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(Last Updated On: May 31, 2018)


Not everyone is into eBay. I find it the best way to sell my used goods, but there are so many options out there now. Depop is one of the most popular options, particularly for second hand clothing. It’s a lot of effort to list items on both eBay and Depop, so if you’re going to pick one, here’s a breakdown of why you might opt for Depop instead of eBay.


1. It’s a Social Platform

You may be able to add your photo and a bio, but there’s no getting around the fact that eBay shoppers don’t care who they’re buying from. It’s a different story over on Depop, where your personality may be the very reason that customers are heading your way. If you show off your fashion choices on Instagram, Depop’s the perfect extension when you’re getting rid of those items.


2. Intuitive for newbies

eBay is an incredibly old website, and in spite of lots of updates, you can find yourself down one of their archaic alleyways. For example, one wrong turn and you can end up on the US version of the site, with no obvious way to make it back home. Depop is designed for the average person to get online and get selling.


3. Mobile-first

As many changes are eBay do, there’s no getting around the fact that the listing and shopping experience is slicker online than it is on the mobile. On Depop, most wouldn’t even think to sell on desktop. The app comes first and has from the start, so you know they’ve ironed out the groove from early.


4. Niche interests

The nature of Depop lends it much more to creating communities than eBay, and allows you to find pockets where people are hunting for niche-interest products. While eBay relies heavily on keywords to navigate, Depop’s more about finding like-minded individuals and browsing visually from there.


5. Different buyers

There are legions of people that want to steer completely clear of eBay, because the sellers are essentially faceless. If you’re into vintage sportswear, for example, there aren’t many other online alternatives where you can find what you want. By setting up a store there, you can sell directly to an audience hunting for exactly that.


6. It’s more casual

eBay is very established now, and a lot of it is very serious. There are the legally binding bids, the sanctions and all of the rest. If you want a bridge between local Facebook group selling and eBay, this is it.


7. Regular offers

As a seller, Depop runs a lot of preferential seller offers that reduce the fees to list products. This is obviously a massive benefit to those with a large inventory and want to find ways to cut costs. eBay obviously do this too, but it’s worth knowing Depop’s commission rates aren’t flat year-round.



You can essentially tap customers on the shoulder. As long as you can find them – by searching through the followers of other similar sellers, you can follow them and wait to see if they’re interested in your stock. You can market your inventory by following, liking and generally immersing yourself in the community.


9. Celebrities and influencer users

It’s a draw factor that brings in younger consumers. As Depop is never going to have as much traffic as eBay, the next best thing is to have a targeted audience. If you have something to sell, find influencers that represent that style and get in with that crowd, and you may just get a sale.


27 / Nottingham, UK. Trying these things since 2007. Writing about these things since 2014. Doing this full-time since 2018.