Benefit from unwanted presents
CHRISTMAS is a time of giving, but it’s also a time of receiving a lot of items that will never be used.
Gumtree, which tracks listings of unwanted gifts for sale at this time of year, reports that candles, jewellery, clothing and perfume top the list.
CDs and electronic goods also featuring strongly.
In a poll on their website, more than half the respondents reported that they never use some of their Christmas presents.
Despite this, only a small percentage of items will ever be exchanged or used for re-gifting.
“The vast majority of those gifts will lie around unused, which represents a lot of clutter and a huge waste of easy potential cash,” said Gumtree SA general manager-director Claire Cobbledick.
She added that as January is a difficult month financially, one obvious way to relieve the strain is to sell unwanted gifts and items bought in the pre-Christmas discounting season, which purchasers are now coming to regret.
“It’s even possible to turn a profit on some Black Friday specials now that normal pricing has been restored,” she said. – Weekend Witness Reporter.