Depop started back in 2011 and has since been downloaded over 3 million times. The online buying and selling app is used all over the world and is soaring in popularity, especially here in Ireland!
All you need is a PayPal account and the Depop app and you’re ready to go. Here are some of my tips to get your own ‘Depop Shop’ up and running.
You create a user name (which can’t be changed so choose wisely). Everything else like your profile picture and bio can be changed as often as you want! You can also link to your own website if you have one.
Before following people, you should take some time to build up your Depop shop by putting some items up for sale. People don’t tend follow back someone with a blank profile.
The app is free to download but Depop charge a 10 per cent fee on every sale. Paypal also take a cut so consider this when you start to set prices.
Now that’s the basics sorted – It’s time to start selling!
You can sell anything on Depop but most people use it to sell clothes, jewellery, make-up and shoes.
From my experience, branded items sell well – MAC lipsticks, Sephora brushes, Thomas Sabo bracelet and Hollister t-shirts all received huge interest immediately when they went up. But don’t let not having ‘brands’ deter you, we all different styles and if the items in good condition, the right buyer will come along.
If something’s not in saleable condition, be respectful of other sellers and chose not to put it up. Always ask yourself, would you be happy if you received this? If there is a minor fault (scratches on watch face or a small stain) just include it in the description. Make sure you wash all clothes and shoes before posting them on! If you’re selling makeup brushes, make sure you clean them thoroughly.
Depop is very much based on aesthetics and buyers could be turned off your profile in an instant! You can include up to four photos so try and make your item look appealing for buyers. Take your pictures in daylight. You can keep your backgrounds plain or add in some cool props that complement whatever you’re selling. People usually ask for photos of you wearing the item so include these if possible.
Follow people who have similar styles to you or who you think would be interested in what you’re selling. You can share your Depop user name on other platforms like Twitter and Facebook to get your name out there.
Post the items as soon as possible after they’re bought. If there’s any delay, let your buyer know as soon as possible. Your buyers can leave a review and a rating out of five stars so treating buyers badly could affect how other buyers view you! I always put a note in with my packages and a little extra gift like a lollipop or bracelet. People appreciate the personal touch.
Put in as much description as possible so that someone searching will find your item. Look at other sellers to see the typical format but try and inject your own personal style into it!
And please don’t be one of those people who use lots of hashtags to try get their items discovered. It will just annoy sellers if they are looking for a MAC lipstick and your Jeffery Campbell shoes pop up.
Best of luck with your Depop shops and you can follow me @ronest on Depop!