Second(hand) is Best
Secondhand doesn’t have to mean second-rate. From appliances to books, there are a variety of essentials you can buy used online to save money without sacrificing quality. Amazon is a prime place to stock up given its wide selection of pre-owned household staples and solid purchase protections.
In addition to offering used products from third-party suppliers, Amazon has two sections—Amazon Warehouse and Amazon Renewed—meant to help shoppers find pre-owned items at lower prices. Through Amazon Warehouse, returned items go through a 20-point inspection before being placed back on the market with discounted deals. On Amazon Renewed shoppers can purchase pre-owned, refurbished, and open-box products that have been professionally inspected, tested, cleaned, and fixed. They’re backed by the Amazon Renewed Guarantee, which allows for a replacement or refund within 90 days of receiving the product if you’re unhappy with it.
But with so many items available on Amazon just which used items are most worthy of your money? Click through for the top 10 things to buy used on Amazon.
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Nab pro-quality results on homemade salsas, soups, and smoothies at an entry-level price by stocking a refurbished Vitamix blender in your kitchen. This professional-grade Vitamix Explorian model with a low-profile 64-ounce cup and 10 variable speeds features a stainless steel cutting blade that’s less than a year old for razor-sharp chopping and blending. Even better? All refurbished Vitamix units undergo a meticulous 17-point inspection and come with a three-year warranty to endure countless cooking sessions. Available on Amazon Renewed; $269.95.
This best-selling 7-in-1 multi-cooker now has a place on millions of kitchen countertops across the country; purchase it refurbished to add it to yours without budgeting for it. An Amazon Warehouse employee has run a full diagnostic test on the appliance, replaced defective parts, and thoroughly cleaned it so that you can put it to work straight out of the box to cook chili, soups, stews, and other feel-good foods year-round. Available on Amazon Warehouse; starting at $55.30.
KitchenAid Stand Mixers
Tested and certified by KitchenAid and backed by a six-month warranty, this renewed five-quart stand mixer has power and sleek looks that belie its affordable price. It includes original accessories—including a flat beater, dough hook, and a wire whip—to help you whip up tantalizing confections. All you have to do is lift the tilt-back head of the stand to access the mixture and bake it to perfection. Available on Amazon Renewed; $199.99.
Apple AirPods are wireless earbuds that let you listen to your favorite tunes on the go without fussing with a tangle of wires. A pair of used AirPods will shave a few Hamiltons off the price of a brand-new pair and will come with no more than minor cosmetic imperfections. The included wireless charging case keeps you charged up and listening throughout the day. Available on Amazon Warehouse; starting at $139.22.
Can’t swing a grand on a new laptop for work or play? Add a refurbished model from a reputable brand like Apple to your cart to save a few hundred dollars. This 13-inch Macbook with an 8-gig memory and 128-gig storage has undergone a full diagnostic test, part replacement with genuine Apple components where needed, and cleaning from an Apple-qualified seller to offer reliable computing power. The 90-day limited warranty and 30-day refund help protect your investment. Available on Amazon Renewed; $848.99.
Since e-readers tend to be gently used devices, dropping dough on a quality refurbished unit lets you save money without skimping on performance. Available in a black or white exterior, this pre-owned seventh-generation Kindle Paperwhite was tested and certified to look and work like new. This means that for years to come, it will live up to its claim of offering weeks of reading pleasure with a single battery charge. Available from Amazon; $79.99
Amazon Fire Tablets
The budget-conscious web surfer can stretch his or her budget for tech toys by buying a pre-owned tablet. Certified refurbished Amazon Fire tablets with an eight-inch display and 16 or 32 GB of storage have been refurbished, tested, and certified to offer a browsing experience that’s indistinguishable from that of a brand-new device. Available on Amazon; starting at $69.99.
Video Game Consoles
Given the rapid rate at which blockbuster video games from “God of War” to “Legend of Zelda” are released nowadays, it pays to keep the costs of the machine you use to play them low by buying secondhand. From Playstation 4 to Nintendo Switch, the most popular video game consoles are sold in used models. For example, many pre-owned Playstation 4 units include the console unit along with an official Sony controller and all the cables needed to power up and start the fun. Available on Amazon; starting at $238.
A poor camera lens can blur your photos, but that doesn’t mean you have to go poor buying a quality camera lens. Buying a used camera lens can save you 10 to 30 percent compared to a new lens, and you can use the savings to grow your lens collection and achieve a variety of different shots. Just be sure that you choose a reputable seller and that the lens kit includes all the accessories you need. Sold with a 90-day limited warranty, this certified refurbished Canon Stepper Motor technology (STM) lens for Canon SLR cameras has built-in stabilization and comes with front and rear lens caps. Available from Amazon Renewed; $137.
Unless you’re a book collector on the hunt for that rare first edition in mint condition, books are a great item to buy used because their content will be more valuable to you than their condition. Bookworms can find used textbooks, reference books, and novels covering a variety of topics for bottom-dollar prices on Amazon—and often with less wear-and-tear than you might think. You can even sell a few of your own gently used books to turn over a small profit! Available from Amazon.
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