Kiwis are selling their lockdown purchases and putting more and more dogs up for adoption

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The things Kiwis bought to get out of lockdown are showing up on Trade Me in increasing numbers.

Items listed with increasing frequency include home gym equipment, sewing and scrapbooking supplies.

The online market has also seen an increase in the number of dogs available for adoption.

“Thousands of Kiwis are selling their exercise machines with listings up 26% from June last year,” Trade Me spokeswoman Millie Silvester said.

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Compared to June 2019, before Covid, there had been a 36% increase in the number of dogs up for adoption on Trade Me.

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Compared to June 2019, before Covid, there had been a 36% increase in the number of dogs up for adoption on Trade Me.

“We also saw an increase in the number of gym weights for sale in June, with listings up 22% from the previous year.”

Silvester said during lockdown Trade Me saw many Kiwis turn to crafts as a way to pass the time, with a boom in sales for sewing, scrapbooking and knitting during the 2020 lockdown.

She said sales had been flat since, with many Kiwis pursuing their hobbies, but in June sewing category listings were up 28% from 2021, scrapbooking listings were up by 19% and enrollment in knitting had increased by 22%.

Dog classifieds jump as owners return to normal

Compared to June 2019, before Covid, there had been a 36% increase in the number of dogs up for adoption on Trade Me.

Auckland Animal Shelters have also warned they are at full capacity after closures led to a boom in puppies and kittens, with Auckland Council animal steward Elly Waitoa saying the three Manukau, Silverdale and Henderson council shelters were at breaking point.

Waitoa said it seemed most of the dogs were abandoned because owners couldn’t get them into rental homes or were called back to the office and couldn’t work from home as much.

Lisa Kerr, head of trust and safety at Trade Me, said it’s important for users to be aware of the responsibilities that come with owning a pet.

“Pets are a lot of fun and really rewarding, but owning one can be expensive and time-consuming,” she said.

Trade Me publishes advice on online pet trading.

Pets could only be listed as graded on Trade Me, which allowed breeders and buyers to select who they sold, bought, and adopted, and ensured that animals went to homes where they would be cared for.

“It’s important to us that unwanted pets find new homes, so we have a free ‘adopt’ category for cats and dogs,” Kerr said.

All animals in this category were free except for those listed by approved organizations such as rescue shelters, which may charge a small fee for the necessary costs associated with rescuing the animal.

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