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Why you might choose to sell clothes online

There are many reasons why you might want to sell clothes online.

For example:

  1. Selling unwanted clothing
  2. Starting your own business
  3. Selling vintage clothing
  4. Making your own clothes and selling them

Whatever your reasons are, our tips can make this process as easy (and affordable) as possible.

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Where to sell clothes online

There are many online marketplaces to choose from, but these are some popular places to sell clothes online:

  • eBay – an all-rounder, letting you list clothing that’s new, used, or being sold as a business
  • Etsy – primarily used for selling handmade and vintage clothing
  • Facebook Marketplace – great for selling second-hand clothing to customers local to you
  • ASOS Marketplace – a brilliant platform for new businesses looking to sell clothes online
  • Depop – excellent for selling trendy new and used clothing online, as well as clothing you’ve designed yourself
  • Vinted – a great option for selling second-hand clothes
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How to sell clothes online

Selling clothes is easy when you know how. Here are our best tips to get things organised:

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1. Split clothes into piles

Splitting clothes into piles is beneficial, especially in the early stages of putting them up for sale, whether you’re decluttering your wardrobe, or planning to sell different items of clothing online.

Split your clothes into two piles of cheap and more expensive. This gives you an idea of which clothing to sell for which price when it comes to listing them online. Separating items early on in your sales process is important. This prevents you from mistaking high-quality items for those that are lower in price, for example.

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2. Take good-quality photos

When selling clothes online, it’s important to take good-quality photos. The clearer the picture, the more people can see what condition the clothes are in, and what they look like. The blurrier an image is, the less likely people will trust you as a seller, and you want any and every customer to want to buy the clothes you’re selling:

  • Take photos in natural light
  • Hang clothes on coat hangers, or model them on yourself or a mannequin so sellers know what items realistically look like
  • Snap pictures of an item's front, back, and inside lining, and where possible, take clear pictures of the clothing’s inside label

3. Be prepared to haggle

When selling clothes online via auction, offer, or fixed price, people will try and haggle on price. This is because the opportunity to do so is there, unlike when selling on other typical online shops. With marketplace buying, shoppers can get in touch about the price you’re selling clothes at.

For this reason, it’s best to start by pricing items at a higher cost. This way, you’re not disappointed when people try to compromise on lower costs.

When you communicate well and are willing to change prices, you’re more likely to make a sale and get returning customers. So, listening to the customer and offering flexible pricing will help boost your sales, and reputation as a seller.

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4. Spend time writing great product descriptions

When writing your product descriptions, include information you know you’d want to see if you were the buyer, including:

  • The size (S, M, L, XL, XXL), length and width – this will depend on the style of clothing (i.e. length and width for jeans
  • The material – are you selling a wool jumper? A satin skirt? Suede shoes?
  • The condition – Choose from “new with tags”, “new without tags”, “new with defects”, “used”, “brand new with box”, etc..

You must be honest about the condition of the clothes you’re selling, too. For instance, if you’re selling used clothing with a pin-sized hole in it, this should be stated – and pictures of any damage, no matter how subtle or large, will position you as a trusted seller, and increase sales.

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5. Use trusted payment portals

When selling clothes online, make sure you use official payment methods on the selling platform you’re using. Buyers will see you as a trusted seller, and you’ll receive legitimate sales.

Top tip

If someone offers to send you a payment in a different way to the one you’re advertising (like a bank transfer, when you have PayPal listed as the payment method), ignore this request. You’ll always want to arrange payment through a trusted payment portal that offers seller, and buyer protection.

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6. Share your listings on social media

The more eyes you get on your clothing, the more likely it is to sell, so use your social media platforms as much as possible when you sell clothes online. Many marketplace sites where you’ll sell clothes online offer shareable buttons, too, which share an automated message to a Tweet, Facebook, or Instagram post.

There you have it, our top tips for selling clothes. All that’s left for you to do is ship your items to the seller. You can do this easily with Evri. Just select the most suitable Evri service; whatever works for you, works for us!

Why send parcels with Evri?

When selling your clothes online, Evri provides cheap prices to send parcels on their way, as well as other benefits:

  • Cheap prices, starting from the small price of £2.62
  • Flexible delivery options, with both Standard and Next Day
  • Hassle-free Courier services, with options to send from ParcelShops, Lockers, and Courier collection
  • International options to send parcels overseas
  • Tracking updates via our website and app
  • Free parcel cover, up to £20*

Ready to start selling clothes online? Get started and send your parcels with Evri, today.

*Excludes postable parcels

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