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20 Things You Shouldn't Buy Used

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I'm an avid garage sale shopper. Most of my furniture was bought used, and I've saved more than 50 percent off the cost of some pieces. But a few things I would never buy used - especially if they put my health or safety at riskI don't think getting sick


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Linda H (199)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 5:48 pm
I could not resist this! With Clint Eastwood! Got to love the movie. Oh this really makes you think!

Lydia S (155)
Saturday June 30, 2012, 10:41 pm
Thanks for posting , Excellent advice , I have heard that used crib mattresses are good beds for larger dogs
as long as they are in really good condition , My two dogs are small so they have a huge beanbag .

Aino Viita (0)
Sunday July 1, 2012, 10:43 am
Great advice

Cheryl B (64)
Sunday July 1, 2012, 2:08 pm
thanks for the info

Carole K (195)
Sunday July 1, 2012, 8:19 pm
Good list with logical rationale for items included in the list. All persons, like myself, who are avid second hand shoppers would be wise to read & take heed. TY, Suzybell, for sharing.

Danuta Watola (1251)
Monday July 2, 2012, 2:36 am
Noted, thank you!

Past Member (0)
Monday July 2, 2012, 3:25 am
Thanks, noted.

Dorothy A (15)
Monday July 2, 2012, 3:31 am
Excellent reasons that somethings need to be bought new. Heck, I want a new mattresses after reading that and I'm the only one using mine!

berny p (23)
Monday July 2, 2012, 4:04 am


Bechi C (120)
Monday July 2, 2012, 4:06 am
Good advice!

Azaima A (207)
Monday July 2, 2012, 4:25 am
good to know

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday July 2, 2012, 6:20 am
The list is mostly good. Along with mattresses I would never buy a couch or stuffed chair because of the risk of bedbugs. I know a shop that reconditions laptops & has warranties that I trust.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 2, 2012, 7:08 am
thanks for sharing

Lindsay Kemp (6)
Monday July 2, 2012, 9:48 am
Makes a lot of sense!

Kate Kenner (215)
Monday July 2, 2012, 12:40 pm
Some of these things make sense but it sounds a bit paranoid to me. Really, a used blender. It could last years and this is a good reason to wash things. All you have to do is put them in hoe water and they'll be fine. Shoes I can see as shoes mold to people's feet and sure, mattresses. Makeup I don't wear. Most of my things are used and even if they don't always last a long time (and you never know as they could last longer than you think) it will be saved from the landfill for a while-at least 'til it really is broken. We live in a throwaway society and if I can save something I will.

Kate Kenner (215)
Monday July 2, 2012, 12:41 pm
And there are plenty of good cars eats at children's second hand stores. kids get big and the car seats go onto a new life. It doesn't mean there is anything wrong with them.

Donna G (42)
Monday July 2, 2012, 1:35 pm
When I was a single mom with my first born son, I had a lot of used things given to me. Now, as an older person with disabilities, I am an avid fan of Freecycle. There's just not enough money to buy what I need new. But, I do agree that shoes are one thing that I won't get second-hand. The futon in my living room and the bed in my son's bedroom are both second hand. No problems with either.

Gloria H (88)
Monday July 2, 2012, 3:44 pm
I work with costumes. Wigs are washed/steam cleaned ditto hats. Shoes for actors are sprayed with Lysol. everyone gets their own cosmetics, tissues and cotton balls. Clothes are washed or dry cleaned.
When you consider actors sweat under the hot gel lights, you know we want costumes to be in good condition. many costumes are heavy and lined to withstand on stage action.We require undershirts be worn. Undergarments/anything that touches the skin is washed after each performance.
Sunlight will also kill germs.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday July 2, 2012, 5:05 pm
Thanks Suzybell.

MaryBeth M (5)
Monday July 2, 2012, 5:30 pm
Most is common sense. You can wash stuffed animals in hot water & put in dryer. I do with all the ones I give out to charities.

bindy hopper (0)
Monday July 2, 2012, 5:39 pm
If you're avoiding items becasue they might have dead skins cells- then don't even buy new. Sure they have fewer, but everything is dirty until you wash it! How many people tried on that "brand new" shirt you're now going to buy? You don't know! So while some was common sense- no mattresses or cribs, the rest is just buyers beware.

Fred Krohn (34)
Monday July 2, 2012, 6:17 pm
People like me who have a chance of fixing them can profit from buying used electronics. People who can disinfect things in a clothes washer shouldn't have trouble with used clothes, plushy animals, and similar objects; using a front loader washer and drying in the sun on a line should kill any harmful organisms with no damage to the items. Mattress resellers who properly fumigate and refurbish the goods should not be considered as bad as those who just sell bedbug farm sleeping pads with only a cursory effort to remove stains. Commonsense should trump paranoia.

Shan D (49)
Monday July 2, 2012, 6:27 pm
Second-hand jewelry? Earrings, sure. But I've found wonderful necklaces, bracelets, and rings at garage sales. The trick is to make sure you don't buy dirty, filthy stuff, and don't eat it.

Ludger W (65)
Monday July 2, 2012, 9:58 pm
noted, ty

Kelly Rogers (303)
Monday July 2, 2012, 9:58 pm
ty, for that wonderful article

Patricia N (9)
Monday July 2, 2012, 11:52 pm
I would worry about anything stuffed but many years ago bought a lot of furniture second-hand and also clothing and never thought a thing about it. I would be more cautious today especially with bed bugs going around. But clothing can always be washed with some clorox or something like that.

Kara C (15)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 12:10 am
Second hand electronics are ok as long as you test them where you get them to make sure they work (and if they short circuit then its not your house on the line :D ) .I practically lived of second hand stuffed animals as a kid you just throw them in the washing machine, dry them on the line and if they live then they are good toys. Also who on earth would buy second hand petfood !?!

Things I would never buy - underwear (yuck!) socks (yick!) keyboards (impossible to clean) and of course shoes (also cannot be fully cleaned)

Rebecca Cowart (0)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 4:57 am
noted....this is a wake up call.....thank you

Siti R (12)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 11:06 am
appreciate it, will re-post!

M B (62)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 1:34 pm
Thanks. Please flag those 2 Chinese spams , by Xiao B., and Sjo D. !!

Lucie G (39)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 1:25 pm
I love old furniture and things for the home. You can make your home very unique and it is fun to revamp the furnitiure
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