Used appliances can be purchased by visiting online auction sites such as eBay or local classifieds sites such as Craigslist and searching for listings marked as "used" in the appliances sections. Some outlet stores, such as Sears Outlet, as well as local appliance dealers also sell used units.
When buying a used appliance, the first thing one should consider is why he is buying a used appliance in the first place, as this can greatly influence the kind of appliance purchased and the accepted level of quality. For example, if one is buying a used dishwasher in order to save money, he should look for a unit that is in very good condition to avoid addition costs in the form of maintenance and repairs further down the line. On the other hand, if a person is buying a used refrigerator because he is looking for a particular style to mach a vintage kitchen design, the condition is not as important as the visual appearance of the unit.
In either case, it is also important for the buyer to ask the seller about the appliance's warranty. Some used appliances may still be under warranty, which means the manufacturer is still responsible for replacing parts in the event of an issue.