10 Things You Should Never Buy Used

Not every used item is a good value. Here are 10 things we think are better when bought new, and why.

8. Mattresses

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Like shoes, mattresses tend to conform to the bodies of their users. Buying used might mean you end up with a lumpy bed that leaves you tossing and turning all night long.

Even worse, a used mattress can harbor all sorts of nasty things like allergens, dust mites and bed bugs. In some cases, retailers may try to pass off used mattresses as new ones. The Federal Trade Commission has some tips to help you avoid inadvertently buying a used mattress that has been recovered.

9. Stuffed animals

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Stuffed animals are another item that can contain dust mites and allergens. In addition, some animals may have safety issues, such as eyes that pop off and become a choking hazard.

Buying used means you can end up with a toy that has been recalled or one that harbors unpleasantness that you may not want to bring into your house.

10. Underwear

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The final item on our list makes the cut solely for the “eww factor.” Some people might be concerned that used underwear may carry bacteria or germs, but I’m not convinced it’s anything that can’t be killed with a hot water wash and bleach.

The bigger question is why would you want to wear someone else’s stretched out, used undies when so many stores will sell you a new pack for $10? All except the most destitute among us can certainly scrounge up that much money.

Trust me, you’re worth the luxury of spending $10 once a year on new underwear.

What else would you add to this list? Leave a comment below or head to our Facebook page to tell us what items you only buy new.

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