Trade Me awash with dud Christmas gifts

MICHAEL DALY
Last updated 14:25 27/12/2012
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More than 20,000 items have landed at online auction site Trade Me since Christmas Day, as people look to offload unwanted presents.

"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, 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," he said. Sellers could also be anonymous on Trade Me, as long as the people who gave them presents 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.

Tips for sellers included having the words "unwanted gift" in listings, with that being one of the top searches onsite last December.

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

Fairfax NZ

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- The Marlborough Express

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