We’ve all been there, feeling the anticipation of ripping open the birthday wrapping only to find a questionable mug or a slightly too small jumper.
As the saying goes, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure”, so before you banish unwanted gifts to the pool room (only bringing them back out again when the gift-giver visits), it might pay to list them on the New Zealand-developed app, Trade Me, for buying and selling.
You’ll be surprised at all the weird and truly wonderful things available on Trade Me. With anything from a new jet ski to cheese-making equipment, the app is an Aladdin’s cave of pre-loved gems waiting to be snapped up by savvy local buyers.
To get started, simply register for an account and with a few taps and a quick image upload from your iPhone or iPad, your listing will be live. The app also helps coordinate communication regarding sales and pick-ups.
While you’re there, check out Trade Me’s Marketplace button where you can peruse shopping categories from Health & Beauty to Toys & Models and everything (and we mean everything) in between. With 5 million+ listings live and easily searchable, you’re bound to spot a bargain. You can also refine the listings by location, condition and payment types.
If you’re looking for something very specific, the Shop with Camera function is particularly handy. Tap on the camera icon within the search bar and upload a photo of the item you’re after – the app will then serve up similar items.
But Trade Me isn’t just for bargain hunters and smart salespeople. It also allows you to look for a new job, find a house to rent and hire a tradie to finish the renovations you’ve been putting off a little too long.
So here’s to recycling, making some extra cash and delivering Aunty Brenda’s gifts to a loving new home. Win, win, win!