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MSE Poll: What do you buy second-hand?

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Poll started 23 March 2021

It's cheap and environmentally friendly, yet some people think only new will do. Where do you stand on buying second-hand?

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  • annabanana82annabanana82 Forumite
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    Why on earth is underwear even an option?? 🤢🤢
  • jon81ukjon81uk Forumite
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    Why on earth is underwear even an option?? 🤢🤢
    If its put through the washing machine is it any different to a t-shirt that's been in contact with sweaty armpits?
  • jobzwo888jobzwo888 Forumite
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    Underwear-how vile!
    Books only 
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    coffeehoundcoffeehound Forumite
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    edited 23 March 2021 at 4:25PM
    No clothes, shoes or bedding, thank you.  Complex electronic things like TVs, unless very cheap, you might as well buy new and get the guarantee.
  • SilvertabbySilvertabby Forumite
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    Having been brought up on jumble sale clothes, I vowed that I would never again wear second hand stuff.

    Made one exception, however.  When dropping off a couple of bags of donations, I spotted a leather coat that begged for further inspection.  M&S real leather, my size, still with tags and clearly unworn.  £20.  
  • goldfinchesgoldfinches Forumite
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    Having been brought up on jumble sale clothes, I vowed that I would never again wear second hand stuff.

    Made one exception, however.  When dropping off a couple of bags of donations, I spotted a leather coat that begged for further inspection.  M&S real leather, my size, still with tags and clearly unworn.  £20.  
    Oh I sympathise. I have horrible memories of more than one item that my mother acquired from various other families and then forced me to wear and say thankyou for!
    There was one dress in particular that was a particularly nasty manmade fibre that I loathed and subsequently cut to pieces following a how to on the back cover of a Jinty comic, I got such a high jump for that I don't think I landed for a week or two.  >:)

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  • MalMonroeMalMonroe Forumite
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    Don't buy anything second hand. Sorry, I just can't! If I can't buy new I have to go without. I do give stuff away to charity shops (NEVER ANY underwear!!) - sometimes clothes with tags still on that I've bought in sales without trying on that don't fit when I get home - but can't bring myself to buy anything. I know it may be crazy but there you go. 
  • MalMonroeMalMonroe Forumite
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    jon81uk said:
    Why on earth is underwear even an option?? 🤢🤢
    If its put through the washing machine is it any different to a t-shirt that's been in contact with sweaty armpits?
    No, that's gross.

    And if you have any t-shirts that have EVER been in contact with sweaty armpits, please use them for car cleaning, even after washing. Charity does not want items of that nature. Hopefully if a charity does receive such awful things, they will just pack them up in big black bags and send them off to companies who recycle old materials. 
  • BobbinAlongBobbinAlong Forumite
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    I'd buy most things secondhand if they were in the right condition, but less likely shoes and clothes, though I used to used the school uniform secondhand shop. I make many of my clothes and would (and do) buy a length of unused material secondhand or unused or part cones of yarn to knit up. Recent secondhand purchases include vehicles, machine knitting equipment and old boats though the latter are usually "please take it away for me" freebies and the vendor gets a bottle or two in return. 
    Young people seem to want everything new when they get a house and struggle financially, but we started out with second hand good quality carpet and furniture from family and weren't in debt to the never-never or credit cards.
  • 203846930203846930 Forumite
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    I don't BUY second hand, I use Freegle instead and get things FREE.
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