Depop is probably one of my favourite things in life, you can make money from your wardrobe, buy new things on the cheap and look at all the pretty things on the discover page. Using the app itself is fairly simple and self-explanatory, but knowing how to deal with users can sometimes be a little bit tricky.
How to: ask questions
If you want to know more about an item or a seller then just ask. Simple. If you ever want to know how an item fits, or what condition it’s in or anything else that you’re unsure about, just ask. Whoever is selling the item won’t mind because at the end of the day, they might be getting your money from answering your question. Make sure you ask questions about price and postage too, just to make sure you’re both on the same page.
How to: make offers and negotiate
The price is shown on the item for a reason, that’s how much the seller values their item at. This means that they’re not very likely to accept a quarter of the asking price because you sent them six offers, nine reasons why the price is too high and one mild threat. You can make an offer and negotiate on the site by sending sellers a message, but be realistic! If the item is under £20 anyway, don’t ask for more a couple of quid off, and you’ll more than likely get it. If it’s an expensive item, then you can ask for little bit off, but be prepared to meet somewhere in the middle. People do tend to add a little extra on to their prices since they know that they’ll probably be asked to knock a bit off.
How to: sell on Depop
Yes, Depop do take a cut of your money as fee for selling through the app (10% for Depop and 5% for PayPal), but trust me it’s worth it for both buyer and seller protection. If you pay through Depop, you’re covered in case something goes wrong.
You can report any problems on the app, so if you don’t receive the item, or it’s not how it was described, then Depop will contact the seller and sort it out for you. Then you can get your money back, or come to some sort of agreement. If you sell something and the buyer says it hasn’t arrived, you can send Depop your proof of postage (get this every time, just ask at the post office) to prove it was sent. This stops people from keeping your item and your money. Plus, you can rack up some good reviews and then you’ll sell more!
How to: have etiquette
I cannot emphasise this enough. The people you’re dealing with on Depop are all real people, just like you. Speak in proper sentences, not ‘£3’, ‘Swap’, ‘Lower’, it takes a few seconds for you to type a sentence, so do it. This will make people more likely to buy from you, and you might also snag a lower price if you’re friendly to the seller.
Finally, and also most importantly, say please and say thank you, there’s no Depop fee for manners.
If you fancy checking out my Depop, my username is @amieholtt and I promise I’ll be polite to you. (Or click here).
Depop is also a different way of making sustainable fashion choices. It means that instead of endlessly searching the rails of vintage or charity shops, you can just search for exactly what you want. This means that you’re giving clothing a second or third lease of life, rather than reaching straight for a new high street garment, and the chances are, it will only have been worn once or twice. Most young people only wear their clothes once before deciding that they don’t want them anymore, some clothes are chucked in the bin with the tags on! If you want to read more about sustainable fashion, and discover some brands who are amazingly ethical, have a read of my blog post here.