Billeater: Used Cars, Used Books and Other Things to Never Buy New

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Did you ever look at a jar and think, “That’s worn out”? Glass objects, like many other things, simply don’t “wear out.” And even if they show a little wear, it’s perfectly acceptable to use them anyway. This means that you can buy them already used. Why spend two dollars on the same jar that you can get for fifty cents or less, used?

There are other things you should never buy new: Books. Unless you need a special book, never buy a new book. Borrow them from the library or if you do buy books, never buy them new. You can pick up the most popular ones for very little second hand within a few weeks of their publication.

CDs and DVDs. Again, it has to be pretty special to command the new DVD price. Popular ones are easy to find not long after their release.

Holiday Items. Anything having to do with a holiday, like sweaters with prancing reindeer, silk bouquets of spring flowers and cloth napkins that say “Happy Thanksgiving!” Since these things are seasonal, they get very little wear.

Baby Clothes. Babies don’t stay babies very long and certainly not long enough to wear out their clothes. Some baby clothes donated to a thrift shop or put in a consignment store have never been worn!

Houses. New houses are of less quality overall than old ones. Why pay premium prices for a shabbier product?

Automobiles. They lose their value quickly when bought new. A good second hand car will last longer than its payment book. Get a mechanic to look it over before buying, if you can.

Hand Tools. It’s easy to see if they’re too worn to be of use. If you use hand tools at all, you will know what to buy. Garage sales are great for buying these second hand.

Recreational Vehicles and Equipment. People who are into those things upgrade regularly, leaving their old vehicles and equipment for you and me. “Old” is relative; RVs usually don’t have many miles on them although they may be old in years.

Sports Equipment. Either it’s totally worn out or it’s almost brand new. People buy equipment with the intention of using it, but often forget those good intentions.

Exercise Equipment. You know…the exercise bicycle that becomes a clothing rack, the tread machine that the cat sleeps on. If anyone puts one of these out at a garage sale, check it over and if it looks good, grab it. You won’t find it new for such a great price.

There are other things and you’ll soon get in the swing of it. If you’re not sure, imagine an item unwrapped from the store and put in use for a couple of weeks. Is it any better than what you can get for half price or less? Probably not, so why pay full price?

Jessica Bosari writes for the money-saving site, Billeater.com. The site is devoted to helping people reduce expenses, save money and find great deals. Pay Billeater a visit for more money-saving tips!

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  1. Allegra.Ringo

    3 years ago

    I just read about this site called Plum Gear that describes itself as “the Netflix of baby clothes.” You pay a monthly fee to “rent” baby clothes, then you send them back when the baby outgrows them, and get a new bundle of clothes. It seems really smart! http://plumgear.com/

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  2. savingtools.com

    3 years ago

    What do they do about those yam stains that never seem to come out. I wonder if you’d owe them for the clothes if you couldn’t get them clean?

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  3. huutest

    3 years ago

    I came across a site called 123exchanges where you can buy and sell second hand products via videos. I love the video concept because it saves me time from traveling to many places to check out the items. It’s pretty cool how they use video to showcase their products instead of photos.

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  4. Susan.Yoo-Lee

    3 years ago

    Even buying used home appliances is great too. They come as good as new for half the price.

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  5. ebbeszoo

    3 years ago

    Carmax is the best place to buy cars. i bought my last car there and they have a 30 day guaratee bumper to bumper and they honor it. the battery went out three weeks after i had it and i bought a new one, faxed them a copy of the receipt and they sent me a check two days later! i love carmax, good for bad credit too! and if the one near you doesnt have a used car you like, you can find one online you like and get it tranfered to you with no commentment

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  6. ChuckG

    3 years ago

    I’m going to disagree on the used books. I normally do, off eBay. I ask it the book is stored in a non-smoking environment. Just got a web design book I’ve really wanted at a cheap rate (new to boot) less than $7 with shipping! I got the book and it smells like smoke. The vendor bought it from another vendor who did not have it stored in a smoke free environment. My eyes burned red. The cd that came with the book has an odor. Sorry, but there are times when the smell of a fresh book is best.

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