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If you are looking to save some cash while decreasing the demand for manufactured goods, take a peek at second-hand goods. Many of these items become much cheaper used, without taking a huge hit in quality. While there are some things that should be purchased new (mostly one-time purchases), high quantity items like books, DVDs, and furniture can typically be bought used.

Wise Bread offers two separate lists: one of things that you should never by new, and one of things you should never buy used. Here is a quick summary of both lists.

Things you should never buy new:

  1. DVDs and CDs
  2. Books
  3. Video Games
  4. Special Occasion and Holiday Clothing
  5. Jewelry
  6. Ikea Furniture
  7. Games and Toys
  8. Maternity and Baby Clothes
  9. Musical Instruments
  10. Pets
  11. Home Accents
  12. Craft Supplies
  13. Houses
  14. Office Furniture
  15. Cars
  16. Hand Tools
  17. Sports Equipment
  18. Consumer Electronics
  19. Gardening Supplies
  20. Timeshares
  21. Recreational items
  1. Cribs and Children’s Furniture
  2. Car Seats
  3. Bicycle Helmets
  4. Tires
  5. Laptops
  6. Software
  7. Plasma and HDTVs
  8. DVD Players
  9. Digital and Video Cameras
  10. Speakers and Microphones
  11. Camera Lenses
  12. Photo Light Bulbs
  13. Mattresses and Bedding
  14. Swimsuits and Undergarments
  15. Wet Suits
  16. Shoes
  17. Hats
  18. Makeup
  19. Pet Supplies
  20. Vacuum Cleaners

Need suggestions for where to start your treasure hunt? Try Amazon, Craigslist, eBay, FreecycleGoodwill, or the Salvation Army.

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