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Decluttering Made Simple: My Experience on Poshmark

I downloaded the Poshmark app about two years ago in an effort to snag some Yeezy boosts. Verdict: all the affordable posts were clearly scams, while the real deal posts were still prohibitively expensive. It’s fine, I’m almost over it now.

While still don’t own Yeezys, my closet is full of items purchased from the app.

If you haven’t heard of Poshmark, here’s the gist: Poshmark is a platform that allows people to buy and sell items; it’s kinda like eBay but with a focus on clothing, accessories, and makeup organized by brand. Anytime I plan to shop for something in those categories, I check Poshmark listings first. You can find all kinds of items on Poshmark, each with a flat rate of $6.95 for shipping.

As a buyer, there’s a lot to like. I’ve used Poshmark to refresh my shoe collection, sans Yeezys. Shoes tend to be easy to shop for since sizes don’t vary too much between brands, so it’s not essential to try them on before buying. Poshmark makes it easy to shop by brand, size, and color. It also recommends listings based on the brands you like, which is my favorite feature. My shoe game has noticeably improved since Poshmark came into my life.

I also like Poshmark for sampling pricey makeup. Sometimes there are used makeup items for purchase, usually claimed to be sanitized (buy at your own discretion). However, there’s also an abundance of sealed sample sizes available for purchase and sometimes full sizes at a discount. It’s great for trying out a perfume you want to test for a few days before committing or getting an expensive eyeshadow palette on the cheap.

There are a couple things I’d change about the app, though, from a buyer’s perspective:

1. For one, I’m not a fan of the shipping charges. Charging Millennials for shipping is generally a no-no. Instead, I’d like it if they would take a larger percentage from the seller on each sale, meaning sellers would list the price higher and the buyer would still essentially pay the difference. Of course, this plan doesn’t make it cheaper for buyers, but baking the full cost of the transaction into the displayed price feels more honest. Seeing a 10 dollar pair of shoes is great until you realize it’ll actually cost you 17 dollars plus tax to get the shoes to your door; if they were just listed for 17 dollars in the first place, the whole interaction would feel more honest and transparent.

2. Spam, spam, spam. I also dislike the abundance of spam in the form of phishing comments and fake listings. I’m sure Poshmark is doing their part to reduce this every day, but it irks me to no end.

I’ve experienced Poshmark from the seller’s point of view, too, and there are a few things I’d change if I could:

  1. First, I dislike how much of a time-suck it can be. To get exposure for the items you’re selling, you have to spend time following other accounts (like, hundreds) and sharing other peoples’ items in hopes they’ll reciprocate. It’s not a lot of work, but it does require significant attention and time that could be spent on other things.

2. It also bothers me that there is no way to post updates about your items without an image. The image requirement for each post means I’m scrolling past some truly hideous design choices every day. There is no reason your announcement of a sale needs to be run through 12 Instagram filters and include 6 font sizes. Please, for the love of all that is holy, allow a text post option, Poshmark.

Design faux pas aside, it’s not all bad.

1. As a seller, I appreciate how easy it is to post items for sale. It takes less than a minute to snap some good photos of your items, write a short description, and post it. I can start and finish a posting within 30 seconds.

2. I also love how easy the selling process is. While they do take a percentage from sellers and tack on a shipping charge to consumers (ugh), it’s clear those costs go into making the shipping process simple. When one of my items sells, I pack it in a free U.S. Postal Service box and schedule a free USPS pickup online. After I print and attach the pre-made label, it’s good to go. I can even order the boxes for free on the USPS website, so there’s no reason to trek to the post office at all. It’s a Millennial’s dream.

3. I can’t talk about Poshmark pros without talking money. Even with Poshmark’s percentage, I’m pleased with the money I’ve earned just by selling old clothing, accessories, and makeup that didn’t work for me. It’s not enough for an early retirement, of course, but it’s enough to make my next several shoe purchases guilt-free.

Lastly, I love the buy-sell app because it helps me thin out my closet while knowing the pieces I once loved get to live a new life.

Have you used Poshmark or are you considering it? We’d love to know what you thought of the app!

About the Author

Natalee Desotell

Natalee graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with a triple major in Political Science, International Politics & Economics, Languages & Cultures of Asia, and a minor in Global Public Health. After a couple years in the working world, she recently returned to her alma mater to study Cartography and Geographical Information Systems. A self-proclaimed public health nerd, her dream job is to communicate epidemiological information visually through beautiful interactive maps and graphics. She enjoys iced black coffee, punk rock music, and surprising people.

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