PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercari, The Selling App, today released the findings of a nationwide survey to gauge Americans' Black Friday buying and selling plans. The clear takeaway: we're much more comfortable with giving and receiving pre-owned gifts than we used to be.
Among the survey's key findings:
- Three in five Americans (61%) say they're comfortable receiving a second-hand item as a gift, particularly something one-of-a-kind or especially hard to find. Women are a bit more open to pre-owned gifts than men: 63% of women and 59% of men said they felt fine about receiving a second-hand item as a gift.
- Millennials and Gen Zers (aged 18 and older) have embraced second-hand giving more than prior generations: 49% of Americans aged 18-34 would give a used gift of this nature, while only 38% of those aged 55 and older say they would.
- Only four percent of U.S. adults said they'd be turned off by a used gift of this nature.
- Sixteen percent of Americans say they have at least one unused gift from last holiday season sitting in a closet.
The survey findings mirror resale's broadly expanding appeal. At a time when leading American retailers like Macy's and JCPenney are embracing resale as part of their business models, experts are noting the trend's broader reach.
"Store-bought gifts can be predictable and generic since there's a limit to the variety provided at retail," said John Lagerling, Mercari U.S. CEO. "Gift shoppers on Mercari want something different, and our sellers post more than 150,000 new listings every day. There's a deep variety of items across all categories, and fantastic deals as well. And you're buying from another person, rather than from a faceless corporation."
Mercari commissioned YouGov PLC to conduct omnibus survey of 1,276 American adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 18th - 21st October 2019. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all US adults (aged 18+).
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