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€112m worth of second hand stuff sold online this year (...including Garth Brooks tickets)

The volume of second-hand baby and nursery equipment is up €160,000.

A BOOM IN ticket sales this year has contributed to the €112 million made in the sale of unwanted items online.

According to Ireland’s largest classifieds website Adverts.ie, the leading markets in the sale of second-hand items are for home and garden (€5.7 Million), mobile phones (€5.6 Million) and sports and fitness equipment (€2.5 million).

Baby and nursery

The sale of second hand baby goods has also continued to surge, making €1.1 million in second-hand prams, car seats and equipment.

Economist Ronan Lyons said the latest Adverts.ie index gives a “fascinating insight into the heartbeat of the everyday economy in Ireland”.

As with everything over the last few months, Garth Brooks looms large, with a boom in concert tickets sales — up to a point! — between April and June, while the sale of mobile phones went through its usual post-Christmas quiet-time.

He added that the figures also point to longer-term trends worth watching in future reports.

“The volume of baby and nursery equipment is up €160,000, which suggests that Ireland’s baby boom continues, as do new Irish parents’ willingness to go online and look for bargains in the second-hand economy,” he said.

Unusual items

So, what else is appearing online for sale? As they saying goes, one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure.

One handmade vampire hunting kit with three stakes, one working French guillotine and one sign to Fairview were among the 1.2 million items listed for sale in the first half of 2014. 

Adverts.ie is part of the Distilled Media Group. Journal Media Ltd has shareholders – Brian and Eamonn Fallon – in common with Distilled Media Group.

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