06/20/2018 at 6:55 pm #42929
I thought I would throw down a Poshmark thread. I have been on Posh for 3 months. I have sourced from Posh to sell on Ebay for clothing and shoe flips. As a seller, I have gotten “serious” in last month. Whatever that means. I do the 30 minute method daily (sharing other’s items, following people).
For those who do not know, it is clothing/shoes/makeup/accessories only (for now).
I took a change after the reduction in ebay sales in these categories (for me!).
AllI can say is. …..
BLAH. The social media aspect of it is blah. There seems to be a lot of spam, ppl are def using bots which I understand WHY after all the sharing/following it needs.
The thought of cross posting my 300 clothing items into Posh makes me want to take a nap.
I have no questions really, just looking to hear from other Poshers as everyone I “follow” on Insta and Youtube is LOVING it so much. I am mixed on it..1+
06/20/2018 at 6:58 pm #42930
As someone who hasn’t used Poshmark yet, can you more clearly explain what you are actually doing by “sharing into Poshmark”?
Can you not just list clothes like you do on eBay and get buyers?1+
06/20/2018 at 7:25 pm #42935
If it was list it and forget it I would be all in. Perhaps that is what I should do and stop getting mixed in with the Posh strategies.
So, you are “supposed” to gather followers (other Sellers AND Buyers) daily by clicking “Follow.” Then, you also share each item in your store (closet is another name for store) 2-3 X day. If you have a lot of items, this is VERY time consuming as each item is shared individually not just “Share Jay’s Store.”
This combination maximizes your exposure and helps the algorithm like you I am told. Then you also share items in other Posher’s closets. So, if you have Levi 501’s I would click on your listing and share your Levi’s to my followers. As a good posher, you would click on my closet/store and share my Nike sneakers to YOUR followers.
Buyers can search like normal, of course, and your item will appear……I think. 🙂
20% final value fee to Posh (no store subcription Fee, no PayPal fee).
Flat rate ship, NO/ rare returns allowed, buyers always pay shipping.
^These are the things that keep me intrigued.1+
06/20/2018 at 7:38 pm #42936
20% fee is interesting. Definitely not cheap. But it’s a nice round number. It’s either more, but definitely not less than eBay.
–So the sharing of items just produces a lot of spam?
–Do you get messages all day long from other sellers promoting their items?
–Has anyone here tried just “listing and forgetting” on poshmark?0
06/20/2018 at 7:51 pm #42939
Your post has made me very interested in trying Poshmark. As people move over from ebay, you are going to be well established in reputation and connections. It does sound like a lot of work but it also sounds like an opportunity to build something that can be sustained. The 20% is close to what we are having to pay now in FVF and promoted listings in order to compete and make sales. How have your sales been?
- This reply was modified 10 months ago by AdventureE.
06/20/2018 at 7:43 pm #42937
While I am not on postmark, sharing into something is like you and Ryanne do only not under mandate. You guys have this site, you are on YouTube and I don’t remember where else you guys are on social media. You guys are sharing into ebay and actually helping to create ebay sellers as well as possibly making sales. You have been building a community and network which is what Poshmark wants sellers to do.
From everything I learned, Poshmark works on a social community dynamic done online. It’s much like Avon and Mary Kay do. They sell product and the social connections. They have specialized selling parties, rewards for levels reached, social groups, encourage getting friends to become sellers in order to help build networks, ways to move up based on sales and connections etc.
Having a bot allows one to check in using automation which is why many sites have verification points which can only be completed by a human. You guys have a security check on your site against bots causing users to have to click on certain pics in order to be verified as human and not as bots.0
06/20/2018 at 8:12 pm #42945
AdventureE, we don’t get sales because of this website. We don’t publicly share our store unless people ask. This is just a fun way to talk to other sellers. Definitely not buyer focused.2+
06/20/2018 at 8:22 pm #42950
No, it is not but it is part of you building an online community/network. People do visit your store (as they note in their posts) and each other’s stores. They also give feedback to each other about their stores and listings and may even make purchases from each other, so what you have built is more than just fun.
- This reply was modified 10 months ago by AdventureE.
06/20/2018 at 8:04 pm #42942
Jay – i have a teeny store, so I never get messages. Messages are public as well which is annoying as you know what (like a Facebook comment). It’s posted under the listing. For example, i had a woman accuse me of selling a fake Coach item for all to see right on the listing. I know it is not fake (seasoned ebay’r). But, now her comment is on there staining the listing.
the “Make Offer” feature is on all listings, you have no choice but to field low balls.
The barrier to entry is SO LOW, which is genius on their part. It takes no time to post and list.
I would not procure new inventory for the Posh proect, I think I will just cross post my items that are $50+.
Listing and forgetting sounds lovely. Esp. with speed of listing on the app or desktop.0
06/20/2018 at 8:19 pm #42949
I sold 2 things out of 17.
1. a kate spade purse when I was BRANd new. I think they have a “beginners’ luck” algorithm that kicks in like a Casino. Hello, I am a conspiracy nut. 🙂
2. a pair of men’s shorts (this morning). This was after 10 days of 2X day sharing, following, doing “the things.” $11 richer.0
06/20/2018 at 8:26 pm #42952
Wow! I thought the numbers might be higher. I am going to have to think about this some more.0
06/20/2018 at 8:32 pm #42955
The more you list, the more you sell I am sure of it. I’m just being a complainer.
I say – TRY, start, why not. If anything, it’s great to understand what is in demand/trending/customer base. At it’s best, you get some good deals for sourcing from sellers who don’t know what they have/don’t care.0
06/20/2018 at 9:43 pm #42961
- Location: Northeast US
I don’t have any trouble believing in a “beginner’s luck” algorithm. I’ve been convinced for some time that ebay has one, too. I mean, when I started on ebay, I could only list 5 items, and they were mostly CRAP. The kinds of things that would just sit forever in my store now. But they sold relatively quickly, allowing me to build my store up.3+
06/20/2018 at 11:32 pm #42972
I think this thread has just convinced me to stay away from Poshmark for a while.
Sit there and click on items for no good reason? I don’t want to join a Mary Kay club. I just want to list it and forget it. That doesn’t sound like something I would be interested in right now. 20% fee is too high for all that work.
If ebay goes South, then maybe I might consider. I am exhausted just reading what you have to do.
06/20/2018 at 11:51 pm #42974
- Location: ARVADA
I had exactly the same reaction as Mark S. Sounds exhausting to me.0
06/21/2018 at 8:26 am #42992
Interesting to hear about your experience on PoshMark. I like your thought of basically “just try it and see”. I think we will be getting into that soon. It is a different set of eyeballs than what you get on eBay, so it may be worth it for the right kind of clothing.0
06/21/2018 at 8:57 am #42995
Yes, I feel it’s marketed to younger folks on the clothing, shoes. So, if you have some NWT clothing that isn’t moving on ebay, def add to Posh.
I believe if you have a hot item, with good pics, a good price it will sell no matter what.
I have also listed more of my “hipster” millennial clothing items Depop which is easy to list on. I have sold a couple things. Think generic brand high waist jeans, ironic tee shirts, 90s style. I think there is a social media aspect to it, but it’s another option. This is a lower price point.
I have seen others have success with Graild (High end mens designer), Mercari, The Real Real (consignment desinger). I have bought from Vestiare (based in EU).
I attempted Etsy ONCE and I disliked their seller listing platform, so I stubbornly left.0
06/21/2018 at 8:59 am #42996
I’ve read/heard two sides on this, 1. to succeed , you must be active in the community, 2. to succeed, if you offer popular stuff, you can just list it and forget the community aspect.
Poshmark is , in a very general sense, like early ebay, in that it is designed to be consumer to consumer. Back then, ebay never really foresaw that it would eventually have a big business to consumer component, and so would need to to change things so sellers could scale their businesses. ebay’s growth from C2C to B2C with some C2C, was really led by the sellers, those who said “Hey, I can do more than clean out my closet….I can turn this into a business!”
I’m already seeing the beginnings of that on Poshmark (more and more “gurus” are pushing Poshmark these days, as a business, not a clean out your closet sort of thing.
How Poshmark responds to this will be interesting. IF it tries to accommodate the casual sellers in their desire to become businesses, it will likely need to move away from the time consuming community stuff. (JUst as etsy eventually moved away from the strictly handmade by the seller requirement as it began to , successfully, chase the B2C segment)
One good thing about PM : right now might be a good time to try it, while there seems to be some buzz about it, just like ebay in the early days. The trick for all these platforms is to figure out how to STAY relevant.1+
06/21/2018 at 9:07 am #42997
- Location: MT
I’m trying posh as well but haven’t had a sale, I don’t want to cross post because I know I won’t remember to cancel. Haven’t had a sale yet but only have 9 things. jUst started the sharing thing and am already bored.
06/21/2018 at 10:32 am #43009
Poshmark is popular on Instagram and Youtube. I’ve heard a lot about it but don’t use it myself. Some people who do Poshmark as a business use Virtual Assistants to share their closets.0
06/25/2018 at 10:51 pm #43541
I listed a few more things on Posh this week, I don’t know why. Preparing for end times of ebay perhaps? 🙂 J/k
Something I noticed on Posh: My item was delivered, the buyer has to click “accept.” If buyer does not click “accept” within 4 days, I get my funds released to me. My buyer never clicked accept (I think he’s new as I am!). And there ya go. Got my money, but no feedback *shrug*0
06/25/2018 at 11:18 pm #43550
For me the Poshmark sharing aspect is a little time consuming. I just try to click “followers” out of my main closet page, and then follow everyone who follows me. I share a few listings here and there as well just to make an effort of good will towards the community. As far as sells, the jury is still out for me. I think as an eBay clothing and shoes seller, I have seen more competition come in and prices tank. As a seller, I must adapt. Same thing happened with trucker hats, there was a time when you could get 30 bucks for them, now 15 is the going rate for the really cool ones. So back to Poshmark, I like that everyone there is there for clothing. It is a more targeted market. There are a ton of beautiful women on there, but the problem is I sell mostly men’s clothes. I do sell women’s shoes. I think I will just keep listing on Posh and see how it goes.0
06/25/2018 at 11:21 pm #43551
I have about 300 pieces on Poshmark right now. Mostly mens clothing and womens jewelry. VERY easy platform to post on from a mobile device. If you focus your sharing to the “parties” that are held several times each day, and focus only on sharing relevant items (don’t worry, they’ll let you know what is and isn’t relevant), the social part of it is quick and easy. From my phone I can share about 20 items in a minute to a party, and then I’m done for the day. Since most “Poshers” tend to be women, I focus on sharing my fancypants jewelry the most. I think this drives traffic to my store and the ladies end up buying shirts, pants, or shoes for their menfolk. I actually have rarely sold any jewelry, but I get a ton of likes and follows on them. I have been doing this since last August, and average about $300 a month in sales with maybe an hour invested each week adding new items and sharing old ones.2+
06/25/2018 at 11:23 pm #43552
Good to hear, JFH: how many listings do you have in your closet? I feel you are at advantage w/ Men’s items as it is mostly women’s stuff and women sellers. My husband buys stuff often on Posh.
Yes, I am doing follow for follow mode now when I am able.0
06/25/2018 at 11:25 pm #43553
indomatt239 – WOW. Thanks for sharing! I do share to Parties when the items are relevant. I probably just need to bulk up my wee store. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.0
07/02/2018 at 10:46 am #44182
Update: I decided to cross post 10 items to Posh from ebay this past week. Lo and behold, I made $150 in sales in 4 days. I only chose the very most youthful items, trendy, seasonal items and brands. Posh has a way to “search solds” much like eBay which makes it easy to figure demand and pricing.
My goal is to cross post 2 items per day to Posh this month of current inventory. I price Posh a tick higher than eBay due to the Make Offer feature and the 20% cut (but no store subscription or PP fee).
I have almost stopped sharing other sellers items and I only share my own items now. This tip seems to come from the top Poshers, so I am following their leads.
Pretty happy with this as these items were sitting dead on eBay. $150, I’ll take it.0
07/02/2018 at 2:01 pm #44220
Any sale is a good sale. 20% is actually higher or at least the same as eBay/Paypal fees + subscription.
Ill be interested to hear if you get consistent weekly sales. Or is it like Bonanza where sales are just a nice occasional bonus.
The way some sellers talk about Poshmark, they want to run a business on it. Possible?0
07/02/2018 at 2:26 pm #44227
Jay: Like all things, I think doable but hard. I see a decent number of articles of people doing this full time on Poshmark. Only a cursory look at this point, but I’ll bet you can.
People do Etsy full time too, and we see a slower STR there.0
07/02/2018 at 2:36 pm #44234
Agreed. I bet you could run a business on any platform including Poshmark. Ive heard people making a living selling furniture and junk on Craigslist.
But then are those people running equally successful business on eBay or other places? Thats the big question. When you put your time in one platform, does it take time away from another? Are you just changing where the same amount of income comes from? Or are you actually making more money?
I know you love numbers so cant wait to see your experiment.0
07/02/2018 at 10:50 am #44185
bcfol440: Good to know! I got our PM account set up, and will probably start looking at doing listings there either later this week or early next week.
Do you know of a best “getting started” blog post or video that you would recommend for a new Posher? I’m starting to look at some know, but thought I would ask others if they have any recommendations.1+
07/02/2018 at 1:53 pm #44216
Hey T-Statt: Great news!
As soon as you get around 20+ listings, I think things start moving. Much like eBay, the more you list… well, you know the rest.
Here is who I watch on YouTube for information, it’s a whole new world 🙂 :
Daily Refinement (he sells ebay & posh)
Thrift Flamingo (married couple)
07/02/2018 at 2:41 pm #44238
Re: Making Poshmark a FT business is certainly possible, but I don’t have much interest in it. I am using it to do a few things. 1. Get some cash in hand for dead eBay inventory 2. have fun reselling again in a new venue. 3. get established with Posh so HOPEFULLY they open their site to selling homegood/ hardgoods.0
07/02/2018 at 2:59 pm #44241
A few early days observations that I have noticed on Poshmark:
1. Stock photos: i get asked from users “Do you have a stock pic?” this is common on Posh to screenshot the clothing if you can find it using the RN style no and use said photo as your “cover shot.” However, it should also include actual photos.
2. You get questions like ” How does this fit you? Do you have a photo of you wearing it?” 🙂
3. Step up the packaging game a bit. Does it matter? Eh, I have decided to wrap in tissue and include a cheap thank you card. yes, lots of ebayers are like “Who cares, this is how it’s done on ebay, I’m not changing my ways!” Well, that is fine, but posh buyers are used to a different experience, so Im just going with it.
4. There is no text box for condition or measurements so you need to remind yourself to add a line about that.
5. There is still confusion on whether you can mail in a flat rate padded envelope or any flat rate box. To be safe, I have used polymailers and my scrap brown boxes (amazon). It seems unclear. The buyer pays the flat rate ship, but if it’s more than 5 lbs you need to re-weigh and pay for additional. I have not figured this out yet.0
07/02/2018 at 5:23 pm #44256
One more thing about sharing on Poshmark: You don’t even have an item for sale in order to share it to a “party”. If you have a shiny thing you can simply toggle “not for sale” and still share it. Or simply continue to share “sold” merchandise. That is if you buy into the thought that more likes and shares drives more traffic and ostensibly, sales to your closet. I don’t have hard numbers to back this up, but I have noticed that I generally make sales after I’ve invested some extra time sharing stuff from both my closet and others. One of my most liked items is something that I sold in January and just continue to share.
So I have no idea if you could primarily run a business on PM. I personally would burn out quickly with all of the liking and sharing that is required. I don’t mind the minimal amount of time each week that I invest. Also since the focus is limited to fashion and accessories, I would get bored easily. No place for weird doorknobs here.1+
07/09/2018 at 12:15 am #44802
I have a small poshmark store. I crosspost a handful of things to it from ebay every week. I only post newer, trendy, higher-end clothing geared toward the college aged demographic (Lululemon, Athleta, J.Crew etc). I spend maybe 20 minutes a day on the social media aspect. I probably make $50-100 a week in sales. With ebay being slow and glitchy, it’s good to have a secondary platform to sell on. I still spend the majority of my time listing on ebay though.
My observations and suggestions:
-Photos on poshmark have to be square format
-The poshmark photo platform offers a bunch of dumb instagram type filters that I ignore.
-Listing on poshmark is super fast, their smartphone interface is good. I like it. The buyers don’t expect super long descriptions. I add a note about the condition and a few basic measurements. I usually bang out a bunch of listings on my phone at once and then go back later on my computer and add a few details like measurements. I feel like poshmark shoppers are already familiar with the brands and sizing of items they want.
-There are not as many male sellers on poshmark and their photos mostly suck, so there’s opportunity there. I have sold a few higher end men’s things (a pair of John Varvatos boots) for prices that I was happy with.
-You can sell unused cosmetics and skin/hair products in the box, but not perfume on poshmark.
-I like it that you can make deals with people. Buyers can pick out multiple things in your store and you can negotiate a price with them.0
07/09/2018 at 7:46 am #44808
I just looked at my poshmark account and I have 31 followers and I am following 122 people. Ummm…all I ever did was set up an account. I never followed anyone, so how am I following 122 people?!?0
07/09/2018 at 7:52 am #44809
So I just tried to create a listing on Poshmark app for first time using photos I already had on my phone for an ebay listing. Oh my gosh their photo editor is HORRIBLE!!! I can’t rotate photos and they force me into a square format which cuts off part of my items. Someone please tell me I am doing something wrong because that makes it 100% impossible for me to cross post.0
07/09/2018 at 8:49 am #44825
Loving this info. I’ll be starting to crosspost soon, so keep the data flowing!0
07/09/2018 at 9:18 am #44839
- Location: texas
i posted about 5 items and suddenly i’m getting dozens of people sharing and following me. it’s very confusing. I can only assume it benefits those people to take the time to do this. I looked at some of their profiles and they are “following” thousands of people or have shared over 20,000 items. it’s crazy.0
07/10/2018 at 10:11 am #44997
So, photos in Posh suck. You must take square format pics. If you are crossposting from ebay where it’s normal format, this can be annoying. I have had to reshoot pics that are “long” like dresses. Shoes, etc are fine.
My process: iphone using square format take all my pics. Open the Posh app, click SELL, click “add from Photo Library” and then choose the 8 pics. You cannot rotate or crop within app.
I think one reason Flat Lay photos are popular on Posh is b/c with the square format it is hard to shoot LONG dresses, long jeans, etc. I am practically backed up to the other side of my room to get a shot.
The followers thing – you can play or ignore it. Imagine them as seeking proactive impressions for your store. If someone has 20K shares, it means they have shared their items 20K times. Yes, that is a lot.0
07/10/2018 at 10:33 am #45001
What happens to portrait photos in Posh when you use them? I usually have a square for the gallery shot on eBay, bot some other shots that are portrait.
Does Posh crop them out? Or scale them down with bars on the side?0
07/10/2018 at 10:16 am #44998
My Posh Sales were $82 this week, after fees and Cost of Goods, about $40. I am not getting rich yet, but damn it’s easy to list. 🙂0
07/10/2018 at 5:47 pm #45057
I’ve had a Poshmark account for months but I just listed my first things. Cross posted some things from ebay. A couple of belts, ties, and clothing. Seven items total. I wonder how long for my first sale. Wouldn’t it be interesting if I sold something with a ‘closet’ of just seven items?
Browsing the other listings I’m surprised at how bad a lot of the pictures are.
I have 123 followers already LOL. They must be like ambulance chasers.1+
07/10/2018 at 6:25 pm #45063
Nancy: yea! Once I got over 10 listings, things picked up for me. Add a few more women’s items if you can and use the keyword principles in ebay titles. It’s same on Poshmark.
OMG, yes, some photos are SO BAD and some of the comments are a hoot. Posh does not have a Message system so it is all out there for all to read if someone is acting a fool.0
07/11/2018 at 5:01 pm #45170
Yay! I love that others are looking at Poshmark as a supplement to eBay. I joined in January of this year, and once I got over 25 items, things did pick up! Had to wait 6 weeks for my first sale, but have managed to sell over 28 items in 4 or 5 months. A bit extra $$ doesn’t hurt my business. I am selective as you all mentioned on the items I cross post, and like the flat 20% fee and one-rate shipping cost as long as your item is less than 5 lbs. I am hoping to get all of my clothes-shoes-purses cross posted by early September in time for holiday shopping. I have sold many men’s and a few children’s items – so don’t be misled that its’ for women only. My hope is to make at least $100-150 per week, to offset my shopping/inventory costs. One thing to mention though, Poshmark does not send out 1099’s – so keep a record of your sales/expenses. And once you sell something on Poshmark, you have to make sure you cancel it on eBay – they are not like Bonanza. And yes, their photo systems lack finesse. And no, I am not a twitter-Facebook-social media kind of person, so that part is annoying. I just self-promote my items during their “parties” and share new items with my followers. I am careful who I follow, or else I will get lots of unwanted attention. Thanks for letting me share!!!1+
07/11/2018 at 5:38 pm #45175
Can you be more specific in what you mean by being careful of who you follow? I’ve done just a bit of the following and sharing. I don’t plan to do much of it but want to avoid any pitfalls. Thanks for the other advice too.0
07/11/2018 at 5:46 pm #45177
Did not mean to scare you off by that comment – only meant that if you follow and like another sellers items, it opens the door to receiving offers/sales information from them. I decide to follow others based upon what they are selling, and if their store is both appealing and has items that I purchase frequently or are interested in. I also only like items that I am willing or interested in buying – again, that door is opened for them to make offers to you – sometimes quite often! Which, when they offer an item to me at a reasonable price, I tend to purchase it. Hope this helps – let me know if you have other questions/comments.0
07/11/2018 at 5:52 pm #45178
Thanks! I’m probably going to be only selling not buying so I’d rather avoid giving people the impression I’m interested. I’ll stick to sharing and following.
I’m still figuring out all the liking, following and sharing. For instance I seem to be following quite a few more people than I actually chose to follow. Is that normal?0
07/11/2018 at 6:01 pm #45179
My numbers seem high as well – maybe when you share items, that follower is added to your list??? Not sure how they figure that out. I mostly sell on this site, but it’s nice to see that sometimes I can find items for my growing boys – especially since they are brand snobs (Nike, Vans, Under Armour) and I won’t pay retail. Plus they grow out of things so quickly and my $ goes down the drain – then I just resell it.0
07/11/2018 at 6:20 pm #45180
It’s great that you can make money there and cover your purchases for your boys. My wardrobe consists of mostly things I can comfortably list and nap in LOL. I could use a couple more things for when I venture out though 🙂 Maybe I will do a little browsing there.
- This reply was modified 9 months, 1 week ago by Nancy.
07/11/2018 at 6:27 pm #45183
Why not! Like the watch button in eBay, you can like and save later for items of interest. One common thing that Poshmark shares with eBay are the lowballers – sheesh – cannot get away from them! But you can report and block them too.0
07/12/2018 at 7:55 am #45215
- Location: Minneapolis, MN
I have a PM account. I sold my first item out of the first 2 items listed. Everything sells, even unbranded plain hoodies! You don’t have to do the social media sharing aspect on their site, IF you have items which are searched. Think of the searching aspect the same as promoted listings in eBay. Can/will it make a difference? Sure it will, but you don’t have to do it. I don’t have too many listings just because I can only spread myself so thin. The fact that you don’t have any insertion fees is a huge plus.0
07/12/2018 at 9:10 am #45222
I agree, I think the Social media aspect is just designed to keep you ON and IN the app. I have sourced on it before to sell on eBay. Time will tell if that strategy paid off.
When I sell on Posh, I immediately cancel on ebay. The nice part is that buyers “make offer” on Posh, so once I see an offer I am willing to accept, I just cancel the ebay. THEn I go back to the Posh and click “accept.”
It can be painful to see the 20% off the price for fees, but honestly, I almost prefer it as eBay just buries it in the monthly invoices, so seeing it each time on each transaction makes me smarter about sourcing for Posh and dealing w/ offers.0
07/12/2018 at 6:55 pm #45266
So I just realized that I can list from my computer to Poshmark. Wasn’t it previously a phone only app? This is great because my photos are more accessible on my computer so this saves me a couple of steps. Now I can choose to use my computer if I’m home or do some listing when I’m outside or in a waiting room etc. I’m up to 27 listings now. All items cross posted from ebay. I like how when you price your item it immediately tells you what your profit will be. No calculations necessary. No additional fees afterward.3+
07/14/2018 at 10:40 am #45398
I noticed this morning some people list other things beside clothing, jewelry and shoes. I don’t know how much they are selling but hopefully the market there will grow. This seller even has vintage items listed.
I’mm kind of excited about this. Since Poshmark has already proven to be a successful platform maybe it stands a chance at being an alternative platform for selling other things.0
07/14/2018 at 2:21 pm #45404
- Location: Northeast US
Huh. Looks this this seller has pottery and placemats, with the pottery listed under “vintage” and placemats listed under “unbranded.” Hacking poshmark to create an ebay alternative…0
07/14/2018 at 9:20 pm #45413
Selling non-clothing is not allowed but Poshers do it anyway! I would try it with items under 5 lbs only since that is what the flat shipping they do is. They will probably expand into homegoods soon, I’ll just wait until it happens for real.
One strategy I’ve heard is to not list anything under $13 b/c Poshers wont’ buy cheap items when they have to pay for shipping. I don’t know if I agree with this, but I don’t have anything listed under $13! That means I make $10 if I get full price.0
07/15/2018 at 11:11 am #45435
Well darn, I just trusted that other people were following the rules. You’re right though. I checked the rules, shoulda done that to start and no homegoods allowed. You can get kicked off for listing them. Watch as my excitement fades…I decided to take mine down. I’d only listed two non fashion items. I’m too much of a goody two shoes to buck the system. I’m glad you told me. Maybe someday they will expand the site.0
07/15/2018 at 11:28 am #45438
Poshmark is following in the footsteps of ebay and etsy. I remember when etsy sellers were thrown off the site because they had grandma help with the knitting during the holiday season—-Nope! Must be handmade by the actual seller! But more and more people violated the rules, and eventually, we have today’s etsy, where the rule has been completely discarded.
I’m guessing same thing will happen at Poshmark…..too much effort to try to enforce the rules if too many sellers disregard them, and more money to be made by expanding from clothing to other stuff….just as etsy finally realized that the market for true handcrafted goods was a lot smaller than the market for stuff that kinda looks handcrafted…1+
07/16/2018 at 1:16 pm #45522
dupe from main post, but for organization sake:
My Poshmark world is growing nicely, June 10-16
$230 after fees, on 6 items.
It’s back to school shopping for many of the users, so if you have not started Posh yet, give it a whirl and cross list your stuff!
It’s helping my mental state. Selling items that I have had on eBay for 1 year that sell in 2 weeks?! It makes me feel like I have not lost my sourcing mojo and wisdom. I actually enjoyed sourcing clothing this weekend at the $1 sale b/c it was fun to make money again on it.0
07/16/2018 at 1:20 pm #45523
MyCottage: I agree 100% on the evolution of Poshmark re: homegoods, books, or whatever. I saw a seller start listing their eBay CRAP on there the other day. Flooding Poshmark with your Hummels is prob not smart.
I love Etsy for researching items. The handmade items now seem to come from overseas so much as well.0
07/16/2018 at 1:32 pm #45525
PoshMark is next on my list. After we get back from eBay Open next week, then the cross listing begins…1+
07/16/2018 at 1:48 pm #45528
Has anyone that is cross-listing come up with an easy way to change photos to square format?
I’m NOT photoshop literate at all. I’d love a program that can batch process all my photos and add white bars as needed to achieve a 1:1 ratio.0
07/16/2018 at 2:13 pm #45533
Retro Treasures you can crop your photos to square right in Poshmark. Otherwise I use my Photo app on my macbook to crop them. I do it one by one not in batch but it takes me seconds. Usually my main photo is already square because that is what ebay uses for the gallery shot.0
07/16/2018 at 2:54 pm #45538
Cropping in app destroys my photos. I want to add white bars around edges to get to square photo so I can maintain my full images.
There is a program called XnConvert that may do what I want. I’ll try it this evening.0
07/28/2018 at 1:27 pm #46346
Retro Treasures I figured out a way to make my photos square when the originals not. I use a website called Picmonkey. I already was paying a subscription to the site for when I want to make collages. All I do is start with a white square and overlay my photo on the square. It takes me 23 seconds to do one. It’s really only 2 steps. Upload my photo to the site and then export but it takes about 4 clicks. I can do it pretty fast in an assembly line fashion.
Here is one I did today0
07/17/2018 at 9:22 am #45615
Retro Treasures: This is janky, but what I do is look at my eBay listing on phone. I screenshot it – NOT as it’s big zoom image but in it’s carousel images. Then, I open posh and use that screenshot as my full size photo. There may be gray bars on the side. For NEW uncross posted items, I shoot in Square mode to start.0
07/17/2018 at 10:19 pm #45691
I did Poshmark 2 summers ago.
In September of 2016 I sold 55 items for a profit of 500$
According to their stats that put me in the top 10% of sellers
Posting is easy
You have to share a lot You have to share your own items constantly to keep them high in the search engine results–This is necessary. To increase you sales/exposure you are supposed to follow/share other peoples items–This is optional.
I find the whole social aspect annoying
ALL conversations are carried on in the comments section. Completely public and you can’t edit.
They can make offers privately. Very high percentage of lowballers.
There is an expectation of a pretty package/something extra/Thank you note. Just shoving something in a polymailer would be considered quite apalling.
There are no returns but if someone is dissatisfied they can complain and poshmark will make you return their money. You are allowed to appeal the complaint.
I know it has changed since I stopped selling–I applied to be a Posh ambassador and they turned me down because I wasn’t social enough. I was annoyed and switched everything to Ebay. About a year ago they contacted me because of my “great” standing and offered me Posh ambassador–after a year of NO social interaction.0
07/17/2018 at 11:03 pm #45699
Why did you stop selling on Poshmark? Sounds like you were doing well? Was it just the social aspect?0
07/18/2018 at 3:47 pm #45770
The social thing was annoying.
I had started listing stuff on Ebay too and in that September 2016 I sold 14 items for 268$ profit which is a much better profit margin (Poshmark that same time period was 55 items/500$). I started by cross posting and was off Poshmark by the end of November. Also if that put me in the top 10% of sellers on Posh there wasn’t much higher to go. .
To compare my September 2017 sales on Ebay alone were 63 items 1040 profit.
I went with the work smarter not harder theory0
07/18/2018 at 7:08 pm #45789
Interesting to hear your numbers. A lot of eBay sellers here are hoping Poshmark will be where he riches are.0
07/19/2018 at 11:35 am #45819
Not sure if Poshmark has an international option or not, I haven’t shipped anything out of the country yet. IMO ebay still has a major advantage by offering so many potential overseas buyers. For now PM is a nice little supplement.0
07/20/2018 at 9:15 am #45844
No, Poshmark is USA only. Which is a bummer. Smaller segment.
Quick facts from a fashionista article effective May 13, 2018
*four million sellers have earned a total of $1 billion (!) since its founding in 2011.
*users upload over $100 million of inventory to the platform each week and curate 14 million items daily, resulting in a sale made every second and packages shipped to 30,000 zip codes, covering more than 70 percent of the U.S0
07/26/2018 at 9:37 am #46167
Poshmark Returns Experience:
I bought 2 sweaters and they arrived with holes not disclosed in pics or description. When you get your item, you have a choice within 72 hours of delivery (they use USPS delivery confirmation like ebay) to ACCEPT or REPORT. Basically, you have 72 hours to do a return. If you click ACCEPT and then change your mind later, too bad.
I clicked “report problem with item” and uploaded pics which go to Poshmark not to the seller (but can be shown to seller I am sure).
24 hours later, they approved both returns and sent label. From then I had another 3 days to mail item back or forfeit return if not showing tracking by then.
TLDR: Poshmark does accept INADs with evidence but has a fairly fast turn time on declaring returns. No seller interaction in returns, all is done with Posh Customer Service.0
08/10/2018 at 8:47 am #47278
- Location: Minneapolis, MN
A word about Chris Linning from daily refinement. My understanding is that he uses bots to share his items. While against PM rules, and if this is true. I can’t say as I blame anyone for resorting to this. I looked at Nicole State’s store, because she moved entirely off eBay and has a big store on PM. She’s selling a good deal of reseller boxes. I do love Little Black Hanger.
I sold my first item with just 2 posts. You can sell because someone searched your item, of course, or you can share to get your item thrown into your follower’s or party feeds. It eliminates the whole bit about the search algorithm being the end all be all.
I’m considering putting all my commodity clothing on PM.
Happy selling fellow poshers!0
08/10/2018 at 10:20 pm #47299
Marjean – I am not sure if he uses bots or has hired a VA to assist. either way, the sharing seems to help but doesn’t seem to be 100% essential. I see Poshers who sell and have no shares at all! Good luck to you. My PM sales are up and down. I have 150 listed thus far and now cross post all newly listed clothing to PM except weird stuff.0
08/12/2018 at 7:13 am #47309
Reading this thread made me curious about Poshmark, so I signed up last night. There were a few clothing items on there that I intended to buy anyway, so I thought why not. I also have some desirable clothing brands that I intended to do returns on but didn’t in time, so Poshmark seemed the ideal venue for them.
My initial impressions from a buyer’s perspective:
Clothes sell for really, really cheap on there. I purchased 1 clothing item for $4, and another for $6 after negotiation. Since it was my first purchase, the shipping was $.99 for the first item, bringing the cost down to $5. The 2nd came out to $12 and change. The items I purchsed for myself were 3-5x more expensive on Ebay.
Having people you automatically follow right away is creepy. I figured out how to delete them all right away.
Having people follow YOU right away is also creepy.
Skimming through the closets of some of the people that follow you right away reveal sellers with 100 or less items in the closets, most of which are priced very low. Why are they spending so much time following people? Are they just churning through their clothing listings quickly? Are they actually doing well for themselves on there?
I thought it would be a more fashion-focused site than it is. Maybe I haven’t spent enough time on there, but a first glance look on it makes it look like a creepy flea market with stuff listed for barely anything, which in my opinion devalues the site. If an item is worth only $2-$4, why is the person taking the time to sell it on Poshmark? It makes me think, what is wrong with the item? It looks like people are working really hard to make very little.0
08/15/2018 at 9:26 am #47510
I’ve cross posted on poshmark from ebay. Not spending a lot of time there but some.
I have sold several items had tons of likes and shares and have liked and shared in the beginning.
Had several lowball offers which I just politely decline as I do on ebay :-).
Not focusing on it a lot but a sales a sale. I’ve listed mainly mens clothing and shoes some women’s vintage jewelry The one problem is the buyer automatically has to pay priority shipping for $6.49
that gives you up to 5 pounds to ship. So if they are buying a shirt a hat etc it’s a lot for the shipping unless you give them the discount. But pm still makes you ship priority you cannot ship 1st class to save buyer money. If you give the buyer the discount, PM will charge you the difference on your sale. I have an auto buy 3 for 15% off and you can make deals with people offering them less or a shipping discount etc.
My understanding is you are not supposed to use flat shipping only put it in a mailer or priority box. If you have more than 5 1bs there is another form to fill out that accounts for the difference and I think you have to pay for the difference.0
09/05/2018 at 4:45 pm #48410
Update: My store now has about 200 items. I am in full cross-posting mode on clothes & shoes now. I have stopped Community Sharing for the most part. I only share my items now.
I got my first 1 star review! (this is bad). Buyer didn’t read my condition notes, so she was upset when she got what she bought. Since she didn’t open a return case, 1 star for me. the good news is that this is a hidden review unlike ebay. I mean it’s on my account but not public facing. Oh well! I was paid and moved on.
Finally: white tissue paper is on sale at Costco now for cheap! Great for Poshing.0
09/05/2018 at 7:42 pm #48413
Have you been selling long enough to have a sense of how regular sales are?0
09/05/2018 at 8:09 pm #48416
The more you list the more you sell! Same as ebay, any account activity seems to make the algo happy. The biggest impact seems to be: sending offers to likers (ebay will be doing this soon I think w/ watchers), and fielding incoming Offers. oh, of course, LISTING. And more importantly, selling the right thing at the right price.
Sales June, July and August: after 20% poshmark fee: $714 and 26 items sold.
All items were cross posted on ebay.
Shipping paid for by the buyer.0
09/19/2018 at 1:50 pm #48930
If anyone is interested in cross posting to Poshmark for q4, start with Boots and Heavy Winter items for Q4!
the $6.49 flat shipping (buyer always pays) is such a deal for buyers and I have been selling boots & bulkies over there very fast where it would cost $10-$13 cubic or Large Flat rate $17 (up to 5lbs, you can add $ for more weight – you pay, they dont).0
09/19/2018 at 1:54 pm #48931
Can you give us a sense of how much youre selling?
Five things a week?
09/19/2018 at 4:27 pm #48936
I have 220 items in my closet currently. i only got serious in June.
June 1- today (9/19)
Sold; $837 (after fees)
Items Sold:32 (most in July and September)
Things are picking up for me since I have lots of winter listed. I list about 2-3 items per day from eBay (new and old). I sell about 3-5 items per week.
The ASP is low b/c I have so much $12 crap I unloaded from eBay onto Posh to get rid of. But I have sold plenty of $50+ items.
It is SO fast to list on Poshmark, it is what keeps me coming back to it. I have given up on the community sharing, I just “share” my stuff.0
09/19/2018 at 9:14 pm #48940
So about $250/month so far.
–Are you listing less on eBay when you put time into listing on Poshmark? or is it all just reposting eBay items?
–Do people have large stores on Poshmark? Over 1000 items?
–Can you just list and forget?0
09/20/2018 at 12:21 am #48945
I’ve started cross posting on Poshmark too. It seems like the folks using it are younger so the “wonderfully hideous” stuff seems to appeal to the hipster generation. Earlier in the week I sold an acid wash, quilted, denim jacket straight out of the 80s.
I’ve definitely seen people with very large stores (1,000+). Yes, you can list and forget but they encourage active participation via “sharing”. I guess it pushes your items up in the search rankings every time you click the button to share.
They have a Posh Ambassador program but as far as I can tell, there aren’t any seller perks to jumping through the hoops. I think it just helps to legitimize you as a seller/community member but mostly helps Posh show lots of activity on their site because they require a crazy amount of sharing before you qualify (5,000 of other people’s stuff and 5,000 of your own stuff).0
09/20/2018 at 9:06 am #48957
Many people have 1,000+ items in their closet! Lots of sellers seem to get ‘bundles’ where buyer bundles items for discount.
The Poshmark search defaults to “recently shared” much like ebays “Best match.” So it makes your item at top of list. Of course, hot items will always sell.
I cross post items while I am doing ebay. Sometimes I start with Poshmark. I won’t get into the “flow” process, but it takes about 1-2 minute if I do it in the moment with the item in front of me. Maybe less.
My philosophy, if I am already going to post office, already measuring item, writing copy and taking photos, already paying storage, already printing labels, already out sourcing. Now that I have Posh, I do pick up some “younger” or trendy items.0
09/20/2018 at 10:34 am #48959
I’m surpised at what type of items I’ve sold on Poshmark. My first sale was a vintage little girls dress. Some things I’ve had sitting on eBay for over a year. My average selling price is just $11 but a lot of these items I’d marked way down on ebay trying to get rid of themand they weren’t moving. I’ve sold 38 items since the middle of July. I haven’t purchased anything specifically to sell on Poshmark. Mostly it is all stuff I already had. My clothes rack is looking pretty empty these days which is great.
My best seller has been jeans. I’ve sold 6 pair. Five were Levis. I also love how when you create your price you instantly know what your net will be. This is so huge. No guessing. The same with offers. I instantly know what my net will be so I can go as low as possible without wondering if I’m still making a profit. No having to figure paypal fees, ebay fees, ebay store subscription. It’s very simple.
Edited to Add: I timed myself this morning and it took me 4 minutes to share my entire closet which has 99 items for sale. This was on my laptop. It takes longer on a phone. I usually share my closet in parts throughout the day and do the most sharing at night around 10 pm which is when I’ve found I get the most liked items.
- This reply was modified 6 months, 4 weeks ago by Nancy.
- This reply was modified 6 months, 4 weeks ago by Nancy.
09/21/2018 at 12:27 pm #48993
I hadn’t thought of selling jeans! I have been posting shoes and shopping for shoes because that flat rate is much cheaper than what you would normally pay on ebay. It makes sense to post all of your heavy things on postmark. I have 55 items listed. I have 1500 on ebay. I have pulled some of my things out of my inventory but normally just list my new inventory. I build my ebay listings on my computer. Then I open my app on my phone and take all the photos. If I have something I want to list on Poshmark I create my ebay listing and write down whatever I’m going to put in my postmark listing. Then when I list the item on ebay I close the ebay app and open the postmark app and then list it there. It’s already laid out for pictures and yes I think it takes maybe an extra two minutes. Posh doesn’t require many details but I try to fill in all the boxes and include basic measurements. Waist, underarm, etc. The love feature is nice because if you like something and the seller wants to they can send you an offer and it has to include a shipping discount! Overall it’s been a very positive selling experience.0
10/03/2018 at 7:06 pm #49548
Well, I started the dive…
I crosslisted 10 items to Poshmark today…
Took me a while to get a good flow to copy and paste from SixBit to Poshmark, but after a couple, the rest were pretty easy.
I really don’t like the shorter title on Poshmark, and the limit of 8 photos.
Other than that, we will see. I’m going to try and crosspost a few items every day and we will see how this goes. Wish me luck!1+
10/03/2018 at 8:34 pm #49551
T-Statt – Awesome! Would you believe I also just started cross posting to Depop as well??? LOL! I just sold some Doc Martens over there super fast.
I use a pic collage if I need more than 8 pics (free on mobile).
Def start with your heavy winter items (coats, boots, sweatshirts, NWT) and ladies stuff and then back fill from there. And, yes, as long as you are under 5 lbs, you are good to print label!
SEPTEMBER Posh Only SALES (after Fees):
^all items were also on ebay.0
10/04/2018 at 9:50 am #49580
bcfo: I have never even heard of Depop?
Thanks for the advice on the fall stuff. I see a TON of women’s stuff there too. My plan is to start listing our highest stuff first, working my way down. I’ll try to make sure to mix in women’s items while I do that.
Seems pretty easy to do, now I just hope the STR is worth the time!0
10/04/2018 at 7:28 pm #49618
T-Statt: Depop is another app, originated in UK but has large US presence. Geared toward younger/cool folks. 10% commission, they have a flat rate option like Posh and also you can DIY your shipping which is cheaper for buyer. Anyway! Good luck on Posh! I mean, you already have the stuff, so you may as well list it!0
10/05/2018 at 8:25 am #49649
bcfo: Thanks. I did a check on it, and may be something for me to consider to move some of my lower end pop culture t-shirts. Thanks!1+
10/09/2018 at 12:11 pm #49864
Thanks for those that had me do the push to crosslist on Poshmark…
We just had our first sale!
$100 shoes. Asked $115, took the $100 offer.
Feels weird that we ship out BEFORE we are paid. Looks like we get paid within 3 days of the person receiving the item.
–Has anyone had issues with items being rejected before?
–If they reject, do WE have to pay for the return shipping?1+
10/09/2018 at 7:10 pm #49896
Happy you got a big win!
Has anyone had issues with items being rejected before? Never. As long as you have the condition listed, good pics, you are fune.
–If they reject, do WE have to pay for the return shipping? Poshmark pays return shipping I believe.
Set up your Bank routing now as it can take a few days if you have not already.
IN 3 days they release funds OR when buyer clicks ACCEPT. So, you could get funds day 1 if they click accept. It’s about 50/50 for me.0
10/11/2018 at 8:24 am #49995
bcfo: Will do, and thanks. Good to hear!
Do you find the buyers on Poshmark more accommodating than on eBay? Then same? Worse?0
10/09/2018 at 7:18 pm #49897
I’m not sure about payment, but from reading other people’s experience, it takes a lot for Poshmark to authorize a rejected purchase. The buyer has to prove that the item sent is significantly different from what was pictured in the listing. It seems like there is an arbitration process that takes a little while, like a few days, because a real person has to review the case.1+
10/11/2018 at 8:34 am #49996
antarestar: Thanks. Very good to know!0
10/12/2018 at 6:53 pm #50082
I think It’s a similar customer, honestly. Although Posh buyers skew female and younger, many buyers are also sellers so I find it pretty decent. The only issues I have had are basic INAD’s which mean nothing b/c I got my money and they didn’t open a case – both on SWEATERS condition.
The fact you can’t direct message your buyer / seller keeps thins in check in my opinion.0
10/15/2018 at 9:45 am #50146
BCFO: Thanks. Got the acceptance yesterday, and the bank info is set up, so looking to get paid today or tomorrow.
PS – Can you reduce the inventory on a listing rather than delete it on Poshmark? When we get a sale on eBay of something that I crossposted on Poshmark, I have been deleting the PM listing. Well, we got a sale on eBay, but no payment on an item, an hour goes by, and I don’t want a double sale, so I delete the PM listing. Then they cancel the eBay sale. So I have to relist on PM. If I could “expire” or put the inventory at 0 in this situation, it would save me some time.
10/15/2018 at 2:08 pm #50188
10/15/2018 at 3:02 pm #50194
Thanks antarestar! Much appreciated.
Now…another question. I have received two messages where someone has added 1 item to their Bundle. Do I just make them an offer on the 1 item in their Bundle? That is what I have been doing, but I’m wondering if I’m missing something. I would think that a Bundle would be for more than one item…0
10/15/2018 at 4:18 pm #50200
I think you can make offers on just one bundle item. I’m not really sure. But if it means you sell something, go for it.
I have noticed that other people have notifications in the top left corner of their closet that says something about % off bundles of ___ or more.0
10/16/2018 at 9:48 am #50240
Thanks. I’ve tried twice, sending an offer with a 15% discount, no sales. Oh well, at least I’m not missing something.0
10/15/2018 at 4:29 pm #50201
I was scrolling through Instagram this morning and checking out all the Poshmark sellers (this is how I learn different tips and tricks as well as what they are selling) and someone suggested making offers to likers as soon as possible after noticing that they liked your item.
Obviously you aren’t going to sit and F5 your news feed but if you notice likes on an item, you might want to send those out immediately rather than waiting to them all at one time. I think it’s because the person is more likely to still be on the app and it encourages them to buy before they’ve had a chance to think about it and decide against it.
It’s the exact opposite advice that all financial people give – if you want to buy something, wait 24 hours and you’ll probably find that you don’t actually want it after all.
Thought I would share with the group. I have no idea if it works but that and $5 will buy you a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks.2+
10/16/2018 at 9:49 am #50241
Good tip. I’m going to just sit for now and see how things go without doing TOO much sharing, sending offers, etc. Maybe when we have a lister I can spend that time to speed up the STR… 🙂
PS – Nice throwback to Mike on the coffee reference!0
10/16/2018 at 7:07 pm #50274
Yes, the ‘not for sale” feature is fantastic. Much easier than the re-listing all over again.
Rumor from Posh Fest is that drafts feature are coming which is great.
I have re-started doing Community Shares again (maybe 20 per day during TV commercials). It does seem to help pick up some steam on my sales.
Because the Posh search defaults to “recently shared” , sharing your closet daily does help.
You don’t have to offer a bundle discount on 1 item – sometimes ppl start a bundle and never finish or don’t see anything else they want.
If they are really interested, they make an offer.
I rarely use Offer to Likers!0
10/22/2018 at 12:56 pm #50548
Yvon Thrifty RichParticipant
- Location: Colorado
I tried Posh in 2016 but didn’t love what I considered “high maintenance” aspect… But I opened it back up when ebay had glitch-pocalypse and sales were up & down during that brief period.
The back-up deciding factor was that Poshmark also added some cool new features near that time ..Offer to Likers is everything!!
So I acclimated Posh into my schedule and it has been a good move for sure.
I do not cross post every clothing item to Posh yet, but I am noticing Posh demographics are expanding and so is the list of Brands & Styles that are selling.
Cross posting for me is extremely simple…just a copy & paste task using my iPhoneX.
I also noted that once you make Posh Ambassador status, the new Followers come daily and stats rise in a steady manner as long as you do at least some logged in tasks that show you as an Active User.
I am still relatively small (currently only at 115 active/ for sale listings) but I have added over $1000 in sales in the last few months without feeling overwhelmed. Which really helped when eBay was a bit off.
Thats all for now…just telling my initial Posh story .. Posh Closet is mile_high_scene …same as my eBay Clothing store.
Thanks for starting a Poshmark Section <3
- This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by Yvon Thrifty Rich. Reason: typo :P
10/25/2018 at 1:03 pm #50737
Yvon: thanks for the Posh advice.
So, I’m noticing it it mostly women centered clothing that seems to sell. Is that your experience as well?
Also, where are you located in Colorado? We are in Broomfield.0
10/23/2018 at 8:58 am #50585
Next bit of advice I learned from Instagram – don’t just share your closet. Edit each item and then relist. You don’t have to change anything in the listing but if you go in like you are going to edit it and then save/list it, somehow the Poshmark algorithm (which they claim they don’t have) marks it differently than an item that is shared the normal way.
Caveat – it takes a long time to go through a closet and do this. It’s about 5 clicks plus a lot of scrolling. I have 61 things in my closet and it probably took me 10 minutes to go through the whole thing.
The instagram folks also recommend sharing in the evening as that is when the most people are on the site. Searches default to Just Shared so that makes sense to me. Why did I decided to try this little experiment at 8:30am? Oops.0
10/25/2018 at 1:05 pm #50738
Antarestar: Good to try. I have been doing new Posh cross-postings in the morning, and doing some quick shares then too. Maybe I should do this in the afternoon after I’m done with our normal listings. I’ll have to give that a try…0
10/23/2018 at 9:08 am #50587
The biggest difference on ENL (edit, next list) is actually editing I have noticed. Move a photo, tweak a listing word. I have 300 at present, I am a slow seller.
I had my first Bundle this week and learned a couple things. If you sell bundle, the item shows “sold” at the asking price, not discounted bundle price. 2. Make sure to weigh to make sure you do not go over 5 lbs.
Finally: I sell multiples on occasion (5 same skirts). If you accept a low ball on a multiple, it will show as sold at that low ball. So, potential buyers will see you sold that same item for X. So, be VERY selective in accepting low balls when multi-listings.0
10/23/2018 at 7:01 pm #50626
Interesting – on the showing prices for multiples. Makes it hard to get higher prices on the other ones. What if you ended/canceled the listing and made a new one? That might be too much work unless you had a bunch of multiples and were kicking yourself for accepting that first low ball.
For the shipping over 5lbs. Can’t you request a label for that? I’ve never had to do it but I see the button. Do you have to pay more or does Poshmark cover the higher cost?0
10/23/2018 at 8:14 pm #50631
antarestar- you can never hide the Solds, so the low ball (and all sales, really) multi listing would still show in my closet and in the “solds.” oy!
yes – you cover the 5lb overage on postage from your end. So if someone bundles, you need to do the math 🙂0
10/23/2018 at 8:30 pm #50632
Thanks for the clarification on the postage. I’ll remember that.0
10/25/2018 at 1:09 pm #50740
Thanks BCFO: that was my question on the shipping as well. So, if you go over the 5lb limit, you have to cover it.
So, is it a flat rate that you eat? So the buyer ALWAYS only pays for $6.49 for shipping, even if it is 3 pairs of boots? And we just eat the overage on our margins on our end?0
10/26/2018 at 11:03 am #50778
In the email you get from Poshmark with your shipping label there is a link in a gray box to instructions on getting a label upgrade.
The upgrades are different for each extra pound you go over the 5 lbs.
6 lbs for $3.99
7 lbs for $7.98
8 lbs for $11.971+
10/26/2018 at 11:41 am #50781
Ahh! Thanks Nancy!0
10/25/2018 at 7:07 pm #50770
T-Statt – yes, I have never had to go over yet but come close, so I am not sure if it’s a range or not on the overage. I assume it’s flat fee not calculated though.0
10/26/2018 at 11:36 am #50780
Thanks. I think you are right, that the second level is fixed as well.
The majority of the items that I’m crossposting now are heavier (shoes, boots, suits, and jackets), so we could crack 5 lbs with just 2 items pretty quickly.
Thanks for the heads up!0
10/28/2018 at 12:07 pm #50822
Lately I’ve noticed that when I’m on websites (including Scavengerlife) that use Google Adsense I see ads for Poshmark listings including my own items. Has anyone else seen this?
I haven’t noticed ebay or etsy ads.0
10/30/2018 at 9:29 pm #50976
Nancy and crew- I SWEAR posh has better google shopping placement than ebay. I don’t know if they pay more or what. I always see my items and fast – not 30 days later.
I know cookies and all that, but I think it is interesting.0
10/31/2018 at 4:43 pm #51019
I did a tally and since August 14 I’ve sold:
17 clothing / shoes and accessories on ebay
34 clothing / shoes and accessories on poshmark
twice as many1+
10/31/2018 at 7:05 pm #51024
Those are interesting numbers to consider.
–Are you pricing the same on both platforms?
–And are you listing the same items in both places?0
10/31/2018 at 9:12 pm #51029
Jay I am listing the same items both places. Most of the items I’ve sold on Poshmark had been listed on eBay for a while. When I joined Poshmark I added them there. As I list new items to ebay I also cross post those to Poshmark.
I haven’t compared the net sales from Poshmark to ebay yet. I should do that. I’d guess that many of the things I’ve sold on Poshmark have sold below what I had listed them for on ebay. It’s really easy to make offers to buyers on Poshmark. All they have to do is like your listing. So in a case where it’s an item that has been sitting on ebay for a long time and not sold even when marked down I am willing to make pretty good offers on Poshmark as long as I’m covering my inventory cost and a bit of profit. I’m selling some things for under ten dollars. Lower than my
price on ebay but not necessarily lower than my ebay ‘sales’ prices. I might have something listed regular price on ebay for $15 and take $10 on Poshmark.
What I’m loving most though is that many of the items I’ve sold on Poshmark have been sitting on ebay for a year or more. I’ve only been on Poshmark since July but have sold these old items. It feels great to get rid of that old inventory.0
10/31/2018 at 10:01 pm #51034
Thats great. No one can argue with sales.
I wonder if Poshmark benefits from being new so isn’t flooded yet with massive amounts of clothing inventory like eBay. But Ive also heard others mention they sell items for lower prices on Poshmark as well which is always a good way to get sales.0
11/01/2018 at 12:01 pm #51069
Jay I think that is the case. Less competition. Plus a way to affect how high up you are in search, by sharing.
It started out all womens and then I think they added mens and childrens later so those markets are still growing. I’ve sold one childrens clothing and several mens t shirts. I haven’t had any bites on my mens hats or ties though.0
11/01/2018 at 2:55 pm #51079
I think it may be the smaller pond as well. Sold our first men’s suit on Poshmark this week. Funny that we have had about 6-8 items that I cross posted, then they sell on eBay.
I do think that eBay is the worst on Google. I have done research on Google, and found our own items from Bonanza, TrueGether, and Poshmark…but not EBay…1+
10/31/2018 at 9:44 pm #51030
Nancy, thanks for this post. You’ve confirmed my next step.
My plan, once I finish the last of my death pile, is to go through my old clothes and shoes listings and cross post them onto Poshmark. I am prepared to have to rephotograph some items because I’ve got a much better camera and lighting compared to a year+ ago.
Many of these items are ones that I wouldn’t buy again. I could just redonate them but I think I would like to give them another chance on Posh, plus not be embarrassed by my old crummy pictures.0
10/31/2018 at 9:49 pm #51031
It’s worth doing antarestar. I have been surprised by the items that have sold on Poshmark.0
10/31/2018 at 9:52 pm #51033
I’ve definitely noticed that certain items get lots of likes or quickly purchased on Poshmark but barely any views on Ebay. It’s a different audience.0
11/01/2018 at 5:40 pm #51087
I’m trying Poshmark, but honestly I don’t get the “sharing” aspect of it. So far, I have just listed stuff on there that I think would appeal more to the younger crowd. I’m not killing it on Poshmark by a longshot and I think the not sharing is why.0
11/01/2018 at 6:56 pm #51095
If you can only share minimally – do your own closet items and do seasonal items.
yes – I have had pretty good luck w/ kids clothes (boots/ Coats) as well! I don’t sell many, only higher end brands when I see them. I rarely pick up kids.
In the phone app, scroll down to “SHOWROOMS” in the SHOP tab and you will see what they are currently showcasing and try to source those items if you can or cross post them. For example, today it tells me “oversized blazers, leopard print skirts, and camel coats (and more).0
11/01/2018 at 7:35 pm #51101
That’s a great tip about the Showrooms. Thanks! I’d never done that before.0
11/10/2018 at 9:47 am #51471
One of my items got picked as a host pick for the Posh Party last night. It got shared approximately 1 billion times but did not sell. 🙁1+
11/14/2018 at 6:49 pm #51705
How did everyone’s October Posh sales go?
IN Store/Closet: 340
Sales After 20% Fees: $659
Lessons I have learned:
1. I have started doing about 15 minutes / day of “strategic following.” of active Posh users.
2. Vintage and weird DOES sell on Posh. I have sold some odd ball stuff this fall (vintage cowboy coat, a 1950s sweater, and some quirky sweatshirts). So, list some of that!1+
11/15/2018 at 8:00 am #51726
For us, pretty good since we just started. Got 100 items up there quick, and sold 8 on Poshmark. Very solid start.
Seems like the Women’s items go better here, so going to focus mostly on womens items on Poshmark, and Men’s items on Grailed.1+
03/09/2019 at 10:45 pm #58383
- Location: LA - Park City
I’m Jay (who is a girl!) & I stumbled upon this forum by sheer accident when looking for more information about Poshmark’s VAs. I read through a large section of this thread & thought I may be able to help answer some of the questions, even though they’re old…
A bit about me: I joined Poshmark in 2015 but I didn’t really do anything with the account until January of 2018. I had listed a couple things but I had a full time job, a new relationship & a movie in post production, so I wasn’t thinking I’d do much.
Fast forward to 2019 & Poshmark is my full time job. I won’t give specifics, but my income for the past week has been just under $5k.
Simply put, yes, it’s clear that I’ve managed to make a business out of the poshmark platform. I’ve tried eBay, but quit after 1 sale. To be fair, my market is in contemporary & premier designer fashion. I’m a former Hollywood stylist so I have a ton of clothes, bags, etc. I also know how to source items so while I have put more money in to creating a business, it’s paid off for me.
The thing with Poshmark is the sharing (yes, it can be boring & time consuming) & having more expertise in the items I’m selling than most is what enables me to charge a premium for my items.
While many people want ‘deals,’ I basically take the position that they’re still getting a ‘deal’ when I’m selling a gently used CHANEL bag (that never goes on sale) for less than retail. I know someone mentioned not being able to sell a $500 rag & Bone jacket for retail, & I have to say, depending on the item, I’ve been able to get retail & higher on items from Henri Bendel & others.
The 20% is a buzzkill & I’m putting the finishing touches on my website in hopes of getting some of my traffic over there & not losing so much. Even so, my items are priced with that 20% in mind. I was patient, built a following & gained a reputation for authentic luxury goods. Between making sure my photos are accurate & using YouTube to show the item as well, I’ve gotten to the point where people pay my prices because I’ve proven they’ll receive quality items, customer service & quick communication.
I have an autoimmune disease which has effected my ability to work in a normal office setting or work regular hours. I work hard, however, it keeps me going in a way that I’m able. It makes me productive & I love that.
You definitely need to find a niche on Poshmark. The social aspect helps a lot. I met one of my best friends via Posh because we traded handbags. Then we just started talking & talk all the time via phone, text, etc. She was on poshmark long before me & was able to give me tips on what to do, not to do, how to handle certain issues & I’ve tried to pay it forward as I connect with newbies.
I am fortunate that a close friend is a management consultant & he’s now helping me with growth. Even so, what I’ve found with poshmark is that people appreciate & as odd as it may sound, crave personalized attention. I think that’s been lost in many market places & the social aspect of poshmark, writing sincere, handwritten thank you notes & showing your personality is part of what drives customers. I can’t do the small dollar sales some do, but I’m actually making more than many & with less work in packing, etc. It isn’t a platform for everyone bc of the social aspect, but for me & my niche, it’s working quite well.
My screen name is the same on there. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like advice/help/etc. It can be overwhelming/WTF at first, but if I can offer any experience, I’m more than happy. I hope this helped answer some of the things people were questioning/wondering about.
Best to all,
03/10/2019 at 11:50 am #58395
Congrats on building a successful store. The burning questions everyone here will have:
–Assume $5k is your gross profit this week. How much did all those close cost?
–You have incredibly high end clothes for sale. Where do you get them? Selling those items is like printing money.1+
03/10/2019 at 7:43 am #58387
Wow, you have an amazing store!
You seem to have sources that most of us can only dream of. Are you mainly doing consignment?
Next question, does Poshmark encourage putting additional items in your photos? That is such a night and day difference from eBay. Putting other things in the photo usually just results in an INAD case because the seller is too dumb to read and realize those items aren’t included.1+
03/11/2019 at 9:06 am #58427
Do you do mainly consignment?
Shockingly, no. I actually don’t do consignment. When I got to the point that I wanted to do this as a business, the catch was that I specifically didn’t want to do consignment at all. I wanted to either sell pieces of my personal collection or source items that I could sell without the worry of not knowing where my items came from.
Because the luxury market is so saturated with counterfeits, I wanted to cut down on risk, which you have moreso with consignment—especially in the age of the ‘Super Fake.’
Where do you get your items?
So my items are from styling private clients, sample sales, and having connections in some of the fashion houses that will let me basically pay shipping or a nominal sum & I can get castoffs. Post-fashion week, I score pretty big. Another big thing for me are gift bags given to presenters at award shows. Some brands gift my clients a bunch of things in various sizes if they don’t know them personally. I am often given those items & wear them or sell them.
For handbags, I’ve always loved them & have been collecting since I was a young teen. I’ve become far less materialistic as I’ve gotten older. Working with it & owning it desensitized me to it being ‘special,’ & so aside from some pieces of great sentimental value, I’ve begun selling off my own collection.
If someone is in search of something specific, I have sources in other stylists who will either sell me something they have or I’ll trade them for something they may want.
I’ve put out about $2k in the last month to acquire a few pieces, but as I don’t have overhead (it’s me with a home studio/office) even 2k isn’t much when I look at what I’ll net.
This was all kind of an accident. A happy accident, but I didn’t start thinking I’d be a full-time retail anything.
Does poshmark encourage putting other things in photos?
This is actually a great question. Poshmark themselves won’t specifically advise you do this. What they advise is ‘styling’ a photo.
The whole idea (for better or worse) with poshmark is that anyone can be a ‘seller/stylist.’ In putting other items in a photo, you’re giving people ideas about what to pair with something they buy. Another thing it does is help a buyer to envision themselves wearing, owning or having a certain lifestyle. I do it minimally compared to many, but it definitely helps! I understand the reasoning, but my god, I will also say it’s the most time consuming part of all. I actually just had wallpaper removed & painted my office & built an additional garment rack solely for styling photos.
Think of poshmark almost like a Pinterest board. The more Pin-Worthy the image, the more attention it receives & often, the quicker it sells.
That said, I make it a point to share things even if I’m not a fan of the closet. Sharing gets your item seen by people who aren’t in your personal network which helps wth sales.
(Are you exhausted yer? Ha.)0
03/11/2019 at 9:09 am #58428
The fact that people are giving you Chanel, etc is incredible.
Like they say:
“You make your money when you buy, not when you sell.” This means that your purchase price is the main factor that determines your profit later on.
What a great scavenger niche you’ve found in LA. A lot of us are buying for $1 and selling for $30. You’ve been able to find inventory for cheap that sells for $500.
Do you think the supply of those items is unlimited?0
03/10/2019 at 10:10 am #58392
WOW – you say “but my income for the past week has been just under $5k.”
Um, I’ll take that, making $5K per week on one platform. 🙂1+
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