As we step into Spring, a lot of us will be looking to have a spring clean. For me, I love starting with my wardrobe and having a good clear out. I love all things fashion so have a lot of clothes, but over the last two years having been in and out of lockdown and working from home, I have hardly had the chance to wear a lot of my clothes.
Now, I am trying to focus on having more of a capsule wardrobe with a few good key pieces that I know I will get good wear out of. My go to clothing these days is also comfort clothing due to my lifestyle having changed quite a lot from working in a professional setting daily, to working from home. So, I often find myself casting my eye over a section of my wardrobe that I hardly get any wear out of these days.
I have always looked after my belongings including my clothes, so I would never be able to just throw my old clothes away. With sustainable fashion being on the rise, I like my clothes to be reused.
Sustainable fashion is the future of fashion. With a growing trend of sustainability, more and more people are looking for clothing that is both fashionable and sustainable.
As the world becomes more aware of climate change, people are becoming more conscious of how their actions impact on the environment. As a result, they are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and not leave a large footprint on our planet. Largely, due to this reason, I like to do my bit, so I either donate items to charity shops/charity clothing campaigns or I resell them on platforms like eBay or Vinted.
eBay is a great place to sell your items and make some extra money. eBay is a big marketplace and I love the fact that you can list your items, and find buyers from around the world.
Vinted is an online clothing store that allows you to buy or sell clothes. The site was founded in 2008 and it has grown very quickly since then, it has become one of the most popular sites for buying or selling secondhand clothes online. Vinted has more than 10 million listings and over 50 million registered users worldwide
The idea behind Vinted was to connect buyers and sellers directly. Hence the really easy and simplistic way for buyers and sellers to communicate on this selling and buying platform via a live messaging type setup.
However, there are many advantages to selling on Vinted and eBay, but there are also some drawbacks that come with it as well.
My personal list of pros and cons for selling on eBay and Vinted are as follows:
- Easy to list your items.
- Listings gain a lot of interest and result in a higher percentage of sales.
- Worldwide marketplace.
- Able to sell items at good prices.
- Buyers on Ebay appear to have a better product knowledge resulting in your items selling for their true worth.
- The ‘Best Offer’ feature is a good way to negotiate prices with an interested buyer.
- Ebay often run minimum fee and free listing days which allows you to get a higher percentage of your overall sale amount.
- You have the option of selling via an Auction or Buy It Now. I prefer to list my items via the Buy It Now option as this gives you more control over the sale price.
- You can sell different categories of items on Ebay not just clothing.
- The postage set up is really easy and convenient to use and lots of postage options are available. Buying postage via eBay Packlink is my preference for anything larger than a small package.
- Ebay have quite a lot of fees which can approximately equate to 15% of the overall sale price.
- When there is a dispute unless you have sent the item via a trackable postage option, eBay usually find in favour of the buyer, which can be very frustrating.
- I have had items that have been listed on Vinted for ages, they get favourited but never sell. I have sold one item on Vinted in all the time I have been on the platform.
- You have to wait for the buyer to receive the item and mark it as received before your payment is released to you.
- The customer base on Vinted expect things to sell for very cheap prices.
- Vinted is good to get rid of cheap items, they are likely to sell fast.
- Vinted is completely free to sell items on.
- The buyer pays the postage fee.
eBay vs Vinted, my verdict is eBay.
Another bonus reselling tip from me is that after you’ve successfully sold your item, don’t compromise on packaging your item securely and with appropriate packaging. The main thing is that the item reaches the seller in perfect condition. To stay in line with completely minimising my carbon footprint, using bespoke packaging is recommended as it leaves a zero carbon footprint and is the strongest kind of packaging I have come across.