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2017

Gumtree is a pioneer of the sharing economy and a leader in the second hand economy.

Since 2011, we’ve commissioned research into the value of the second hand economy in Australia.

We’ve highlighted the key findings from the 2017 Second Hand Economy Report. Scroll down to see what they are and click on ‘Download report’ to view the full report.

$5,404
worth of unwanted items per Australian household
This is up $200 from 2016.
The total value of unwanted items could be worth
$43.5 billion
to the Australian second hand economy.
91%
of Aussies have unwanted items in their home
With, on average, 25 unwanted or used items per household.
Unwanted items include:
63%
Clothing, shoes
& accessories
54%
Books
54%
Music, DVDs and
CDs
50%
Electronic
goods
86%
of Aussies say they prefer buying second hand over brand new
Top 3 reasons for buying second hand include:
To save money 72%
To find a unique item 46%
To reduce waste/ recycle useful items 31%
60%
of Aussies have sold second hand items in the last year
With an average of 11 second hand items sold by each Aussie – which is around 101 million used goods changing hands over the past 12 months.
83%
As many as 83% of people who have sold second hand items in the past year, have sold online
Last year, more than a million Aussies sold second hand goods online for the first time.
Most common second hand items sold
20%
Clothing, Shoes
& Accessories
18%
Electronic
Goods
16%
Games & Toys
Gen Y are
Cashing in
69% of Gen Y sold something in the last year
This is up 7% from 2016. While Gen X and Baby Boomers experienced a 3% increase since last year.
76%
of parents bought second hand when having a baby
The main items being:
42%
Toys
40%
Cots
39%
Baby clothes
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Gumtree commissioned Galaxy Research to prepare the Second Hand Economy Report 2017
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