You’re Wasting Your Money If You’re Buying These 14 Things in Brand-New Condition
Used items can be the same great quality at a fraction of the price.
Older models of musical instruments might actually be better quality than the ones you’ll find new on the shelf. “Corporations find ways to cut corners and use plastic vs. metal,” says Shelton. “Newer technology doesn’t have the same kind of tonal quality and build.” Do a bit of research before you buy, and test the instrument if you can.
In general, American brands will last longer than appliances made in China, so do a bit of research before buying used. Ask the sellers how long they’ve been using it, and test it to make sure it works before you put any money down. You could also head to an appliance repair shop to see if they’re selling refurbished items. “That’s a good buy if it’s a good price, because it’s been looked over by a technician who knows what they’re doing and can make sure it will work for you,” says Shelton. As a bonus, those shops will probably take your old one off your hands when they deliver the new-to-you one, so you don’t have a bulky appliance lying around. Here are the 12 things you should never buy used.
“The unwritten rule is never buy textbooks new,” says Shelton. “Sometimes you find nice little gems in there, like people highlighted things on your test or let good notes.” Buying used textbooks used to be a wild race, but with eBooks surging, it’s easier to find what you want, he says. Woroch recommends checking Thrift Books and Textbook Underground, along with used versions from Barnes & Noble or Amazon, for any book—not just educational ones.
Seek out preowned video games, DVDs, and CDs. They just pop in and out of a player, so they’re usually in good condition, says Shelton. Plus, you might find surprising deals when you find the one you want. “People are often selling an entire collection,” says Shelton. Check for used items on Amazon or at Gamestop, he suggests. Next, make sure you know the 21 other ways you’re wasting your money without realizing it.