Hey Skint pals,
A controversial one for you today: new research suggests that a quarter of Britons have been guilty of purchasing something and then taking/sending it back as ‘unused’ despite actually having used it. And, horrors, women are apparently waaaaaay more likely to indulge in the practice than men . . .
When more than 1000 men and women from around the UK were asked, ‘Have you ever bought something, used it and then returned it as ‘unused’?‘, 24% of confessed to having done so.
And here’s the bigger shocker – of those 24%, two thirds of them (65%) were women. Now, this isn’t about getting something
home, not liking it and returning it. It’s about getting something home, liking it quite a lot, wearing it to the club/restaurant/interview/birthday party, then taking it back to the shop.
Would you wear and return? Have you? How do you feel about it?
What gets returned most often?
The study, conducted by offeroftheday, then asked ‘What type of items are you most likely to do this with?’ According to the results, the most common five items were as follows:
1. Clothes – 47%
2. Accessories (handbags etc) – 21%
3. Jewellery – 17%
4. Books – 15%
5. Tableware – Crockery/Cutlery – 10%
So, how often does this happen? Of those asked, 17% said they did it ‘regularly’, 21% said ‘now and again’, but the majority, 46%, said that they’d only done it ‘once or twice’ before.
So, is it sinning?
When asked where they stood on this from a moral perspective, 42% said ‘yes’ it was probably wrong. However, a brazen 22% felt that the bigger stores ‘had enough money’ for them not to ‘worry about it’.
As to why they did the dirty at all, 24% said that they liked wearing new clothes but ‘couldn’t afford to keep them’ and a morally-bereft 14% simply shrugged that they didn’t like ‘wearing the same clothes’ twice.
So, where do you stand on this, my Skint chums? I view you as a saintly lot, but I bet there are some cheeky ones amongst you who have been known to wear a dress to the club with the label still safely tucked inside, for ease of return . . . And me? Well, I’ll admit to having returned clothes to the shop after wearing them, though only because, (*adopts defensive tone), once worn, they didn’t suit me. I can’t remember buying something with the intention of wearing and returning once my date/party etc was over.
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There is another, more moral, way to wear and return and that’s renting your frocks, rocks or bags. Yep, for a small fee you could sport the dress of your dreams for a night out and take it back next day, guilt-free.
Where do you stand on this one, Skint friends? Is it morally wrong to wear then return, or should the shops just expect it to happen and accept it as an occupational hazard? Have you ever wore and returned? What excuse did you give?