Things You Should Always Buy Used

by | February 28, 2012 at 1:33 PM | General

Ready to drive away in a new car? Not so fast. The Street takes a look at items you should always buy used, and why.


Before you put a down-payment on that shiny new car, remember that it will lose value the second you leave the lot.

Obviously, you run the risk of settling for a lemon if you buy a used car, but don’t let that deter you. Brad Wilson of suggests you cover all the bases before making a decision. You’ll also want to buy something that will maintain its value, as cars depreciate at different rates.

Video Games

If you’re a gamer, you know what it’s like to tire of a single-player campaign — even the longest games rarely take more than 50 hours to complete.

Used games usually flood the secondary market shortly after a game is released, TheStreet reports. This means big savings for patient gamers.


Textbooks aren’t the only books to buy used. MainStreet reader Gretchen Lembach says regular books are cheaper than most e-Books, even with a shipping fee.


It’s not only best to buy a used saxophone because it’s cheaper, but also because it might have a surprising resale value years down the line. Older instruments are often in demand by collectors.


People who don’t want to lug their heavy furniture to a new apartment or home will put it on Craigslist at a huge discount. Therein lies an opportunity to save big.

Julia Scott of advises buyers to stay away from upholstered furniture though. Upholstered items, such as couches, are difficult to clean and could harbor bedbugs. Instead, find furniture that can easily be scrubbed. ” Anything like bookshelves, tables, chairs, coffee tables … anything you can wipe down with a cleaning agent,” she tells TheStreet.

What else should you buy used? Visit TheStreet for more ideas.

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