“How to be more sustainable when shopping?“, I’ve been asked this question by several persons and sometimes I find it difficult to answer. In this article, I don’t wanna list the old same sentences as “buy less”. I wanna give you sustainable shopping alternatives that were born thanks to technology.
I’m talking about mobile apps born for buying and selling, which are populated not only by us mere mortals, but also celebrities (as if they didn’t already have enough money).
- Vestiaire Collective has French origins, and therefore, a bit snobbish, because it only accepts big brand items. In fact, when you post an item for sale Vestiaire checks the images and the description that you give and accepts it only if it meets the demand of the market. In addition, before sending the object, this company has the task of intermediary by making strict quality checks before the product reaches the recipient.
- For those who don’t have a closet overflowing with Chanel, Prada, Hermès, Depop is the best solution, as it allows you to sell any item. You can create your own profile that becomes a real store and the whole world becomes a potential customer. Selling is easy and immediate: you describe the object, which can be new from the store or used, then you upload the pics and evaluate it according to the conditions. The methods of payment are among the most varied: through the app (which, however, holds a 10%), by bank transfer, credit card, through Paypal, in short, if you have the money you have everything.
- Rebelle: the digital vintage boutique. Rebelle, on the other hand, comes from northern Germany and, compared to Vestiaire Collective, has a focus on vintage luxury. Also in this case, Rebelle guarantees that the garment is authentic, takes care of shipping and protects payments. The process is similar, with a pass through the atelier to verify the quality of the garments. “We love items with a story,” reads their platform, which for now only sells women’s products (clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry and accessories). The commission ranges from 17% to 40% of the sale price.
- Shpock: the store in your pocket. Shpock is an app born in Germany, its name not very easy to pronounce is the contraction of Shop in your Pocket (SHop in your POCKet), a store in your pocket. It’s not very different from Depop as a setting, it has less eye-catching graphics but covers a wider range of items. You can see clothes, accessories and shoes but also furniture, tech gadgets, cameras. It works throughout Europe, but the convenience is that the items are shown according to the geographical location of the buyer. Another important aspect: the service is completely free.
Obviously everything goes smoothly if you are honest and if you meet people as transparent, so it is always better to buy from those who already have many feedbacks or in any case be prepared to give information via private message, so as to confirm that you are a real person with serious intentions. Unfortunately the cons for this kind of shopping are many. Often I see in the home girls scammed with items that do not conform to the description or even never received.
Yet, in my opinion, you have to think positive! A bit like in life, if we get caught by the negative events then we should lock ourselves in the house and not go out anymore, then, for shopping addicted it will be difficult to give up certain opportunities that this application puts under the nose. Not only does these apps allow us to save money on big and small purchases, but it also gives us the opportunity to earn big bucks so we can finally buy those Dolce & Gabbana’s that we’ve been after for ages, or for those who have a baby maybe a new toy.
General warning: the app is addictive! Try it to believe it my girls!