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Monday 25 September 2017

Sligo people are the nation's biggest hoarders, says eBay

Nick Webb

Nick Webb

SLIGO people are the country's biggest hoarders, according to new research from eBay, with the average household in the county having "unused" items worth €4,628.92.

Irish people are hoarding items worth about €3.1bn, according to the online market place. As a nation, we hang on to an average of 41 items we don't want, worth €2,135.

Sligo people are swamped with spare games consoles, cameras or clothes that don't fit. Limerick displays the second biggest hoarding tendency with average householdings hanging on to "unused" items worth €2,963.82. Galway takes the third place, with an average hoard of €2,328.18.

Surprisingly, Dublin doesn't feature in the top 10 counties for hoarding. Other counties that do include Clare, Waterford, Cavan, Laois, Wexford, Wicklow and Cork.

However, our inability to chuck stuff out or sell it is trumped by the Italians, who cling on to an average of 84 items, according to eBay. Belgians hoard an average of 64 items, with Austrians hoarding an average of 54 items.

The British have the least amount of clutter, hanging on to just 28 "unused" items, among the eight countries surveyed by eBay.

Laura Wilkinson, from eBay said: "It's incredible to discover the potential cash Irish households are sitting on. For example, digital cameras sell for an average of €166.90, games consoles for €78.28, and sat navs for €168.61.

"What you no longer use can be someone else's necessity -- items you may have lost love for doesn't mean someone out there will not reignite the love for the item again.

"Listing items on eBay.ie you have no use for anymore raises cash for whatever you want and de-clutters your home and life," she said.

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