At EDSA, we are all about saving. Many consumers follow the same motto by buying used or secondhand products from online sites like eBay and thrift stores like Goodwill or even independent local shops. While we celebrate this trend for the savings it brings, buying used does not always make sense. For certain items, the initial savings does not measure up to the eventual trade-off in repairs or even health and safety risks.
MSN Money shares this list of 20 things you shouldn’t buy used. While some items are surprising – or the risks may be remote, there are general guidelines on when to think twice about buying something used – for example:
- When it’s electronic: Electronics are costly to repair, sometimes even more so than buying an entirely new product. Buying used devices also gets tricky as problems often are not visible and require technical diagnosis. Examples include: laptops, plasma and hi-def TVs, video cameras and DVD players.
- When it’s for your small child: The biggest concern is safety – many baby products have been recalled, but could still be on the market as secondhand products. Here’s a comprehensive list of recalled items to check before you buy. MSN lists cribs, child car seats and – surprise – stuffed animals! It should be noted that the article generally refers to buying from unknown sellers; it’s still a good saving tip to borrow used baby equipment from friends and family.
- When it’s in close contact with your skin: For hygiene reasons, buying these products used can put your health at risk, which is not worth the money saved. Underwear and swimsuits are understandably the top don’t-buy-used. But the list also includes shoes, makeup, hats, mattresses and – another surprise – costume jewelry.
Check out the list for more! What do you think about the list? Would you add any other items?