Tips for Selling on Depop: A How-to Guide for Making Money as a Reseller


Tips for Selling on Depop: A How-to Guide for Making Money as a Reseller

So you’ve decided to start selling on Depop, congrats! You’ll be joining a platform that is seeing a HUGE boom as online shopping takes over as the preferred way to shop due to the effects of the pandemic. While Depop has been around since 2011, it’s gained popularity recently through people selling vintage, thrifted pieces and just straight up cleaning out their closets.

At Pizza, My Darling we’ve been using Depop as an online thrift store since 2015 (and eBay before that) so we’re veterans to the re-selling game. An online store can absolutely make you a little cash on the side and even become a full-time gig if you’re dedicated enough. If you’re looking for some tips for selling on Depop, you’ve come to the right place!

Hang all your clothes on a rack while taking photos for your Depop listings
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Re-List Your Items Daily

With the way Depop’s current algorithm is, it’s important that you’re visible on people’s feeds throughout the day. The way most successful Depop sellers make their money is to list products multiple times a day. You may not have a ton of products to list, but what you can do is re-list your current products. This brings them up to the top of your followers’ feeds. If you change one thing about your product (add a space in the description or something) it counts as an edit and bumps your products up to the top. Spreading out your listings and re-listing every few hours are great tricks for how to sell on Depop by keeping your store on people’s radar.

Offer Free Shipping

Offering free shipping is a great way to get more eyes on your products. A lot of people filter their searches by free shipping. You can include the shipping price into the total price of the item. It’s the same exact amount, but people like to be able to see the price right away instead of the sticker shock of added shipping once they add it to their cart. This is something Depop also endorses!

Model Your Photos

The Depop community places a lot of weight in modelling your own photos. Being able to see what the item looks like on a person is a big way people decide if they’re going to buy. This can be a bit daunting for a lot of people because, well, not everybody’s a model. If you’re feeling self-conscious about being in front of the camera, don’t worry! There are all types of people on Depop and someone who looks just like you is browsing the app right now searching for what you’re selling. If it makes you more comfortable, take the picture from the neck down. Think of the process as roleplaying or performing. Turn on some music and have fun with it! Better yet, get a friend to help model or be the photographer.

Utilize All Photos

While Depop selling only allows four photos per item, you should always take far more than that. You may not realize until looking afterwards that some look blurry, awkward or don’t represent the item well. Choose the best ones and upload all four photos. According to Depop, using all four photos increases your chances of selling by 20%! This is also a good practice for having listings in shape to be featured on the Depop Explore page.

Make Use of Bundle Discounts

If you don’t want to do free shipping for all items, a good option for how to sell on Depop is to offer free shipping on bundles. This gives people an incentive to look through your store and see if there’s anything else they might want to buy. If you’re wondering how to make a bundle, it’s just people buying more than one item from your store. They can add items to their cart and it’ll all process at once when they pay. Or you can discuss a flat price with them, then post an item with a random photo and tagging them to buy that way. Either works!

Start Your Listings as Drafts

Listing Depop items can turn your bedroom into a mess, but getting it done in one day with the drafts feature is satisfying
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Take advantage of the drafts feature that lets you sit down and list items all at once and save them as drafts. Set a timer for yourself for every hour or so to post a new product from your drafts. That way it only takes 2 seconds to post! Selling on Depop this way allows you to get all your listings done at once and then you can slowly release your products throughout the day or week.

Communicate with Potential Buyers

Respond to all DMs and comments ASAP. Like, I’m talking seconds. Let’s be real, you’re already on your phone anyway! This isn’t a guy you’re trying to play hard to get with. You want to be responsive while the person is in the mood to buy. In the same way people put things back while waiting in line at a store, they may change their mind about their purchase if you give them too much time to think about it.

Engage with Active Depop Users

Depop is super community-driven compared to other selling apps. Staying active with potential customers is a great way to get more sales! Find a shop similar to yours and go through the person’s five-star reviews. Like those users’ posts and follow them. Try to target your engagement to active likers, buyers, and five-star givers to draw them to your shop.

Place a plant in the photo when you're selling on Depop to increase your chances of getting featured
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Enhance your Photo Backgrounds with Greenery

Getting featured on the Explore page gives your shop a little more visibility and can boost sales. If you want to get on the Explore page, your photos have to be A1–bright, interesting and modelled. And also this may sound crazy, but one of our favorite Depop photo tips is to put a plant in your photo! Potted plants, grass, trees, anything! Don’t believe me? Check the Explore page RIGHT NOW. About 20-30% of photos have some greenery in them. Don’t ask why, but it’s kind of a thing.

Make Use of Collections

In your “Likes” tab you can make Collections, which are folders where you can categorize certain types of items. If you go through and like all of your own photos, you can then organize them into Collections (tops, skirts, shoes, etc.) for people to browse that way. If you do it, make a note in your bio so people know about it!

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Don’t Give Up!

I hope this guide to selling on Depop gives you a little insight on how to make some more money with your online store. There are so many different versions of success, and you don’t have to be making a million dollars for a Depop shop to be lucrative for you. Whether you see Depop selling as a side hustle, part-time job, or you’re dedicated full time, there are so many opportunities for you to find success. Keep your head up and don’t let a dry spell stop you! Online thrift shopping is only going to become more popular, and if you stick to it, you can be making the money you want in no time.

Check out Pizza, My Darling’s (unofficial) Depop store: RAD Thrift

What are your best Depop selling tips? Do you have any solid Depop photo tips? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget to pin us on Pinterest.

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