Choosing a Selling Platform

As promised, today’s blog will be an overview of my most frequented selling apps.  There’s so much to consider when selling your goods – there’s more to it than slapping photos & captions up on a random website.  The art of choosing the best website(s) lies mostly in your item’s value and the amount of time and effort you’re willing to dedicate to selling it. There are other factors on top of this – it’s about where you are personally, what your thrifting goals are, and so forth. Basically, there is a long list of considerations when making a listing, so let’s get started!

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I’ve grouped the selling platforms into several categories based on their similarities.

The DIY sites:

In a nutshell, the thrifting apps in this DIY category require the most effort from the seller, which gives the seller ultimate control and makes for a bigger profit in the end.  On the flipside, they are the most time consuming apps and it helps to maintain a friendly attitude when answering questions.  I like Poshmark, Tradesy, & Mercari because they never require listing fees, and instead take a set percentage of your profit when an item has sold.

I prefer selling (and buying) things priced anywhere from $4 to $150 through these apps.  Personally, I don’t exceed the $150 range because the purchases are shipped directly to the buyer.  However, Poshmark does offer Posh concierge – items priced $500 or more are shipped to Poshmark to be authenticated and then to the buyer.

Each app has small nuances setting it apart from the next.

  1. Poshmark offers a one of a kind selling experience with all the bells and whistles and a social media vibe –more on that later. It all comes at a price though – aside from being extremely addictive, Posh takes 20% of your sales.  Posh seems to be geared towards the pre-teen to early 30’s crew.  Some of the brands that sell best here are American Eagle, Brandy Melville, Free People, H&M, Juicy Couture, PINK, Tory Burch, Victoria’s Secret, and various brands of designer jeans.  The makers have written something called “Posh etiquette” and some people post it to their page – more on that later.  Sellers can ship immediately using a preprinted address label and any box or shipping envelope that they’re able to scrounge up!

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  1. Tradesy seems to attract a crowd of buyers that usually don’t mind paying the asking price, but are more particular about the brands and condition. It’s also flooded with high-end (LV, Gucci, Prada, etc.) bags, shoes, and jewelry.  I started here and quickly made thousands selling Lululemon, Tory Burch, Coach, Frye, Rails, True Religion, Lilly Pulitzer, and my nicer J. Crew pieces.  This is a good site for beginners trying to sell like-new condition designer items that originally cost $80 to 300 for around $25 to 150.  It allows sellers to upload multiple photos and gives a ballpark of where to price your item, which is nice.  There are three different options for shipping.  The easiest is called the “ship kit”.  Tradesy mails the seller a shipping bag with a preprinted label attached.  This was great for me when I was getting started because I had zero shipping supplies, however it takes several days for the bag to arrive and this can be nerve racking.  My favorite option that they offer now is the preprinted label (similar to Posh).  They also have the option to use your own label & supplies.

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  1. Mercari is the newest and thriftiest of these three apps, charging sellers only 10% commission per sale.  It’s straightforward and without bells and whistles like Poshmark, but the shoppers on this site expect a big discount and usually ask for a lower price or free shipping.  This is a good site for beginners that want to sell inexpensive brands.  Many of the items that I list on Mercari are the same items that I list on Poshmark, because I know that people want a bargain on both sites.  However, because of Mercari’s low 10% commission I can afford to price them a couple bucks cheaper and include items that are more worn, off-brand, and random items like cosmetic tools that I’m not using.  Regardless of what you list & where, always make sure to clearly indicate and photograph all signs of wear.  Mercari offers several different preprinted label options through USPS and Fed-Ex based on weight

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The High-End Sites

We’ve all been there – seeing that [insert favorite designer] handbag on our favorite celebrity and saving until we can basically BE that celebrity, or at least feel like them.  Then five years later, wondering what on earth possessed us to buy that bag, when we actually could have bought a different one.  There are a handful of easy to use websites that will buy your high-end investment items.  I’ve had the best luck with Yoogi’s Closet and Fashionphile, but there are others such as The Real Real and Snobswap.  It’s a straightforward process – send a few clear photos of your item along with a brief description.  Be sure to include any wear or damage and it helps to include things like serial numbers, original dust bags, receipts, and boxes.  Before choosing a site, I recommend checking the sites for a list of designers they accept, then sending photos/descriptions of your high-end item(s) to multiple sites and accept the best offer. It can then take several days to receive offers after sending the photos/description.  unnamed-2.png

After accepting the best offer, they’ll provide a prepaid shipping label and it’s up to you to find a box suitable for your item. Most of the sites ask you to choose between selling your item to them and consigning your item with them.  Selling your item means you get an immediate payment and consigning means that you don’t get paid until they are able to sell your item, but the payout will be a little more.  I always opt to sell, rather than consign because I don’t like waiting.  After shipping the item, it usually takes about a week to receive payment, at least from Fashionphile and Yoogis Closet.

 

The Busy Girl’s Thrifting Site 

I get it – sometimes #adulting gets in the way and we don’t have time to deal with the overwhelming mountain of clothing that’s taken over the bedroom, laundry room, hallway, and life in general.  We need space and the thought of sifting through clothes one by one, taking pictures, writing descriptions, and answering questions just to make a buck is not gonna happen.  If you’re in this boat and you feel like your quality threads deserve a better home, Thredup could be the site for you.  Hop on their website and order a clean out kit (which includes a large prepaid shipping bag), stuff it with your unwanted wardrobe goods, and send it back to them.  They donate what they don’t use or give you the option of having these items returned to you (for an additional fee).  On the flipside, you won’t get rich by any means and it can take over a month to get paid after sending your bag.  It costs $9.99  just to have them sort through one of your bags if you’d like to get paid, there’s no guarantee that they’ll choose anything you’ve sent, and the payouts aren’t great.

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Here’s the payout chart:

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I’m guilty of using this site on a couple of occasions. When the site was first introduced I was a newbie to online thrifting and the bag fee didn’t apply, so it felt less like a gamble to send my clothing in.  I also used it recently when I moved myself to a different state, only to discover the new bag fee policy.

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What I’m Wearing

J. Crew Downtown Field Jacket purchased here (for $34 plus shipping)

Gap Striped Peplum top purchased here (for $17 plus shipping)

AEO moto jeggings purchased here (the bundle of 2 cost $25 plus shipping)

Frye Boots, an investment piece, available here

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