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How to Sell on Depop

Depop is a free to download mobile and tablet app on which you can sell unique items including art, vintage and luxury fashion, illustrations, books, records and trainers.

There is a strong community spirit on the platform as it’s not just about buying and selling, though of course this plays an essential role. It’s also a fun place to hang out where people can like, share and comment on items. Think Instagram but with items for sale instead of just to admire.

If you want to build your very own community of buyers and sell your items in the company of emerging and established creatives, read our guide to selling via Depop and get started now!

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HOW TO SELL ON Depop

Here's 4 simple steps to getting your items listed and sold on Depop.

Step 1

Download the app and sign up

You will first need to download the Depop app in the Apple App Store or Google Play store for Android users. It’s compatible with all iOS 6 and newer devices, and all Android 4.0 and newer devices. Then sign up for an account; you can do this with your Facebook account or with email.

Step 2

Complete your profile

Once you have signed up you will get your own profile page, which in a way acts as your storefront. Make sure to add a picture of yourself and fill out the profile, both of which will help to increase trust amongst potential customers.

Step 3

List your items

You can list items you want to sell through your profile page. Make sure to include images, the price, postage costs, and a title and description for each item.

Step 4

Sell inside the app

Depop makes it easy to complete the entire sale process via the Depop app, so there’s no need to move to a laptop or desktop computer.

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SELLING ON DEPOP BASICS

What can I sell on Depop

Clothes, shoes and make-up are popular categories, and you’ll find many fashion bloggers use Depop to sell off the samples and free clothes they receive. You can also sell other items like art, books, records, etc. So whatever unwanted items you find hiding at the back of your wardrobe, they’re most likely worth selling on Depop. What can’t you sell? Depop has a small list of prohibited items which can’t be sold such as used cosmetics and make-up.

How much does it cost to sell on Depop?

As the Depop app is free to download and there’s no fee to list items for sale, however when you’ve made a sale Depop will take a 10% commission (including shipping costs). The way you choose to receive payment can also incur charges. There are two choices: Classic has a 3.4% + £0.20 PayPal transaction fee (varies by country), while Wallet has a 2.5% transaction fee (minimum fee £0.50) and no PayPal fees.

What's the difference between Classic and Wallet payments?

The two payment methods accepted on Depop are Classic and Wallet (check fees above). Accepting payments outside the app through bank transfers is not allowed.

The “Classic” option needs you to have a PayPal account and you will need to link this to your Depop account too. When you make a sale the money will be transferred directly to your PayPal account.

The “Wallet” option is a secure place Depop has created in the app to manage your money, through which you can pay out to your bank account or store up any sale proceeds to buy items on Depop yourself. This payment method is only available to selected UK sellers, but it will soon be available to everyone. You can sign up now to get on the waiting list.

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TIPS AND ADVICE FOR SELLING ON DEPOP

Post pictures of your items

Treat your Depop store like an Instagram feed – your pictures will be the key to making sales. These should be taken in natural daylight and include more than one picture for each item. It’s also beneficial to take pictures of the items being worn to help buyers get a good idea of sizing, fit, etc. Take care when choosing a background for your photos, pick a background that complements the items you’re selling and isn’t too distracting.

It’s also worth noting that Depop prohibit photos copied from another website, catalogues or other Depop users.

Add a description

The description helps buyers know what you’re selling and important details like sizing, material and condition. Even providing styling ideas can help potential buyers imagine how they would look in a particular item, increasing the chances of a sale.

It’s also worth including details about your terms & conditions, delivery and how you’ll be handling refunds or exchanges, as this can ultimately save you time.

Follow shipping best practice

Once an item has been sold and you have sent it to the customer, make sure you provide proof of postage, such as a tracking number in a private message, to assure the buyer that their item is on the way.

You also need to take the time to work out how much shipping will cost you. To compare parcel prices and choose from a wide range of national and international delivery options, use the handy comparison service on My Parcel Delivery to get a quick quote.

Know your buyer

Getting to know your customer helps you to know that you are selling to a reliable person. Checking out a buyer’s feedback ratings and comments can help with this, but having a chat with them is also beneficial.

Talking to customers can also help to build up a rapport, and since Depop is all about community, this can help you turn customers into return customers!

Consider offering discounts and bundles

If you’re struggling to sell individual items, it’s worth seeing if any items can be sold together as a bundle instead. For example, a necklace that goes really well with a top, or a handbag that matches in colour to a pair of shoes. You can also try offering a discount for anybody who buys multiple items – you’ll be saving money on delivery costs and it could just help clinch that sale.