Britain owns £16.6bn worth of useless gadgets

30 August 2013

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.

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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*

TOPICS:   Consumer Advice   UK News

5 comments

  • Dick
    > a quarter of Britons regret buying a chocolate fountain. No, a quarter of Britons that bought one regret buying a chocolate fountain. There is a difference. Or another way of putting it would be that three quarters of the people that bought them have not regretted it. That's pretty high satisfaction.
  • Mustapha S.
    You work at a junior management level, Dick?
  • Steve J.
    £16m worth of them are Android phones
  • Dick
    ^^ And many of the rest of the £16bn are iphones.
  • fibbingarchie
    I wonder how many of the regret-o-twats just can't be arsed cleaning it? And this shouldn't be much of a surprise: ‘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 less well off appear to be most guilty of it.

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