FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
OUR MOST COMMON QUESTION
What is the High Street Runway App?
High Street Runway is a marketplace built for people to rent and sell their clothes. The more people who join up, the more clothes you have access too. So tell all your friends about it.
How do I join?
What sort of information will you ask from me?
If you have a Google account, Facebook or Twitter you can tap the button and it collects all your details and creates an account for you. If you don’t you will be asked: – your name – your user name (which could be the same as your Instagram or Snap Chat) – your email address – to create a password – your birthday. Signing up only takes a couple of minutes. If you would like to make a booking or list an item you will be asked for ID verification.
How do I verify my ID?
You are asked to take a selfie and a picture of an ID (license, passport, uni/school ID) which will be matched using software. Please follow these steps:
Take photos in good light, with your face looking directly at the camera, not down. Do not try to use an edited photo - it will not work. The software is trying to match bone structure. Please look up holding your camera slightly higher than your face.
If you receive a fail notification please try again and if you fail again you will be automatically be granted access to the App. Will will notified and manually verify your photos.
How does the search button work?
You can use a keyword, price, type, designer, occasion or username narrow the search. If you need something quick, use the search button and refine it to what others have at your school or college or near your workplace. Please use the RESET button between searches located in the bottom right-hand corner.
Why can't I see what I'm typing?
Please change your background from dark to light. Once your profile is complete you can change it back.
Who can use the High Street Runway App?
You can only create an account if you are 15 years old or more. We've built the App to support people using social media to rent and sell their clothes. We add in a layer of security like ID verification and on time tracking. We've got extra features where you can search by location and school / uni. We're not the only rental marketplace but we are the only App and the only one which allows you to list what you like for whatever price you choose. All details can be negotiated.
How old do I have to be?
It's been designed for 15 years and older just like Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. If you are under the age of 18 we would like for you to show your parents or guardian the terms and conditions so that they understand how the App works.
Do I have to rent out my clothes to use the app?
No, you can just be nosy and see what’s around and it is ok to just be a lender.
What are the stages of the booking?
We track bookings every step of the way: Booking Enquiry, Accept, Pay, Item Received, Item Returned, Review and Rate. Make sure you have notifications turned on so you don't miss any booking requests. The status is located under the Booking Summary and above the items picture and will change at each stage of the booking.
What kind of notifications do you send?
Please turn on your notifications as we send you status reports for all stages of the bookings. We only send notifications about your order.
Requesting and managing try ons?
Many lenders will request a try on and you do what works best for you. We recommend you accept the booking and get payment for the booking to guarantee they show up as expected. If it doesn't work contact us via the App and we can issue a refund. Postal try-ons are very common. We suggest you send express bag on Monday and include a return bag marked up so they can pop in the post box the next day. If you feel they have worn the garment please contact us straight away.
Who pays for cleaning?
We highly recommend the owner handles cleaning, this helps to ensure all cleaning instructions are followed. Please add the cost of cleaning into your listings price. If you would like to double-check, use our chat function when making the booking.
How do I cancel a booking?
As a renter...
If you need to cancel a rental for reasons such as the rental was returned late or damaged, it's really important that you provide the lender with as much notice as possible.
Please contact the lender via the app chat function to discuss the cancellation and refund
Contact the HSR team through the Help button on the dashboard and we will issue the refund at no penalty to you or the lender.
As a lender…
Sometimes plans change or it is not quite right, which is OK. Please get in touch with the renter via the chat button and see what you can sort out. It is totally up to the owner as to whether or not they approve refunds, please ask what their policy is when placing an order. We deliberately hold the funds in our account just in case. Contact the HSR team through the Help button on the dashboard and we will issue the refund at no penalty to you or the lender.
What is the replacement value?
We ask you to list a replacement value when you list your item in case it is damaged and needs to be replaced. If it’s brand new and you’ve only worn it once, it’s OK to put in the amount you paid for it. If you’ve worn/rented it a few times, it’s not fair to expect someone to pony up full price. Full replacement value should only be charged if your piece can no longer be worn.
How does shipping work?
Whether or not you ship your items is totally up to you. If you are uncomfortable sending your items please tell the lender and cancel the order. We recommend you use Australia Post and include a marked-up return bag which is signed so the lender has to simply put it in a post box. You are not charged a service fee on the shipping component of the booking cost. Please keep copies of the tracking numbers. Once you lodge the item with Australia Post they are responsible for delivery. Please note that you can take out extra insurance on an item with Australia Post to ensure safe delivery which is recommended if your item is of significant value.
How do I add a shipping price to the booking?
If needed, the lender can choose shipping as the delivery method when placing an order. They have the option of using the address on file or adding in a new one. Please confirm these details via the chat function.
Please add in a return shipping price which includes a marked up bag which can be lodged at the Post office or placed in a mailbox by the lender at the conclusion of the rental.
Please include the return bag in the package and take a photo of both the tracking numbers. We have a customer card you can print and include in the package with the return date marked up.
Once you have posted the item please send the lender the tracking number for the incoming package via our chat function. At this point please remind them to post item back at the agreed date.
Track the return post bag with the tracking number and if it hasn’t been posted please continue to chat with the lender.
If your item is returned late and this impacts on the next rental please contact us via the ? icon on the Apps dashboard.
How does payment work?
Once you have agreed about the detail of the rental, you can accept the order which prompts the lender to pay. They will be redirected to PayPal and a confirmation notification will be sent to you. The booking status on your order will changed to paid. We hold the money in trust until the rental starts.
Once the item is picked up or delivered please contact the lender on via the chat and ask them to press ITEM RECEIVED on thier booking summary. This triggers payment to your bank account the next business day.
If your booking status does not change to say you'll be paid shortly, please send the lender another message via the app chat function to remind them to click ITEM RECEIVED.
Payment is automatically triggered on the last day of the rental.
You can check all your payments in the PAYMENT LOG located in your dashboard.
What are the charges for using the App?
Obviously, you will need to be connected to wifi to use the App. Downloading and creating a profile is free. Looking is free. Booking is free - when you get paid out we deduct a 7.5% service fee on the hire cost (excludes shipping, it is fee-free) to cover our bank fees and reinvest in tech.
Can I take a booking outside the app?
We keep a record of your messages in case there is a dispute. If we find you have taken it offline, we will not be responsible for what happens.
Can I pay with cash or do a direct bank transfer?
No, it is a strict violation of our terms and conditions for you to pay cash or take the payment offline. It makes it harder for us to protect you and puts you at a greater risk of fraud and other security issues. If a renter asks you to pay cash or transfer please report them.
Who do you use as your payment gateway?
We use PayPal as our payment gateway to pay for bookings. You will be redirected to their site where you can check out as a guest and use a credit or visa debit card to pay or you can sign in with your PayPal account.
What happens if someone damages my outfit?
Please take photos on your phone immediately.
Please contact the lender via the app chat service and discuss further action. Please add in the photos.
Most items can be fixed with extra dry cleaning or repair. Please take the item to your preferred cleaner and or tailor and get a written quote.
Please send quotes to the lender as they may be responsible for any extra costs incurred to you.
Most issues can be sorted out easily but if you need us to step in please contact the HSR team through the ? icon on the App dashboard.
Please note that as your garment ages it will get general wear and tear. It is not fair to ask the last lender to pay for repairs which may have been incurred over time.
Learn more about accidents - click here.
What if I accidentally damage an item I have rented?
Sometimes accidents happen no matter how careful you are. Always be honest and contact the owner as soon as you can with photos. They will most likely want it returned so they can organise their own repair. In all cases, it is a privilege to be using someone else’s clothes so treat with the utmost care.
Learn more about accidents - click here.
AS A RENTER
How do I list an item to rent?
Press the upload item button and you’ll be asked what it is, what size, the category and how much you want to rent it for and if cleaning is free or an extra charge if dry cleaned. You can load up to five photos per item and great photos will make your listing shine. More info click here.
How much should I charge to rent my clothes?
Totally up to you and you will soon figure out if it’s too cheap (lots of enquiries) or too expensive (no enquiries). Most girls do 15% -20% of RRP depending on how old the dress is, how many times it has been rented and if it's sold out. We’ve set out some guidelines if you would like to have a look.
How do I start a shop?
When you sign up please use your shop name and logo. Make sure you fill in the bio with any refund/ late returns policies you may have. If you decide to open a shop make sure your name is your own and please don’t try to impersonate someone else, another member or shop ( e.g.: don’t call your self Princess Polly because you are not).
How should I describe my item?
The most popular was to search for an item is by keyword so please pop all the important info in the title eg: Zimmermann Lovelorn Frill Dress. Please use the size on the label and add fit and style notes in the description, for example, Zimmermann Dress - Size 1 (chosen when creating listing) It's a loose fit so could suit a size 8 or small 10 (as the description). Be as accurate as possible to avoid confusion. It is also really important that you add information about late fees and your refund/cancellation policy for each item.
What can I list to rent / sell?
Totally up to you. It does not have to be this season or designer, it can be anything you think our users would like. You can list replicas, just say it is in the description. Keep in mind that our marketplace is for 16-24 year olds.
I am an established Instagram rental shop, what's the best way to set up an account?
We suggest you mirror your Instagram shop's name, bio and terms and conditions. We are a marketplace connecting users and so how you run your business is up to you. We suggest confirming extra detail on the chat about refunds, returns and delivery with the lender so there is no confusion.
I have a website, can you help list my items?
Yes, we sure can. We can do a bulk upload from an excel template, contact us for more info.
What is safe drop and how do I accept it?
What parts of the booking order can I edit?
We are very flexible and allow you to change the dates, price, shipping and you can even offer a discount. Press EDIT then SAVE before you ACCEPT. You can edit this section as many times as you need to but once payment is made the booking is locked in.
How does the booking calendar work?
When a booking is paid those dates are blocked out on that items calendar. You can adjust the dates of the booking and we recommend you add in extra days on either side if you are shipping. We like you to manually add in other dates the item is unavailable to avoid lender disappointment. It's very simple.
I'm going on holiday can I turn my listings off?
Yes we have a holiday mode in the profile section of the App where you can choose dates which will mark all your items as unavailable. This means you won't be interrupted with inquiries while away.
I'm not getting any enquiries, what am I doing wrong?
The price is probably a bit high. It's an open marketplace so have a look around to see what people are doing with similar listings.
How can I promote my listings?
Savy girls promote their listings through Instagram and Facebook and push the transaction to the App for extra security. We love seeing you and your clients in your outfits, please tag us or email them to us.
What is the best way to contact us?
Please send us a message via the App. The link is in the help/profile section.
AS A LENDER
How do I lend an item?
If you see something you like, check the calendar to see if it is available and if it is, contact the renter through our chat function and discuss drop off and pick up. Once you have this sorted, the renter will accept the order and you can pay.
How long can I rent an item for?
Totally up to you to negotiate with the owner. The dates and prices can all be edited by the renter before you pay for the booking.
The item is not as described, what can I do?
Please contact the renter to discuss a return and refund via our chat function.
The renter will then contact us to issue us a refund.
If you are unable to negotiate with the renter please contact the HSR team through the ? icon on the App dashboard.