Trying Sellpy: a way to close the shopping circle

More out of boredom than anything else I’ve taken to cleaning out my closet regularly and I’ve come to understand how many clothes I have that I hardly ever use anymore or just don’t feel comfortable in.

I think I filled three bags of stuff that I just didn’t feel like having anymore and I had no idea what to do with them.

Well, that’s not true. There is a drop-off station for clothes within walking distance from our building where you can put clothes you want to donate to second hand shops etc. But it gets tiring to do that too after a while because sometimes, you want to sell the nicer things.

And then you remember that you’re lazy and just decide to leave everything in the attic. You’ll take care of if another time, right?

WRONG!

So, how to combat this laziness?

Maybe with Sellpy?

What is Sellpy?

It is essentially an online second hand shop where you can both buy and sell clothes. The difference is that they take care of everything for you.

Sellpy is part of the H&M group and so far exists in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. But I’m pretty sure that they will expand to other places in Europe soon.

How does it work?

You pay 19 SEK (roughly 1.9 EUR) and get a plastic bag sent home that you can fill with clothes you want to try to sell and then order pick-up (included in the price). Sellpy takes care of photographing your items and adding descriptions and putting them online.

The big bag Sellpy sends you filled with clothes to send back to them.

You get 40 % of the selling price unless the item sells for more than 500 SEK (approx. 50 EUR), then you get 90 % on the sum exceeding 500. Let’s say they you sell a nice jacket through Sellpy and it sells for 600 SEK. You’ll get 40 % of 500 SEK (200 SEK) and 90 % on 100 SEK (90 SEK), so a total of 290 SEK.

But then you also have to pay 10 SEK per item they try to sell. So, in reality, you’ll end up with 280 SEK. They might not try to sell everything you have, in which case you don’t have to pay.

So, what do I think?

I LOVE the idea of there being an easy way to sell things, rather than having them collect dust in your attic or basement. Hopefully, it will lead to more people wanting to buy and sell second hand instead of just throwing things away.

But, of course, I have a few things that I find slightly… annoying maybe?

First off, as far as I could tell, they don’t let you know how big the bag actually is so I was unsure of how many to order. But now that I know, I can tell you that it’s actually pretty big! It measures roughly 55×75 cm when flat so you can fill it with quite a bit of stuff.

Second, currently it takes them around 14 weeks to sort and put your clothes online so they tell you to only pack things that will be in season by then.

Hrmph.

Fourteen weeks is more than three months! So, I can’t just get rid of everything that I want to get rid of now in March that are winter clothes because in three months, we’ll be in June. No one is buying winter clothes in June.

This is obviously why they want to encourage you to think ahead but I find it pretty annoying that it takes so long.

Overall first impressions

I find the idea very compelling and it is perfect if you don’t feel like putting in the effort of selling things online yourself, which can sometimes be a hassle and especially in Corona-times, you don’t want to be meeting strangers so it is a good option for many reasons.

Like I said, slightly irritating that it takes more than three months before they even start selling all your stuff and even then, you don’t know if they actually will try (or manage) to sell everything you’ve sent them.

I will update this post or write another one about Sellpy in – I guess – maybe four months when I know a bit more about the process and know how things have progressed.

***Update 1***

Ok, so this is the day after writing this post but I just wanted to share something that I didn’t know before.

I just got a text message from Sellpy. They’re picking up the bag today and this will be done by bike! How cool is that?

Now, I don’t know how far the bike will actually take the bag but I’m hoping to the train station or something so that the bag goes to wherever it goes by train. I’ll have a closer look into this and will let you know!

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