40% Of Aussies Would Throw Stuff Out Rather Than Sell It

Clutter is a fact of life, but there’s more than one way to deal with it. New survey data suggests that while a quarter of us would sell unwanted items online, 40 per cent of us would simply chuck them out rather than going through the hassle.

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The survey, commissioned by online classified site Dinko’s (yeah, we know, who thought of that name?), asked 1,100 people to estimate the value of unused items in their home and describe what they might do with them. The estimated value was $2,500, though since this wasn’t independently confirmed there could be an element of wishful thinking involved. Only 10% of respondents said they would use the old-fashioned garage sale.

Of course, a site that wants people to list items on its site is hardly going to release survey results that confirm the ugly truth that your treasured collection of 90s sitcoms on VHS are completely unshiftable and likely to end up as landfill. Nonetheless, here at Lifehacker we’re all about clearing clutter and if you have items that still work but don’t work for you, then selling them or giving them away is always a sensible strategy.

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