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Buying and Selling on eBay: Tips, Tricks, Problems & Questions

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We just got Poshmark here in Canada; here's some pros and cons so far
- con - the fees are high, so I just tack it on to what I'm charging for the same item on ebay
- pro - shipping is easy, they send the labels
- pro - I had a dispute, and it was settled in my favour. I was thinking that I was going to lose for sure because of what I had become accustomed to on ebay, but they decided with me. It was a pair of unmarked size boots, that the customer claimed were NOD because they fit too small, so I was suprised when they gave their decision.
- con - their inventory management is shitty. It's harder to keep track of things there when trying to sell on multiple platforms.
- con - not easy to communicate with buyers, all public @ mentions, no private messages.

Sales have been good there though, a lot better than I anticipated. Far outperforming Grailed for me now.
 

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We just got Poshmark here in Canada; here's some pros and cons so far
- con - the fees are high, so I just tack it on to what I'm charging for the same item on ebay
- pro - shipping is easy, they send the labels
- pro - I had a dispute, and it was settled in my favour. I was thinking that I was going to lose for sure because of what I had become accustomed to on ebay, but they decided with me. It was a pair of unmarked size boots, that the customer claimed were NOD because they fit too small, so I was suprised when they gave their decision.
- con - their inventory management is shitty. It's harder to keep track of things there when trying to sell on multiple platforms.
- con - not easy to communicate with buyers, all public @ mentions, no private messages.

Sales have been good there though, a lot better than I anticipated. Far outperforming Grailed for me now.
Having had a couple of legitimate returns(obvious undisclosed holes) as a buyer on Poshmark, I can tell you that they are definitely seller friendly. Unlikely eBay, they put the onus on the buyer to prove an item is not as described. As a seller, I would think their policies, if they stay this way, would weed out scammers pretty quickly.
 

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+1 to both of those replies above me. Poshmark is definitely seller friendly, and pretty hassle-free overall. Been really surprised at some of the CM I've been able to move for good money on there too.
 
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Having had a couple of legitimate returns(obvious undisclosed holes) as a buyer on Poshmark, I can tell you that they are definitely seller friendly. Unlikely eBay, they put the onus on the buyer to prove an item is not as described. As a seller, I would think their policies, if they stay this way, would weed out scammers pretty quickly.

Coming from someone that buys quite alot on here you have to make a rock solid case to get a return on poshmark. The sellers are typically IME very negligent and fail to mention obvious flaws (missing buttons etc) and call things "good condition" or "NWOT" when things have been clearly worn. I return about 20% of my purchases, then again I am purchasing from average peeps. I've had 8 cases against me as a seller there and I've won every single one. The buyers there aren't used to having to make a convincing case.
 

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As a buyer, NWOT is sketchy as hell. I bought a "NWOT" Drake's scarf off ebay a couple of years ago, and when it arrived, it was not only obvious that it wasn't new, it was also obvious that the seller had washed it and shrunk it. Luckily I had an identical scarf in a different color so that I could demonstrate easily. There's definitely got to be a balance between buyer and seller protections.
 

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There are two types of women on Poshmark: those with “husbands”, and those with husbands. The former have men’s shoes listed in every size, shoes hubby has only worn a couple of times. (Presumably because no one wears both a size 7 and 13). The latter — those with true blue husbands — are a godsend. I have a small cache of them bookmarked. Hubby likes the good stuff. The wife likes to Poshmark. She sells her own clothes at market rate, but the husband’s? No way. Any offer seems like a good offer.

This is the best way to Poshmark.
 

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Just had a meeting with my investments portfolio guy. Decided to take a box of assorted ties in with me. He bought 3, friends and family. No fees, no shipping, and no returns (except on my investments). Loving that.

Plus, he's going to hook me up with his investment buddies in town. Bringing back the door to door salesman.
 

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^A few years ago I bought a BUNCH of isaia off a woman who was cleaning out her hubby's closet, messaged her off an ebay listing. Hubby is my size, but getting bigger in all the wrong places, apparently. It wasn't dirt cheap, but paid no more than $150/suit, several items are still in rotation today, including this textured silk sport coat I'm wearing today.
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^A few years ago I bought a BUNCH of isaia off a woman who was cleaning out her hubby's closet, messaged her off an ebay listing. Hubby is my size, but getting bigger in all the wrong places, apparently. It wasn't dirt cheap, but paid no more than $150/suit, several items are still in rotation today, including this textured silk sport coat I'm wearing today.
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smdh y'all got me beat. I have no excuse to wear a suit because I only leave the house to thrift. /nolife
 

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Just had a meeting with my investments portfolio guy. Decided to take a box of assorted ties in with me. He bought 3, friends and family. No fees, no shipping, and no returns (except on my investments). Loving that.

Plus, he's going to hook me up with his investment buddies in town. Bringing back the door to door salesman.
Absolutely agree with this. I sell lots of items to my wife's colleagues. A few of these doctors said they would never wear "used" clothing. After a while, they saw the relative bargains that their co-workers were getting. Now, they proudly buy from me. Whenever I get a large haul of something, I send them an email before I even unload it at the house.
 

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Heads up to you guys, be careful how you photograph Zara if you ever pick up that trash. One of their lawyers had my original photo removed from the listing and claimed it was a stolen stock photo. Glad it was an old listing before I started watermarking. Just another one to add to the list. Forgot to mention this a few months ago.
 

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Just had a meeting with my investments portfolio guy. Decided to take a box of assorted ties in with me. He bought 3, friends and family. No fees, no shipping, and no returns (except on my investments). Loving that.

Plus, he's going to hook me up with his investment buddies in town. Bringing back the door to door salesman.
No scammers, no long message exchanges, no unwarranted feedback, it’s so liberating that I prefer to sell items for £10 at car boot sale than anything less than £25 on eBay
 

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