Buying and selling of second-hand goods

The sale of second-hand articles occurs on a relatively large scale throughout South Australia. Retail outlets for second-hand goods fall into two categories;

  • commercial enterprises
  • charitable organisations.

Second hand goods can also be purchased at garage sales, car boot sales, fetes and on the internet.

Second-hand goods are often donated and are generally found to be in a good state of repair and cleanliness.

Second-hand goods are generally presented for sale in a good state of repair and cleanliness, but should be thoroughly cleaned before use.

Is there a risk to health?

There is a small risk of infection or infestation from second-hand clothing or bedding.

Bacterial organisms such as streptococci and staphylococci are very unlikely to survive on clothing or bedding in sufficient numbers and long enough to cause a health risk to the purchaser.

Parasites (including fungi) however, may survive for extended periods of time. While transmission of these organisms is also unlikely, some second-hand goods may result in a risk to health if they are not thoroughly cleaned before use.

See below for more information on the common parasites and bacteria associated with second-hand goods.

Common parasites and bacteria

The common risks when purchasing or selling second-hand goods includes:

Further information

For further information on buying second-hand goods, contact:

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