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.