Poshmark: The Next Leap for the Avid Thrifter

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It was only a matter of time before the avid thrifter made the leap to online thrifting, right? Now I can thrift from the comfort of my own secondhand couch (not purchased through Poshmark, thank you), and it’s addicting as all get-out.

Poshmark advertises itself as a hub for buying and selling brand-name clothing, accessories, and cosmetics. And sure, there is a plethora of big names. But there is also an abundance of vintage and lesser-known brands of clothing. Now that’s my kind of shopping!

But what is Poshmark (you’re probably still wondering)? It’s an app (and a website) where users can buy and sell gently used or brand new clothing. If you Pinterest or Facebook, you’ve probably seen ads for Poshmark while scrolling through your feed. And maybe, like me, you’ve ignored them, until you’re looking for a good bridal shower dress and Google takes you to Poshmark.

Fine, ok, that’s probably just me.

“That’s all fine and dandy,” you’re probably thinking, “but isn’t eBay the same thing?”

Not quite. On Poshmark there is no listing fee, and the listing is up indefinitely—which means a lot less work for you in the long run. Poshmark receives $2.95 of any sale below $15 and  20% of any sale over $15. I think this is a pretty sweet deal, since on eBay you’re typically charged a listing fee, plus eBay takes a cut of your sales, and then PayPal takes a cut on top of that. Yikes.

When selling, you’re only allowed four pictures per listing (though there are creative ways to combat this), and sharing items from other “closets” (your seller profile) is strongly encouraged—almost as strongly encouraged as meticulously packaging your sold items in cute paper with a thank you card. It’s a very social experience.

Another difference between Poshmark and eBay is that buyers and sellers can haggle. True, eBay also has an offer feature—but only if the seller has added it to their listing. On Poshmark you can offer on anything. The seller can accept, counter, or decline your offer.

I’ve been using Poshmark for 6 months now. In my  journey so far, I’ve purchased a handful of items ranging from work clothes to eye shadow to my Halloween costume. And I’ve had a good experience, even though I only make one or two sales per week.

The money you generate from selling, by the way, can be used toward buying things from Poshmark, or it can be transferred to your bank account or mailed to you as a check.

So, what are the cons?

With the amount of sharing you’re expected to do to generate sales, I’m finding myself always on my phone, and that’s a gross feeling (not to mention it irritates my husband). And the app drains your battery something fierce. No thank you.

The four picture limitation can be a bit of a challenge, but like I mentioned earlier, there are ways around it. I wouldn’t call it a huge disadvantage, but it was definitely hard to get used to at first after being allowed to upload up to 12 pictures per listing on eBay.

Additionally, some people have listed things and abandoned their profile, perhaps deciding Poshmark isn’t for them. But their listings are still up, and that can be frustrating when they’ve listed an item that’s exactly what you’ve been looking for, but they haven’t used their Poshmark profile in, say, 6 months or so.

The last downside, in my opinion, is that shipping is always $5.99, which feels like a rip-off when you’re buying something small. On the flipside, the $5.99 shipping is also two-day shipping, so you’re going to get your purchase fast. It’s a double-edged sword (and if your item weighs more than five pounds, you may have to pay additional shipping).

That was a lot of rambling. So, what do I think?

Despite some of the negatives I mentioned, I love Poshmark. I have a handful of items “liked” so that I’m notified if the price drops, and I love that giddy feeling I get when something in my closet sells, or when I get a five-star rating.

So, should you give it a try? I think it’s definitely worth a shot. I’ve managed to sell 18 items so far, and I think it’s totally possible for you to sell some of your unwanted articles of clothing or unused cosmetics too. And it blows my mind that the stuff I thought was least likely to sell did, in fact, sell. You never know what someone is on the hunt for. Just because it might be unattractive to you doesn’t mean it’s unattractive to someone else.

If you decide to Posh, you can find my closet by searching my username, marglio, or by clicking the closet widget on the side of this blog. Use my code NKVFN when you register, and you’ll get a $5 credit—that’s almost free shipping! Score!

Happy Poshing!

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