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So maybe you’ve heard about an app called Poshmark and you’d like to start selling there, but don’t know where to start. It’s not difficult. In fact, it is much easier to navigate than a site like ebay.
Poshmark has been a great source of part-time and full-time income for a lot of people. It’s a great app for moms because of the ease of the listing process. Shipping is also much less complicated than other sites like ebay.
In order to sell on Poshmark, you have to know all the ins and outs, like with any other platform, and I am here to guide you through the super simple process.
How to Get Started with Selling on Poshmark
Getting started selling on a new online platform can be a little scary. What if you don’t know all the rules and make a huge mistake?! This has always been a fear of mine when I start something new, regardless of what it is. Do you feel that way too?
I promise you that Poshmark is not that complicated! It’s one of the easiest online selling platforms to list on. Creating a Poshmark listing takes just a few minutes.
First things first though, you must do a few things before you can get started listing.
Create your Poshmark account.
Download the Poshmark app on your Android or iOS device. The app is free.
Choose a name that makes sense, and that you’d like to use as a store name. It can be something fun, but it needs to be professional.
Select a photo for your profile. You can use a photo of yourself or something else. Mine is a photo of flowers that I took at my home. Use whatever you feel most comfortable with.
Gather your inventory
Most Poshmark sellers focus on selling new and used clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. Poshmark recently added a home market.
If you have existing ebay inventory that will sell on Poshmark, you can always cross post it.
You can also start from scratch with no inventory. Clothing can be found in abundance in most thrift stores and garage sales, and even your own closet.
Order shipping supplies.
The great thing about Poshmark is that they handle all of the shipping fees. Buyers pay a flat shipping rate. You print the label and put it on the box or mailer.
You do not need to know weights or dimensions, unless your item exceeds Poshmark’s weight limit for the label. When you print the label, you will need to indicate that your item is heavier and pay a small fee to upgrade the label.
These labels are for Priority Mail.
Did you know that the USPS will provide you with Priority Mail Boxes and Tyvek Mailers for FREE?!
So, technically, other than a little tape, you don’t need to spend money on shipping supplies.
I would also suggest that you get a shipping scale to make sure that your items are under the weight limit.
Lots of Poshmark sellers buy fun mailers, and you can totally do that too. Do what best fits your budget. If you are not currently a reseller, you may want to wait to actually pay for mailers until you are making a profit.
If you are a reseller currently, you’ll probably have everything that you need.
Poshmark will allow you to print your shipping labels from a 4 x 6 print or a regular inkjet or laser printer. You’ll need half sheet labels for that. I print mine with my Zebra thermal printer, and it works great!
I have compiled a list of all my favorite shipping supplies, including links to all the free USPS shipping supplies you will need (you can order them online and they will ship for free to your home). Click here to find that list.
Set up your photo area.
If you’re a total newbie, taking photos can be intimidating. If you’re a seasoned reseller, you’re already an old pro at this.
Here are a few things to remember:
Natural light is your friend if you don’t have professional lights just yet.
Lay your clothing flat or hang on a nice hanger or half mannequin.
Take square photos from your cell phone.
Edit your photos with an app like PhotoRoom (use the background remover tool).
Remove stray objects from the photo area.
Make a DIY photo background for shoes. I love this method from Southern Stone.
Best Poshmark Selling Tips
You can be super successful selling on Poshmark. It just takes a little determination.
Here are my best tips to help you sell on Poshmark:
Consistency is the key to being successful at anything. You need to list and share. Sharing your poshmark closet (your store) is really important. It doesn’t have to be some big complicated process. Use the Poshmark 30 minute method.
Provide great customer service.
Take good photos.
Respond to offers and messages quickly.
Ship your items on time.
Treat people the way you want to be treated.
Keep your inventory costs as low as possible.
If you have a Goodwill Outlet near you, you might just be living next to a gold mine. If not, take advantage of church sales and garage sales.
Many times, churches will have big tables full of clothes at their annual sales. Since there is usually a lot of clothing, they will often have a fill-a-bag sale. You may be able to fill a paper or plastic grocery bag for $5 or less.
Keep your Poshmark inventory organized.
It’s important to keep your inventory organized, whether you have one item or 500. One of the easiest ways to organize clothing is to fold each item and put it in a clear polybag if possible. Label the box and even the item if you want to. Keep a spreadsheet of listed items and their corresponding bin number or just add the bin number somewhere in the listing.
As with anything, it’s not really a job if you are enjoying it. It might be hard work, but it’s not a dreaded job if you really enjoy it.
If you are into fashion and love to go clothes shopping are fun for you, this could be your dream job. It might only be a way to clean out your own closet too. Do what you need to do.
Common Questions about Selling on Poshmark
Here are some of the most common questions that new sellers have.
How does Poshmark work?
Poshmark is a social selling site. More about the social part later.
Sellers curate a Poshmark closet. This is what your store is called.
Listing is super easy. Upload your photos to the app or the web version, fill in the description, and price your item. Make sure you include measurement so that the buyer has all of the information that they need to make a purchase.
Poshmark lets you know what items have sold for before. You can look up your item and then filter by sold listings. This will give you an idea of how to price your items.
Because it is a social site, it is important that you follow other sellers. In addition, you’ll need to share your closet to your followers and share others’ closets.
This might sound complicated and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. Utilize the 30 minute method and you’ll see sales in no time!
When your item sells, Poshmark will email you the label. Print the label and package your item. You can even schedule a pick up from the postal service and never have to leave home.
What percentage does Poshmark take?
Poshmark is free to list on, but they do take 20% of your sales.
Well, they take 20% for sales of $15 or more. For sales under $15, the fee is a flat $2.95.
It sounds like a lot at first. Just stay with me for a second.
There are no listing fees, store subscription fees, or insertion fees. Items on Poshmark typically sell for a higher asking price too. It all balances out.
Poshmark is also not as flooded as a site like ebay. It is also a social site and buyers are more likely to become repeat customers.
What brands sell best on Poshmark?
This will vary by location. What is available to some people may not be available to you. Experiment and see what works. I have sold a broad spectrum of things, from a vintage Lacoste jacket to a leather motorcycle jacket.
Here are 25 brands that sell best on Poshmark, in no particular order:
- Eileen Fisher
- Free People
- Soft Surroundings
- Lilly Pulitzer
- Harley Davidson
- L.L. Bean
- Tory Burch
- White House Black Market
- Hudson Jeans
- Lane Bryant
Can you return clothes on Poshmark?
You can only return clothing on Poshmark if the clothing is not as described.
This means no returns for items that don’t fit. Not accepting returns for just anything cuts down on the amount of refunds and hassle you have to deal with.
That means more money in your pocket.
Is Poshmark only for used clothing?
You can sell both new and used clothing on Poshmark, plus accessories and shoes.
Poshmark has recently expanded their selling categories to other things, like home decor, toys video games, and more.
Poshmark, like other platforms, has prohibited items as well. It’s important to get familiar with the list of prohibited items before you start selling.
Do sellers pay for shipping on Poshmark?
Sellers do not have to pay for shipping, unless the item exceeds the 5lb weight limit. For all items under 5 lbs, there is not need to pay. You’ll just print the label that they email you.
For anything over 5 lbs, you’ll have to pay a small feed to upgrade.
Then you will go into Poshmark and upgrade your label.
The great thing about Poshmark is that there is no worrying about whether you charged enough for shipping or not. They charge the buyer a flat rate for shipping. Shipping can be combined in the buyer decides to “bundle” and buy more than one item from you at a time, as long as the weight does not exceed 5 lbs.
Most importantly, never stop learning.
As with anything, there is always a curve in the beginning, and maintenance that you need to do to keep going.
Learn as much as you can before you start, but don’t let that stop you.
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