If you've ever been in the position of having forked out a few bucks for something at a garage sale, and found that once you have it home that its either broken, incomplete or it just doesnt work and youve had to throw it away, then this article is a must read.
Lets face it, every dollar counts at the moment.
With all the doom and gloom on the news and in the papers at the moment, you want to ensure you protect your money, right? You've worked hard for it, and you certainly dont want to waste it. Thats why its so important that you spend wisely, which means buying smart and avoiding costly mistakes. Mistakes that can be easily avoided with just a little care.
Just recently I purchased a number of items from a garage sale to which I was assured were "All there, in good working order". Unfortunately upon getting these items home, which were in boxes, I found that I had been done. A small childrens set was obviously broken, and a pair of rollerblades were missing one knee pad. Makes for a dissapointing find, especially when you take someone's word for it.
People unfortunately aren't honest. And it sucks. You've been friendly, you've been polite and you've handed over your money. In return you would expect a basic level of honesty and integrity. But this isnt always the case.
Okay so how can I avoid making this same mistake?
Put simply, you need to check and double check your items BEFORE MAKING PURCHASE! Which means either asking the person holding the garage sale to demonstrate that the item infact works, or it at least is complete without missing parts.
I do understand however that this can become a little awkward for some people, as this may mean having to unpack items from boxes or test electrical goods and so on. But believe me, its something that you must do to ensure you dont buy rubbish.
My advice is this. Be strong, but dont be rude. Ask the person you want to ensure the item is not damaged, is complete, and is in good safe working order by either unpacking it, or plugging it in to an electrical outlet for a test. If they refuse, keep your money in your pocket, wish them all the best and leave.
You may feel as though you have offended someone, but remember, buying bargains doesnt mean paying for someones rubbish.