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Buying a used iPad and not getting ripped off - help!

I want to buy a used iPad - third or fourth generation, and avoid Apple's high refurbished prices. What should I know? Where and how should I look? How to avoid eBay scams? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on May 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Find me a car-finding wizard (in the UK)

Six or so years ago, I was looking for a second-hand car and stumbled across a "suggest-a-car" webpage. You could put your requirements into, it spat back a bunch of suggestions, you refined your parameters and sorted results, etc. It ended up suggesting a car I wouldn't have thought otherwise, which I bought and it was a great choice. Now, I'm looking for the next car ... [more inside]
posted by outlier on Mar 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Should I risk buying (x-country) ski boots second-hand or overseas?

I need to buy (NNN) cross-country ski boots for classic-style skiing, mostly day tours in the back country. My local ski shop sells them for $200 (for these) or $400 (for these). Those are their only two options. Ebay often seems to have boots for about $50 (with $50 extra for postage to Australia). If I know my size in one brand (from hiring boots in the past), how transferable is it to another boot in the same brand, or to another brand I haven't tried? Is it madness to buy ski boots without trying them? Alternatively, I am likely to be in Minneapolis in January. Should I wait and look for boots there? Are they heaps cheaper in the USA? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Aug 28, 2013 - 10 answers

What should I be careful of when buying a car from a friend?

A co-worker/friend is selling me his old car as he's upgraded to a newer model. What are things I should be aware of and get checked out early so I don't accidentally buy a lemon and ruin the friendship? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Jun 18, 2013 - 24 answers

Good second-hand bookstores and record shops in Austin TX?

What are the best second-hand bookstores and record shops in Austin, Texas? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Apr 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Where can I sell my watch online and/or in Sydney or Melbourne?

I have inherited a watch that was purchased a few years ago for about $2000. It has rarely been worn and I think it has all of the box/paperwork with it (from what I can see from similar watches online), including the purchase receipt. My question is where/how can I sell it? Either by listing it online, but there seems to be so many websites, or in person via a second hand dealer or similar? I've seen lots of watch websites, but are some better than others? Especially considering I don't have a profile or history on such sites. Thanks
posted by MT on Feb 9, 2013 - 1 answer

Good source for used designer bags?

I'm looking for sites where you've had a good experience buying second-hand (preowned, preloved, &c.) designer bags--purses, clutches, and so forth. I am out of my depth, personally.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Nov 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Good second-hand bookstores and record shops in Washington DC?

Good second-hand bookstores and record shops in Washington DC? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Nov 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Has Santorum ruined the sweater vest?

Calling academic fashion mavens! Can I rock this look (tweed jacket & sweater vest) as a woman? [more inside]
posted by BrashTech on Aug 11, 2012 - 24 answers

Help me figure out how to furnish my apartment in Boston/Cambridge.

Help me figure out how to furnish my apartment in Boston/Cambridge. [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Jul 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Who knew Mott The Hoople even put out that many records?

Where do flea market vinyl dealers get their records? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Quality music/cinema receiver driving at least 130w for cheap?

I need a new amplifier/receiver for music and TV/home-cinema. I've looked at the Onkyo "network" range, especially entry level around £350-£400, but I am sure I could get my hands on an amp from a few years ago with all the features I desire, and save a bundle. I'd really appreciate your advice. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 8, 2012 - 3 answers

What is a good introductory 16mm film camera for someone aspiring to shoot feature films?

What is a good introductory 16mm film camera for someone aspiring to shoot feature films? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on May 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Please can someone just take my stuff already

Help me find a place to donate my stuff! [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Feb 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Which bicycle brand is better?

Assuming all other features of the bicycles are identical, and the price is the same, which brand is better: Batavus, Giant, or Raleigh? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Nov 15, 2011 - 22 answers

Secondhand Smoke in Chicago

Any experience in Chicago with resolving secondhand smoke disputes? The neighbor across the hall in the condo I live in smokes incessantly when she is in town. I have reported that the smoke bothers me via the building management, but the smoke from her unit has only increased. It fills the hallway, as well as the unit I am renting. I went through cancer treatment about a year ago, so I am particularly sensitive to cigarette smoke now. I experience headaches and nausea from the smoke. My unit smells like smoke-furniture, clothes, towels, etc. I am worried I will get cancer again. I tried to seal the front door, but am not sure if I have done it the best way. (I'm not too handy.) I am also looking into filing a complaint with the department of public health. I live in a private high-rise residence; however, a good portion of the building is used for short-term corporate and vacation rentals. My neighbor owns her unit. Thanks for any ideas.
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 - 21 answers

My idea of just giving everyone beanbags was ignored.

What kind of table do I want and where can I get it? We've been unhappy with our dining table for some time now, it's too big (tall), it scratches easy, and seems to require near constant care because it's also serving as two people's work table. I'm looking for a small informal table that can work easily as a dining table and a work desk. Is there a name for the kind of table I want and where can I find it in the NYC area. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Dec 28, 2010 - 11 answers

How can I make sure my used sweaters don't have bedbugs?

I just bought some secondhand sweaters and I'm concerned about bedbugs. What can I do to make sure they're not infested? [more inside]
posted by vanitas on Oct 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Where to buy a 2nd hand PS3 from for £100-£200?

Where are some decent online second hand, Classified-type forums that I can get a 60gig Playstation 3 for £100-£200 [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque on Sep 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Bling for cash?

I'm in possession of an old engagement ring that was purchased in ~2002 and was, at the time, about $750 at one of those mall jewelry stores. It's less than a carat, but I'm not sure how much less. No paperwork. I'd forgotten I still had it until I found it in a box. Ex did not want it returned. What's the best way to get rid of it and get the most cash possible? [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on Jun 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Selling my scooter: what do I do when they arrive at the door?

I'm about to sell my scooter on BikeTrader (I'm in the UK). What should I expect? I've never sold one before. Specific questions follow. [more inside]
posted by dowcrag on Apr 23, 2010 - 2 answers

Where to buy a cheapish rangefinder camera (film) in Madrid or London

I'm in Madrid this semester, and would like to pick up an old rangefinder camera (film) or similar for around 20 euros. Is digging around antique shops and similar my best bet? Do you know a place? Or are there actually some not-terribly-expensive used camera shops in this big pretty city? Are there secondhand shops/thrift stores at all in this town? Aware of El Rastro, tried once with no luck and will probably try again Sunday. I'll also be in London next weekend and am not opposed to buying it there if you know a place. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Feb 11, 2010 - 4 answers

Where in Seattle for cool vintage clothes?

What are some good vintage clothes or accessory stores in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Jan 22, 2010 - 8 answers

Can't boil it, can't bleach it - how should I de-cootie-fy my swimsuit?

I bought a second-hand swimsuit. I know, ew, but I'm on a budget and this suit fits much, much better than anything I could afford to buy new. It looks and smells clean and seems very lightly worn. What's the best way to to wash/sterilise it so as to a) not catch anything gross and b) not feel so squicky about putting it on? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Dec 29, 2009 - 19 answers

I wanna make you mine

I have a hand-me-down iphone, which I'm using (for now) mostly as a music player. However, because I'm not the original user, I can't alter the music library, and I'm getting real tired of my mom's Dan Fogelberg and Gordon Lightfoot albums. How do I make the phone and my itunes realize that I am its owner?
posted by Jon_Evil on Aug 13, 2009 - 6 answers

Do I have a lemon bicycle?

When should I stop repairing this bike and buy a new one? I have a road bike of unknown age which I bought for $95 last year. Since then I've spent half again that on it---truing the back wheel, putting the chain back together after it inexplicably fell off, new (27") tires that won't fit a modern bike's wheels, etc. Now I'm looking at some more repairs, and I'm wondering whether it might be more economical to buy a newer (i.e., slightly nicer, but still used) bicycle. I'm in Chicago and mostly ride to get around the neighborhood, with the odd weekend ride (<25mi, maybe 12-14mph). [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Jul 13, 2009 - 23 answers

Advice on buying a secondhand Mac

Looking for a second-hand Mac desktop - what would you advise? [more inside]
posted by monster max on Jun 26, 2009 - 12 answers

I have about 300 books I need to sell or donate by the 26th.

I have about 300 books I need to sell or donate by the 26th. NYC-centric details inside. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Feb 16, 2009 - 23 answers

What are UK laws regarding the export of secondhand computer equipment?

Is there anything special I need to do to old computers before I can legally send them abroad from the UK? I've got all the technical aspects covered, and know what's what on the software front, but we are essentially dealing with electrical equipment, and I know nothing about what the law has to say to that. [more inside]
posted by Dysk on Feb 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Babycycling for dummies!

Which infant/baby items can safely be bought secondhand? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 22, 2008 - 11 answers

What cheap non-digital SLR for sis?

Which NON-digital, cheap SLR should I get my sister for her birthday? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Jul 29, 2008 - 23 answers

Bargain Shopping!

I love Velvet Garden and have been stalking LJ sales communities for bargains. Where else can I find cheap but good thrift/second hand shopping sites online? (Doesn't have to be clothes.) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 21, 2008 - 3 answers

Good places for me to sell my used cds, books, guitars and old computer/computer parts in London, that would offer me reasonable/good money?

Good places for me to sell my used cds, books, guitars and old computer/computer parts in London, that would offer me reasonable/good money? (You'll be helping me pay my bills - any help much appreciated!)
posted by Ira.metafilter on Dec 13, 2007 - 3 answers

How to stop neighbors second hand smoke?

I'm at my ropes end, it's been a year since the new neighbors have moved in and the smoking problem is driving me out of my house. The neighbors are a family living next to me in an apartment, we half share a balcony (that is the condo designed these balconies to be half open to the next apartment with a full vertical partition that extends to the middle of the balcony and a horizontal one that goes the remainder about 2 feet from the floor). Here are the problems: [more inside]
posted by Melqart on Aug 26, 2007 - 36 answers

Please help me sell my wedding dress.

Is there anywhere in the Inland Empire area or in Los Angeles that buys secondhand wedding dresses? [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl on Jun 30, 2007 - 1 answer

Help me de-stuff my life!

Like you, I've got a lot of unused stuff. Also like you, I could do with some extra money. Do you have any tips or experiences to share with regard to selling specific types of items? [more inside]
posted by pantone292 on Jun 14, 2007 - 8 answers

Vinyl solutions?

I need to get rid of my collection of vinyl records - approx. ten feet-worth of LPs, 12"s and box-sets. But now Beanos is going out of business, where else in London or south-east England will buy them - and is that my best option? [more inside]
posted by Hogshead on Jan 8, 2007 - 12 answers

Buying second-hand books online - how to avoid multiple postage costs?

How can I search for and buy second-hand books online without having to pay lots of postage fees to separate sellers? [more inside]
posted by spiff101 on May 3, 2006 - 9 answers

Cinderella Filter

Second-hand shoes: What are the odds of contracting some sort of fungus or some other nasty thing from second-hand shoes? What, if anything, can I do to disinfect them? And will it work?
posted by Krrrlson on Mar 1, 2006 - 8 answers

What's the best way to turn my stuff into cash?

What's the best way to sell my stuff? I am a college student with a very small bank account. I'm home on break, and see all this crap sitting around in my old room. Help me turn it into money. [more inside]
posted by kyleg on Dec 21, 2005 - 13 answers

Used textbooks in Canada

Where can I get used textbooks online... in Canada? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Dec 13, 2005 - 4 answers

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