Wednesday, February 07, 2007

10 Things You Shouldn't Buy New

As a follow-up to yesterday's post, I am including Liz Weston's MSN Money article that provides advice on the other end of the consumer sprectrum - 10 Things You Shouldn't Buy New. Again, here is the list of items (in no particular order):

  1. Books
  2. DVDs & CDs
  3. Little kids' toys
  4. Jewelry
  5. Sports equipment
  6. Timeshares
  7. Cars
  8. Software & console games
  9. Office furniture
  10. Hand tools
As with the previous list, Weston includes exceptions and valuable advice on when buying new is actually better. Again, I have a minor objection to some of the advice Liz offers readers.
As someone who has used hand tools for every ounce I could get out of them, I would disagree that buying used hand tools is a smart choice. By the time many of them make it to the flea market or pawn shop, they are completely worn out. As with some other items, it's also nice to have a warranty on hand tools. We all know things break -- that's why we need many of our hand tools in the first place.