My best friend Katie has turned me on to something wicked - it's an app called Vinted (available in the App & the Play store) where you can sell clothes/accessories you don't need any more. Maybe they don't fit you or they don't fit your style, list them & sell them! I think this app is pretty cool so I wanted to give you a little review & some tips for selling. First some info & my thoughts:
This app is free in the app store. It's free to list items, when you sell an item however Vinted keeps about 10% to pay for the up keep, etc of the app. Vinted regulates they payment & shipping labels. Once you buy an item, Vinted holds the funds from the seller until you've received the item. So if you are a seller you won't see the cash until the buyer has verified they've received what you've sold them. Additionally, the buy pays directly for shipping! This is my favorite part - there is no out of pocket cost for you when you run to the mailbox! Once a buyer has paid for an item you get a notification. You then send the shipping label to your email, print it, tape it to your package, & drop it at the post office. So. Stinking. Easy! Once the buyer has confirmed they have they item, the funds are released to you & you can transfer it to your bank. You and the buyer can leave feed back for each other & move on. This app is easy & the easiest I've ever sold anything online. I love the ease of use & the simplified market place.
As with any online market place there are a few tips to increase your sales & the overall look of your shop, here are some of my tips:
Use a dress form or a model - the better a buyer can see the fit of the item the more likely they are to understand it on their own body & purchase it. If you can't take pictures of your self a body form like this (Katie sells clothes from her closet on one of these, I use a dress form) can help to sell your items better.
Simplify your background & use natural light - photograph your clothes on a plain background. Find a blank wall in a room with enough light to show the natural color of the item. The small format of the app helps conceal imperfections in your photography but you do want to use every available resource to your advantage when it comes to selling your items!
Use the in app camera - you can import photos but if you're photographing with your phone you might as well use the in app camera. It's not that bad & has a pretty good auto adjust if you tap the screen. It's pretty easy to set up a single piece of clothing, photograph it, & move through the listing process with out having to do too many steps.
Be descriptive & use hashtags - I haven't done too much research here but from my experience using hashtags in your listing description helps. The app actually encourages hashtags in the description. When you are titling & describing your item be sure to use descriptive words that make sense. What would someone search to find this product? is the question you should ask yourself when listing. Tags like Festival, Nautical, Boho, Preppy are nice adjectives to discern style & really help others find your items. Describe any imperfections as well.
List the way the item fits - there is a sizing option when listing but that might not always be accurate. If you have something where the tag says XL but it fits you more like a medium, list it as the size the tag says but add in the description the way the item actually fits. I got questions that I tried to answer honestly about sizing - if something is sort of free in size, help your buyer understand how it might fit on different frames.
List with reasonable prices - You can list anything and everything on this site - from name brand to small brand - so list with prices in mind. No one will pay full price for something you've had for 3 years in your closet. I see this as a way to unload my unwanted things so I'm not looking for top dollar here. You'll make a little bit of cash but don't expect too much. People will also try to make you offers - accept them if you want to - but don't list things too high. I've also found that listing things a little too high might sell them but then you have more room to list them for cheaper once they've been favorited. Sometimes buyers will favorite then sweep in when you lower the price. It's a fun game to play!!
Find a scale to weigh your items - generally a shirt you might be able to list with the lowest shipping range, a dress the mid shipping range, and shoes/etc the highest shipping range. But don't under estimate! If you can find a scale do it! Thanks gramma for the shipping scale for Christmas!
Overall I love this app for getting rid of my unwanted clothes easily, quickly, & for a little bit of cash. I love that Vinted controls the shipping labels - that's what eventually sold it for me! I mostly list on the weekends when it seems that activity is high but have made sales through the week. If you want to shop my closet check out my store by searching for Fivesixteenths in the app. You should find me!
Have you used Vinted? What do you think of the app?