I actually prefer new. Not because it smells and looks good, but mostly because I get it from local stores, I can sit in it (I'm horribly picky about how it feel on my butt, so will never buy one over Internet), and I can return it back if something is wrong or it doesn't fit the horse. Used saddles I've seen on consignment around are REALLY crappy (I checked them first, and there was just nothing at all to chose from). And majority of used western ones are those synthetic cheaper ones, english saddles are all in poor condition for the price. I don't mind to try nice used ones from people on local horse forum (because they are fine about you taking it and trying it before paying).