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Reselling gifts on eBay: significant advantages


Fear of being caught, wasting time or overly complicated operation, for 33% of French people, reselling their Christmas gifts is difficult to imagine. However, according to the annual barometer carried out by eBay in partnership with Kantar, the e-commerce platform forecasts 300,000...


Christmas 2022 marks the end of a special year: climate change, or even rising prices, are at the heart of the concerns of the French.

Unprecedented inflation overshadows the end-of-year celebrations.

According to the study carried out by Kantar for eBay, 50% of those questioned plan to reduce their Christmas budget.

In a complicated economic context, the trend is towards saving and protecting purchasing power.

But more and more people also say they are ready to resell their unwanted gifts right after Christmas.

To earn money

For the majority of them, reselling a present is a simple and easy way to earn money.

Of course, the gains reaped can be very variable.

They depend on the object itself:

  • A smartphone will fetch more than a book – but also its condition;

  • A new product with all its packaging will be able to return approximately 70% of its original price;

  • An object already used or damaged will only be resold at half price.

Be that as it may, the profit from a resale is estimated at an average of €50, a useful and valuable sum.

While 47% of those planning to resell their gifts are thinking of saving them first, 31% plan to use them to buy something they like or need.

Because that is perhaps the whole question: the ADEME, Agency for Ecological Transition estimates that 12 million gifts will never be used, of which 1 million will end up in the trash.

Get rid of unnecessary, unwanted or duplicate gifts

So, should we continue to throw away or clutter up with objects that we don't or no longer need?

Reselling a duplicate or too small Christmas gift can make someone happy instead of ending up at the bottom of a closet.

Responsible consumption or “voluntary simplicity” therefore consists in avoiding the superfluous, in limiting overconsumption.

Reselling one's present extends its lifespan.

Among young people, in particular, getting rid of useless gifts amounts to doing a good deed for the environment:

"Reselling gifts is a way of protecting the purchasing power of French people, but also of participating in a responsible economy by encouraging circularity

 ", emphasizes Sarah Tayeb, deputy managing director of eBay in France.

This year, the e-commerce platform is also renewing its partnership with Cékedubonheur.

From December 25, 2022 to January 16, 2023, for each item put up for sale with the hashtag #CKDB in the title of your ad, eBay donates €1 to the association.

According to the Kantar study for eBay, 37% of French people would be happy if their gift was resold for a good cause.

Our advice for reselling your gifts

Of course, to resell your Christmas gift, discretion is required.

No need to take the risk of offending the person who gave it to you.

On eBay, for example, you are not required to reveal your identity: a nickname is enough to identify you.

To promote your product and give it the best chance of finding a buyer, remember these three essential parameters: photos, honesty and price.

  • Photograph your object from all angles, up to 12 shots.

  • Give as many details as possible, including its flaws, in all honesty.

  • Set a fair price.

    To do this, do not hesitate to browse the ads already available, on the site, of an object identical to yours.

The resale of Christmas gifts is becoming more democratic.

7 million people, or 500,000 more in 5 years, say they are ready to get rid of their useless gifts.

This year, in particular, inflation and global warming are giving a virtuous impulse: giving objects a second life, to limit waste and overconsumption.

A gesture for the environment, also making it possible to earn money.


Source: lefigaro

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