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One Man’s Trash…

Your guide to what you should buy second-hand and what you’re better off buying new.

Thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, consignment shops, apps, and online websites make it easier than ever to purchase second-hand items.

From clothing and furniture to cars and RVs to electronics and household items, you can save a lot of money buying used. However, buying used does come with risk, so always weigh the risk of buying used with the potential savings.

If you’re looking to pick up some new-to-you clothes or a car for your teenager, you may be weighing whether to buy new or used. Need help deciding? Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Used? Good Idea.

In need of some new clothes but have a limited budget? You’re in luck. Thrift stores, consignment shops, and online sites make buying new-to-you clothes much easier on the wallet. Why pay full price on name-brand or designer clothes when you can find the same item in like-new condition for a fraction of the price? All you’ve got to do is give each item a good washing and no one will know you bought it second-hand. Just remember to closely inspect each article of clothing for stains or holes before making your purchase.

New cars lose approximately 20 percent of their value after just one year, and 10 percent of that loss happens in the first month. Save money and avoid unnecessary debt by buying used vehicles through a dealer or private party. Do your research to make sure the car you’re buying is a good deal and in tip-top mechanical shape. Thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to find out the pros and cons of every automobile on the road and what problems they commonly experience.

Furnishing your home isn’t cheap. Save a ton of money by buying certain pieces of gently used furniture. Chairs, tables, cabinets, shelves, headboards, and dressers are typically safe to buy used. However, be wary of anything with upholstery, as it may harbor dust mites, animal dander, or even bed bugs.

Unless you’re obsessed with having the newest and latest electronic gadget, you can save a lot of money buying used. Take advantage of everyone else who is obsessed with the latest and greatest and buy their used gear. You’ll save hundreds on used cameras, phones, televisions, computers, and tablets that have plenty of useful life left in them.

Used? Bad Idea

Sometimes the risk of buying used outweighs the benefits. In fact, some things aren’t meant to be resold due to potential safety hazards. With that in mind, here are a few things you shouldn’t plan to purchase second-hand.

Most baby equipment items are safe to purchase used except for car seats, cribs, and baby bottles. Even if it hasn’t been in a car accident, the structure of a car seat weakens over time, making it a less-effective means to protect little ones. Many older cribs are made with drop sides, a feature that has proved unsafe and are no longer available to purchase new. Before purchasing baby equipment, make sure it hasn’t been recalled for safety reasons. And skip out on used baby bottles, as the older ones may be made with BPA, a harmful chemical that’s now banned in plastic bottles.

Common sense should tell you it’s a bad idea to buy a used mattress. Likely filled with dust mites, dead skin, body fluids, and possibly bud bugs, used mattresses belong in the dump.

It’s safest to purchase new pots and pans. Older cookware may be made with unsafe chemicals and carcinogens. If you want to beat the odds and buy used pots or pans, just be sure they don’t have any parts flaking off or look worn and used.

If you’re looking for clean, supportive shoes, don’t look for used. Athletics shoes, especially, may look clean and new, but they lack support after just a few months of use.

Don’t plan to save money on a used vacuum cleaner. No one typically gets rid of a vacuum cleaner unless it stops working. Plus, a used vacuum was once filled with someone else’s dirt and grime, and you may drag some of it into your house.