Friday, November 25, 2005
With Australians expected to spend between $600 and $1000 each on Christmas presents for friends and relatives this year, many people are resorting to selling items on auction websites such as eBay to raise money for the festive season.Chances are Ms. Wood's relatives are scouring eBay trying to see if she's selling their gifts. Given my father and sister are both eBay power sellers, I've adopted a different strategy, as my roommate in grad school said it best.
"By the time you add up gifts for friends, family and the kids and food, Christmas costs a lot of money and selling things on eBay gives me the opportunity to raise more money to cover that," four-year eBay veteran Shauna Wood said.
"With the extra money coming in, I can splurge on nice gifts for my friends and family.
"And the great thing is you can sell off all the crappy gifts from last year."
Cash. Offends. Nobody.
Hat tip: Mark Steckbeck.