The best apps for selling clothes online in the UK
Are you planning to join the wave of fashionistas selling clothes online? We’ve rounded up some of the best websites and apps to get you started.
Selling second-hand clothing is becoming increasingly popular
The second-hand market has grown in popularity in recent years as consumers increasingly pay attention to buying sustainably. This trend was accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic, with eBay reports a 30 percent increase in sales for used goods between March and June 2020.
Top apps for selling clothes
If you’re looking to turn selling clothing online, whether it’s second hand, vintage, or your own designs, into a part time job, here are seven of the best apps and websites to try.
Buying and selling clothes on Depop is a fast-moving trend for Gen Z. The second-hand fashion app was recently bought from Etsy for $ 1.6 billion and has over 30 million users – 90 percent of whom are under 26 years of age.
The app is free to use and should feel a lot like Instagram. They upload pictures with a description and buyers can curate their homepage by liking pictures. It has a personal feel as sellers model their own clothes and accessories.
Sellers are charged a 10 percent fee by Depop, plus a 2.9 percent + 30p transaction fee.
When it comes to selling clothing on eBay, you are entering a marketplace with more than 24 million active buyers in the UK.
As a professional seller, you must pay an ‘insertion fee’ to list an item. That’s usually 35p. Then when an item is sold, you must pay 10 percent of the final sale price including postage. There is also a transaction fee if the buyer uses PayPal, which is typically 2.9 percent of the total sales price plus 30p per transaction.
Sell clothes Instagram is a great choice if you are an established brand or want to sell a wide range of products. You need to create a store and then catalog your products, either through Facebook or some other trading site like Shopify or Big Commerce.
The app is free to use as a seller, but you need a good following in order to reach customers. The sales charge is five percent per shipment or a flat rate of $ 0.40 for shipments of $ 8.00 or less. You may also want to pay to promote your posts.
For more information, see our guide to creating your own shop on Instagram.
Think about selling handmade clothing Etsy? While it was traditionally a marketplace for everything from arts, crafts and homemade candle shops, you can now sell used or homemade clothing on the website as well.
You need to create your own creative shop to list your items. Fees start with a listing fee of 15 pence, a transaction fee of five percent and a processing fee of 4% plus 20 pence.
Similar to Depop, Vinted is easy and free to use when you want to sell men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. All you have to do is upload a photo of your clothing, describe it and your listing is live.
It is said there are no sales fees (these are added to the price for the buyer) and there are millions of active users buying, selling and even trading clothes.
6. Asos Market Square
Established sellers could choose to open a boutique Asos marketplace for everything from vintage and 90s clothing to your own designs.
It operates on a subscription model so you have to spend £ 20 a month to become a seller, but you have unlimited offers and access to an account manager. Listing is free, but Asos takes a 20 percent commission on every sale. It should be noted that sellers must list at least five items and strictly follow them Photography guidelines. You also need a business PayPal account.
7. Hardly worn
Rarely ever worn (HEWI) is another place where you can buy or sell new and used clothing. It’s designed for luxury fashion, so it’s a great option if you’re looking to sell designer clothes.
There are no fees for registration or advertising, but you pay 18 percent of the final sales price (plus VAT on the commission). If you are already an established business, you may be able to run as a professional seller with your own boutique, but this is only by invitation. Find out more by reading FAQs from HEWI.
Consider taking out insurance
Even if you’re starting out small and selling clothes from your bedroom, it’s important to protect your business from the start. The public liability insurance is designed to protect you if someone is injured or their property is damaged by one of your products. You can also consider inventory coverage if you have a large amount of inventory in store.
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