Sell Your Stuff By Simply Taking A Picture


Depop iconDepopIf you want to sell or buy a variety of goods online, eBay is probably the most popular place to go. But if you're fed up with eBay and want to look for an alternative, there are plenty of choices as well. One of the notable alternatives is Depop, a UK based startup with tens of millions of items bought and sold so far as claimed.

Depop is a shopping app similar to eBay but uniquely designed with some additional features.

In exploring products from the app, you can view items in a list form or in a grid of pictures similar to Instagram. To search only the items of your interest, you can enter a keyword or filter the items by location and payment mode.

Each of the products is clearly indicated with necessary details, including the seller, product pictures and pricing. You can also read or leave comments on the items, share product info with your friends, or communicate with sellers via a private message.

Selling your stuff via Depop is easy and straightforward. Tap "Sell" from the menu, take a picture of the product, then pick a category, indicate a price and give some descriptions with #hashtags to make it easier for others to find your item.

If you're using social media, this app allows you to share items you list for sale via your Facebook or Twitter accounts. You get a higher chance to have your stuff sold to your friends if you're active in your social media accounts.

Depop does not charge you a single cent when you list a product for sale. The only cost is probably the time that you spent to take a picture of the product. But if you sell an item successfully, Depop automatically charges your PayPal account after you've received payment from the buyer, while PayPal also charges a small fee for every transaction.



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I agree with MikeR. I don't sell frequently on eBay, and have only run into a couple of problem buyers. My insistence that we communicate only through eBay's system ended the problems after a short while. I find eBay just for my needs buying and selling.

I've bought and sold on eBay UK since 1999 and in that time have seen the company swing from a blatantly excessive pro-seller stance -- especially, business sellers given superstar status ("recognised, respected and rewarded", according to eBay's fatuous gushing) with their own eBay account manager -- to today's more emphatic pro-buyer stance. The upshot has been that abuse of the system by scam sellers is nowadays increasingly replaced by abuse of the system by scam buyers.

As a private seller, that hasn't troubled me overmuch because I don't sell frequently and when I do, if there's a problem with a seller I communicate only by eBay messaging. Not emails. Using eBay messaging and eBay messaging alone cannot be over-emphasised enough; it's the only way of compiling a correspondence archive which can be -- and is -- checked by eBay and its tone and contents assessed. The more reasonable, the more articulate, an eBay seller is in that correspondence, the more influence it has on the course of investigation and outcome. Where sellers fall for the con trick of communicating with a buyer outside of the eBay messaging system -- or worse, by telephone -- is where everything frequently goes wrong.

Looking back, I have had just two scam buyers in the past 3 years, to each of whom I initially responded with an expression of concern that they weren't happy and then a statement to the effect that all correspondence would, but of course, be now conducted via eBay for the purposes of record keeping in the unfortunate event that a settlement of the issue proved unreachable. One scam buyer gave up the effort at that point, as well he / she might. T'other pressed on a little longer but his / her messages were so patently unbelievable that when eBay made contact with them, the buyer vanished and was never heard from again.

I mention this because a lot of the "getting fed up of eBay" stems not so much from complaints about the company's prices (which are still a darn sight better value than a real-world auction house's buyer's premium and seller's commission rake-off) but from case histories both real but also often apocryphal that have potential buyers and sellers wondering if eBay is too scary a place for comfort. Ironically, many of these same individuals seem to be the ones who rush to embrace Amazon UK, once the pricing benchmark for most goods, nowadays very largely an expensive waste of time in its determination to gouge the last penny (cent) out of customers with its imposition of a £20 minimum spend to qualify for free P&P and its own 'sold by Amazon' products demonstrably higher priced than many elsewhere.

I've tried the oddly-named 'Depop' before but even working on a tablet's 10" screen it seems to lack the feel and substance of the more traditional eBay and there's still uncertainty about the level and calibre of its seller protection mechanisms. For those who use social media a lot though (I don't) then today's article may well be a useful heads-up -- for which, many thanks.