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Buying Second Hand Fashion: Using Carousell

In my second post on this series on buying second hand fashion I’m talking about the Carousell buy and sell app.

Poshmark has been around in the US for a while now and for some terrible, awful reason it’s not available in Australia yet. (Although I think when it does become available in Australia my wallet and I will be in trouble.) One of the alternatives we have is Carousell, an app which allows you to buy and sell not only fashion but books, gadgets, furniture etc.

I signed up to Carousell about a year ago to sell some of my stuff but I’ve also used it to buy some great items. For example, I bought this Acne waffle knit jumper from a seller in Perth for $40 + postage. Green isn’t a colour I normally buy but I really liked this shade (and I’m obsessed with anything by Acne Studios). Buying second hand meant that I could experiment with a colour I’m not normally used to but be able to try it out at a reasonable price.

I’ve also been obsessed with Comme Des Garcons Play shirts for quite some time so was really happy when this one popped up on the app a couple of weeks ago.

Pros of using Carousell
  • Searching by location. You can search locally or within Australia (or your home country), which gives you a wider scope to find items (unlike Facebook Marketplace, which only allows you to search up to 50km within your location).
  • You can like things to save and review for the future.
  • Best for buying second hand or brand new with tag items from your favourite high street brands – buying designer items can be fraught with danger unless you know what to look for (see below).
  • Prices are mostly negotiable, but as I mentioned in my previous post, should be reasonable.
  • Prices can be fantastic – while I didn’t buy it, I saw a Banjo and Matilda jumper for $30. They normally retail for $195.
  • You can leave positive or negative feedback depending on your experience.
  • A lot of Instagram bloggers are on Carousell so you may be able to pick up an item that was worn by them once, for a few minutes, for an IG pic. Bloggers who I follow on Carousell include Kristy Who, Jacquie Alexander, Jess Alizzi, and Klarabellle.
Cons of using Carousell
  • Like Faceook Marketplace, Carousell has no-one policing posts so counterfeit/replica items can be posted. Most of the time sellers will say if it’s a replica, but I’ve also seen others that don’t disclose it and are clearly counterfeit. If the price is too good to be true, then it probably isn’t.
  • Related to above, ask for more pictures and detail, especially if you want to buy a designer or high-end label. With the Comme Des Garcons shirt above, I asked the seller to send me more photos of the shirt, including tags – as these are one of the telltale signs that a shirt is original or a replica. I’d been been burnt before by replica shirts so wanted to be sure this one was legit. (It was, by the way.)
  • I’ve also read about scam sellers who accept buyers’ money but never send the items. They delete their accounts and start up again under a different name. Paypal has buyer protection so where possible use Paypal (even if it means coughing up an extra 3% to cover the fee).
  • Learn from my mistake. I met a seller to buy her skirt and blazer, and handed over the money without looking at the items. When I got back to the office I realised the skirt had holes in the lining. The seller claimed she was selling the skirt for a friend and didn’t know about it. Check items carefully (either in person or ask for more photos) before you give the money!

Wearing: second hand Comme Des Garcons Play shirt | second hand Rag and Bone Shorts | Adidas Stan Smiths (bought new, worn >15 times)

Have you used Carousell before? How does it rate to other experiences you’ve had buying second hand? Let me know in the comments below!

Enjoying the series so far? In my next post on buying second hand fashion from your phone I’ll be talking about the app Shedd!

Other posts in the Buying Second Hand Fashion from your phone series:

Buying Second Hand Fashion: Using Facebook
Buying Second Hand Fashion: Using Shedd
Buying Second Hand Fashion: Using Depop

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8 thoughts on “Buying Second Hand Fashion: Using Carousell

    1. I quite like it even though I’ve had a couple of sketchy experiences using it. Not sure if it’s available over there but I’ve heard Poshmark is the bomb!! Thanks as always for stopping by Ruth xx

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