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Stuck with unwanted Christmas gifts? Here’s how to shift them online.

The festive season involves a lot of hard choices.

Should you get a real Christmas tree or a fake one? Should you watch the Queen’s speech or chuck on Home Alone 2 for the hundredth time? And should you keep or get rid of the DISGUSTING polyester jumper your well-meaning Uncle Rodney bought you from a mail-order catalogue?

Thankfully, it’s never been easier to shift unwanted gifts. All you have to do is whip out your phone, take a picture, and list it for sale online. Here are your options.


eBay is most people’s first port of call when it comes to selling online. It’s free to register and the huge number of auctions that take place on the platform (averaging 14 million at any one time) guarantee a thriving community of users to browse your unwanted wares.

You can list up to 20 items for free each month, and you only pay when your item is sold. eBay takes a whopping 10% of the winning bid and you have to pay extra for premium features, like photos or scheduling. You also need to be set up to accept payment on PayPal which can be a bit of a pain if you’re not already registered.


Amazon might not immediately spring to mind as a place to flog second-hand goods, but of course, it’s one of the world’s largest marketplaces with an enormous following.

You simply list items on Amazon Marketplace, which is free provided you sell less than 35 items a month. You will, however, face a 75p fixed closing fee when you sell, which isn’t bad if the item you’re selling is worth more than Mars Bar! If you’re selling what Amazon calls a “Media product” (basically books, music, DVDs, videos, video games), you will also need to pay a closing fee of £0.50 per media item that is sold. But it’s hardly going to break the bank.

Facebook Marketplace

Facebook needs no introduction, but perhaps its Marketplace product does. In 2016 the ubiquitous social media giant launched its own marketplace, enabling its 2bn+ users to buy and sell items locally via app and desktop.

It’s free to sell items on Facebook as the platform has chosen to monetise this feature with ads, rather than making the process transactional. If you’d prefer, you can also use Facebook’s buy and sell groups to list an item.



For years, Gumtree has been the go-to venue for buying and selling pre-loved (and not-so-loved) stuff. The site now covers 60 different cities worldwide.

The good news is that it’s free to list an item for sale on Gumtree. The bad news is that you will need to meet with the buyer face-to-face in order to transact. This obviously presents risks, both financial and (however remote) personal. So make sure you check out Gumtree’s advice on staying safe


Wherever you choose to sell your unwanted Christmas gifts, it pays to keep your money secure using Shieldpay. Our unique technology enables you to buy and sell online with complete confidence. We’re here for life’s biggest purchases. And unwanted Christmas presents. 


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