STAFF REPORTER
THE Balearic Islands is one of the regions of the country where people are most likely to try and resell unwanted Christmas presents, an international eBay study revealed yesterday.

Findings showed that around 43 percent of the population of the Balearics were disappointed with the items they received as Christmas gifts.
Along with the Islands, Castilla y Leon, Andalucia, Asturias, Catalonia and Madrid were also regions where people were keen to resell their presents in order to make money.

The eBay report claimed that around 10 percent of Spaniards were willing to sell their unwanted gifts. Young people aged between 16 and 24 were those most likely to try and find a buyer for items they were given for Christmas, but which were not appreciated.

The survey was carried out on behalf of eBay by the TNS consultancy group in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom. It revealed that nationwide, 46 percent of Spaniards had said they predicted they were going to get gifts they had no use for.

Not all these people, however, were planning to put their gifts up for sale, but the principal aims of those who had made the decision to resell on the internet, claimed the survey, was to recoup the money and then buy other items which they really wanted and which they may in fact have been looking forward to receiving.

Others said they preferred to keep any money they retrieved through selling the goods as savings. The eBay survey suggested through its research that the economic crisis has put the concept of saving back into fashion.

During the winter festive season of Christmas and the Three Kings in Spain, it is men who mostly receive gifts they don't need or want, claimed the eBay survey.

Whilst 53 percent of men claimed they didn't appreciate the presents they were given, just 40 percent of women made similar complaints.
In terms of the number of unwanted items, 30 percent of people taking part in the survey said there were one or two gifts which they were not happy with, whilst 17 percent claimed that they would not use between 3 and 10 of the items they were given.

Age was a major factor in the responses given in interviews, said the consultants.
The survey showed that the older we are (45 to 54 years-old), the more appreciative we are of gifts whilst teenagers and those in their early twenties (16-24) are likely to be difficult to satisfy.

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