I am a BIG fan of a clear out. The clearer the space, the clearer my mind feels. And as much as I try not to give into the latest fashion trends, sometimes you can’t help but regret purchasing those velvet flares or leopard print mules (guilty on both accounts). That doesn’t mean, either, than I’m not now still lusting over my current obsession (someone PLEASE give me a Gucci belt- you know which one I mean). It’s a theme not confined to my wardrobe, but my make-up drawer (black lipstick? Really?) and my house (those crochet plant holders that looked so boho chique in Bali don’t quite hold the same allure in East London). Well ladies and gents, I have a solution. Out with old, in with the new. But with so many clothes selling apps it’s hard to know which to sell what on. So here is my ultimate guide to flogging…
High street fashion and make-up by the ton.
There’s a lot of nice details I appreciate on this clothes selling app. A heavily refined selection list helps people find what you’re selling, you get to choose the condition of the item so people know what they’re getting and ‘postage included’ prices stops you faffing around by trying to work out the postage price on top. I also like that it ‘auto’ finds categories (such as brand) from your description, because let’s face it, no-one wants to spend ten minutes filling in all the boxes. People can send offers, making it easy to accept and barter plus there is no selling fees. Win.
I have to be honest here- people on Mercari don’t like to pay much for their items and often seem to forget that out of the price you’re selling the item for, you as a seller have to pay for postage. When you have people offering you £3 on an item that costs £2.90 to send your patience can wear thin. It’s also not very good for those items with a higher price tag.
Pretty much anything, from high street fashion to vintage clothes (and even stuff from around your home).
A fairly major pro is the ‘sell anything’ vibe. I’ve sold everything from a crochet plant holder (yep, the one from Bali), to a mens Polo Ralph Lauren jumper. It’s a great market for a great selection of products with people willing to pay a fair price. You can also set different postage prices on different items- fab when you consider the difference in price between sending a necklace and a pair of wedges… I’m also a big fan of the new ‘video’ feature, so buying second hand has an ASOS feel to it. That said, I’m yet to bother making one…
I find selling on Depop to be a little slower than Mercari. Items tend to get snatched up on the latter, whilst people will pay full price on Depop but it can take a while to shift the items. I also find it a little clumpy to use when compared to Mercari, but that said it is by no means difficult. It also takes a fee and deposits into Paypal, whilst Mercari will deposit straight into your bank.
Designer goods on the guest list only.
If you’re flogging something designer, this clothes selling app is the place to find the right buyer for it. All the items are sent via Paris and checked for authenticty before being sent on to the final customer, meaning no disgruntled buyers and all authentic goods (also meaning people are willing to pay how much they’re worth). With free shipping, the process is made simple. And where else can you sell a £10k handbag?
For all the hard work they put in, they charge a pretty hefty fee. That said, don’t always be put off- sometimes even taking into the consideration the fee, I can get more for my items than I can on something like Depop. It can however be slow to sell items- let’s face it, in general demand for spenny goods isn’t quite as high as people paying a fiver for a Topshop dress. Creating the listing is a fairly lengthy process too. All the details must be given (even fabric type) and you have to take a photo against a white background- easy for a handbag, a little tricky for a large coat. All the listings have to be approved too before they go live.
Without sounding like too much of a cop out, they’re all great- it just depends on what you’re selling. Mercari is great for a quick sale (and for selling make-up), Depop is fab for those mid-range items and Vestiaire the place to go if you’ve got some designer goods hanging about. My trick tends to be double (or triple) listing and seeing where it sells. My tips for getting those listings to sell faster? A good photo (think light and bright and showing off all aspects of the item), all the details (size, quality and colour) and be responsive- a good rating gained by sending your items quickly will make potential customers more likely to click ‘buy’.