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…
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.
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!
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!)
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!
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.
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.