Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sell Your Clothes Using Apps in Your Phone!



I'm the kind of girl who has too many clothes, and honestly I haven't met a girl who doesn't have too many clothes.  I lived in a little apartment with a tiny closet, in other words, not nearly enough space for all the clothes I had, and all the clothes I wanted to have. Some clothing I did not wear had to stay hidden away in storage, just waiting for somebody to love them. I recently discovered that I could sell the clothes I did not want from the comfort of my home!
But before you start selling your clothes and listing stuff, here are a few things you'll need beforehand:

- Printer.  You'll need a printer to print out shipping labels.
- Packing tape.  You'll need to tape the shipping labels to packages.
- Boxes to ship stuff or packages.  You can also get free shipping boxes from the post office.
- Bank account of PayPal where your earnings can be deposited.

 There are many apps out there that you can use, but here are my favorite ones to use.

1.        Poshmark 


Poshmark is easy to use.  The app is probably the most popular out there to sell clothes. Poshmark pays via check or direct deposit to your bank.  Here are my pros and cons of the app.

Pros:

1.        Easy to use - the app is very user-friendly.  Easy interface and easy to sell your clothes.
2.        Tons of sellers and buyers - this app has been downloaded millions of times in both the Google Play Store and the Apple app store. 
3.        Although Poshmark is supposed to be strictly used for selling clothes, shoes and accessories, the market is highly unregulated, and people can pretty much list anything.  From movies, to toys, to baby clothes, to bedding, to phones.  You can pretty much find anything there and for pretty cheap prices. 
4.        They have good buyer protection.  If the item is sold and it's significantly different from the listing (torn, wrong size listed, piling, or anything not noted in description, etc), Poshmark will give you a refund provided that you turn in proof of your claim in photos and you can return the item to the seller.
5.        You can rate your experience with a seller.
6.        You can easily save an item, and Poshmark will notify you via e-mail when the price is lowered.
7.        Sellers at Poshmark will usually negotiate great deals with the buyer.   Although you can always skip the negotiation and just “Make an Offer.”
8.        It works!  By taking two or three pictures of clothing or shoes I don't wear, I have made about $320 in a period of a few months. 
9.        Very interactive.  They have daily theme parties in which you can share your items or other’s items for more exposure.
10.    They have a good referral program:  If you enter the code HBSJI when signing up, they give you $5.00 credit (pretty much free shipping!) and they'll give me $5.00 as well.  You can refer up to 10 people for a total of $50.

Cons:

1.      Although it is free to list, Poshmark takes a commission of 20% of any sale over $15 and $2.95 on any sale under $14.99.  The minimum listing price is $3.00 but they'll still $2.95 of that so you'll end up with $0.05. Not really worth it for cheaper brands such as Target, Walmart or Forever21.
2.      Lowest shipping price is $4.99 for a limit of 5lbs (cost extra if you need to ship heavier items).  It's awesome if you're shipping coats, shoes or bundles, but it's not a great deal if you're only shipping a t-shirt or something smaller.
3.      Takes up a lot of memory on your phone.
4.      Communication is a bit difficult.  There is no way to message privately, and everything has to be in the comments section.

2.        Vinted

Vinted is very similar to Poshmark but there are a few differences worth noting.  Vinted only pays through direct deposit to your bank account.  
 
Pros:

1.      Vinted takes a commission of 19% of the sale, no matter what.  So this app is better for selling lower end brands.
2.      Vinted has different prices for shipping.  Anything under ½ lb costs about $3.59, anything under 2lbs costs $5.99 and $6.99 for 5lbs and under.
3.      Available on Apple Store and Google Play Store.
4.      Vinted does have private messaging. 
5.      It works!  Although it does not have as much traffic as Poshmark, it’s quickly catching up, and so far this app has made me about $155 in a few months.
6.      They are stricter with their rules, and they enforce them!  No stock photos allowed.  No listing anything that isn’t shoes, clothes or accessories.  If you do list something like a stock photo it will be taken down.
7.      Great features like “Make an Offer,” “Swap” or “Gifted” are available. If you simply wish to swap your clothes the Swap button is awesome, although you still have to pay for shipping.
8.      Their referral program is the same as Poshmark.  You get $5.00 for signing up and I get $5.00 for signing up. You can sign up HERE.

Cons:

1.      Vinted is not as user-friendly as Poshmark.  Their menu is a little bit more difficult to navigate.
2.      Not as many sellers or buyers, though it is quickly catching up.
3.      Not as interactive as Poshmark, so you’ll have to really put effort in your photos to make it stand out as there is no sharing of items or closets.

3.     Instagram:

I know, I know, Instagram for selling clothes?  Believe it or not, there is a huge community of girls selling their closets.  You can usually find them by searching with the hashtags #ShopMyCloset, #CloseSale or #BuyMyClothes.  There are thousands of sellers and of course, buyers.   You take a good picture of the item you wish to sell, set a price with or without shipping and write a brief description of the item.  With no listing prices or seller fees, you can find items way cheaper than you would at any of the aforementioned selling apps.  Usually a seller gets paid via PayPal, and the buyer is still protected by the PayPal buyer protection in case the item was not as described.  It is a little more risky to buy this way, but it’s great to sell, and free!  So far I’ve sold a few items totaling a little over $100, but I have scored great deals from great sellers that are quite reputable!  A reputable seller has great pictures, does try-ons, responds to questions quickly and updates their closet often.  They usually have “store policies” as well.  I don’t like dealing with teenagers, which there are a lot of.  I also always look for some sort of feedback or “sold” photos along with the tag of person who bought it.  My favorite ones are:


And of course there are many more I like but right now I can’t remember their usernames.

4.     Twice 


Twice is an app for the lazy seller.  They only accept certain brands in excellent condition, and only 5 years old and newer.  They use PayPal for payout.

Pros:

1.      They have lots of used and new clothing from many great brands such as Diane Von Furstenberg, J. Crew, The Limited, Theory, etcetera, and for a fraction of the retail price!
2.      They pay for your items up front.  No waiting.
3.       They will also pay for your shipping label, or if you prefer, they will send you a shipping kit.
4.      It’s easy, simple, and quick.
5.      You have the option of accepting the cash, or store credit for an extra 25% of the cash offer amount.  For example, say they buy your clothes for $40, if you choose store credit instead; they will give you $50 instead to spend at their store.
6.      They have a great referral program! I earn $10 in store credit when you sign up and you earn $10 in store credit as well.  Up to $500 in store credit.  You can sign up HERE.

Cons:

1.      If you want to just make room in your closet, and don’t want to deal with the whole taking pictures and dealing with people and what not, you can just send all your items to them. The catch?  Don’t expect to get paid much.  They pay anywhere from $1.50 to $5.00 for more common brands such as Express and a little higher for higher end brands such as J. Crew and Diane Von Furstenberg. 
2.      They only accept certain brands.  And this changes all the time so you have to check their website often for what brands they are accepting.
3.      They will make you an offer on your items, and if you don’t like the offer they will ship it back to you for $4.95.

For example, a month ago I sent 11 items, all excellent condition, that had been listed on other apps for a long time, and didn’t sell.  I was moving and wanted to get rid of as much stuff as fast as I could.  So I tried Twice.  I sent 2 pairs of brand new shoes (Chinese Laundry and Lifestride), a Jessica Simpson purse, and tops and dresses and I got paid $34.50 +$20 in store credit.  Of the 11 items I sent, 9 were accepted.  I took the offer because I no longer wanted the items. 

Again, these are just suggestions of what you can do to make room in your closet, trying them out is up to you.  You will probably not make a ton of money from it, but for me, doing this for a few months will be paying for my family’s Christmas presents!
                                    









Disclaimer:  I was not paid for this post in any way.  All opinions are honest and my own and depict my own experience.This post may contain affiliated links.