What is Depop?

If you’ve been knocking around social media during the past few months you may well have seen Depop mentioned and thought the names of modern bands had finally gone from strange to truly err…crap. But fear ye not Depop is not the spawn of the latest reality TV music competition but rather a method for you to make and save money.

 What is Depop?

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How best to describe Depop?
Hmmm let’s go with Instagram meets eBay with a healthy splash of jumble sale.
Got the idea? Good.
You can download the app for Apple here and on Google Play here and then sell or buy straight from inside the app, all you need is a smartphone and a method of payment – Paypal is the norm although debit and credit cards are accepted.

How to make money with Depop
Sell your no longer worn clothes, shoes and accessories and bits and bobs (home decor and books seem popular but clothes are dominating the site at the moment) to make some money.
The key in selling your garment is to make sure the photo is a good one – not one grabbed from the internet unless you own the picture. Ideally your photo should be taken in daylight, laid out nicely, with a simple background and with someone wearing the piece. Photos taken using flash, filters, placed into collages or messily arranged don’t fair as well. It’s worth having a scroll through the ‘Explore’ page to see which kinds of images are most popular so you can get a feel for the site.

To start listing an item simply tap the “sell” button and take a picture or choose from your library.
Then add your description (make it clear and accurate including colour, size, fabric, condition etc.) and price then choose from the delivery options. Sync up your Paypal account and finally choose if you want to share your item on your social media accounts before hitting publish.

Your price is a set price and if someone hits the ‘buy’ button that is the price they will pay and they don’t even need to communicate with you. Buyers can however private message you to ask if you are willing to haggle. You don’t have to, if you don’t want to and a polite ‘no thank you’ should be all that is needed however haggling  does work if an item isn’t shifting. When negotiating your price it is common practice to disable instant payment so someone doesn’t nip in a snap up the piece whilst private messages go back and forth.

Depop charge 10% of the successful sale price (although for August there are no sales fees!) but listing an item is free, so if your item doesn’t sell you don’t have to pay a penny. On top of the Depop sales charge you must also factor in the Paypal charge. Depop’s example is thus:

• You sell an item for £40
• The Depop fee would be £4
• PayPal will charge a small fee of about £1.60
• You keep £34.40

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How to save money with Depop
Buy clothes at a knocked down price or hunt for designer pieces without paying the original price. Be warned, prices tend not to be bootsale prices, especially for vintage pieces but there are some great bargains to be had and I’ve recently picked up a few nice winter bits and bobs at really great prices.

Once you’re inside the app you can scroll through photographs much like Instagram, you can also follow profiles when you find a person who has a style you admire.
Below each photograph you should find a description of the piece along with a price (if you press the price you will also see delivery options) and the options to ‘like’ ‘comment’ or ‘buy’ the piece. To the side you’ll also find a ‘more’ button which allows you bookmark or share the item or to private message the seller. Unlike eBay you don’t bid on items in an auction style set up, instead the seller sets a price and whilst some sellers are fairly rigid in their pricing you are able to haggle via private messaging but play fair and keep to the community spirit by not pushing your luck nor angering the seller with persistent reduction requests if they have already said no.

If you see an item you’re sure you want to buy simply hit the ‘buy’ button and it all flows pretty easily from there. However if you want to ask a few questions it’s worth private messaging the seller – I did this recently and they kindly measured a piece I was unsure of.

Have you used Depop? What do you think so far?


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  1. Depop is a pain! Part of my job is taking down counterfeit items, and Depop is just full of them. I favour eBay because there’s a lot more visibility

  2. I’ve spotted tons of people using Depop over the last few months and I downloaded the app myself with the intention of using it but I was a bit paranoid about the fact that when I looked there is no one sort of policing it like what eBay do in the event of a dispute. Maybe it is just me being a bit too cautious lol. Raspberrykiss xo

  3. Great idea! I will definitely give this a go as I have a lot of clothes to get rid of :) x

  4. Aisling says:

    I started using it this month, Made just over £100 selling my sons clothes and have had great feedback.Its definitely worth giving it a go!

  5. I’ve signed up to Depop but have yet to upload any items – I wanted to check out the differences in cost between this & eBay, though I do prefer the look of this platform to that of eBay’s. It sounds more user friendly too – I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for this post! Xx

  6. I had to uninstall Debop it drove me berserk with constant notifications. I really like the idea but the app needs work.

  7. I love Depop so much – I’ve sold around 60 items on there so far! Glad I don’t have to bother much with Ebay anymore. Depop gives the seller more control and makes the whole process much more fair, as I found on Ebay I was constantly getting scammed by buyers due to their flawed system. Also love that I can set my own price, and list easily and as much as I want with no problem.

    I did have an issue with buying a lipstick which turned out to be a counterfeit, but once I opened a claim with PayPal (always pay via Goods & Services) I called PayPal up on the phone and they gave me a full refund immediately. Like with buying anything online, you have to be smart about what you’re doing, & it really is such a great little community.

    My username is beckyalyssa if you want to check out what I’ve listed & sold already!

  8. I heard about Vinted lately – is this similar? if you use both, which one do you recommend?

    • A Thrifty Mrs says:

      I haven’t but my friend has and seems to think it is fairly good. I will be looking into it this weekend.

  9. I haven ‘t used it yet, but have the app downloaded on my phone & all ready to go once my patience with eBay finally expires!

  10. I just tried this and unfortunately it doesn’t let me through until I don’t invite my twitter or facebook friends which I don’t want to do, I wanted to sell to other people rather than annoy people I know – shame, I won’t be using it, they just lost a customer due to that!

  11. Betina Pieterse says:

    I love the depop app, it’s so much more user friendly!!
    Trusted seller here, I’m no fake!!
    Take a look at my shop :) @bluebee / BB’s Odds & Ends!! <3

  12. I nearly hyperventilated when an item of make-up I’d die for, was discontinued this month. Googled, ebayed etc, but no-one was selling any. Found Depop via a google ad and gave it a whirl.. found 11 tubes of my desired makeup (people had bought it, tried it once, didn’t like it, so Depop’d it) at less than half the rrp! I snapped up 8 tubes, which should last an eternity :)

    Turned off annoying notifications and have spent a fair few quid, with absolutely no problems. Love it. No more bidding for me.

  13. I have listed a few items but only sold one. When I searched for desert boots, as I was selling some, they didn’t come up, even when I tagged them. How will anyone find my items? Easier to use than ebay though.

  14. Can anyone explain what happens when you click the ‘buy’ button on an item and what would happen if you clicke buy and the person did not send you the item? Do you just lose your money?

    • Talk to the seller. If they ignored you, file a dispute with Paypal. When you buy through the buy button you are protected by Paypal’s buyer protection. I think you’re protected under them for something crazy like 160 days. Also leave the seller a bad review if they really didn’t follow through.

  15. Sydney don’t panic. It just takes you through to the postage section. Try it at my depop shop: chexeter

  16. Candyfloss says:

    I just started using Depop and want to sell some of my clothes. I have some really unique, vintage clothes, but not many followers who can see them: So follow me!!

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