Is Poshmark a Scam? Should You Try To Make Money Selling Fashion?
PoshMark makes selling clothes that you aren’t wearing easy. But is this a legitimate site that you should trust? Or is Poshmark a scam in one way or another?
My girlfriend had some nice clothes that had been sitting around for a while that she wanted to try to sell. She got the Poshmark app on her phone and gave it a go. Long story short… its not as easy as it seems and there are scams on this platform that you should be aware of. In this review I’ll be going over a few things that everyone should know before deciding to sign up or not.
- Website: poshmark.com
- Type: Buy/sell fashion marketplace
- Cost: Free to join
- Legit?: Yes
Poshmark is basically the Ebay of women’s fashion. Its is an online marketplace where anyone can go to buy or sell fashion, new or used.
Just about every woman out there could benefit from this app as far as I see it. I’m sure most of you have some extra clothes laying around that are in good condition but they don’t get worn. Those clothes could make you a few bucks. And on the flipside, you could find other women’s clothing that are in good condition but that they don’t want for one reason or another, which could mean big savings.
One thing that makes Poshmark stand out from Ebay, and makes it better for selling and buying fashion than Ebay, is the social aspect as well as the simplicity. Poshmark is much more social. You can follow sellers, comment, interact with others, etc. Its just much more social than boring old Ebay. And its also much easier to list items.
Another good app for buying/selling that is gaining some popularity is Mercari.
Selling On Poshmark
The process of selling is very simple and straightforward.
The first thing you would have to do is download the app of course. This is available on Google Play or the App Store and is free.
Then once inside the app you will click on “sell”. You will then be able to take a photo of the piece of fashion that you are selling or you can upload old ones. Most Poshmark sellers will model their fashion rather than just take a picture of it sitting on the floor. You can take up to 3 pictures.
After that you can add filters to your pictures if you wish.
Next you are going to need to give the details. You will need to list the size, category, a little description, price, etc.
And that’s it. Post it and it is available for public view and is ready to sell.
Simple Isn’t So Simple
Its easy listing your item and all. Getting it all ready to sell is a breeze. The hard part is actually getting it to sell.
The first 2 things that you must do if you want your item to sell include…
1) Take good photos
If you don’t have good quality images then you are really not taking advantage of the opportunity. Make sure to take good pictures. And if possible, model the fashion, this lets people visualize how it will appear on them more.
You can grab product images from Google if your fashion piece is in great condition. Just be sure to include your own images too.
2) Describe your item as best you can
Buyers on Poshmark are more hesitant than if they were shopping on a retail store’s website. Poshmark has a no-return policy so buyers need to make sure they are buying what they really want.
To ensure them of this make sure to write a killer product description. And include some fashion advice as well. Tell them what your item goes good with so they can imagine the possibilities.
Being social is also important. You need to interact on the platform and try to build up your following if you want to take full advantage of this place. Comment, share, follow…. just be social. And definitely you need to share your own closet…. do this religiously.
Another big piece of advice that many top sellers take advantage of is the price drop feature… make sure you take full advantage of this.
The price drop feature is just a feature that notifies buyers that are interested in your item when the price is lowered. So to take advantage of this you will need to lower your prices regularly to get the word out. Most people tend to do this at the end of the week (Friday), since this seems to be the big shopping time.
Beware of The Scams
Sellers can and do get scammed on Poshmark by buyers. This is unfortunate but happens.
One of the most common scams involves buyers using cashier checks. They will contact you and ask you for the lowest price that you will take. They will then offer to pay via a cashier check and the rest of how this process goes will vary. But the bottom line is that the check will be fraudulent and worthless.
This happens on Craigslist very commonly and has moved its way to Poshmark. Its much more rare but still happens.
My advice here is to stay on Poshmark. Don’t move your transactions off of it. If someone wants to buy an item outside of the platform then kindly decline their offer because there is a good chance it is a scam.
Poshmark itself definitely is no scam. There are scams that you will run into but Poshmark does a good job at keeping everything safe for buyers and sellers alike.
But just because its a scam doesn’t mean its a great opportunity. The truth is that it isn’t easy selling and making money. Much of this depends on the actual item that you are selling of course. But it also depends on how long you have been a seller and the amount of following that you have. The bigger following you have the easier you will find to sell. And unfortunately this is one of those things that takes time to build up.
As a new seller it is difficult but still worth trying. Just don’t think you are going to be selling fashion like crazy and making all kinds of money right from the start. These high earners that you read about have been doing this for years.
Anyway. That is it for my little review of Poshmark here. I hope you enjoyed it and maybe learned thing or two. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns leave them below in the comment section below 🙂