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For a whole year I put off selling on Vinted. I think I joined up, made an account, then decided I’d rather keep just dropping items off to the charity shop as I was overwhelmed with home schooling and family life. Then I decided to learn how to sell on Vinted, and now I want to share with you my top tips for selling on Vinted.
I visited my local charity shop and found they were selling baby outfits, vests etc 5 items for £1 as they have been inundated with stock.
While this is great for people who want to save some money it feels a little bit of a shame when many of the items I’m donating have been worn once or twice.
I decided I would give Vinted a go myself to sell some of my daughter’s old clothing and see if I could make some money.
You can see a condensed list of tips for how to sell on Vinted at the end of this post.
Getting started selling on Vinted
Sign up and create your profile!
Sign up to *sell on Vinted.
Create your profile. Add a little ‘about you’. Keep it short and sweet as it only displays a small amount before a ‘see more’ button appears.
If you have specific items you’re selling like 0-3 month baby clothes it can help to list that on your profile.
Add your location if you’re going to offer local collection. I haven’t done this.
Check your settings
Look at the different settings. You can add further details about yourself, link social media accounts, set the postage options you offer. I have Royal Mail turned off, as I don’t want to queue in my local post office. This means the other options are Evri home delivery, Evri and UPS. You can’t turn off UPS but you can turn off all other options.
Add your bank account to speed up the withdrawal process.
Select discounts for bundles, if you want to. I have this option on and almost every single sale I’ve made has been a bundle of 3 or more listings. Typically I offer a 10% discount on 2 listings bundled, 15% discount on 3 listings bundled and 20% discount on 5 listings bundled. I’ve not changed this since I set my account up, and it seems to be working well. You can set discounts from 5% to 50% in 5% increments.
You can set your account to holiday mode if you’re going to be away from home, or unavailable to post items. This will pause all of your listings.
Be aware of the privacy settings
There are a few interesting options you may want to be aware of before listing items, or using Vinted, such as “Allow Vinted to use my pictures for marketing purposes” and “Notify owners when I favourite their items”.
Vinted: your questions answered…
How does Vinted work?
Vinted is a selling app and website. Download the app/visit the website, make a profile, list your items for sale and wait for the sales to trickle in. You list your item for your price, then the buyer pays for postage and insurance. There are no Vinted selling fees in the UK!
You sell your item, print the postage at home, attach it to your parcel and take it to the post office, local Evri drop off or whichever other postage method you use.
Wait for the item to be delivered, once the tracking has confirmed the item has been received/delivered, and two more days have passed to allow buyers to raise a claim for any damages/not as described items, then the price paid for your listing is transferred to your Vinted balance. Simple as that!
Vinted allows buyers to find smaller, lower priced goods and build bundles. Buyers pay for buyer protection. Vinted allows sellers to sell items safe in the knowledge that the fees will be received.
How much does Vinted take? Is selling on Vinted really free? How does Vinted make money?
Vinted charge ZERO selling fees. ZERO. Listing is free. There are no fees from the money you list your item for. If something sells for £4 + postage you receive £4 once it is delivered.
Vinted make money from the buyer protection fees and I assume, but haven’t checked, that they make commission on the postage sales too.
How to get paid on Vinted?
Once your buyer receives their item they have 2 days to let you/Vinted know about any issues. If they confirm all is fine, or 2 days passes, the funds are released to your Vinted balance.
Withdrawals can take up to 5 working days apparently, although it’s been faster for me.
How does postage/shipping work on Vinted? Can you sell on Vinted without a printer?
You can BUT it depends what postage option you use. You’ll need to set custom shipping options for all of your listings, instead of just weighing and selecting the relevant postage option on the Vinted website.
How the postage works is you receive a link with a downloadable label once a sale is made. Package your item, attach this label and then take it to the Parcelshop.
Is Vinted worth it?
Yes! I made over £60 from items that I would have just given away.
I’m listing items as my daughters outgrow them and making money in the process.
I’ve seen people talking about Vinted as a side hustle. Re-selling is not allowed on Vinted, so unless you’ve got children, or are changing body weight quickly, I can’t see how you can rely on this for a regular source of income. It is a great way to make a few extra pounds having a clear out, but I wouldn’t call it a side hustle as such for me! More a way to clear up some wardrobe and drawer space for my babies next size of clothing.
According to Patches Co., you can get some custom embroidery, which can make your second-hand clothes more competitive. It is also a good idea to resell them on Vinted.
Is Vinted better than eBay?
I enjoy it more. The listing process is straight forward.
I love that there are no fees either. It’s very simple all round.
Do things sell on Vinted?
Yes! At the beginning it was VERY slow, and I wondered if I had just completely wasted 3 hours of my life listing items. However, I then started to make sales, got some 5* reviews and since then things seem to be selling much faster.
I’ve made sales in under 24 hours.
List your items, give it a week and then edit the listing or change the price to get those sales coming in.
How do I see what I’m selling on Vinted?
Visit your profile! There you can see all your listings, including all of your sold listings. It shows your current listings first and then your sold items at the end. Make sure you’re logged in.
How to sell more on Vinted? How to sell fast on Vinted?
I list similar sizes at the same time. I batch draft them and get them all live together. That way people can ask for bundles to get a discount and I’ll sell my items faster.
I keep my prices low. Some tops and trousers I’ve sold for just £1, but I’ve sold a lot of them, and it is still a nice pot of money when clearing out an entire size of baby clothes.
My experience selling on Vinted:
I spent 3 hours listing 50 listings. Items from £1.00. I listed bundles of first size, premature and newborn vests or sleepsuits.
Bundles varied from 5 vests to 33 sleepsuits and I sold them, I think, for very reasonable prices. The highest individual bundle sold was around £4.
I feel prices need to be cheap, because people are also paying postage and a buyer protection fee (as detailed above).
Initially I made 1 sale, then 10 days later I made another sale and once I had a couple of reviews the sales came in thick and fast.
How much have I made so far?
I made almost £50. All of these sales were bundles. Some were vest and sleep suit bundles with individually listed outfits added on, and other sales were just bundles of individual outfits.
I kept prices low, as I wanted to declutter, and I used the money I made towards next size clothing for my daughter.
I find selling on Vinted simple. I photograph items in batches, create listings in batches and then I place all the items on a little trolley until the sales come in.
I’m packaging sales in these *grey mailing bags as they are really strong, and I’ve had no complaints at all. All of my reviews so far are 5 stars. These mailing bags work out at 13p each, which is well worth it to ensure someone’s purchase arrives safe and undamaged.
Is it worth it to bump items on Vinted?
I bumped two listings, at a cost of 95p for 3 days per listing, and I DID sell those items eventually. However, it wasn’t within the bump period. I DID gain new followers and lots of favourites on the items, so I don’t know if the person who purchased was someone who saw it while it was bumped.
Here is a little look at two listings I bumped:
Is Vinted Spotlight worth it?
For £6.95 you can have items promoted. I used this once and did notice a boost to sales.
Vinted has been the best selling app for me. It is simple to use, no listing fees and the buyer pays the postage. I love that I print the postage, package the item and can drop it to my local shop. This is helping a local business who earn a small fee, and is convenient for me too.
Is selling on Vinted worth it?
I feel that selling on Vinted has been quite successful for me, once I gave it a few weeks at the beginning. I’m now making an effort to list items that I may have otherwise just put in the clothes recycling bin. As I’m making a nice amount of money for the items I’ve been able to increase my monthly direct debit to a local charity I support, and the Vinted sales will pay towards that.
What I love about Vinted as well is that you can just list items, store them and wait for sales to trickle in. It IS a bit of a faff having to weigh items for bundles BUT I find that just about everyone who creates a bundle will purchase them.
Tips for selling on Vinted:
Check postage carefully!
I had to send one item at my own cost, as I make a mistake on the postage. This meant a delay to the seller of one day by the time I realised.
Most listings are a medium for me, and Evri seems to be the ONLY option that anyone has used.
Message people who favourite your items
I sent little offers, where I reduced prices by 25p or 50p. You can’t do this if the listing is £1, which is the lowest you can list items for.
I sent messages, where appropriate, to let people know that I was listing more items in the coming days.
Stash seasonal items until the appropriate time
You WILL make sales of Christmas items all year, as people like me like to get organised early, but your best bet would be to put items up until the appropriate time. Many more people will be looking for seasonal items just before the appropriate time, such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween or swimwear in the summer.
Photography matters (sometimes!)
Text on your photos can help. I did this to listing that weren’t getting much traction.
I tried a number of photography methods. Throwing items down. Ironing items. Using a professional backdrop and lighting.
The main thing that helped was having bright well lit photos. Make sure the first image clearly shows the item.
One thing that I DID find helpful was editing photos where I’d put together multiple items. On Vinted what happens is listings can have multiple pictures, up to 20 if you want to be really detailed, however it is only the first picture which shows in the feed. There are multiple tools that allow you to adjust and edit photos the way you need: you can edit background, relight images or increase image size without losing quality.
Photograph any imperfections, nice detailing such as buttons or embroidery and show the inside labels too so people can see the sizing and material.
Views don’t seem to matter…
Listings with just 5-10 views have sold quickly, and listings with 100+ views have took weeks.
At the beginning views were very low but this did pick up as I sold more and had more reviews.
Have a little patience
Some listings may be there for weeks before selling. I bought something recently that was listed 1 year ago and they still had it and it was as described still.
Consider reducing prices weekly.
Clear out your wardrobe in stages
List like size items and categories if you’re clearing out yours or your child’s wardrobe.
Buyers love asking for bundles, to save on postage, and will be more interested if you’ve got multiple items in one size for them to choose from.
List items and draft them
Draft your listings over a few days if needed time wise and then set them all live at the same time.
This CAN help, with dresses and fashion items, but it doesn’t seem to impact the sale of baby clothing much. I’ve tested both ironed and unironed items and bundles seem to sell the same regardless.
Don’t forget to check eBay!
You MAY find that items sell for more money on eBay, however, you’re likely to have more competition there too.
If you have some items, that perhaps have just been worn once or are even unworn, then it may be worth looking on eBay first.
Do your research
You can look at sold listings on eBay and Vinted past sales to get an idea of what you can expect your item to sell for.
If you have items that are brand new with tags then be sure to see if they’re still sold on the website before pricing accordingly.
Turn on notifications
If you’re using the Vinted app make sure you have notifications turned on. That way you’ll be notified if someone sends a message, makes an offer or favourites an item. You can respond promptly, hopefully while they’re still using the Vinted app or website – and hopefully bag yourself a sale!
All my favourite tips for selling on Vinted:
- Check your settings on your profile
- Optimise your profile
- Be aware of your privacy settings
- Check postage options carefully
- Make offers to people who favourite your items < My #1 Vinted tip!
- Stash seasonal items until the appropriate time
- Take nice photographs
- Don’t sweat it about the number of views you get
- Be patient
- Clear out your wardrobe in stages
- List items and then draft them until you have them all ready to post
- Iron/steam items
- Don’t forget to check eBay
- Do your research
- Turn on notifications