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Buying second-hand

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Posted by: Caféstudy

19th May 2022 10:15am

We recently asked Cafestudy members about their attitudes towards buying second-hand products.

It would seem there are a whole range of reasons why Cafestudy members are mostly extremely positive towards this.

Apart from the fairly obvious reason of saving money, one of the main motivations is around helping the environment by buying second-hand as a great way of reducing waste and making do with products that are already available rather than buying new.

When buying second-hand, far from being inferior, Cafestudy members often considered second-hand products such as furniture are often better quality than new products.

Buying second-hand products are also viewed as being more unique in many ways. Clothes have different styles. Old vinyl, antiques, fashion items and rare items can be found in second-hand stores and online through Ebay, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree. Cafestudy members buying products this way often felt empowered on finding bargains and getting great value for their money - as well as helping the environment. It's a win win.

Of course buying products through second-hand stores such as Vinnies also comes with the added incentive of supporting different charitable causes.

If you haven’t thought of second-hand products then maybe you should in future. Cafestudy members recommend rather than searching for a specific product, just go into a store and buy on impulse. Who knows what you could find once you start looking.

Top tips

There are many different types of products available second-hand but here are some top tips from Cafestudy members on some different products to get you thinking:

Tickets

"I always buy second hand tickets on viagogo the evening of the event, they are dirt cheap, they always work (despite the media always saying all the tickets are fake) and I have scored bargains and great seats! I never pay full price for concerts anymore!"

Tools

"I particularly look for second hand tools as quality tools are very expensive and I often want a tool for a specific project so it doesn't matter if the tool is well worn, as long as it still works good and often they still work better than a brand new cheap tool. Quite often the seller will include some of the accessories for free as well."

Furniture

"If I buy secondhand from Gumtree or op shops or Facebook marketplace, I can get much sturdier items - real wood instead of chipboard, especially - than I could for the same price at Kmart or Ikea. Real varnished wood doesn't warp, disintegrate or swell etc from moisture / heat anywhere near as rapidly as chipboard /mdf etc. which seems to almost have disposability in-built. But I'd rather buy good wooden furniture secondhand."

Cars

"Cars are my favourite thing to purchase second-hand. They have character, are easy to fix and best of all I am a girl and talking mechanics with the boys is always fun. We have had mechanics in the family for years so I am totally familiar with this area. When you learn how to fix things yourself, anything at all the money you save will blow you away."

Electronics/gaming

"I update my computer every 2 to 3 years. I find the gamers update their new equipment every 2 years or so and I purchase from them, saves me heaps of money and its top quality. Other electronic equipment like mobile phones, laptops and tablets seem to have the same thing happening with people always updating their equipment. So look for bargains."

Glassware

"I've found beautiful imported glassware worth hundreds for a few dollars. I have furnished my home with many wonderful pieces and saved thousands in the process. It's my simple way of helping to recycle goods in a throwaway world, and live frugally."

Office furniture

"In my home office, I have a second-hand wooden desk with three drawers ($25), second-hand standing fan ($5), second-hand multi-plug board ($2), second-hand office chair, sideboard and bookshelf (all free). Sometimes while scouring for sweet deals, you can find freebies too and make significant savings. It's very satisfying. My cheap thrills!"

Hope this inspires you to consider second-hand products and thanks to Cafestudy members for all your inspirational feedback!


Comments 11

ConnieG
  • 15th Jun 2022 12:04pm

I love second hand . As I spent done years in Europe , ‘Brocante’ is very much the thing in France and not frowned upon at all. It’s so very important to recycle in our lives and with a bit of creativity , anything can work well through both a functional and design perspective.

betty
  • 11th Jun 2022 02:29pm

I’m bargain hunter all my life ,but you have know when bargain is bargain,sometimes you pay more for old stuff than a new one,ju visit some opshops

doxdeb
  • 10th Jun 2022 06:17pm

I love finding bargains on Facebook Marketplace. Especially as I make terrariums, I have bought terrarium bottles at such a great price. Someone else’s trash is someone’s treasure. Also I have bought second hand mobile phones off EBay. I try to update our own phones every couple of years and then sell our old ones. Never had a problem.

Peter32263870
  • 10th Jun 2022 02:26pm

The feedback just confirms my thoughts, second hand works for most items, just you have to be careful with electrical and mechanical products.

Anonymous
  • 9th Jun 2022 07:37pm

I don’t feel comfortable in second hand clothes

Anonymous
  • 9th Jun 2022 07:37pm

I never feel comfortable in other people’s clothes

Mondayitis
  • 9th Jun 2022 04:41pm

All for it as long as it's worth it and I'm not buying someone else's problems. I'm not keen on second hand shoes, phones or computers but most other things I will at least research 2H before buying new. Many op shops are starting to charge too much for inferior clothes that aren't worth their asking. The franchises are the worst for this. I like the smaller lesser known local shops where you rummage and their prices are fair.

Danni30723977
  • 9th Jun 2022 11:20am

I try to look at Marketplace or gum tree first before buying new items. Also with Covid it has slowed my spending as I realised I don't need as much!

carpentereng
  • 7th Jun 2022 04:24pm

Materials: quite often i have a project i am doing around the house and will check facebook market place, gumtree and ziilch to see if there are any free or cheap materials i can use for a project. An example of this is i got some free broken aluminium roller shutters, dismantled them and turned them into sturdy horizontal window shades for our north facing windows - they look great and keep out the direct sunlight in summer and much stronger than polycarbonate alternatives for sale on ebay or at Bunnings.

jtmorri
  • 1st Jun 2022 10:52am

I have bought musical instruments and gear second hand on gumtree, otherwise I buy new for the warranty and knowing things work and will have a long life, therefore be value for money for me.

jjdrer
  • 26th May 2022 04:57pm

Buying second hand even in the op shop can sometimes be almost as expensive as buying new. I have my favourite op shops I check out. It's hard because I am tall and have really long arms and legs. I found some lovely 100% cotton blouses for my Mum who had chronic dermatitis in a charity "garage" sale which they had regularly. They probably still do but I live the opposite of town now and can't drive. I bought a great entertainment unit through Facebook Messenger that had been custom built. The people were renovating and selling the furniture they removed. We looked some oldish, some of them damaged toys at a garage sale once and they were charging practically the same as brand new that didn't need repairing and in some cases parts replacing. By the time we bought the parts to do repairs it was more expensive than new.