Selling Clothes Online UK – Depop vs. Ebay, Which Is Better?

Selling Clothes Online UK – Depop vs. Ebay, Which Is Better?

Selling clothes online is a great way to make some extra money, but if you live in the UK, certain options can be better than others…

I LOVE selling secondhand clothes online, not only I get to declutter my closet, it’s sustainable to our environment, and the best of all, I can make some extra money too!

With a few new fashion marketplaces coming to the radar,  I decided to do an experiment on selling my clothes online using 2 popular sites in the UK to see which one is better.

And the results? –  let’s just say, I was pretty surprised by it. 

Before I share with you the results, allow me to explain some details about my experiment as they are important factors that lead to the result. 

The experiment: 

One of my guilty pleasures in life is buying workout clothes. Over the years, I have accumulated a good share of them. 

After a closet decluttering session, I have picked 5 pieces of workout clothes to part way with.

All of them are from popular brands, and the size ranges from XS to S. 

For the experiment, I picked the 2 popular online selling clothes sites in the UK – eBay and Depop.

Is Depop better than eBay?

To properly answer that question, I came up with 3 winner criteria?

  • Easy to use: The service needs to be easy to use. That is from posting items on the site to processing the payment and doing it all from my phone. No complicated instructions. Who has time for that?
  • Effectiveness of selling: I was not looking to get rich from selling second-hand clothes (although apparently, you can!). As a busy working mum, I see making some quick extra money as an incentive to parting with clothes that I loved.
  • (I don’t get ripped off by the) Fees: The clothes are reasonably affordable, therefore I would prefer the site with the lowest service fee so I get to keep as much profit as possible, after the transaction.

Is eBay still a good place for selling clothes online in the UK?

While eBay needs no introduction, it is the original market place for selling just about anything.

But with many the newcomers like Depop, is it still a good place for selling clothes online in the UK?

Selling clothes online UK - eBay homepage

Here are some interesting statistics:

  • There are 182 million eBay users globally, as of mid-2019.
  • 70% of eBay traffic comes from the US, followed by 1.93% from China, 1.84 from Canada, 1.75% from Russia, and 1.69% from the UK.

(Source: 10 eBay Statistics You Need to Know in 2020)

What this all means is that there are plenty of people who are still using eBay as a way of buying and selling things.

It’s worth to mention that, one of the unique features, is its Auction. 

You can set an auction period where potential buyers can bid for it. I personally don’t use that feature very often for two reasons: 1) I prefer to have more control of how much exactly I want to sell the item for. 2) I just don’t like the faff… but that’s just me =)

Fee:

eBay has recently increased the free listing from 20 to 1000 monthly.

It charges a flat rate of 10% for each item sold. eBay requires sellers to offer Paypal as an option. So if your buyer chooses it, an additional 3.4% of the amount paid, plus 20p for each transaction apply.

Shipping:

You have the option to offer free shipping or to provide an estimated shipping fee for the seller to pay.

What is Depop?

If eBay and Instagram could have a baby, it would be Depop.

Is Depop good for selling clothes?

It is a social shopping app where you can sell anything fashion. Headquartered in London, this app is mainly targeted in Gen Z (the teens & the 20-somethings) shoppers. Because of that, many smaller sizes from XS to M, UK size >8 do very well in general.

Depop

According to Thrifted, having good photos, hashtag everything, being responsive, and follow other people’s accounts, are a few good practices to do well in Depop…. Does that sound familiar to another social platform?

Fee:

Free listing fee up to 1000 items.

Same as eBay, Depop charges 10% on every transaction. However, you will need a PayPal account to withdraw the money, which charges an additional 2.9% + £0.30 in the UK (and 2.9% + $0.30 in the USA). You can find out more details from the Depop Help Site.

Shipping:

It also offers both free shipping or paid by buyers options are available.

My experiment on making money selling my clothes online: Depop vs. eBay

Setting up:

As this is my first time using Depop, I had to set up a new account first, which was very easy. It only took a couple of minutes.

Since I already have an eBay account, so all good to go there.

Posting:

To make sure this is a fair comparison, I have posted the same 5 clothing pieces on both eBay and Depop, with the same pictures, descriptions, free shipping and prices.

While it was fairly simple to post items on Depop, I followed an instruction just to make sure it’s set up properly.

However, the extra work I had to do on Depop was to follow a few items that are similar to mine and a few sellers. Also using some relevant hashtags.

Posting on eBay was very straight forward. In fact, I love the feature that pulls up similar listing items to auto-populate some descriptions and provide price references.

In addition, I set the items with the “Buy it now” and “Make an offer” buttons disabled. 

The selling process…

While eBay was quiet after the items were posted, I had multiple followers and messages from Depop… Most messages were people making lower price offers, questions on the items etc.

Although I didn’t mind all that, I was pretty sure something will come through Depop pretty soon.

Selling clothes online UK – THE RESULT

Shockingly, after all the interactions, and “likes” and “follows” on Depop, in less than 24 hours I got a notification from eBay that my 1st piece was SOLD!

Over the next a couple of days, the sweet notification sound from eBay continued, to result in of all 4 remaining pieces being sold.

As for Depop, my followers have grown from 0 to 45, and no clothes being SOLD.

My reflection…

While I thought eBay may do a little better, but I was surprised that it sold ALL my 5 pieces of clothing!

So why didn’t I make a sale on Depop?

  • Perhaps workout clothes aren’t a popular category?
  • Maybe I didn’t have a big social following, therefore less known on the platform?
  • I also wondered if the results would have been better if I did more “engagements” on Depop? – Gosh, I thought I spent enough time on it just for selling a few pieces of work out clothes! 

My conclusion from this experiment?

In conclusion, eBay has been and will continue to be my tried and trusted site when it comes to selling second hand clothes in the UK.

It was easy to post items, minimum effort required while items were on sale, and the transaction was instant.

Although, I had zero luck with Depop on my selling clothes online UK experiment. I do think Depop is a fun platform, especially if you love instagram and enjoy spending a lot of time interacting with your potential customers.

Selling clothes online UK: Depop vs. Ebay, OVERALL SCORES: 

So to wrap up, here are the scores head to head, based on my experience:

Criteria

Ease of use

Fees

Effectiveness of selling

Ebay

5/5
3/5
5/5

Depop

4/5
3/5
1/5

Well, there you have it. My experiment for selling clothes online UK – Depop vs. eBay. I hope this will help you to decide which site is the best to make some extra money selling clothes. 

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Katie

    I love decluttering my closet on occasion and usually just toss or donate things, but this is a great idea to actually get a little return on investment. We spend so much money on clothes. Why not recoup some of that? I don’t think I have access to depop in the US but will definitely look into using ebay. Thank you! 

    1. Chloe

      Hi Katie,

      Although Depop is a London based company, it is very popular in the US. Feel free to experiment with both eBay and Depop yourself and see which one is better for you.  

      Chloe 

  2. Samikingss

    I have only had experiences with eBay, they deliver right on time but I think depop is good too because I have heard about it. I have sold phones and matrasses and some other stuffs on eBay. Although I would love to have a website to sell these things because I kind of act like a middle man between sellers and buyers. I think I will look into this depop more so that I can know how well to sell from there and make some extra money for myself. 

    1. Chloe

      Don’t think it will hurt to try different online services. Best of luck! 

  3. Mark

    Thanks for this precisely well written piece Chloe. I’d not heard of depop prior to this article and found your description of it funny at first but as I read on, quite befitting, especially when it came to selling and it’s target market. A wonderful review on the whole. 

    We are Blessed.

    1. Chloe

      Glad to hear that I’ve opened your eyes a new way of selling clothes online in the UK. Feel free to try it yourself and decide if this is something for you. 

      Thanks for stopping by. 
      Chloe

  4. Md Millat

    Thank you so much for sharing such an excellent article with us. eBay is currently the most popular platform in the world. There is a lot of income currently being made by selling clothes through online marketing and I think if I sell clothes through eBay company I can make a better income from here. It is a popular medium. I have a lot of followers on Instagram and I can sell old-fashioned clothes on the depop platform through Instagram. By selling old clothes like this, I can bring the Financial flexibility of my family and I can succeed. I will share the article with my friends so that by reading your article my friends can gain knowledge about old clothes and sell them so they can make a success in their life.

    1. Chloe

      Thanks for spreading the words. Finding a new home for your old clothes while making some extra money, is certainly a win-win situation. 

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