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;
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:
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