The term “second-hand” or “used” often comes with a negative connotation for just about anything that follows it. We would often associate it with pre-owned items (or in some derogatory cases, people) with still some use left in it, but along with that, some level of diminished value, quality, and even desirability.
In some cases, it would be true that something that already passed through the hands of another would be worn down or less ideal than that of something newly made (and presumably unused), but let me make the case for acquiring second-hand items, vehicles, and equipment for just about any purpose, be it for person or entrepreneurial pursuits.
Tried and Tested
In a world where just about everything gets reused for something, I wouldn’t even have the faintest notion of what a truly new item would be. Newly crafted or manufactured, perhaps this is the idea being purveyed, but even a supposedly brand spanking new computer or car straight off of the assembly line has already gone through some initial use to test its quality and functionality… and that’s actually good.
A second-hand item that has withstood the rigors of use and is still serviceable enough even after its first (or second, etc.) tour of duty has proven that is able to function appropriately. While it is true that some components have worn down, it is not always the case. This is why if you purchase a second-hand or surplus item, you should exercise due diligence and inspect the item/s carefully. If its integral (the core parts that carry most of the value of the item) components are in order and still serviceable, then you have a second-hand item worth purchasing.
Old Technology Isn’t Always Inferior
At the pace in which technological innovations occur in our various products, whether they be computers or backhoes, a small entrepreneurial endeavor would find it difficult to acquire the most cutting edge tools and solutions and still come out profitable. Keeping up with the trends doesn’t yield the best products, however.
For the most part some things can actually be done better, but not necessarily faster or more efficiently, with older tools and equipment. This is apparent with master craftsmen that can still come out with beautiful and near-perfect creations, exceeding the quality of swifter, factory-assembly produced items. These craftsmen work mostly with their hands and their own eye for detail. Technology will inevitably prevail, but the innovations that truly render traditional methods obsolete don’t come easily.
More History and “Personality”
Along with a preowned tool or piece of equipment comes the history attached with it. For some, the worn down yet enduring quality of a second-hand item exudes a kind of value that surpasses that one of something that is unscathed and untested.
Collectors of antiques and artifacts actually count on the item having some wear and tear; a patina that comes only with the passing of time and much use. This may not apply to those who acquire second-hand equipment that are meant to be worked to non-functionality, however.
Loosely quoted, one man’s trash could be another man’s treasure. I wish you well on your endeavors in finding timeworn but still-useful items, tools, and equipment!
About the Author
Stacey Thompson is a professional writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and a lover of weird little animals. She is based in San Diego, California, and is determined to find some used but still serviceable trucks from online marketplaces like NextTruck.