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Brits more likely to rent things now than ever before – including phones and furniture

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One in ten find themselves parting with as much as £500 a month on subscription services or rental fees.

More than half (55 percent) of respondents believe renting individual items is much more normalised now than it was five years ago.

And 53 percent said they no longer feel the need to own things – and that it is access to goods and service which is important.

A tenth would now even prefer to rent their wedding dress – as Carrie Symonds did when marrying Boris Johnson earlier this year – rather than owning it outright.

The research was commissioned by leading recommerce expert, musicMagpie, as part of a report exploring the rental revolution. 

This follows the company’s announcement that it has extended its popular smartphone rental offering to include new and refurbished iPads.

Four in ten adults believe living a more rental or subscription-heavy lifestyle allows them to have more flexibility.

And 38 percent feel it’s simply a way of avoiding having to pay full price for something outright.

One in five said renting allows them to live a more glamorous lifestyle, giving them access to things they wouldn’t be able to otherwise – with one in ten renting designer handbags, clothing, and jewellery.

And for around a third (28 percent) renting enables them to keep up with the latest tech, by renting computers, consoles, phones and more.

musicMagpie’s CEO, Steve Oliver, said: “There’s been a dramatic shift in how we consume all sorts of different things over the last decade or so.

“Many people now see renting as a smarter choice, by allowing themselves access to products and services rather than having to buy them outright.

“This is particularly the case for high cost or luxury items, or items they only need for a short period of time.

“Not only this, but renting can also be a smart choice for the environment – promoting a circular economy where products are kept in circulation for longer, we own less “stuff” and don’t produce as much waste for the planet.”

On this note, more than half of those polled (52 percent) believe renting things is more environmentally friendly than owning them.

It also emerged millennials – those born between 1981 and 1996 – are most likely to live a rental-style life because it’s less wasteful for the planet.

Meanwhile more than a third (38 percent) believe a key environmental benefit of renting is that doing so leads to more shared usage of items – meaning they get more use out of them from more people.

And 32 percent appreciate renting can increase an item’s lifespan, according to the OnePoll.com figures.

Brits estimate they own just 70 percent, on average, of the products and services they use on a regular basis.

And over a tenth of the population (13 percent) even believe there will be a time when they rent absolutely everything in their lives.

TOP 30 THINGS BRITS WOULD RATHER RENT THAN OWN OUTRIGHT:

  1. TV/video streaming (e.g. Netflix)
  2. Music streaming (e.g. Spotify)
  3. Gym/fitness
  4. Car
  5. Storage space
  6. Mobile phone/smartphone
  7. DIY tools
  8. Wedding dress
  9. Sports equipment (e.g. skis)
  10. Home cleaning equipment
  11. Designer clothing
  12. Accommodation (e.g. house, flat)
  13. Gaming subscription
  14. Laptop/computer
  15. Parking space
  16. Bicycle
  17. Pets (e.g. BorrowMyDoggy, Share Your Pet)
  18. TV
  19. Christmas tree
  20. Designer handbag
  21. Jewellery/accessories
  22. White goods/home appliances
  23. E-scooter
  24. Game consoles
  25. Furniture
  26. Suit
  27. Tablet
  28. Motorbike
  29. Baby/children’s toys
  30. Smartwatch



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