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Buying used isn’t for everybody, but even if you want a warranty or you like everything coming bikeout of a sealed box, you might find a few things on this list that can help you save a bundle. The reality is, we put a huge premium on buying something new when the utility from a near-new item is virtually the same.

1. Cars

There are all kinds of ways to get a near new vehicle for thousands of dollars less than new. For one thing, dealers sell their demos at huge discounts and if you're a seasoned cheapster, you'll beat them down even more. Car rental companies also turn over their fleets fairly frequently and banks have repossessed vehicle lots. There are tax auctions where you can get a nice black Cadillac that used to be owned by the Mob. And don’t forget the many individuals out there trying to unload a car they just bought for personal reasons ranging from a divorce to an estate sale. If a car has under 5,000 or 10,000 mile on the engine - it should still smell like new. And if it’s thirty percent cheaper than a new model - you should definitely consider it. Get a CarFAX report and as it's still under warranty, you'll be fine.

2. Furniture

You can get brand new furniture at a huge discount just because it has a dent or a scratch. In this economy, a lot of furniture stores have been closing down. Watch out for closeout sales. Don't think 50% of of real retail, think 70-90% in this environment and bring your own truck so they don't make it up on the delivery fees!

3. Appliances

Here again, if you can live with a little dent, it can save you a small fortune on a fridge or a stove. Here's a trick, find a dent on the side that is facing a wall and you'll save 50% or more and nobody will be the wiser when they look at your new appliance.

4. Books

Used book stores like Half Price Books offer a very wide selection of books that have never been read by the previous owner. Want more ways to save on books, check out 12 Ways to Buy Books Cheaply.

5. Bicycles

There are two things about these two wheeled wonders. People buy them and don’t use them and real cyclers take very good care of their bikes. So, when you’re buying them used - they’re virtually the same product you get in a store. Seriously, probably half the people that buy one of those fancy road bikes or mountain bikes got it from their significant other with the hope that they would pedal the pounds away. More often than not, it just collected dust.

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haverwench  - Half Price Books |2010-08-28 05:14:45
I just love Half Price Books. I wish we had them our area; I only get to go when we visit my in-laws in Indianapolis.

I like secondhand bookstores too, but they vary quite a lot in quality. Some are clean and well-organized, while others are a complete mess. It can be fun to browse in the mess sometimes, but if you go in looking for anything specific, you'll be frustrated.
frugal nomad  - The selection is great |2010-08-28 16:14:59
Half Price books are often way less than half price. Check out their discount rack and super buys. They have a unique inventory system that often lands best sellers on the discount rack. If a book stays on the shelf for a certain amount of time, they move it to the discount table - no questions asked. So you can actually find the most popular titles on that rack. It's the first thing I check when I go to a half price outlet.
Linda |2010-09-24 16:09:57
check out for best price on books online.I have bought new books for 1 cent plus $3.49 shipping
JUST SAYING  - Ditto for a latop; PCs used are great, howeve |2010-04-04 05:52:18
Laptops are get used beyond belief with stuck in food, and other germs that are hard to remove; they keyboard and mouse are not easily replaced and thus, it's a darn sight better to buy a used PC but I personally would not consider a used laptop from someone I do not even know.
Omiewon  - I'd Steer Clear of the Rental Cars! |2010-03-30 19:51:16
I don't know about you guys but I'd be a little leery about picking up a used rental car. They get absolutely beat on. I know that while I am generally pretty careful with cars, I can be rough on rental cars. I can't tell you how many late meetings have somehow been made by fast accelerations and hard braking. You also get smoking in the car and wear and tear on the trunk (suitcases, hauling stuff in SUVs).

The bike and exercise equipment ones are spot on. There is great stuff to be had really cheap.
jambajojo  - Depends on the Car Size |2010-03-31 06:58:33
We bought a mini-van that was a rental and it's been great. I don't really see people being too rough with a mini-van as say, a compact or mid-size. Some friends of mine bought a sedan rental and they had it for over 13 years. It was still as reliable as if they bought it new.
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