Even the Most Frugal Shoppers Won’t Buy These Items Second Hand

Thrifting is a fantastic opportunity to save money on things you need. People score great deals on designer clothes, like-new handbags, and various home goods to decorate their space. 

Don’t Buy Second Hand

happy woman holding shopping bags
Photo Credit: Dean Drobot via Shutterstock.com.

However, the low cost isn’t worth the risk (or the ick factor) for some second-hand items. 

Here are the things you should avoid buying used unless you have no other options. 


Group of four brand new pieces of women's underwear in multiple dull colors.
Photo Credit: Alena Mostovich via Shutterstock.com.

Walmart sells a five-pack of new underwear for less than ten bucks. There’s absolutely no reason to wear someone else’s old underwear. 

Sure, they might be immaculate after a few runs through the wash, but is it really worth it?

Ear Buds

White wireless ear buds on a blue background.
Photo Credit: Riyas kp via Shutterstock.com.

You can disinfect the rubbery plastic portion of the earbud that goes into your ear, but you can’t change the fact that it used to have someone else’s ear wax on it. 


young woman smiling while making the bed
Photo Credit: iona didishvili via Shutterstock.com.

You can’t clean a mattress in a hot drier. You never know what nasty critters live deep within the fabric’s folds or what hidden body fluids may still linger on the surface. 

Motorcycle Helmet

man riding motorcycle wearing helmet on open road.
Photo Credit: Audio und werbung via Shutterstock.com.

Helmets must be replaced after an accident. You never know what a secondhand helmet went through, so do you want to risk your life to save a few bucks?

Child Saftey Seats

Mom strapping her child into a child safety seat in the back seat of her car.
Photo Credit: Artem Varnitsin via Shutterstock.com.

Child safety seats deteriorate after a few years in a hot car and must be replaced after an accident. You can’t trust it to keep your child safe if you don’t know where it’s been. 

Medical Equipment

A person in a sterile hospital bed on life support surrounded by machines.
Photo Credit: Frame Stock Footage via Shutterstock.com.

You should always buy new medical equipment if you can afford it. Unfortunately, with skyrocketing prices in healthcare, buying new is out of reach for many with a real need, and their only option is second-hand. 


A woman leans back on a couch comfortably with her hands behind her back.
Photo Credit: fizkes via Shutterstock.com.

Couches, like mattresses, attract filth over time. They can never truly get clean, so you don’t know how many times the previous owner wiped away cat puke or human fluids. 

Couches can also harbor pests like bed bugs and fleas. 


Close up of a couple playing a board game.
Photo Credit: Impact Photography via Shutterstock.com.

The problem with buying second-hand board games is that it’s impossible to know whether you have the complete set until you get it home and start playing. You might be missing a vital piece that makes the game unplayable. 

Charger Cords

A white mobile phone charging cord on an orange background.
Photo Credit: inspire finder via Shutterstock.com.

People usually sell their chargers because they stop working. A new one is only ten bucks at most stores, so why risk wasting money on something that won’t work when the replacement is so cheap?


smiling woman squeezing toothpaste onto a toothbrush
Photo Credit: Ground Picture via Shutterstock.com.

We don’t know why anyone would buy a secondhand toothbrush but just don’t. It’s nasty. 


A woman leaning against the edge of a swimming pool, relaxing. She's wearing a wide brimmed summer hat.
Photo Credit: JomNicha via Shutterstock.com.

How many people wear underwear when swimming? Exactly. 

We don’t care how often it gets washed; we don’t want our goodies sharing space with random strangers’ goodies. 

Set Financial Goals So You Can Afford To Buy New

piggy bank and money jar next to a chalkboard that reads "financial goals" on a blue background
Photo Credit: kenary820 via Shutterstock.com.

Determining your financial goals and making a plan to achieve them is essential for a happy life. Here are some examples of financial goal to set and how to achieve them

Make a Financial Plan To Seperate the Needs from the Wants

hands working on a financial plan
Photo Credit: Atstock Productions via Shutterstock.com.

You don’t need to pay a financial advisor to craft a financial plan. Here’s how to do it on your own!

Read it Here: How To Make a Financial Plan

Invest in Yourself to Achieve Your Dreams

pretty woman wearing red on a yellow background with her finger near her lip and her eyes shifting sideways
Photo Credit: Roman Samborskyi via Shutterstock.com.

An under-rated key to happiness is investing in yourself. You’re worth the time and effort.

Here are 38 ways to invest in yourself, and most aren’t about money. 

Time Flies – Savor Every Moment

sand running through an hourglass to represent quotes about time.
Photo Credit: Min C. Chiu via Shutterstock.com.

They often say time flies, and that’s true. We’re often so busy we don’t even notice the days and years slip away. 

Yes Time Flies – But Here’s How To Savor Every Moment

Improve Your Life

happy woman dressed in yellow celebrating her accomplishments on a yellow background
Photo Credit: Mix and Match Studio via Shutterstock.com.

If you’re not ready for the hard work, take smaller steps that will help you improve your life starting today. 

Find out more: How To Improve Your Life Right Now

Source: Reddit

Author: Melanie Allen

Title: Journalist

Expertise: Pursuing Your Passions, Travel, Wellness, Hobbies, Finance, Gaming, Happiness

Melanie Allen is an American journalist and happiness expert. She has bylines on MSN, the AP News Wire, Wealth of Geeks, Media Decision, and numerous media outlets across the nation and is a certified happiness life coach. She covers a wide range of topics centered around self-actualization and the quest for a fulfilling life.