Selling on Depop and trying to get started in the reselling game can be a very frustrating experience if you have no money.
I am not talking about “you can’t buy a Starbucks.”
I am talking about dead broke–like you are eating ramen noodles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
I want to speak to you today.
Let’s start with some truth serum so I won’t waste your time.
You will need to have access to Depop with the ability to take and upload pictures.
If you got that covered let’s dive in on how you can “free your way” to Depop sales. Also, this post is also intended for those who need helping increasing Depop sales and don’t know how!
Here are the 9 Tips to sell on Depop when you are broke and when you are finished with the nine tips, stay tuned for additional reading with more tips and hacks!
TIP #1: GET YOUR DEPOP INVENTORY FOR LITTLE OR NO MONEY
First, if you don’t have a car then walk or bike and take a backpack to keep your goods after purchasing.
When you go to the thrift store look for the cheap things that are .25-$1.00. Also, don’t skip on the damaged clothes, they maybe marked down but with a little DIY and/or upcycling you might be able to recover it.
For example, this shirt had a stain on the bottom and collar so I cut that portion out and sold it as a cropped tee!
Of course, there are always the Goodwill bins but that’s a more obvious place that’s not convenient for a lot of people.
But here’s the kicker:
Mom and pop stores and church thrift stores have good deals like this all the time.
I constantly score $1 deals and what’s so awesome they are hung up and not in a bin you have to dig in!
You should checkout any local reselling Facebook groups or other thrifting groups/forums to find these stores in your area or check out this directory.
TIP #1: SELLING ON DEPOP MEANS YOU HAVE TO DIG DEEP FOR A BARGAIN!
Once you find the mom and pop thrift stores, call and ask for “fill a bag days” wherein you can fill your bag with as many items as possible for a flat rate. For example, there is a mom and pop thrift store near me wherein you can fill-a-box with as many items as you want for $10.00.
Furthermore, spring time will mean church rummage sales! Church rummage sales are an excellent source for getting inventory at a low price. You can go early in the day to get the best goods and comeback at the end of the sale and they will let you take a whole bunch of clothing for a few dollars almost like in a fill-a-bag manner. Check Craiglist for these types of sales. Last year I hit up a church rummage sale, I happened to see the sign on my morning commute and I went there on a Saturday and bought 4 items paid $1.00 total and sold all four for $220.
Want to know the best part?
Two of the items sold within a few weeks and I probably spent less than an hour to photograph, list, clean, and obtain the items and package all four items. So even after fees I made good money!
Other places to get free items to sell on Depop
- Get free items by looking for curb side pickups on Craigslist
- Get free clothes by asking friends or post a general message on Facebook
- Post a free ad on Craigslist that you are looking for free clothes
TIP #2: CLEANING AND PREPPING YOUR ITEMS TO SELL ON DEPOP
To get rid of stains I use Awesome from Dollar Tree. This specific one there are others but those don’t clean as well to me but note this is very strong. I have to spread outside or put on a mask otherwise I will have a coughing spell.
You can also buy Dollar Tree laundry detergent as well. If you can’t do a big laundry or don’t have access to washer machine, then hand wash your item. Depop states that clothes should be washed. Down the line you can opt for a steamer or put that on your thrift store, garage bucket list. However, for real bad stains a steamer won’t help so you will still need some sort of stain removal process.
TIP#3: SHIPPING LABELS FOR DEPOP SALES
So you got your sale but you don’t have access to a printer so what do you do?
Recently, my printer has been having on and off issues and honestly the time it takes me to continue troubleshooting I rather work on this site. I’ve got a very tight schedule so every ounce of time counts! So in the meantime I print at the library (you can also see guidelines for your school’s library) for .20 since I’m there weekly anyway. Also, you can also ask someone to print for you, if you got it like that!
Truthfully, ink is so expensive like $100 and if one of print cartridges goes out I can’t continue printing so honestly .20 is a deal for me right now!
<<<<<<<<Check out this article where I do a deep dive into how to ship with Depop>>>>>>>
TIP #4: PACKAGING FOR DEPOP SALES
When it comes to Depop selling packaging is important.
In a nutshell:
Consider using recycled packaging for first class shipping like here where I discuss how I use Lays plastic bags. I’ve used them to replace polybags plenty of times. Get creative see what things around the house you can repurpose as shipping materials.
<<<<<< Check out this article with hacks and tips on how to package with Depop cheaply>>>>
The good news is:
After first class USPS, you don’t have to worry about packaging and shipping materials for Depop. The reason being is that if you are shipping with Depop all labels are priority (domestically). However, if you are broke, then shipping with Depop is the probably the best way to go. The good news is that once you take care of first class shipping materials on your own, you don’t have to worry about priority materials because priority shipping materials are free!
TIP #5: DEPOP SHIPPING BOXES
If you are not shipping with Depop and you need boxes, here are a few suggestions:
- Consider accessing this forum wherein you can check for boxes
- Contact family and friends and ask them to give you there leftover packaging from purchases
- If you are working somewhere see if you can get left over boxes, make friends with the mail room or anyone if shipping and receiving type of area
- Consider asking a company you see throwing away excess boxes
Many companies are trying to be more environmentally friendly plus if you take boxes away that’s just less work for the person who has to break them down and worry about discarding them so they may gladly help you!
TIP #6: GET USPS TO PICK UP YOUR PACKAGES
If you are not able to drop off packages due to transportation constraints then have USPS pick them up.
TIP #7: GIFT CARDS WITH PURPOSE
I love Marshall gift cards because I can use them to buy items to resell when they have their yellow tag clearance sales. Additionally, you can also get items needed for reselling like tissue paper, steamer, etc. So if you are lucky enough to get gift cards as gifts you can use them to get reseller necessities. For example, my first year reselling I used a Wal-Mart gift card to get my first set of polymailers.
TIP #8: SELLING ON DEPOP MEANS YOU HAVE TO BE BOLD
Be bold put an ad out there on Facebook or Craiglist that you are trying to get a reseller business. You can post a general message or go into the garage/moving sales groups. Ask them “if they have leftovers can they send the items your way and how grateful you would be. Just don’t flake out, if they message you be ready to bounce!
The purpose of this post is to remove the perceived barriers to entry to selling online.
PRO TIP: Moving sales might be also good to get unwanted, half used cleaning supplies that people don’t want to worry about boxing up for the move!
You might be wondering:
If I do all this, does it really work like this on Depop can I even sell fast enough, remember I am broke?
Keep reading we shall discuss…
TIP #9: SELLING ON DEPOP: HOW TO SALE ON DEPOP FAST
Selling on Depop fast means that you have to pay attention to details and be ready to cut deals. If you really want to learn about increasing sales on Depop make sure to check out this article. Selling fast on Depop comes down to three basic steps.You have to source trendy items that are selling. The best way to find them is to check the Explore Page. Depop is going to push what’s trending plus monitor your emails wherein they let you know about trends.
Next, you have to source those items as low as possible like we discussed earlier. You have to be competitive with your pricing even if you are not a known entity. You don’t have many reviews you can get a sale faster when you prices are low when people are getting a deal they may overlook ratings. Finally, you to have to pick the right hashtags and bump your items constantly.
IS IT EASY TO SELL ON DEPOP?
How easy it is to sell on Depop will depend on your unique selling proposition.
For example, if you are selling items for a bargain basement pricing and you can afford to do that because you get awesome trendy items for cheap, then that’s your unique selling proposition the fact that you can flip your items cheap. Depop will seem easier for you.
At its core selling on Depop is not hard you simply take a picture post the item and bump it until you get inquiries until someone purchases it from you.
Like all reselling platforms there will be slow times and grow times.
So yes I think Depop is easy to sell on but you have to get the basics covered to see success that includes:
- Good photography
- Trendy Clothing that matches Depop customers aesthetics
- Bumping Items at appropriate intervals
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO START SELLING ON DEPOP?
It took me a few weeks to sell my first item when I opened up the shop.
It’s important to note, I did not do any marketing or social media pushes. Moreover, I just simply posted my items and bumped them, generally once per day.
<<<For more information on my selling experience and how to make money check out this article>>>
In summary I think the key aspects to selling faster on Depop are:
- Obtain the trendiest items that don’t cost you little to no money (so that you can achieve profit easily)
- Photograph them like they belong on a Nordstrom website
- Relentlessly pursue good reviews
- Make the item look so fresh and so clean clean and get a sale even if it means “breaking even” to get you a review.
- The more reviews you have the easier will be to sale higher priced items
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