A lot of people would like to save money in every way that they can, including buying used items. There are several shops and online stores selling used items that can be purchased at a cheaper price. Garage sales can also be found around the neighborhood. While there are items that are okay to purchase second hand, there are still those that must be bought brand new for safety and health reasons. Here are some of them.
Most parents want to buy everything new for their first child. When it comes to their second, third and so on; they usually prefer to buy used items. As mentioned, it’s okay to purchase second hand items. However, the crib is not one of them.
This is because a used crib can put your baby’s safety at risk. Some of its parts may be missing or it may have broken parts that you may not know of. It’s best to purchase a brand new crib to have peace of mind knowing that your little one is safe.
A used mattress can have all sorts of bugs and germs that cannot be seen by the naked eyes. Don’t sacrifice your health for a few dollars. Purchase a new one. After all, this is where you’ll take a good night’s rest after a long tiring day. It should be comfortable, relaxing, and most importantly, clean.
Car Seat for Babies
Same with a used crib, a second hand car seat for babies may not be working properly, which again, could put your child’s safety at risk. It should be securing your child in case of a sudden stop or accident. If it’s not working as designed, your baby could get hurt.
If you love scuba diving, a wet suit would keep your body warm in the water, preventing hypothermia. It should have the right fit or it may not be able to provide warmth as it’s supposed to. Moreover, these suits may wear out after some time. To make sure that you’ll have an enjoyable and safe scuba diving experience, invest in a quality and new wet suit.
Baby Carriers and Slings
When it comes to your baby, safety should always come first. Aside from the damages that these used products may have; you may also be buying old models that were recalled due to safety issues. To make sure that you’re not putting your kid’s safety in jeopardy, it’s best to purchase new ones.
Swimsuits and Undergarments
This is a no brainer, but still there are some who still buy second hand swimsuits and undergarments. Aside from the health issues involved, old items may also not fit properly as they easily wear out. They wouldn’t serve their purpose if they don’t have the right fit on your body.
Plus, you probably don’t want to wear something that had a direct contact on someone’s privates; especially you don’t even know who they are. Even if you know who the previous owner is, it would still feel gross to wear them.
Tires for Your Vehicle
Tires can easily wear out, especially if the vehicle is used for long drives. Worn out tires may cause an accident. If you purchase second hand tires for your vehicle, you’re not doing yourself a favor. More often than not, these tires may not last for a long time. You may still need to purchase a new set for your car after a while. Instead of putting yourself in danger, go for new tires instead.
Helmets are very important when biking or riding a motorcycle. In case of a fall, you’ll have your head protected. Head injuries can be fatal, which is why you should always wear high quality and durable helmets. A used and old helmet may no longer be as sturdy as a new one. Since we’re talking about your safety here, it’s recommended that you purchase a new helmet.
Even if the motor of the blender is still working fine, its blade may not be as sharp as it was before. This is needed in order to puree or mix ingredients properly. As these blades get duller over time, a second hand blender may not be working in optimal condition. Buy a new one that’s more efficient.
Aside from the fact that used laptops usually don’t have warranties, the defect that it may have could become severe in the long run. If you search around, you can find affordable and brand new laptops that would not give you a headache.
The next time you go shopping, keep these items in mind. Remember that these are the things that you should always buy new for you and your loved one’s health and safety.
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