I love a good deal. Why pay $200 for a new bicycle when I can get one lightly-used at a yard sale, flea market or thrift store for about $25? But there are certain things that just aren’t worth the savings when considering the option of buying used goods. Here are a few products that you should always buy new:
1. Safety Gear
This goes for bike helmets, car seats, and anything else that is designed to save your life.
2. Children’s Toys
I know it’s tempting to stock up on these from the thrift store or at a yard sale, but it’s not worth the risk (see below).
3. Children’s Clothing and Bedding
Whether it’s a sweater or a crib mattress, always go new when it comes to your child.
As anyone who visits this site regularly knows, recalls happen every week. There is a constant stream of recalls for everything from toys to consumer electronics, car seats, cribs… Stores get these notices and will take recalled products off their shelves fairly quickly, but dangerous products can stick around in the aftermarket for many years, showing up at yard sales, thrift stores and flea markets long after they have been recalled.