Buying second hand goods

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Buying second hand goods has its advantages. It can mean savings on what an item costs brand new or getting your hands on goods that are no longer in stock in the shops.

If this is all new to you, don't worry, we've put together some tips to help you have a positive experience in buying second hand goods:

  • Don't pay in advance for goods.
  • Beware if the goods are cheaper than normal, or if the seller is pressing you to buy quickly.
  • Use cash or bank drafts when paying for goods.
  • Never pay for goods through Western Union or other similar money transfer services.
  • Read our Safety Guide.
  • Check our Buyers Guides for extra detail on certain items.