You’ve probably heard of Poshmark. If you haven’t, it’s a site where you can sell and buy your used clothes. Sort of like ebay but less sketchy and strictly for clothing and accessories. I’ve been using Poshmark for a few months and will give my honest feelings about this app and how I feel it functions.
Buying On Poshmark
Poshmark is very user friendly with options to shop for specific brands or to join parties, which are time sensitive events that focus on selling a specific type of clothing or accessory. If you are looking for little black dresses, keep your eyes open for a party specializing in “formalwear” or “party clothes”.
You can collect your favorite brands and they will appear in your main shopping area.
You can also add people as friends. Their closets will then appear in your feed so you will get notified when they post something for sale. When you see something you like, you can either accept the offer outright or you can choose to make an offer. The seller then has the option to counter or accept your offer. Once the item is accepted, or you purchase at the sellers price, the item will be shipped to you.
When it arrives, you must go back to the app to let the seller know that everything looks good. If you are happy with your product, you can rate them 5 stars.
Selling On Poshmark
To list an item, you will want to take some good photographs of your clothing that really show off the piece. I’ve seen many users style their items for sale with other items to show how you can wear it. And filters are available to make it look super enticing to your buyers.
People are mostly interested in seeing the tag to verify the brand and size information. And I’ve had people ask for measurements too, so keep a measuring tape handy.
Selling is just as easy as buying, thanks to Poshmark’s easy printable, pre-paid shipping labels. I have major anxiety when it comes to going into post offices. The first item I sold, I literally brought the dress into the post office, unwrapped, slapped it down on the table and was like “I need to ship this. Help me.” and the postal worker was nice enough to point me in the direction of the free shipping boxes they had in the corner.
From there I simply taped on the pre-paid label and sent it off!
So far I have not had any issues about a customer receiving damaged items, or not receiving them at all. Everyone I have done business with were friendly and excited to receive the clothes I shipped to them.
There is one small catch, however.
You may be thinking, “What’s the catch”. Well, there is a catch, although it’s not too terrible. Every sale made on Poshmark will have a 20% fee that comes out of the overall sale price. So if I have something listed for $28, I might only see $20 of that.
The other thing worth noting is that buyers pay for shipping. The seller has the option to offer free shipping, which means they will cover the cost of shipping out of their earnings, but usually it’s the buyer who pays for the shipping. Again, considering you do that every time you shop online anyways, I don’t see this as too big of a problem.
Seeing how easy it is to use their services, and how awesome it is that I don’t have to worry about weighing my package and filling out a label, I don’t really see this as too big of a problem. If they want to take a small cut to stay in business, fine. As long as I make a small profit off the clothes that I no longer wear.
And that is what this post is all about. Getting that $$$. So after you ship off your used clothing in exchange for some cold hard cyber cash, your earnings will be added to your balance which you can then choose to have directly deposited into the account of your choice, or mailed to you in check form.
For minimal effort and only a small fee for using their app, I can’t recommend Poshmark enough. Especially if you use name brands like Torrid or Lane Bryant. It also seems to be great for buying high end brands like Louboutin and Coach. Yes, the items are used, but if you wait until a good deal comes along where the item is in good condition, you can’t beat the price!
I’ve been hoping to snag a pair of red bottoms as soon as the deal looks right. I know they run small and I want to make sure I get a good quality pair, but I’ve seen these go for half or less than half price on Poshmark. You just have to watch the market and play it right.
In conclusion, all you really need to make a little extra money from using Poshmark is a used piece of clothing, a few pictures, a printer, and a way to get to your local post office. I highly recommend it for any struggling millennials who need to make some extra cash to pay the rent.Kat