Tips For Shopping Second-hand and Saving Money

Abhinay Dhole
Abhinay Dhole

Do price tags play a crucial part in your shopping decisions? Do sales and coupons comprise a significant part in your shopping sprees? If the answer is yes, you truly value your hard-earned money. You are doing a good job at not failing for the preposterously high pricing strategies of brands. Buying second-hand items is another way to save money and buy things that you need. Reusing items also makes you a responsible citizen as you are reducing the waste on earth.

However, you need to be careful while buying second-hand items. An oversight and you may get yourself something subpar. Read ahead to know the second-hand items that you can buy and tips to get yourself a good deal:

• Clothes – There are several online stores where you can get used designer items at a good price. Some people think that you only get worn out and old-fashioned clothes at such sites. However, one good look and you will find that is not true. People put out their clothes on sale for growing out of the size or their unwillingness to repeat clothes. A good idea while buying second-hand clothes is to ask for more pictures to check for any damages. Also, check the measurements to avoid any size problems later. Always dry clean your purchases to ensure the cleanliness.

• Baby products – babies grow up fast and their needs change faster than that. One good thing about baby items is that they will mostly be in condition because of less usage. If you are not comfortable buying second-hand baby clothes, you can buy several other items like a crib, cot, car seat, stroller and toys. Always wash and disinfect such items before use.

• Furniture – Buying second-hand furniture is a good choice if you are setting up a new place or want to redo your house. New furniture can be terribly expensive and burn a hole in your pocket. People often move cities and put out their almost new furniture for sale. You can also visit vintage stores to get a good deal. While buying from other people, it may be a good idea to visit their house and check out the furniture in person. You will get to know if the person maintains general hygiene. You can take a closer look and check for wear and tear.

• Bicycles – Has the fitness bug bitten you recently and buying a bicycle has been on your mind? Instead of buying a brand new bicycle, look for second-hand options in the city. You may find plenty of options from people who are planning to move cities or don’t need it anymore. Ask the seller his reasons for selling and the condition of the bike.

• Cars – One good thing about buying second-hand cars is that they depreciate a lot in their first year. It may be a good idea to check out car resale outlets when you decide to buy a car. You may get a well-maintained and relatively new car at an attractive price. Get the car separately inspected to know of any issues beforehand. Always follow the legal process to transfer the car in your name to avoid any future problems.

• Wedding dress – our weddings are an extravaganza with a lot of unnecessary expenditure. You can opt for a used wedding dress if you want to limit your expenses. A wedding dress is worn barely for a few hours and is hardly ever repeated. Due to this, you can get gorgeous designer pieces at attractive prices. However, taking a trial before you choose to buy it is a must. You don’t want any fitting problems for your D-day.

• Electrical appliances – There are many items like mixers, blenders etc. that people put out for sale. People who are moving permanently also prefer to sell their almost new appliances like refrigerator, TV, oven, ACs etc. because of the high moving costs. When buying such items, always ask for the original bill and inquire about the past repairs.

• Books – No number of books is enough if you are a bookworm. However, adding new books to your rack can be an expensive deal. There are several stores that sell second-hand books. Some of these are as good as new. Similarly, you can buy used textbooks if you are planning to study ahead. New textbooks are really expensive and can dent your budget.

With these tips, you won’t have to curb your desires and can also save money.

Abhinay Dhole
Abhinay Dhole

Abhinay is an IT Engineer turned content writer. He has a keen interest in the mutual funds industry and closely follows the market movements. He has been working in the personal finance domain for over 2 years.

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