How To Get The Most Out Of Buying Items On Vinted

It's no secret how much I love buying items from Vinted. I love the satisfaction of giving preloved clothes a second chance in my wardrobe. After creating my Vinted account in the Spring of 2023, I can safely say that I buy more secondhand clothes than I do on today's high street. Considering how much money I was spending on ASOS etc, that's a huge 'pat on the back' moment for me. With fast fashion making a dominant impact on our environment, making the effort to buy secondhand clothes seemed essential. 

A woman using the Vinted app on an Iphone.


However, some are still a little sceptical or wary of buying from secondhand sites like Vinted. I can understand why, you want to make sure you're not wasting your money. You may feel that it's too good to be true when it comes to the price or quality of the item. I'm here to tell you that I felt the same before I signed up for Vinted. Since I started using the secondhand shopping site, I've learned some ways how to get the most out of buying from the site. 

Here are some ways I get the most out of buying from Vinted:

1) Don't be afraid to ask the seller questions

If you see an item which you like, but I have some questions in terms of the fit, quality etc, then don't be afraid to ask the seller. It's better to have all the information you need to make sure you're 100% happy to make the purchase. For example, if you see a pair of jeans you like, but you're not sure whether they'd fit you, maybe because of your height, ask the seller if they'd fit someone of your height. Even ask the seller their height if you need to, it's better to know this kind of stuff before buying. 


2) Check the price with the original RRP

What I mean by this is that if a seller is selling an item which is BNWT (brand new with tags), are you really getting a bargain? If the seller's selling price is very near to what it's selling on the brand's website, then it's not worth it, only if it's out of stock in your size. You may as well just buy it from the brand's shop/website. Something to bear in mind before making the purchase. 

A woman using the Vinted app on an Iphone.

3) Look at the seller's reviews

This is the biggest factor I consider before buying anything from anyone on Vinted. If the seller has less than 4 stars, then I don't tend to buy from them. If a seller has received a 1-star review, it's usually due to them not sending the item or even the buyer has received the item and it's in poor nick. Something to look out for!

4) Make sure the seller is active

I can discuss this one from past experience. I remember I bought a pair of boots from a seller, not noticing that they hadn't been active in more than 6 months. Ended up getting a refund as they obviously didn't send the item. 

5) Saved searches are key

I have a few saved searches in my "Your Searches" section on my Vinted. I only like to buy from certain brands due to sizing etc. Saving your searches allows you to see when anything new has been added and you can get in quick with an offer or even buy straight away!

A woman using the Vinted app on an Iphone.

6) Check what courier the seller posts with

Check who the seller uses for their courier. For me, I like to use Royal Mail or Evri ParcelShop as I find them easier to post with. I like to give a couple of courier options for any buyer as some may not trust Evri or have a good postman. It's worth asking the seller if they'd be willing to send the item with your preferred courier if they're willing to accommodate, even better! But don't be disheartened if they don't. 

7) Be a reliable seller yourself

If you're selling items on Vinted, don't be a d*ck and not send the parcel in time. I know things can happen to stop that from happening, and if that's the case, let the buyer know. Some may be happy to wait, others may not be so willing to wait. It's important to get those 5-star reviews, the better the reviews you get, the more reliable a seller you'll look to potential buyers. Also, the more 5-star reviews you get, the more people will want to buy from you. It's pretty simple when you think about it!

There we have it, these are some of the ways to get the best out of buying items from Vinted!

For those who were unsure about using Vinted before this post, I hope you've gained a bit more knowledge from this post. Hopefully, this post has convinced you to sign up for the app and get buying, or even selling! Vinted's slogan is that beautiful clothing shouldn't cost the Earth - that's so true. Some of the best items in my wardrobe currently are from Vinted and I'll always encourage others to buy from there now!

Let me know your thoughts - do you use Vinted?

20 comments
  1. Great tips, Lucy! Doing a bit of research before buying can save you a lot of time and hassle down the road. It's always important to ask questions! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It's always good to ask questions about an item you want to buy, you can get a better understanding of whether the item will fit you or not!

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  2. Yes, Lucy! I want to get better at using Vinted for clothes shopping (I'm using it more for selling these days, but that's another story). ✨

    Intentional Lucie
    intentionallucie.com

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    1. I like to sell on there too Lucie, any money I make from any items I sell I use to buy more clothes from there!

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  3. Looking at the sellers reviews is so important! The make or break point x

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    1. It is absolutely the make or break point! I won't buy anything from a seller who has less than 4 star reviews! x

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  4. Love this post Lucy! Definitely the best points to look out for when using Vinted or even other apps like it. I've not checked the 'active' status before so that's something I will definitely bear in mind for future purchases.

    Thank you so much sharing :) x

    Louna | www.burstsofautumn.com

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    1. Yeah it's important to see whether they are still active on the app as it's mroe likely they won't send any item they have to sell! x

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  5. I've not got anything on Vinted yet. I'm realy put of buying second hand online as I've had such bad experiences with Facebook market place. I don't mind charity shops but I hate that it might not come as described!

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    1. I would never buy anything from Facebook market, you can't trust anyone on there! Vinted is a lot better as you can look at reviews for sellers and see if they're reliable x

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  6. Wow! Thanks for the tips.

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  7. We're fairly new to Vinted too - thanks for the tips.

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    1. I hope this post helps you navigate through Vinted Geoff!

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  8. I love vinted, although I've not bought/sold anything on there recently. These are all such great tips. I held off buying something once after having an offer accepted because they had no reviews. I checked the next day and their account had disappeared so I'm glad I trusted my hunch.
    Claire.X
    www.clairemac.co.uk

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    1. It's a good job you trusted your hunch on that one Claire! It's always good to trust your gut when buying something on Vinted x

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  9. I've never heard of vinted, will definitely have to check it out! Such good suggestions, thanks so much for sharing!

    xoxo, Midori

    https://www.midorilinea.com/blogs/midori-linea/my-daughters-turns-one-photoshoot

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    1. You definitely need to check out this app Midori! x

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  10. Reading this post makes me wish we had more convenience like Vinted here! I'm all about giving preloved clothes a second life and these tips are so helpful for navigating through apps like these. Thanks for sharing, Lucy! <3

    Lenne | lennezulkiflly.com

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    1. Like you, I am all for giving preloved clothes a second life and Vinted is great for doing just that!

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