How to get rid of unwanted Christmas presents
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(Pocket-lint) – Christmas Day was and is gone in the blink of an eye. You’ve unwrapped your presents, spent too much time with in-laws, and (probably) drunk too much. It’s only after the food or drink hangover has subsided that you realize that some of the gifts you received are not as exciting or amazing as you initially thought.
Whether it’s a pair of fancy socks, a smoothie maker, or a Mamma Mia Blu-ray, you’d rather have the money. It might sound rather Scrooge and far from us to curb the party spirit, but in these troubled times we could all use a little more wonga. Also, isn’t it better for someone to use our gifts rather than sitting them on a shelf collecting dust? We think so.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best places where you can sell your unwanted freebies and raise some big money in the process. Bah, Humbug!
eBay shouldn’t really need an introduction. The online auction site is used all over the world and is the perfect place to get rid of unwanted pressures.
All you need to do to create an listing is to follow the very simple steps provided by eBay. You can add a few photos (you can add 12 for free) with a description – we imagine “unwanted gift” will be the most used phrase after Christmas, then select a “reserve” or minimum price you want to sell your item for. . You can wait to see how the auction goes or offer a “buy it now” option for eager bargain hunters. In some cases, using a smartphone, you can simply scan the barcode of the item and eBay will fill out all the details for you.
If you are a new user, make sure you find a sufficiently secretive User ID, otherwise your ploys might collapse around your ears if a loved one sees the carefully selected gift they have purchased for you. eBay. You were warned.
Remember, Bay is not the only place to sell your products online. Many retail websites have a sellers section, the best example being the Amazon Marketplace.
The item listing is straightforward and Amazon does a lot of the administration for you, so all you need to do is make sure to send the item in once someone has purchased it. Again, be careful what you choose as your public ID because you don’t want eagle-eyed parents to spot your poor unwanted pressures.
Founded in 2000, Gumtree was previously a London-based site for people new to the city. It is now one of the UK’s largest local classified ad sites and operates in several other countries as well. Not only is this a great place to search for homes to rent and buy, or jobs and services, but it’s also a great place to sell unwanted goods (for free) and maybe even get a good deal.
The idea is to meet local buyers in person to reduce shipping costs. This site is well suited to larger objects such as furniture. If you are planning to sell on Gumtree, be sure to follow the site’s safety tips, such as exchanging money and goods at the same time, and bringing a friend with you to meet the buyer.
Facebook is the most used social network in the world, so it makes sense that it also has its own marketplace where you can sell your products. Just be careful that the person who gave you the unwanted gift in the first place isn’t around or you might end up in hot water. And although Marketplace is Facebook’s official resale space, there are plenty of group pages for selling products in your area.
If you feel bad about letting go of your unwanted pressures but want to retain some self-respect, then why not donate your gifts to charity?
Your local charity store will be more than happy to accept anything you don’t want, as long as it’s in good condition (and that’s nothing questionable or illegal, of course). By donating your goods to a charity store, you might not get a financial benefit, but at least you know that someone who is worse off than you will be getting a good deal and a charity will make a profit. You can search for your local charity shops here.
Regifting can be a horrible word, both in the sense of giving heartless gifts and in the sense of using the word gift as a verb, but it can be a practical way to remove those unwanted pressures. Not only will it free your home from things you don’t want, but you will also save money on buying new gifts for people.
It goes without saying that you need to make sure that you don’t “ redistribute your item to the person who gave it to you, or anyone they live or see with on a regular basis. Also make sure that the gift is still in pristine condition and that you repack it and use a new tag.
A word of warning …
We do not suggest that you immediately unload all of your gifts the second you are done with your Christmas pud. Hopefully, most of your gifts will be accepted with good grace and a smile on your face, although not exactly the 55in 4K OLED TV you were looking for.
Be sure to think carefully before giving up any of your presses, and if you are going to sell or trade them in, be discreet and respectful of the feelings of those close to you. You don’t want your Great Aunt Mabel to spot the Rudolph socks she spent half her board on in the local charity storefront, do you?
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Written by Max Langridge. Edited by Britta O’Boyle. Originally published on .