To shop the marketplace on web, select the person icon in the top right hand corner of the homepage. This will open a pop-up window, where you have the option to sign up. Sellers will need to download our app, where you'll be guided through the sign up process. Once you’ve set up your name and password you can add a photo and a bio.
On dotte you sell directly to other parents. Once you have set up your profile, you can sell an item by adding photos and answering a few questions about it. Read our handy top tips for sellers, including how to take great photos! Once your listings are live, other parents will be able to browse, ask you questions, purchase, or even make a cheeky offer! We take 15% commission which is inclusive of all Stripe fees (our payment processor), the rest is yours! Easy peasy.
dotte is opening up thousands of children’s wardrobes to give shoppers more choice when it comes to buying second hand. You can browse items and filter your search just like when you’re buying new! What’s more, you can message sellers directly and even make cheeky offers!
1. Be kind
dotte is as good as the community we're made of. So let's all treat each other with respect and kindness.
2. No photos of children
We recognise people feel differently about sharing pictures of their children online. To make it easy for everyone, we have a blanket rule - we only allow photos of clothing on the marketplace (no matter how cute your little ones are!).
3. Have items ready to go
If you sell an item, we expect you to have it ready to go. So if it's no longer available - for any reason - remove the listing.
4. Accept the order and post promptly
Don't leave buyers hanging! We encourage sellers to accept orders ASAP, ideally within 24 hours of receiving the request. Once the sale is confirmed, please send your items as quickly as you can. 48 hours is ideal. 1 week is acceptable.
5. Keep it within dotte
If you buy or sell off our marketplace you won't be covered by our Customer Protection Scheme. So if you want peace of mind, keep your transactions within the dotte marketplace. Any customers regularly taking transactions off-site will be banned (temporarily or permanently).
You can sell any kids clothes from t-shirts to trainers, pyjamas to sun hats. You can sell small bundles for smaller items too! We don’t have the functionality for you to sell bedding, toys or baby gear just yet.
We ask that you only sell items you’d happily buy yourself. That means that although they might show some signs of gentle wear and tear, they’re generally in a good condition. If there are any imperfections (e.g. stains or rips) or signs of general wear and tear (bobbling or fading) we ask that you accurately capture this in your photos, and clearly describe this when you’re listing your item. If you don't capture any imperfections you won't be covered by our Seller Protection Scheme. Also, we want our buyers to feel joy when their item arrives - and you want a good review, right?
We aren’t snooty about brands you can or can’t sell. However, we do know that certain brands don’t sell well, or end up being too cheap to make a profit - we suggest you donate these brands instead via our donate + recycle scheme. These brands include supermarket clothing and Primark.
If something isn’t suitable for resale but it’s in good nick, why not donate it? Worn to pieces? Recycle it! Our donate + recycle scheme offers you a convenient way to clear out your clutter and extend the lifecycle of all your kids' outgrown clothes; reducing their carbon footprint.
You'll need to download our app to sell with us. Then simply login to your account or create a free account. Hit the + button to start your listing. You’ll be guided through some questions about your item, and have the opportunity to load some photographs.
No worries! Check the brand’s own website, as some have their own size conversion system and charts. If they don’t have one check out our easy conversion chart for kids clothes below…
We have one for shoe sizes too! (NB. Size and fit can vary from style to style, so please use this as a general guide only and always check the original brand or retailer for their own size guides and conversion charts).
You’re clearly a trend-setter! We mustn’t have it on our list yet! For now, to list your item just select ‘other’. Please also ping us an email ([email protected]) and we can make sure we add the brand to our list asap. Thank you for helping us discover something new!
Check out our top tips on taking great photos here. You can shoot it with just your phone. Just make sure it’s well lit, nicely presented (think plain backdrop and ironed clothes!). Capture the front, back (and side where relevant), the label, and any signs of wear and tear or imperfection. If you don't capture any imperfections in your photos, you won't be covered by our Seller Protection Scheme.
This can feel like a tricky one, especially if you’re new to reselling. If you don’t know the RRP, have a quick snoop of similar full price items from that brand. Then, check out listing prices for that brand on dotte to get a feel for the types of discounts people tend to apply when selling second hand- then make your best guesstimate! Consider the condition of the item, the brand (is it high street or premium? The latter tends to hold more value longer), and how much life it’s got left in it. Always use your own common sense and ask “would I pay that much myself?”. If it doesn’t sell, chances are you need to lower it a little.
We don’t have a way for you to set automatic discounts just yet (like BOGOF), but if the same buyer purchases several items from you in one go, we suggest offering them a discount (or free item) to acknowledge the savings you’ve made on postage. You can do this by messaging the buyer and offering to lower the price of an item, then edit the listing to lower the price as agreed. It’s nice to make people feel good right?
Please note, if your buyer has used a dotte discount code to make the purchase, it will appear on your statement. But please rest assured, the discount will be removed from our dotte fee – you will still receive the full amount for your sale and we will absorb the money off!
We’re all about individuality here at dotte, so as often as possible please list items individually. This gives buyers maximum choice. However if you want to sell carefully curated bundles (e.g. 3 x t-shirts) simply select ‘bundle’ when selecting the item category. Make sure you also tick any other relevant item categories (such as t-shirt) so your listing pops up in the right places for buyers! You can upload a cover photo of all the items, but you also need to add individual photos of each item in the bundle - no job lot photos please! List your item clearly adding the following into the item description ‘BUNDLE: number x brand item, age’ (e.g. BUNDLE: 3 x Zara t-shirts, 7 years).
You can remove a listing from the marketplace at any time, either by closing it or deleting it. You'll need to be logged into the marketplace on our app, then click the profile icon followed by "my listings". Once you have located the listing you want to delete, tap the ellipsis and "delete" or "close listing" appears in a drop down. Choosing these options will remove the item from the marketplace.
If someone has sent you a message with an offer for a lower price, you can choose to accept it, or decline it. It’s up to you! If you accept it, you need to edit the listing manually to reduce the price, and then tell the buyer it’s ready for them to ‘buy now’. It’s also good etiquette to let other buyers know the item is reserved once the item price has been adjusted, by simply adding ‘This item is reserved for [buyers username]’ in the item description.
When you are logged into your account on the app, head to your profile page. Now select ‘my listings’. Tapping the ellipsis on the right hand corner of each listing there’s an option to ‘edit listing’ - et voila! (It’s also good practice to mention the item is reserved in the item description, to avoid someone else swooping in and buying it at the new price).
If a buyer asks you to reserve an item (for example once you’ve lowered a price for them if they made an offer) you can do this by simply writing ‘Reserved for [sellers username]’ in the item description. It just helps prevent someone else swooping in and buying it before the buyer has chance!
Hurrah! You've received a request to buy your item. Feels good, huh? First things first, you'll need to view the order request and click to accept the purchase. To do this simply log into your account on the app and head to your inbox. Open the new message about the pending sale and hit the ‘Accept’ button. Once you click accept, it's a done deal! If you don't accept within 7 days, the buyer will be automatically refunded and the purchase cancelled. Try not to leave buyers hanging! We encourage sellers to accept orders ASAP, ideally within 24 hours of receiving the request.
Now for the important bit. Package up the item with love and care (we recommend our beautiful, eco-friendly packaging!). Write on the shipping address (found in your confirmation email and on the message in your inbox, under ‘sales’) or stick on the label (if you’re using Evri or Royal Mail Click & Drop). Post the item as soon as convenient (within a week is best) and make sure you communicate with the buyer as you go. Once you have sent the item please contact the buyer on the message thread to let them know (and ideally add a tracking number).
Once you have sent your item, log into your account > inbox > sales and open the message thread about the sale to let the buyer know it's on the way to its new home. Please also add tracking information in a message to the buyer. And you’re done! Congratulations!
Sellers on dotte keep 85% of the profit. The other 15% represents our commission (which is inclusive of all the fees from our payment processor Stripe - so you don't have to worry about them!).
When you set up a profile on dotte you will also be asked to set up a Stripe Connect account by entering your bank details. Sellers get paid in one monthly 'bundle' payout from Stripe on the 28th of every month - think of it as your dotte paycheck! This payout will include all sales for the 4 weeks up to the cut-off date, which is the 21st of the month (7 days prior to pay day). Any sales made on the 21st will roll into the next month's paycheck. You'll also need to remember to accept the purchase request within 7 days of the purchase being made, or else the buyer will be automatically refunded.
Stripe is a payment processing platform for e-commerce, similar to PayPal. It enables payments to be made online using different methods, and holds the highest level of certification available in the payments industry for security (PCI Service Provider Level 1).
If you’re selling your children’s outgrown clothes on dotte, the likelihood is that you won’t have to pay tax on this. For example, if you buy a Beau Loves dress for £40, then sell it on dotte a year later for £30, you’re not turning a profit so you won’t pay tax on this. How often you sell on dotte is important to HMRC though. If you sell often and consistently throughout the year, this might be viewed as trading - and you might owe tax. But if you just list items on dotte when you have a batch of outgrown clothing, or when you need an extra bit of pocket money, this will be seen as personal earning. You can find out more from HMRC here.
You can search for clothes by clicking on ‘buy’ on the homepage. There are lots of filters you can use to find clothes that are right for your little one (such as age, condition and item). If you want to buy an item you’ll be asked to set up a profile (it takes less than 5 minutes, we promise!). You’ll then be ready to buy your item! What’s more, from your profile page you’ll be able to shop using ‘pick n mix’ - a curated search that recommends clothing for your little one based on their unique style!
Found what you're looking for? It's time to submit a sales request to the seller. To do this simply tap "Buy now", enter your payment information and submit the request. The seller will be notified to review and accept your purchase. Woo hoo!
In order to protect our buyers, if sellers don’t accept a purchase within 7 days it will be automatically cancelled. If you have not received a confirmation within 48 hours, we recommend dropping your seller a friendly nudge on the message thread. View your order status or contact the seller at any time by visiting inbox > orders.
You can! When you view an item there’s a ‘MAKE AN OFFER’ button just under the 'BUY NOW' button. Once you make an offer the seller will be notified and can either accept or decline. If they accept your offer, the seller will edit the listing price and let you know when it’s ready to buy - make sure you buy it pronto though as (technically) someone else could come in and buy it before you. To avoid this, it’s best to ask the seller if they’d mind ‘reserving’ it for you. They can do that by simply noting ‘this item is reserved for [your username]’ in the item description.
Sure - you just need to check if the seller offers global shipping. You can find this information in the item description. If they do offer global shipping you still need to message them before you buy the item, as the seller may want to increase the cost of the item to reflect shipping to your location.
If you’re having problems making a payment please contact us and we’ll get it sorted! In the meantime, you could ask the seller if they’d kindly reserve the item for you by adding ‘This item is reserved for [your username]’ in the item description.
If your item hasn’t turned up, use the tracking information provided by the seller to see where it’s at. No tracking info? Message the seller for an update. If they haven’t marked the item as dispatched within 7 days of purchase you’ll get an automatic refund. If the seller isn’t being helpful or you still don’t know where your item is, contact us and we’ll get it sorted! Find out more about our Buyer Protection here.
Our Buyer Protection Scheme guarantees you a full refund if your item doesn’t arrive or if it is significantly different from the seller’s description. You will not be eligible for a refund if the seller described the item accurately but it doesn’t fit or doesn’t suit your little one, or if you’ve simply changed your mind (the good news is you can just sell it on again though!).
If you’ve got a problem or complaint regarding an item you’re buying, we strongly encourage you to send a message directly to the seller in the first instance. In most cases this is the quickest and simplest way to find a solution. If the seller isn’t being helpful, or you’ve got a complaint about dotte, please contact us at [email protected].
If you’ve seen a listing you want to report you can do this by simply clicking on ‘Report item’ underneath the product details section.
On dotte, sellers can either build the cost of postage into the pricing of an item, select from our recommended shipping providers and options when listing, or choose to absorb the cost themselves. If a buyer purchases multiple items from you in one go, we recommend offering them a discount to reflect the savings you are making on postage by only having to send out one parcel.
You must ship items within 7 days of purchase and mark the item as dispatched on dotte within this timeframe (ideally with tracking information) or the buyer will be issued an instant refund by Stripe.
We recommend My Hermes - it provides tracking information, and we’ve found it to be the quickest, easiest, most transparent and often cheapest way to send and receive parcels. You can see their prices below. Another trusted provider is the Royal Mail (check out their Click & Drop).
You can select from our recommended service providers and options when listing your item. Remember, you must send your item tracked in order to qualify for our Customer Protection Scheme.
You don’t have to, but why wouldn’t you? Eco-friendly? Check. Reasonably priced? Indeed. Convenient? Absolutely. Looks good? Good enough to make your buyer do the wiggle dance of joy when it arrives (and who wouldn’t want their buyer to do the wiggle dance of joy…). Come on, take a look.
All our packaging is 100% recyclable and compostable.
YES PLEASE DO! Our dream is that our packaging will be used again, and again, and again, until it eventually falls apart!
Here at dotte we take 15% commission per transaction, meaning you get to keep 85% of the profits! What’s more, our commission includes the fee from our payment provider - Stripe - who charge 1.4% plus 20p for each transaction. So you don’t have to worry about any other added extras! It’s 15% all in. Whoop! And there are no fees for buyers. Extra whoop!
We take 15% commission to cover the cost of running and improving the marketplace. The benefit to you? A community of sellers lining up to buy your stuff and a place where shopping second hand feels as good as new. And with our Customer Protection Scheme and dispute resolution, you can buy and sell directly with other parents, safe in the knowledge that we’ve got your back.
Simply order your bags and they’ll be with you within 3-4 working days. Instructions are on the bags themselves, but basically you fill them up and send them back to our office address, and we do the rest! Sorted. Hurrah for reducing your carbon footprint!
If you can’t sell an item (for example because it was pretty cheap to start with) but it’s got another life in it, then pop it in our donate sack. Anything that’s reached the end of the line (think rips, stains, bobbly/faded fabric) and you can’t mend, pop it in our recycle sack.
We’re going to be really frank here. We don’t think current models for donating children’s clothing in the UK work. Not for the planet, not for families in need, and not for you. But we’re stuck with it until someone invents a better way of doing things. And BOY do we aim to do just that. BUT we’ve just launched. And we can’t do it all from the get go. So please be patient with us, and know that donating clothing is something we are thinking very deeply about. In the meantime, we do what everyone else does - we get as much of the clothing into UK charity shops as possible. Anything that we can’t get into charity shops will be exported to developing countries for resale via a third party. For full transparency - we will get paid by these third parties. We will donate 100% of that money to The Childhood Trust.
For now, the items you send in will be taken to Reuse and Recycling Centres and recycled into things like car seat padding. “Boring!” I hear you cry. Don’t worry, we have much more exciting plans up our sleeves. But it’s all hush hush for now. You’ll have to wait and see...
This comes down to our top secret but oh-so-exciting future plans for our recycle scheme! We need to know how many items people are recycling, and in what colours. Without this info, we’ll have to stick with recycling clothes into boring old things like car seat padding. Pff.
You can find out more about what sustainability means to us, and what we’re doing to reduce our carbon footprint on our about page.
Research suggests the carbon emissions created by getting an item delivered to your home from an online retailer is 5 times lower than traveling to the shops to buy something. (And don’t forget the additional CO2 savings from buying something second hand rather than new!).
Here at dotte we are invested in the journey. That means we don’t just partner with brands who are 100% smashing it at being sustainable. We’re also interested in working with brands who are on a journey to becoming more sustainable - no matter where they’re starting from. If they show a genuine commitment to reducing their carbon footprint, we want to help them do that.
We do not allow photos of children on dotte - please just upload photos of the clothing you’re selling either hanging on a hanger or using a flat lay. If you wish to share photos of your children with us on social media using our hashtag or by tagging our social media business account, then we will re-post these photos onto our account via stories or feed after we have sought and confirmed your consent.
If you want to report a photo due to inappropriate content, or if you see items listed with photographs of children wearing the clothing, or if you get an inappropriate message from a seller, please click on the ‘report item’ button under the listing title when you view the item or email us. We will take appropriate action once we have investigated the item or seller in question.
During the COVID-19 pandemic second hand clothing has actually been booming - all that time at home means people are clearing out their closets! But, we are living in uncertain times and it can be hard to know what’s safe and what isn’t safe. So we’ve pulled together some guidelines on how to buy and sell second hand clothing safely during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Research suggests coronaviruses don’t last as long on clothing as they do on hard surfaces. Nevertheless, we recommend sellers wash clothing on the hottest setting allowed according to the care instructions. We also recommend sellers wash their hands with soap and water before handling the clothing (e.g. when photographing them or packaging them up). We recommend buyers wash any items they receive before wearing them.
Evri and Royal Mail (our two recommended postage providers) have taken steps to make posting and receiving parcels as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. My Hermes offer a home collection service which is contact free and is the safest way to send parcels. We also recommend washing your hands with soap and water before and after handling parcels. Research suggests coronaviruses can stay infective for up to 24 hours on cardboard packages, so if you want to be extra careful you could quarantine any parcels for 48 hours before handling and opening them.