17 Things You Should Always Buy New
By Megan Durisin
In the day and age of online swap meets and the ubiquity of reseller sites like Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy, there's hardly anything you can't get secondhand anymore. But should you?
For some items, saving a few bucks by buying them secondhand isn't worth the potential safety or health risks involved.
We've put together a list of 17 products that you should always buy new.
Buying tip:According to Bicycling Magazine, some of the best bike helmets include the Giro Atmos, Louis Garneau Quartz and Bontrager Oracle.
Buying tip:Squidoo recently put together a list of the top ten baby cribs for 2013.
Buying tip: If you are looking to buy something on the cheaper side, most retailers offer refurbished products that are still covered by warranties. And major electronics stores like Best Buy offer steep discounts on display models. Call around to ask beforehand.
Buying tip:Duke Health recommends taking a good look at the sole and arch of your next pair of athletic shoes to make sure you get the best fit.
Buying tip: No matter what brand you buy, take extra care of your non-stick cookware to make sure it lasts. But be prepared to replace them every three to four years, on average.
Buying tip: As with any product, Amazon has a list of the best-selling caps and hats.
Buying tip: Good Housekeeping touts blender brands like these as some of the best.
Buying tip: If you do buy used upholstery, make sure you hire an expert to do the cleaning. It's likely it will be worth the money.
Buying tip: Salon has a list of the best camera lenses for your buck.
Mattresses and pillows
Buying tip: Spine-Health.com recommends buying a mattress that has at least a 10-year warranty. And be sure to give it a test nap in the store for at least 10 minutes before buying.
Buying tip: If you're looking to invest in a bathing suit that won't go out of style in one season, look at style guides like these to help you make a wise purchase.
Buying tip: SportDiver.com has a list of 36 good wetsuit brands to help you find one that's best for your next aquatic adventure.
Buying tip: If you do want to save money by buying used, make sure you test it beforehand and follow these other tips, too.
Child car seats
Buying tip:Consumer Reports has a great list of highly-rated car seats, depending on what style you're looking to buy.
Buying tip: Popular Mechanics has a helpful article about what to look for the next time you're hunting for new tires.
Buying tip: If you're buying a piece of software for your whole family, you can often find a software subscription with enough codes to load it on everyone's laptop.
Buying tip: February is usually a good time to buy a new camera, since they often go on sale before new models come out around President's Day.