I stumbled across this app a few years ago when I first moved out (coming on 6 years now – Jesus I’m getting old) and sold off a couple of bits in order to have enough money for the essentials in life, the rent, food for dinner, you know living. Anyway, it was quite small back then and has since grown to be a pretty well known app for buying and selling used clothes. So in the name of being sustainable, I wanted to have a little shop on there to give it a proper review for all of you – even if you’re not wanting to buy, it can be a great place to sell, so keep on reading to find out more!
You can connect your Facebook profile with the app so there’s no need to fill out endless forms to get a profile. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to change my username from Banner to Albon which is a bit naff, although I could amend my “real name” in the settings section, I would have liked to use my married name as I have across all other social media platforms. You can add a bio section where I’ve just added a little note about me and what I do – I did laugh when I wrote 20 something as I’m getting closer to 30 than I’d care to admit (okay, I’ll be 27 in April which I guess isn’t so bad, but it’s definitely late 20’s after then).
When you upload clothes to sell it appears in your “wardrobe” so users can have a mooch at your throwaways and decide if your trash is their treasure. I haven’t uploaded anything yet, but do plan on doing so once I’ve Marie Kondo’d everything I own. What I did like about searching through the home feed was that the app will feature people’s wardrobes as you scroll through so you might come across something you didn’t know you needed (read: wanted) until it flashed before your eyes. One huge selling point of this app is that you can swap clothes instead of selling, so when you upload an item you can mark it by saying “I’d be interested in swapping this”. If you come across an item you like and it’s marked with the same thing, you can ask the seller/swapper if they’d be interested in swapping said item for one of your pieces – just like if you’re rummaging through your sister’s wardrobe (or if you’re my sister, borrowing and never returning).
When I started writing this post, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to purchase to show you about the shopping experience, so I ended up spiralling into hours (no joke) of shopping people’s wardrobes. Tip, make sure you have something in mind if you don’t want to waste your precious hours when you could be doing something productive.
In the end, I found a couple of bits that I deemed worthy of my wardrobe and placed my order with two different sellers;
In terms of shopping experience, you can search for particular items and brands, you put your size details in for all of your searches to show you items that will fit and have an enormous selection of clothes to shop from.
For me, the only downside is you can’t pay by PayPal which you all know is a big thing for me – buyer protection is a must, however they do have a refund policy if you purchase within the app which will cover you if you don’t receive your item, it’s not as described, is damaged in transit or cancelled for whatever reason.
I’ll make sure to write a follow up post on the items I’ve ordered and do a post on the selling experience once I’ve found some suitable items to sell. If you want to try out the app, you can download it from the Apple App Store here.
Have you shopped with the Vinted app and what did you think?
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