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Etsy to buy Depop for $1.6 billion to attract young shoppers

A man looks at a variety of face masks on a computer.
In this file photo, Luis Villagrán shows merchandise on his company’s Etsy page.
(Soudi Jiménez / Los Angeles Times en Español)

Etsy Inc., the online marketplace for crafts and vintage items, is buying secondhand fashion app Depop for $1.63 billion as it seeks to expand its customer base and attract younger users.

The deal will create “significant opportunities for shared expertise and growth synergies” between the two e-commerce sites as the trend for trading recycled clothing continues to grow, New York-based Etsy said in a statement Wednesday. The deal, which is primarily cash, is expected to close in the third quarter.

Depop was set up in 2011 as a “community-powered marketplace” to buy and sell used fashion and has become one of the most popular e-commerce sites, particularly among younger, environmentally conscious consumers. About 90% of Depop’s active users are younger than 26 and Depop is the 10th-most-visited shopping site among Gen Z consumers in the U.S., according to Etsy, whose users tend to be older.

Etsy rose more than 7% to close at $174.14 in New York trading.

Instant soup mix, dresses, sneakers, appliances and so on. Buy common consumer items cheap; resell for more, maybe much more. COVID lockdowns supercharged it.

The secondhand market in the U.S. is projected to hit $64 billion by 2024 and to grow to twice the size of fast fashion on a global basis. Etsy Chief Executive Josh Silverman said the deal will extend Etsy’s presence in the resale market and enable it to help Depop, an early-stage business, expand and drive further growth and profitability.

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Depop, which has about 30 million registered users across nearly 150 countries, will continue to be based in London and will operate as a stand-alone marketplace run by its existing team. Following the deal, Etsy will have three distinct brands — Etsy, Reverb and Depop.

Maria Raga, CEO of Depop, said people “come to Depop for the clothes, but stay for the culture” and the business will benefit from the “resources of a much larger company whose values are so aligned with ours here at Depop.”


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