80% of people store goods worth £ 820 million, while only 20% of them do not have household goods, according to a study did with D&D Research.
The main purpose of the first edition of the research was to estimate the approximate value of the functional, but unused, assets that “gather dust” in the UK houses. The analysis involved identifying the types of goods stored by people, their level of functionality and how they are stored, as well as the reasons why People store / do not store. Data were collected from over 900 localities, through the participation of 7,379 respondents.
Small electronics, the most stored category
On average, UK people store 5 products in each household, having at least one product from the following categories: small electronics (55.1%), large electronics (29.7%), large appliances (21.5%) and small (20.7%), household items (18.9%), garden articles (18.4%), sports and leisure articles and accessories (15.5%), children’s products (13.1%), games and toys (11.3%).
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Regarding the total value / category, the leader is the small (390 million £) and large (164 million £ ) electronics, followed by articles for the house ( £ 99 million), games and toys (47 million. £ ) and articles and accessories for sports and leisure (£ 40 million).
Characteristics of the main categories
The most stored products are mobile phones (73.7%), followed by tablets (17.8%), cameras and accessories (8.0%) and video cameras (0.5%)
Storage age: 1-2 years (35%), 2-3 years (28%), under one year (16%), 4-6 years (13%), more than 6 years (8%)
The most stored products are PC systems and monitors (33.6%), followed by laptops (30.5%), consoles (9.8%), games (6.6%), portable audio-video players (4.5%), components and accessories ( 4.2%), TVs (3.7%)
Storage age: 1-2 years (30%), 2-3 years (26%), 4-6 years (17%), under one year (15%), more than 6 years (12%)
The most stored products are refrigerators (36.6%), kitchen appliances (29.8%), washing machines / dishes (26.6%), stoves, ovens and ovens (6.4%), air conditioning appliances (0.5%)
Storage age: 1-2 years (30%), 2-3 years (26%), 4-6 years (14%), more than 6 years (14%), under one year (16%)
The most stored products are hair care products – dryer, brush (34%), other small appliances (25.3%), personal care appliances (11%), kitchen robots (9.7%), coffee maker / espresso machine (9.1%)
Storage age: 1-2 years (31%), 2-3 years (27%), 4-6 years (16%), more than 6 years (13%), under one year (13%)
Warehouse, the most used storage space
Most consumers (60%) store the goods inside the house, in cabinets or storage; very few (30%) are those who choose an external space: in the basement, cellar or shed.
Regarding the plans they have with the stored goods, 36% of the respondents claim that, usually, they sell or exchange them, 27% have invoked “I keep them, you never know when you need them” as the first reason for keeping it safe, a good part adopts “recycling”, offering them to relatives or friends (20%), reusing them (6%), putting them on sale in fairs (2%), and 9% choosing to sell them fold.
Unused Goods – Urban Vs. Rural
According to the study, 85% of the citizen in the urban area have stored goods, while consumers in the rural area store goods in a proportion of 71%.
The value of the goods stored in the urban area is £ 605 million, 3 times higher than that of the rural area (£ 215 million).
The highest percentage of people who have stored goods is located in the London area (86%), at the opposite pole being the citizen from South-Leeds (75.9%).
The maximum value of the goods, for all the categories concerned, is registered in London (£ 136 million), Birmingham (£ 36 million) and Liverpool (£ 27 million), and the lowest in Bristol (£ 6 million). .