Consumer: Make extra cash by selling unused items

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Dusty electronics and old kitchen equipment could raise hundreds of pounds for Yorkshire residents.

People living in the region are losing out on extra cash by hoarding clothes, exercise gear and beauty products, a new survey has revealed.

The study, by TopCashback.co.uk, lists the most abandoned items in households, with electronics coming in at the top spot (26 per cent) as new technology leaves old cameras, camcorder and games consoles obsolete.

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This is closely followed by kitchen equipment such as juicers and blenders at 17 per cent, alongside sporting equipment such as treadmills also at 17 per cent and beauty products and make-up at 14 per cent.

Natasha Rachel Smith, consumer affairs editor for TopCashback said: “Our research highlights a couple of factors that are causing residents in Yorkshire and the Humber to lose out on extra cash. Firstly, consumers seem quick to jump on fad trends such as juicing and baking; possibly as a result of celebrity culture and programmes like The Great British Bake Off.

“However with the cost of popular items such as the Nutribullet and KitchenAid Mixers, Brits are shelling out hundreds of pounds on equipment they may become bored with in a couple of months.

“Sometimes it’s worth sitting on your hands and thinking honestly about how much use you’ll get from a purchase before parting with cash, unpacking the item from its box and tucking it away in a cupboard.”

Not surprisingly, the study also revealed that 11 per cent of women are hanging onto clothes they have never even worm, compared to seven per cent of men. Eleven per cent of people in Yorkshire are hoarding unused camping equipment.

Five per cent of those questioned admitted ignoring their DIY tools while a further five per cent said garden equipment such as lawnmowers and barbecues are also growing dusty in garden sheds and garages.

Miss Smith said: “The study also reveals that, as a nation, we find it difficult to let go of items we no longer use, such as DVD players, treadmills and camcorders.

“With the rise in community selling platforms such as eBay and Preloved, it’s easy for consumers to sell their old gear and make some extra cash. TopCashback members can earn cashback when selling their old things on Preloved.

“Given there are now less than 100 days until Christmas, it’s well worth having a ‘clear-out to sell-out’ in the next few weeks to help de-clutter homes and make some extra cash to put towards the financial burdens the festive season tends to bring.”

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