Depop: When Your Bargain Buy Isn't Actually A Bargain Buy



If you haven't heard of Depop lately, you've probably been living under a rock... like I had. Until this month I hadn't bothered to have a look, but I was on the hunt for some makeup goodies so decided to check it out.

There really are some amazing bargains on there, and you can get your hands on products you often can't get in the UK which is awesome... but there are also people on there selling products you can pick up on Amazon or Ebay for half the price, which to me just isn't right. So I decided to write this post to help remind us all that not everything is a bargain and that we should really look into a product before we buy it.

Now don't get my wrong, there really are some amazing products on Depop which while they might be a little bit more expensive than you would pay for them direct from the seller, you save money by avoiding high shipping fees and customs charges... perfect!

The app is built on the idea of selling on the things you no longer want, or things that you bought and aren't quite right for you, so is pretty similar to eBay in that sense. Sellers are obviously seeking to monetise the app by setting up 'boutiques', where they have bulk products for sale like Colorpop, Nyx, as well as lesser known brands too... which for me is where the problems lie.

The best way to show you what I mean... is by showing you the products themselves. The first example is this ten piece white brush set (gorgeous isn't it?). This is being sold on Depop for £11.00 including postage... but you can pick the set up on Amazon here, for £4.58 including postage.



Then there is this metal brush set, which looks like a pretty affordable dupe for Real Techniques bold metals brushes. These are for sale on Depop for £14.85 including shipping yet you can get the exact same brush set on Amazon here for £5.63 including postage.



Oval brush sets are all the rage at the moment... and there are plenty of people unfortunately cashing in on this on Depop. This Neverland set is being sold for £25.00 on Depop... despite the fact that you can get the exact same set directly from the brand on Amazon here for £13.49.



We all know cleaning our brushes is super important, so naturally so many of us are investing in silicone brush cleaners to help us speed up the process with Brush Eggs being a popular one. I found one for sale on Depop for £5.50 including postage and another for £8.94 including postage... when you can get the exact same one from Amazon here for £1.40 including postage. That markup is insane.



I know I've listed lots of brush sets, so I promise this will be the last one. This 12 piece brush set is on Depop for £12.85 including postage which for 12 brushes is reasonable... right? No. Not when you can get the same set on Amazon here for £3.71. Yeah, seriously.



For lots of contouring newbies, a cheap concealer palette can be a great investment for starting out. It can help you decide whether you actually like cream contouring before you invest in better products. You can pick up an unbranded one on Depop with a brush for £14.84 including postage... or you could get the same one on Amazon with the same brush here, for £2.81 including delivery.



There is also the LA Girl Colour Correctors which are super popular that I found for sale on Depop for £14.00 including postage from one seller... even though you can get all three on Amazon here for £6.06 including postage.


I guess the point I am trying to make, is that while Depop can be an amazing place to pick up bargains, it can also be a place where you can inadvertently spend more money on something than it is worth. This isn't much of a problem when buying branded products, its more whether the product is genuine that is the problem then, but is definitely a problem for unbranded products - particularly makeup brushes.

So if something catches your eye on Depop you need to make sure that a) it is genuine and b) that it is a fair price if it isn't branded. Always search places like Amazon and eBay before you buy because more often than not those are the places where the buy their stock in the first place.

I've recently done an Amazon brush haul (which is how I knew these products retailed for less), so if you want to know whether these brushes are actually any good or not, keep your eyes peeled for that post which should be up next week!

I hope you've enjoyed this post, make sure you share your Depop experiences below in comments... whether they are good or bad!

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12 comments

  1. I totally agree with this. I love Depop for clothes and shoes, but makeup is a bit of a grey area for me. I always check if I can get the item on Ebay for less money.

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    1. It drives me crazy that people do it. Good thinking checking eBay as well. Amazon and eBay seem to be the go to place for sellers to stock up. Thanks for reading!

      Samantha xo | Blended To Perfection

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  2. I've never heard of Depop so must have been under that rock you mentioned!

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    1. You won't be alone lovely. At least you know now how to make sure you are getting a good deal. Thanks for reading!

      Samantha xo | Blended To Perfection

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  3. I hate this! I always see people trying to sell the Crochet tops etc when you can clearly get them on eBay for £5. It's such a must to do a little research before buying anything on Depop!
    Jen / Velvet Spring x

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    1. It is a serious pet peev for me at the minute. I have actually messaged people commenting on the posts the links to get the cheaper product. They were so grateful, bless them. Thanks for reading!

      Samantha xo | Blended To Perfection

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  4. Girl, you really did your research and I admire people like you who look out for others. It's unbelievable how so many people are misusing the whole concept of the app. Thanks for spreading the word, Sam <3
    xox Nadia
    www.mielandmint.com

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    1. I know what its like being on a tight budget and how important it is to get the most for your money with treats! It makes me so happy that this will help people! Thank you for reading Nadia!

      Samantha xo | Blended To Perfection

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  5. Such a great post Samantha! I've stopped using Depop after seeing so many buy fakes from Aliexpress and then passing them off as genuine, it's just awful! xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Thank you lovely. I bought a lipstick which was really heavily used when I received it... not at all like the picture. It went straight in the bin and I haven't used Depop since.

      Samantha xo | Blended To Perfection

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  6. I guess sometimes the problem is that people can't be bothered to look around for the same product elsewhere. I certainly know I've been like that. I think also with sites like this where they may only have one tiem in stock, it's the whole "panic buy before someone else gets it" thing. Great post :) x
    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

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    1. I'm a big online shopper and always, always, alwayssss shop around to make sure I am getting the best value for money ect. I do get the panic buying in some ways though, sometimes you just want to snap it up. Thanks for reading!

      Samantha xo | Blended To Perfection

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