What To Do With Gifts You Don't Want After Christmas

December 19, 2017 by Kiarra Lyles
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The holidays are all about giving, not receiving. But what if you are on the receiving end of being gifted a terrible present? It sounds ungrateful, but we’ve all been there before — having to force a smile and act ecstatic about a secret Santa gift you dislike or will never put to use. What exactly do you do with gifts you don’t want or need? If an item you have been gifted is not too expensive and you didn’t receive a gift receipt to return it for something else, don’t feel bad; just sell it using the Mercari app!

Mercari is a Japanese-based marketplace app that allows you to sell and buy items straight from your phone. Founders Ryo Ishizuka, Tommy Tomishima and Shintaro Yamada created Mercari “to connect people who want to buy and sell things of emotional value through their mobile phones.” Mercari buys and sells everything from clothing, beauty, home, tech and sports products, and more. Simply upload a photo of what you’d like to sell and enter a few details about the item. The great thing about Mercari that differs from other buying apps like eBay, Amazon and Facebook (yes, you can sell and buy items on Facebook!), is that the payments for items are not processed until the item is delivered and the buyer verifies that the item is as described. Also, there are no listings or membership fees. Sounds like a pretty good way to get rid of those unwanted gifts without all the hassle (or guilt). We browsed through Mercari’s website and saw some amazing items for sale that we’d like to buy ourselves!

Brand New Burberry Women’s Watch BU9131 ($325)

This beautiful rose gold Burberry watch is being sold by Luxury Watches on Mercari. According to the buyer, it’s brand new and still in its original box.

EASEHOLD Essential Oil Diffuser LED ($60)

This essential oil diffuser is sold by 7awesomethings on Mercari. It has a wood grain finish, LED lights that change colors and time-setting with four different modes.

Like New Couch/Sofa ($250)

Furniture can be expensive and hard to come by. But, if you’re not picky and you’re open to buying used furniture it can be quite a bargain. This beige sofa is being sold by nrosa on Mercari and is listed in “like new” condition. Oh, and it comes with the decorative pillows!

Gold Glitter Christian Louboutin Size 8 ($115)

A pair of brand spanking new Christian Louboutin “red-bottoms” can cost you at least $675. User Goodface is selling a lightly worn pair on Mercari for just $115. Of course, the glittery pointy-toe pumps would have to be your exact size for you to purchase them. They’re a size 8!

Curling Wand ($11)

This NanoCermanic 1.25” Flipperless Curling Wand retails for $49.99 at Ulta but user Kristina is selling it on Mercari for just $11! The curling wand has only been used a couple times, the user says.


So, what do you think? Would you sell or purchase previously owned items on Mercari? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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[Photos: Shutterstock, Mercari]

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