How to Depop: My experience and tips
How to depop: the basics
I’ve been on Depop since 2014 and I’ve sold more than 100 items including shoes, home decor, gaming consoles, posters, jackets records and more. I want you guys to trust me a bit, so here’s some proof.
I have other accounts on depop that have helped me sell different kind of items other than clothes. My most active accounts are my main, and clothing line one. These are some things I’ve learned from managing these accounts.
I want to give you all my tips since I think it’s a pretty decent app to sell on and probably is the best one out there to make side money from selling things most of us have hoarded in our closet. Here you will see tips on what helped me sell, what didn’t, how I got 3,000+ followers and some other advice I think would help you.
1. Upload a shop policy post
People can be petty, especially if there’s money involved. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so I suggest you upload a policy post first. Here are my policies for my personal account and clothing line account, yours can be different but these worked for me:
2. Post Tracking proof
I think one of the reasons I never got scammed was because I always post proof and tag or message the buyer. I really recommend doing that at the start, just cover the users address and name for privacy.
Nowadays, all I do is save tracking receipts, post tracking on paypal and specify on my policies that tracking will be posted on Paypal. This way I don’t have to spend much time posting tracking, messaging a customer and doing the most because my policies say to expect tracking posted on paypal. Make it easier and quicker for yourselves!
3. Save your receipts!
I’ve seen sellers upload a post about a past buyer opening a paypal claim against them, months or even a year after the purchase was made. Even if that buyer gave 5 stars, they will still try to open a claim and get their money back. Sure, you gotta keep an open heart when handling customers but you need to remember there’s many people who have nothing better to do with their lives than start drama.
Make it easier on yourself! When depop can’t help you with a transaction, Paypal will later need to step in and they ask for your tracking receipts, messages and anything you have as proof in order for you to win a case. I have a shoe box full of usps tracking receipts in case someone wants to bring a purchase back from the grave and fight me.
How to sell on depop:
1. Get a Bank account and a paypal account.
Depop deactivates you for making negotiations to get payment in a different method where you’re not paying the fees. (i.e, telling someone to pay you with paypal friends and family option or any other method that’s not through depop). Get these two set up and you’re good to go!
2. Download the Paypal app and set up your account.
Why download the app? It’s easier to transfer your money to your bank account this way and you get notified asap when you make a sale. Make sure you also have your bank account connected to your paypal so you’re able to transfer the money quickly! For me, it’s free to transfer and it only takes 1 business day to complete.
3. Make a great posts with clear descriptions
Make a clear description of the item, new or used, brand etc. and post clear pictures. If you don’t, you will be bombarded with questions, or you just won’t get any interested buyers at all because you will seem sketchy. Great posts mean take good pictures. Try to model in them or get a nice background.
How to ship items:
1. Charge your buyers correctly
There is a paypal fee, depop fee and you have to remember the shipping fee you have to charge your buyer. When I sell something, I charge a total of $5 for shipping and fees since what I normally sell is small and lightweight. If your item is bigger like shoes or a jacket, the price of shipping will obviously be higher, like $7 and up.
2. Choose the best shipping option
Depop offers two options; label or ship it yourself. The label option is just like poshmark’s service where you have to print a label, stick it to your package and leave it with your shipping carrier. It is incredibly easy to do it that way.
The reason I choose to ship my own packages is because depop’s labeling service sucks. I contacted depop when something went wrong with their service and they basically told me that their label is correct and I was wrong, so I lost a sale due to their new owners (depop kind of sucks now by the way, the owners are really lame). It’s easier to just ship yourself especially if you don’t have access to a printer, like me.
3. Packaging and shipping with U.S.P.S
Make sure your package is clean and neat and secure! You can be charged more for having duck tape or an unsecure package.
FedEx and UPS will usually be more expensive. Ship with your government’s shipping service and ask for First class shipping or see the cheapest option for the size and weight of your package.
How to gain followers:
1. Take good photos in natural lighting
I suggest taking good pictures for the most part. If you’re not selling what people want, like brand new with tags items or big brands, then you might have to put some effort into selling your clothes. Taking good pictures with natural lighting is what made me gain followers fast.
2. Model in your clothes
If you can find cute images of the item online, that will work just as well. This really makes your page look nice and legitimate and will help you gain followers. When I would model in my clothes, I would usually get featured on the explore page.
3. Being active on the app
This really helped me gain followers as well. Gaining mutuals will also help you become a more trusted seller on the app.
1. Basically, you want to sell useful items. If they’re not useful, maybe they’re cute, pastel or something of the like. If they’re not name brand, at least they’re new or still have the tags. The less someone wants something, the more effort you have to put in to sell it.
2. I know I have to model some things that are not as cute, but sometimes it looks better worn. Try modeling something to get more exposure!
3. If you can’t do any of the above, I recommend doing some editing. For the shorts pictured above, I took off the background and put something cute instead since my whole apartment at the time of the photo looked so bad and had no lighting. The site I used to do this was Bonanza Background Burner and I also used the Line app.
You have to remember that depop is like instagram and lots of girls are on the app who look for vintage, thrift and cute aesthetically pleasing clothing. You have to try and get peoples attention.
4. Keep updating the item. Doing this brings it back to the top of your page and on top of search lists. Every once in a while I like to update my most popular items that haven’t sold and I usually get some likes from it.
One last thing you might want to do is check out the explore page to get some inspiration. See what sells and what doesn’t. You will get the hang of depop right away because it’s pretty much Instagram but for selling.
If you need any more help or tips just comment below. I will probably make an updated depop post in the future if I get enough questions about it. Thanks for reading!