We all understand the difficulty of updating your wardrobe without going bankrupt. If you simply don’t have the self-restraint to not shop, one solution is to buy preloved clothing. And yes, preloved clothing – not just any old second-hand tat.
Whether you’re looking to boost your style on a budget or sell unwanted clothing for extra spending money, we’ve compared three popular buying-and-selling mobile apps to help you determine which is the right fit for your needs.
In brief: eBay’s app is easy to use for both buyers and sellers – it’s so much faster to list items on your mobile than on your laptop, and buyers can indulge in bidding wars when they’re out and about.
For sellers, there are so many item specifics available in the listing pages, meaning you can describe your preloved clothing in great detail. The ability to receive push notifications when someone’s paid or placed a bid means it’s easy to stay on top of your activity.
eBay’s website features ‘Collections’, curated shopping lists based upon fashion trends and other themes. This is absent in the app version, which is a shame as it’s great for shopping inspiration.
In brief: Depop blends Instagram with eBay, and the fact that it focuses almost solely on fashion means this is the place to go for rare vintage finds and well-cared-for classics.
That Instagram element is truly addictive and, as a seller, you’re encouraged to get really creative with your photography. Once you’ve built up a good follower base and created a solid Depop feed, you’ll be surprised at how quickly the sales come in.
Every Depop user seems to have the same bugbear: Depop’s fees. Sadly, because of the fees, Depop is rife with scammers who try to ask users to send or receive money outside of the app. Don’t do this, as Depop offers you no protection or compensation if you choose to take this risk.
In brief: The place to go if you are in the market for preloved designer goods, or are looking for a suitable place to sell your own luxury wares. The app is slick, responsive and, thanks to all the beautiful designer pieces on display, pretty addictive.
Vestiare Collective authenticates all of its designer product so, as a buyer, you definitely won’t be buying counterfeit goods. The company offers amazing customer support for sellers, making the item listing experience as painless as possible.
Amongst the thousands of product listings, it’s rather common to spot items that have already sold. If you’re selling, it’s worth checking out Vestiare Collective’s commission rates – those fees can certainly creep up on you…
Words by: Grace Howard