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Used Mattresses on the curbWhat’s the easiest way to save money on your purchases? Buy it used. I picked up golf this year and when it came time to buy new (to me) equipment, I relied on Craigslist and the used section of the local Golf Galaxy. Golf is a difficult enough sport, the last thing I needed to do was make it both difficult and expensive. So I purchased my irons used and my hybrids used. My driver and putter I purchased brand new because they were running a ridiculous “wholesale price” sale from a website online, but a driver at $130 (TaylorMade Burner) and a putter at $55 (Odyssey) made for great deals.

Then you have the classic “used vs new” battle over cars. That’s a debate that has raged on for eons and predates the car itself! (should buy a used or new horse? OK just kidding mostly) Some argue that buying used means you are buying the abuses of the previous owner. Some argue that buying used means you save a lot of money, enough to pay for the abuses of the previous owner.

But there are some things you should never buy used. These are things that 99% of the population would agree on. That’s not to say people won’t buy these things used, sometimes you don’t a choice, you do what you need to in order to survive. Top on my list? Mattresses. Used mattresses, for a variety of reasons, are often terrible purchases. Mattresses, like shoes, mold to the body of the people who use them so you won’t be able to get a good night’s rest. If you want to save money, buy the frame used and the mattress new. 🙂

What would you never buy used?

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37 Responses to “Your Take: What Would You Never Buy Used?”

  1. Michele says:

    I was just talking with a friend about this the other day, specifically in the context of mattresses.

    I think the vast majority of people agree that they would never, ever buy a used mattress, and most cite the perceived ‘icky’ factor over the more legitimate structural concerns.

    However, many (most?) people would at least CONSIDER buying a used couch, which to me, is far, far, FAR more “icky,” because at least people COVER their mattresses, whereas most don’t do so with a couch.

    And let me tell you, I’ve done absolutely disgusting things on my couch, but I bet I could find a buyer for it in 2 hours.

  2. Going along with your mattress avoidance, pillows! Aside from the whole flattening / molding issue, there are serious sanitary issues.

  3. zapeta says:

    Definitely mattresses and pillows.

  4. Jon says:

    Inflatable companions.

  5. Anthony says:

    @Jon: LOL. I think I’ll be smiling about that for the rest of the day…

    Underwear?! I don’t think I will ever buy used underwear.

    There’s not much else that I would HAVE to be new. I would be WILLING to buy used for almost all items.

    Maybe exterior doorknobs? I wouldn’t buy these used, I guess. The original owner may have copies of the keys? The mattress and pillows suggestions above, I would agree with.

  6. M. Stewart says:

    Shoes, underwear, pillows, mattresses–agreed. I’ll add computer keyboards–those things are collectives for all kinds of gross items and they are only $15.00 new. Buy new.

  7. I would have to say, underwear, mattresses, pillows, and carpets. But now I think that couches will go on my list thanks to Michele!

  8. Donald says:

    Baby car seats & baby strollers must be purchased new.

  9. Martha says:

    Socks. I don’t donate them either…

  10. Martha says:

    Or shoes for that matter.

    • Jon says:

      I’ve purchased numerous pairs of shoes from thrift stores. $100 Doc Martens for $4.

    • Lori says:

      So, Martha!
      Your telling me that YOU consider BUYING “USED” shoes is not one to purchase at a yard sale?
      Let me ask you a question? I sell PRE OWNED SHOES! And before I purchase ANY of my items at a garage sale I inspect and make sure that the shoe is flawless, and must of been worn a few times. Also, when some women cannot afford a pair of $285.00 Steve Madden shoes or Uggs, they come to me! My clients know what they are getting from me, I can get that same shoe for them at LESS than half the cost!
      So, YOU may not be into purchasing “USED” shoes, but the woman who wants that “FRYE” boot at $30.00 vs $$195.00 (worn 2 or 3 times) may want to. She is not only HAPPY that she saved over $100.00 she also got what she was looking for too!
      Also, taking it (shoes) to your nearest cobbler can put on a new heel and sanitize it too!
      Just a bit of information, remember, it’s worth it in the end.
      Good Luck to you,
      Lori 🙂

  11. ethan says:

    i agree on the couch thing. couch is so much more dirtier than the mattress….the mattress is covered and the couch gets way more traffic….but ironically i bought a used couch off craigslist in college…

    but at least it was from a girl…if that’s any better

  12. Michael says:

    While many electronics can be decently bought used, a windows based computer is probably best new for most non-techie people. Many sellers price they slightly used hardware too high, older machines are too slow for internet video and their computer virus hygiene becomes your problem once you use it. Think of it as the e-ick factor

    On the other hand, an almost free used computer with a fresh new hard-drive with a newly installed Linux OS is a good deal – stay off the internet porn it would probably run badly 🙂

  13. otipoby says:

    I would never buy used most electronics. Some (i.e. PCs) because they are never a good deal compared to new and some (i.e. XBOXs) because older models tended to have more problems. If the product is in a mature market (i.e. high end speakers), then maybe.

  14. govenar says:

    chewing gum

  15. Joe Bassett says:

    You wouldn’t want used dentures, bridges, toothbrush, underwear, hemorrhoid pads, glass eye, hats, and wig.

  16. Rosa Rugosa says:

    I’ve donated socks that I bought and hated after trying on once, and underwear that came free with a bra purchase – but not my style – so tried on never. So you could be passing on some good sock and underwear deals for no good reason! 🙂

  17. daenyll says:

    I will definitely say never buy a used mattress. A group at the University of Florida recently went to do an experiment regarding bedbugs, and ordered several mattresses from local dealers and before they could even add the critters for the experiment they found at least one of the beds they’d recieved already had bedbugs upon delivery. EWWWW…

  18. Dee in DC says:

    So, I actually bought a used mattress. I moved across country for my first job, and I was sleeping on an air mattress. I was shopping estate sales, and came across a bed from the deceased’s guest room. It was well taken care of and had been in a mattress case its whole life. I think I paid $100 for it–delivered. I figured an old woman’s guest bed couldn’t be nearly as bad as the dorm beds I had been sleeping in for 4 years.

    A year later I moved back across country, and sold the bed for $40 bucks–picked up! I never had to move the thing, carry it up or down 3 flights of stairs, and I had a year’s use of it for $60!

  19. Shirley says:

    My first thoughts… LOL!

    What would I buy that’s used
    If it had not been abused?
    Not a mattress, not a pillow,
    Nor underclothes of another fellow.

    It must be able to be cleaned
    As if it were brand new.
    I don’t want leftover yukkies!
    Seems most feel the same way too.

    I most surely would buy books
    And not care about their looks,
    Wipe it down and shake it out
    And then learn what it’s about.

    (Our grandson loves Dr Seuss
    And just spent some time with us.
    It may take two days or three
    To return my mind to me!)

  20. Sharon says:

    I bought a used mattress. The people had it for 2 months & always used a cover (where planning on returning it if they didn’t like it, which requires a cover). They found it to be too hot. It is a memory foam mattress they bought from The Dump (that is a furniture closeout store) for $900. But the store has a no return policy (always check the return policy before buying). So I got it for $200, basically brand new. And there house was spotless, a plus. It is super-comfy, and I don’t regret buying it at all. Now if the circumstances were different, probably wouldn’t have bought it.

  21. Joe Bassett says:

    Those memory foam mattresses are junk. They aren’t much. The best mattress you can buy is the pocketed coil Simmons or ones like that. The memory foam is too hot and it won’t retain it’s shape forever. But you could put a thick cover on it, but the problem might be it can’t breathe. But I get a funny feeling sleeping on something that others had sex on. The memeory foam is a gimmick.
    Another one I think is a gimmick is the one you adjust the air. You have to sleep on a fairly firm mattress that is pillow top. I bought one floor model for $500. It was pretty blue flowers on each side you could turn it.
    I don’t care what anyone says. The pocketed coil Simmons was the best mattress I ever had. You can have sex and no noise. You get out of bed and no squeaks. Just buy the darn thing.

  22. Nataraj says:

    I would never buy used clothes either, we don’t know how they abused the clothes.
    I did buy couch, bed, and some wodden furniture from a friend’s friend. It worked out great for me until I got married and it was pennies for
    I also bought some nice cooking utensils for real cheap and on top of it my friend was going to donate the money collected to charity.

  23. Joe Bassett says:

    You bought a bed and couch, but wouldn’t buy clothes. If you could put the bed in the washer it would be ok. People do nasty things on beds.

  24. Safeway_Sage says:

    If the bed was in good shape I would buy it in a minute. Just throw one of those mattress pads over it (the rubberized ones) and call it a day!

  25. eric says:

    Hmm..maybe swimsuits? I just read on Trent’s blog a reader asking about buying used swimwear… yeah definitely not for me.

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