Maybe it was a gift from a friend, or maybe a statement product that you bought for a special occasion and haven’t worn since (green glitter eye shadow for St. Patrick’s Day, anyone?), but at the end of the day you don’t use it and it’s clogging up precious makeup space on your vanity.
Well, re-sell it, of course. There’s finally an app where you can re-sell your new or gently used (or even not so gently used) beauty products, and it’s called Depop.
Depop has become super popular with Instagram girls and bloggers and is sort of like an online flea market that’s ruled by cool kids. The app is set up similar to Instagram, except girls can sell their gently used stuff rather than post pictures of their avocado toast. The goods for sale are predominantly clothing and accessories, but makeup is also a big hitter because unlike most resell apps, which ban the sale of non-brand new beauty products, Depop doesn’t.
Like Instagram, you have more “success” if you post often, make your page look pretty, and engage with other Depop-ers, but if you have a good product, it’ll go fast. Also like Instagram, using hashtags will help buyers find your products, and every seller wants to be #DepopFamous.
It’s tough to clean out your makeup drawer, and it’s a lot easier to tell yourself that you’ll use that rainbow highlighter when the right occasion comes up. But, if you’re broke like me, the promise of some moolah if the perfect motivation to finally get rid of old stuff that you never really used – especially when it’s so easy to sell it.
Basically, all you have to do is take some pictures of the product (you can also attach product shots from the brand’s website if they’re still available online) and post them to the app, then describe the product in the caption – including how much it’s been used. Once you sell the piece, the money is automatically deposited in your PayPal account (plus whatever you charged for shipping) and you simply ship the product out to the buyer at your earliest convenience.
As long as you ship it when you say you will and the product is true to your description (which I’m sure it will be, ‘cuz you’re not a scammer), you’ll get a five-star review and more buyers will want to buy your stuff!
Sounds amazing, right? Basically a passive income for you with the added motivation of you cleaning out your bathroom.
Of course, there is the possibility that once you download the app, you’ll realize how much great stuff is on there and you’ll spend all the money you make on cool artwork, vintage t-shirts, and platform shoes, but hey, at least you earned it!