Ben­e­fit from un­wanted presents

Weekend Witness - - News -

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.

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