That was quick! People disappointed with Christmas gifts including Chanel No. 5 and a Playstation look to make a fast buck by listing them for sale on eBay and Facebook Marketplace (and some are still in the wrapping)
Designer goods, children’s toys and top-of-the-range electrical equipment are just some of items that have been listed over the last few days under ‘unwanted Christmas gifts’ on the online retail sites.
And some of the pressies appearing are even still in their original gift wrapping – should someone want to buy a present they can instantly pass on with minimal effort.
Others have been opened and tried, but weren’t to the recipient’s tastes – including a bottle of Chanel No 5 Eau De Parfum that had, said the seller, been sprayed just ‘three times’ on Christmas Day before being sold on because it wasn’t ‘my scent’.
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Selling on: Christmas may be just a few days past but plenty of gifts – some still in their wrapping, including (pictured) this collection of women’s beauty products – have been listed on Ebay and Facebook Marketplace
The seller describes the contents of the wrapped bundle of gifts – which including shower and body lotions
Twixmas bargain: A Bosch Tassimo coffee machine – usually retailing at around £40 – was listed on Ebay for £20 including £20 worth of coffee
Sought after before Christmas, the Playstation 5 was on offer for £500 on Facebook Marketplace – the games console retails at around £700 normally. Right: with a day left to run these Ugg boots had bids of £44 on them, they normally sell at over £130
Many bundled up unwanted gifts – selling a ‘job lot’ of things that hadn’t appealed – with a collection of books, toys and clothes suitable for an 8-year-old boy listed at £50, with a retail price of around £85.
This bottle of Chanel No 5 Eau De Parfum had been sprayed just ‘three times’ said the seller who admitted their gift was ‘not my scent’
Normally retailing in Boots for £110, the bottle of Chanel perfume was being sold for £80 on Facebook Marketplace.
Other reasons for sale? Some parting company with their yuletide gifts say they have genuine reasons; one recipient claimed their pets were ‘highly sensitive’ to fragranced candles and so had to part with an expensive £125 Jo Malone candle – placing a ‘buy it now’ price of £99.99 on the candle on Ebay.
The seller explained: ‘I love this generous gift but I have dogs that are sensitive to fragranced candles.
‘I don’t want to be insensitive and tell the gifter it’s unsuitable and ask for the receipt.’
Others made no bones about the fact that they simply didn’t like what they’d opened on Christmas day.
A designer blazer by Balmain – with a retail value of £2,290 – was on offer on Ebay for £650
The person who received this candle by upmarket fragrance company Jo Malone, said they didn’t want to offend the person who’d gifted it to them – so had decided to sell it on Ebay
The Pomegranate Noir Deluxe Candle (1.4kg) sells for around £125 – but was being offered for £99.99 online because the recipient’s dogs were ‘highly sensitive’ to fragranced candles
Many bundled up unwanted gifts – selling a ‘job lot’ of things that hadn’t appealed – with a collection of books, toys and clothes suitable for an eight-year-old boy listed at £50, with a retail price of around £85.
At the designer end of the market, a black-and-white gingham jacket by Balmain was being listed at £650 – with one bid already in.
With the tags still in place, the price of 2, 290 euros (£1,900) can clearly be seen. The ad for the swanky blazer simply reads: ‘Balmain blazer 40 new unwanted Xmas gift. With original tags. Genuine.’
For canny shoppers looking to spend Christmas money but still bag a decent deal, there are plenty of bargains to be had, with many sellers seemingly happy to flog their unwanted gifts at a cut-price.
A bundle of Christmas gifts – this stash of unwanted pressies currently has a bid of £14.50 on it – the seller says the job lot includes: ‘Lynx, Bayliss and Harding, Dove, Nivea, candles, two Ghost nail products, 3 x body shop products – all new and unopened’
A gaming fan said the chair they’d been gifted wasn’t the right fit for them – so they were selling on just days after Christmas
A size 2.5 pair of children’s trainers were among the items listed under ‘unwanted Christmas gifts’
One ‘twixmas deal included a Bosch Tassimo coffee machine – usually retailing at around £40. The coffee maker was listed on Ebay for £20 including £20 worth of free coffee.
Elsewhere, a pair of Ugg boots, which normally retail at over £130, currently has bids of £45, with a day left to run on the sale.
And one of the most sought-after toys before Christmas, the Playstation 5 was on offer for £500 on Facebook Marketplace – the games console usually retails at around £700.