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Small online shopping app grows bigger

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Ariana Cimino, Journalism 1

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As time goes by, we find ourselves more and more immersed in technology and the “digital age” – and with that comes the pleasurable opportunity of doing your clothes shopping from home. Past apps have created this option, such as eBay, Amazon or other free-to-use shopping applications.

However, just recently, an app created in 2011 has quickly gained popularity among teenagers and young adults- and for good reason. Depop is a great app for people interested in buying and selling brand-name or vintage clothing, shoes, and even original artwork or other interesting knick-knacks.

Unlike other shopping apps, such as Ebay, that simply have a “recommended for you” bar, Depop provides more visibility for emerging or beginning users by having an “explore” page function similar to Instagram. This allows users to more easily find buyers and for buyers to more easily find a product they want.

Coupled with the explore page function, Depop also has a “follow” option, for buyers that prefer a certain few sellers over certain ones or who are just more into a certain product than another one. Similar functions have been on eBay but in the long run, they end up not working as well since there isn’t a feed on eBay to show you recent items the seller has listed.

In my experience, Depop has a better buyer and seller protection system. On eBay, if a buyer receives their package, they can still say it didn’t arrive and ask for a refund. Most of the time – even if the seller has proof of delivery from the postal carrier – eBay management will side with the buyer. On Depop, not only is their buyer protection strong, but sellers have the option to send buyers a proof of shipment instead of just a tracking number on a screen.

Overall, many older generations are wary of a change in apps, but as for teens and adolescents this app has been widely used. I definitely recommend this app for anyone looking for a wardrobe change in the near future.

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