Things It’s OK to Buy Used Instead of New

As an expert in the bookkeeping field and the mom of a family with three kids, I am very familiar with making dollars stretch as far as possible. It’s always fun to find a good deal but disappointing if the quality isn’t there – in these unlikely experiences, I was pleasantly surprised!

One of the things that my husband loves to buy used is running shoes! I never would have thought of that because it’s always been my assumption that the best performance comes early in the shoes life. That may well be true but ‘used’ doesn’t have to mean ‘heavily used’. You see, when consumers return running shoes to the store after they have been worn even so much as one time, they may not be sold as new. So, if you search online there are plenty of very nice – and expensive – lightly used shoes to buy at super steep discount.

Prior to my recent relocation to a new state, I always purchased my appliances new from Sears or Best Buy. When I moved I found myself in a very new, very empty home with no refrigerator, washer, or dryer. To purchase new and wait for delivery would take several days. Instead I searched Craigslist to see what my neighbors were selling and I found several businesses that sell used appliances and even warrantee them. They got their start as appliance delivery and installation contractors. Since delivery also means hauling away the old appliances, they had plenty on hand for parts and began to build an inventory. Since my town has a pretty significant vacation property population, there were quite a few lightly used appliances in their inventory to choose from. One phone call had them delivering high efficiency front load washer and dryer and a stainless steel refrigerator that same day for $500 cash – and they hooked it up too. The ‘warrantee’ is for 90-days but that is more than enough time to discover any deal breaker characteristics.

Spend wisely and enjoy!

Scroll Up