Why buying less-than-perfect is perfect

Saved 20 percent on this "used" mouse ... looks pretty new to us

Saved 20 percent on this "used" mouse ... looks pretty new to us

At The Smart Savvy Life we're big fans of letting someone else drive it off the lot. And we're not just talking about cars. By buying things that are less than brand new and shrink wrapped, you can easily save 10-20 percent.

Amazon Warehouse Deals

Curiously it seems few people know about Amazon Warehouse Deals. Amazon inspects and repackages open boxes and sells them for a discount against brand new. Items come with all the usual warranties and Amazon steps in if there's a problem. Odds are, upon arrival at your house the item will appear to be brand new, shrink wrap and all.

Taking advantage of an Amazon Warehouse Deal is simple. Search for whatever item you want, and on its product page look for an option to buy used. Many sellers are typically available for a given option, but the Amazon Warehouse Deal is the smart savvy choice.

I bought a 60-inch Samsung TV through Amazon Warehouse Deals and months later, way beyond the return window, the speakers started going awry. Amazon rushed me another one. Two guys took back the old one and mounted the replacement on the wall. It's been good ever since.

Amazon Warehouse Deals is offering this Samsung TV for 12 percent off its normal price

Amazon Warehouse Deals is offering this Samsung TV for 12 percent off its normal price

eBay

Not only is eBay great for used items, but also brand new ones straight from China arrive for pennies on the dollar, free shipping and all. I have no idea how these sellers make money but I'll take advantage as long as they let me.

Craigslist

Great for items that don't ship easily, like a set of golf clubs or a bike or a couch.

Facebook Marketplace

Works like Craigslist and anecdotally seems to be getting more popular than Craigslist.

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