MSE Poll: What do you buy second hand?

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Poll started 24 April 2018

It's cheap, and environmentally friendly, yet some people think only new will do.

Please select ALL of the items that you would be happy to buy second hand, if it was decent quality and cheaper.
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  • What do you mean "pets"?? I didn't realise there was a market for pre-loved goldfish etc....
  • edited 26 April 2018 at 9:21AM
    jrb74jrb74 Forumite
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    i'm really shocked at how low all the percentages are for buying 2nd hand

    as for pets, I know quite a few who have 2nd hand pets - I bought my dog when she was around 3yrs old.
  • coffeehoundcoffeehound Forumite
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    Surprising how few buy secondhand cars: ~10%
  • indesisivindesisiv Forumite
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    Surprising how few buy secondhand cars: ~10%

    I would suggest that quite a lot of people nowadays are just buying on PCP.
    Also I think that we will see that number coming down in future as 2nd hand hybrids / electric cars are not going to be worth it as you would have to buy new batteries for them anyway.


    I also wonder how many of these figures are lower because people just haven't ticked the boxes, such as 2nd hand baby stuff, I would never buy 2nd hand baby stuff as I don't have a baby.
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  • edited 26 April 2018 at 11:18AM
    NaughtiusMaximusNaughtiusMaximus Forumite
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    edited 26 April 2018 at 11:18AM
    indesisiv wrote: »
    I also wonder how many of these figures are lower because people just haven't ticked the boxes, such as 2nd hand baby stuff, I would never buy 2nd hand baby stuff as I don't have a baby.

    I was thinking that too, in hindsight there should have been 3 possible responses to each question: Yes/No/Not relevant to me. There are 7 items in the list where I'd have ticked the last option.
  • bolistonboliston Forumite
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    there are very few things on this this that i have ever purchased, such as baby stuff, cars, carpets, tvs, jewellery, toys, video games, pets

    the only things that i have quite a lot of is second hand cameras
  • qwert_yuiopqwert_yuiop Forumite
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    No Ian Dury types here - famously only ever bought New Boots and Pants?
    “What means that trump?” Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare
  • qwert_yuiopqwert_yuiop Forumite
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    Surprising how few buy secondhand cars: ~10%

    One of the girls at work told me her husband bought a brand new car because he needs it for his work - delivering pizzas for Dominos.
    I don’t know what dominos pay per delivery, but I’m pretty sure he’s losing money hand over fist in this enterprise.
    “What means that trump?” Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare
  • coffeehoundcoffeehound Forumite
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    No Ian Dury types here - famously only ever bought New Boots and Pants?

    Pah, decadent bourgeoisie. A proper crusty buys his boots well-used from army surplus and doesn't know the meaning of the word pants :)
  • qwert_yuiopqwert_yuiop Forumite
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    Pah, decadent bourgeoisie. A proper crusty buys his boots well-used from army surplus and doesn't know the meaning of the word pants :)

    I’ve bought second hand army boots, but I’d draw the line at pants - not a reason to be cheerful.
    “What means that trump?” Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare
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