How Does Vinted Work? What You Need To Know

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If you are someone who likes to find great deals on their clothing or tries to avoid participating in the world of fast fashion, you have probably heard of the Vinted app.

However, if you haven’t heard of it, or you’ve never used it before, you might be unsure of what buying and selling on Vinted involve.

In this article, we will look at what vinted is and how it works.

How Does Vinted Work

What Is Vinted?

Vinted is a free app in which you can both buy and sell your unwanted clothing, shoes, and accessories.

The app itself is free to download on both Android and IOS systems and listing and selling are also free of charge.

It is the lack of charges when using this app that really sets it apart from other selling apps that are available on the marketplace.

How Does Vinted Work?

The Vinted app has an incredibly user-friendly interface that allows you to browse, sell, and buy clothing from your phone with ease.

The experience is slightly different on both sides of the coin, selling and buying.

However, from a single account, you can both buy and sell on the app making it easier to enjoy the full scope of the app without having to swap between different accounts.

The software used with the Vinted app is easy to use and is well maintained by the company with very few users reporting major issues with the usage of the app.

Within the app, the different areas and tools are easily accessible and often marked by symbols or images that can be universally understood rather than cluttering the screen with words.

Although using the Vinted app is relatively self-explanatory, below, we will look at the different ways in which the app can be used to help you get the most out of this service.

Setting Up A Profile

The first step in buying or selling on the Vinted app after downloading it is to set up your own profile.

In order to complete your profile, you will need to fill in your name, where you are located, and why you are primarily on the platform.

Although this may feel a little like setting up a dating app, it is a great way to connect with other sellers and buyers on the app and can help make it feel more like a community than simply a shopping app.

You will also be asked to upload payment details so that you can make and receive payments through the app.

Selling On Vinted

Once you have set up your profile on the Vinted app, it is time to start selling.

There are a few steps that you should follow to ensure that you are successful in selling your items on the Vinted app.



How you photograph your items is paramount in getting them sold quickly.

The photographs that you post with your listing form the only impression that potential buyers have.

If they are poorly lit or blurry, you are much less likely to find a buyer for your item.

The best photography to sell your item will be well-lit, clear, and include multiple angles of the item.

You should also include up-close images of any defects, damage, or stains that the item may have.

People are still willing to buy items that are slightly damaged as long as the price is reasonable and the seller has been upfront about it.


When you are writing the description that will accompany the images of your item, you will be asked to select a category to put your item into.

The categories on the Vinted app include things such as “women’s clothing”, “Children’s toys”, and “Accessories”.

You will also be asked to assign a condition to the item that you are selling, this can range from “Used” to “Brand new”.

It is important that you are completely honest when selecting the condition of your item and in the description and categorization of your item, you might be surprised at the things that will still sell.


Once you have picked the best photos of your items and perfected your description, it is time to upload your listing.

When it has been uploaded, it is available for everyone else on the app to view.

You will be able to see how many people have liked or expressed interest in your item while it is live.

Be Responsive

While your listing is live, you may receive messages from potential buyers who have questions about the item or the pricing.

It is always a good idea to be polite and responsive to these questions.

Even if the person doesn’t end up buying your item, they are much more likely to follow your store and make a purchase in the future.

Similarly, when someone purchases your item, it is important to make sure you mail the item to them as soon as possible once the payment has been made.

Providing proof of postage is also a good idea.

However, if someone is being rude, aggressive, or trying to force you into selling at an extreme discount, you are free to block and report the user.

There is a difference between being polite and allowing someone to take advantage of you.

Leave Reviews

Finally, once you have made a sale on account, you have been paid, and you have mailed the item out, it is time to leave a review.

The person who bought from your store will leave you a review, and you will be given the opportunity to review them as a buyer.

Buying On Vinted

Making purchases on Vinted is a great way to refresh your wardrobe or your kids’ wardrobe without breaking the bank.

You will be able to search for specific items with the search bar or use the categories to narrow down the items you see.

You can reach out to sellers to ask about an item that they are selling, or to ask if they are running any offers on their store at the time.

When you make a purchase, you will be asked for payment straight away and the seller will not mail your item until payment has been made.

Leave Reviews

Once you have received your item it is time to leave a review.

Reviews can help sellers and buyers to become much more trusted by other users in the future.

If you have a bad experience, give the seller time to rectify the issue before leaving a negative review.

Final Thoughts

Vinted is a great way to make a little bit of extra cash and clear some space, or to purchase preloved, cheaper clothing when you are on a budget.

About Emma Healey

Emma is a recognised family finance and budgeting expert and founder of Mum's Money. Her advice has been featured in Readers Digest, Yahoo Finance, Lifehacker, The Simple Dollar, MSN Money and more.