The Case For Buying Used Appliances

A consumer used to be able to count on their washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove, or dishwasher lasting a couple of decades, or even longer. That’s not the case these days. Appliances seemingly only have a life of five or 10 years.

This has caused folks to change their mindset. I see it all the time, especially when replacing a washer or dryer. Someone will replace both, even though there’s only an issue with one. The logic is if one goes, the other isn’t far behind. Besides, many furniture stores will offer a deal if you buy the matching set.

These folks try and sell their unwanted -- but still perfectly functional -- machine only to discover there’s no market for it. An appliance that cost $1,000 new might only sell for $20 or $50.

These machines are the best deal in the appliance business, and it’s not even close, either.

A new dryer costs close to $1,000. A used one is maybe 5% or 10% of that. Sure, buying used comes with a greater chance of getting a dud, but that risk can be mitigated by plugging the machine in and listening to it before you cart it away. Even if you have to pay someone to fix a problem, it still usually ends up much cheaper than buying a new appliance.

Moving the machine is another issue. One person can haul most appliances if they have a truck and a hand cart. This plan loses some of its lustre if you have to pay somebody to move the appliance for you.

Buying used appliances is a smart way to get a good deal. And it helps out the planet, too.