Five Things You Should NOT Buy Secondhand

The Woodlands - Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Person sleeping with their feet coming out from under the sheets

Buying items secondhand is a great way to save money, decorate your house, and expand your wardrobe. However, there are some things that just aren’t worth the savings, including:

  1. Mattresses – Even if there are no stains or bed bugs, mattresses aren’t something that should be bought secondhand. Mattresses have a tendency to sag and develop certain craters after being used. You’d be better off looking for mattress sales at local furniture stores.

  2. Helmets –Even if a helmet looks like it’s in good condition, it’s impossible to tell if it has actually been damaged. Helmets can be ineffective with the tiniest fracture, so it’s best to err on the side of caution with this one and buy new.

  3. Shoes – Shoes mold to the shape of the wearer’s feet, and as such, will not feel comfortable and can even lead to injury if you’re wearing shoes that aren’t conformed to your own unique feet. Although buying shoes secondhand can be tempting, ultimately it’s better to leave them with their original owner.

  4. Car Seats and Cribs – Buying secondhand car seats and cribs can pose several safety concerns. With car seats, you can never truly know if the car seat has been through an accident, or damaged in some other way that may leave it less effective than it should be. Cribs can also lack safety features or have missing pieces that the buyer would not be aware of, posing safety hazard for the child that will sleep in it.

  5. Tires – This one comes with an exception– if you’re buying for a swing or some other DIY project, used tires should be just fine for your purposes. However, if you intend to buy a used tire to put on your own vehicle, you are putting yourself at a serious safety risk.

To keep your home at The Woodlands up to safety standards, keep these tips in mind the next time you shop secondhand!

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