13 Things You Should Avoid Buying on Craigslist
While the savings can be great, shopping on Craigslist is not without its potential pitfalls. We’ve pulled together a list of the product categories and items you’re better off buying elsewhere.
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When it comes to any item you on your head, Bodge’s recommendation is clear. “If it’s made of a soft fabric, with a structure that can easily be tossed into the washer and dryer to kill any germs that might still be there, go for it,” she says. “Otherwise, skip it, as sunhats and headwear with more structure are much harder to disinfect.” Invest in a new one for the warm weather days ahead, like this wide-brimmed sunhat; it has a UPF of 50+ and includes the all-important chin strap to ensure the wind doesn’t blow it away.
Whether you’re buying your very first set of pots and pans or are needing to replace an old set, investing in cookware can become costly—quickly—incentivizing you to search for savings on Craigslists. But you have no idea how old the seller’s set is or how well it was—or wasn’t—taken care of. One exception: If the pan is made from copper or cast iron, and you have fully vetted the seller, that may very well be a prudent purchase. But for anything non-stick, Bodge says to steer clear. “The coating can wear off, making the cookware itself less effective and increasing the risk of contaminants in your food.” No thanks.
Walk a mile in their shoes? Maybe, followed by a long list of “ifs.” “First of all, no matter the type of shoes or their condition, if you don’t have an effective way to disinfect the pair, forget it,” Bodge says. “Running shoes and any other type of athletic footwear endure too much wear and tear; even if someone only ran in them for a couple of months, the cushion and interior support can be compromised.” If it’s a pair of dressy heels you’re admiring, then it’s back to the maybe, provided the seller’s description checks out. Read on for the 10 online scams to beware of.