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TikTok Shop Expand Secondhand Luxury Fashion Categories to UK Market

ByHuey Yee Ong

Apr 25, 2024
TikTok Shop Expand Secondhand Luxury Fashion Categories to UK Market

TikTok Shop Expand Secondhand Luxury Fashion Categories to UK Market

TikTok Shop has officially expanded its secondhand luxury fashion offerings to the United Kingdom, venturing into a market space currently occupied by key players such as The RealReal, Vestiaire Collective, Depop, Poshmark, and Mercari.

This strategic move aims to broaden the appeal of TikTok’s social commerce marketplace, which previously launched a similar initiative in the United States over six months ago.

The launch introduces U.K. customers to a specially selected collection of pre-owned luxury items, including high-end clothing, designer handbags, and other fashion accessories, accessible directly through the TikTok app.

Initially, TikTok Shop will feature items from five U.K.-based brands: Sellier, Luxe Collective, Sign of the Times, HardlyEverWornIt, and Break Archive. These brands are known for their high-quality and authentic luxury goods, each conducting its own rigorous in-house authentication processes to ensure the authenticity of their offerings.

Success Amidst Quality Concerns

TikTok Shop debuted in 2022 and has quickly grown, reporting over $1 billion in sales across various product categories. Despite this financial success, there are concerns among users and market observers that the platform might be compromising the quality of its marketplace. Critics argue that an influx of fakes and low-quality products could tarnish TikTok Shop’s reputation, as the issue of counterfeit goods remains a significant challenge in online marketplaces, including major players like Amazon and eBay.

Battling Counterfeit Goods

To combat this, TikTok Shop has enforced strict anti-counterfeit measures, including a policy that guarantees full refunds to customers who purchase counterfeit items. This commitment to authenticity is further supported by TikTok Shop’s collaborations with third-party authentication services such as Entrupy and Real Authentication in the U.S., ensuring that the designer handbags sold through its platform are verified for authenticity.

Moreover, a recent Bloomberg report highlighted that TikTok is currently in discussions with luxury goods conglomerate LVMH to enhance its anti-counterfeiting measures, which could further solidify its credibility and attract more premium brands and consumers.

The Growing Secondhand Luxury Market

The expansion into the U.K. taps into the burgeoning market for pre-owned luxury goods, which has become a multibillion-dollar industry globally. In 2023 alone, the secondhand designer item market was valued at approximately $49.3 billion (€45 billion).

The popularity of sustainable and secondhand fashion is evident on TikTok itself, where the hashtag #secondhandfashion has seen significant engagement, with over 144,000 posts and around 1.2 billion views, reflecting a growing consumer interest in sustainable fashion practices.

However, TikTok’s broader business prospects are shadowed by regulatory challenges in its home market. Following the recent passage of a bill by the U.S. House of Representatives, which demands that ByteDance divest its ownership of TikTok or face a potential ban in the U.S., the platform’s future remains uncertain.

This legislation, which is also gaining traction in the Senate, could severely impact TikTok’s operations and its American merchants, who, according to the company, generated $14.7 billion in revenue for small- to mid-sized businesses in 2023.

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Huey Yee Ong

Hello, from one tech geek to another. Not your beloved TechCrunch writer, but a writer with an avid interest in the fast-paced tech scenes and all the latest tech mojo. I bring with me a unique take towards tech with a honed applied psychology perspective to make tech news digestible. In other words, I deliver tech news that is easy to read.

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