There was a trend this year of selling unwanted, wrapped Christmas presents on eBay. This isn’t anything new, I’ve sold unwanted gifts in the past. The difference however is year people are selling the presents still wrapped!
I think the popularity of these types of auctions are that people like a bit of mystery, and the pleasure in buying such things lasts throughout the bidding process. The feeling peaks when you win the auction and lasts until you get the item in the post. Usually then your hopes are dashed when you realise that the 24 carat gold necklace is actually costume jewelry and the perfume you discovered is actually a half empty tester from Boots.
These however do seem to be gaining in popularity with bidders. Possibly looking for a “Storage Wars” style mystery win. Expecting a Picasso to be in one of the packages perhaps?
The above auction ended November 29th and went for £51, the highest priced wrapped Christmas presents for the month or so before Christmas. The seller stated in their description:
Here I have 10 beautifully wrapped mens secret santa christmas presents. I have over brought again this christmas and have ended up with far too many gifts and spent far too much money. I will not say what is in these only that they are all very nice good quality gifts. There are no clothing items so size doesn’t matter.
Judging from the bidding history there were around 13 separate bidders who made 30 bids to reach the final price.
Another such auction featured “16 Beautifully Wrapped Gifts New Ladies Christmas Unwanted Presents 49 Items!!” Made up of various cosmetic items which were “spare presents. This racked up 22 bids and sold for £44.25 on 5th January.
I can understand if someone has bought too many presents and has already wrapped them then it would be alluring to list them as is and see what happens. But this next seller has actually taken pictures of the presents before and after wrapping. So was there really a need to go to the trouble of wrapping them? Plus the mystery is taken away as each item is listed.
The item title is “Unwanted Christmas Present Beauty Advent Calendar Bundle Wrapped” and the first line of the description states “This is the 3rd time I’m relisting this item so PLEASE no time wasters!” which makes me think that this fad is possibly one which attracts fake bidders a-la the Flappy Bird bidders from last week.
Some of the more memorable listings however appear to be from jilted lovers, with sellers stating they are selling “unwanted Christmas presents from my cousin’s ex, unopened- selling for a very personal reason“. I wonder what he did. It must be a strange feeling to open gifts bought for someone else, who knows what may be inside the wrapping! Even stranger still if you’re buying these gifts to give to your partner without opening them and seeing what they are first!
eBay did at some point decide that they wanted to stick the boot in on some of these sellers. It is against policy to sell mystery items, and eBay cancelled auctions giving sellers advice that they had to give the buyers the option of reading what was included. Spoiled sports!
If you want to check out the unwanted wrapped presents for yourself have a look at current listings on eBay.