By Allison Johnson
Blog Content Contributor
An ad for Poshmark popped up on an app I was using not too long ago, and my initial thoughts were how it looked like one of those shopping apps where you order something and your item looks nothing like it did in the pictures. I looked up reviews, and it sounded legit, so I took a chance, listed two items and they sold pretty quickly! Overall, I am very impressed with the app. I have not had any issues so far, and my earnings were disbursed quickly to my bank account. You can also request checks for your earnings, or keep them in your Poshmark balance for your personal shopping on their site.
For those who do not know what Poshmark is, it is an app for selling clothes and accessories globally. So pretty much eBay, but mostly for fashion.
Before I sold those two items, I purchased a pair of shoes through Poshmark. Last month, I bought a new pair of Nikes from the outlets and I am obsessed with them. As much as I do want to wear them every day, there’s a lot of construction going on in San Marcos, especially on campus. This means dirt and other debris everywhere which would ruin my shoes. I looked up a pair of Nikes on the app, and bought a pair for $11. The shoes are in excellent condition for being used. $11 plus $6.49 shipping is a good deal for a pair of nice shoes that you want to wear only while walking up muddy hills and debris from road construction. I even bought a nice shirt with the tag still on it for $10. I found the same shirt on the Forever 21 site, and it was over double that price, plus shipping. So far, the sellers I have bought from describe their items perfectly.
Here is my page. Feel free to follow my closet. I plan to post more items in August to do one more closet clean out before school starts. I am very gentle with my clothes, and most of the time only wear them once. Most poshers are also in the same boat as me. We are done with our clothing after a few wears, and hate a cluttered closet. If you are looking for some fashionable items in mint condition for around 60% to even 80% off, this is the place for you. Also, this is a great place to find boutique wear. You can filter your searches to clothes and accessories from boutiques if you would like.
You can narrow down searches by selecting a brand, size, color, style and even the specific name of an item. I love that you can offer an amount to someone if you do not like the listed price, and a lot of poshers take offers immediately because they are desperate to clear their closet out. Sellers have 24 hours to accept your offer, and if they counter offer you an amount you have 24 hours to accept it. If either offer is accepted, the item has sold. You can track your item once it has shipped. Once it arrives to your house, you have a few days to accept the item. If it is in the condition the buyer said it was, accept the item, because all sales are final if they are in the condition they buyer said they were in. If it is not, follow these steps to get a refund.
Poshmark highly recommends for poshers to ship at least two days after an order. If using this app still sounds sketchy, you can look at a seller’s reviews. It will give you their average ship time, so you know you can trust you will receive your item quickly. The best part of buying from a posher that ships quick is that Poshmark uses pre-paid one to three day priority shipping labels, so as long as the seller ships within a day or two, you will have your item(s) within three or four days within the order. (So yes, technically it is free to sell since the label is paid for, although they do take a commission of $2.95 for sales under $15, and 80% over $15.)
I love this site, and the app is easy to navigate. There are listings for men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothing along with shoes. There is also great deals on bundles of beauty products ladies! If anyone in college has clothes and shoes that are in great condition, make some money this week by posting your items to Poshmark. Be reasonable with your listings too. I know you might have some things in your closet with tags, or shoes still in boxes, but the value decreased the second you walked out of the store with your product. Have some nice shoes that were worn about five times that you do not want anymore? If you paid around $100 for them, try listing them for $60-$65. You might feel like you want to make more than that for your shoes, but you would be surprised at how cheap sellers sell name brand clothes for.
Here is a tip; USPS will pick up your mail if it is priority shipping. If you want to take a shot at selling, take one trip to the store for some nice gift wrapping paper, bubble wrap, and thank you notes, then do the rest from home. Order some free priority mail boxes from USPS, schedule a pick up for items you are selling and that is it! Just make sure you stay on top of when you need to ship. Always aim for shipping within 2 days to your customer. Keep a wonderful seller’s rating to attract more customers. Also, the better your pictures are of your items, the easier it is to sell!
As a buyer and seller on this app, I am satisfied with both buying and selling. Give it a chance, you probably have something in your closet in style right now that would make a great listing. Do not be satisfied with receiving $1.00 for a great dress from Plato’s closet, make some more with Poshmark!
Featured image by Allison Johnson.