My Top Tips For Selling On Depop

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As someone who’s sold on Depop for 3 years now and on Ebay for many years before that I’ve developed quite a knowledge on how to sell (… and buy!) second hand goods online. I’ve managed to make my little Depop shop such a success that it was registered as a small business & had become a fantastic way for me to earn some extra money on the side.

Literally ahhhhhnyone call sell on Depop as a means of clearing out their wardrobe… I’ve often put the cash straight back into buying new clothes but at least I’m simply replacing rather than spending more money, you see? That’s my excuse & I’m sticking with it!

Weather you sell on Depop already or, are just now considering it, these tips will help you along the way.

Here we go…

Photography Is Key

Throwing a wrinkled top onto your patterned bed spread for a photo simply won’t cut it if you’re looking to move items. Making the pieces look as attractive as possible means ensure the clothing is freshly washed & photographed against a plain background in good lighting.

I simply put a thumb tac in a white wall & hang clothes on it to photograph them in broad day light. Accessories & beauty products are laid on an inexpensive faux sheepskin Ikea rug. Any yellow tones that come through on these white background are then removed with the whitening feature on the photo editing app FaceTune… this adds more work but the pieces are far more likely to sell.

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Add A Personal Touch

If you’ve bought off me on Depop before you’ll know that I add a personalised stamp to all of my envelopes & a note inside each one. While the stamp may seem unnecessary if you are selling as an individual, the note is always an appreciated touch. So many people contact me to thank me for the note & about 70% of my buyers return which I feel is, at least in part thanks to the minor details I add to the experience.

To reward these return buyers I often offer them a discount on items they’ve liked after their first purchase which makes them happy & helps to finalise the sale, win win!

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Interact

Responding to comments & Dms is crucial if you want to get sales & the best way to make sure you don’t miss them is to keep Depop on your phone’s home page so you can see the notifications as they come in.

If someone likes a few items that I’ve posted I’ll also DM them to offer them a discount on the combined items which they’ll often take me up on so don’t be afraid to reach out to people if they seem interested but haven’t contacted you directly (… just don’t be over eager, 1 message is enough!)

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Be Honest

Nothing kills a Depop buzz more than an unhappy customer so, to avoid unnecessary complications always check the item for faults before listing & note them in the description. I’ve often only noticed minor faults when photographing the item but by being 100% honest you’re giving buyers the opportunity to buy the item knowingly with faults as opposed to only seeing the minor damages on arrival.

You bio is also a great tool to carry that honesty where you can cite your selling and shipping terms. No refunds? Say that. Only post once weekly? Say so. Honest is always the best policy in life and, in Depop selling!

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Promote Yoself

It doesn’t matter if you have 5 followers on Twitter or 50K… if you want to show people what you’re selling you’ll need to bloody let them know!

I upload to Depop every Monday & take 4 items from those listed & share them on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.. this gives people who don’t check their Depop feed regularly the opportunity to see whats gone up & therefore the opportunity to come & buy that shiz!

As my mom says ‘a quite priest never got a parish’ so, by that standard you need to use platforms that people check regularly to shout about whats happening on a platform that they don’t.

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Well there you have it, my 5 top tips for getting your stock moving on Depop. No matter how nice your stuff is, no one will buy it A) If it looks terrible in the photo or B) They simply don’t know its selling so, make sure to apply the above suggestion to help grow your following and sell those pre-loved goodies.

Don’t forget to check my Depop @icomeundone to see how I apply the above ideas to my own account and be sure to follow me on Instagram to see when new stock is uploaded

 

Happy selling! xx

Recent Comments
  • Hannah says:

    Hi,
    Im new to Depop. I saw some Authenticj Luxury Items which are set price at £1 or $1 then next to it is Sold label.
    What does it mean?

    • Sarah says:

      It’s usually a bundle sale set up so that a buyer can purchase a few items at a discounted price while the seller has to only a pay a small Depop fee as the sales are based on item’s prices (the buyer also has buyer protection too as they paid through the app) I couldn’t be sure of each individual item you’re inquiring about but this is often the case.

  • susie reva says:

    I just came across your post and love what you have to say! I have a few questions…

    When you talk about using hashtags, do you include those hashtags in the description? I haven’t noticed this in other shops.

    Do you use other apps to help manage your depop?

    I recently registered as a small business but still learning the logistics. Because there is no sales tax through Depop what is the process for reporting on taxes and other legalities? Do you have any resources to help guide other new online business owners? Alot of the resources i’ve found are for physical business locations not e-commerce.

    Depop obviously has the option for the seller to pay for shipping or the buyer. Why would a seller prefer to pay for shipping vs buyer?

    Thanks!

    • Sarah says:

      Hey Susie, you can use hashtags in the descriptions to help buyers find your items but it’s also now possible for buyers to just search for words so no longer a need to use a hashtag before them, I don’t use any other apps to manage my Depop, I’d advise you to speak to your accountant around tax, I wouldn’t feel comfortable (or qualified) to advise you on that.

      In terms of offering free shipping it simply incentives the buyer to folloow though on a purchase… the buyer looses out on some income but its more likely to make a sale and, a definite sale less shipping can be better than no sale at all.

      Hope this helps!

  • Lan says:

    For the packaging size should we pay more attention to the weight instead of the size?

  • ellie says:

    hi! just started my own depop, any tips on how to build up your followers to start, like who’s best to follow x thanks

    • Sarah says:

      Hashtags can be great for helping people to find you as for following others I tend to search for items I like, follow the sellers if I like some of their other stuff (& they’re a similar size to me) then see who they’re following as there’s a chance I’ll like the same sellers as them 🙂 xx

  • Jakub B says:

    How do i DM someone a photo because there is no camera icon on the message 🙂

  • amelia says:

    I have put my stuff up on depop and nobody will buy it because I don’t have that many followers so I also tried eBay but it is way too complicated to sell my items as you have to go through so many pages and questions that I don’t know the answer to. What do I do now?

  • Steve John says:

    *Your place is valueble for me. Thanks!?

  • Christina says:

    Hey Kat I have a question. If I sell an item for cash in a meetup, can Depop still take the commission since the item is marked as “sold”? I’m brand new to this and am generating a lot of interest fast and not sure I’m keeping up!

    • Sarah says:

      Hey Christina, no, if you mark an item as sold Depop don’t take any money from the sale price but you also wave your right to seller protection from Depop that way. They take 10% commission of every purchase done through the app.

  • Kat says:

    This post was very helpful! I’m currently selling things on Depop as well, and I bought an item a couple of days ago, but the seller hasn’t replied to my messages. It says the item has been shipped, and I messaged the seller for proof of postage/tracking, but they’ve ignored my message. What should people do in that situation? x

  • isabel says:

    Thank you for the read I found it very helpful. My only question for you as a seller for Depop which pay-pal account do you prefer personal or business?

    • Sarah says:

      Hey hun, thank you, glad you found it helpful. I get people to pay for goods and services through a business account but a personal account is totally fine I’m sure.

  • Mary says:

    Had to track this down after you posted on Instagram – thanks very much for opening my eyes to this life hack!

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  • Dedevontrapp says:

    Regarding DMing someone who likes your stuff. I find it super annoying that whenever I like something, even if it’s one item, people will send me a message asking if I want to buy said item or make an item. It just reeks of desperation. I enjoy giving out likes, I feel it’s a great way to support other shops and get their items seen but it doesn’t mean I want to buy the item. I wish sellers would realize this. 🙁

    • Krissi says:

      Agree – it actually puts me off buying the item.
      If I see someone with nice bits but hardly any followers I always ‘❤️’ item so that my followers get a view also – I hope maybe it helps them get more followers

    • Sarah says:

      I definitely see your point on this, I usually say to someone that if they’d like free shipping on the item to let me know as, most people don’t fully read the captions (fair enough) so don’t realise I offer free shipping… if I’ve messaged someone about shipping before & they didn’t reply I’d never message them again as that’d be seriously annoying! xx

  • Angela says:

    Do you have tips for editing photos? I like how yours have a grey themed background. It looks nice.

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