|Tips for Buying Second Hand Products|
• Second Hand Home Appliances
• Second Hand DVD and CD
• Second Hand Book or Magazines
• Second Hand Business or Office Products
• Second Hand Computer Accessory
• Second Hand Electric Appliances
• Second Hand Health and Beauty products
• Second Hand Children´s Stuff
• Second Hand Car
• Second Hand Mobile
• Second Hand Laptop
• Second Hand Computers
• Second Hand Furniture
• Second Hand Cameras
• Make sure you buy correct frequency and voltage rating while buying imported Second Hand home appliances.
• Make sure the wires are not broken while buying imported Second Hand home appliances.
• Check if you can get manuals available.
• Make sure the Second Hand DVD or CDs are scratch free.
• Also check if the Second Hand DVD or CDs are compatible with the operating system you may have.
• Also check if there are passwords to access Second Hand DVD or CDs.
• Check if the books donít have book worms.
• Check if used magazines have inside pictures intact.
• Check availability of installation or user manuals of used business products.
• Check availability of original warranty on the used office product.
• Itís better to buy used digital cameras than the film ones.
• For high end used digital cameras, ask for tripod.
• Check if you would get support for high end Second Hand imported digital cameras.
• Hold the lens up to a light if you can look through it or with light reflecting from it if not and check for internal marks. If there are small lines that appear etched into the surface avoid at all cost. This lens will affect the quality of pictures. If there are chips or scratches on the surface elements in the centre also avoid, but if they are around the edge you shouldn't see too much problems. The resale value will be reduced dramatically.
• If the used camera has a manual focusing ring slowly rotate it from the closest setting to infinity making sure there are no points where it sticks are grates. If it does the mechanism will either be sprained or have grit in it. Check that the autofocus works by pointing the camera at different subject distances and pressing the shutter to see how it reacts.
• Treat used cameras with badly scuffed surfaces with caution. The owner may not have looked after the camera and their may be less obvious damage.
• Try the used camera set to various modes to see if the LCD digits are all okay.
• Makes sure the Second Hand camera you are buying has batteries that can (a) be removed and (b) still bought.
• If the Second Hand camera has shutter speed control select each of the slower speeds and make sure you can see a difference between the settings.
• If the camera has a built in flash fire it with a fresh set of batteries and see how long it takes to recharge. If it takes more than four or five seconds it could be at an end of its life.
• When you buy a used item ask for a guarantee of at least 90 days. If anything is wrong with the Second Hand product this gives you time to check it out thoroughly and get it fixed or replaced for free if you find a fault.
• Most used cameras have a threaded tripod mount. Avoid if the thread is stripped.
• Check availability of installation or user manuals of used computer accessory.
• Check availability of original warranty on Second Hand computer accessory.
• Make sure you buy correct frequency and voltage rating while buying imported used electric appliances.
• Make sure the wires are not broken while buying Second Hand electric appliances.
• Make sure you analyze the side effects of the used health products before you buy.
• Consult you doctor before taking used health related supplements.
• Make sure you buy appropriate age category toys.
• Avoid buying children stuff with pointed angles that might harm children.
• Make sure the old and used furniture does not have wood worm.
• First measure the used furniture you are planning to buy.
• Jot down the Second Hand furniture requirement for your home. Donít miss out to measure the size of entrance ways and staircase. Do carry measuring tape with you if possible every time as you never know when a thing may attract you.
• Visits to www.secondhandmall.com. Provide them the information about the old furniture details you are looking for and they will contact you as soon as your requested furniture item is uploaded on their website.
• Be present at auctions. Used furniture can be well built, but then too check its sturdiness your self. Sit on the chair to check for ease, loose joints or shaky legs. Open doors and drawers to check for any fastened, broken parts or missing things.
• Believe in adaptability. Try to understand the importance of design over finish or upholstery, which can be replaced. One should consider door furniture as well. Antique door knobs are quite a rage in the interior design segment now and are easily available in the used furniture stores.
• In case you are not conversant with the ways of renovation or the decoration of the old furniture then it is always recommended to add the price of the repair to the selling price. Though on one hand steam Ėcleaning can be afforded Steam-cleaning stained fabric is affordable, but on the other hand re-stuffing of the used furniture like sofas could cost you tones of money unless the old furniture is of high standard quality and is durable.
• Do ask for money-back or else exchange guarantee in case you find out that the furniture does not fit in properly, is damaged or has some problem in it.
Tips While Buying Used Baby and Kidís Room Furniture:
• Watch out that the crib you are going for does not have any space in between the slats or the supporters. This needs to be checked as otherwise the head of the child gets stuck in between the spaces.
• Make sure that the slats or the supporters are not flexible which can be pushed by the child, thereby making him fall on the floor.
• Thoroughly examine as to how well the crib has been built. Generally people assume that the Second Hand furniture made by standard companies have excellent durability. But this is not the case every time. Even the cribs made from the most standard companies also get deteriorated soon. Push the crib forwards, backwards, roll it and give it a nice shake. This is the best way to examine the crib closely to make sure of its sturdiness.
• Check out for pointed areas or edges on the crib. Watch out if a nails are coming out of it and get it fixed or it would badly hurt your kid. See that it does not pinch if you run your fingers through it.
• Look out for those used cribs which have see-through panels fitted in them. With this, you donít have to take the pain of coming up the room every five minutes for a check.
Tips While Buying Used School Furniture:
• The dealers of used school furniture play tricks by concealing the damages on the furniture or selling a damaged piece of furniture at a very low rate. Therefore if the people to own used furniture are declaring to move abroad, it is your responsibility to make sure that it is not too late to ask for your money back if you are dissatisfied by the used furniture.
• Used school furniture dealers try to exaggerate the duration for which the Second Hand furniture would last in order to attract customers, but make sure relevant check is made before making a deal.
• You can save money by browsing online and finding options for picking up used furniture from neighborhood, thereby saving cost of transport too. www.secondhandmall.com is the best place to be.
• It is a very common thing that the actual used furniture may be entirely different from what is exhibited in the photograph online. Hence, it is advisable that you request for a sample item of furniture, to avoid dissatisfaction later on.
Tips While Buying Used Office Furniture:
• purchaser should bear in mind the amount of space available as well as color, in addition to hold up required.
• Purchasing the right chair can imply extra efficiency of an employee.
• Again ask for the sample piece of Second Hand furniture when you are viewing the pictures of used office furniture online to be ensured about the quality of the old furniture.
• Read up about the model of car you're thinking about. Will it perform as you will want? Be aware of any known mechanical problems with that particular model and remember to check them out when you take it for a test drive.
• Look up the current Second Hand values for the used car. Check out the prices being asked for similar Second Hand cars.
• Car Insurance is always a major expense.
• Also check out the car's other running costs like fuel consumption, servicing and repair bills.
• When you see the car insist on seeing its registration documents and check carefully carís VIN or Chassis number (It can be a stolen car! Verify its authenticity at www.TheftRecord.com)
• Always ensure that the person selling the used car does actually own it.
• And always see the Second Hand car at the seller's own home or business premises. Then ensure that the address on the Registration Document is at the same as the address - if not ask why. You should be suspicious.
• Examine the Road Tax disc. Is it still valid? Does the vehicle registration number on the disc match the Registration Document and the number on its number plate?
• Ask to view the used cars' Servicing Record. Usually, this will also show the used cars' VIN number and details of the first owner. If the Service record is not available, has the owner kept any of the service or repair bills? Ask to see them.
• Now look under the bonnet and look for the VIN Number (it could also be on a plate on the inside edge of one of the front doors). Compare the VIN number with the number on the Registration Document and check that the number stamped on the car has not been interfered with. This will help to ensure that the car hasn't had its identity changed.
• It's best to take a friend with you who knows' about cars - not only to look at the car but also to be a witness for what is said and anything that is agreed.
• Don't pay for a car on your first visit and try not to be pushed into putting down a deposit. You need to carry out some checks before you part with any money.
• Ask the owner whether the car is subject to any outstanding finance.
• examine the car in good daylight. Look carefully for signs of repairs and accident damage.
• Try to ensure that the car hasn't been "clocked". (Clocked means that the mileometer has been wound back to show a lower mileage.) The average annual mileage is around 12,000. Be wary if the wear and tear on the car looks greater than you would expect from the mileage. The wear on the driver's pedals is usually a give away. Then ask when the tyres were last replaced. Does the wear on the tyres look about right?
• Insist on test-driving the car for at least 10/15 miles. You need to get the car fully warmed up and drive it in varying conditions.
• Has the car ticked all the boxes so far? Then spend some more money get it professionally inspected.
• Never pay any money until you the car is handed over to you complete with its Documents and tax disc. Always get a written receipt for any money you pay and ensure that it includes the sellers name and address.
• Last of all, make sure you're insured from the moment you drive the car away.
• Firstly, check IMEI. The IMEI is a code that identifies each phone. No two phones have the same number and manufacturers use this number to verify stolen phones and the amount of warranty that your phone has. Check that the IMEI number on the phone corresponds to the number on the box and receipts. If the numbers differ, there could be several reasons. The first is that the phone is a stolen one or the phone had been sent for servicing and had the main board replaced. Both situations are warning signs of a problematic phone.
• Secondly, examine the original receipt. Get a receipt from the seller. The receipt will be able to tell you when the phone is bought and how much warranty is left. Phones usually have only 1 year warranty. It might even be from a Second Hand dealer trying to sell off the phone again.
• Closely inspect the exterior. This step is rather simple and should give you an idea of how old the phone is. Ensure that the condition is what you expect to pay for. Ratings by sellers are very subjective therefore when no photos are uploaded, buy only when satisfied of the condition. Test the keypad. Phones should be able to withstand multiple presses without giving away.
• Do a detailed check of the functions.
• Are there scratches on the display? Check the LCD display. Dead pixels are rare in phones unlike LCD monitors. But for phones, try to see if there are scratches on the screen. Scratches are expensive to repair and most people should buy a lcd screen protector to ensure the high resale value of their phone.
• Check moving parts. Some phones have sliders, flippers. Try them to test if they are flimsy. Moving parts tend to be easily damaged by drops and frequent use.
• How long is battery life? Batteries drop in performance as they age. However even a Second Hand mobile should not use more than 10% of its battery in the time you are testing.
• Is there a Warranty? Get the warranty card.
• The condition of the used laptopís frame and bodyĖwould tell you about how well the laptop has aged. There will be indications if the computer has been maintained well, or if it had been misused.
• The LCD screen is one of the most expensive parts of the laptop. When buying a used unit, you probably wonít enjoy the warranty that comes with brand new. And if something goes wrong with the LCD, youíll have to spend quite an amount on a replacement. Make sure the screen is still properly aligned and that the lid sits well on the hinge, opened or closed.
• Watch out for irregular wear and tear on the keyboard and touchpad (or trackpoint). Itís not as easy to replace them as on a desktop computer, after all. Again, it would be best if you can turn the computer on to test, so you can see if all the keys are working and if the pointing device is functioning smoothly.
• RAM is usually cheap these days. Whether itís SDRAM or DDR SDRAM, youíre sure to find laptop memory selling for cheap. Do check how much RAM the laptop already has, and whether it can upgraded easily. Most laptops have slots at the bottom or underneath the keyboard that are easily accessible and user-upgradeable. Some laptops, however, have only one slot for RAM, while most have two.
• Regardless of capacity, though, do check the drive for strange sounds like clicking or abnormal screeching sounds. These are signs that the drive is bound to fail soon. Also, try to check the hard discís model (usually under the OSís device manager) for the speed.
• Used laptops almost always come with dead or weak batteries. Thus, you should consider whether youíll be needing a good battery for your used equipment or not. Batteries do burn and can cause explosions if improperly used or installed.
• Lastly, ask yourself how you feel about the laptop. Is it the right choice? Should you buy a new, more expensive, unit? Does it look like it will still last a couple of years?
• Used computers can save a lot of money for the buyer when compared to buying a new computer only if he spends some time checking the quality of the Second Hand computer before purchase, which will save him from loss.
• Old computers need not always be Second Hand computers. They can also be recertified or refurbished computers. Refurbished or recertified computers are those, which are checked for any faults, if any corrected and sold with a warranty ensuring the working condition of the computer to be perfect.
• The prime aspect to be considered while purchasing a used or refurbished computer is to look for a good branded one. There are various companies who sell used computers. The main reasons for opting for a branded one is that it comes with a warranty and also the buyer can be sure that the parts used are of good quality.
• While buying used computers related software documents, licenses and paperwork have to be got from the seller as this will avoid stolen computers being passed off as used computers to the buyer. If possible working for some time on the used computer will determine its efficiency. Most of the reputed dealers would allow the purchaser to use the computer for a shorter period to check the quality before purchase.
• While checking for the efficiency of the used computer, it is good to check if the booting process is smooth, as most of the problems occur during booting and also to check all the sound drivers, video, graphics, monitor, mouse, keyboard etc. CD drives and hard disks also need to be checked.
• Another aspect is the support system offered for the used computer whether technical or non-technical, support staff capabilities and the number of support staff which determine the quality of service offered.