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What Would You Buy Used?

Buying Used Products  

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  1. 1. Which of these would you buy used?

    • PC Hardware - CPU, RAM, GPU, Motherboard etc.
    • Laptops
    • Peripherals - Speakers, Headphones, Earphones, Keyboards, Mice, Monitors etc.
    • Mobile Devices - Phones, Tablets etc.
    • Other items not listed above
    • I would not buy used products of any kind.

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As long as the item in question works and is in good condition, I will buy used hardware of a wide variety.


Think the last piece of hardware I bought new in a while was a DDR4 RAM kit a few years back and that was for my used 5960X.  :P  The majority of my computer hardware and all my monitors where bought used.  Even all the cases.

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I would buy anything thats useful to my homelab.

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I dont usually buy stuff used, mostly because I choose what product I want first, and then I go look where I can get it. Usually it ends up not being on sale used here when I am buying.

Also, because the sweet 5 year old warranty by law on things that is supposed to last longer time than 2, like most technology, the discount would have to be a bit...


That said, I could possibly get speakers, monitors, and some pc hardware like CPU used, but other things like keyboard, headphones phones, and PSU I would never get used.


I always put anything I don't need anymore up for sale used rather than throwing it away tho, and everyone else should too. Someone will buy it if it works, and the price is low enough.

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I'm questioning a lot of things suddenly after seeing all the responses...


I chose that my options were not on the list, because I was under the impression that used either meant "store returned" or "Craigslist", both situations which have been losses for me. Store returned items, or 'open box' don't have a warranty (store states they only have a 3- or 7-day return policy on open box sales), and as I was not the "original" purchaser of whatever hardware, any faults are not covered by manufacturer (was only once, and I can't remember what it was, but it was enough to make an impression, so...). Second-hand software is just too sketchy these days. And if it came on a disc, its usually scratched to hell/unreadable.


The other thing is, I used to know of people who acquire hardware through various possibly-not-legal means and then sell it. So that has colored my view of the second-hand market (on top of people who try to glamorize their whatever as being more rare/unique/valuable and thus being worth 3 times the market value, but I digress) to a fairly strong degree. Also, another group of people do not take very good care of their stuff, and the reason they are selling it is because they have used it up, damaged to a 'barely passably functional' state, and then hope to pawn the issues off onto some unfortunate individual while they get to use that to buy their next whatever that they don't take care of.


But, yes, cars are something I will buy used. Tools, are another. Clothes, I guess? I mean, I've bought clothes from a Goodwill/Savers before...


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Anything that isn't a hard drive or powersupply, I'd buy used.


I like brand new stuff, but in a pinch, I have no issues getting a used device like a phone, laptop or whatever else.

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I've always been skeptical about second hand mobile phones:

  • They could have been stolen and sometimes it doesn't work because the IMEI got blacklisted
  • Almost all of them are scratched in some way it costs more to repair than the second hand price itself
  • The battery is always degraded

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literally anything if its a good price, but if it's not too much discount off new ill buy new. only thing i wouldn't buy is probably earbuds. but so far all my mice have been used except one, my monitor and everything in my pc is used along with my laptop. I regretted building my first pc with brand new parts as I didn't know any better but even my s8+ was bought used. along with my tripod i have no problem with used stuff, not super picky just trying to save a buck as long as it works. I don't think of the worst case scenario on most things however the only thing im cautionary about buying used is a car. (tell that to me I drive a $1k toyota)

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On 11/4/2019 at 4:56 PM, sowon said:

I recently had a discussion with some friends about what types of used technology we would buy, so it spurred on my curiousity, what kind of technology would you buy used?


For me, I can personally buy the following used:

  • PC Hardware - CPU, RAM, Motherboard (as long as it's known working), GPU (as long as it was not a mining card)
  • Speakers
  • Monitors


I'm very picky with what things I would buy and used if they were second-hand. One of the most particular items that I discussed with my friends were in-ears and keyboards, as I would find it disgusting to use those no matter how hard they would be cleaned. For keyboards, I can accept changing the keycap set as vintage keyboards are a hot thing.


So, what would you buy used? I've included a poll but feel free to discuss further outside of the poll. :)

I would buy almost anything used depending on the condition.
If it's covered in scratches or cracks etc. I probably won't go for it unless I can get the glass replaced for cheap.
I have a lot of used stuff:
Laptop's HDD
Laptop's SSD
Desktop's SSD
Desktop's GPU
Desktop's Case
Desktop's PSU
Tablet's keyboard
probably more...
I would happily pay just over 1/4 the retail cost for something a year after it's release as long as it's in good condition...

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I avoid buying used whenever possible.


However, when I do opt to buy used, it's always from someone I know personally and always cheaply. 

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I would buy just about anything new depending on the price.

The thing you have to take into account is not getting a warranty of any kind. So my rule of thumb is if it's half the price then it's worth buying used because if it breaks, you can just bin it and replace it and you wouldn't be any worse off than if you bought it new (plus you could sell the broken device and recover some money, so still be better off)


It also doesn't help that I also rarely buy anything that's newly released, I prefer to wait until it's been out a while before buying to make sure the bugs are ironed out. With smartphones, I always stay a generation behind, I'm currently on an LG G7, which I bought just after the G8 was released for only £200 brand new on ebay. I only paid around £20 more than if I'd bought a used one. Granted I didn't buy it from a proper shop, but it was still sealed, and half the price of buying it brand new in store!


As for other things in my life, most of those were bought 'used' as well. Most of my furniture was from the Bargain Corner in IKEA, or was bought second hand on Gumtree. Heck I even got a 2 year old £400 dishwasher for free on Freecycle because someone bought a house and was bringing their own dishwasher and just wanted it gone! All I make sure when I buy things is that the previous owners don't have pets (I hate animals I don't see why people want those creatures inside the house with them, they stink, take up room, make a mess everywhere and cost an absolute fortune!).


I don't even mind going to the sketchy parts of town to get a good deal, it could even be stolen for all I care, as long as it can't get traced to me!


Could I afford to buy the things brand new? Yes

Would I rather spend less so I can buy more things? Also yes!



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Just now, Bitter said:

Literally anything except underwear or sex toys if the price is right.

Once they're washed they're as good as new!



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I would buy anything thing used if it is good working order.  My desktop GPU and Laptop are both used.  I just bought a Switch used for Christmas for my son.  I've sold a CPU and RAM to others, when I upgraded and will be selling a monitor soon.

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I'm willing to buy CPUs, Mobos, Ram, and GPU's used. Kinda hard to break a CPU, and those are easy to test if they work or not. Also, if they work fine, they probably will continue to do so (*cough cough HDDs). No Cases, those are too big, shipping makes them too expensive, PSU, maybe, I've found a AX1200i for 50$ used for mining and flipped it. I'd only buy high-end units. and HDDs, no way I'm getting one second hand. I like my data, and don't like rebuilding RAID arrays.


As for other stuff, I buy laptops and phones new, too easy for something inside the phone to be damaged, and cracked screens, and keyboard problems, etc. Also, those tend to be more expensive.


I buy headphones and IEMs used (minimal use on IEMs only, I'm talking 5 hours or something), You can get some pretty good deals. I got my ZS10 Pros for 30$. I also like buying on reddit vs eBay, as it feels safer to me. (Harder to fake an active acc with many comments and posts in legit subreddits)


No experience to buying used keyboards (besides 'gaming' ones), so can't comment on that. (GMK is so expensive, but people make such cool kits...)


Stationary too, you can get some amazing deals 2nd hand. I'm not spending 65$ on a ballpoint, but if its going for 11$....


I use reddit to buy stuff, or eBay sometimes. Reddit is more secure imo, due to the factors I mentioned above. Also, PP G&S only, unless its for small transactions (10$ or less)


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Anything depending on the price. 

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