Britain owns £16.6bn worth of useless gadgets
Do you have an under-used bread maker? A foot spa? A juicer? Well, we’re all apparently wading around in a sea of pointless gadgets that we never touch – worth the sum total of £16.6bn. And in news that will surprise nobody, a quarter of Britons regret buying a chocolate fountain.
That’s according to a poll by Freeview, who found that the average family owns £650 worth of unloved gadgets. But the chocolate fountain, which seemed like such a good idea when you were drunk in Argos at Christmas, is the most bitterly regretted purchase, with 27% of 2028 people wishing they’d never laid eyes on the f***** thing.
Even more shocking is the sheer amount of chocolate fountains we own, with 1 in 7 households boasting one. But the most underused product in British homes is the celebrity fitness DVD, which is almost simultaneously bought and ignored.
Guy North of Freeview said: ‘With budgets tight, it is fascinating to see that many people are still a little guilty of spending on things they don’t really need.’
The reasons behind the unfettered buying of useless gadgets were more depressing than a Kerry Katona workout video. Answers included keeping up with the Jones’, thinking that they would make them happy, and self-improvement.
Most of these gadgets end up in a charity shop or the bin, with memories of a better life ground into the dust.
*sadly dips lone strawberry into a puddle of congealed Galaxy*