eBay reveals over half of UK shoppers will turn to second-hand gifting this festive season
New research by eBay predicts that the nation will be waking up to more thoughtful, pre-loved gifts under the tree this Christmas, with over half of UK shoppers (52%) looking to purchase second hand or refurbished items this year.
The research shows that consumers are intending to spend over £100 less on average, yet despite tighter purse strings, the hunt for the perfect gift is still on. Consumers are searching for top-quality gifts at excellent prices in the run up to the big day, with 38% of people surveyed revealing that getting bang for their buck was amongst their top priorities this year.
According to the report, this Christmas 65% of shoppers want to treat their loved ones to more thoughtful gifts. Unique pre-loved items provide the perfect solution, from refurbished Dyson airwraps and Hotel Chocolat velvetisers, to Authenticity Guaranteed designer handbags, trainers and watches.
Nearly a third (29%) of Brits started their Christmas shopping earlier this year to get ahead of the festive rush and find that special gift for friends and family. In the run up to Black Friday, eBay data suggested that 77% of shoppers were planning to shop for Christmas on Black Friday and search data revealed over 200% more searches for ‘stocking fillers’.
Kirsty Keoghan, Senior Director of Trading at eBay says: “We’re anticipating a shift to pre-loved gifting this Christmas and we want to celebrate it. There’s nothing better than giving a personal gift, which you know the person is really going to love, and gifting pre-loved allows you to do just that. From luxury watches, to signed football shirts and rare trainers, pre-loved gifts are the answer to all of your Christmas shopping stresses.”
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