So, you’ve just been to a wedding or a party and have been given a gift bag.
How lovely the hosts got you a gift :)
So usually this may be a small something homemade, a jar of jam or a pot plant, perhaps it’s a pack of sweets or even a lottery ticket.
However, take it up a notch.
If you happened to attend Harry and Meghan’s recent wedding then you would have got an awesome gift.
- A souvenir bag
- An order of service booklet for the wedding
- A tube of shortbread
- A gold chocolate coin
- A bottle of water
- A fridge magnet
- A 20% off voucher for the Windsor Castle gift shop
Gift bags from the wedding were given out to 2,640 members of the public who had been invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle.
People who were invited into the chapel (like the celebs who have plenty of cash!) did not get a gift bag.
Public guests included people from charities that Harry and Meghan are involved with, local school children, local residents of Windsor, members of the Royal Households and Crown Estate.
What next for the wedding gift bag?
When the wedding is done, what would you do with the gift bag and its contents?
Some might scoff the biscuits, hide the chocolate coin away as an extra Christmas stocking present and pop the magnet on the fridge. That bag would come in handy at the supermarket too.
Others may wrap it up and pop it into the loft, never to be seen again.
However, others just want the profit!
And that’s just what’s happening.
Guests from the wedding are now popping their freebie onto eBay, cashing in on the wedding.
Some listings also get a few extras are thrown in too, such as a parking ticket from nearby the chapel and the visitor wristband.
There’s not just the one listing, but loads popping up, and bidding going over £2,000…and counting!
The cost on its own probably isn’t a huge amount: a bottle of water, some biscuits and a bag. You can likely buy similar things all new for less than £10. However, as it’s from the royal wedding, and it’s memorabilia, people are just happy to splash the cash and buy them.
(If you’re planning on buying one, don’t forget, you get to collect Nectar points on eBay too ;) )
What else sells?
Thing is, it won’t be the first or last time stuff gets sold on to make a quick profit.
Anything that has a rarity about it usually sells quick and fast.
There are all sorts of odd things that end up on eBay, although many of them sell high, the buyer won’t see it through.
Things like valuable British coins sell well on eBay (runs to check contents on purse). These are even coins that sell well and are in still in use today.
When car tax discs stopped being issued, online selling pages were also awash with people flogging decades worth of small circle bits of paper.
But, while you think rare things sell, people will even buy your rubbish on eBay!!
Should you wait?
If you need to make a quick buck today then selling your stuff now will certainly help the bank balance.
However, if you’re able to hold off and store your things out of site (our of mind), then it could be worth a whole lot more down the line!
Even things like old toys, records and games consoles now sell for a near arm and a leg!
Right or wrong?
Would you grab the profit now, hold back and sell in the future, or would the thought never cross your mind?
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