Shopping on eBay and Craigslist? 10 Things You Should Pass On

On most occasions, eBay and Craigslist offer awesome deals; however, you shouldn’t purchase the following items no matter how low the prices are. Inexpensive products often come with several issues.

From safety problems to sanitary concerns, you’re better off without certain things found on eBay and Craigslist. They are cheap for a very good (which is ultimately bad) reason!

So, when you’re tempted to say that a price is too good to be true, ask yourself several questions. For instance… ‘Is it safe to sleep on a mattress on which a stranger used to lay down?’ Or… ‘Do I really need those second-hand shoes that will most likely give me back pain?’

Yeah… I thought so. You don’t need it.

Let’s find out more things you should definitely pass on when shopping on eBay and Craigslist:


Buying a used crib is a total no-no. First of all, the safety standards for baby cribs may be different now than they were, let’s say five years ago, which means that the crib you found on eBay may not be the safest item for your newborn baby.

These standards are constantly changing. For example, drop-side cribs were perfectly fine before 2011. Now, manufacturing or selling this type of cribs is actually illegal. Take a closer look at what you want to buy on eBay or Craigslist. Even though the prices are smiling at you, hold your ground and don’t buy anything without proper research.


Here we go with the mattress issue… Please just answer this: Do you really want to buy a second-hand mattress? Yes, the price is great, yes, it looks good, but it doesn’t mean that it got deep cleaned. In fact, a deep cleaning won’t solve the problem.

No matter how often you clean that mattress, it could still host lots of bed bugs, dust mites, and allergens. So, for sanitary reasons, it’s best to avoid buying mattresses from eBay and Craigslist. Plus, a used mattress will most likely be uncomfortable for you since it has someone else’s body formed on it.

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Thought that buying a ‘new’ helmet from eBay or Craigslist is a good idea? Well, think again. It is not safe. Just like mattresses, helmets could harbor too tiny insects. In other words, saving two or three dollars on a second-hand helmet isn’t worth it.

Frankly, you could end up spending more on prescribed shampoo and dermatologist visits. Additionally, who knows if the other person has had a perfectly round head like you? Don’t be a cheapskate, at least not in this case.


Makeup products are often expensive and for good reasons. Throughout history, women put their lives at risk using arsenic and even mercury just to look prettier, but now, there’s a whole industry at a woman’s feet. If you’re a woman, too, you’ve probably had a bad makeup experience, so you know how important it is to buy makeup products with a reputable brand.

If yes, why on Earth would you want to buy makeup from eBay or Craigslist? Again, the price. But has it ever crossed your mind that the product might have the seal broken? Or, even worse, those makeup brushes could be filled with bacteria? Please, don’t risk your health for the sake of getting a cheap deal.

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Supplements – Skip Them When Shopping Online!

It may sound weird to you, but some people buy vitamins and supplements on eBay. There are countless reasons why you shouldn’t purchase vitamins and supplements on eBay, and if they aren’t that obvious to you, rest assured, I will list them.

First, you don’t really know how those supplements have been handled and stored. Secondly, you have no idea if they meet FDA standards. Not to mention that there were cases when fake brands sold vitamins and supplements on eBay.

So, yeah, a certain brand may look familiar to you, but is it really what you think it is?

Medical Supplies 

Indeed, for much less, you can easily get what you need on Craigslist, especially when it comes to medical supplies, which can get pretty expensive if you buy them new. However, be wary! If you seek a medical device that is actually life-dependent, it’s best to buy it new.

Why? Because how can you tell if it operates correctly or not? So, buying a medical device on eBay or Craigslist shouldn’t be an option since it could put your life at risk.


If we are talking about something you would normally eat, do not buy it from Craigslist or eBay! Although food is allowed to be sold there, it shouldn’t. Grocery stores and supermarkets must follow tons of rules regarding customers’ and manufacturers’ wishes (you can add government regulations too).

But how about eBay and Craigslist? We don’t know how the food staple has been stored or handled. Even worse, it may come from a country with totally different food regulations.

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Designer Brand Anything

Craigslist is a designer brand hot spot, and you might be tempted to purchase that Gucci bag from there, but how do you know it’s actually authentic? Well, you can’t know for sure until you have the item in your hands…

And considering that there were plenty of scam reports in Craigslist’s recent history, you’re better off without that Gucci bag. Plus, even though you do buy it and find it isn’t what you thought it was, getting your hard-earned dollars back is highly unlikely because Craigslist has no payment system oversight.

If you want designer brand items, buy them from the brand store itself.

Vacuum Cleaners

Another pricey item you may be tempted to buy from Craigslist is a vacuum cleaner. And, at first glance, it may seem like a brilliant idea, but, unfortunately, it isn’t. Just think about why vacuum cleaners were invented…

To clean up carpets and flooring filled with pet hair, bugs, and other crawly creatures that give me a tingling sensation whenever I think of them.

Yeah, as the name suggests, vacuum cleaners clean, but who cleans them? Buying a second-hand vacuum cleaner could come with little guests too.


There’s a huge difference between used computers and refurbished computers. When it comes to refurbished computers, you know for sure that they have been inspected and repaired by a reputable dealer, and, sadly, we can’t say the same for those found on eBay and Craigslist.

Instead of purchasing a totally damaged computer or, even worse, a stolen one, it’s best to reach out to a reputable dealer. You will still save some money, and you’ll most likely get a good computer.

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