How to sell your unwanted Christmas presents 

Don't tell your mum, but those unicorn slippers have to go
How to sell your unwanted Christmas presents 

We hope you had a good haul of leftovers and presents following the aftermath of Christmas.

But like the now-rubberised Brussels sprouts which are feeling sorry for themselves entombed in a plastic container at the back of your fridge, there are some gifts you'd rather not keep.

From mis-hit CDs (thanks Gran, Now That's What I Call Music 178 - you know me so well), to gadgets you just don't need for one reason or another, there are plenty of ways to make a little extra to ease out the festive financial dents hammered into your wallet.

Put your morals aside. It's time to make a little Christmas cash.

Lowyat.net Forum Trade Zone– Beware scammers

If you're adventurous, willing to sift through piles of messages and postings and generally have the patience to entertain lowballers, then you might want to consider selling via the forums, specifically the Lowyat.net forum. Lowyat.net, aside being known as one of the biggest tech forums in the country, also houses one of the most vibrant forum trade zones in the country. Everything is sold here and it can rival even Mudah in terms of transactions being made.

All you need is a simple picture of the stuff you'd like to hawk off, as much information as you can give and the patience to not to flame every single lowballer that sends you a message. You have been warned


Mudah.my – Sell local

The Mudah site is a great way to hawk off all those stuff that you don't really need, be they new or even preloved. There are no insertion fees, no seller fees and no commissions. Just simple ads with a photo and a description. Delivery is between you and the seller and if you have bulky stuff, you can even get them to come over and grab the stuff from you. 

Forget inanimate objects, you can even sell your pets if you like, if you're evil like that. 


Text by Esat Dedezade and Nigel Yap

Ebay – out with the old, in with the new

How to sell your unwanted Christmas presents 

eBay is a great way to shift old bits of tech without letting them gather dust in long-forgotten corners. From ageing headphones to your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 – which have been usurped by the PS4 and Xbox One – there's plenty of money to be made on the world’s biggest auction site:

Step 1: Snap a few pics from different angles. Be honest - show off any marks/scratches/signs of wear. If it's a high-value item then place a piece of paper with your username written on it in every photo, to prove that you do in fact have the item on-hand. It'll increase people's confidence in you, especially if you don't have a lot of feedback.

Step 2: Cook up an informative (and again, honest) description. Explain to people very clearly exactly what you're selling, including any box contents. Cables, chargers, cases etc. List it all out. If there are a few scratches and scuffs, mention that too. And it's always nice to let people know that they can ask you questions at any time.

Step 3: Work out the postage costs with POS Malaysia's handy Postage Calculator. Use bathroom scales to weigh your item for an accurate price. Or make the postage free if you want to attract even more buyers.

Step 4: Most of the bids will land in the last few minutes, so be patient. Once your item's sold then confirm the money has gone into your PayPay account before sending it off.

You will have to pay an insertion fee and commission on your final sale, but you'll get your money within a few days, thanks to the swiftness of PayPal. 

It's a great way to make a bit of cash from selling usurped items, and you'll be surprised what people will pay for. Yes, even that horrendous jumper your mother-in-law knitted you.


Amazon – Brand new and boxed

How to sell your unwanted Christmas presents 

Amazon's seller service is as easy to use as eBay's. Everything is clearly laid out and setup for you, all you need is to supply the goods. Shoppers tend to visit Amazon for new, boxed items only, so if you've got a present you really don't want then keep it sealed and shove it on Amazon where it'll have millions of potential buyers. 

As with eBay, seller fees and commission charges are present, though it'll take you a little longer to get your money as it doesn't use PayPal. Funds in your seller account are transferred to your bank account every 14 days, but if you sell a lot then you can look forward to a nice little pay-packet mid-January.