What Are The 25 Things You Should Never Buy Used?

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We know how brilliant we are shopping resale, right?  We say things like, “I can’t BELIEVE anyone would pay $$$ for new widgets when I can buy used ones for $!”

But there are some things you should never buy used for your own safety, (or because they’re just plain gross).  See how many you know…

1.  Beauty Products – the USDA doesn’t require expiration dates on labels, but they ALL expire

2.  Kid’s equipment – like car seats and cribs because of too many recalls

3.  Worn shoes – a podiatrist’s bread and butter

4.  Mattresses – besides bedbugs, they get reconfigured and keep chiropractors in the money

5.  Perfume – shelf life is 3 – 5 years at most

6.  Bath products – they expire, and usually don’t have expiration dates

7.  Moldy things – ‘Nuff said

8.  Food Products – honey is the only food that won’t expire

9.  Hard-wired lighting – total fire hazard, especially older lighting

10. Worn electronics – due to fire hazards, the same as hard-wired lighting

buy used fanAccording to the U.S. Fire Administration, faulty outlets and outdated appliances are the cause of most electrical fires


11. Knock-offs – start with Because They’re Illegal

12. Used lingerie – you can wash them, but it depends upon your grossness level

13. Things that have touched meat – wood cutting boards are definitely out

14. Open packages – diapers and toothbrushes, or anything else you don’t want contaminated

15. Used wigs – they provide a lovely home for lice

16. Halogen lamps – even new ones can be a fire hazard

17. Stuffed animals – body fluids and creepy crawly things

18. Games and Puzzles with many pieces – unless you know they’re all present

19. Bike and motorcycle helmets – not designed for multiple impacts

20. Medical Equipment – how thoroughly can you sterilize it?

21. Water-stained furniture and books – telltale signs of mold even if you

can’t see it

22. Running shoes – yes, they actually do expire and can harm your feet

23. Any cookware that can’t be thoroughly washed – like blenders with all those hiding places

24. Tires – definitely a safety hazard

25. Baby Bottles – since over time, the plastic can be harmful


Now let’s hear some of those “I knew I shouldn’t have gotten…” stories!



2 thoughts on “What Are The 25 Things You Should Never Buy Used?

  1. Gwen

    Great words of wisdom! I would also include in the DO NOT BUY USED category:humidifiers (bacteria and mold issues), pet equipment and toys. Fido or fluffy may have had some issues you don’t want to share.

    1. fcpat

      Thanks for the excellent additions!

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