My best tips for making sales (and avoiding bad buyers) on Poshmark

Tips for making sales and avoiding bad buyers on Poshmark — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I mention Poshmark a lot, especially in my budget posts that recap what I’ve added to my wardrobe every season. I started selling my pre-loved clothes, shoes, and accessories on Poshmark in May 2015 after mainly selling on eBay, and I basically haven’t sold on eBay since. Poshmark makes it so easy; however, I don’t think it’s as easy as the TV commercials make it out to be, and I’ve been figuring things out as I go. So far, I’ve recouped over $2,500 after over four years of selling, and I’m a casual seller that lists items from my own closet, not a thrift store reseller. I’ve compiled all my best tips for Poshmark sellers as primarily a seller myself, including ways to avoid the scammers and other bad buyers!

First thing’s first: If you don’t have an account, you can sign up using my referral code HURRICANEKIMI and receive a credit to use on your first purchase (and I’ll earn a credit, too). You can currently earn a $10 credit but it’s normally $5. Here is my closet!


LISTING YOUR ITEMS

  1. Read the FAQ to find out what items are compliant and what items are not. I have seen people buy and sell noncompliant items, but remember that you will not have Poshmark protection if something goes wrong with the purchase or sale.

  2. List seasonally—shorts and linen in summer, wool coats and sweaters in winter. List the types of things that you are buying right now in the current season. (That said, anything could sell at any time of year, so if you really want to list a summery item in winter, go for it! You never know.) One things folks highly recommend is listing one thing every day to consistently drive traffic to your closet as people see your new listings.

  3. Take clear, true-color photos on a neutral background. Up to eight photos can be included in each listing, so capture all of the details, including the brand tag, size, and any flaws. I typically lightly edit my photos to make sure the color is true to my eye. (I use the A Color Story app.) I also sometimes include a photo of me wearing the item if I have room to include another photo and if I think it looks better on a person than on a hanger.

  4. Include as many details as you can in your listing. Things like condition (be honest!), how it fits, if the color is off in the photos (or which photo is closest to true color if it’s a difficult color to photograph), etc. Some people swear by adding measurements. If you have them, add them! I added them to some of my listings, but they aren’t selling any faster than my items without measurements. Potential buyers may ask for them, so make sure you can measure and respond. (Though 95% of the time, in my experience, if someone asks for the measurements, they won’t end up buying the item.) If you do add measurements, use the word “approximate” to describe them so a buyer can’t open a case against you and claim your measurements are wrong.

  5. Check comps so you know how to price your item. Search for your exact item in the sold listings and make note of the condition and price so you know what you can expect to get for your item.

  6. Set your price slightly high to allow some room for negotiations. I usually price higher than I think I’ll get, then drop the price a few times to see if someone will bite. Read more on that below! (Also, be honest about the original price. Don’t inflate it to make it seem like your price is a better deal!)


SELLING YOUR ITEMS

  1. Share your own items and often. Poshmark is like another social media platform; they tell you to follow people and share their items and build your “network”…but the best thing you can do to make sales is to share your own items. Sharing puts your items at the top of the list when people are searching for things, and more eyes on your items = more sales. I share at least three times a day, once during each “party”. (I always share to the party if I can, but I don’t think sharing to them necessarily leads to more sales. Sharing to it still pushes your items to the top if people are looking outside of the party.) I aim to share my entire closet five to six times per day. It takes about two minutes to do this each time. Sharing other peoples’ items will sometimes result in them sharing your items in return, but I honestly think sharing yourself is the best way to go.

  2. Counteroffer the offers you receive. I declined offers when I first started on Posh, and I cringe at how many sales I lost because of that! The majority of my sales are because someone made an offer. Sometimes I accept, sometimes I counter. (Sometimes I ignore offers if they offer way below my list price and I don’t feel like we’ll compromise. I’ll also ignore offers from people who repeatedly offer low.) This is why you price slightly high—to allow for offers.

  3. Strategically drop the price to coincide with Closet Clear Out (CCO), a promotion that Poshmark does often to encourage sales. Buyers receive $5 shipping for a few hours if you drop the price at least 10%. CCO happens at least once a week, so I don’t drop the price every week, but when I do want to drop prices, I drop them to coincide with CCO to entice buyers. I think I’ve made two sales from CCO out of 150+ sales, so it’s definitely not the most lucrative selling method for me personally.

  4. Re-list your item if it’s been sitting around for a while or if you’re at your lowest price. I used to not do this; I’d collect dozens of “likes” on my items and still no one would make an offer. I recently started re-listing items if they’ve been up for at least a couple of months. Yes, you’ll lose the likes, but if those people were really interested in buying they would have bought by now! I’ve sold a few things since re-listing them (and some for a higher price than the lowest price I had it at before re-listing). Re-listing brings your item back to the top of the “Just In” listings (as opposed to the “Just Shared”), which is the default when users are browsing a particular brand!

  5. Vet your buyer before accepting an offer or shipping to try to avoid problematic buyers. I usually check their love notes and Meet the Posher listing (or random listings if they have any) to see if they made any petty complaints or if other people left negative comments (i.e. if they are leaving negative ratings, filing claims, placing then canceling orders, etc.). If you cannot see the buyer’s profile, don’t fret! They probably found your item on Google and created a guest account to make the purchase. I’ve had no issues shipping to guest users so far.

  6. Ship quickly when you make a sale! I know we individual sellers can’t compete with Amazon Prime, but if you can get your item out the next day, that goes a long way to please your buyer and perhaps entice them to leave a nice love note for others to see and/or bring them back to your closet. Poshmark also recommends wrapping the item like a gift and writing a thank you card, but that’s overkill in my opinion. I usually just wrap the item for protection and include a little thank you note. If I have a spare plastic bag laying around, I’ll put a delicate garment (like silk) in it so it’s protected from rain. I mostly reuse the packaging I receive when I place online orders, but you can also order boxes for free from USPS. (You are allowed to use Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes, but USPS might throw a fit so I’d recommend the regular Priority Mail boxes.)


OTHER THINGS TO KNOW

  • If someone comments on a listing asking you to contact them via email, don’t. Don’t even respond. It’s a scam, and you won’t be protected by Poshmark. You can tap the flag under the comment, mark it as spam, and the comment will be deleted. Comments you leave on your own listings will stay there forever.

  • If someone adds just one item to a bundle and doesn’t make an offer, they’re usually waiting to see if you’ll send an offer to them. The best part about sending an offer to a single-item bundle is you don’t need to send a shipping discount like you would with an Offer to Likers (a promo that requires at least a 10% price drop and shipping discount to the “likers”)! Sometimes I send offers, sometimes I don’t. It depends on the item.

  • Only use the Poshmark-provided USPS shipping label, which is generated automatically and emailed to you when you make a sale. You’re not protected if you ship via a different method and may not receive your earnings. If a buyer tells you to ship to a different address, don’t, unless they update their address through Poshmark prior to you shipping the package. You’ll get a new label from Poshmark if their address is updated.

  • Not all buyers will rate and leave “love notes”. Don’t take it personally! And if someone rates less than five stars and leaves a note, no one can see it. Only love notes left with five-star ratings are shown on your profile. If someone leaves a dishonest love note, you can remove it from your profile (I’ve only had one of these so far). (If you make a purchase, always rate five stars unless there was a serious issue, and if something wasn’t described, open a case.)


I hope this helps! Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions. :) A great additional resource is the Poshmark subreddit. I’ve learned so much from it! If you want to search the subreddit for anything in particular, don’t use the Reddit search because it sucks and doesn’t work. Instead, go to Google and search for your question + “site:reddit.com/r/poshmark”!

Don’t forget: If you don’t yet have an account, you can sign up using my referral code HURRICANEKIMI and receive a credit to use on your first purchase (and I’ll earn a credit, too). You can currently earn a $10 credit but it’s normally $5. Here is my closet! Happy Poshing!

Review of the MightyNest MightyFix monthly subscription: part 4 of 4

Review of the MightyNest MightyFix monthly subscription of green home products — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I’m at the end of my annual MightyFix subscription! A year ago, I used a coupon code I found on another blog to sign up on the MightyNest website, and since then, I’ve been receiving sustainable, eco-friendly alternatives to common home and wellness products every month. (My first review was shared last September, second review last December, and third review in March.) The MightyFix by MightyNest is an excellent way to be introduced to new products and slowly transition to a greener, healthier lifestyle. (I’m still very much a work-in-progress when it comes to my lower waste goals.)

The subscription increased in price to $11 per month (formerly $10 per month) in order to cover the cost of using eco-friendly shipping materials—$132 annually if not prepaid. I paid $99 with the coupon code, making it $8.25 per month. As a member, you also get discounts on most products, and if you want to buy anything from the site, it ships free with your Fix. After much deliberation, I decided to renew my annual subscription, which is offered for a reduced price of $114 if it’s prepaid. That makes each fix $9.50, an increase of $1.25 each over my first annual subscription. The majority of the products I received this past year would still be well worth the price at $9.50 each. I’m excited to see what I receive over the next year! (I won’t be writing any more formal review posts, though. If I receive any amazing products I’ll likely mention them in general round-up type posts!)

I can invite three people per month to receive a free month of the MightyFix monthly subscription, so let me know via email if you’d like an invite (cottoncashmerecathair (at) gmail (dot) com)! If you email me in June, let me know which of the three products below is your favorite and I’ll select that item for you to receive. Note that MightyNest did not pay me or ask me to write this post, and I paid for the subscription myself.

MightyFix All Good Goop healing balm — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

All Good Goop Healing Balm (March 2019)

This all-purpose balm is perfect to use on minor cuts and scrapes, dry skin, and other skin irritations like bug bites and sunburn. It features an organic formula of essential oils and medicinal plants that is free of petroleum, parabens, GMOs, gluten, and synthetic ingredients. The 2 ounce size is perfect for travel.

I first used this balm on a couple of cat scratches (such is my life) but didn’t notice much of any change. Now that I think about it, I probably didn’t use it enough days in a row! This product is very highly-rated, especially for use on diaper rash and dry skin. After reading some of the reviews, I’m going to try it on body acne to see if it helps that at all! (My skin has been freaking out a little bit since getting my IUD a couple of years ago.)

Regular price: $13.99 / Member price: $12.59 / I paid: $8.25

MightyFix Cose Nuove Swedish dishcloths — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Cose Nuove Swedish Dishcloths (April 2019)

These Swedish dishcloths are made of cellulose and cotton fabric, are incredibly absorbent (up to 15x their weight), and claim to leave no streaks on surfaces. They’re a natural alternative to disposable sponges and paper towels. They can be machine washed (and air dried) and will last for 9-12 months if cared for properly. At the end of their life, they are compostable and biodegradable.

I already own a set of “unpaper” towels, which are basically just reusable towels, and received a set of Tidy dish cloths in a previous Fix, and those have already dramatically reduced my dependency on paper towels. I’m thrilled to have another option, though! You can never have too many towel or sponge alternatives. I love that they are compostable since we have curbside compost pickup here. The designs are super cute, too. ;) (I received blue circles and green leaves.)

Regular price (each): $5.99 / Member price (each): $5.59 / I paid (for two): $8.25

MightyFix RSVP Endurance stainless steel straws and EcoJarz stainless steel straw cleaner — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel Straws (& EcoJarz Stainless Steel Straw Cleaner) (May 2019)

These stainless steel straws are made from high-quality, medical-grade stainless steel. I received a set of bent straws, but they straight straws are also available (that are slightly wider for thicker drinks). They are dishwasher safe! It is suggested to rinse the straws out first before putting them in the dishwasher. The straw cleaner was also included as part of my Fix, which was a nice touch.

I was thrilled to receive this Fix! I’ve been wanting to get some reusable straws, and these are a great starting place. (I’m also curious about glass straws.) The only thing that makes me nervous is cleaning them! I appreciate that these can go in the dishwasher, but I want to make sure they won’t fall through any holes…haha. I also need to remember to bring them with me in order to actually use them when out and about. That always seems to be a big hurdle for me.

Regular price: $10.99 (+ $1.99 for the cleaner) / Member price: $9.89 / I paid: $8.25

Review of the MightyNest MightyFix monthly subscription: part 3 of 4

Review of the MightyNest MightyFix monthly subscription of green home products — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I signed up for a year-long monthly subscription of MightyFix by MightyNest in June of last year, so I only have one more review post left after this one! You may have caught my first review (shared in September) or second review (shared in December). Every month, I receive a sustainable, eco-friendly alternative to a common home product. The subscription costs $10 per month—$120 annually, unless you find a coupon code (check for special offers!). I paid $99 instead of $120, making it $8.25 per month. As a member, you also get discounts on most products, and if you want to buy anything from the site, it ships free with your Fix.

MightyFix is such a simple way to introduce new products into your home, especially if you’re like me and tend to feel overwhelmed by the wide variety of “green” products available on the market. I’ve really enjoyed being introduced to all of these new products over the past nine months and look forward to what’s to come. There have only been a couple things that I haven’t used or that I don’t think I will end up using, but on the flip side, there are a bunch of products I’ve received that I’ve used nonstop and recommend to my friends and family!

I can invite three people per month to receive a free month of the MightyFix monthly subscription, so let me know via email if you’d like an invite (cottoncashmerecathair (at) gmail (dot) com)! If you email me in December, let me know which of the three products below is your favorite and I’ll select that item for you to receive. Note that MightyNest did not pay me or ask me to write this post.

MightyFix LunchSkins reusable sandwich bag set — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

LunchSkins Reusable Sandwich Bag Set (December 2018)

The LunchSkins bags replace the single-used plastic baggies commonly used for lunches (I bet that’s what inspired the name, ha ;)). They feature quick-drying and food-safe fabric, a moisture-proof liner, and flap with velcro closure for security. They are dishwasher safe in the top rack or machine-washable in cold water but need to be air dried.

Like the Stasher silicone bag I received in my first Fix back in June, I think the sandwich-sized bag will work great for toting part of my breakfast (cinnamon bread slices) to work. (Admittedly, I haven’t used the LunchSkins sandwich bag yet; I still use my Stasher bag daily!) Both the larger and smaller bags are great options for toting any random snacks. Sometimes I want to bring cookies or other smaller baked goods to work but hate pulling out plastic baggies for them so these will be perfect! I’m excited about these bags.

Regular price: $11.99 / Member price: $10 / I paid: $8.25

MightyFix To-Go Ware bamboo RePEaT utensil set — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

To-Go Ware Bamboo RePEaT Utensil Set (January 2019)

This reusable flatware (knife, fork, and spoon) and chopstick set is made of bamboo, and the fabric carrier is made from recycled PET plastic (hence the RePEaT) which is commonly used in those difficult-to-recycle crinkly water bottles and hinged-lid produce containers. The sets are ethically and sustainably made in China. I received the set with the MightyNest holder but there are sets available in other solid colors.

To be honest, I wasn’t particularly thrilled about receiving this set. When I bring my lunch from home, I bring our regular silverware, and when I go out buy food to take home, I’ve started refusing the plastic silverware offered because I can just use our silverware at home. I like that this set includes a set of chopsticks, but I rarely use chopsticks as it is because I’m terrible at using them! I also don’t think the flatware is particularly useful; the knife is likely too weak to cut things, the fork has wide prongs, and the spoon is pretty flat. I’m not sure that I’ll use this set so I may pass it on to a friend or donate it.

Regular price: $12.99 / Member price: $11.04 / I paid: $8.25

MightyFix Flip & Tumble reusable produce bags — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Flip & Tumble Reusable Produce Bags (February 2019)

These lightweight, machine-washable bags are perfect to carry produce instead of the plastic bags at the grocery store. They’re able to hold a large quantity of produce (or really any other items, like dirty laundry while traveling) due to their large size (12” x 14”). The mesh makes it easy to see what’s inside, and a drawstring tie keeps everything contained. Plus, they’re made ethically in China.

I actually didn’t really need these since I ordered a few lightweight and reusable produce bags last year from the kootsac Etsy store, but more can’t hurt (plus I might use these for the aforementioned dirty laundry while traveling). I always forget to bring the bags I do have along to the store with me, though! I’m scheming up ways to get myself to remember to bring them along. I’ve loved them the few times I have remembered; I’ve used them the most for bulk nuts. They’d be a great companion at the farmer’s market, too.

Regular price: $10.99 / Member price: $10 / I paid: $8.25