Purchasing second-hand children's products
Whether you are buying goods from an ad in the newspaper online, or at your favorite thrift shop remember: Buyer beware!
Buying second-hand children’s products is an affordable way to equip a nursery. But it can also be dangerous as some items can be out of date and no longer safe.
Do your research and choose carefully as safety is the most important issue to consider.
There are children’s products, especially cribs and bassinets that have caused deaths and have been the subject of numerous recalls. When in doubt reference our website under recalls for a direct link to the www.cpsc.gov website to check the items you are considering before you purchase any children’s product second hand.
Before purchasing used children’s products consider the following:
Used cribs can host a variety of hidden hazards that most consumers may not detect. Thus, unless the crib can be fully
assembled and operates correctly, contains all the original hardware and the instructions are included, do not buy it.
If you decide to buy a used crib, follow the checklist below.
Consumer Protection Act 1999
and the Sale of Goods Act 1978 (as
amended 2002); have limited application to buying goods privately. If you do
buy from a seller who was dishonest about the reason for selling the product,
you may be entitled to a refund; however compensation will have to be decided
by Magistrates’ Court.
Consignment Shopping - Used is the New "New"Far from the experience it
was just a few years ago, consignment shopping has become a way to both save
money and save the earth.
shopping, once thought of as embarrassing and shameful, has now become the chic
and fashionable way to shop. No longer do we have to hide and sneak our used
purchases from our friends and family. We can now hold our heads up high and
proudly exclaim to all the great bargains we have just acquired.
the day, consignment shops were dingy little stores with low lighting and dusty
merchandise. The tightening of the purse strings has led to an evolution of the
consignment business. Many of the new resale stores are more like boutiques.
These places usually accept only new or very gently used items that are
up-to-date and trendy. Items are usually priced at one-third of the original
cost. You can get a lot more bang for your buck.
Getting a bargain is
only part of the appeal of the consignment store. Not only do we save money and
get great things, we can also make money by taking in our clothing and furniture
and other items that we no longer use. Most resale shops give you 30-60% of the
selling price once your items sell. That's a lot of cash just for getting rid of
things that you no longer want! To stretch that bargain even further, you can
then turn around and buy things that you DO want from the same consignment store
for a discounted price.
In addition to the bargains and the money,
another huge appeal is its impact on the environment. The state of the
environment is on everyone's minds these days. Everywhere you turn you hear
about reducing your carbon footprint and how to make things more "green". When
you buy and sell on consignment, you are doing your part to try to reduce the
amount of waste that ends up in our landfills. Why throw away a perfectly good
sofa or pair of jeans that you just purchased last year and are either sick of,
or they just don't fit anymore? Hundreds of thousands of tons of our unwanted
goods and gadgets gets thrown away each year. Recycling your unwanted items and
buying others' diminishes these numbers vastly.
consignment shopping is fun and exciting! It's like going on a treasure hunt.
You aren't looking through rows and rows of the same boring stuff that you would
find in the malls. Most are organized by size, color or style. Each item that
you look at is different from the last. These stores often receive items that
were originally purchased from all parts of the world and somehow landed in your
neighborhood. You could be the only person on your block to own one of these
There is no other place you can shop, earn money, be green and
have fun at the same time! You can find your local consignment shops by going
online or looking in your area yellow pages. They are so popular these days,
most cities and towns have them, and new ones are cropping up everyday.
By Buzzle Staff