Gumtree’s Take on National Recycling Week

At Gumtree we’re all about recommerce, finding ways to recycle, re-use, and repurpose. In the midst of both a climate and a cost of living crisis, more and more of us are looking for ways to make our money go further and our consumption behaviours positively impact the planet. With shopping season fast approaching, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas all around the corner, many may be feeling the financial pressures more than ever this year. 

Small everyday changes and decisions can have a big impact on both the planet and your pocket, no wonder a whopping 84% of Brits are looking to have a more conscious Christmas. You may be thinking, but how? A few ways those surveyed will be cutting costs include: cutting back on the number of gifts they buy, not buying any new party outfits and buying and sending less cards.* 

The Cost of Living crisis is impacting almost all of us, our new research reveals 87% of people want to improve their bargain-hunting skills, with 85% citing financial pressures. The impact is so severe that 28% of those we surveyed shared they plan to sell some of their possessions to fund their Christmas.*

We know bagging a bargain isn’t always easy, from knowing what to look for when it comes to a Good Find to negotiating to get the best price – haggling doesn’t always come naturally to many of us so we’ve rounded up a few top tips to bag those bargains and help take of the financial pressure this shopping season:

  • First rule is to do your research. Is the item priced fairly or is there room to negotiate? If there is, make sure you’ve compared it against similar items so you can confidently go in with your offer. You’ll also feel more at peace should you miss out knowing you didn’t over pay. Be brave with bartering, while you don’t want to waste the sellers’ time by carving the price in two, what’s a reasonable compromise?
  • Bagging a bargain can be as simple as searching the freebies section. You never know what someone might be giving away for free. Sellers may also list free items in the specific category, so a chair in ‘chairs, stools and other seating’ but priced at £0. Spend time exploring the site to land your good find.
  • Don’t forget an old fashioned swap shop! A swap can be a great option, especially for enthusiasts and collectors. Suggest a swap, is there an item you’re willing to part with in exchange for something else? From a vinyl record to an unused vase or even a VW van, it’s worth a try.
  • For larger ticket items it may be useful to widen your search area to bag a bargain. Try broadening your distance and look outside of your local community. You never know what’s around the corner.
  • See the potential: how can you give it a new lease of life with a bit of TLC to make it the perfect addition to your household/home.
  • Creating search alerts are a really good option to make Gumtree do the work for you – get daily alerts on items you’re searching for.

For more information click here.

*source: Methodology Data conducted by Perspectus Global on behalf of Gumtree between 14th – 17th, polling 2,000 adults aged 18+ across the UK.