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Does "unwanted present" always just mean "stolen"?

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duchesse Sun 16-Oct-11 01:07:16

I mean, who really receives £25 baby outfits or £300 mobile phones as unwanted presents? I'm always very dubious when I see "unwanted present" in the description and therefore less inclined to bid. Am I being unreasonable in this?

Northernlurker Sun 16-Oct-11 01:08:33

I know what you mean - I've seen quite a bit of mini boden like this - really? Somebody buys your kid £40 worth of Boden kit and you never put it on them? hmm I do bid though grin

scottishmummy Sun 16-Oct-11 01:10:27

i got lots of bnwt baby stuff i didnt like,was unwanted gift and yes in the £25+ range. so @£25ishid not worry

laptop,iphone,ipad yes im bemused how any of that is unwanted gift

GoreSplattersHouse Sun 16-Oct-11 01:13:31

Some people are rich/ already have the item. They put a low starting price on it to save on charges but hope to get a good price.

duchesse Sun 16-Oct-11 01:14:40

Yeah scottishmummy I can see that people's idea of a cute newborn outfit might be very different from mine, but at what about age 2-3 stuff? I'm just a bit hmm. Lovely outfit though... Wish I could find a reasonably priced one for DD.

duchesse Sun 16-Oct-11 01:16:51

By which I mean that by age 2-3 people must have some idea of what sort of thing you like to dress your child in, and are therefore less likely to buy the wrong sort of thing. I suppose it could have come from a person the parent doesn't like, or from someone who lives a long way away and never sees the child.

scottishmummy Sun 16-Oct-11 01:17:58

i reused as gifts for others though
sorry dont like that dress,its fussy and drab

Northernlurker Sun 16-Oct-11 01:20:32

actually i don't like that outfit either - it's on the glum side of subtle.

duchesse Sun 16-Oct-11 01:21:59

Brown is a very handy colour if you have a bog-hopping child!

scottishmummy Sun 16-Oct-11 01:24:16

bog hopping?what keeches a lot?leaky nappy..?

babycham42 Sun 16-Oct-11 01:24:28

It'd never crossed my mind they might be stolen.shock

I think I must live in Fluffyland....

duchesse Sun 16-Oct-11 01:25:11

The point isn't whether we all like that particular outfit though, more whether someone would really buy a £25 outfit for a child without supplying a gift receipt for a potential return. I guess the recipient may just not have got around to returning it at the time and they can now get more by ebaying it than returning it.

scottishmummy Sun 16-Oct-11 01:25:28

i assume most new on ebay is nicked

duchesse Sun 16-Oct-11 01:25:54

No, just mud sm. She's erm a very active child and we live in Mudland rural Devon.

scottishmummy Sun 16-Oct-11 01:26:43

oh!bog to me is toilet...bog hopping i thought keechy

dizzyday07 Sun 16-Oct-11 01:31:14

I hope not as I've written this a few times in my listings!

My step-MIL is always buying DD(who's 7) outfits that are either the wrong size or just not something she would wear. She has never supplied a gift receipt and I daren't tell her it's not suitable - it's just not worth the hassle!

MollyintheMoon Sun 16-Oct-11 01:51:03

It had never even occurred to me but now you mention it.....


youngermother1 Sun 16-Oct-11 02:06:15

Maybe people would prefer the cash to spend on something else. Sell clothes for £20, buy a cheap version for £5, keep change

I've sold a fair number of things that were genuine unwanted gifts, only one item of clothing that was though. I always say if it was a present, sometimes it's a duplicate item, like toys that the boys get for birthday/Christmas and I don't have the receipt and wouldn't want to offend the giver, in that case I'll say it's a duplicate gift.

DH once got given a new phone by his DM and we sold it as an unwanted gift, he was too worried about upsetting her to tell her he'd already bought one himself!

Robotindisguise Sun 16-Oct-11 09:05:11

Perhaps if you're broke, and someone gives you designer stuff, you think, sod that, I could sell it on ebay and buy 3x the stuff from Primark?

LoveInAColdGrave Sun 16-Oct-11 09:08:05

It had never crossed my mind that that was what it might mean! <naive emoticon>

LoveBeingAWitch Sun 16-Oct-11 09:10:35

I've never thought that but have wondered about the riots a couple if times when looking recently.

lljkk Sun 16-Oct-11 09:12:24

I can imagine getting items you don't think are suitable for your family or lifestyle, like a Playstation. "Unwanted" iPhone Ebay sale is suspect, I'll agree, but I like my cheap & cheerful basic payg phone, iPhone would cost me too much per month & make me nervous to use.

by age 2-3 people must have some idea of what sort of thing you like to dress your child in, and are therefore less likely to buy the wrong sort of thing.

Sadly, not true! And shop may be too far away to return item easily. ?Some shops don't let you return without a receipt, I think? I don't really know the rules without receipt. Occasionally we've returned something and shop would only refund the massively reduced sale price amount (much lower than what it sold for new). So especially not worth it.

breatheslowly Sun 16-Oct-11 09:24:43

We get quite a few unwanted gifts because DD is quite big - if she is bought clothes that are the "right size" at the time then they generally won't fit. If she is bought the next size they often won't be the right season when they do fit. I try to take unwanted presents back when possible (right season etc) but sometimes miss the timeframe or find out that they aren't current season (might be passed on gifts or from ebay). If I am left with them then depending on the type of item it either goes on ebay or gets regifted. At age 2-3 your chance of wanting to regift is quite low - most of my regifting is for new babies. I don't like the outfit either and it is pretty pricy for something so marmite so I can imagine putting it on ebay.

LaWeasel Sun 16-Oct-11 09:27:18

Never thought that!

But I can see it being the case very regularly with clothes. Lots of people don't give receipts (especially if you bought the item on sale) and buy wrong sizes/colours etc.

Depends on how far away the store is to you too, if I was going to get a decent price it would cost me less to eBay and pay postage than get the bus into town for a refund!

'unwanted' unused tech I am a bit more suspicious of.

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