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For those who aren't familiar with Depop, it's a "social shopping" app on which users can set up accounts to sell their pre-owned or vintage clothes to hungry bargain hunters.
Independent designers and boutiques can also use the app to sell their products - all of which are presented on their profile with Instagram sleekness. After all, it's just as much about amassing followers as it is sales.
Basically, if eBay and Instagram had a baby, it would be Depop.
There are many who consider Depop - which has 13 million users under 25 - as one of the greatest tools in their arsenal when it comes to buying and selling items of clothing.
Just last month, British teen Ellen Bundey was named the app's fifth biggest seller after founding a glitter business from her bedroom while studying for her A-levels.
However, its not all roses on the app. As with any form of social media, you can come across difficult characters who seem reach new levels of cray when buying, selling and money is thrown into the mix.
Just last week, one user selling a PrettyLittleThing leopard wrap-around swimsuit in a size six was left feeling deflated when a potential buyer asked her if it was "still roughly the same size as it was brought and not stretched" as she is "much slimmer." Ouch.
"Can always rely on Depop to boost ya confidence (sic)," wrote the buyer.
Can always rely on depop to boost ya confidence :joy::joy: pic.twitter.com/jqZMn3cprR
- Kate Elizabeth (@kxteeliz) August 7, 2019
This user is equally unimpressed:
I decided to give depop a browse only to come across a dress with a description that said "colour is like a meat (pork) colour" depop is utterly demonic no one can convince me otherwise
- vida (@loverboyjpeg) July 20, 2019
Perhaps one of the most soul-crushing aspects of the app is having to deal with the cheek of people who basically think they deserve to get something for nothing. You know the kind.
"Depop buyers are so cheeky. After the cost of postage (approx. £3) and depop taking 10%...no I will not sell an item for £5 incl postage because I'd be making 2p sorry Susan," said one user, while we also found a number of other glowing examples:
#Depop buyers. So rude :joy::sob: pic.twitter.com/3f6QrQGS4Q
- kayescorner (@kayescorner) August 7, 2019
people on depop are too cheeky, how are they asking £10.01 for an item which is clearly £85.50 ???????
- carrington SA (@carringtonalli) July 18, 2019
There are also those people who only care about the number
of likes their new purchases will rack up, like this guy who gave a seller a lousy
one star review because: "Good communication but when I received this item she
forgot to tell me when you take a photo of it on flash the reflective bit on
the Nike tick isn't all there so it looks stupid."
My Depop reviews. Sorry babes , hope ur ok xx pic.twitter.com/q01y0KsONZ
- Taryn Pontin (@tarynpontin) August 4, 2019
Another pretty annoying issue is that you can't always be
sure of the quality of product you'll be receiving:
And how about this guy who wanted to buy just one shoe because
he apparently had his other one stolen?
Some people have got the wrong idea of the app completely,
like this girl who is looking for a fake ID for her friend:
Depop just gets better and better :joy: some people :joy: pic.twitter.com/Eg78jAkNsP
- :sparkles:Katie:sparkles: (@_katiepepper) August 2, 2019
It's not all doom and gloom, though - if you can't sell your
stuff, at least you might get yourself a date...
I'm trying to sell my tshirts on Depop and ... pic.twitter.com/ZonP7cgQtS
- liv :leopard: (@livskks) August 4, 2019
If you want to be offended IRL, Depop has opened a pop-up space in London's Selfridges department store, which will be running for three months.
It features a curated selection from Depop's top sellers with one seller showcased each week throughout August, experimenting with the theme of entrepreneurship alongside founder Simon Beckerman.
Depop is actually a great place to make some extra cash, as long as you can avoid the above scenarios on the app. Happy selling!
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