Surveys prove: used gifts are in
A survey conducted by the second-hand fashion exchange “Vinted” in four countries revealed that 56 percent of respondents want to give away and also receive a mix of new and used things for Christmas. A further 14 percent say they only want to give second-hand items as gifts. Other retailers also confirm the trend.
- The sales figures at the second-hand goods retailer Oxfam rise by ten percent in the run-up to Christmas.
- Also a survey on behalf of eBay Germany showed a year ago that the second-hand trend is growing: 33 percent of Germans said they would also give away used items or second-hand goods at Christmas, among young adults (18-29 years) it is even 46 percent. And what would the over 10,000 respondents buy second-hand as gifts? The answer: toys (57.7 percent), bicycles (54.1 percent), electronics like TVs, smartphones or tablets (49.7 percent) and jewelry (49.1 percent).
- Sustainability is the most important reason for 72 percent of Germans to resort to used items or second-hand goods for Christmas gifts. Reason two is the price, which 49 percent of respondents named.
- In a trend study on ethical consumption published by the Otto Group in 2020, 73 percent of respondents said they liked being able to buy or sell used things such as clothes or furniture.