Dolap is Turkey’s newest preloved-clothing site

18 Oct 2016

Competition in the Turkish market for second-hand, branded clothes for women is heating up.

The latest entrant is mobile app-based Dolap.com. It made a strong entrance to the market with the backing of the Earlybird Digital East Fund, which provided seed capital.  

Earlybird DEF is a German venture capital fund headquartered in Berlin. (With premium access, you get this information about Earlybird on Dealroom.co.)    

Dolap.com was co-founded by Cenk Civici, Yigit Darcin and Hande Izmirlioglu in April. In July the first mobile app launched. Dolap.com doesn’t publish its download stats and growth numbers yet, but the app rose up to the eight position on the ranking in the Android app store in the category shopping.

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Dolap.com takes a 20-percent fee from the value of a sale. According to its founders, its first priority is not growth – the focus is on customer satisfaction. Dolap.com wants to solve the problems that prevent transactions from being made on marketplaces.

For example, Dolap.com plans to remove delivery/shipping as a cost factor from sales. Dolap.com still is in negotiation with shipping firms to implement this benefit for customers.

Another user-centered innovation from Dolap.com, is a direct communication link between buyer and seller. The feature will build Dolap’s community during the next phase of aggressive growth promotion, the managers said. 

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Emre Dalkilic

Emre Dalkilic joined the AIM Group in 2014 as writer and analyst for Turkey. He has been working as a reporter, editor, editor-in-chief, and executive editor in different (primarily focusing on the growing Turkish economy) magazines more than 13 years. As a member of multiple organizations focusing on global economies coupled with a passion for scientific research, he actively contributes coverage on various business sectors within the online media and classified industries.Emre won three scientific article prizes in the field of economics and his works can be seen in many daily newspapers in Turkey (such as Sabah, Zaman and Radikal). He also works with non-governmental organizations as a volunteer and occasionally serves as a board member. Emre has also been involved in social projects including a project with the World Bank.

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