Every August I pack up some clothes for college and every May I come home to put them among others in my closet I haven’t worn in 9 months. As my style continues to transition, I turn to the mobile app “Depop” to make some extra money selling my gently-used-but-still-in-great condition clothes. I have sold more than 50+ items through Depop and am here to share how you can make some extra money with what’s been sitting right under your nose!
First- what is Depop?
The exclusively mobile app started in the UK a few years ago but has definitely gained traction here in the US. It is laid out much like Instagram, with a home page of pictures of your sale items and follower count, and a feed of items people you follow are selling. You upload pictures of what you are selling, set your price, and hook it up to your Paypal account all of which is free to do.
Tips for Successful Selling on Depop:
- Take the time to create a quality sale post: As people scroll through their feed, a well taken picture with a descriptive caption goes a long way. You don’t need fancy lighting or equipment to do this. Capture your photo in natural light and preferably place it against a simple background. I put each item on a hanger, hang it on a hook against my white closet door, filter natural lighting in, and snap away with my iPhone.
- Be honest: Depop allows you to rate your transaction as both a buyer and a seller. It’s good to be a decent human being and be honest about your product, but also it will help you build positive reviews. I wouldn’t advocate for selling something in bad condition, but be honest if there’s a flaw.
- Set fair prices: Most people on the app are teenagers or young adults with tight budgets. A general rule of thumb is that you can’t resell an item for full retail value. Once you purchase an item it’s value decreases by about 50%. The only instance for a higher price may be for a limited edition item. While items vary, think about what you would be willing to pay for the item based on quality/condition etc. People on Depop also make offers or negotiate- I’ve had good experiences selling by being open to offers but don’t cave to no profit. Keep things reasonable.
- Interact with other sellers/buyers! A way to get people to look at your items is for people to follow you and like your posts. Search for items similar to yours and start following other people and liking posts…but don’t be too spam-y either.
- Appropriately tag items: The Depop search system bases searches on the words in the description. I recommend a “tagged” section in your description and with words that relate to your items so they are more likely to be found.
- Understand how shipping works: There’s two parts to pricing- the cost of the item and the shipping cost. Shipping depends on how you send it (first class, priority, etc.) and weight. I buy bubbler envelopes at Walmart in packs of 4 which is much cheaper than those at the post office. I ship first class (the cheapest option) which comes with tracking and up to $50 insurance. If someone wants it shipped at a higher level you should increase what they pay for shipping. When you ship an item at the post office, you will get a receipt which you can share with the buyer so they know you did your part. In general, I charge $3-6 depending on the weight of the item. You can also estimate using the USPS calculator online.
- Pay within the app: While this is more applicable to buyers, always do transactions through Paypal within Depop. Some people try to avoid the depop fee (10% of you total sale) by directly using Paypal Friends & Family which does not provide protection with scams. However, conducting transactions in the app ensures protection for both parties, which is worth the fee to me.
Overall, I have had very good experiences the past 2 summers selling clothes through Depop. While I wouldn’t quit my summer job for the profits (and donating is a great alternative to what doesn’t sell!) this gig has definitely helped pay for a few nice dinner and drinks out!