One good way to save money is to search the online classifieds for free to see what good quality merchandise is available.
The free classified ads here offer a wide selection of items that you can purchase, including autos, jobs, real estate, and even new & used ads. Nicesale.com offers a wider range than many, and quite a lot of depth to their items.
In addition, you can find numerous ways to slice and dice the data, by region, by category, by sub-category, and even by labels such as ‘Green’, ‘Business’ and ‘Non-Profits’. The site is pretty responsive, too.
Buying non-new items is hardly new, but there are many advantages to buying such items: rarity or scarcity value (antiques, to name but one advantage); you defray the upfront depreciation of buying ‘new’ (think cars, for one); some items have a huge 2nd-hand price advantage (older books, CDs, etc.); and the excitement factor when you discover the ‘great’ find of the decade.
There are of course some caveats that you need to remember: you don’t get a warranty; if it’s broken, you need to find out before you buy; due your due diligence on an item; if it’s valuable or expensive, try to find an estimate of its true value; and don’t be taken in by ‘antiques’!
When you go to visit the seller, ask why they are selling it, try to figure out if they are in a hurry to sell, try to gauge how much interest there is in the offer, be prepared to haggle the price, too; and, if you can’t get what you want or need at a good price, be prepared to walk away. There’s always going to be another chance to buy most things. Lastly, if it’s a second hand car or computer or similar such item, try to take a knowlegdable person with you! They can advise on the lemons you might want to avoid!