RESALE PLATFORMS TO SELL USED CLOTHES

Do you want to know where to sell your unwanted clothes and accessories? Are you confused which resale platforms should you use? Even though the second hand market is very saturated, it’s not that hard to stand out, if you know what website or app to use. I will review your options for getting rid of the unworn items overflowing from your wardrobe. I chose an example product to show you how could you sell it on different platforms, let’s make it a Furla bag that you bought for €250 and hope to sell for €150.

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EBAY

www.ebay.com
The world biggest auction website with millions of products. The listing process is really perfect for being as detailed as possible, so your product can be easy to find if someone is looking for something specific. Unfortunately what you upload tends to get lost within thousands of Far-East sellers and millions of wardrobe sale options, as this platform support both resale and retail. The commission is quite high, because you have to pay twice – for eBay and for Paypal, which is the preferred payment method as it’s secure and quick. Okay, now let’s try to sell that bag. I will ignore the auction option, as that tends to be complicated and usually makes you lose money, unless it’s an on-demand item, like a Chanel Classic bag or a limited edition pair of sneakers, so this is for “Buy It Now“.

Your first 50 regular, not upgraded listings a month are free of insertation fees. This means you pay $0.30 for a listing, then you get that refunded if your item sells, but you will be charged for it at the end of the month if it doesn’t. On top of this you need to pay a “final value fee” if you sold the item, which is about 10% of the value. You can use their fee calculator here for specifics. Paypal has different fees for transactions within the US (2.9% of the full amount + $0.30) and internationally (3.9% of the full amount + $0.30) – this is just dumbing it down, if you deal with other currencies, or countries like Australia, these numbers can vary. Let’s say you sell your bag from Europe for $150 (let’s make it dollars this time, I’m not very good at math), and the shipping fee is $15. You will pay $14.75 to eBay, and $6.70 to Paypal, so you will receive $128,50. That is 86% of the money you expected, so you could lower your expectations, or increase the price.

If you look at the selection, there are 1695 Furla bags for sale on eBay, from €16 to €875. Even if you’re looking for something specific, like Furla Candy bag, there are still 219 options. You can see this is a really strong negative in this platform’s case, it’s huge and impersonal. It wasn’t really built so you can sell once-used baby clothes, or last year’s Topshop boots. Keep this platform for designer labels, or very special items, like H&M Studio pieces.

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www.depop.com
Depop is a mobile resale app that’s kind of like Instagram, but everything is for sale. It’s international, and you can search around you, in your country, or even internationally. It’s biggest flaw and downside is that you don’t see prices and captions when you’re browsing people’s profiles, you need to click on every single picture to access that data. If you switch to a view where you do see them, the pictures are way too small to see what’s on it. You also can’t sort the items by price, and because of the language differences, you’re not getting every result if you search in English.

It’s a giant marketplace where almost everybody is the same gender, about the same age, and are selling almost the same brands, so to be noticed you either need to be a social media star, or spend tremendous amounts of time to follow literally thousands of people in your area. Unfortunately this is everybody’s method, so your items will be just as lost in their feed than theirs in yours. I recommend you use two separate profiles for buying and selling!

There is an optional “Buy Now” button, if that is green, that means you can make a purchase immediately. Most of the time it’s grey, because sellers prefer not to pay the 10% transaction (+Paypal) fee, so you need to approach them in a message and arrange the payment with them. SYou can avoid selling fees, but note that this unables your product to be chosen by the Depop team to be on the hot page, and customers might change their minds, because there’s no guarantee that the product will arrive or that they will get a refund for faulty or missing products. You can also arrange pickups in person, that eliminates the shipping fee, or negotiate about the price in messages, you have much more control over the personal side than on eBay.

There are 748 Furla bags found internationally from €20 to €370, so the prices are not only more flexible, but also lower too. People tend to treat this as a more unofficial platform, so the majority just unload their stuff for any amount someone is willing to pay. Here you could probably find a buyer for your bag for €120, but pay no fees. This resale app is more for impulse buys and not detailed searches, so keep your head and aesthetics high, and hustle!

LOCAL APPS

A lot of startups are trying to make different versions of Depop happen, but they’re available in limited areas only. The one thing they have in common is that none of these companies can afford staff to monitor content, so they are full of replicas, and most of time full of low quality, very much used items. Google search “resale” in your country to discover them!

  • My favourite, Carousell is available in Singapore, Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, and US, but only separately, you can only search countrywide. On the other hand you can shop worldwide on their website, so people might find your listing anyway. If you want to buy something, you just make an offer, and clear the payment after a discussion, no fees. If you use Paypal for buying or selling, they offer security and refunds separately.
  • Poshmark is the biggest clothing resale and swap app, but unfortunately it’s exclusively available in the United States. So is Bib + Tuck, ThredUp, and a lot lot more.
  • Same thing with Tradesy, though you can shop internationally, but can’t sell.
  • Vinted is an alternative for Poshmark in Europe. I don’t really have a personal experience with the app, because it’s in Dutch for me, so I don’t understand a thing. Also their fee is 19% of the price of the sold items, sheesh!

LOCAL WEBSITES

Most of the countries have their own eBay kind of websites, like Marktplaats here in th Netherlands, or Vatera in my native Hungary. Meanwhile their focus is usually older people (us youngsters moved on to apps), so they’re usually targeted to sell furniture, bikes, electronics, or collectibles. That doesn’t mean you can’t try, especially if you have a volume of low priced clothes. You can even bundle them up! Designer or high quality pieces might be harder to sell, but it’s worth a shot.

FACEBOOK GROUPS

What? Yeah, there’s a whole underground world of Facebook resale groups. All of them are members only, so you need an invite to access, or someone to approve your admission. They are usually themed like for expats, a certain city, designer items, or streetwear. Find them either via friends, Facebook or Google searches, if you join one, the similar recommendations will follow. Their downside is that there’s no way to know who is trustworthy, and to transfer money to a complete stranger can seem scary. If you want to sell in these groups, prepare for either a big silence and nobody wanting your item, or twenty people bombing your inbox. You want to join groups with thousands of people to have a bigger audience, but this always means your listings are going to be buried under the new ones, and disappear within 24 hours. You need to be consistent, maybe rethink the price. Good luck!


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