Unwanted Manawatu gifts sold online

Last updated 12:00 27/12/2012

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A telephone shaped like a mouth and tongue is among items from Manawatu that went online as unwanted gifts the day after Christmas.

More than 20,000 items nationwide have landed at online auction site Trade Me since lunchtime yesterday, as unwanted Christmas presents were offloaded.

Along with a Feilding trader's "mouth phone," other unwanted gifts on Trade Me include a new Quicksilver wallet from Levin, Harajuku Lovers perfume from Palmerston North and a "Supreme" branded hat from Marton.

"Regular offenders" that routinely turned up after missing the mark on Christmas Day included over-ambitious purchases of lingerie by both men and women, and items such as books, ties, handbags and kitchen appliances, Trade Me spokesman Paul Ford said.

"Yesterday most of us will have received at least one gift that made us groan inwardly, but if you can't exchange it then selling it to someone who genuinely wants it is often a better option than hiding it in the back of the wardrobe, sending it off to the dump, or awkwardly passing it on at Christmas next year."

Sellers could also be anonymous on Trade Me, as long as the gift-givers did not know their member name.

A British poll had named the Fifty Shades of Grey book trilogy as the least popular Christmas gift, followed by Olympics and weight-loss DVDs, and onesie jumpsuits.

"We'll be keeping a close eye out for these items on Trade Me over the next few days, as they sound like decent contenders for the Kiwi ‘not hot' list too," Ford said.

British research showed that although there was a persistent social taboo about recycling unwanted presents, this did not reflect the way the original gift givers felt.

Tips for sellers included mentioning "unwanted gift" in the listing.

Handmade items should not be sold, particularly if someone's name was carved, embroidered or etched on.

And only brand-new items should be sold, with the packaging as intact as possible. 

- With Fairfax NZ

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