Buying Second Hand Fashion: Using Depop

In my final post on buying second hand fashion by using your phone, I’ll be talking about the app Depop.

Admittedly I haven’t used Depop all that much – I only installed it on my phone about a month ago.

Image from A Thrifty Mrs

Depop has been around for a little while but I only noticed it when some sellers on Carousell started listing their Depop pages on their profiles. There are a few Instagrammers that use it – mollyx, Linda from Tinder to name a couple.

First Impressions

To me the app seems very much like Instagram, with a Feed of the items from sellers you follow. It also also a “Featured” section with items from sellers around the world, and Suggested People.

Having tapped onto different profiles it also seems (to me anyway) that the app has a lot of sellers that are a lot younger than me. As in, I think they are half my age. Or certainly at least 15 years younger.

The other way that the app reminds me of Instagram is how sellers posts very well taken photos of the items they’re trying to sell, either with the item on their person (with them posing as if for Insta) or in a very well laid out flatlay.

A lot of the items I have seen on the app also tend to be more of the vintage variety. I think this appeals to that younger market who love those CK sweaters and logo t-shirts from back in the 90s (holy crap, that’s considered vintage! I feel old), and baggy tapered jeans that were hip back in the 80s. Not meaning to say that’s a bad thing, I love that this stuff is coming back around and getting a new lease on life (but I wouldn’t necessarily wear it again myself!).

While you can use hashtags to search, like Carousell I can simply pop the search item I’m after to get a list of items being sold in Australia. (Shedd, not everybody thinks in hashtags, mmmmkay?)

As you can see from the screenshot above, not everything there is actually by Acne Studios, but sellers have mentioned that their items are “similar” to Acne (or are actually related to skin acne). While this may irk some, I actually don’t mind this, as I like to see what “dupes” are out there (this is very different to a “replica” where it is a flat out counterfeit).

So far I like Depop, I’ve listed some items for sale there to gauge how successful it is as a selling app but I will still use Facebook or Carousell for my second hand purchases using my phone.

UPDATE 26th April: I was able to sell a pair of shoes on Depop, however the buyer was in Ireland. She was really keen to pay for them as soon as she could and I only used the Australia Post postage calculator to estimate the cost to send them to her, and she ended up paying AUD$38 for the shoes including postage. However, when I went to the post office the postage ended up being $35!!! So, taking into account the listing fee on Depop (which is 10% based on USD, GBP or Euro, but ended up being more for me after conversion to AUD) and the extraordinary postage cost to Ireland, the buyer basically got the shoes for nothing. Lesson learnt: get the right postage amount OR only send domestically!

Have you used Depop? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

Other posts in the Buying Second Hand Fashion Using Your Phone series:
Buying Second Hand Fashion: Using Facebook
Buying Second Hand Fashion: Using Carousell
Buying Second Hand Fashion: Using Shedd

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