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Millions plan to sell unwanted Christmas gifts
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Millions plan to sell unwanted Christmas gifts

Published: 22 Dec 2012 11:29 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Dec 2012 11:29 GMT+01:00

More than four million Germans plan to cash in on unwanted Christmas gifts by either selling or auctioning them online, according to a survey published by the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung.

Plans to sell or auction gifts were made even before the Christmas presents were opened, the survey showed. However most unwanted presents will be exchanged for something the recipient prefers.

The survey, released Friday afternoon by the high tech association Bitkom, showed 42 percent of Germans exchanged their gifts in stores, while 18 percent kept their presents – even if they didn’t like them. Another 15 percent gave their unwanted presents away to someone else.

Bitkom said there are certain steps private sellers should take when selling their unwanted presents online. They must sign up as a private seller and are not responsible for any product guarantees and should make that known.

Both private and commercial sellers must make sure to accurately represent their products. Private sellers should take their own pictures and write their own product descriptions and not use ones from a manufacturer’s website, as these are likely copyright protected. Using such material could have legal consequences, the group warned.

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16:11 December 22, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
This whole Christmas scam is terrible. Those in advertising and marketing should go out and commit mass suicide for the good of the human race. http://youtu.be/gDW_Hj2K0wo
19:29 December 22, 2012 by lordkorner
Anyone else find this article irrelevant and boring .
15:27 December 23, 2012 by Englishted
There is a 29 year old man from Wolfsburg trying to sell a fake gun and bomb on e-bay said "they were not up to the bank job "
17:50 December 23, 2012 by raandy
Englishted LOL

Christmas Merry Christmas what a sham. I sided with scrooge years ago.
11:11 March 2, 2013 by Roberto Gold
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