Originally Posted by texmati
I can't think of any reason roaches would be a probelm in thrift store items, but not in new, warehouse-stored items?
The issue I believe is that if someone had bugs that got into their couch and gave that couch to Goodwill, in theory you buy it and introduce the bugs to your house. In a new warehouse presumably the warehouse doesn't have bugs, furniture is wrapped, less chance of carrying bugs into your house.
I know someone who brought a used couch into her house turned out the thing had bedbugs and she ended up with a real problem that resulted in tossing out everything and eventually moving.
I used to get secondhand furniture like couches, but since bedbugs have made a resurgence (problematic on my area) I no longer will buy such items.