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  • RINGS AND THINGS

    "'Cause if you like/d it then you should have put a ring on it." Beyoncé made a valid point back in 2008. Find PBMIF on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube for useful tips and facts in consumer and fashion psychology. Lately, Psychology, But Make It Fashion's Instagram explore page has been covered in rings (not the doorbell...). I'm talking about engagement ring posts, wedding bands, fashion rings, jewellery ads where the models gaze at each other rather unnaturally, high-end luxury rings, manicure posts, those flower DIY rings with the beads... Lovely stuff. One morning, while carrying out my 6AM, bleary eyed, daily social media scroll in bed (before I remember that I actually have to get up and go to work), I saw a flash sale ad for a jewellery brand, called Bohomoon, based in the UK. I'd been eyeing up a ring on their site for the past few months... and my birthday was basically around the corner (hello fellow Pisces/March-borns), so I decided to purchase the ring when I returned home later that day. The gold version of the ring was sold out so I went with the silver. I'm not into what colour jewellery suits me and colour analysis myself, but would you like an article on colour psychology and clothing? I'll add it to my to-do list for you. When we restrict ourselves within such guidelines of what colours we should and should maybe not wear, it, well... restricts us. With the many issues that we're facing around the world today, imagine being told that your favourite colour to wear doesn't suit you - How would that make you feel? (Sarcasm). After receiving a couple of DMs over the past few weeks asking if I forgot the password to PBMIF, I thought I'd make a little post taking a little look into the psychology of rings. When we think of rings, we think of the accessory that people wear on their fingers. (Yes, people can wear rings on their toes too). Rings can express our style, inform people of our relationship status, status in society, culture, values, where we like to shop, and how we'd like to be seen. Above all other jewellery, rings are most commonly associated with sentimental value - eternity, marriage, a promise to the self, can be passed down through generations, solidify our relationships, be one-of-a-kind, and hold (happy) memories. Here's a few academic journal articles that you might find interesting. What type of engagement ring do you prefer? It's possible that women's preferences for engagement rings might be influenced by their perception of potential partners. Research carried out by Locke et al. (2020) suggests that when women believe they have a wider range of romantic options (mate abundance: many people that they'd think they can date), they tend to value larger and more expensive engagement rings. Why might this be the case though? This finding aligns with evolutionary psychology ideas about mate selection, where cues like ring size and cost might signal a man's commitment and ability to provide. This finding also highlights competition. Commonly seen in the animal kingdom, the potential mate who wins the fight, has the nicest feathers, nicest horn, is the tallest, has the sparkliest eyes, etc., usually wins. It's important to note that this is a single study, and factors like personal taste and cultural background obviously play a role in shaping these preferences. However, the findings offer a glimpse into how our perception of choice can influence personal decisions like engagement rings. On the same note, many years ago, Griskevicius and colleagues (2012) explored how the ratio of men to women (called sex ratio) in a population influenced how men approached their finances. The researchers suggest that when men outweigh women, men tend to prioritise spending over saving. The evolutionary explanation for this behaviour is that when in situations where men face tougher competition for mates, they might be more inclined to spend on things that they think could enhance their attractiveness – Clothes, dinner, holidays, gifts... This focus on short-term gains (and maybe reckless decisions) comes at the expense of long-term financial planning. Our subconscious desires, like the drive to find a partner, can play a significant role in how we handle money. Rings may boost our self-esteem. Researchers in Japan, Yokoi et al., (2017) conducted a study to see if wearing rings could improve behavioural and psychological symptoms in female dementia patients. Dementia is a a group of related symptoms associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning. There are many different causes of dementia and many different types. A majority of the people with dementia are over 65 years of age. The researchers observed how the patients responded to wearing rings and the compliments they received from caregivers about the rings. The researchers thought that the rings would give the patients a self-esteem boost by reminding them of their femininity and attractiveness, leading to a decrease in negative emotions (i.e., irritability and anxiety). The researchers observed some positive changes in mood associated with wearing rings and receiving compliments. Do wedding rings make men more attractive? Many men (on Reddit) these days have shared that when they wear their wedding ring, they feel that they get a lot more interest from women than when they don't. When a man wears a wedding ring, it can suggest that he has desirable qualities. It must be said that many people who are married may choose to not wear a ring, and wearing a ring on your ring finger does not necessarily mean it's a wedding/an engagement ring. Back in 2003, researchers Uller and Johansson studied the interactions between women and men, with some men wearing wedding rings and others not. It was found that the presence or absence of a ring didn't influence the women's perception of the men's attractiveness or their potential as a partner. This study highlights the multifaceted nature of human mate selection, where factors beyond marital status and jewellery wearing exist. Considering that this study is 20+ years old, these findings may not be the case today. Does ring cost have anything to do with how long a marriage lasts? Francis-Tan and Mialon (2015) investigated the relationship between wedding expenses and how long marriages last. The researchers found that spending a lot on weddings and engagement rings was linked to marriages that didn't last as long. There was no link between a less expensive wedding and a short marriage, but spending less than $1000 ≈ £750-790 on a ring was associated with an increase in divorces among women. The study suggests that focusing on the ceremony itself less and building a strong foundation for a marriage might be more important for long-term success. What do you think of this? A lot of factors come into play when speaking of marriage. This post is not sponsored nor an ad. Francis-Tan, A. & Mialon, H.M. (2015). A DIAMOND IS FOREVER AND OTHER FAIRY TALES: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WEDDING EXPENSES AND MARRIAGE DURATION. Econ Inq, 53, 1919-1930. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12206 Griskevicius, V., Tybur, J. M., Ackerman, J. M., Delton, A. W., Robertson, T. E., & White, A. E. (2012). The financial consequences of too many men: Sex ratio effects on saving, borrowing, and spending. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102(1), 69–80. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0024761 Locke, A., Desrochers, J., & Arnocky, S. (2020). Induced Mate Abundance Increases Women’s Expectations for Engagement Ring Size and Cost. Evolutionary Psychological Science 6, 188–194. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40806-019-00214-z Uller, T. & Johansson, L. C. (2003). Human mate choice and the wedding ring effect : Are married men more attractive? Human nature, 14(3), 267–276. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12110-003-1006-0 Yokoi, T., Okamura, H., Yamamoto, T., Watanabe, K., Yokoi, S., Atae, H., Ueda, M., Kuwayama, T., Sakamoto, S., Tomino, S., Fujii, H., Honda, T., Morita, T., Yukawa, T., & Harada, N. (2017). Effect of wearing fingers rings on the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia: An exploratory study. SAGE open medicine, 5. https://doi.org/10.1177/2050312117726196

  • THE JOURNAL 2024

    Find PBMIF on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube for useful tips and facts in consumer and fashion psychology. Let me tell you a secret. Well... It's not really a secret, but if there's one thing that you should consider starting in 2024, *whispers* it's a journal. Whether in digital or paper form, journalling has been shown to have many benefits, but of course instead of just saying so, we'll back it up with research. Overall, journalling is an accessible and effective way to improve your wellbeing, no matter who you are. Today, pbmif introduces the 2024 journal/calendar/diary/activity book/scrapbook. It's based on theories and concepts in positive psychology and similar disciplines. Martin Seligman, a leading figure in positive psychology, devised what is known as the 'PERMA' model, which is comprised of five elements that contribute to wellbeing; positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and achievement. This journal aims to include these five elements. Positive emotions - What makes you feel positive emotions? Engagement - What activities do you really enjoy doing to a point where time goes by without you realising? Relationships - What relationships bring you support and joy? Meaning - What do you feel drawn to these days? What does having a sense of meaning mean to you? What do you find worthwhile? Accomplishment - How do you feel when you accomplish something? What drives you to persevere? Vision board This journal asks you to create your own vision board. Set your vision. Waalkes et al. (2019) comment that vision boards can be a valuable tool for promoting career development and self-awareness. Creating vision boards can help individuals (in this case, students) to identify their strengths and interests, develop career goals, visualise their future, increase self-efficacy and motivation, and feel more connected to culture and community. Benedict (2021) suggest that creating and presenting vision boards can help individuals (in this case, students) to reflect on their experiences, again, identify their strengths and weaknesses, set future goals, visualise success, gain inspiration, and learn from their own and others' experiences. Gratitude Expressing gratitude is an awesome experience. Deichert et al. (2019) suggest that gratitude is an effective way to improve wellbeing. Gratitude can help people to focus on the positive aspects of their lives, build better relationships, get more out of their social networks (after experiencing stress), build resilience, and live healthier lives. Zhang et al. (2022) suggest that gratitude is good for your wellbeing; it makes you happier and more satisfied with your life. Being grateful for specific things helps the most. Chui and Diehl (2021) found that that people who were more grateful were less likely to feel lonely in a study. The association between gratitude and loneliness was significant across all age groups, but it was strongest in younger adults. Maybe you could write a letter to someone expressing your gratitude for them (and show it to them if you want? Might be cringe, but what can you do? 💁‍♀️). Wishlist Here, you can add your material and experiential wants and must-haves. Even what you wish for others. Although it's great to have goals to work towards, this wishlist gives you the opportunity to evaluate whether or not you actually want something. Impulse purchasing is very easy to do these days, and we have more possessions than we actually need (overconsumption...). You have the opportunity to ask yourself questions such as, "Do I really need this?", "Am I going to use this more than once?", "Is this just a phase...?", "How is this going to make me feel in the long term?", "Can this wait?", or "Am I doing this to fit in?". A wishlist can help you to understand the motivations behind your buying habits. Life is not all about material possessions, but is also about your experiences and the memories you make too. Gilovich and Gallo (2020) suggest that experiential purchases (e.g., travel, concerts, events) tend to make people happier than material purchases (e.g., clothes, electronics, furniture) in the long run. Experiences are more memorable, shareable, and can lead to personal growth and development. Experiences are often associated with strong emotions and vivid memories, which can make them more meaningful and satisfying than possessions. Experiences can provide opportunities for learning and self-discovery. Is there somewhere you want to go? Who with? What do you want to do? What do you want to see? What do you want to feel? What do you want to discover? Do you want to learn something new? Do you want to improve on something that you find enjoyable? Life is not all about material possessions, but is also about your experiences and the memories you make too. Experiences are more memorable, shareable, and can lead to personal growth and development. Reflective journalling This journal prompts you to reflect. Portman (2020) suggests that reflective journalling is a great tool for self-awareness and self-confidence because it can help individuals (in this case, the participants were students) develop a deeper understanding of their thoughts, process experiences, develop a better understanding of themselves, identify their strengths and weaknesses, improve their writing skills, organise their thoughts and feelings, and express themselves with clarity. Write about your experiences with different scenarios, what are your thoughts about a topic of your choosing? Visited a new restaurant lately? Be a food critique. Watched a movie lately? Be a movie critique. Listened to a great recommended song on your Spotify? Be a music critique. Purchased a new item recently? Talk about the why. Is something or someone bothering you? Vent it out - How does this thing/person make you feel? What have they/it done to you? Had a positive interaction with someone? Note it down. According to Voci et al. (2019), journalling can help individuals (in this case, medical students) improve their psychological wellbeing and academic performance. Journalling can also help to reduce stress and anxiety, and improve self-esteem. Self-reflection, specifically, can help people to identify their strengths and weaknesses, develop goals for their lives, help people to cope with stress and challenges, build resilience, and develop a better understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. MacIsaac et al. (2022) suggest that people who are naturally inclined to self-reflect are more likely to benefit from journalling than those who aren't. Life Crafting Schippers and Ziegler (2019) introduce the term, 'life crafting', a process of intentionally shaping your life to align with your values, passions, and goals. It's been shown to have a number of benefits, including increased happiness and wellbeing, greater life satisfaction, higher levels of self-actualisation, reduced stress, and increased resilience. The seven-step life crafting process is as follows: Discover your passions. What do you like to do? What kind of relationships would you like to have, both in your private life and your work life? What kind of career would you like? What lifestyle choices would you like? Reflect on your current and desired competencies and habits. What qualities do you admire in others? What competencies would you like to have? What are some habits you like or dislike in a person and yourself? Reflect on your present and future social life. What relationships energise you and what relationships don't do you any good? Who are the kinds of friends and acquaintances that are good for you? Who are the kinds of friends and acquaintances that you would like to have in the future? How would you like your ideal family life and broader social life to look like? Reflect on a possible future career. What is important in a job? What do you like to do? What kind of colleagues do you want? Who do you want to meet through your work? Write about your ideal future. Write about your best possible self in the future. Write down specific goal attainment and “if-then” plans. Formulate goals. Identify and describe ways to overcome any possible obstacles. How would you monitor your progress? Make public commitments to your goals. Communicate your goals to others, such as your friends, family, and co-workers. Scrapbook The journal has a sticker collection because number one, it's cute, and number two, I found a sense of accomplishment in completing Hello Kitty and Groovy Chick sticker activity books growing up (thank you mum). FioRito et al. (2021) suggest that scrapbooking can have a number of social and psychological benefits, including increased nostalgia proneness (ability to recall memories), social connection, and psychological comfort. Karwowski et al. (2021) suggests that creativity can be a positive coping mechanism during difficult times. This suggests that creativity can help people to cope with stress, anxiety, and other challenges. Creativity can also be a way to connect with others. By sharing our creative work with others, we can build relationships. Write a letter to your future self (or from your future self to now) Take the opportunity to write to your future self. Chishima at al. (2021) have found that both letter writing to your future self and in the perspective of the future self to the present self have a positive impact on wellbeing in times of stress. The communication with your future self serves as a means to distance yourself from the state you are presently in and to take a broader perspective in a larger time frame. Wellbeing wheel This journal includes a wellbeing wheel. Spain et al. (2021) express their admiration for the wellbeing wheel or (wellness wheel), a popular tool in therapy which can give you a better understanding of your wellbeing, strengths, and weaknesses. It can help you identify and pinpoint areas of your life that you are satisfied with (or not quite so), and feeds you crumbs on how to improve them or maintain them. From understanding any barriers, it can help you to create strategies, find the right support, and set relevant goals. You can adapt the wheel to make it more relevant to you; you can take away and add your very own dimensions. However, the most common dimensions are pies and foes: Physical - physical health, activity, exercise, diet, sleep Intellectual - learning, knowledge, skills, creativity, new interests Emotional - acknowledging and managing feelings, gratitude, growth Social - relationships, connections with others, communication Financial - management, savings, spending Occupational - career satisfaction, achievements, work-life balance Environmental - comfort, safety, surroundings, care for the environment Spiritual - meaning, beliefs, values FAQs How do I download the journal? Click on the link and the file should download automatically. I'm finding it hard to get started with journalling, what can help me? Honestly, journalling may not be easy for you when you first start out... There are no rules towards what you can journal, so it might seem either underwhelming or overwhelming to you based on your expectations. Just let your mind wander. Don't overthink it. Have fun with it. It's your journal where you can do whatever you like with it! Start off maybe writing a few sentences, or even single words instead of aiming to write a whole paragraph. If you'd like to see an example, watch this video. Can you add something to it please? Yes of course, just let me know what you'd like added (leave a guest comment below), thank you! What apps can I use this digital journal on? This is a PDF file, so any app where you can 'import' a PDF should work such as GoodNotes, Samsung Notes, etc. Can I print this journal? Yes, you can print the journal. I'm finding it boring, why is it not working for me?! One thing I disliked about journalling before I started it again is that I didn't know what to do, and got confused with other peoples' methods of journalling. Try journalling for a month in a way that you feel comfortable with and see where it can take you. Start off small by maybe writing a word or a sentence. Should I share my journal with others? It's up to you whether you want to share your journal with others. It may motivate you to work on your goals and build better relationships. However, you may want to keep some things private if you prefer. If you want to share how you're feeling with other people, it can be a tool to help you express yourself. I want to duplicate a page, how do I do this? If you're using Samsung Notes (example video), open the page view tab, tap on the three little dots on the page you want to duplicate and tap duplicate. You can also add, remove, and reorder pages. [Download here] ⬇ Thank you for reading. I hope that you find this journal useful. If you have any questions, you may send a DM. Find Psychology, But Make It Fashion (PBMIF) on TikTok, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube for useful tips and facts in consumer and fashion psychology. Have a happy and healthy 2024. :) If you want to understand this journal in a different language you can: (1) translate this article via your browser; (2) turn on subtitles on the YouTube video; and (3) translate the file, you can do so by using Google Translate and selecting 'documents' (translations will most likely be incorrect and lose its formatting however). There are two types of file: (1) Single page view (as seen in the video); and (2) 2 pages on 1 page (if you want double page view on GoodNotes in particular). (1) SINGLE VERTICAL PAGES (if you use your tablet in portrait mode) Original: Baby pink: Baby blue: Brown: Green: Purple: Red: (2) (HORIZONTAL) (2 PAGES ON 1 PAGE) GoodNotes and Notability don't do 2 page view (outrageous!), you may want to use this format instead: Original: Baby pink: Baby blue: Brown: Green: Purple: Red: If your app is unable to copy the stickers you can either download the stickers here or screenshot and crop the images. References Benedict, B. C. (2021). Using Vision Boards to Reflect on Relevant Experiences and Envision Ideal Futures. College Teaching, 69(4), 231-232. https://doi.org/10.1080/87567555.2020.1850411 Chishima, Y., Liu, I-T. H-C., & Wilson, A. E. (2021). Temporal distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic: Letter writing with future self can mitigate negative affect. Applied Psychology: Health & Well-Being, 13(2), 406-418. https://doi.org/10.1111/aphw.12256 Chui, H. & Diehl, M. (2021). Gratitude and loneliness in daily life across the adult lifespan. Current Psychology: A Journal for Diverse Perspectives on Diverse Psychological Issues. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-021-02488-8 Crawford, A., Sellman, E., & Joseph, S. (2021). Journaling: A More Mindful Approach to Researching a Mindfulness-Based Intervention in a Junior School. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 20. https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069211014771 Deichert, N. T., Fekete, E. M., & Craven, M. (2019). Gratitude enhances the beneficial effects of social support on psychological well-being, The Journal of Positive Psychology, 16(2), 168-177. https:.//doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2019.1689425 FioRito, T. A., Geiger, A. R., & Routledge, C. (2021). Creative Nostalgia: Social and Psychological Benefits of Scrapbooking. Art Therapy, 38(2), 98-103. https://doi.org/10.1080/07421656.2020.1748986 Gilovich, T & Gallo, I. (2020). Consumers’ pursuit of material and experiential purchases: A review. Consumer Psychology Review, 3(1), 20-33. https://doi.org/10.1002/arcp.1053 Karwowski, M., Zielińska, A., Jankowska, D. M., Strutyńska, E., Omelańczuk, I., & Lebuda, I. (2021). Creative Lockdown? A Daily Diary Study of Creative Activity During Pandemics. Frontiers in psychology, 12. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.600076 MacIsaac, A., Mushquash, A., & Wekerle, C. (2022). Writing Yourself Well: Dispositional Self-Reflection Moderates the Effect of a Smartphone App-Based Journaling Intervention on Psychological Wellbeing across Time. Behaviour Change, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1017/bec.2022.24 Portman, S. (2020). Reflective Journaling: A Portal Into the Virtues of Daily Writing. The Reading Teacher, 73(5), 597-602. https://doi.org/10.1002/trtr.1877 Spain, D., Stewart, V., Betts, H., & Wheeler, A. (2021). Wheel of Wellbeing (WoW) health promotion program: Australian participants report on their experiences and impacts. BMC Public Health, 21, 2037. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-12076-x Voci, A., Veneziani, C. A. & Fuochi, G. (2019). Relating Mindfulness, Heartfulness, and Psychological Well-Being: the Role of Self-Compassion and Gratitude. Mindfulness 10, 339-351. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-018-0978-0 Waalkes, P. L., Gonzalez, L. M., & Brunson, C. N. (2019). Vision Boards and Adolescent Career Counseling: A Culturally Responsive Approach, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 14(2), 205-216. https://doi.org/10.1080/15401383.2019.1602092 Zhang, L., Li, W., Ye, Y., Yang, K., Jia, N. & Kong, F. (2022). Being grateful every day will pay off: a daily diary investigation on relationships between gratitude and well-being in Chinese young adults. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 18(6), 853-865. https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2022.2131606

  • THE ONLY VINTED TIPS YOU'LL EVER NEED

    Find PBMIF on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube for useful tips and facts in consumer and fashion psychology. If you're finding it hard to sell your clothes on Vinted, these tips might just be exactly what you're looking for. Vinted is a second hand clothing site that's pretty awesome because it allows you to sell your unwanted clothing items with free listings. These are quick and simple, tried and tested tips that will get you sales in no time. Selling is a piece of cake once you understand the basics. If you would like to ask a question, please use the comments section below. You can watch a video on this article (with subtitles) here. Understand what Vinted is about and what you can actually sell on Vinted. Vinted is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Most likely you will sell your items for far less than you intended to (or how much it was bought for originally). Cheaper items do better because buyers take into account the buyer protection fee and shipping costs (e.g., imagine buying an item for £1 and then having to pay £4 for it to be shipped, that's now ~£5). Compared to Depop, Vinted is more targeted towards the majority, rather than 'young, trendy' people. There are all sorts of items on Vinted. You get paid for what you sell, and you don't have to pay a fee to Vinted. Instead, the buyer pays for the item, buyer protection, and the shipping costs. All you need to do is send your item in reasonable packaging and wait for the buyer to receive it. How long does it take to sell things on Vinted? To answer this simply, it's not a one answer fits all scenario. Don't expect your items to be sold within a couple of hours, days, or even weeks. It can take a long time for items to sell, even if you list it very well, or even if it's a popular item. Buyers usually like your items and may be waiting for you to lower the price before deciding whether to purchase an item from you. See the key tip in make your presence known if you want to make a quick sale. This answer depends on what exactly it is that you're selling and how much you're selling it for. Some people have items listed for a whole year before they see any sign of interest from potential buyers. You might find that winter-associated items sell faster at the end of the year, and spring/summer items sell well from April to August for example. You may have heard of BNWT, but what does it mean? BNWT means 'Brand New With Tags'. Items that are relatively new generally sell better. Vinted is oversaturated; tons of items are uploaded daily, so your listing may never/rarely be seen (unless someone searches/filters anything that relates to your listing). Hence why descriptions and titles are important. More exposure = more chances of being seen by potential buyers. You can also follow your family and friends on Vinted if you're interested in getting your items seen more. You can probably even join a Vinted group on social media sites to share what you're selling (according to their terms and conditions). Read the terms and conditions of what you can sell on Vinted itself here. You will be surprised at what you can and can't sell. Consistently uploading items that violate the terms and conditions will most likely get you suspended from the app. Take clear photos of your items. Don't keep your buyers guessing. A photo speaks 1,000 words. Let the photos do the talking. Add as little as six photos including the front, back, bottom, sizing label (measurements), authenticity card (if prompted), and any damages or imperfections. You can add up to 20 photos so make use of this. Good lighting is a must. No amount of carrots can help a buyer determine what you're selling. Daylight is good for photos, but as long as the photo looks like the item you are selling in person, then there shouldn't be a problem. A buyer ideally should be able to see a full length photo of the item especially if they are a long clothing item such as trousers, a dress, or a coat. Keep your photos simple. No other objects are necessary. Don't alter your clothes to make them look like something that it's not (e.g., moving the fabric at the waist so it looks more narrow in the picture, showing how you can wear it, etc.), unless you've provided unaltered images. It can be misleading. Take a picture of the item by itself, whether it be on a table, mannequin, or on a hanger. Make sure items are not sprawled out on your floor. Nobody wants your carpet dust. Also, skip wearing your items in photos. Buyers are more likely to purchase clothes that are not being worn in photos, especially if they are brand new with tags (BNWT). Don't use screenshots from original listings/stores, but you can put the name of the item/item code in the description for the buyer to do their own research. Keywords are a must. Use keywords in titles. The more keywords the more chances it will show up in searches. Instead of 'grey hoodie', try listing your item as: [ BRAND NAME ] [ COLOUR ] [ ITEM NAME (if it has one) ] [ TYPE OF ITEM ] *with [ ADDITIONAL FEATURE ] For example: Sisters and Seekers Grey Holy Hoodie with Pockets *not necessary Descriptions are a must. List your item with the correct description: size, colour, brand, condition, and price. Be honest about item flaws. Don't lie about the item or its condition. Tell your buyers that you have other items listed (if you do). Optional: Tell buyers that you're open to offers. Updated (August 2023): Vinted might automatically select your parcel size for you. Before (August 2023): List the correct postage cost according to your item's size - You do not want your buyer to pay extra fees for collecting their package, nor do you want to overcharge for postage. Item condition. I've read peoples' experiences of receiving heavily soiled and mouldy items, items covered in dust, items covered in hair, and so on. Vinted states that your items should be in hygienic condition. Humans like looking at pretty things. To make your items look reasonable, you can give them a wipe, a lint roll, spot stain removal, give them a wash, sew holes, iron them, shave bobbles, wipe dirt, remove stones from soles, tie up laces, wipe inner soles, use paper to keep items in structure, etc. Doing this will make your items look better in photos. Photos will also feel easier to take! Put your items that you have listed in a clean area away from the clothes you do use, like in a box, separate drawer, room, etc. Somewhere where you can find them easily. This means when you get a sale, all you need to do is package your item appropriately. No faffing or second guessing about the item's condition or wondering whether you still want it, involved. Act like it's not yours anymore. What price do I list my Vinted item for? Set a reasonable price for your items. See what price the item is being sold at, at other places rather than Vinted such as eBay, Depop, or the original retailer (if still in stock). Buyers can also make offers in which you can both negotiate a price. Offers can only go lower than the price you list the item for, generally speaking. Take into account if the item is new, rare, still in store, worn, damaged, etc. Sometimes you might even realise that selling your items on Vinted might not be the best option; you might decide to list it elsewhere, donate it, etc. The more description in your description the better it will show up in searches. Trust me. Better visibility is great! You can also add the trend your item belongs to. Is your item suitable for work? Mention that it's suitable for work. Did you pass your driving test wearing your item? Mention it's magical powers. It is giving early 2000s fashion? List it as Y2K. Is it giving Christmas season? Write that it's suitable for Christmas. Keep in mind that buyers go on Vinted to look for bargains (i.e., items that are cheaper than RRP) - List your item at a price that you think is suitable. Make your presence known. Use the app once in a while. Your profile will inform buyers that you are active on the platform and are ready to be asked questions/respond in a timely manner towards a sale/offer. Would you buy from an account that was last active more than 6 months ago? If buyers see that you haven't been on the app for quite a while, they might not bother to contact you or purchase your items. Respond to buyers (nicely). You will get ridiculous questions from time to time, but just acknowledging a buyer's presence can go a long way with a short and sweet reply. Poor communication is a turn-off and might drive buyers away. This proves to buyers that you're legit, not spam, and not a robot. On your profile, add a profile picture (anything but the grey person icon) and short description (e.g., Hello, I post whenever, offers acceptable, etc.). No need to add your location or real name to your profile. Bear in mind that Vinted accounts can show up on search engines such as Google. Turn on 'holiday mode' if you will not be able to send items out. If you miss the 'send your item off' period, the sale will get cancelled. As a buyer, it's a good idea to send a message to sellers asking if they're available (if they haven't been on the app for months), in case you make a purchase and then you realise that the seller is probably not going to acknowledge a notification, don't read their emails, deleted the Vinted app, etc. Quick sale tip: If you want to make a sale fast, and notice that someone has liked your listing (therefore shown interest), go ahead and message them an offer. They might just accept it. Packaging. Package your items properly so that they aren't damaged in transit. Items can be placed in a box or a bag like the ones you get clothes in from online shopping. Obviously don't put something small in a large box; use a suitable size for the item you're posting. If you ever receive any packages in the post, it's a good idea to keep the packaging. The next time you receive a package, open it carefully so that you can reuse the packaging to package your very own items. You don't need to buy packaging with this method. Surely you have a bag of bags somewhere, or a box of boxes (if not, it's a good idea to keep some if you can). You can get a marker to cross out any sensitive information such as your address and old shipping labels (or you can use nail varnish remover, but wait for the residual ink to dry so that it doesn't smudge on you or your item). Recently I've seen that people are using empty cereal boxes and tea boxes. Honestly, it's fine to use whatever gets your items to the buyer safely and securely. Someone has taken the time to purchase your item so show some consideration by packaging your item appropriately. Slapping your item in a torn up, musty carrier bag will probably land you with a negative review. Think to yourself, 'Would I be annoyed if I received this item in this packaging?' (especially if it's on the pricier side; £10~€15~$15). Put your items in suitable and durable packaging that will not get wet, destroyed easily, and is not see-through. No crisp packets please. No Tesco carrier bags with the receipts left in please. Last resort, if you don't have any suitable packaging around, you can purchase packaging from your local post office (boo to single use plastic!!!). The thing with this method is that if you're using Vinted to make a profit and sell items for £1-£5, are you really making a profit? Before you seal your item, it would be a good idea just to take a quick photo of it, just for piece of mind, or if there's a dispute. If you're printing your own label at home, make sure that you don't stick tape over the barcode/qr code. If you're printing your label off in store and have multiple items, it's a good idea to place a sticky note on them so you know which is which (don't want to send the wrong item!). Leave a thank you note! It's 110% recommended that you leave a note in the package with your Vinted username and a thank you to remind buyers exactly what they've bought in case they've bought many things at once from other sellers. This encourages buyers to leave positive reviews (most of the time). If you're printing or writing a note, make sure the ink has dried fully before you place it with the item. You don't want any oopsies. The letter doesn't have to be extravagant, here's an example of what to write: Example Letter Hello [Insert buyer Vinted username], Thank you for buying my item. [I hope it has arrived safely/please let me know if it has arrived safely/etc.]. Kind regards, [Insert your Vinted username] I'll just take the items thanks, no treats please. Don't place any food items in your package, although it may seem like a kind gesture. Firstly, it can be seen as inconsiderate if the buyer has certain dietary requirements. Secondly, would you eat food from a complete stranger? (If you want to that's fine, no judgement). And thirdly, if it were a hot season, or the delivery driver has their air con blasting in cold weather, think about what could happen to a chocolate bar. Although you're technically not 'selling' any consumables; you're not actually allowed to sell consumables on Vinted. You're on Vinted to sell your item, and your item only. P.S. Seen this on TikTok lately... please do not spray perfume on your items either. Choose the correct postage method. You must understand how postage on Vinted works and how to post your item off. Select a postage method that you're comfortable with, from InPost to Evri. If you're in the UK, Royal Mail is a little more complicated as your shipping label is not autogenerated by the Vinted app. Ask yourself, can you get to the post office/postal service within a reasonable time? Is the distance suitable for you? Do you know if there are printing facilities there? Do you need to print the label yourself or at a store? What will you do if no locker space is free? Is it easily accessible? Does it make sense to you? Buyers pay for the label and delivery, the seller's job is to print the label and send the item off properly packaged. Items are most likely tracked so both you and the buyer can see where they are. Updated (August 2023): Vinted has recently made a change where parcel size may be automatically selected - You may not have to choose yourself. Before (August 2023): Once again, list the correct postage cost - You don't want your buyer to pay extra fees for collecting their package. It can be disappointing for a buyer to find out that they have to pay an extra fee to collect their package at the delivery office. If this actually does happen, and a buyer refuses to pick the parcel up, it will be sent back to the sender's address after a certain amount of days (Royal Mail). The refund process for Vinted can be avoided if you list your item correctly and have good communication with your buyer. If you need any help with complaints, use the 'contact us' feature on the Vinted app. Send your items off within one to two days. There is a timeframe where Vinted expects you to send your items off. Sending them off as soon as possible means that your buyers are more likely to be satisfied and leave a good review for other prospective buyers to see. Keep the proof of postage receipt for future reference. Receive reviews. Once buyers mark that their item has arrived and it's in good condition, they are prompted to leave a review. If they don't you will get a autogenerated review and you will shortly be able to withdraw funds to your chosen bank account. Reviews show that you're a real person with legit items to sell and are worth buying from. When is the best time to list items? List items when people are more likely to be online/on the app, such as on evenings, weekends, and holidays. It's best to sell items at the right time, for example, winter coats in winter, swimsuits in summer, etc. If you have a ton of items to sell, it's best not to list them all at once. You can lose momentum and get bored pretty fast when you have to take multiple photos, write a description, choose the features, find the right photos, and so on. Relist items that attract little interest or likes around 3-6 months. Don't do this too often though. It's naughty. P.S. How to relist an item on Vinted? Make note of the original post title, description, price, features, and images, then screenshot the images if you no longer have them saved, delete the original post and create another listing. Simple. Consider bundling your items. Bundle your items if you're selling a lot of similar items. Someone could be interested in buying more than one thing from you. When you bundle items, you can sell them at a discounted price altogether. Promote Your Listings If you really want to get your items seen more (or sold faster), there are three ways to promote your listings (for a fee though). You can choose to bump items, spotlight your wardrobe, or create collections. You will find these features on your profile page - Find the blue tab saying 'Promote your listings'. As mentioned previously, more views means a greater likelihood of your items being sold. However, promoting your items does not guarantee that they will be sold. It will just place them in areas with more traffic. Should you promote your items? Read the last two sentences again. Vinted sometimes offers these promotions for free - Keep an eye on your inbox for messages from Vinted. Bump items (Not free) You can choose to promote individual items on Vinted. This effectively increases the item's visibility by showing it right at the top of search pages. Spotlight Wardrobe (Not free) If you spotlight your wardrobe, several of your items are shown to relevant buyers on their homepage and in between search listings. Buyers can scroll through these items and have the option to click on your profile. Collections (Not free) Introduced in Spring 2024, create collections is a new feature on Vinted. You can organise your listings like a Pinterest board basically. Collections can be shown on the homepage - the first page people see when they open the app. Hence the importance of listing your items with good quality photos. It's like a bundle and spotlight working together. You might list all of your coats together in one collection, or maybe holiday clothes, jeans, work clothes, shoes, gym clothes, etc. It's up to you. Do followers matter? No, followers do not matter. You can sell items successfully on Vinted without having followers. However, if you consistently sell similar items (e.g., of the same category, style, 'aesthetic', theme trend, etc.), having followers can be an advantage.

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