5 Items You Should Buy Used

5 Items You Should Buy Used

New means better, right? Well not necessarily. In many cases it's worth buying many items used instead of new - and the best part is, it will cost you a lot less too.

Read more below to see when buying used can be just as rewarding as buying new.

1) Baby And Kid Stuff

Children grow up so fast. Clothes that fit your child just six months ago, suddenly no longer fit. Toys that were once loved so much are soon forgotten when something new, and cooler comes along. In many cases, this means that whatever your child touches may have been ever hardly used.

Why not purchase used items which are in like-new condition at a fraction of the cost? You can find almost everything your young one could ever need for the first few years on Gumtree, auction groups on Facebook, and even at local markets - saving you a fortune in the process.

2) Furniture And Apartment Furnishings

If you're planning on renovating or redecorating your house or apartment, it's worth looking around for some sweet used furniture. In most major cities, people are frequently coming and going which means there is a lot of used furniture on the market since people can't always take it with them.

You can find everything from beds, lamps, dining room tables, chairs, washing machines, coffee makers, and everything else in between.

With a little elbow grease, paint, and some sand paper you can spruce your dining room tables, bedroom furniture, and chairs to give those used items your personal touch or match your existing look and style.

3) Books

Buying books new is not cheap, especially if you're an avid reader and finish a book every few weeks. We recommend you buy your books at a fraction of the cost at a used book store.

If you're a frequent ready yourself, you'll know that many books may have only been owned a mere few weeks before they turn up in a second hand store, and therefore the book is essentially mint condition still.

If you're looking for a specific title, you can purchase used books online at places like eBay and Amazon.

4) Electronics

Whenever a new iPhone, Android phone, or Macbook is released on the market, people immediately rush to replace their current versions with the latest and greatest even if the one in their pocket still works fantastically. This means you can pick up a second hand computer, camera, phone, speakers, and other electronic items on the used market at a great price in amazing condition.

Again, we'd recommend places like Facebook auction groups, Gumtree, and eBay to find the best deals. Be sure to check seller feedback or ask for a reference (or a vouch) if you're nervous doing your first deal.

5) Cars

This is a tricky one. Although many people warn against the purchase of used vehicles due to potential problems under the hood (and therefore the cost of repairs), if you know what to look for or have a trustworthy mechanic, then purchasing a used vehicle can be one of the smartest moves you make.

The reality is that as soon as you drive your shiny new car off the lot, the value has already dramatically dropped. Therefore, you can find a great car, such as an ex-rental, one owner vehicle, or a vehicle with low mileage at a great price.

Be sure to do some online research on the make and model to ensure you're not buying a lemon before you've even popped the hood. Many popular brands have enthusiast forums with buying advice and every topic under the sun covered. Reliability reports are also abundantly available online and can save you thousands avoiding a particularly troubled model for something else.

But Don't Forget...

Purchasing used goods can be a smart move, and one that can save you a lot of money, however, compromise only on price and never quality or safety.