Post # 1
I scored a Tassimo at a yard sale for $20 and it got me thinking. My best friend would love a Keurig, so I took a look on Kijiji. There are so many never or barely used machines on there for $50 or less and I would like to get her one. I suggested this to my husband and he said he wouldn’t mind getting something used for Christmas, but some people would.
It seems like a shame to go buy one from a store for $160 when I could buy a brand new/barely used one for $35-$50. And why let a perfectly good machine go to waste?!
Anyway, my question is, how would you feel if you got a like-new Keurig (or any like-new item really) as a gift?
Post # 3
It really depends on the person. My family and I are really not picky and would love lightly used or like new items. I can see other people being really bothered though!
Post # 4
I wouldn’t care honestly but I am all for reusing items. But I would like to know that it was secondhand- just because I am a clean freak and would have to really clean it before using it.
Post # 5
@NewfieBullet: Ok, so I have this purse, that I’ve used for a couple months, and when my friend saw it, she absolutely gushed over it, asked where I got it, went to find it, it was sold out, so she searched ebay, and it wasn’t there. I keep having half a mind to just give it to her as a gift, but totally question whether that’s at all ok as well…. but have pretty much determined that it’s not.
Personally, I’d rather have a more useful/expensive/loved/thoughtful gift that was used as long as it’s still in really good shape than something I barely want that just happens to be new and in budget, but would probably never GIVE someone a used gift.
Post # 6
Ok so I wouldn’t have a problem with some things being used. But I wouldn’t want to receive a used cooking gadget. I’m weird with food and a total germaphobe so I would get a little iffy using someone else’s coffee maker if I haven’t known where it’s been, but that’s really just me. I would prefer new items or to get something less expensive. But I guess my answer is it would really depend on the receiver because some would be fine with it others may not.
Post # 7
@SapphireSun: I would just give her the purse, not as a gift necessarily, but a here, enjoy, sort of thing. 🙂 I did that with a pair of earrings that a friend loved.
I can afford a little more to spend on a gift than her, but we like to keep it on the same price point. So it’s the only way I could give her one.
Post # 8
It depends on how “used” the item is, and what the item itself is. Like I would be bothered to get a used pair of shoes for Christmas, but not a nice used TV.
Post # 9
Buying something used for yourself is one thing, but buying a used item as a gift is completely inappropriate in my opinion, (unless it’s a car or antique!). It just seems cheap. Plus you don’t know how the peson feels about used stuff. I say either buy it new or skip it.
Post # 10
I would do it!! I personally love used items, and I try to either make or thrift Christmas presents. Last year I got my mom a complete set of china that she had years ago (all the pieces broke), and only a couple plates were a little chipped.
Ok now I want a used Keurig of my own! I’ve been stalling because I don’t want to pay so much money! 🙂
Post # 11
I’d loved a used gift!
I’d take something used I need or really want that they could afford over something I didn’t need or want that they could afford new.
My grandmother gave me her Keurig when she bought the newest version. It works great, it looks great, it was clean and makes good coffee. No complains here, she saved me a ton of money and gives us boxes of k cups everytime we visit!
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
I would buy something used for myself (maybe), but would never gift a used item.
Post # 13
@rubyred605: Totally check them out used! My $20 yard sale Tassimo is AWESOME.
I am thinking I should just ask her how she feels. Like, “If I gave you something for Christmas that was something you really wanted and totally awesome, but it was lightly used or like new, would you be offended?”
Post # 14
I’d ask the seller a lot of questions. Make sure all the packing and the box is with it and instructions. If it is, you might not even have to tell your friend it’s used. Less packaging, then let her know.
Post # 15
@honeybee1999: Good advice. I would have to get my parents to go check it out (we live on opposite sides of the country), but I would definitely actually try making coffee in it before buying it. And I am going to google how to clean one (especially since others mentioned that would be a big turn off for them).
Post # 16
Last year I bought one gift for each family member and included used items that I didn’t need anymore. Some stuff ended well (makeup kits, bath and body works soaps). My mom didn’t like that I regifted something she gave me.
Pretty much everyone thought it was funny and joke about what I’m gonna give them this year.
But those were things I’d used. I don’t know about stuff strangers had used.