purchasing USED ..
    Chieki
    +4
    Used is great as long as it's not underwear, mattresses, towels or bedding...

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