While eBay offers a good spot to sell some items, I’ve never felt like it’s the best place to sell clothes. It’s easy for your listing to get lost in the mix and not get the attention that it deserves.
So when I found Poshmark, I was excited. The idea of posting my clothes on a site that’s strictly dedicated to people looking for nice clothes is amazing. (Another option is ThredUp, but that turned out to be a non-starter.)
I signed up for Poshmark pretty easily.
When you sign up, you’re really signing up as a shopper, not a seller, so you’re going to be asked some clothing questions such as dress size and fashion preferences.
I have no desire to share my dress size and therefore am not a fan of the questions.
Poshmark also wants a profile photo. While I understand something like this builds a community, I don’t like sharing my photo. It makes the experience feel more personal than I want it to be.
These are all personal issues, but since this is a review, there you go.
Listing on Poshmark
Listing on Poshmark is also pretty easy.
Take a picture and then add in details, such as size, color, brand, etc.
For Poshmark items, you also want to list what you paid for the item. For example, if you bought your dress for $100 new, but list it on Poshmark for $20 used, then Poshmark gets to put an 80% discount on the listing. I guess this makes buyers feel like they’re getting a good deal.
I posted four items on Poshmark and have yet to make a sale, but I have built a following. I have a number of people following my “store” waiting to see what I offer up next.
What I’ve learned from the experience is that Poshmark isn’t really designed for the casual seller. If you’re looking for that kind of sale, you’re better served going to your local secondhand store. (As much as I’m loathed to say it, you can also consider ThredUp, though read my warning review first.)
However, if you’re into the idea of a mini online store, Poshmark might be for you.
Once someone buys your item, Poshmark will send you a pre-paid shipping label. You ship the item to the buyer and once it’s received, Poshmark releases your payment less its commission.
The company outlines its fees clearly on its website saying:
“For all sales under $15, Poshmark takes a flat commission of $2.95. You keep the rest. For sales of $15 or more, you keep 80% of your sale and Poshmark’s commission is 20%.”
You can spend the money you receive on Poshmark or ask for the funds to be released into your bank account.
The Bottom Line
Poshmark is not for me. I don’t want a store. However, if you’re into fashion and want to have your own mini business, you go girl…or guy!
- Posting is easy. Take a picture and add a few details and you’re set.
- There are no upfront fees.
- It’s a lot more work than I want to do. I don’t want or need to build an online fashion store.
- It’s all about building the community. Following sellers, getting sellers to follow you. It’s like its own time consuming social media site.
- Well, I haven’t sold anything yet!
Poshmark is totally kid-friendly and as far as I can tell, you get out of it what you put into it. The more you try and sell your clothes to the Poshmark community, the more likely you are to make a sale. Ultimately, it’s about whether a fashion site like this interests you.