How to Sell on Poshmark in 2022 - Top Beginner Tips for Selling on Poshmark (from a Beginner)

How to Sell on Poshmark in 2022 – Top Beginner Tips for Selling on Poshmark (from a Beginner)

How to Sell on Poshmark in 2022 - Top Beginner Tips for Selling on Poshmark (from a Beginner)

Are you looking to earn some extra cash by selling on Poshmark? It’s an incredible way to work from home! Discover my top tips for how to sell on Poshmark in this guide.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past 12 years since I’ve been working from home, it’s that the possibilities for earning money are endless. Another thing I’ve learned is that there’s no reason to limit yourself to just one opportunity when so many are available. Provided you can juggle your income streams effectively, of course!

I have long been interested in reselling and have dabbled in the industry here and there over the years. Recently, my husband and I found ourselves with some debt we wanted out from under as soon as possible.

We could certainly find a few side gigs in which we were trading hours for money, but there are only so many hours in the day. You are truly limited when you choose that avenue.

Reselling has been on my mind a lot lately, but I still had a lot of reservations. As we were clearing out our closets in preparation for an upcoming community garage sale, we came across several articles of used clothing and shoes that were in really great condition and were high-end brands.

I was confident we wouldn’t be able to get a good price for these items at the garage sale.

Seriously. Who carries around $70 in their pocket in case they run across a great pair of boots at a garage sale?

So I started considering other options.

In a few months, I was able to sell more than 200 items on Poshmark for several thousand dollars.

Over the past year, I’ve been able to sell over $25,000 worth of stuff. (And that doesn’t include sales on other platforms, such as eBay, Mercari or Kidizen.)

Not everyone’s experience will be the same. Your profit potential will be determined by the items you list, how you price them and how active you are on the platform.

What is Poshmark?

Poshmark is a popular social commerce marketplace that provides a simple and fun way for people to buy and sell clothes, shoes, and accessories.

For Buyers: The platform connects you to others whose style you love and allows you to conveniently shop their closets and boutiques.

For Sellers: If you have new or used fashion to sell, Poshmark’s selling tools make it easy for you to reach millions of people to find customers for your goods.

Poshmark: A Brief History 

Founded in 2011, the company is headquartered in Redwood City, California, and has over 300 employees.

This leading platform, which is valued at over $625 million, has raised over $160 million in venture financing, and the company experienced growth of over 70% in 2018, which earned it a spot on the Next Billion-Dollar Startup list from Forbes.

Although Poshmark only makes up a tiny fraction of the $600 billion US eCommerce market, the demand for discount fashion is huge and with online retail growing at a phenomenal pace these days, we can expect massive growth from this social shopping network.

How Does Poshmark Work?

Poshmark works in a very simple way. All you have to do to start selling on the platform is to snap a photo of an item with your phone. You can then upload the image to your closet directly from your phone (which takes less than 60 seconds), fill in a simple description, and set the listing price for your item.

Once you’ve done that, all you have to do is share your listing to your network for other shoppers to discover. The more you share the more sales you stand to make. With the platform’s pre-paid label, shipping is easy.

Poshmark takes 20% of the sales price for sales above $15. For items under $15, there is a flat-rate fee of $2.95. You receive the money in your Poshmark account when the purchased item is delivered and marked as received

The Poshmark dashboard is intuitive and user-friendly. Once you sign up, just follow the instructions to complete your profile and start listing your items.

Buying on Poshmark

For buyers, the process to purchase items on the platform is simple and secure. You can buy from other people just like you or from Official Poshmark Closets. An Official Closet is an account hosted by a brand or retailer. Many popular brands have their own Official Closet — including Free People, Lululemon, Nike, Michael Kors, and more. To make a purchase, just tap on the blue “Buy Now” button located at the bottom of each listing.

Next, choose your preferred method of payment (unless you have enough in your redeemable balance and credits). You can then review order information and tap the “Submit Order” button. And that’s it – you’ve made your purchase!

As you can see, the process for buying and selling is quick, easy, and secure.

Why sell on the Poshmark app?

Several things drew me to Poshmark:

  • It’s easy. Poshmark is a smartphone app. You literally just take pictures of your items and write the description on your phone. No need to even get on your computer.
  • There’s a built-in buyer community. Poshmark reports more than 40 million users, with five million of those being sellers. That’s a pretty ratio, considering you want more buyers than sellers when looking for a marketplace. And Poshmark users spend an average of 23 to 27 minutes in the app every day!
  • Poshmark moderates returns. One thing I really don’t like about eBay is dealing with returns. Even if it’s a bunk return, eBay will probably force you to accept it. You also have to handle the customer service. Poshmark moderates return requests. And returns are not allowed for fit. (Yay!) It’s a lot harder for scammers to get through this system. Buyers have to show pictures to prove their case. There are also no partial refunds or keep-and-refund – something many eBay scammers have learned about.
  • The purchase/shipping process is streamlined. Once an item is sold, Poshmark emails you a shipping label. Print it. Slap it on the package. Drop it in the mail. You don’t need to go have items weighed or get shipping quotes. It’s a fairly straightforward and easy process.
  • Bargaining is encouraged. I make a lot of my sales through offers. Either I offer someone who has liked my item a lower price or the interested party sends me an offer to consider. I always price my items a little above what I’m willing to accept anyway.
  • A social aspect is included. This is a blessing and a curse. Poshmark is very “social,” with people liking and sharing and commenting. That can be good for sales. But as is often the case in online communities where people are looking to build a presence in order to make money, a tit-for-tat is expected. If people like your new listing, they expect you to like one of theirs in return.
  • Tax remittance is included. Though I have been self-employed for 12 years now, taxes still scare the living daylights out of me. And the new sales tax across state lines laws only made those fears worse. Honestly, it’s the one thing that kept me away from online reselling for so many years. Posh Remit collects and pays sales tax on all marketplace purchases, so sellers don’t have to worry about it at all. Thank goodness!
  • Seller beware: Some drawbacks of Poshmark

    Every opportunity carries a few minuses and it’s important to understand the drawbacks when it comes to knowing how to sell on Poshmark:

    • Poshmark fees. There is a price to pay for convenience, an active community and accounting services. It’s 20% on sales over $15 and $2.95 on sales under $15. That’s a lot by some standards. It’s always free to list your items on Poshmark, however. You only pay when your items sell.
    • Sharing, sharing, sharing. Poshmark rewards activity on the app. That activity may include following other users, sharing their stuff, and having happy buyers. Poshmark also rewards sharing your own stuff – the item is then placed at the top of the search results until the next person shares a similar item. This can be extremely time-consuming if it’s where you focus all of your time. Sharing isn’t a requirement to make sales. Track your time to ensure it’s worth it.

    What items are selling on Poshmark?

    Poshmark was formerly a really niche marketplace. It was all about clothes, shoes and luxury handbags. In recent months, however, it has added jewelry, a Home Market, beauty products and toys. It still doesn’t allow everything, but the list is expanding. Check this page for current restrictions and updates.

    How to sell on Poshmark

    The selling process on Poshmark is so easy:

    1. Download and open the Poshmark app.
    2. Set up your profile.
    3. Use your phone to take pictures of the item you want to sell.
    4. Write a description.
    5. Check the appropriate category, size and color boxes.
    6. Name your price (and the original price).
    7. Push the List Item button.
    8. Wait for inquiries or a purchase.
    9. Accept or counter any offers.
    10. Once you accept an offer, print the shipping label.
    11. Drop your sold item in the mail.
    12. The buyer has three days to mark the item as received, or it will be marked received automatically.
    13. Get paid.

    The funds will hit your account the same day the seller accepts the purchase (or within three days of a tracked receipt). Once the funds hit your account, you can request payment by check or direct deposit at any time.

    Prep work for selling on Poshmark

    I highly recommend getting an inventory system in place prior to shipping. If you’re buying things to resell, as opposed to selling personal items, you’ll need this information come tax time. It’s best to stay on top of it.

    Also, you’re going to need to know how much you paid for something if you want to make a profit. How else will you know if you’re losing money?

    I use Airtable for my spreadsheet, but you can also use Excel, Google Sheets or even a simple notebook, if that’s what works best for you. The important thing is to do it.

    Preparing to list items on Poshmark

    Buyers don’t want to buy dirty, damaged items that look like they’re fresh from the bottom of your hamper. Take some time to check an item over and make it presentable.

    • Does it stink? Wash it.
    • Is it dirty? Wash it.
    • Is it wrinkled? Iron or steam it.

    Cleaning tips and tools

    Run into a sticky/dirty situation you aren’t sure how to clean? Google it. I always have the following tools and products on hand:

    • Magic Eraser – Great for cleaning white soles of shoes.
    • Hair dryer – Five seconds or so will help remove stickers.
    • Scotty Peeler – Also great for removing stickers.
    • Dr. Martens Balsam Balm – Great for cleaning leather. Spot test first!
    • OxiClean Odor Blaster – Great for whitening whites and removing weird smells.

    You can find a running list of my favorite reseller tools in my Amazon Storefront.

    Check items for damage

    You should also look for any damage.

    • Stains?
    • Do the zippers work?
    • Are there holes in the pockets?
    • Holes in the armpits?
    • Any loose stitching?

    These things don’t mean you can’t sell a clothing item. You just need to disclose, disclose, disclose in your description.

    Check the comps

    You can price something at whatever you want, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to sell for that. Always check comparable sold products, aka “comps.”

    Let’s say I have a North Face Women’s Denali Fleece Jacket for sale. To find out what similar jackets have sold for, I’ll do a search on Poshmark and check the sold items.

    If you want, you can narrow it down further by size, color or “new with tags” to match your item. While I often price my items at about 50% of the retail price, I can see if that’s not the current going rate. I’d still price it higher than $25 – more likely around $45 – but be prepared to take offers. 

    Each seller has his or her own pricing strategy. You’ll develop your own over time. I always price a little higher than I want, so I have the ability to make Offers to Likers of $5 or 10% off plus a shipping discount. Don’t list at your bottom-dollar number. 

    How to list things for sale on Poshmark

    Now that your item is clean and thoroughly inspected, let’s get it online. I do the majority of my clothing sales on Poshmark, so I’ll be walking you through that process. Other platforms aren’t that different, but you’ll likely need to make some tweaks.

    First, pull up the app on your phone.

    Taking pictures

    Some people prefer to take their pictures with their phone’s camera, edit them, and then upload them to the app. I prefer to just get everything done on the app, whenever possible. You do you.

    Your photos will be square, so keep that in mind when posing your items. You want to be as close as possible to your item while still getting it all in the frame for your cover photo. You can lay the item on the floor or a table or hang it on a hanger. Later down the road, you may want to invest in a mannequin or lightbox, but it isn’t necessary to get started. Start with what you have.

    Speaking of light, natural sunlight is your best friend. It will give your items the best representation of color and texture, in most cases. If at all possible, try to take your photos during daylight and near a window.

    And if you can, always pick up some daylight light bulbs. If you are a selfie fanatic or YouTuber, you may even have a light ring available. Those will work too.

    Poshmark allows you 12 photos per item. Fill those up, if you need to. Take pictures of your items from different angles. Get the front, back, sides, top and bottom. Take pictures of the label and size tag. Most importantly, get close-ups of any flaws. Give your buyer as much information as possible to make an informed decision – and to lower the likelihood that the item will be returned.

    Titles and descriptions

    If you’re a blogger or online business owner, you’ve likely heard of search engine optimization (SEO). Most online shoppers on these platforms are searching for something in particular. You want to make sure your item is displayed if it’s a good match. Therefore, be sure you use the right keywords.

    Your title should include:

    • Brand
    • Style name, if possible

    No abbreviations, emojis, or listing an item as simply “cute top.”

    Another reason for using the right keywords is that Poshmark listings show up in Google searches. If someone is searching for Coach Bellini flats and you have yours titled correctly, they may show up in Google search results.

    Disclose any damage

    Clearly and openly disclose any damage, holes, stains, thread pulls, scuffs, etc. You should also take close-up pictures of any damage. This will help you defend against any cases of “item not as described” (INAD), should a customer say there was damage that wasn’t listed.

    What about measurements?

    I see this question a lot in the reseller community. Is it really necessary to include measurements in your descriptions?

    When I first started selling clothing, I didn’t include measurements in any descriptions. I just wanted to get stuff online as quickly as possible.

    However, Poshmark doesn’t allow returns for fit. That’s good for sellers. It’s not so good for buyers.

    As I started receiving more requests for measurements while I was away from home – or sleeping – I started including them when listing items whenever possible. It saves me the headache of having to dig an item out again, pack it away again, etc. I have also had a return or two for jeans that were hemmed and I didn’t disclose that.

    Some people will tell you that no one will ever buy your stuff if you don’t list the measurements. I don’t believe that’s true. I’ve sold many items without measurements. The subject is going to come up, however.

    What should you measure? The most common measurements are:

    Jeans/Pants

    • Waist
    • Rise
    • Inseam

    Tops/Jackets

    • Armpit to armpit when laid flat
    • Shoulder to hem

    Dresses

    • Armpit to armpit
    • Shoulder to hem
    • Hips
    • Waist

    There are so many measurements you could include for each item, but keep it simple. Out of more than 1,000 sales, I’ve been asked for a thigh measurement on jeans less than a handful of times. You don’t need to go overboard.

    If you aren’t really sure about measurements, Size.ly is a really handy website/app that will allow you to create sizing templates and show you how to measure clothing. Its Starter plan is free and includes the basics. It also has some really handy guides.

  • Selling with offers and markdowns

    Another thing you’ll need to understand when you are learning how to sell on Poshmark is offers and markdowns.

    Offers to Likers

    Most sites today – eBay, Poshmark and Mercari included – allow users to “watch” or “like” items they’re interested in. These sites let you know when these people are interested in your items, and you then have the opportunity to send them a special offer. This is usually a limited time discount available only to them, as opposed to lowering the item price to the public.

    It’s just like when you place items in an online shopping cart on a website and later receive an email saying, “Still interested in that stuff? Take 20% off if you purchase within the next 24 hours.” Same deal.

    At the time of writing this post, Poshmark gives buyers 24 hours to take advantage of an “Offer to Liker” (OTL). It requires you to offer at least a 10% discount on the price along with a shipping discount of $2.12 or $7.99 (making the buyer’s shipping charge $4.99 or free, respectively). This can be a powerful incentive, so make sure you leave a little wiggle room in your listing price for these offers. 

    Never price your item at your bottom-dollar price. Another reason for this is that buyers can also send you an offer on items they are interested in. You can then accept, decline or counteroffer.

    I don’t mind negotiating on price. One nice thing about Poshmark and Mercari is that they show you upfront what your earnings will be on any offer. If you have kept good track of your investments, you can then make informed, profitable decisions without having to do a lot of math.

    What are Poshmark’s “closest clear out” markdown events?

    Poshmark does a lot of “Closet Clear Out” events, during which it will offer buyers a discounted shipping charge should they purchase within six hours of you lowering a price publicly. Poshmark pays the difference, not you.

    I participated in these a lot in my early days as a Poshmark seller, but not so much anymore. It can be a lot of work, and if you are regularly sending OTLs anyway, you will eventually have to start deeply discounting your prices.

    For CCO events, the lowered price has to be at least 10% lower than your lowest historical price and still be priced $10 or above. Only then will buyers be offered discounted shipping. Then, if you don’t want to keep your item at that low price, you will need to go back after the CCO event is over and raise your prices back up. It can be a real pain if you have a lot of items. It can work. You simply need to run your business as it suits you best.  

    How shipping works with Poshmark

    Another great thing about Poshmark is that everything ships by Priority Mail. You don’t have to contemplate USPS, FedEx, UPS, Priority Mail, First Class, etc. That decision is taken care of for you. I much appreciated that as a new seller.

    You need to make sure you get the right shipping supplies for the right platform. Poshmark, as mentioned earlier, ships everything Priority Mail. That’s good news for sellers because you can get a lot of Priority Mailing supplies for FREE from the USPS. You can order them on the USPS website or take a trip to your local post office to see what it has on hand.

    Where to get more shipping supplies

    USPS – As I said, you can get a lot of Priority Mail supplies for free on the USPS.com website. Make sure you are choosing the right ones for your preferred platform – Priority Mail, Priority Flat Rate or Priority Express. You can’t use these interchangeably, and there can be a big difference in price. Send something the wrong way and you may end up with a return or a very unhappy buyer should he or she get a notice that shipping is owed.

    Amazon – A lot of sellers opt for poly mailers when it comes to shipping most clothing items. They aren’t the best option for shoes, but they are a simple, lightweight way to mail shirts, jeans, jackets, etc.

    Amazon has a wide variety of poly mailers, from plain white to seasonal designs and really small to pretty large. The sizes I use most often are 10×13 or 12×15 for things like shirts and jeans and 14×19 for large items, such as coats. You can find a few options in my Amazon Store.

    Facebook Marketplace – I often see people who have recently moved offering up their moving boxes free of charge. Watch those buy-sell groups or post your own “In Search Of” post.

    Local businesses – Many resellers partner with local businesses to get their hands on free shipping supplies. Many businesses receive regular shipments and just throw away the boxes, packing peanuts and bubble wrap the items came in. These businesses may be more than happy to give the boxes and material to you.

    Your own shopping – Just like those businesses, maybe you have a few packages arriving on a regular basis from your online shopping. I save and reuse all of my boxes from Amazon, Chewy and more.

    Getting paid when you sell something on Poshmark

    With eBay, you get paid instantly anytime a purchase is made. On Poshmark, you only receive your earnings after a customer receives and accepts a purchase. That’s usually within three days of the customer receiving the item.

    Once earnings are available in your account, you need to request payment by check or direct deposit, depending on the platform. One important thing to remember is that these marketplaces are not banks. Your earnings are not insured by the FDIC should someone hack your account. You don’t necessarily need to cash out every day, but don’t leave more in your account than you’re willing to lose.

    Dealing with deadbeats (returns, bad feedback, etc.)

    I love receiving positive, personalized feedback from my customers. I hate the negative ones. But they’re going to happen.

    As with everything in life, you have to develop a thick skin. Remind yourself that oftentimes, it isn’t a personal attack on you. That person doesn’t even know you. And you don’t know them. You don’t know what they’re going through in life or what personal struggles they have faced that day. It’s easier to lash out at a stranger than a loved one.

    Therefore, it’s best not to strike back. You probably aren’t going to change their minds, but you could escalate the situation. If it’s something you can’t change, it was maybe a little bit your fault, or it is just plain unreasonable, move along. Your energy is best spent on your next customer.

    Best-selling brands on Poshmark

    I’ve spent a lot of time in reddit forums and reading Poshmark sellers’ blogs, and popular brands seem to be all over the place, from Gucci to Levi’s and Carhartt to Torrid. Some sellers will say they sell a brand like hotcakes, only for others to follow up saying they can’t give the same brand away.

    If you have a brand you know like the back of your hand and it sells, sell more of it. That’s how I run my business. And stick with things you know. A lot of brands are faked. It’s illegal to sell fake merchandise. If you don’t know how to spot fake Christian Louboutin or Burberry, be careful when picking those things up if they require much of an investment. You may need to get them authenticated before selling, which could be an additional expense.

    Top tip: What do you really know about selling on Poshmark?

    There are some things you have to be really careful about buying and selling – counterfeit items in particular. It’s your responsibility to know what you are selling. If someone opens a case against you and your item is determined to be counterfeit, you may be out not only your money but also your item. These items are most often destroyed.

    A lot of brands are heavily faked, including:

    • Louis Vuitton
    • Nike
    • Cartier
    • Hermes
    • Levi’s
    • Tiffany & Co.
    • Coach
    • Lacoste
    • Chanel
    • Gucci
    • Rolex
    • Burberry
    • True Religion

    Always carefully inspect items before purchasing them. Does something look off?

    There are a lot of resources out there that will help you spot a fake. If it’s a high-priced item, it may be worth getting it authenticated before trying to sell it. If the price is over a certain amount, Poshmark may have you send the item to it to authenticate first.

    I love selling jeans, but there are a lot of fakes out there. I belong to a paid membership group called Jeans With Joy, where you can get feedback and learn more about spotting fakes.

    Top tips for selling clothes on Poshmark

    I research things to death before jumping in. Through my reselling attempts in the past and research, I have gained a few good tips.

    • Get the name right. Your listing title is so important. Use this valuable space to include the brand name and item name if possible. If the product I’m listing doesn’t have the style name on it, I’ll look for a style number and Google it in an attempt to find the name. If someone has his or her heart set on a pair of Ariat Heritage R Toe Western Boots, you want to make sure your listing shows up in a search.
    • Take a lot of photos. I try to think about what I look for as a buyer. When listing shoes, for example, I not only take pictures of the top and sides but also the soles. That’s where you can see how much they have really been worn. When selling jeans, I take close-ups of pocket designs. I also make sure I have a picture that includes the knees. Again, this is a spot that shows wear and tear.
    • Use a bright, neutral background. Use white, if possible. Natural sunlight works best for lighting.
    • Spend time on your descriptions. With my jeans listings, I quickly found that buyers wanted to know the inseam and rise. Going forward, I included that information up front. (Size.ly can help you create simple measurement templates.) You should also include information on any stains, holes or other damage (include pictures of that as well).
    • Do a little price research. You can price your items however you want on Poshmark. That doesn’t mean they will sell for that if you aren’t being competitive – or realistic. Research “comps,” or comparable items. Look around the app to see if similar items have sold and for how much. Just do a search by brand in Poshmark and filter Availability by Sold.
    • Join Posh parties. Poshmark holds several parties a day. Each Posh party is focused on a specific category. If your items fit, share them in the party. And share other people’s items from the party. This is great exposure.
    • Offer a bundle discount. If you have bought or sold used items in the past, you likely know the appeal of a “lot.” If you find a seller with the same sense of style and size as you, you are likely going to buy several of his or her items. Poshmark allows sellers to offer a discount when buyers purchase multiple items at the same time. This could be to your advantage if you’re looking to clean out your closet or reduce the time you spend packing and shipping items.
    • Watch the trends. Because I sold a particular brand of jeans and shoes so quickly, I will now actively try to stock my store with more of those items. You should also watch what brands Poshmark is featuring in its parties. These are often brands that are trending on the app. Poshmark also shares videos featuring anticipated seasonal trends.
    • Stay active. You can save listings as drafts and drip them out over time. Reshare your listings often. Follow, Like and Share from others. Unlike eBay, Poshmark is not list-it-and-forget-it. Poshmark loves sellers to be active on the app.
    • Take it slow if you’re reselling. It wasn’t long before we were dipping our feet into the flipping pool, but we did it slowly. We stuck with brands we knew. We tried to repeat our sales. That way, we knew how much an item might sell for on Poshmark, and we could make sure we weren’t paying more than we knew we could profit.
    • Time management tips for Poshmark sellers

      Reselling can require a big time investment. You need to go shopping to find things to sell. You need to inspect and clean things and you must research the comps to determine how you should price an item. Then you need to do the listing – taking photos, writing a description, pricing, etc. If you’re on Poshmark, you also need to spend some time every day sharing your closet. Therefore, learning to manage your time is important. Otherwise, you’ll likely end up overwhelmed and under a big pile of stuff that needs to be sold but you never listed.

      I like to batch process my listings, and I like to keep somewhat of a schedule. For example, most garage and estate sales take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday around here. Those mornings are reserved as our sourcing days. On Saturday and Sunday, I list what we purchased, as much as possible. Monday through Wednesday are my blogging days. I usually only spend reselling time on those days sharing the Poshmark closet, sending offers and packaging orders.

      When it comes to listing, I batch process by photographing, measuring and creating drafts with the app for all of my items at once. I then move over to my desktop, where I can look up style names, look up prices, write descriptions and publish the items. I can also put my items in my inventory sheet as I go, so everything is done when it’s done.

      Now let’s talk about this sharing business. Poshmark is very much a social platform. Instead of having the opportunity to pay to promote your listings to the top of search results like you do with eBay, you get your items to the top of Poshmark search results by sharing.

      Poshmark search results are displayed in order of last shared by default.

      The more items you have, the more time it takes to share. At the time of updating this post, we had about 600 active and available items for sale on Poshmark. It can take quite a bit of time to share these days.

      If you have a small closet, I recommend sharing at least morning, noon and night.

      There’s not much time you can shave off of closet sharing, other than sharing from a laptop or desktop if it goes faster for you than sharing on your phone.

      Poshmark FAQs

      I wanted to finish this report by answering some frequently asked questions about Poshmark. These are all things you’re likely to run into at some point.

      Someone is trying to engage me over email or text. Is it a scam?

      Yes. This happens a lot to new sellers and with luxury items, such as designer handbags. Transactions and communication off the platform – any platform – are against the terms of service and put you at serious risk. Only communicate with buyers through the platform’s messaging system, and never attempt transactions outside of the system unless you are looking to be scammed.

      I just sold an item. Do I have to use a USPS box?

      No. Any box will do. Your only limitation is that the maximum combined length and girth of the box must be no greater than 108″. That’s USPS policy for priority shipping.

      I just sold an item. Do I have to include a thank-you note and a free gift?

      No. I bought a roll of thank-you stickers on Amazon because I usually stick one of those on my packages. Over time, I’ve earned a lot of good feedback on Poshmark without spending all my profits on fancy packaging and stationery. I put the item in a poly bag, slap a sticker on it, and put it in a box.

      I don’t recommend free gifts. Usually, free gifts are junk that sellers are looking to unload on someone else. As a buyer, I don’t like receiving more clutter.

      You also risk return requests if something leaks, a buyer doesn’t like a smell, or he or she thinks you pulled a switcheroo. No good deed goes unpunished. Keep it simple. Ship only what was purchased.

      My buyer doesn’t have a Poshmark account. Is this a scam?

      No. As long as the purchase was made through the Poshmark app, don’t fret. Remember, Poshmark items come up in Google search results. Your buyer likely found your item via a search on Google. Poshmark allows buyers to check out as guests without creating an account.

      People are making really low offers on my items. Do I have to accept them?

      No. You can counteroffer, decline or ignore a low offer, and it will expire in 24 hours. Don’t ever feel bad about turning down a bad deal.

      A buyer just opened a case on an item. What now?

      One great thing about Poshmark is that it mediates cases. You will be allowed to state your case and provide photos if necessary. Poshmark will then decide whether a return is warranted or your funds will be released. There’s no need to bicker with an unhappy buyer. Let Poshmark handle it.

      Is it worth it to sell on Poshmark?

      I sure think so. Its fees are higher than some platforms, such as eBay or Mercari, but there are also perks you don’t get on other platforms, such as return mediation.

      How do you get paid through Poshmark?

      You can request payment by direct deposit or check.

      Who pays for shipping on Poshmark?

      By default, the buyer pays for shipping. As a seller, you can offer a shipping discount or free shipping when sending offers. If your item weighs over five pounds, you are responsible for the additional charge.

      How do I get started on Poshmark?

      It’s simple. Just download the app and follow the directions.

      How do you deal with items that fit differently than the manufacturer’s size?

      It’s not so uncommon these days to wear one size in one brand and a different size in another. If you know that an item fits differently than tagged, you can include measurements, such as armpit to armpit when laid flat, waist, rise, inseam, and shoulder to hem.

      I would advise against getting into discussions with buyers about fit. Everyone’s body is different. “True to size” is totally opinion. Poshmark does not allow returns for fit, but discussions about fit can sometimes be used against you. Refer to measurements, or simply say you can’t guarantee how an item will fit because every body, foot, etc. is different.

      These things can come with time. When I was just getting started, I kept it simple. If a buyer wants a certain measurement, he or she will leave you a comment and let you know.

Positives of Selling on Poshmark

Whether you are casually selling pre-loved clothes or creating your own boutique, there are tons of positives to selling on the platform.

  • Simple Listing Process: On Poshmark, you can list five items in the time it takes you to list one on alternative clothing markets, such as Mercari. The entire process is simple and streamlined.
  • Easy Shipping: The shipping process is a breeze. There is no need to calculate weight and shipping for clothes. Buyers on Poshmark are charged a flat fee for shipping. The platform provides a shipping label, and all you have to do is pack the items in a Priority Mail box and drop them off at the post office.
  • No Listing Fees: There are no listing fees on Poshmark, and you can start selling right away just by uploading images of your items and entering a description and price.
  • Large, Active Market: Poshmark has lots of buyers. The platform does a lot of advertising to drive people to their site. They also incentivize sellers to share more often, which means that a lot of people interested in fashion will open the app every single day, thus allowing your listed items to reach a much larger audience than they would if you listed them on a different platform, such as eBay.
  • Community Network: Unlike many major eCommerce stores like Amazon, Poshmark is a social commerce site that allows you to buy and sell clothes while building community like you would on any other social media network.
  • Email and Push Notifications: Whenever you make a successful sale on Poshmark, you can receive push notifications on your phone as well as emails alerting you to the sale.

It’s clear that selling on Poshmark comes with a lot of benefits. But, in order to make it really worth your while, make sure you have at least 30 items that you can list. Also, only sell new or like-new items and avoid selling anything that has rips, stains, or signs of wear and tear.

What Can you Sell on Poshmark?

On Poshmark, you can sell fashion, accessories, select home goods, and new personal care products. You can list pre-owned items if they are in good condition, but makeup and other personal care products have to be new, alcohol-free, and aerosol free.

Prohibited products include:

  • Illegal items
  • Replicas or fakes
  • Products derived from extinct or threatened species
  • Medical products
  • Products requiring a prescription
  • Items that make medical claims (such as N95 masks)
  • Stolen goods
  • Misrepresented American Indian/Native American arts and crafts
  • Repurposing branded items (for example, taking a button from an authentic designer jacket and using it on another item)

If you list or buy such illegal items, you risk being immediately and permanently suspended from Poshmark.

What Sells Best on Poshmark?

There are lots of items that sell well on the platform. The trick is to find out what people want and offer that to them.

Items that are in demand will obviously sell out quicker, so take the time to research what’s on-trend right now. You can check out the Poshmark trend report for 2020 to see the most popular products for this year, which include:

  • Short Suit Sets
  • Teddy Coats
  • Platform Sandals
  • Combat Boots
  • Two-tone Items
  • Mini Bags
  • …and more.

What Sells Quickly on Poshmark?

Things that are in demand sell very quickly on the platform. This includes:

  • Women’s cosmetics
  • Levi’s shorts
  • Frankie’s bikinis
  • Tumi bags
  • Sunglasses
  • Loafers
  • T-shirts
  • …and more.

When you can discover what people want, it makes your job of selling to them a lot easier. You’re better off going with smaller items that are easy to ship and don’t cost a ton.

Read the Poshmark blog to discover the best items to sell depending on what’s trending at the moment.

What Brands Sell Best on Poshmark?

There are a lot of brands that sell well on Poshmark. Some of the best brands to focus on include:

  • Nike
  • Mother
  • Kate Spade
  • Eloquii
  • Levi’s
  • Rothy’s
  • Mark Jacobs
  • Polo
  • Torrid
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Tieks
  • Ray-Ban
  • Off-White
  • Golden Goose

Keep in mind that without an effective marketing strategy, even products from the best brands won’t sell well. However, any brand can sell well if you are good at selling.

Also, it’s important to note that you don’t have to sell only design items. You can make money sending items from retailers like LOFT and Target. As long as you have trendy items to sell at a great price, it really doesn’t matter where they’re from.

And since Poshmark’s approach is community-guided, it means that the more likes you generate on your posts, the higher your items will be placed in the platform’s search results.

This greatly impacts your ability to sell products, and it’s one of the reasons why a product might sell in an instant on one seller’s closet while it takes another seller weeks to move the same product.

How to Increase Sales on Poshmark

The importance of effective marketing on Poshmark cannot be overstated. Needless to say, you need to offer quality products at reasonable prices. But, there are other tactics you can implement to help you generate more sales.

Listed below are a few things that you can do to increase your sales:

  • Maintain Consistent Style: Use the same colors, style, etc. in each of your listings. Your closet has a brand, and it’s important to maintain consistency in everything you do, including your images, titles, and descriptions.

Doing this helps build trust with your customers and allows them to know what to expect when visiting your closet.

  • Share, Share, Share: One of the best ways to generate more sales on the platform is to share your own listings, as well as those of other sellers. You can also use this strategy during the parties that Poshmark hosts for different categories, themes, and brands.

This is a great way to get more exposure for your items and it allows you to reach a lot of people who are not your followers.

  • List Your Best Items at the Top: Always put your best items right at the top where people will see them as soon as they arrive at your page. If someone is reciprocating your shares, they are most likely to share these items since they often don’t have the time (or the inclination) to scroll down to search for your best products.
  • Curate Your Products: Unless you’re simply using Poshmark to sell whatever you have laying around in your closet and around your house, then you need to consider the profit potential of the items you intend to sell.

If you are going to obtain products to sell in volume, you need to make sure it’s worth it to you after subtracting the 20% seller fees. Also, consider whether it would be worth it to buyers to purchase the item with additional shipping costs. For instance, if you are selling a $10 dress, would it make sense for the buyer to pay $7.11 shipping on that item?

How to Bundle on Poshmark

Poshmark offers you two options to provide bundled discounts. One way is by setting the percentage off received by a buyer for a specific number of items they purchase, such as “25% off of 3 items”.

Once you have this feature activated, you can then publicize the discount in your listings to encourage viewers to shop. You can turn the discount on and off any time you like with an effortless tap on the app.

Alternatively, you can use the bundling feature that allows you to make an offer when a person adds your items to a bundle (or you add the bundle item for them). This feature also allows you to negotiate privately with the customer.

Either of these methods helps you generate more sales and can prove extremely lucrative in the long run.

10 Tips For Selling on Poshmark

Here, we take a look at 10 best practices for selling on Poshmark. Master these tips to help you become a Poshmark selling machine.

1. Use a Template to List Faster

Using a template helps you systematize things and makes it faster and easier for you to list your items. By deciding certain things ahead of time, it makes listing a breeze. Also, it helps you maintain brand consistency, which is one of the factors that determine how well you do on the platform.

Your template can include things like:

  • Filters for images
  • Descriptions
  • Lighting setup for photos
  • Background for listing pictures
  • The percentage for marking up items
  • …and so on.

2.  Ship Items Quickly

Poshmark gives you a week to ship sold items, but you should never wait that long. The quicker you can ship the better. Ideally, you want to ship the items in two days or less, otherwise, you risk getting a less-than-ideal review.

If you find yourself in a situation where you need more than two days, simply send the buyer a note explaining the issue. This will go a long way in ensuring that the buying experience remains a good one.

If you sell lots of items, you can stay organized and still capture the 2-day period for all your orders by going to the post office every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons.

3. Target Potential Buyers by Size, Brand, and Style

This is one of the absolute best ways to increase your sales on Poshmark. Rather than waiting for buyers to come to your closet to view your items, you can go directly to them.

During Poshmark Parties, you can use the filtering options in any feed to only allow items matching your brands, styles, and sizes.

Check out the likes on each of the items left after filtering – those are your customers. They are the people who have your style, like your brands, and will fit into your size.

4. Share More to Sell More

As previously mentioned, sharing on Poshmark directly impacts your sales. If your thumbs aren’t sore yet, then you’re probably not sharing enough. This is the way things are on Poshmark – the people that share the most, sell the most.

But, you shouldn’t share just for the sake of sharing. You need to share the best content, with the best people, at the best times.

Most users are active in the evenings and during Poshmark Parties. That’s when you have the best chance of capturing their attention.

Try to share at least one party every day (the more, the better). And remember, in addition to sharing your own items, also share other fellow Poshers’ items with your followers. Most sellers will reciprocate by sharing your items, thereby exposing you to a whole new set of potential customers.

5. Follow Thousands of Poshmark Users

Although it’s not considered good etiquette on other social platforms, Poshmark accepts and even encourages people to follow crazy numbers of users on their platform. Having said that, if you follow up to 10,000 people in one day, Poshmark will stop you.

But, that’s a lot of people, and while not all of them will follow you back, some will. And since this is a numbers game, just continue playing that game and growing your number of people followed.

Try to get lists of Poshmark users who have the same interest in style, brands, and size that you sell. These are the people who are more likely to follow you back and purchase your items.

6. Discount Prices on Payday

One of the most reliable ways to increase your sales is by dropping prices at strategic times, such as paydays – that is, Thursdays/Fridays, or bi-monthly on Fridays, on the 10th and 25th, or some other close variation as paydays differ.

You can also drop prices when Poshmark offers free shipping to make the price even more enticing so it’s more likely that your followers will make a purchase.

7. Become a Posh Ambassador

Being a Posh Ambassador comes with a lot of benefits. For instance, you receive an exclusive newsletter and you get to unlock access to tons of exciting programs and opportunities. There are set criteria that you must meet in order to be chosen as an ambassador, and you will be expected to maintain active participation in the Poshmark community.

Once you are chosen, you will be recommended to new Poshers which will help to increase your sales significantly.

8. Exhibit the Proper Etiquette

Although underrated, this is an absolute necessity for succeeding on Poshmark. By treating your customers well, you make it more likely that they will become repeat customers or advocates for your closet.

But, if you treat them poorly, you may end up with bad reviews that will cost you even more business.

When you get questions, comments, or feedback, always respond quickly and courteously. Never ignore customers, and always do your best to resolve issues as amiably as possible.

9. Add Extra Surprises to Your Shipment

This is yet another underrated tactic that can help win you lifetime customers. Is there something you can add to each shipment that won’t eat into your profits but will bring a smile to your buyer?

  • For instance, you can include a sweet handwritten note or a handmade souvenir.
  • Or maybe you can use fancy packaging, bows, fun tape, colorful tissue paper, etc. to make unboxing the item more luxurious and exciting for the customer.
  • You can even include a coupon card for a percentage off the next purchase they make from your closet.

10. When Setting the Price, Account for Offers

When you set the price of each listing, take into account the fact that most people will try to get discounts off of your items.

List your item at least 15% above what you want to make from the sale (ideally 30%). That way, when someone offers slightly less, you won’t be cutting into your profits by agreeing to a lower price. Better yet, your customer will feel happy at having managed to get such a great deal.

How Do You Get Paid on Poshmark?

On Poshmark, you get paid as soon as the buyer receives the package. Buyers have three days to accept the item, after which it’s automatically marked as accepted.

Once this happens, your earnings are automatically deposited into your account on Poshmark. As soon as the funds are released to you, you can request withdrawal immediately or keep the earnings as credit in your Poshmark account, which you can then spend within the app.

Can You Get Scammed on Poshmark?

It’s certainly possible to get scammed on Poshmark, whether you are a buyer or seller. This is particularly true if you are communicating via phone or email.

Some of the top scams on the platform include:

  • Being sold fake products
  • Receiving items that are not as described
  • Buyers that promise overpayment to get you to hold on to items so they can pick it up from you
  • Sellers paying with forged cashier checks

No company is infallible, but you can make scams a lot less likely to occur by only communicating and making payment on the platform. Always avoid making any off-line transactions.

Does Poshmark Sell Fakes?

As with most other marketplaces, it’s possible to buy fake items on Poshmark. However, the platform has a stringent policy against listing fakes or knock-offs.

Still, a few sellers try to get away with selling fake items from luxury brands, such as Gucci or Chanel since these gross more profit.

Poshmark does its best to protect buyers from such scams by allowing them to accept or return an item once they receive it. The payment isn’t released to the seller until after the buyer has approved the purchase.

What Happens When a Buyer Opens a Case Against me?

There are many reasons why a buyer might open a case against you. But, the good news is it’s not the end of the world if a return case is opened against you. If there is a legitimate reason for the return, the platform will simply refund the buyer and you will be out of a sale.

But, after ascertaining the reason for the return, you can use that information to help ensure that it doesn’t happen again in the future.

For instance, if the reason for the return was that the item didn’t fit the description, you can improve and optimize your descriptions to give customers more information about the item, thereby lessening the chance of getting more returns.

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