If you’re not aware what Depop is 1) Where have you been man? 2) Na really, where have you been?
Anyway… Depop is a buying and selling app that I often describe as an Instagram eBay. You upload photos of what you want to sell on the app and other users can purchase easily and quickly through the app or by using Paypal. Also, you can follow/like other users items and private message them about anything you like which is a handy little tool.
It is great. I do love it, even if it angers me sometimes.
You can find some real gems on Depop. The search tool means that you can pinpoint exactly what you’re after and you can save items to check out later on. Jewellery and women’s clothes are the main focus of the app, with the odd dash of home accessories, so you can easily spend hours trawling through ‘midi skirt size 8’ or ‘zara dress THAT IS SOLD OUT EVERYWHERE OMG‘.
I also love that you can see other user’s likes. If you love a certain person’s style, seeing their likes gives you a better idea of what they’re in to if you wish to emulate such a style.
I love the communication with sellers too. I often end up having lovely conversations with other users as they’re generally young women with similar shopping loves – a much less formal atmosphere than the one eBay ensures.
However there are some things about Depop that really grind my gears.
On multiple occasions I have uploaded an item (say a new top with no tags for £10 including postage) and someone has asked me if I would take £4 or lower. I do fully understand the idea that everyone is after a bargain but let us for a moment think of the cost involved…
For second class postage (using myHermes and Royal Mail for reference) you will generally pay around £2.80. Depop add a fee of 10% if you choose to purchase through the app – but some people bypass this entirely and use PayPal ‘family and friends’ at their own risk. Okay, that £2.80 + the 10% of the £4 they offer = £3.20. If you calculate the cost of petrol, time and effort to take photos etc you have very quickly made pennies.. if not nothing from the purchase.
It isn’t like this is uncommon knowledge too. I often find myself having to graciously turn down ludicrous offers that would actually incur a loss for me and receive a bemused response as to why I won’t sell my top at a 50p loss! This is when I prefer eBay to Depop as I feel like people won’t take advantage of sellers on the platform.
In addition to this grumble, I find that sellers can equally try and exploit their counterpart. I am a common eBay user so I’m aware of the bikini bargains you can get if they’re shipped from China, for example; fetching about £2.99 each. Seeing sellers upload the same photos to Depop and flog said bikinis for £19.99 each angers me so much. There are a lot younger users on Depop than eBay and I hate that their naivety of eBay prices of Chinese goods is exploited by those that know better.
You probably think I’m being a moaning fool as everyone is trying to make money somehow! Although generally I favour the more honest routes and sometimes Depop lacks a lot of trust. As soon as an item is shipped, you have limited abilities to return (depending on the user) and scams happen frequently; meaning I often applaud other users who call out corrupt sellers. – This is not to say the same doesn’t happen on eBay! I’m aware it does, but for some reason I just trust it a lot more… Maybe it’s the fact that it’s more established? Idk.
I do also love eBay’s time frame for selling. It either sells or it doesn’t in 5 or 7 days. With Depop however, things can be posted for 36 weeks with no response, meaning you don’t always get the quick sells that you may hope for if you’re a smaller user (something eBay generally avoids).
Despite the negatives, I believe that, as a buyer, Depop is the new eBay. You have a much more personal connection with sellers (your favourite YouTubers/bloggers often open their own accounts, attracting a lot of interest) and you can find better quality clothes than other buying and selling platforms. However, as a seller… perhaps I will stick with the silent trust eBay ensures.
My Depop username: ellamaygarrett