Buying second hand items may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for the frugal minded it is a great way to save money and still get what you want. But what’s even better than getting used items at a discount, is getting them for free, and there are sites which will let you find freebies online.
I understand there are some things you probably don’t want second hand even if it is free, for example used toilet paper, or used underwear. But I think in general people like free stuff right? Both Kijiji and Craigslist have a “free” section on their sites where anyone can put up ads to give away their things for free. I’ve seen old computers, book shelves, various carpentry tools, comics, TVs, working appliances, kitchenware, games, movies, and even animals. Here are some listings I found on Craigslist recently.
And these ads are all from the same day, Sept 27th 2012. If you have the patience to browse through this free section regularly who knows what kind of gems you could find for free 🙂 Hmm, I believe I just found a way to do all my Christmas shopping this year without spending a cent!
Haha, just kidding 😛 So why would anyone want to give away their stuff? Maybe the seller is moving and don’t want to take all their stuff with them. Maybe someone gave them a new coffee machine and they don’t see the point of keeping the old one anymore, even though there’s nothing wrong with it. Maybe the children moved out and they want to de-clutter their home. Of course there’s also the charitable side of it as well. So there are actually many reasons.
For people in college perusing through classified websites can save them a lot of money. Why buy a desk, a tv, a mini fridge, a microwave, and a shelf for your dormitory, when you can probably find most or all of them for free 😀