Whether it’s gadgets like TV’s, smart speakers and cell phones or gear
like fishing rods and sports equipment, the fact remains purchasing retail can
be expensive and leave you displeased when it’s time to upgrade to something
new shortly after your purchase. Markups on retail items are often between
50-500%. According to BusinessInsider.com, “[t]he reasons for steep markup
prices depend on the product. It could be that the item is in high demand, is
difficult to make, or holds a great amount of symbolic value.”
One way to purchase the items you love at reasonable prices is shopping
resale for like-new quality at a fraction of the retail price. Quality gently
used or resale items are appealing for more than price, quite often you can
afford higher quality items with a smaller budget that will ultimately last
Looking for a fixer-upper project or collecting classic cars? There are
tons of great finds available, without the hassle associated with the
traditional dealership purchase process. One resale option is online auction sites
like CTBIDS. Automotive depreciation is often the biggest issue with purchasing
a vehicle new. Purchasing a car in a non-traditional way can help you spend
less and possibly get the car you really want. Pay close attention to the cars
service log and car history report to give you better insight on the condition
of the vehicle.
Great tools are a necessity in or out of a man cave. For a tool shed or
tool themed garage they are especially important and the backbone of creating
that space. The saving when you purchase power tools resale are up to 40% off
retail costs, while items like toolsets are abundantly available with extra
savings up to 80% off retail. Tools can be expensive retail, so here are a few
things to look for at estate sales and online auctions to ensure quality and
help you find reliable items.
- Hand Tools – Pay attention to the way the tools
look. In a recent dealnews.com article, Contributing Writer Sean Flynn suggests
“If it looks good, it probably is good… Check the tool's working surfaces:
Surfaces that are supposed to be smooth should actually be smooth, and parts
that are supposed to move should do so freely, evenly, and precisely. If it
feels wrong, it probably is wrong.”
- Power Tools – It’s best to verify that the power
tools are in good working order before making the purchase at an estate sale or
online auction. Look out for signs of wear and tear on cords and plugs.
- Steel Hand Tools – Look for big brands known for
their utility when shopping for pre-owned hand tools. Larger brands often have
long-lasting or lifetime warranties that can be transferred to new owners.
- Outdoor Power Equipment – Items like snow
blowers, mowers, etc. are best found like new. Research the features of the
equipment you want to purchase and test it or verify those features are still
If you are looking to purchase a pre-owned TV, look for items that are
open box yet still relatively new. If possible be sure the item is in great
working condition or still has time left on the warranty. You can often find
the best deals with TV models that are a season behind the newest edition or
release of the product. The most important qualities to shop for in a pre-owned
TV are picture quality, loose connection ports, sound quality and device
Sports Memorabilia, Goods and
Purchasing sports equipment, memorabilia, and goods resale can save you
up to 90% off the original retail cost in most cases. Online Auctions are great
places to find items that capture moments in sports history or will be used to
enjoy sports moments with friends and family members. If you purchase sports
gear for recreational use new to you, you should always look to purchase goods
in excellent or like new condition especially if the item is something children
or young family members are likely to use. The most important tip from experts
is washing and cleaning used sporting goods and gear prior to using it.
Take advantage of deals for anything related to the great outdoors.
According to experts at VeryWellFamily.com, “it's best to avoid buying used
helmets.” You should always look to purchase goods in excellent or like new
condition especially if the item is something children or young family members
will use. Experts encourage consumers to pay attention
to the quality of materials used to create the item. Remember to clean and wash
fabric-based goods and camping gear prior to using it. Savings will often
be between 50-95% off the retail cost.
Resale fishing gear is often marked down so you save up to 75% off retail
prices. Pay attention to the condition of fishing rods and check for worn
joints that may “wobble during casting and have the potential of cracking when
reeling in your catch,” says experts at signaturefishingrods.com.
Smartphones, Computers &
Buying pre-owned computers, tablets, and smartphones is a great way to
go green! Men’s Journal contributor Mark Ellwood suggests, “used tech doesn’t
have to mean bad tech. In fact, buying secondhand computers, tablets, and
smartphones isn’t just an ethical move—after all, e-waste is responsible for
70% of America’s toxic waste—it’s a terrific way to score a total steal.
Purchasing resale small electronics can often help you save $300-$500 off
retail costs. Be sure to consider the typical lifecycle of the device you are
purchasing and how the device will be used before purchasing pre-owned.
Grills are more than just a summer staple. You can often find get great
use out of your grill well into early to mid-Fall or longer depending on
weather in your region. Retail and personal finance experts at NerdWallet
encourage consumers to “purchase summer grilling necessities [off-season] to
avoid the spike in prices when summer arrives.” You can save more on grilling
necessities by purchasing quality made items that are well-maintained, sturdy
built, and free of dents or rust which will last longer than low cost retail
items. Experts at smokinghotconfessions.com suggest looking
for “a BBQ that comes with a few goodies: a cover is essential, but others
might be specialty grates, charcoal lights, gas bottles or even cook books. Try
to find something that is going to set you up without having to spend another
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