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What were they thinking?!?

December 26, 2006|by ROWAN COPLEY

Christmas is over, and while you might have received lots of nifty things you really wanted, there are always some gifts you could do without.

But don't just put them on a shelf to collect dust. Instead, you can turn them into cash or save money using this handy list of ways to liquidate your unwanted Christmas presents.

· Return it - If possible, this is the best choice. You get a full refund, so this is definitely the best option in terms of value. If your parents didn't keep the receipt, though, you might be out of luck.

· The gift of regifting - Just give it to someone else. There are the post-Christmas family reunions, plus birthdays and other holidays involving presents (maybe Valentine's Day). If you can think of someone who might like the present more than you, give it to them the next time they get presents. Just don't give it back to someone who knows who got it for you.

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· Sell it on eBay - You can sell pretty much anything on eBay.com. There are other resale Web sites such as Craigslist.org and Amazon.com.

· Local resale - Try selling it nearby. There are several different resale and pawn shops in the area. Contact Washington Street Pawnbrokers (47 E. Washington St., Hagerstown; call 301-791-7296) or Famous Pawnbrokers (1423 Dual Highway, Hagerstown; call 301-745-6600). If you've got clothing you want to sell, bring it to Act II (13625 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown; call 301-739-0552). And if you received doubles of that new console game, you can unload one at Game Stop (Valley Mall; call 301-582-3990) or EB Games (Valley Mall; call 301-582-9311). One word of advice: Always call ahead to find out terms and conditions for resale.

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