Many people have an aversion to buying used goods. Breaking down an aversion to hitting up second-hand stores can yield huge savings and help give new life to perfectly good items.
At the financial blog The Simple Dollar they've highlighted five things that lead people to resist buying used goods. Among the most powerful of the hangups they highlight is how saving money on used items makes people feel cheap.
The good old cult of the new rears its ugly head again and again. The idea that something "new" is inherently better than something "used" is often wrong, particularly when you consider that the "used" item is for sale at a lower price than the new item.
I view it a bit differently. For me, a good used item often has most of its lifetime left, but you're only paying a fraction of the cost for it. Used books. Used shirts. Used pants. Used dishes. Used Kitchen Aid stand mixers. Most of the time, when you find these items used, most of their useful life is ahead of them.
I have a used stand mixer in my kitchen that would have cost $US600 if I had purchased it new. Many (possibly most – I'd have to count) of the shirts in my closet, the ones I don't mind wearing to any event, were purchased used.
The idea that we need new, new, new is planted in our heads by marketers who have a product to sell, so they make new look as sexy as possible and used look as unsexy as possible. In truth, used merely means you're finding a new home for something great.
Check out the full article to see the rest of the hangups and how to start ignoring them and save money in the process. Have a favourite thrift store find to brag about? Tip for scoring a great second-hand deal? Let's hear about it in the comments.
Five Challenges of Buying Used – and How to Overcome Them [The Simple Dollar]