Buying many of the objects you want and need used can save you a ton of money. You can buy amazing things for a fraction of the price you would have paid if you had bought it new. With that being said, there should be no reason you would buy anything new, right? Well, not necessarily; there are certain things you should never buy used.
Never Buy These Used
1. Mattresses: Let’s face it people, we live in a world that is full of bugs. Some of these bugs serve an important purpose. Bed bugs are not one of them. They infest these mattresses, and once you bring them into your home, these nasty little critters will be everywhere. They are disgusting little parasitic insects that feed off of human blood. They leave little itchy bite marks and are incredibly difficult to get rid of. Yes, you may save a pretty penny buying a mattress used, but think about the expensive bill you’ll wrack up getting rid of bed bugs if you get them.
2. Hats: Hats and other head attire may look cool inside a second hand shop, but be cautious! It’s worth repeating, we live in a world that is full of bugs! You don’t know the person who owned the hat before you. They could’ve had lice. These little suckers are also fairly difficult to get rid of. If you do buy a hat infested with lice, getting rid of them requires pesticide treatments on everyone in the household, not just the person who wore the hat. You will also have to thoroughly clean linens, bedding, clothes, mattresses, and any other soft fabric in the house. This can be time consuming and costly. So, save yourself some money and avoid hats!
3. Vacuums: Cleaning and tidying up is tedious and your cleaning supplies can take quite a beating. Vacuums are often pressed against the wall, and the pieces, like belts and bags can get broken easily. It can be a hassle to find the right parts to replace the old. On top of that, vacuums are designed to suck up dirt from rugs. If the previous owner had bed bugs or lice, guess what’s being sucked up into the vacuum? You guessed it, those nasty creepy crawlers.
4. Swimsuits: Swimsuits are designed to hug the body and fit fairly snug. With that being said, this close contact between the skin and the fabric can transmit bacteria and other diseases. Swimsuits come with special washing instructions. If the instructions weren’t followed properly, that could leave the fabric fragile and lead to rips.
5. Stuffed Animals: Children love their stuffed animals, and many bring their favorite teddy with them everywhere. Now, imagine all of the places Teddy goes with their child. They are placed on various surfaces, with dirt, bacteria, and gooey substances ending up on Teddy. Washing stuffed animals can get rid of a lot of the baggage that it has collected, but again, it won’t get rid of bugs! Lice and bed bugs love stuffed animals, so be careful!
Hopefully this list of the top 5 items you should never buy used is helpful. It could potentially save you hundreds of dollars. Do you honestly want to risk buying something that could be infested? Just thinking about it gives you the heebie jeebies.