According to news reports around the country Australians are returning, exchanging, re gifting and selling unwanted Christmas gifts like there’s no tomorrow.
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“Clothing is the most popular unwanted Christmas gift purchased from department stores”, said a Myer executive, with incorrect sizing and style preferences cited as the number one reason.
And according to inside sources there’s been a lot of Apple items that were purchases as Christmas gifts returned to mega electronic stores such as JB Hi-Fi, Dick Smith and Apple stores.
A Harvey Norman sales person who asked to remain anonymous said the Apple iPad and Dr Dre headphones were proving to be the most popular items returned this year. And Dick Smith reportedly had the same with Apple iPads, Dr Dre headphones and games coming in as the most returned items.
A Harris Scarfe sales person called Bianca said they were mainly getting clothing items returned that were purchased as Christmas presents, but hasn’t seen too many homeware items coming back. And predictably a lot of shoes are being returned or exchanged for correct sizes and other styles.
Galaxy ran a poll that suggests 20 million gifts given over Christmas this year will be either returned, exchanged or sold, adding up to a massive $520 million in unwanted Christmas gifts this year. “But as a percentage of total Christmas spending it isn’t to bad for the mega retailers when you consider $40 something billion was spent over the Christmas period”, said Sam from Gift Of The Month Clubs.
And added. “Gumtree would be a good place to sell unwanted Christmas gifts, if you really have to”, said Sam
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