eBay takes a look at what the 7.3million Australians who visit the site every month bought, auctioned and coveted this summer
As Australians sweated through the hottest day on record this January, they jumped online to seek out quick fix solutions.
Over 15,000 pairs of thongs and 560 inflatable pools were sold on eBay.com.au in January, while 150 floor fans and 260 cooler boxes found new homes during the first month of the year.
Meanwhile, more people spent December eating outdoors with total sales of barbeques falling by 50 per cent in January. Sales of picnic sets also fell in January and outdoor furniture saw a 136 per cent decline when compared to the month earlier.
“People are much more concerned with convenience when it comes to the silly season than waiting for bargains in the midseason sales,” said eBay trend watcher, Megan English.
Cricket proved that it is still Australia’s favourite summer sport with roughly $18,000 worth of cricket bats sold per week over the summer test season compared to roughly $9,000 worth of tennis racquets sold per week during the Australian open. Meanwhile, Aussies glued to their screens in the early hours inspired late night purchases with more tennis racquets bought between 2-3 am than at any other time during the two weeks.
One of the more quirky items which have found their way to the web includes a signed pair of Djokovic’s shoes which were listed for $100,000.
Michael Hussey’s retirement from International test cricket this summer also saw total sales of Hussey memorabilia increase sixfold the following day with a signed and framed bat commemorating his retirement fetching $1,600 at auction.
Music & Movies
Local film The Sapphires kept Aussies entertained with nearly 1,000 DVD and Blu-ray discs sold during the summer period.
It was the battle of the divas this summer with Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey both performing in sold out arenas across the country. Sales of memorabilia in the month leading up to and after their respective visits saw Mimi take the crown outselling J-Lo 15 to 1!
End of the World?
Although the world didn’t end on the 21st of December budding entrepreneurs sought to cash in on the fear with the average price of a survival kit rising 400 per cent in mid-December compared to early November prices when you pick up a kit for $10.
For more online bargains, visit ebay.com.au