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The best apps for selling clothes by smartphone

4. March 2021 Published by Raphael Doerr

In the second part of our blog post on the subject of “selling clothes by app and smartphone,” we take a look at the trendiest apps for that and at well-known conventional channels. Flea market and classified ad apps are a convenient way of selling used clothes locally and without hassle – anytime, anywhere. You register in a jiffy via Google or Facebook, take a few photos of the item you’re offering, and upload them directly to the app. The apps can also be used to communicate with potential buyers quickly and easily.

Flea market apps

eBay Classifieds – the classic channel

The well-known eBay Classifieds app is the undisputed number one for private individuals wishing to buy and sell objects. That can be done with ease from anywhere thanks to the practical smartphone app. There’s almost nothing you can’t find on this platform. There’s also a whole host of adverts for jobs, property, used cars or pets. Like at a real flea market or in the ad columns in the newspaper, eBay Classifieds is conceived mainly as a local platform for buying and selling things in the neighborhood. That means the objects bought using the app are usually handed over to the owner in person.

Facebook Marketplace

You can use this app to sell things directly to friends near you. It’s easy to use: Simply click on “New” and specify the articles you wish to sell. Add the title and a photo and that’s that – oh, but don’t forget to name the price for what you’re offering. There are no charges for this service. You should remember that the entire Facebook community can reply to these ads.

The newcomers

Its name says it all: Offering a mixed bag of everything, including clothes, Shpock has recently made a name for itself as a flea market app, writes smartmobil.de. The app is based on a principle similar to that of eBay Classifieds. It has a practical feature that enables you to share your own adds directly via Facebook and Twitter. And if you’re looking for a very specific item, the configurable Shpock search agent notifies you immediately of bargains that have been posted. You can upload 5 photos on it.

However, smartmobil.de notes that there are unfortunately repeated reports of fraudulent conduct, so the magazine advises you go bargain hunting with the requisite vigilance – and also to be on your guard if you’re selling things.

Vinted – online flea market for clothing

Vinted is an online flea market that used to go by the name “Kleiderkreisel.” As the name suggests, Vinted specializes in buying and selling clothes and fashion. It has an Android and iPhone app, as well as a website. Browse through the categories or enter a specific search term in the box to find the item of clothing you’re looking for. Then send the person who posted it a message to seal the deal. However, you first need an account, but it is free.

Common portals for selling high fashion

You can sell designer clothes not only at second-hand portals that specialize in that, but also on common sales portals. You alone decide what price to ask and who you sell the clothes to. Another example is Mädchenflohmarkt. Here, too, you can choose whether to sell the items yourself or task the shop with handling that.

Fashion apps for selling designer and brand-name clothing

Who would have thought that people would want to slip into old shoes, bikinis and brightly colored trousers Katie Price once wore? But there’s definitely a demand for that. Katie successfully sells all the clothes she can no longer use on the “Depop” website. It’s a sort of digital flea market where users offer second-hand, vintage and designer items. The Depop app ranks as one of the most popular fashion marketplaces for designer and brand-name products among the Generation Z.

Getting started is simple. You log on, create an account and can begin selling stuff right away. You can describe what you’re selling and post up to four photos per item. You then set a price and that was that. You’re notified automatically when the item has been sold. You then send off the goods, A disadvantage is that the app is in English and so the prices are shown in pounds. Brand-name products are preferentially sold on the fashion marketplace, so you should do some research beforehand if you want to achieve the price you personally want. Otherwise, the item of clothing is too expensive or you offer it too cheaply.

Selling designer clothes to Buddy and Selly

Another portal that is available for selling designer cloths is Buddy and Selly. You can sell everything from evening gowns to winter jackets on it. However, the procedure is a bit cumbersome. You first have to send the item to be sold to Buddy and Selly. That is free of charge and the clothes are insured in transit. An offer for the clothes is then made. If you’re happy with the offer, you confirm it and the money is remitted to you right away.

Second-hand or pre-owned apps

Second Life Fashion is an online shop for used men’s or ladies’ clothing, whose quality is checked manually – so the website says. The clothes are purchased on the portal kleidungverkaufen24.de.

The terms and conditions: You must sell at least 15 items and they must not be older than five years so that they still pass as being fashionable. The articles must be clean and well cared for and come from one of the brands the shops list. Moreover, only items of a particular size or in a specific category (such as pullovers or jackets) are accepted, depending on current stocks.

If you want a quick sell – the apps for no-name products

Online second-hand shops buy used clothes and sell them on their or other websites. The advantage of this method is that you have to do little yourself and the items you want to discard are all gone in one swoop. That saves time and bother and you aren’t pestered by buyers asking questions. The drawback: hardly any cash for your cast-offs. You yourself usually earn little on the used clothes.

One of the best-known apps here is momox. It usually buys everything it can snap up and then sells the stuff to other second-hand shops or offers them in its own shop. momox accepts clothes from all brands, so you can also sell no-name items. It’s worthwhile collecting the clothes over a period of time and then sending them off in one large parcel. momox pays for the shipping costs. So anyone who is having a whole-scale clear-out of their wardrobe and wants to sell their old fashion gear, but doesn’t have the time or nerves for that can check out this option.

In conclusion, we want to let you into a few tips we’ve compiled from well-known sales professionals.

Learning from the professionals

  1. Take specific measurements of clothing

“It isn’t easy to convey all the lovely aspects of a garment on a computer screen,” says Lauren Naimola, owner of the Etsy shop Dear Golden. “Many people want to feel the garment and try it on, so you have to be exhaustive in the way you render the garment visually as well as describe it. Measurements are provided for every garment. A dress is measured at the shoulders, bust, waist, hip and length. Every girl should know her measurements, especially if she wants to shop online.”

  1. Provide accurate details about the condition of your items

“Build a good reputation,” says Franco. “Accurately portray your items and be upfront and honest about the details. This is the only way to gain the trust of buyers who are already faced with the challenge of buying something they cannot try on or inspect. A good reputation goes a long way!”

  1. Study before you sell

“There are many people selling vintage online, but there are only a few who are educated about garment dating and fabric composition,” says Lauren. “Learn as much as possible about vintage garments.”

We wish you lots of fun selling your stuff! There’s one more thing we’d like to point out on our own behalf: The blog post does not claim to be exhaustive and there are doubtless many more sales apps for the smartphone, but we couldn’t include them for reasons of space.

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