Buying Food at Yard Sales

Would you buy food -- new boxes of cereal, cake mixes, canned goods etc -- from a yard sale?

themom from Oregon

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February 4, 20070 found this helpful

I wouldn't buy any food at a yard sale...If I needed food that badly, I would access my local food bank

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February 4, 20070 found this helpful

NOPE!!! You just don't know what type of sickos are out there, remember the Tylenol deaths years ago?It's so easy to mess with people's food, even if you can't inject something, you can "paint" icky stuff on the lids etc.. Can you tell I watch a lot of CSI and stuff?

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February 6, 20070 found this helpful

no way. what if they have roaches in their house. you would then bring home at least eggs from them. yucky

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February 6, 20070 found this helpful

No, I don't think I would.....you just don't know how they've stored it, etc. Just better to be safe than sorry. I'd also think why were they trying to sell it and not just giving it to a family member or something. I have bought items to eat or drink at sales and then later wondered if it was a good idea....you know like when kids are selling cookies and pop.

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February 6, 20070 found this helpful

This brings up an interesting thought that I have had for years. I probably got this obsession from my dad as he was a very picky man. I can't bring myself to buy any baked goods from any bazaars, church or school fund-raisers or anything as such. You never know how the people live or how they "deal" with the food they prepare. I get turned off and grossed out on the Iron Chef when those guys take the spoon they are cooking with, eat off from it and dip it back in....! YUCK! We don't eat out much for this same reason. OCD...I know, but at least I know how my food is cooked. There is this one lady who lives in filth, rat droppings, doggie doo two inches deep, etc. and I found out she works in one of the grocery stores around here in the BAKERY! AgggggHH! I bake my own stuff now! Obsessive? Maybe, but that's OK!

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April 10, 20070 found this helpful

NO WAY! I would buy like pesticides, garden supplies stuff like that maybe even some detergents or stuff like that I buy perfumes too, but no way NOT FOOD! I don't even buy homemade products from the kids; schools even during events and sales.. just cannot do it, i don't know their homes I don't buy it..

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May 6, 20070 found this helpful

I purchased 8 large institutional sized cans of peanuts at a yard sale once--50¢ each. They were sealed, steel cans so, I knew they would be okay to eat. My hubby loved them.

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May 24, 20070 found this helpful

i'm going to attempt to sell about 6 boxes of gerber baby cereal all new wrapped in plastic with expiration dates of Oct 2008. I hope someone buys them they are just going to waste at my house, where there are no roaches or anything disgusting. I just don't feed that cereal to my kids. They hate it, and in all reality it's not that nutritious.

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May 24, 20070 found this helpful

I'd first check to see if the "Yard Sellers" were smart enough to keep the food out of the sun, Next & most importantly I'd check the "Sell By" date... And YES, boxed food is usually good for 6 months after the sell by date... Next, I'd make sure the boxes or tins were sealed with the original, "non tamper" factory seals... Then I'd ask how & where they were stored... & why they are selling them...

-----> One time & was lucky enough to buy 20+ boxes of name brand cereal from a cereal rep. that sells to stores... They were brand new, the boxes were in "like new" shape & my kids went CRAZY when I brought them home for only 25 cents a box.... I went back the next day of the sale & bummer, the rest were all gone... Should have trusted my gut & bought the whole lot!

--- But another time I bought some flavored soy milk powder that I knew was past poll date... When I finally opened it to make a smoothie... It wasn't powder any more, but just one solid CHUNK of soy-brick.... YUCK!

--- You know,.. you can usually tell if people are honest with you... & most people will tell you the truth about how old things are. They just want to get rid of this stuff... Not make money on it (on the food at least)... Soooo... I'd just ask them to open one & try it... (that is, IF you're SURE you want to buy it)... OR better yet: Tell them you're going to first pay for it, then opening it & if it doesn't meet your standards, would they please give you your money back? Most people are decent people & will say "Yes, No problem, go ahead & try it!"... but if they are jerks or give you the run-around... You'd be better off without their stuff anyway! ... Just thank them anyway & leave with a smile....

--- If it's cookies in a tin, they are probably just selling the tin & were in to much of a hurry to take the cookies out!

--- And by all means, Adults, do what I did, Eat a serving yourself to test it, BEFORE you give it to your kids!

*** And for those of you who posted the "OH, NO!... NEVER buy food from others"... that's your opinion... Mine is: Most people are honest, decent, & good.... If they were going to poison you... Would they sell the food right from their home so you knew where they lived & could come back later with the police???

I think NOT!

.... Yes, there are "crazies" out there... but they are few & far between & we can save ourselves, just by using a bit of good old common sense!

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October 26, 20080 found this helpful

I know this is a little off topic but Sandy63 mentioned cockroaches, well a while back i bought one of those pictures that you plug in and moves and makes noises. I brought it home and put it in my living room and my husband found a cockroach. We killed it and put the picture in the garage sprayed it and got them all out, since then i have gave it away. The other day we found a mother cockroach in our kitchen.

Last night I found some babies and started spraying my kitchen. We found the nest hiding under the fridge. So be careful with ANYTHING that you buy at a yard sale. I'm going to start keeping the stuff outside or in the garage or something before i bring it into my house

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November 16, 20090 found this helpful

Yes, if the price is right on boxed or canned food I will buy food but it has to be sealed and within the expiration. I don't ever buy lemonade, coffee, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, rice krispie bars, hamburger or brats from garage sale. If I buy anything it would be sealed bottles of water, soda, candy bars or chips. I know the money goes to the kids or fundraisers. But I just can't! It has to be factory sealed packages.

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