TikTok Shop introduces secondhand luxury fashion line in the UK

  • TikTok Shop expands its social commerce platform to include a secondhand luxury category in the UK, following its successful launch in the US.
  • The new offering allows UK customers to shop for pre-owned high-end clothing, designer handbags, and accessories directly within the TikTok app.
  • Initially, the UK launch features five prominent secondhand brands, including Sellier, Luxe Collective, Sign of the Times, HardlyEverWornIt, and Break Archive.

TikTok Shop, the social commerce arm of TikTok, is venturing into the secondhand luxury fashion market in the UK. By integrating a dedicated category for pre-owned luxury items, TikTok aims to enhance its shopping experience and compete with established players in the resale market.

Strategic move to tap into growing market

“TikTok Shop empowers brands and creators to connect with highly engaged customers based on their interests, and it combines the power of community, creativity, and commerce to deliver a seamless shopping experience,” the company said in a blog post.

The introduction of TikTok Shop’s secondhand luxury category aligns with the burgeoning demand for preowned luxury goods globally, estimated at $49.3 billion in 2023. By entering this lucrative market segment, TikTok aims to cater to consumers’ evolving preferences and capitalise on the popularity of sustainable fashion practices.

This strategic move not only diversifies TikTok’s product offerings but also provides an opportunity for secondhand brands in the UK to expand their customer base.

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Authentication measures and quality assurance

TikTok Shop prioritises authenticity and quality assurance to mitigate the risk of counterfeit products on its platform. The company collaborates with reputable authentication services such as Entrupy and Real Authentication for US-based brands, ensuring that designer handbags undergo rigorous verification processes.

In the UK, TikTok Shop partners with select secondhand brands that have established in-house authentication procedures, enhancing transparency and instilling confidence among customers. While specific details regarding the authentication process remain undisclosed, TikTok’s commitment to maintaining product integrity underscores its dedication to fostering a trustworthy shopping environment.

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Market challenges and regulatory landscape

The expansion of TikTok Shop’s offerings coincides with regulatory challenges and uncertainties surrounding the app’s operations, particularly in the US. The recent passage of a bill by the US House of Representatives, mandating ByteDance to divest TikTok or face a ban, poses potential implications for American merchants leveraging the platform.

Also read: USA TikTok ban: Empty threat or necessary measure?

A ban on TikTok could disrupt the thriving ecosystem of small to mid-size businesses that rely on the platform for revenue generation. Despite facing regulatory scrutiny, TikTok remains a vital marketplace for merchants, underscoring the significance of ongoing discussions and potential legislative outcomes in shaping the platform’s future.


Lydia Luo

Lydia Luo, an intern reporter at BTW media dedicated in IT infrastructure. She graduated from Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. Send tips to j.y.luo@btw.media.

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