Annual unwanted Christmas gift sale underway

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Bargains Galore

Thousands of new Trade Me listings on Boxing Day

By 9am on Boxing Day, Kiwis had listed nearly 3000 Christmas ‘pressies’ for sale on Trade Me – while there were 40,000 searches for unwanted gifts onsite.

Some sellers don’t appear to be getting rid of a Christmas clanger – drones, guitars, smartphones and scooters are set to fetch a fair price.

However, at the other end of the ledger a single glass cup or a Forgetting Sarah Marshall DVD are probably best re-gifted as a bargain for another.

But don’t feel too bad about it, a recent Trade Me survey found 60 per cent of Kiwis felt okay finding out a gift they had given was on-sold.

The survey of 1000 New Zealanders found half of all Kiwis who opened a present on Christmas Day didn’t like it.

It probably won’t ruin anyone’s Christmas however, 83 per cent said they did their best to avoid any awkward silence and pretend to like it.

Trade Me spokeswoman Millie Silvester said Boxing Day was a big day for the website with hundreds of thousands of Kiwis selling gifts that didn’t quite hit the mark.

“We expect to see this number rise pretty quickly as Kiwis wake up this morning and if the weather in Christchurch is anything to go by they’ll have some time to create a listing.

“Last year we had over 130,000 unwanted gifts searches as Kiwis hunted out a bargain, we expect to see just as many shoppers this year too.”

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.”

On Christmas Eve, Trade Me revealed a compilation of some of the country’s best rejected Christmas presents people have tried to resell.

The list included a lump of coal and a red Toyota convertible that no one wanted.

“It remains to be seen if any gifts this year grab the imagination like the unwanted $100 note from 2015 or the stale, half-eaten sampler biscuits from 2014,” Silvester said.