How to make Money on Vinted

How to make Money on Vinted

I have been thinking a lot recently about this blog and what I want to cover. I would like to write more about sustainable living/living to a budget etc, and even considered setting up another site for that. Then I gave my head a wobble and realised that I can’t keep on top of one blog, so adding another is madness!

I have come to the conclusion that there is enough of a crossover to allow me to write a bit more about these type of things on here, if anyone objects they can scroll on by. It’s one of the benefits of not making any money from blogging and just doing it for fun, I can be more relaxed about the whole thing.

Last year I wrote about only buying second hand clothes and have largely stuck to this-the only thing I have bought new in the last year has been a pack of tights and a pair of boots. I have bought shoes, work clothes and riding clothes and boots second hand. I have recently become a massive fan of Vinted, the second hand clothes site, for both selling and buying. I thought I’d write a few tips in case you are considering giving it go.

Vinted is a popular platform for selling or buying clothes

Firstly, you need to head to your app store and download the Vinted app. Once it is downloaded you can set up your account and get selling-or buying!

Just tap the sell button to get started Listing clothes is straightforward on the app

Listing clothes

Listing clothes is very straightforward, but there’s a few things that can dramatically increase your chance of selling your items.

  • Make sure you accurately describe your items and include as many details as possible so they are found easily in searches, at the very least include colour, size, condition and brand
  • Make sure your photos are in focus and show the whole item. If you can post a pic of you wearing the item that helps. Also make sure that your first photo is a good one as that is the one that people when see when browsing. It drives me mad trying to decipher what an item looks like from a close up, fuzzy photo of a sleeve or tag
  • Be honest about condition and make sure you have close up photos of any flaws

Setting prices and postage

When setting prices it’s a good idea to have a look at similar items. I’ll be honest, you’ll be much more successful if you price to sell. You can also offer bundle discounts, which means people can get money off if they buy more than one of your items. It’s also a good idea to make sure you choose the correct parcel size when selling so there are no issues down the line.

When setting postage, check which options are available and easy to access. I luckily have a Yodel and Evri drop off point within walking distance, so I now only use these methods. These are super simple, as the buyer pays the postage and you are sent a prepaid postage label to stick on your package.

I did use to use InPost, where you drop off at a locker, but have now dropped this method as I had to drive to my nearest lockers and, even more annoyingly, a couple of times I found that there was no empty lockers to leave my items in.

I also don’t use Royal Mail, as in this case the seller pays for the postage and is reimbursed, so I worry about being left out of pocket, especially when I’m selling items for a couple of quid.

Also, make sure your items are securely packaged. I bought a job lot of postage bags from Amazon like these (affiliate link) for this purpose, and it makes life so much easier.

Buying on Vinted

Buying on Vinted is a real guilty pleasure of mine, I can spend ages browsing. I try to be good and only spend what I have in my balance-really trying to keep to the sustainable living ethos!

When browsing, if I see anything that I like, I give it a favourite. This not only saves it for later so I can find it easily, but it means that I also get a notification if it sells or if the price changes.

I favourite anything that catches my eye

Quite often if I have an item that hasn’t sold, but has been favourited by several people, I will knock a bit off the price (so they will be notified) and hope that someone bites.

You can also follow people on Vinted, I do this very occasionally if I find someone who has a similar taste in clothes to me or has uploaded a few things I’ve liked. I don’t do it too often as the notifications get a bit much.

How to deal with issues

I have been lucky with my dealing with Vinted and haven’t run in to too many issues. I once bought an item that the seller then couldn’t find(!). Luckily she was lovely and refunded me quickly. Equally, I once sold an item that had more marks than I had noticed. I felt bad, even though it was a genuine mistake, so refunded my buyer straight away.

When buying, your money is not released to the seller until you click the button to say you are happy, so there is an opportunity to sort things and contact Vinted if there is an issue. Also, I would say that it is wise to be cautious when buying high value items, particularly from buyers with little or no feedback. I know everyone has to start somewhere, but I tend to favour sellers with lots of feedback and a proven track record.

As a seller I have been lucky so far. The best bet to avoid trouble is to be honest and clear about your items and photograph everything, then you have proof if a buyer raises an issue later.

Do you use Vinted? What are your best hacks to make money?

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