One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

Is buying used items really that bad?

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

Tymber Moody, Staff Writer

We’ve all heard the classic line, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,’ but shopping from places that sell used items really makes this quote a reality. 

Some people contemplate buying used items and others can’t even imagine buying something someone else used. I definitely know some people that can’t fathom buying something that someone else previously owned. But is it really that bad? Truth is, it’s not bad at all. Most of the used items that are being sold look as good as new. 

Whether you’re buying a car or a pair of shoes, there are advantages and disadvantages to buying them used or brand new. For example, if you buy a used car the price will be much lower and if you buy it from the right place, it should look as good as new. Although, a downside to buying a used car is the mileage on it may be a lot, or there may be slight signs of wear and tear, but in the end, you could find a used car that looks brand new.

I do agree that some things should be bought new, like underwear and beds. Although what’s the harm in buying a used book or a used video game. If the item has been taken care of and is in good condition then I don’t see why buying it is a problem. 

Buying used clothes also helps to recycle the clothes. If no one ever bought used clothes then we would have mounds and mounds of clothes in the garbage and it would be a complete waste of good clothes. 

What if a shirt that’s in perfectly good condition simply was too small for the owner to wear anymore? That doesn’t mean it’s a gross shirt and needs to be thrown away. The shirt just needs a new owner that can fit into it. 

Besides the price difference between used and new items, you also don’t have to worry about your clothes shrinking in the wash. Many new sweatshirts or T-shirts fit perfectly in the store, but then once you get them home and wash them they shrink and are therefore a little tight. Although when you buy used clothes this isn’t an issue. If you try on a shirt and love how it fits, then that’s how it’ll fit whenever you want to wear it, no matter how many times you wash it.

Buying used items do have downsides, but in the end, you could find something great for cheaper than brand new.