Poshmark Series: Getting Started as a Seller

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Whether you’ve been buying designer items on Poshmark for months or if today’s your first day ever on Poshmark, this list of seven things will help you get started selling your items on Poshmark!

1) Understand what items you can and cannot sell on Poshmark.

What items can I sell on Poshmark?

purple dress clip artCurrently, Poshmark is a marketplace for women’s fashionand accessories. Please refrain from listing items that don’t fall into this category. Preowned items can be listed on Poshmark if they are clean and in good condition. Items must also be clearly and accurately represented. For health and hygiene reasons, Poshmark does not allow the sale of used swimsuits and all types of undergarments. They also do not condone the selling or buying of perfume, electronics, books, home goods, children’s items, men’s clothing and any beauty or wellness products. If Poshmark feels that your listing violates these guidelines in any way, they reserve the right to remove it and may take other actions, including restricting your future buying and selling privileges on Poshmark.

Finally, Poshmark does not allow the sale of replicas or fakes of any item. Please respect and celebrate the intellectual property and creativity of today’s fashion designers and refrain from posting any listings of replicas.

Source: Poshmark Frequently Asked Questions

2) Learn the fees involved with selling on Poshmark.

What are the fees for selling on Poshmark?

Poshmark’s fees are very simple and straightforward. Listing is free on Poshmark. When you make a sale, they deduct a 20% commission fee from your earnings. This means that you keep 80% of the sale price as your earnings. Once your sale has shipped and has been received by your buyer, the earnings from your sale are yours. You can withdraw your money as cash whenever you like.

Here’s what you get in return: Poshmark will handle the financial transaction for you (including paying all those credit card fees), provide you with a pre-paid pre-addressed shipping label, and will serve as your customer support team for your sale. In other words, they provide a simple, end-to-end platform for selling fashion.

Example: You list a $50 dress on Poshmark. When the item sells, $40 will be deposited into your Poshmark account. You can withdraw $40 cash whenever you’d like.

Unlike other places, there is no nickel and diming – this means, no credit card fees, no fees to withdraw money as cash, no PayPal fees and no shipping fees as a seller. Simple, upfront and easy!

Source: Poshmark Frequently Asked Questions

3) Know these two rules. PayPal transactions are NOT allowed. Trading is NOT supported. 

What should I do if someone asks me to take a transaction offline?

Not AllowedEncouraging Poshmark community members to buy outside of Poshmark either through Paypal or other means is not acceptable. Taking transactions offline is harmful and hurts everyone who plays by the rules. It also prevents Poshmark from providing a great experience for everyone. If you are approached to take a transaction offline, please report the user or the specific listing right from the app by pressing the icon in the top right of the screen and clicking Report Listing (or Report User). Then, click Non-PM Transaction. You can also contact Poshmark at support@poshmark.com.

To Trade or Not to Trade? (That is the question.)

It won’t be long after you post your first item that someone will “Like” it and immediately ask you if you trade. Trading is when a person does not want to pay cash for your item, but rather have you find something you like in their closet and both just pay for shipping.

Poshmark actually does not recommend participating in trades, because there is not much they can do if the items sent are nothing like the seller promised or if the items never show up to your doorstep at all. And, not only do you not receive what you were promised, but you also have sent them an item from your closet.

Read this post before you decide to orchestrate a trade with someone.

Sources: Poshmark Frequently Asked Questions and StyleLuxe4Less.com

4) Check out current listings on Poshmark.

The search functionality allows you to find specific designers, sizes and even key words, so it only takes a few seconds to see all of the Michael Kors pumps selling in your size.

This will help you understand the different brands that others sell and what other listings look like. It also helps you understand how much you will be able to get for that brand new dress with the tags still on it or that barely used Coach bag. From the app, click on Feed. Then, click the magnifying glass at the top left. Next, type your favorite designer in the search bar or choose from the listed categories.

Search your little heart out!

Source: StyleLuxe4Less.com

5) Create at least five listings.

Create Covershot

Take the Time to Create a Beautiful Listing

Creating a listing is quick and easy. That’s why Poshmark encourages you to take those extra steps to showcase your style and get creative with your Covershot. Poshmark finds that creating a listing where you’re wearing the item you’re listing for sale is much quicker to sell than when it’s just on a hanger. Click here to see more of Poshmark’s tips and a few examples of how you can jazz up your closet on Poshmark.

Source: Poshmark Community Guidelines

6) Make sure you know how to ship and be ready even BEFORE your first sale.

We created a video to help with all of your shipping questions.

You should watch it now, so you have your FREE shipping boxes and already understand how shipping works when you make your first sale!

Shipping Video

Source: StyleLuxe4Less.com

7) Start following other users.

In our opinion, this is the most important piece to selling your items. You could do numbers 1 through 6 listed above, but without followers seeing your listings, you won’t be able to make sales. We’re going to write an entire post devoted to helping you get more followers. But for now, just start following as many people as you can.

After you’ve completed these seven things, next up – Getting Paid! Click here to read how easy it is to get your money from Poshmark.

Please leave your comments and questions below and LIKE us on Facebook!

Happy Poshmarking!

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* For additional information, read all of Poshmark’s Frequently Asked Questions. These can be found on the app under My Account or by clicking here.

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