eBay vs Vinted

Some of the best things that I ever sold on eBay, I bought on eBay – just for way less’ – Sophia Amoruso

I have a long and happy history with EBay. I logged in to check and I’ve had an active account since 17 June 2001. And before then my only experience of auction sites was Yahoo auctions, the biggest difference being that if you were caught in a bidding war at the end of an auction, the time would keep on extending until someone gave up. I learnt my lesson the hard way after spending £30 on a Backstreet Boys CD single which was the only one missing from my collection. To my mind, EBay was better because the end time was static.

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Back in 2001 Paypal wasn’t really a thing, so you had to buy everything by cheque or postal order (who?) which meant by the time you’d sent off your cheque and the seller had waited for it to cash, you were looking at around a 6 month turn around to receive the This Life VHS box set you paid £1.99 for. Fast forward to 2018 and it’s safe to say that 70% of my wardrobe are things I’ve bought off EBay.

Over the years other online market places have come and gone, but none of them seem to have been any match for the marketplace juggernaut. And more importantly no space left in my obsession closet for anything new. That is of course until Linda introduced me to Vinted.

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Similar to Ebay, it’s a market place where you can sell all your second hand wares. I’ve only been using it for a couple of months, so I’m not sure whether it’s just the novelty of it that I’m loving so much, and maybe I’ll be crawling back with my tail between my legs begging Ebay for forgiveness in a few months’ time, but I’m going to go crazy and suggest that Vinted may be even better than Ebay!

So what are the differences between the two sites and what makes one better than the other? Let’s take a look:

Bidding style

EBay is the well-known tried and tested formula of a good old fashion auction with the buy it now option on a lot of things. This means you can get some real bargains as low as 99p if you’re lucky enough. Vinted is fixed price which means you’re likely to pay slightly more but can win things instantly rather than wait for the auction to end or risk being out bid. That said on Vinted you are allowed to submit offers to buyers to get things a little cheaper and most sellers are open to negotiation or swap.

Selling

Vinted is much more social than EBay – where if you have a question you have to submit it via their internal email style system. On the Vinted app the messaging system works more like Whatsapp. You can see when a seller was last online and chat to them about pricing or postage more like a text conversation. This feels much more laid back and modern.

Fees

This is where  I prefer EBay because the price you see (or the price you win at) is the price you pay plus postage. On Vinted, after you buy something there is a small service fee added to your order, usually between 50p – £1 for items under £5 Which, whereas is not a large amount, it sometimes bumps your order up a little more than what the quick maths you’ve done in your head has amounted to. In this respect, Vinted favours the sellers; by getting the buyer to pay the fee it means you’re not stung with the listing fees you always forget about when selling stuff on Ebay.

Swapping

When it was launched in 2008 the whole idea behind Vinted was to give Lithuanian woman the opportunity to swap clothes. And whilst the swapping option is still available through a Vinted account, you can state as a user that you’re not interested in swapping, which most people seem to do. In fact I don’t think I’ve come across a user who does want to swap, beginning the question how long is that option going to be made available for?

Refunds

When you receive the item from Vinted, you have to click the received button and whether you have an issue or not, otherwise the seller doesn’t get paid.  If you accidentally click that there is no issue, but then you find out there is, Vinted won’t give you the money back.  They will have automatically released your money to the seller and you have to negotiate with them to get a refund. On EBay the buyer pays the seller directly and immediately or the seller won’t send the item. EBay have a very good resolutions process though where if you’re unhappy with an item or don’t receive it at all, EBay will step in to resolve. And it almost always falls in favour of the buyer.

Feedback

This is largely the same across both sites to be fair. They both operate a star rating and you can add your own comments about how fast someone took to pay, delivery etc. The good thing about Vinted is if you’re too busy swanning around in your new £5 jumpsuit to remember to leave feedback, it automatically leaves positive feedback for you after a few days of you confirming receipt. Which takes the pressure off having to remember to do it yourself.

Some of my favourite eBay wares:

Versus a few things got on Vinted:

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So, when it comes to clothes I absolutely love the immediate nature of Vinted and not having to wait weeks for an auction to end only to be pipped at the post at the last minute like you do with EBay. It has a great community feel and all the users I’ve interacted with have been genuinely lovely.

I think, however, if you’re looking for another other than clothes; things like spare mobile phone chargers because you left yet another one in a hotel room in Eastbourne (for example) then EBay still rules the school.

10 Comments

  1. Emman
    March 18, 2021 / 12:15 pm

    Liked reading your review, i did a search for ebay vs vinted and it popped up, like you i have been using ebay for ever and not considered anything else despite total fees of almost 20% but i see all theses ads on the telly for vinted and schpock and the fact you get to pay less or no fees and FOMO kicks in. I did try ASOS marketplace recently for buying unfortunately the item had to go back as it turns out a women’s large EVISU sweatshirt equates to a men’s xs (it was listed as a men’s Large), that aside the item looked great, the returns process was almost as painless as ebay but not quite, that might be down to my impatience however. Anyway good job , i might be swayed to try vinted / schpock one day. 🙂

    • Lucy Gill
      March 24, 2021 / 9:35 am

      I sell and buy on vinted. There is so much choice and the messaging service makes it really easy. I’ve brought and sold kids clothes, clothes for myself, gifts and presents. Its really easy. I never felt swayed by ebay because of the listing fees and that it always favours the buyer when things go wrong.
      I dont really recommend shpock. A lot of time wasters on there a bit like Facebook sales.

      • Sharon A Paterson-Jones
        May 7, 2021 / 3:51 pm

        Vinted have consistently helped themselves to MY money literally since I joined in Feb 2021. One payment deducted EIGHT times. Another payment FIVE times. Another payment again FIVE times etc to the value of £361:05. I am disabled so essentially Vinted have stolen my Disability living money. I hope this helps people stay away from Vinted. You have NO means of contacting them other than through the App. And they are simply intractable and unhelpful. It is THEIR WAY or the high way.

  2. April 2, 2021 / 11:50 am

    Not a healthy market to sell or buy clothes.
    Everyone sells cheaply, force you to reduce the prices low, Zara or H&M sells £1, and the app takes buyer protection fee, yet when I reported the counterfeit Timberland boots bought with tons of photo proofs of how poor quality they are, the Vinted team still judged the seller right, and Vinted team Nourhene wrote to me why dont I resell it to others, I cant believe they said that, as it’s Vinted’s first policy no counterfeit! It just nothing proper or well protected if you are a buyer like ebay.

    • Emma
      April 25, 2021 / 4:48 pm

      You can get your money back via your credit card company I believe

  3. Melissa
    April 19, 2021 / 9:21 am

    I just started selling on Vinted 2 weeks ago, and I have an eBay shop but the fees just keep adding up. So with vinted I made around £200 in 2 weeks, when I make around £300 profit in a month on ebay, after all the fees. So I would say that was pretty good. BUT! On Vinted I don’t get my money right away until the buyer marks as received or go to hermes parcel shop to pick up their order, and you have to be after the clients a lot, sending them reminders, and that my friends, it’s a big downside, I have enough stress in my life to do this all time, so I don’t know if I want to keep selling in there anymore 😦 but it’s a good app to buy in my opinion.

    • Sharon A Paterson-Jones
      May 7, 2021 / 2:52 pm

      Vinted have consistently helped themselves to MY money literally since I joined in Feb 2021. One payment deducted EIGHT times. Another payment FIVE times. Another payment again FIVE times etc to the value of £361:05. I am disabled so essentially Vinted have stolen my Disability living money. I hope this helps people stay away from Vinted. You have NO means of contacting them other than through the App. And they are simply intractable and unhelpful. It is THEIR WAY or the high way.

      • Emma
        May 7, 2021 / 6:07 pm

        When this happens the money normally goes straight back in…if you go on the forums you can ask for help there, there is a way to contact them but it’s not easy to find .don’t let it go. You could also alert your bank,they should be able to help too

  4. Emma
    April 25, 2021 / 3:46 pm

    Vinted is better than eBay for fastness of listing, EBay has become so cumbersome with all the specifics you have to put on. It’s also no contest at all as it has zero fees. So you can afford to list for a lower price which will bring more buyers. For Hermes they provide you with an instant label. No faffing around or putting references numbers on etc. I won’t go on. The favourites button is useful.
    The only drawback is you have to wait about a week or so to get your money.
    As regards traffic and views. I’ve seen no difference between the two. So use both and see how you get on.

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