UAE’s classifieds platform dubizzle today said residents can make substantial savings on essentials for the home by opting for second-hand – or pre-loved – goods instead of brand-new items.
By calculating the average costs of home essentials listed on dubizzle over the past year, the platform revealed that furnishing a studio flat and a baby’s room through dubizzle would save residents up to 40 and 42 per cent, respectively, compared to purchasing similar brand-new items from well-known furniture stores.
The average price of items bought on dubizzle over the past year is Dh5,930, while the original price of similar items equates to roughly Dh10,000, it said.
“dubizzle prides itself for being the companion of the person from the moment they step foot in the UAE until they leave,” commented Razan Al Masri, Items for Sale Product Marketing Manager, dubizzle.
As an example, the classifieds site said that the average cost of a brand-new two-seater couch is Dh1,000; however, the average price of a similar item sold on dubizzle’s Items for Sale section is Dh500, highlighting a 50 per cent saving.
Similarly, it noted that the cost of a dining table set with two chairs averages at Dh600 brand-new while the dubizzle average price is one-third cheaper, at Dh200.
Top searched terms and brands
When taking a look at the top searched words in relation to furniture, ‘Ikea’ ranks first, with an average of 7,475 searches per month, followed by ‘Sofa Bed’ and “Leather Furniture” at 6,231 and 4,843 average monthly searches respectively. The top searched appliances are fridges, washing machines and microwaves respectively.
Similar price trends are observed for baby items, an average of 8,376 new baby items has been listed on dubizzle every month, with a daily average of 279 listings. The average price for a pre-loved baby-walker is Dh130, as opposed to Dh300 when a new item is bought. Baby cribs average at Dh370 on dubizzle, therefore resulting in a 38 per cent saving over purchasing a brand-new equivalent, averaging at Dh600.
In relation to entertainment items for the home, the top TV brands searched were identified as “Samsung”, followed by “LG” and “Sony” respectively. The average price of a brand-new flat-screen, 40-inch TV is Dh1,200, while a TV with the same specifications is available for Dh700 on dubizzle, saving users 42 per cent on the original cost.
Purchasing a pre-loved PlayStation 4 from dubizzle can save users up to 22 per cent, with the average price identified as Dh1,250, compared to the brand-new price of Dh1,600.
“In addition to products, dubizzle also has extensive listings for services, from movers to painters, as well as property, jobs and motors to support residents with their relocation needs, reinforcing our position as a one-stop platform for anyone moving to, from or within the UAE,” added Masri.