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What kind of stuff you shouldn't buy new and used.

submitted on May 6, 2010 by busant20 in "Member's Lounge"
10 things you shouldn't buy new:
* Books
* DVDs and CDs
* Little kids' toys
* Jewelry
* Sports equipment
* Timeshares
* Vehicles
* Software and console games
* Office furniture
* Hand tools

10 things you should never buy used:
* Laptop
* Car seats
* Plasma and high-definition TVs
* DVD players
* Vacuum cleaners
* Digital cameras and video cameras
(Exception: buy a refurbished model that comes with a warranty.)
* Shoes
* Mattresses
* Wet suits
* Helmets

10 things you shouldn't buy new:
http://articles.moneycentral.m.....y-new.aspx

10 things you should never buy used:
http://articles.moneycentral.m.....-used.aspx
     

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  • 61366
    Tarun
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    Posted by Tarun on May 6, 2010
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    Pfft, I buy my cds new but on sale. I've got cds from 15 years ago without a scratch on them. I keep my things in top condition. Same with books (unless they're schoolbooks they can be used except for computer class books)

    Don't buy software and console games new? Good luck trying to use that scratched up crap then.

    A lot of the article for not buying new stuff is flawed to high hell...

    Books - possible pages missing, etc.
    CDs/DVDs - scratches, media not working well/at all. See above rant.
    Toys - Cause you want to give your kids used toys that you have no idea where they've been.
    Jewelry - Something too could be wrong with it, but less likely.
    Sports equipment - They even say to be sure and wipe gym equipment down when you're done, so who's to say how clean/safe used would be.
    Timeshares - no comment.
    Vehicles - never know what problems you're inheriting.
    Software and console games - see CDs/DVDs, also consider that software with keys that are used can't be resold.
    Office furniture - depends on it's condition really.
    Hand tools - again, depends on condition.
  • 61372
    MrCheap
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    Posted by MrCheap on May 6, 2010
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    All books I ever buy for myself are through Half.com and I never had a missing page
  • 61374
    mooncow728
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    Posted by mooncow728 on May 6, 2010
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    If you choose to buy toys used then you need to keep recalls in mind. I've seen ALOT of recalled toys on Craigslist, and at Goodwill and such. Many people don't realize their toys were recalled, but some do and just want to hurry and make something from it.
  • 61380
    siggy38
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    Posted by siggy38 on May 6, 2010
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    Who would ever buy a used mattress? Confused
  • 61385
    tammy987
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    Posted by tammy987 on May 6, 2010
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    Don't buy software and game consoles new? How do you know you're not inheriting some glitch until you buy it? Then you're stuck. Eeek And if my husband gave me apiece of used jewelry for our anniversary (unless it's an antique) I don't think I'd be very happy. Don't care what he spends, but get something new. Neutral
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on May 6, 2010
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      I agree with ya there. I rarely buy used games but wouldn't even consider buying a used console. Heck with all the problems the current gen consoles have had (think Xbox's red ring, Wii's innability to play dual layer games when Smash Bros Brawl released, Playstations yellow light of death to name a few), how could you buy one used? At least buying one new gives you a warranty.

      I agree with the jewelry thing too. I wouldn't mind if he bought something cheap from Walmart just as long as he picked it out. If he bought something used he better have good reason lol.
    • 61403
    • busant20
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      Posted by busant20 on May 6, 2010
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      Mooncow728:
      ......If he bought something used he better have good reason lol.
      Amused Amused Amused
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    • onkarkulkarni
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      Posted by onkarkulkarni on May 6, 2010
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      Agree. I would rather buy used video games in working condition rather than risking money to buy a used console that might turn into a piece of junk in just days! I have burnt my fingers earlier buying into one and just want to caution fellow members to stay away from such offers completely!
  • 61422
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on May 6, 2010
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    We rent all Wii video games in the library (that is the only console we have). Is it just me? Roll Eyes
  • 61485
    tammy987
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    Posted by tammy987 on May 7, 2010
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    I think renting video games at library is good idea, but aren't you kind of limited in what you can rent? And what if you find a game you really like? Wouldn't you want to buy it so you have access to it anytime you want? Wink
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on May 7, 2010
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      Depends on the game. When we got Harry Potter Wii, my kids were able to complete all levels in just under a week, and off it went. The same about Sims Castaway. Grand Slam Tennis was different, we already rented it 3 times and may eventually buy it.

      Some games you cannot rent, period. E.g. my wife is trying out a library rented Wii Fit. If she finds the patience to use it regularly then we will invest $$$ into buying the game & board. Even if you prefer buying vs renting, it is always a good idea to get a feel of the game first. The good thing is that all the saved data is preserved even when you switch to the game on a different disk

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