Wednesday, 15 March 2017

your guide to shopping on depop

I love Depop. A fantastic alternative to charity shopping, if you haven't heard of depop it's an app that allows you to sift through and buy second hand clothes, makeup or even shoes therefore you can curate a second hand wardrobe that suits your personal style. 

Recently, I've been a tad too obsessed with Depop - in fact I'm pretty sure I spend a good few hours trawling through the app each week. It's so easy to use and it's basically like shopping on asos just with preloved goods (some of them are even new). A recent purchase of mine that I've been wearing a little too often is this gorgeous blue shearling coat. Slightly oversized, a vivid light blue shade but totally wearable with most things in my wardrobe. I realise the coat isn't as apt now as it probably was a month ago due to the weather warming up but I'm probably going to wear it till the height of summer I love it that much. 
You can find some incredible bargains on the app although most pieces are a tad more expensive than you'd see in a charity shop or jumble sale (plus there's shipping of course). The aspect of Depop that has me returning time and time again is the ability to find easily the garments that I like without searching the isles of jumble sales and charity shops. You can see the person who's selling, it's almost a personal shopping experience that you can cater to suit your style: if you're a seller then you can earn some money selling old clothes whilst browsing as well. 

Where to start? 

  • Download the app, make an account and enter your PayPal details. Purchases are done through PayPal therefore if you don't have an account I would recommend making one. A huge top tip when buying on the app is to never pay using Paypal Friends and Family money transfer. If anything goes wrong you’re not protected therefore insist on using Depop’s instant payment or Paypal payment of goods or services. With the latter you’re still protected and your money will be held by Paypal for 21 days to ensure there’s no issues. 
  • There's a search bar that allows you to search for any users or sellers (perhaps even yours truly? My username is @eleanorpritchard) or alternatively you can directly search for the product you want to buy; typing in key words such as 'green champion jumper' - everything that will will be pieces in your country and are instant pay (this can be changed in the settings). So if you wanted a specific item on depop it's super easy to search.
  • Most of the time, sellers will have detailed the size, fit, condition and price of the garment or product they're selling but that shouldn't stop you from questioning more about the product. A few days ago I bought a lovely orange t-shirt but the seller didn't show pictures of the length, I asked and she mentioned the fit etc. (I ended up not paying for the shipping as well so it pays to enquire further). I'm not saying you need to do this every time but most of the clothes sold on the app are non refundable or returnable so it pays to know what you're going to receive. 
  • Remember that it has been worn. Despite some products being 'brand new' most of the clothes sold on the app have been worn before so take that into consideration when buying. Most sellers have pictures of them wearing the products so that gives you an idea of how the garment might fit on you but if they don't be aware before buying about fit (sometimes the description doesn't fit the image). I think it can be hit or miss with buying on depop however the experiences I've had so far have always been positive. If the buyer has been rated by other people I would totally recommend reading the reviews - most are fair and honest so it's a really good insight into the person you're buying from. 

After a discussion on a recent #ethicalhour chat, the issue of how clean and used the clothes are was bought up. How do you know where they come from? What are the hygiene levels of this garment? Personally, I think Depop is one of the better alternatives for buying second hand. Alongside online vintage stores such as Beyond Retro and We Are Cow, you can see who is selling the clothes and it is incredibly visual. I would discuss the downsides to Depop however it is an incredibly personal experience, some buyers might not be quick to send their products or you may be overcharged for an item (so haggling may work in your favour)!

There's a few Depop accounts that I absolutely adore and if you're a newbie buyer or just need some Depop inspiration I would totally recommend you having a peak at these sellers:

Liberty is the seller I bought my coat from and her Depop is rife with amazing finds that I have seen nowhere else on Depop. They're fun, bright and her style is just gorgeous. Having bought from her before I would totally recommend, she's a really great seller and my parcel was delivered in fab condition. 

Imogen is one of the coolest accounts I follow on instagram and her Depop reflects that so much! Her style is more laidback and just exudes cool, 

Fiona sells a range of pieces on her Depop and I always have to check to see what she is selling next as they're always so lovely and varied, I found her on instagram and she is definitely worth following (@weirdmodelface). 

If you're yet to delve into the world of Depop then I hope this post might've swayed you to downloading the app and giving second hand a go! Second hand shopping really can cater to your own style (there are so many accounts on Depop that sell a range of different things) and I've now got a few unique yet totally 'me' pieces in my wardrobe that I know will last a long time. What are your opinions on Depop? Let me know in the comments! 

eleanor // 
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26 comments

  1. I love Depop and am forever picking up bargains on there that you don't always see in shops! It's a great way to get rid of your unwanted stuff and make a little cash too! X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

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    1. Definitely! The next time I get rid of some clothes I'm definitely going to sell them on depop :)

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  2. Thanks for the recommended de-poppers, I've followed them all! I love how easy depop is, and it's so good for getting bargains.

    Faye x
    i wish i could wink

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    1. That's okay! I always love finding accounts I love - it's like finding a new shop! x

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  3. Thanks for the recommendations! You can find some amazing things on Depop :)

    Terri x
    www.territalks.co.uk

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    1. I know! There are some absolute gems :)

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  4. My obsession with Depop is getting out of hand! I used to love it then lost £300 due to purchasing a designer item however turned out to be a scam! stopped using it for a year and now I am back on it again every day looking for a bargain! But ofc I am much more wiser now and think carefully before handing out my money. It's a great place to shop as long as you pay via depop or PayPal goods and service!

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    1. Yes definitely! Wow okay I had no idea about depop horror stories! I definitely don't use it for designer goods though, although I did pick up a Burberry top last week ;)

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  5. I know Depop and used to have it on my phone but I am not really using the app. I use Vinted though. Although it's been a long time I haven't bought anything. I may give Depop another go! xx Corinne

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    1. I've never heard of Vinted! I'll have a look into it xx

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  6. I've literally never heard of Depop until reading your article. Wish I had before giving bags and bags of clothes to charity! Will definitely check it out now. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks okay! I hope you might benefit from it now! x

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  7. I've been curious about Depop as I've heard about it but never used it. I've always gone to ebay but I'm not convinced about the value for money for some things. This is really helpful, thanks.

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    1. I would definitely choose depop over eBay as it's a lot easier to buy and sell.

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  8. Depop is brilliant! I've sold so many bits and pieces on there and it has nowhere near the amount of fees and hassle of Ebay! Great post :)

    Matt // www.theguyontrend.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! I've never tried buying on eBay but depop is just so much easier :)

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  9. I've always loved the idea of depop, I've never properly been on there but I'll certainly be checking it out after this post - thank you for sharing lovely! There seems to be so many lovely items on those pages, do they tend to sell easily? Lovely post xo

    Elle - https://ellegracedeveson.wordpress.com/

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    1. That's okay! Some of the items do sell quickly so if you like something I would buy it! xo

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  10. Okay - definetly need to try depop out! ­čÖłThanks so much for this! x

    Rachael - http://www.calamityray.co.uk

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  11. I think I'm actually addicted to Depop, I'm literally waiting on 4 parcels from depop! its such a great app but you have to be alert and read sellers reviews before buying an item!

    Chloe-Rose https://whatchloewrote.wordpress.com/

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    1. Omg haha! I'm only waiting on one... but yes you do have to be aware x

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  12. I am definitely taking inspiration from this, love your blog!! x You will like to see more fun from here.

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  13. Love this jacket! And with our shoddy weather you'll definitely get wear out of it! xx

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    1. It's so gorgeous isn't it! I think I will, it was so overcast this morning! xx

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