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.
If you want to know more about an item or a seller then just ask. Simple. If I ever want to know how an item fits, or what condition it’s in or anything else that I’m unsure about I always 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, and on the same topic…
Negotiate on price, but don’t haggle
The price is shown on the item for a reason, that’s how much the seller wants for their item, meaning 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. If the item is under £20 anyway, try asking for free postage, or even a couple of quid off, and you’ll more than likely get it. If it’s an expensive item, then ask for a tenner 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.
Don’t buy or sell anywhere else but the app
Yes, Depop do take a cut of your money for selling through the app, but trust me it’s worth it for both the buyer and the seller. If you pay through Depop, you’re covered in case something goes wrong and the seller isn’t willing to fix the issue themselves. 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 if they don’t sort it, then you can get your money back. And if you sell something and the buyer says it hasn’t arrived, you can send Depop your proof of postage (get this every time) to prove it was sent to stop people from keeping your item and your money. Plus, you can rack up some good reviews and then you’ll sell more!
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 approximately 0.9 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. And most importantly, say please and say thank you, there’s no Depop fee for manners.