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DateSaturday, December 26, 2009

Irish Crap at Liquidating Gifts 

eBay Claim Irish People Sitting on an Estimated €179 million Worth of Unwanted Christmas Presents This Year



eBAY-Unwanted-Gift.pngBefore heading out to Ireland's first ever St Stephen's Day high street sales, why not consider picking youself a bargain online as people try to cash in on unwanted gifts?



According to research from online marketplace eBay, last Christmas Irish people received an average of 8 presents and opened at least one that they didn't want, and reckon that as a nation, we will be sitting on estimated €179 million worth of unwanted Christmas presents this year.



But more importantly, Irish people are crap at selling on unwanted Christmas gifts in comparison to markets like the UK.



The study reveals that in Ireland last year the average person received at least one unwanted Christmas gifts, valued at around €46 each. Only 4% sell them on, compared to savvier ‘regifters' in the UK (20%).



In Ireland, we tend to simply hang onto our unwanted gifts (40%) or a cheeky third (31%) of us choose to‘re-gift', by giving them to others.



5 Least Wanted Gifts are:

1. Power tools

2. ‘Experiences', such as hot air balloon rides and rally driving

3. Socks and underwear

4. Homewares like blenders and vacuum cleaners

5. Cosmetics


As a nation of generous souls, 63% of Irish people say they prefer to give presents on Christmas day, rather than receive them, and it appears that the 'extended family' are the most likely to buy unwanted gifts. 



In the lead up to the big day last year, the average Irish shopper spent €235 on providing the perfect presents, but 29% of the 16-64 age group surveyed said they are planning on spending less this year and 18% are planning on spending a lot less!



So it might come as no sursprise then, in light of purse strings being so much tighter, the main casualty of this proves blood is thicker than water. 32% of people won't buy for friends this Yule and 29% say that they'll be skipping buying for their extended family.



Sarah Byrne, an seller reckons that there's never been a better time to log on and get selling on in order to buy what you really want. She said, ‘Unfortunately I fall victim to dodgy gift giving every year and have been selling on my unwanted gifts through for the past couple of years now. Last year I managed to make over €125 selling on everything from questionable necklaces to dodgy hair crimpers. "


eBay also looked into how the Irish react when they receive disappointing presents and it appears that we're a polite nation, with 71% smiling and saying they like it anyway and only 2% being honest and saying they don't like their gift.



Vivienne Barlow, a user of, says that if you're unable to hide your true feelings, unhappy recipients should immediately hug gifters so they're unable to see your true reaction!



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