Forget re-gifting! Sell them on eBay!

@estherlou (5017)
United States
January 1, 2008 1:27pm CST
Seems that people are selling their unwanted Christmas gifts on eBay. "Officials with eBay said sales of unwanted gifts this year are expected to reach $2.4 billion. The company is offering discounted listing prices for auctions posted Dec. 29 to encourage people to get rid of the gifts they don't want." The only problem is, some of the stuff is going for prices well above the retail normal. Not too good for the buyer. http://www.arcamax.com/weirdnews/s-279828-261219
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
1 Jan 08
I would never sell my christmas gifts..I just wonder what the person that gave them that gift would feel like knowing that they gave a gift that someone went and sold..I wonder what happened to a real christmas where people gave gifts to people that they loved and wanted them to have something from their heart?That is why so many people are down on christmas now...When Christmas gets so commerical that they are selling their gifts then they are just getting to much for christmas..I would be hurt if i gave a gift from my heart and found out that they hated it so much that they sold it on e-bay..
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
1 Jan 08
I know. And what happened to returning and exchanging them?
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
6 Jan 08
well that is understandable if you are alergic to the gift, you did the right thing in that situation and i would have been ok with that even if i had been the giver...I try very hard to find things that the person can use and not just something, because when you start giving perfumes and lotions and such it is best to find out what they like and can use..
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
2 Jan 08
I purchased a brand new Columbia 3 in 1 parka off ebay. A girl had received it as a Christmas gift from her parents. She was going to college in California and had no use for a heavy parka. It was over $300. parka and I got it twenty some dollars delivered to my door. I love it.
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@trinihd (996)
• United States
2 Jan 08
That's awesome! It's a pity she couldn't get more for it, but this is what Ebay really is supposed to be about, I believe: getting incredible bargains!
@alamode (3073)
• United States
1 Jan 08
Its always 'buyer beware' on ebay... not being able to see the item close up and personal should make people think... its always better to research an item through other sources before putting down a bid. And watch the shipping charges! A $2 watch I was looking at ships for $12... I think not!
@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
8 Jan 08
Lately, I've noticed a lot of stuff I'd like to bid on is overpriced. If the item is a fair price then the postage is extortionate. And there are too many shops! I've noticed too that people are buying items at sales and re-selling them on E-Bay. Shopping on e-bay is really good for me because I live so far from everything...it's not good for large items that are pick-up only..:( I've always found that I can buy like anyone else using e-bay. But that's changed now. Both over priced p+h and high priced items have ruined it for me.
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
8 Jan 08
You always have to be careful to check out the shipping. Some sellers always charge more than is necessary. And you just have to look for good prices on what you want to buy. Some days you can find them, and some days you can't.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
6 Jan 08
I have always thought that prices on ebay have to be scrutinized. I have shopped on there a lot, but am very cautious. Often, newcomers begin bidding and 'just have to win' and drive prices above retail. Newcomers don't realize that if one bids early, folks will come along and outbid them. It is best to wait until later in the auction! I've seen things on ebay go for double retail! Great for the seller but horrible for the buyer!
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
2 Jan 08
nope not good for the buyer but then if they want something they find on ebay they will buy it. But is it really a goo didea to sale it on ebay what if teh one that gave it to you sees it and get s their feelings hurt!
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
27 Apr 08
This doesn't really surprise me. It's easier than trying to return it to the store and sometimes you can make a tidy little profit from it. I personally wouldn't do it but I'm sure others have no problems doing it. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
9 Jan 08
If the prices are higher than they can buy them in the store, then why would anyone buy them. I have taken back the items that I dodn't want or need and got things I needed. It is much easier to return them to the store than to try to sell them on ebay. And then when you do sell one on ebay you have to go out to mail it anyways. So why not just go to the store and return it or exchange it. Most people keep the receipts, just ask them for it and they will usually give it to you, or they will return it and let you buy something else.
@sergeantrom (5712)
• United States
6 Jan 08
what a great idea selling unwanted gifts, I personally have a closet full of gifts, I just save them up and give out during the holidays, problem is I keep getting the same gifts LOL, and that would raise a bunch of questions
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
2 Jan 08
Well that is interesting. All those years my grandmother regifted. Too bad she wasnt around for eBay!
@trinihd (996)
• United States
2 Jan 08
I agree with checking around before you buy on ebay. Some people lose a lot by not doing this. When Ebay first was introduced, I believe it was a lot easier to find bargains, but that quickly changed and these days I find it very hard to find good buys althought there are still some. I feel it's probably best to use this site when you can't find something elsewhere or just to comparison shop and always, always look at the shipping costs!!