Buying used items saves people a ton of money. Not only that, it helps the environment by creating fewer products, meaning less waste.
Your garbage can be someone else's treasure, but unfortunately, there are certain things that simply shouldn't be bought used.
So here we go, starting off with #1, something I shouldn't even have to say.
1. Sex toys
Yeah, I went there because people actually do this!
If you need to get rid of your sex toys, for whatever reason, there is a website that tells you how to recycle your toys. The company recycles parts of the sex toy to be used for who knows what.
Some brave people work there.
And if you're the freaky type who is buying used sex toys on purpose, good for you!
2. Auto parts
There are certain auto parts that are pretty safe to buy used, such as windows, rims, or spare tires, but certain used auto parts could make the health of your car even worse.
Here is a helpful article that will tell you what to look out for when buying used parts.
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Again, shouldn't be said but maybe you just don't know. Used mattresses are no bueno for so many reasons.
You don't know how the mattress has been cared for or what the quality is like, there's a shorter lifespan meaning you'll have to buy a mattress much sooner than if you bought a brand new one, and you also don't know what has happened on the mattress.
If you're tight on money, shop at Amazon or Walmart for a mattress. My current mattress is from Walmart and was under $200 and it's the bomb diggity.
Any time I go to a flea market, I always see a ton of booths with opened makeup. Though this may have tempted me a few times, I would never do it.
You don't know who has used the makeup, where it has been, or how old it is.
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Any time I go to a thrift store, I'm always wondering if people are actually buying the used underwear. I never see anyone ever in the aisle, yet there's also hundreds of underwear stacked.
I don't know the health code or rules regarding underwear, but I wouldn't risk it. You can buy a used 6 pack of underwear for less than $10 at Walmart, so just do that instead.
6. Pet toys
Pet toys can hold allergens, dust mites, and who knows what dog had it before.
Your dog is worth the brand new toys!
Buying used electronics via Craigslist or through a non-reputable company is a no-no. I once bought a phone off Craigslist only to discover the phone was broken after having it for only a few days.
However, I do recommend buying refurbished electronics from a reputable store like Best Buy, where a warranty is usually in place. Refurbished doesn't necessarily mean old and used, it can mean someone bought the laptop and decided one day later they no longer wanted it.
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8. Child car seats
Used car seats are again another risky purchase. Just like mattresses, you don't know how well the car seat has been cared for and you don't if or what is broken inside.
You're better off buying a brand new car seat for your little one. It's worth it!
9. Safety Gear
Safety gear should never be bought used. You don't know what the safety gear has been through.
For example, you may see a motorcycle helmet and it appears to be in good condition. Little do you know, the helmet has been in a major car accident and has lost most of its ability to protect you, while still looking “put together” on the exterior.
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Would you buy any of these things used?
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