10 Grossest Items To Buy Second-Hand

We're all for saving some money and "going green" by reusing things... but we have our limits, and there are some things that you simply must buy NEW. Items that harbor bacteria, that should be custom-fitted, or that have gone anywhere near your nether regions all qualify as things that deserve to be bought brand new, vacuum-sealed in plastic!


We can't think of any reason that underwear, those garments you wear next to your genitals, mind you, should ever be purchased used. Check out this lot of "pre-owned" men's boxer briefs we found on eBay. Doesn't it look like this guy washed his underwear with something red, so while his listing claims these are white and gray they are actually varying degrees of pink? Not to mention that they're worn out and the chances of them containing skid marks are fair to excellent.

Oh, and you can also get a 3-pack of brand new underwear for about $8.... PASS!

2Sex Toys

Buying a used sex toy is not just disgusting, it's also illegal in most states. Even if they can be cleaned, would you want to take a chance of catching something from a piece of rubber or latex? PASS.


If you go to eBay and search for "used socks" you will find almost 7,000 listings. Since your feet sweat all day and generally have an unpleasant odor, we can't imagine why you would have any desire to don someone else's socks! PASS!


Believe it or not, there are people who sell (and buy!) used cosmetics at yard sales and in thrift stores. This is gross on so many levels, not the least of which is that lipstick's high water content makes it a breeding ground for germs. And don't even get us started on how a tube of mascara can grow unspeakable bacteria that can lead to eye infections, sties, and worse.

Not only that, but as soon as you open them most cosmetic formulas break down rapidly over time and don't work as well; foundation becomes cakey, lipstick goes on too dry, and lotions can become streaky. PASS.


Besides the fact that the very idea of sleeping on a mattress that someone else did god-knows-what on before you got it is just plain gross, there are various health issues involved that make saving money on a used mattress a very bad idea. First, mattresses typically mold to the shape of people's bodies, so getting comfortable on a used one is going to be tricky. Second, a typical mattress can contain tens of thousands of dust mites, which are a leading cause of allergies and a real problem for those with asthma or other breathing problems. Last, ever hear of bed bugs? PASS.


We've heard stories of people selling boxes of condoms and Today Sponges at yard sales and on Craigslist, which just seems like a really, really bad idea. Are you really willing to harm your reproductive health to save a buck?



Dentures are custom made to fit a specific mouth, so finding a pair that will also fit your mouth will be pretty much impossible. Plus, how gross is it to wear someone else's teeth? PASS.

8Bathing Suits

See: underwear... and add in the fact that you can't even bleach the hell out of a swimsuit to remove the funk of other people's junk. PASS.

9Baby Pacifiers

Sure, they can be sterilized and disinfected, but seeing a box of used pacifiers at a yard sale and then sticking them in your infant's mouth is still pretty yucky. PASS.

10Stuffed Animals

Since children tend to carry stuffed animals all over the place with them, furry toys tend to harbor lots of germs and bacteria. Most of them cannot be washed without losing their soft, fluffy qualities, so they become little pillows full of nasty germs. Not to mention that they often contain copious amounts of dust mites, which are a major cause of asthma and allergies; especially in vulnerable people like children. PASS.