A Beach Lover: Your Guide to Poshmark

I've been using Poshmark since September 2015 and I absolutely LOVE it!  I recently became a "Top-Rated Seller" and have made about $283 selling clothing and accessories over the last few months.  When I first started using the app I was super confused as to how it worked, so today I am here to share some tips and tricks so that you can have the best experience possible!


What is Poshmark!?  Poshmark is an app where you can buy and sell clothing and accessories!

Finding Friends: You can sign up for Poshmark HERE I chose to sign up with my Facebook account so that I could find some friends right away!  Unlike most social media sites, you will start gaining Poshmark followers immediately (you don't really have to work to gain followers and it's super awesome)!

Tagging: When tagging someone in a post or comment, use the "@" symbol before their username (similar to using Twitter and/or Instagram).

Shipping: I was super confused about the shipping process when I first started using Poshmark, but it's seriously SUPER easy.  I recommend using large, plain envelopes or plain boxes to ship items. Basically, once you accept an offer you will receive a shipping label emailed to you with the persons name and address on the label.  Print and Tape the label to your package and drop it in the mailbox at the post office (you don't even need to go inside)!  This makes it really convenient for me, since I would most likely only be able to get to the post office on my lunch break or on a Saturday morning.


Commission: Poshmark does take a 20% commission off items that you sell, which kind of sucks, but at least they make it super easy and convenient to buy and sell!

Trading: Trading is definitely scary.  I recently did a trade with a girl from Florida and it ended up working out perfect, but I can see why people are not interested in trading.  Trading is when someone asks you to trade one of their sale items for your items.  The items are usually similar in price.  I had a Boston Red Sox hat for sale on my page for $8 and a girl had asked me to trade.  I checked out her page and saw that she had a cute bubble necklace for sale.  I agreed to the trade.  When you trade, Poshmark does not take a commission and they do not send you a shipping label.  Plus I'm pretty sure they have no guarantees throughout the process.  You are basically trusting a stranger to email you their address and then ship the item in a timely manner or at all for that matter. You have to go to the post office for this one and pay to ship the item yourself...womp womp. Make sure that you are communicating with the person throughout the process to see when they ship their item and make sure you get tracking information if you are going to do this.

Negotiating: If someone wants to negotiate you should have them "make you an offer" they can do this by clicking on the item and then clicking the blue "offer" button in the bottom corner.  This way you and the other person can negotiate in private.  The problem with negotiating in the comments section is that other people can see that you are possibly willing to accept lower than what you posted the listing for.

You should never agree to an offer in the comments section, since 99% of the time the person does not purchase the item after doing so.


Holding: Holding is when a person asks you to hold an item until they are able to get the money. It seems weird, but it happens!  I would not recommend "holding" something for someone.  I have held things for people a handful of times and they have never come back and actually purchased the item.  If you do offer to hold the item for someone, you should temporarily remove the item from your page so that no one else buys the item in the interim.  You can temporarily remove the item by following these steps:


Also, if you do hold the item for the person, I would be clear and say something along the lines of: "I can hold the item until 5pm EST and will then release the item for sale if I do not heard from you".

To put the item back on your page for sale, follow the same steps above, but under availability just click on "For Sale".  This way you don't have to create a new listing again if the person does not come back and purchase the item.

Parties: I'm not a huge fan of attending "Poshmark Parties", but basically it's a virtual party where you can shop specific brands to purchase or sell.  So for example, I recently got invited to attend a "Nike and Lululemon Party".  You can enter the party and see all items Nike and Lululemon for sale.

Rating:  It's important to rate someone's product after they ship you something.  If someone lied about the quality of the product, you need to rate the product and/or let them know that you are not satisfied with the product.  My rating on Poshmark is a 4.9 out of 5 and I have sold 15 listings to date.


Unfortunately, someone gave me a 4/5 on a rating because when they received the package it had been opened.  Needless to say, now I go a little crazy with the duct tape before I ship something.

I try to stay focused and remember that I am trying to get rid of stuff and not make a huge profit from it.  If you know you can get a better offer for that designer bag or dress, then it's OK to decline the offer!  The best thing about Poshmark is that you never know when someone will just randomly buy your item.  I've had a Banana Republic dress posted for sale for about 3 months now and someone just randomly made me an offer last week!

Happy Poshing!  You can follow me on Poshmark here:  

https://poshmark.com/closet/kherg2015

If you are new to Poshmark and have any questions about the app, feel free to let me know!

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  1. I've been meaning to sign up and finally did! Thanks for the tips!

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    1. Sure thing! Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by! :)

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