How many people here generally buy used?


Just curious. Most of my equipment I purchased new. My Firstwatt J2 was a demo that I swear was new. Outside of a DAC where latest tech may be desired, buying used (if a fair price) seems to be a great way to purchase something you normally would not be able to afford. Of course, condition, care of component etc needs to be taken into consideration

Thoughts?
aberyclark
I agree with your thought process stated above, although the majority of my purchases have been new audio gear. 
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Why would this matter its Audiogon which is all used stuff.Buy new only as its fun to pay full list!!
I have only purchased a CDP new, everything else used
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Virtually every piece I have  I bought used - can't afford to pay full price...
I look to buy the best I can find, at the best price I can find it. New or used does not matter.
Speakers- used.  Pre amp - used.   Power amp -demo.  Turntable/Cart. - new.   Cables - mostly used.   CD player - Demo.   Rack- Used.   What I have purchased used has been in mint condition.
Used if I can't afford or justify new price...
I like used, or NOS. Better yet "I bought it but never used it", I love that kinda deal...
A 55 year old valve amp, two days of use, the guy pass on. The wife cuts the end off the power cord so the kids won't get hurt. The wife passes on, The kids sell it. It's a Mcintosh MC225. 1000.00 Need I say more.

Regards
All of my McIntosh was bought used from AC. Although used, every piece looked brand new. My Esoteric SACD player was bought as “exhibition stock” from Teac. My Sony Music Server was bought new but highly discounted. My GE speakers and Technics DD table were bought new as were the audio racks and speaker cable. My power conditioners and power cords and interconnects were all bought used. If I had bought all this equipment brand new, I would have paid more than double than what I did spend.
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My a/v processors/receivers I’ve bought new, as discontinued items when the new versions came out. Speakers were new demos I bought at lower $$ then used were selling for at the time, my Oppo 205 I bought from the last run they did, when MSRP was the best deal to be had. Everything else til now has been used with zero regrets.
75% used or demo.  A couple of trades mixed in.  I'm a bit squeamish about buying used TT's but perhaps I shouldn't be - have bought all tables new except one vintage AR over the years.  
I buy used.  Its hard to beat the bang for buck factor. I have bought new items but they are always heavily discounted or on clearance.
depends on new vs used price, and also I consider condition of used. 
I will also say that I've broken down and bought new when a used item I'm coveting just never seems to appear on the used market.
Hi,

I bought new until I realized that I was paying too much for equipment that I found out that I did not really like.

My current setup is all used at about 40% to 45% of new price.

Thanks for listening,

Dsper 
I rarely buy anything new. Phono cartridges. Can’t think of much else.  Oh, no used fuses.
Even though I try to buy used, I mostly buy new.  I would be more apt to buy used speakers and amplifiers as I don't think the technology has changed that much.  The problem is what I am interested in generally does not come up in the used market.  Patience is not one of my virtues.  
99% used, except for tweaks and cables. 
When I first started here, I bought almost all used and I had no significant issues or regrets.  Now, all my gear was bought new except for my amps, which were bought used and completely rebuilt by SMc Audio.  I have been patient and as a result received pretty good discounts on most of the new stuff.
You can get into a better calibre of equipment buying used.  I bought my amps used and paid about 1/2.... they were about a year and a half old and mint so it was a no brainer.....   

My latest component rarely appears used so I just bit the bullet and bought new...   it was a tremendous value for the money so no regrets.

My tuner is a certified used Magnum Dynalab.  Sent mine in for repair and got a generous trade in on a tuner I could otherwise never afford.  Again, simple choice.
60% (not including cables) was purchased used. Of the remaining 40%, 1/2, or 20%, were refurbished or open box but I still  consider then ‘new’, the remaining 20% new & non-refurbished.

I almost always look for any item I am considering used first, then will consider the used cost vs new when/if applicable.
I did buy my Harbeth Super HL5 Plus new, but I got a nice trade in (more than I paid for them) for my old speakers.  I have a couple of things I've bought refurbished, or open box.
Never have purchased a new piece of audio gear, or vehicle, and very little furniture. 
I dream of how the ballers live!
When I was young and over seas in the Air Force I got everything new and with a significantly lower income.  
Some of each. Used comes into play when I couldn't afford to buy new.
I used a number of factors to determine if I purchase used or new, including: 

How good is the deal?  If used is 5% under new, I'll just go new.  If I can save 30-40% used I'll go for it.

How often does the product pop up on the used market?  If it takes a long time, I usually loose patience and buy new.

Does it have a lot of moving parts?  E.g. a complete turntable vs an amplifier.  If there are lots of bits that can break I will lean towards a seller with a decent reputation.

What is the state of the technology?  If it's a class A or AB amp vs a class D. I'd go used for the A/AB and new for D because that tech is still evolving.  DACs are a similar example.

Mark





Eh, kinda 1/2 & 1/2, but I like trading gear too. 
Mostly used about 80% except for tonearms and cartridges those I always buy new.
"How many people here generally buy used?"

Only two items were purchased new. Oddly both of them preamplifiers. A Yamaha CX-2 and recently a BHK. 21 years apart in time. Maybe that provides enough time for one new purchase?
TT, phono preamp, speaker cables, interconnects, power cords all new. Amp, CD transport, DAC, receiver, speakers, subwoofers all used. Why? Don't know. That is how it played out. It was time to make a move and that is where I ended up. Could have played out different if the circumstances at that time dictated otherwise.  So I guess 50-50 but not wed to that model. Very easily could have been 75-25 or 25-75.  Just depends on timing. 
I've bought mostly new but I've also purchased demo and open box. I've gotten some great discounts on demo models.
Used, better bang for the buck.  I buy new interconnects, but if too pricey will go to used.  Just bought a unit via AC.  99% per cent from ebay including SACD's.  Ebay is great if......look for 100% for feedback. If less than 100%, I read the complaints and neutral feedback.   Most all of it looks new, performs to specs.  On average buying used is a better value.  I did buy 3 open box/demo items recently, all in mint condition.
Everything used except I just purchased a brand new dac. I wanted the 60 day trial with full refund. So far it’s a keeper. I’ve got 30 more days to decide. 
I buy mostly used or demo units. This started back in the early 90's when I wanted the good stuff but couldn't afford it new. I think the first piece of used gear I bought was a Mark Levinson ML 1 preamp. I dug it out of the closet recently and it still sounds great!
Here is why I buy used:
I get 2-3 times the musicality by allowing someone else
to be the 1st owner. I only buy from original owners who
impress me as being capable of proper care of equipment.
Hence the equipment offered on line that depicts dusty equipment, fuzzy pictures and other signs of ownership ineptitude move me right along. 
I usually buy used cars, boats,  audio gear, appliances  and even household furniture. 
I would prefer to buy new if I could afford to but I find used high quality items at attractive prices. It is fun searching online, learning about the products and then buying and ultimately using and enjoying!  
I’ve bought everything used. I’ve got a lot of time to watch the market places but so far it’s worked out great. The only stuff I don’t buy Used is anything from synergistic research. Those EFTs and HFTs already have absorbed somebody else’s problems. I was told that there wasn’t enough room for my problems and to never buy them used. I don’t want my aura all jammed up with somebody else’s or in one of those dots.
I agree in principle and appreciate the advantage of burn in. But I've not found any used stuff that caught my attention in 50 years except for one of a dozen R2Rs.  Bought lots of closeouts though and liked kits. Too shaky to build any more.
I just made my first used purchase, a First Watt F7 amp.  Shortly afterwards I purchased a used McIntosh MCT450 transport.  

To me it makes more sense financially to buy higher end components used. 
Generally used. Downside of used is selection, so one needs to be patient. I believe most audiophiles take very good to excellent care of their equipment so buying used isn’t quite the crap shoot as much car might be. Like others, I look for the good deals, new or used. Most of my current gear is used or demo.
Around 80% of my gear are used because many are older than me. I am into good, old stuff. I have integrated amps/receivers from the 50's to 70's. My main system has KEF speakers from the late 70's and c-j electronics from circa 2000's. My most recent brand new purchases were a tonearm and a cartridge, a pair of monitor speakers and a secondary phono stage. Even my latest DAC was bought used. As many have mentioned, it is important to learn how to buy used.
I buy used. Buying 40 year old equipment is hard to find new in a box. I buy low enough $ wise to justify having it restored, recapped ect. Speakers I generally restore myself, in and out. I like bringing old gear back to its original glory then passing it on for someone else to enjoy. Sometimes I even make enough to justify the hobby. Definitely not a get rich program. 
Mostly used — here’s my setup:
Speakers - used (Usher)
Power amp: used, then factory refurbished (McCormack)
Pre: new, but not high-end (Parasound)
DAC: used (Benchmark)
TT: used (Technics)
Cart: new (Nagaoka)
Streamer: refurbished (Bluesound)
CD Player: used (Cambridge)

I’ve been very happy with all my used purchases, and would have had a hard time getting into this hobby without them!  Good luck. 

Hello,
If used is the best deal I say go used. When buying used keep in mind of the age of the capacitors. They can get costly when it’s time to replace them. What am I saying, audiophiles love
A place like Audio Classics is ideal because they can inspect, repair, etc any Mac gear that they come across.