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Swedes more willing to sell unwanted Christmas presents

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15:01 CET+01:00
Santa is barely out of the door before many Swedes are sitting in front of their computers and putting their unwanted gifts online as more and more people sell their unwanted Christmas presents.

"It's like the post Christmas sales between private individuals" Johanna Wilkens, from the online sales site Blocket, told reporters. According to a survey carried out by Blocket, every other person thinks about selling the gifts they have received. This is a sharp rise from two years ago when a similar survey revealed that only a quarter of people had thought about selling on their Christmas presents.

It's less of a sensitive issue today and according to Wilkens people begin advertising their gifts while the Christmas meatballs are still warm, with many describing items online as 'unwanted Christmas present'.

This year, more presents than ever will be sold on privately, with over 16000 new ads appearing on the auction site Tradera on the evening of Christmas Eve. Mostly it is electronics that are still in their original packaging that go on sale.

There is always a flood of whatever the 'Christmas present of the year' was(Årets Julklapp) and last year saw thousands of unwanted yogi style beds of nails (spikmatta).

'January is a tough month for many, so it is not so strange that people sell things that they don't need' Anna Chrona from Tradera told a reporter.

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