The same gnawing uncertainty that keeps an amateur pilot from buying a plane without a logbook is the same uncertainty at work with every used iPhone, toaster, and bicycle. It’s why the value of a new car drops around 10% as soon as it is driven off the lot and why the market for used mattresses ain’t exactly thriving. You can never truly know how a used product has been treated by its owner.
That’s too bad because a major shift toward buying used could move the needle in many ways. It would reduce waste, pollution and carbon emissions, save people money, and maybe even put a dent in the American proclivity for accumulating too much crap.