When it comes to electronics, it can feel compelling to try to keep up with the times. The iPhone is acclaimed as the most useful gadget ever made, and there are exciting new developments every day. Companies look Uber and Alphabet are on the cusp of developing self-driving cars, and it seems every day that we have stepped into the future.
However, the invention of all of these new technologies can come at a steep price, both financial and environmental. Therefore, we have collected a small list of items that are always worth purchasing used. With the ever accelerating pace of technological innovation, yesterday’s gizmo is today’s garbage. By staying slightly behind the curve, you can enjoy all of these modern benefits at a more palpable cost.
The computer could perhaps be the most expensive possession you own, and perhaps the most essential. The computer has taken the place of the telephone, video game console, entertainment center, and more. If you are searching for a job then you are much more like to open your email account than print out a resume and deliver it to a hiring manager. Email has replaced using the telephone as the ideal communication system, and online communication through social media has made it possible to keep in touch with friends the world over.
A new laptop can have a hefty sticker price, especially for a high-end machine. However, there are certified refurbished computers available from official retailers like Apple and Microsoft, as well as a plethora of offshoots. Be sure to purchase one with a warranty and return policy, just in case.
People are dumping their old televisions on Craigslist every few years, chasing after the latest and greatest. However, television technology has advanced so far in the last decade that you can acquire a TV that would have blown minds a decade ago, all for the cost of $40 or less with the correct sleuthing. Try checking local Facebook pages and Craigslist for leads. As long as it is still working, a cheap television will meet your needs for years.
3. Small Kitchen Appliances
Oddly enough, people are so enamored with new blenders and toasters that they are consistently trying to resell perfectly good kitchen appliances. Their loss is your gain, and scooping up a second hand blender will help you save tons of money, which you can use to buy smoothie supplies. It’s a no-brainer. A used toaster is an incredibly low-cost addition to your quality of life.
4. Cell Phones
The newest iPhone can run you close to seven hundred dollars, which can be more than a month’s rent for most people. Save your money by buying a secondhand phone. A refurbished phone from an authorized retailer is the safest bet, but there are plenty of functional phones on the secondhand market that will meet your needs just fine. A previous generation iPhone is still 95% as functional as a new one, at well under half the price, according to Device Pitstop.
5. Music Equipment
Making music and art can be a fickle mistress, and many people find themselves consistently selling and reselling gear in order to find the musical setup that best suits their mood and interests. Take advantage of their buyer’s remorse and pick up something on the secondhand market. Craigslist, city Buy and Sell Facebook pages, and other websites offer you the ability to pick up a fun new toy on the cheap. Much like cars, jewelry and other big-ticket items, instruments lose much of their value when purchased from the show room. Don’t be a fool, and save yourself some money by adopting an instrument from a regretful buyer. That way you won’t feel as bad when you’re done with it and you sell it on the secondary market. It’s the circle of life, or maybe the circle of fifths. Rock on!