Top Tips For Buying & Selling Clothes On Depop


Are you using Depop yet? If not, WHY NOT? In case you're in the dark, Depop is an app which allows you to sell your old things as well as buy other people's items via an easy to use grid layout - I like to think of it as the lovechild of eBay and Instagram. I've been on Depop for about two years now and not only have I made hundreds of pounds by selling my things but I've also managed to snag some amazing bargains, dream fashion items and totally unique handmade pieces. Many people have asked me both on social media and in real life for tips on how I manage to sell so much items as well as find such cool things so I thought I would do a post sharing some of my top tips for successful Depop-ing.


- Be specific when searching... A lot of sellers on Depop will put lots of popular keywords in the descriptions of their items so they will come up a lot when people are using the search function so describe the item in as much detail as you can when trying to find a certain piece - for example if you're looking a slip dress, put in the colour and fabric you want it to be in too. This will cut down on the items that come up and make your shopping experience less tedious,

- ...But remember to try similar words too. You may be looking for a faux fur skirt and having no luck - however a buyer may have listed your dream skirt under another keyword like "faux fur", "furry" or "fuzzy". Remember to always consider alternative adjectives that may have been used!

- Do regular searches. If there's a certain brand that you love but maybe can't afford full price (or a piece you wanted is sold out but you can't live without it), make sure to search on the app at least once a day to see if anything new has popped up. You don't want to miss that totally amazing Lazy Oaf dress that is sure to be snapped up in minutes! 

- "ISO" posts are your best friend. If you have a big wishlist, a great way to find the items on there via Depop is by making an ISO/In Search Of post. A lot of sellers will search for items they are trying to get rid of and if they see that somebody wants something they have in their shop they will usually message you and offer it to you for a great price. A lot of Depop users will also tag sellers in the post who are selling that item which saves you a lot of time and energy searching.

- Don't be afraid to haggle - but be polite. For me as a seller, I don't mind taking offers on my items but the way the buyer approaches the sale is a huge deciding factor in this. There's a difference between sending a polite message asking if  a seller can do the item for a cheaper price and just sending "£10?" and nothing else. 

- Keep your offers sensible.  It's always great to get an amazing bargain but be reasonable with what you are offering - chances are that trying to get a brand new dress that cost 80 pounds for 20 will get you ignored.


- Include as much detail in your description as possible. Make sure to make your item's description as descriptive as you can - include the condition of the item, the clothing size and how true to size it is and as many keywords that could possibly be used to describe it as possible (including different adjectives). Including brands that sell similar styles/have a similar aesthetic to the item too will also increase your chance of a sale as fans of those brands may like what you are selling too.

- Suggest styling tips. Another tip for a great item description is to include ways that the buyer could style up what you're selling. This is especially helpful if you have pieces for sale that you think would look good together as you may be able to make multiple sales at a time!

- Use good quality photos. Chances are, the better and more varied the images you use are, the more likely you are to make a sale - this way the buyer knows exactly what they are getting and feels more comfortable parting with their money. I recommend using an image of you/a friend wearing the actual item, a few detail shots (to show any flaws/imperfections on the garrment) and a photo of it on a hanger or in a flatlay format. Natural lighting is also preferable.

- Offer bundle deals/promotions. Bundle deals are where you make a listing selling multiple items from your shop to one customer, often for a reduced rate than if the items were bought individually. This is a great way to make multiple sales at one time as well as offering the customer a slight discount which will make them very happy! Offering a discount or promotion to previous buyers is a great way to get repeat business too - if I have a great experience with a customer, I'll often offer them a certain percentage off their next order.

- Keep your item "new". Did you know that simply going into the "edit description" page of your item and clicking save refreshes your item to the top of your shop/the search feed as if it was new? This is a great way to keep your item appearing when people are browsing and to ensure it doesn't get lost in the sea of old items. Buyers are more likely to show interest in an item if they think it's new as they know it's still for sale.

- Communication is key. Being friendly to a potential buyer is a great to way to get repeat customers - Depop is more than your average online store as you're talking to an actual person so it's always great to treat them like one. I've had some lovely conversations on there and talked to some amazing people! It's also important to keep your buyer updated on the progress of their item by letting them know when it's been sent and when it's due to arrive, that way their mind is more at ease - it also makes you seem more professional too.

I really hope this post helped some of you out and offered some guidance - happy Depop-ping! x

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  1. Great tips! I don't use depop but theres a similar app called carousell so I'll be sure to take these tips with me!
    Kathy x

  2. I really want to start using depop but I feel like the sending and postage aspect would be the hardest part? I've seen some great things on there though! x


    1. You should definitely give it a go! I've never had any issues with the posting aspect xx

  3. I've got loads of clothes I don't actually wear/have never worn, I should think about selling them on Depop! x

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