When to spring for something new
Buying products used can be a huge money-saver, not to mention it does feel good to be giving an item a “second life.” But it’s not the best option for everything. Here are 12 things that, for quality, cleanliness and other reasons, you should probably avoid buying second-hand.
It’s hard to determine how well TVs and other electronic devices have been cared for by their previous owners. If your plasma screen dies, it can cost thousands of dollars to fix or replace – sometimes almost as much as it would cost to buy a new TV.
Used shoes have been moulded to their previous owner’s feet. Poorly fitting shoes can cause pain and health problems over time. Running shoes, in particular, have probably lost most of their absorbent cushioning by the time their first owner is finished with them.