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Something Old, Something New: Buying New Vs. Buying Used

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

One of the best ways to save a buck is often by buying used. But when it comes to certain items, experts assert it’s best to hold off until you can afford new. Among these:

1. Cribs and Bassinettes: Unless you are well versed in when and how the item was made, how it was rated, and who it belonged to and how well it was taken care of, you could be placing your child at risk. According to industry officials about 16 children each year suffer fatal injuries from cribs that break down or have unsafe structures. And, the also note, it’s wise to not only spend a bit more for cribs and bassinettes, but also for other essentials such as strollers, car seats, etc.

2. Personal Computers And Laptops: With so many reasonable priced new options, experts can’t understand why anyone would opt to buy used? If you can’t afford something straight off the shelf, there’s always the option of purchasing a refurbished model but you may be compromising on speed, and the latest technology making your work easier and more efficient.

3. Digital Cameras: Electronics can be fragile and just about any tiny disruption to the mechanism can adversely affect how it works and your photos. Not to mention that some excellent varieties can be purchased for slightly under $200 or just slightly above. And if you buy a new four or five megapixel, it should last for at least three years.

4. Plasma Screen TVs: Older models say experts often come with lots of old problems as well, noting that newer technology is significantly better, especially with regard to not having images (you don’t want) burned in the screen. And, they add that new models tend to drop in price by about 10 percent each year.

5. Household Appliances: The best reason not to buy major household appliances used is that they may NOT still be covered under warranty. Also the energy efficiency is not generally as good as it is in newer models, and therefore helping keep monthly expenses down. Plus shipping some larger (used) appliances (such as washers, dryers, and refrigerators) can be costly, with newer models (bought from certain stores and/or locations) offer free delivery. So, when it comes to quality and reliability experts suggest that from large appliances (dishwashers, disposals, hot tubs and mattresses to smaller items such as microwaves, cell phones, and DVD players), it’s always best to buy new.

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