Kiwis are already selling their unwanted gifts

19 stems of unwanted rhubarb, a mystery box of clothes and a ceramic unicorn table lamp are just some of the 3,000 unwanted gifts already on Trade Me.

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Kiwis are already selling their unwanted gifts

Fifty percent of Kiwis say they receive at least one unwanted gift on Christmas Day and thousands of them are already listed on Trade Me.

Trade Me spokesperson Millie Silvester said in a survey of over 1,000 New Zealanders, most Kiwis said they unwrap between one and three unwanted presents each Christmas.

“Sometimes Santa gets it wrong or you get a double-up, our philosophy has always been that it’s better to get that gift to someone who wants it and get yourself some cash to get something you really want. It makes no sense to have it gather dust in the drawer or under the bed, or even worse thrown out unused and unloved.

“It’s become a bit of a Kiwi tradition to check out unwanted Christmas gifts on Trade Me and we start seeing presents that didn’t make the cut appear onsite before Christmas lunch has even had time to digest.

“On Christmas Day we saw 40,000 searches for unwanted gifts as Kiwis started hunting for a bargain.”

Kiwis have already listed 3,000 unwanted gifts on Trade Me including a basket of Barkers chutneys, 52 boxes of Sampler biscuits and a mystery box of women’s clothes. In 2017, there were over 16,000 unwanted presents listed and 133,000 searches racked up on Boxing Day as opportunistic sellers and bargain hunters jumped onsite.

Selling unwanted gifts becoming more acceptable

Miss Silvester said most Kiwis would feel okay if they found out an item they had given someone had been sold.

“This was a bit of a surprise. We thought there’d be a stigma around selling unwanted gifts but 60 per cent of Kiwis are all for it.”

Miss Silvester said that in the same survey in 2017, just 37 per cent were okay with the practice of on selling. “It seems selling unwanted gifts is becoming more acceptable and Kiwis are pretty okay with the practice.”

Fake it ‘til you make it

Miss Silvester said a lot of us prepare our best Hollywood-worthy reactions ahead of the big day.

“Unsurprisingly, 83 per cent of Kiwis said when they unwrap a clanger, they’ll avoid awkward silence and pretend to like it.

“It’s reassuring to us to hear most New Zealanders will at least attempt to remain polite and respectful in the face of a present they can’t abide.”

Miss Silvester said the gifts most likely to conjure up fake appreciation were cleaning products, clothes that don’t fit and weird craft items, according to the survey.

“Amazingly several of survey respondents told us they got spray and wipe for Christmas, while one respondent said a 25kg bag of salt was the worst they’d received.

“If you’re thinking about selling an unwanted Christmas gift on Trade Me, our hot tips are to give the item a good back story, and avoid items that are personalised or easily identifiable. You don’t want the giver to stumble across it when bargain-hunting onsite!”



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