What Do You Refuse to Buy Used?

What Do You Refuse to Buy Used?

Taryn Williford
Jul 23, 2010

From video games to refrigerators, you can buy almost anything second-hand. Every "gotta-have-it" techie that's craving the latest and greatest gadgets leaves behind a wake of gently used—but perfectly good—tech. But just like there are some things that you, dear readers, won't buy generic, there's got to be some home tech that you've got to buy new. We want to hear about it!

Pictured: When not to buy used.
Does this guy know a brand new 16GB Wi-Fi iPad goes for $499?

There's a lot to benefit from buying gently used tech—money and knowing you've helped reduce waste, for two—but there's also a lot of risk.

After excitedly arriving home to a new-to-us (read: used) copy of Mario Party 8 for our Nintendo Wii, we popped that disc in only to find that it was defective. The party was dead.

After a quick trip back to GameStop, we made an exchange and took another chance on another used game. This new copy worked fine and we were soon Battle Royale'ing into the late night.

In one exchange, we saw both the good (saving a couple bucks) and the bad (broken stuff) of buying used. But we're going to say that we'd buy almost anything second-hand.

What about you, readers? What do you refuse to buy used?

How do you decide when to buy used? Does price matter most? Are you more likely to buy second-hand from a friend or friend-of-a-friend than a re-sale retailer?

Tell us in the comments!

(Image: Flickr user fictoris under license from Creative Commons.)

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