Some products don’t lose any of their quality because of high-intensity use or age. Some of these items might be even better by being broken in by someone else. Many people unnecessarily waste money by buying everything new. In most cases, sure, it’s a good idea to invest in a brand new item that surely won’t break down on you. However, certain things you can buy used and pay only a fraction of the cost. Here are a few examples of things you should buy second hand and save some money.
1. Gym Equipment
Most products for exercising, such as treadmills and dumbbells, are almost always in good condition. These things can last a lifetime, even if it’s electronic gear. Lots of people buy gym equipment with the intention to change their lifestyle, however, that rarely happens. For this reason alone most of the equipment you find on the used market is in great shape. Weights are especially cheap and great to buy. It’s not like iron attached to a metal bar can go bad or break. These things cost a lot if purchased brand new and you won’t lose out on anything by purchasing them used, even at a garage sale.
2. Hand Tools
Similar to dumbbells, these items stay in good shape for a long time. Even if you find them in a bad condition, bringing them to their former glory is still much cheaper than buying brand new. Good tools are expensive. Lucky for you, you can always find them in pawn shops or at garage sales. People change trade jobs, abandon hobbies or get rid of some clutter. This is your chance to find an expensive tool at a bargain price that won’t drive a hole through your pocket.
New tech is being released at an astonishing rate, but chances are you don’t really need the latest smartphone or computer processor. Any electronic is usually worth buying if it’s not older than five years. Many companies even offer refurbished tech and it’s considerably cheaper than buying new. Even Apple has a refurbished section in their store and every item comes with a limited warranty as well. While you can get a great deal, you should buy only from companies you trust. Refurbished items can break down if the tech was used intensely for years without ever shutting it down.
There nothing more satisfying the buying a brand new car, if you can afford it. The problem is that it will lose its value the next day after closing the deal. Cars lose a lot of their value in a short amount of time. Because of the immensity of the market, however, you can easily find a used car with great mileage that feels brand new but doesn’t come with a huge price tag attached. There are many great deals out there, plus you can even negotiate and get a better price.