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How to buy a second hand item on Gumtree

From Gumtree Zero to Hero How to buy a second-hand item:

The second hand market is growing every year. The main reason for that is the fact that people buy more on the one hand. and the ease of selling their old stuff on the other brought this market to life. But you must understand this market has rules and if you will not follow them you might lose altogether. where your main reason to come here at the first place is to save money, and sometimes save big money.


These are the General rules of thumb to conduct yourself and to fulfill your goal from buying second hand compared to brand new:

Second hand transaction is one time only. Second Handwhen you buy an item all the risks involved in owning this item transferred to you. unlike a normal shop, there is no protection the moment you left with the goods. my suggestion for you is always taking that into consideration, and never offer to buy full price because full price gives you 14 days to think about the transaction if the items work correctly and so on.all the risks involved in owning this item transferred to you. unlike a normal shop, there is no protection the moment you left with the goods. my suggestion for you is always taking that into consideration, and never offer to buy full price because full price gives you 14 days to think about the transaction if the items work correctly and so on.

Always compare the price to the item or items that have the same functionality which are brand new. if the item that you want is priced the same or close to a brand new item with the same function, there is no reason for you to buy second hand. this deal is BAD for you must stay away from it.

Never agree to pay the stated price by the seller. so why not just agree to the price? Well, there are many reasons, for starters, why would you come to a second hand site if you can’t negotiate the price? Even in new stores you can negotiate the price. Another reason is the seller himself can’t explain why he want the stated price. (telling you he bought it for more is not a real reason). You take a lot of risk in the case the seller is not telling all the truth and the item may be defective. The seller is not a pro, he just want to make room for new items that 10 years ago he had to throw away altogether and lose all the value, so any value is better than nothing. another reason is the seller don’t give you a warranty, a new item can be returned for a full refund. that single function worth some money at least 10% of the item value and the warranty is worth another 10%. so second hand item without the warranty and the ability to return is worth 20% less. Another reason is that there are websites out there that will give you a 20%-30% discount when they want to clear an item. so you better off buying from them and not from a second hand store.

Always check reviews of an item before you buy. if you see an item too often this might be because this kind of product is not that good, and you should stay clear of it. Even if you buy a brand new item you should always check what people are saying, and my suggestion is read the bad reviews first because they will be more constructive and have the most learning experience for you as a buyer.

Make sure that you can collect the item. if the item is too big, you might need to pay extra for moving it into your house. this extra cost might make the entire deal not profitable altogether.

Don’t conduct your entire communication by emails. needless to say, today the net is not all that safe, make sure you are speaking to a person locally. don’t agree to pay anything before you see the item in your eyes. If you must pay over the internet make sure that they give you an Australian branch account so you can file a complaint with the police if they try to steal from you.

Beware of PayPal fraud. you must read very carefully all the information you can find on google before you agree to pay via PayPal. the reason is PayPal is allowing the seller to reverse the deal for several reasons so they can deceive you via PayPal rules.

Items without a picture. if there is an item without a picture to represent it or without the real picture (just a generic one) in my mind this seller have something to hide. I would suggest you avoid that item altogether, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Ignore any slogan that the seller uses. if you read that it’s a “bargain” or “going fast” or “you might miss out” and so on, ignore that. anyone can represent an item by telling you it’s unbelievable. think about it, if the item was so out of this world, why would anyone want to sell it in the first place?

These are the Specific rules of thumb to conduct yourself and fulfil your goal from buying second hand compared to brand new. 

Second Hand electronics & computers:

These items tend to lose their value very fast, because not only that they are outdated by the new technology that makes them absolute, but also I read many articles about the deliberate manufacturing that make this item very vulnerable to malfunction after a few years. making sure the buyer has to upgrade.

Make sure you read the specification carefully, as any part can be checked and by doing so you can understand the real value of the PC/electronics. I.e. Intel has 4 gen of processors so buying a PC with the second generation at the price of fourth generations is a big mistake. read carefully and take care when buying this item.