With the inclusion of social media influencers, the trend of online second-hand shopping continues unabated. With mobile applications that support second-hand shopping such as Wardrobe, Modacruz and Letgo, users can buy clothes or other products at very reasonable prices.
Online second-hand sales platforms, which have turned into a large market, have been frequently encountered in recent years. It is possible to buy or sell almost all kinds of products from home and garden products to white goods, furniture and clothing through the online platform that sells second-hand products. With the development of e-commerce day by day, first hand product selling sites (Trendyol, Markafoni, etc.) caught a large volume. In recent years, the world's development towards conscious consumption and the rapid decrease of resources has created a great opportunity for online second-hand platforms.
Women's, babies and children's online second-hand clothing platform, Dolap includes many products from the most expansive to most reasonable. This application has a wide audience from mothers who sell their children's clothes to vintage luxury bag designers. The cabinet takes a 20 percent commission on every product you sell. Especially recently, influencers have begun to sell their clothes in Dolap. This has created a great deal of confidence for users and greatly increased the use of Dolap application.
ModaCruz is also an online second hand clothing trading platform like Dolap app. Although these two competing platforms are similar, there are minor differences between them. In this platform, men can create their own wardrobes. In addition, users can access the products that celebrities or bloggers sell through the Famous Wardrobes tab. The biggest difference of ModaCruz from Wardrobe is that it does not charge commission and cargo from the ones who is selling.
How does the purchase process progress in these applications?
Since the purchase and sale processes of these two applications are similar, we can present the purchase and sale processes together.
Sales process: If you want to sell on these two platforms, just take photos of your clothes from various angles. After creating a user account, you can sell the product at the price you want by specifying the type, color, size and brand of the outfit and adding photos.
Purchase process: As with any online platform, you pay by credit or debit card for the product you choose. In the meantime, the seller is notified that you have received that product. The seller cargo the product after receiving this notification. Your payment is kept in the secure pool account until you receive the product. If you confirm that the product is delivered to you correctly, the price of the product is transferred to the seller's balance. If you forget to approve the order, the system automatically confirms the purchase at the end of four workdays the product is delivered. You can return the product if it does not meet the specified specifications. For this, the money is returned to your account after creating a refund request and sending the product back.
Letgo has a different structure compared to the first two platforms. Here, besides the clothes, others products are sold too. You can sell any product you can think of in your house here. Letgo has even developed its service network in such a way that it offers real estate, used car purchase and services (such as repair, transport and house cleaning) to the users. Letgo works based on location. You type the product you want to search button and it shows you the nearest location. This is one of the things that makes Letgo special. Because there are no cargo or payment methods on this platform. The seller and the buyer communicate and decide between themselves how the product will be paid and sent. According to Habertürk 2017, 4.2 million items are uploaded each month in Letgo Turkey.
What should we consider before buying a second-hand product?
● Take a good look at the photos: Review the photos carefully when purchasing a second-hand product. If you're buying clothes for a particular brand, it's important to have a photo of the inside label. Make sure the clothes have front, back, close-up photographs (to understand the fabric). For items, make sure that the product has a photograph that is visible from all angles. If there is no such photo, contact the seller and ask for more detailed photos as the seller may be hiding the damaged area.
● Make sure that there is no damaged area: Maybe there is a small defect in the item or clothing you buy. Ask the seller if this is the case. If it says it is a damaged area, you should ask for a photograph and proceed your shopping accordingly.
● Search for the first-hand price of the product: Some dealers may sell second-hand goods for the first-hand price. Therefore, we recommend that you do a good market research. Make sure you have searched the brand new price of the product.
● Ask if the product has undergone any repairs beforehand: If you purchase electronic equipment, you should check with the dealer about the maintenance, repair history and warranty period.