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.
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:
"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!"
"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."
"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 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."
"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."
"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."
"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!