Is The Mercari App a Scam? An Honest Review
If you are looking to make some extra money online by selling your “stuff”, then the Mercari App is one of the popular choices to make the process simple. But should you trust this app? I mean, after all, the buyer pays the seller through the app. So if the Mercari App is a scam then you might lose out on your money.
I have reviewed this app and have some things that you might want to read. I’ll be going over how it all works, what all you can sell, how you get paid, why its NOT free to use, and some complaints about the app. So sit back and take 5 minutes to read this over.
Mercari App Review
- Website: mercari.com
- Availability: iTunes Store & Google Play
- Price: “Free” but not really free
- Recommended?: I’ll go over this at the end.
Ok, so I’ll get straight to the point. NO, the Mercari App is not a scam. Its definitely a legit and trusted way to buy and sell things online and I do recommend it. But there are still some things that you should know and some of you may decide that its not what you are looking for.
Overview Of The App
Mercari is an app that where you can sell your used or new items online. If you are familiar with Ebay then you know already what this is all about. There are also plenty of similar apps out there like this, for example Tradesy & Letgo.
With over 2+ million downloads and a Google Play rating of 4.4/5 with over 70,000 reviews, it definitely seems like a safe bet and something that you can rely on. And it is as far as I can see.
Mercari definitely has some perks to using it rather than the alternatives like Ebay. They claim to make buying and selling easier for individuals and this is definitely true in some cases.
How It Works
Buying something through Mercari is nothing that I should have to explain. You buy something, the seller ships it to you, you leave feedback. And that’s it.
But for those of you who are sellers, its a little more complicated, yet it is still very simple.
1) Take a Picture of What You Want To Sell
This is super easy. In the Mercari App there is a camera. Just take the picture and it is automatically uploaded to your listing.
2) Add a Description of The Item
Nothing complicated here. Just briefly describe your item. Make sure to include any important information that the buyer might want.
3) Post Your Item
That’s it. Your item is listed and all you have to do is confirm it.
After Your Item Is Listed
Now it is just a waiting game. Depending on how good your item is it could sell in a matter of minutes of it might not sell at all.
There are over 2 million people using this app and that’s a pretty large customer base, although it is still a drop in the ocean compared to Ebay’s 167 million users.
One of the cool things about Mercari is that potential buyers can like your listing. So if you have a good listing that a lot of people like this could make it go somewhat “viral” on the app and could lead to it selling faster.
Shipping Your Item
This is pretty much the same as Ebay. You can decide to charge for shipping or you can cover the shipping costs yourself.
If you charge for shipping you will be sent an email after your item sells. In this email you will be able to print out a prepaid shipping label.
Why Mercari Is Better Than Ebay In A Way
One thing that Mercari has over Ebay is their search algorithm.
Ebay has what they call a cassini search engine and I, along with many others find it difficult to find what I am searching for on Ebay sometimes.
Mercari’s search algorithm, on the other hand, will include what is listed in your product description. This means that people searching can more easily find what they are searching for, which means that your item just might sell faster.
The faster you can connect your item with the target audience, the faster you can sell that item.
Now I am no expert on search engine algorithms, but this is just one thing I noticed and also read about online.
One Thing I Like & Don’t Like
Mercari offers buyer protection in the way that the buyer only pays “halfway” until they get the order and review it.
When a buyer buys something, Mercari holds the funds until they receive the item and make sure it is what they paid for. This is so that sellers can’t scam people like they often do on places like Ebay.
So it is really good for all the buyers out there. It gives you a level of protection so you don’t get scammed.
But for the sellers its a different story. With it being like this, the buyers now have the potential to scam the sellers. They could receive an item and say lie about not receiving it or something.
Either way there are going to be scammers I guess. But with Mercari its pretty much impossible for a seller to scam a buyer.
My #1 Complaint
Mercari promotes its app as being free to use and all, but what they don’t tell you is that it isn’t exactly free to use.
For buyers it is completely free. Downloading the app is free. Of course you have to pay for the items you buy… but Mercari doesn’t charge you anything.
But for sellers it isn’t free. Its still free to download, but when you sell an item Mercari pockets 10% of that sale amount.
In my opinion 10% is a pretty high amount for them to be keeping. I mean I know they have to make their money somehow, but 10% is just too high in my opinion.
Do I Recommend Mercari? Final Thoughts
Ok.. so its definitely not a scam. Mercari is trusted and I don’t see any signs of it being a scam. But this doesn’t mean you should use it.
One thing to consider is your target audience. Mercari users are generally the younger generation. So if you are looking to sell quilting supplies you should probably go with Ebay. But if you are selling an iPhone then Mercari would be a good choice.
If you are looking to make a few bucks selling some items laying around then this is one of the routes to go. But if you are looking for a consistent income then your time can better be spent elsewhere. I find my time to be more valuable than it would be trying to make money with an app like this.
That is why in 2015 I learned how to create my own website and get paid for online advertising. I now work full time doing this and make more money than I ever would using an app like this.
Right now the same training that I used to learn how to do all of this is available to the public. There is even a free beginner membership available for people to get started free of charge. You can learn more about this here if you are interested.