|Thu Dec 6 2012 14:31:44|
'Re-Gifted' Items on eBay: OK or Declasse?
By: Julia Wilkinson
Do you re-gift? And, more specifically, have you ever sold unwanted gifts from other people on eBay, a kind of "gift card with fees"? If so, there may be no reason to feel bad: According to a recent study in the Association for Psychological Science, people who gave the original gifts that were re-gifted to someone else were not as offended as people had thought they would be. (This is assuming they ever find out).
"Regifting isn’t bad," said psychological scientist Gabrielle S. Adams of the London Business School. "In fact, it is one way to ensure that gifts are passed along to those who will truly enjoy them. People shouldn’t be afraid to pass along a gift they received to someone else."
While I don't think there is anything inherently wrong in re-gifting, so long as it is done with thought, in this age of ubiquitous social media, selling a gift online can be a sticky wicket. One eBayer I know gave her close friend a piece of jewelry. As this friend was an eBay seller as well, she looked at her friend's listings one day to see an item they'd talked about, and lo and behold, there was the jewelry item up for sale in her friend's Store.
Other people have reported seeing comments about gifts on relatives' Facebook feeds..such as one aunt who learned her gift of a scarf to a niece was not her taste.
What about buying gifts on eBay to get a discount...new with tags or otherwise? It seems the world of psychology tells us we can breathe easily about that too. Spending more money on a gift often doesn't translate into greater appreciation, reported "The Science Behind Gifting" in The Wall Street Journal.
I'm wondering how many of you will be buying gifts for people on eBay, and also if you think there would be anything wrong with selling a gift you didn't want on eBay, Amazon or another site. Have you done this or do you plan to do it this season? Post a comment here!