Five Things That You Should Buy Used

Five Things That You Should Buy UsedIf you’re like me, you’re probably a sucker for a deal. I love saving money so much that I happily carry the title of Frugal Geek with me in both my professional and personal life. One of the secrets to being a frugal geek is knowing exactly when and how to save money on the technology you love. Sometimes, this means buying things secondhand.

While not everything is a great deal in a used capacity, you can save a lot of money without suffering through the headache of product quality and/or life. Let’s face it, some products just don’t carry the same luster and magic that they do when they’re brand new out of the package for the first time. There are, however, a bunch of great products out there that hold up remarkably well over time.

In fact, some items build character as they age. This is one of the reasons so many antique stores are still doing pretty well. Wooden furniture, though not in this tech-influenced list, is perhaps one of the best examples of potentially excellent values when purchased used. An antique chair, table, or desk increases in value with age and can last for generations past the home assembly kits sold in budget furniture stores today.

Here are five things that you should buy used.

8 comments On Five Things That You Should Buy Used

  • Those statistics about cars can’t be right. I assume they were listed in thousands originally, giving actual figures of 14.55M and 36M.

  • Another good reason to buy FACTORY refurbished electronics is they are QA/QC inspected INDIVIDUALLY.  Not a batch inspection (one out of the batch of fifty is actually inspected).  You actually have a better chance of getting better equipment.

  • Great list – I think you should add books on there too. I buy all my books and DVD’s from Amazon used and they’re pretty perfect most of the time. I also agree with cars but I think everyone should -at least once in their lifetime – buy a new car. I think that’s something to be proud of. 

  • great tips! awesome

  • Buying a vehicle is a quit difficult think. You have to pay close attention to details unless you want to spend money around without knowing what you’re buying.

  • I often suggest to potential switchers that if the sticker price of a new Mac is that big a deal, they should start with a 2-year-old refurb from a reputable dealer. Macs are great things to buy used! 

  • Same is true of better cameras and lenses. In fact, it wouldn’t sur[rise me to find that all the pro photographers I know – or know of – buy used. May not be true for the next year or so if there’s a big switch to mirrorless. Hmm. I might wait 3-4 years . . .

  • I have an iPod Nano Refurbed by Apple. Works great, and looks as good as a new one. And I saved 20 bucks in the process, too.

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