What you should never buy used

Buying used can save you a lot of money, but there are some things that shouldn’t buy used.

With the holidays coming to a close there’s going to be a lot of used items being put up for sale on garage sale groups, eBay and Craigslist selling their older items to enjoy their new upgrades. Find out which items you should and shouldn’t purchase used.

Sporting Equipment

These are items that should never be bought used. Helmets typically will mold to head even if they appear to fine. They are used for protection and once there is an accident, it’s over. Helmets and any headwear, in general, should never be purchased because of sweat, lice and other perspiration.

Mattresses and Furniture

With the bed bug epidemic at its highest rates, these should be avoided to prevent damage to your home and your health. You never know what could be in there. Ew!

Child Car Seats

A child’s safety should never be budgeted unless it’s new and sealed in the box. Child seats are made of plastic and over the years the plastic breaks down due to wear and tear, sun exposure and accidents. Rule of thumb is looking at the expiration date most seats are good for only 6 years while more pricey brands last longer at 8 years.


Tires can break down easily and you never know if there was a chance it was in an accident. Splurge and spend a little more on new tires as safety is of the utmost importance.

Bathing Suits & Wet Suits

Honestly, suits are up to personal preference. I look at it like this I believe for children having a used suit is okay especially if it’s used as a second/backup one. Children typically wear these a few times and then they grow out of them. As for adults not so much, just think of wearing bodily fluids of someone else is weird even if you wash them in the highest temperature setting sometimes that still doesn’t kill all the bacteria this is especially worst in female suits. My opinion: if you must buy a used suit opt for a two-piece and ditch the bottoms or if you’re savvy sewer replace the lining with a new lining.


With the change in crib standards selling cribs are difficult because of the US ban on drop-side cribs. Dropdown or drop-side cribs are the ones with the site that comes down these are UNSAFE and ILLEGAL to sell. If you see one for sale especially in a local market please inform the seller they might not be aware that these cribs are unsafe.

Recalled Items

This is a big one and I’ve never seen it on a list ever. Not everyone knows every product that was recalled but in today’s society, everyone has a cell phone connected to the internet and mobile apps. You could easily look it up and see if it was possibly recalled. Recalled items are prohibited from being sold on such sites as Craiglist as it violates their TOS (Terms Of Service).


This includes laptops, TVs, game consoles, DVD players, etc these items are more suspectable for damage or may not even work. Often times people will sell their dated products that they replaced with new ones. Computers, TV’s and other such devices can be purchased cheaply on sale new or refurbished (meaning re-set and checked to be working by a store or manufacturer). If you choose to buy used, please do your homework and test before you buy it.


Footwear is commonly sold at garage sales and should be avoided unless they are in like-new, to new conditions. The reasoning behind this is footwear tends to mold to the user’s foot making it uncomfortable for someone new to wear them.

Bedding and Linens

Avoid purchasing these from first-person sellers, thrift stores typically have a sanitation process so you don’t have to worry as much about bugs.

Baby Bottles

Purchase new or opt for glass bottles, the newer the better. Use coupons for additional savings and check that the products are free of BPA.

Old Dishware, Utensils, and Cookware

Avoid rusty, flaky and plastic cookware, dishware and other utensils.

Is there anything that didn’t make the list? Have you ever purchased any of these items? Did you have a good or bad experience? Let me know in the comments below.

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