You know I am this discount loving soul and I wait for things to go on sale before I let myself wrap my greedy little fingers around them. So since I have this predilection towards not paying the sticker price for things, I also tend to favor the idea of buying gently used pre-owned – used, secondhand stuff. And here’s my list of things that I feel one must buy second hand; in some cases, only secondhand:
- A home – A majority of us are never going to be able to afford to build a home of our choice and to our specifications. Best to look around and buy what someone else built. You may end up getting freebies such as furniture, a concept kitchen, additional woodwork etc with the home.
- Baby clothes – Children outgrow stuff so darn quickly it makes sense to use hand-me-downs. However beware of using used car seats, cribs and other safety equipment – it may not be equipped with the latest safety features and may be damaged by prior use.
- Car – Thoroughly perform all checks beforehand, but buy a used car. A car’s value depreciates the minute you drive it out the first time. And buy a used car particularly if you have fancy tastes in cars – else how will you ever afford the Beemer or the Merc?
- Designer clothing – The sticker price for new designer clothing is usually so obscenely highly that used designer togs are all you should opt for.
- Furniture – They don’t make furniture these days the way that they used to. It used to be solid wood and classic lines earlier; each piece made to last. The assembly line variety of furniture simply doesn’t compare.
- Décor items – Garage sales, flea markets and obscure hole in the wall shops can sometimes yield treasures. And who knows you may get lucky if you spot an antique item going cheap!
- Exercise equipment – Who gets rid of their exercise equipment? The guys that aren’t using it; who don’t want to use it. Ergo, you’re getting something that is mostly new and unused! Go for it.
- Books – I feel that the value of a book is undiminished by the pages being a little thumbed or the cover being worn. The joy of reading the book remains the same, whether it’s old or new. Also think used text books – so much cheaper, that it just makes sense to opt for those.