I started selling on Poshmark in 2016 and quickly found success getting my listings viewed and sold within a short period of time.
Before I knew it, I was deemed a “Top Seller” having sold over $1,200. Not too bad for a side hustle!
Prior to joining the platform, I had literally no experience selling clothes, shoes, or accessories.
Zero. Zilch. Nada.
What I did have was determination and the drive to make money from selling items online.
And that hard work paid off.
Today, I’m sharing my knowledge for how to sell on Poshmark quickly and confidently. Detailed steps below!
How to Sell on Poshmark: 7 Tips for Success
1. Take Good Photos and Show Everything
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and while you may only be taking photos of an item, it truly is what sets you apart from the other listings.
Your cover photo is the first image potential buyers are going to see in the Poshmark listings, so it’s extremely important that this photo meets the following criteria:
- Good lighting
- Close view of the product
- No background distractions
- Clear and not blurry
In total, you have 16 photo slots and 1 video slot to utilize when you’re selling on Poshmark — that’s a lot of space to showcase your item!
A few of the things I’d recommend showing in your other images and/or video are:
- Any damage, stains, holes, scuffs, etc.
- Intricate details (such as lace detail or patterns)
- Tags (shows materials and size)
- Front and back of your item (or angled shots if you’re selling shoes or other products)
- Measurements (if you have a clothing measuring tape to show length, width, etc.)
- On a model or mannequin so that buyers can see how the item looks when it’s worn
2. Write Descriptive Titles and Descriptions
One of the key ways to sell on Poshmark quickly and successfully is by getting more eyes on your listings.
If you’ve never heard of search engine optimization (SEO), here’s a quick rundown: it’s a marketing strategy that uses keywords and other tactics to increase your visibility in search results.
For the sake of Poshmark, the SEO you want to focus on comes from the way you describe your item in the title and description.
For your title, that means including the following:
- Brand name
- Product name or style (if known)
- Size (if you have enough character space)
And the following should be included in your description:
- Brand name
- Product name or style
- Specific details
- Any damage
Ok, so you’ve probably noticed that I’m recommending you include the brand name, product name or style, and size in both the title and description.
That’s on purpose!
The key is to have your description be full of any and all information a buyer may ask you for so that they have no other questions to ask, making the sale much more likely to happen.
You’d be surprised at the number of listings I see that just say “Like new condition – used twice.”
That’s not enough information for me to truly know if I want to buy the product or not.
Here are a few examples from my own listings to help you get an idea of what a good title and description look like:
3. Price to Sell
One of the biggest problems I see on Poshmark is sellers listing their items for unreasonable amounts.
Even if you have a new item that has never been worn, odds are you aren’t going to get full price for it, especially on this type of platform.
For used items, you’re looking to sell it for at least 50-60% off the retail price, if not more.
Remember, buyers still have to pay for shipping, so factor that into the cost and think about whether it makes sense for them to purchase or not. Would you buy it at that price?
Answer honestly. If the answer is no, then it’s time to lower the price.
Pro Tip: Before deciding on a price, do some research on Google to see what your item sells for brand new. Then, look at eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and other Poshmark listings to see what this type of product has sold for in the past. That will give you a good starting place!
4. Find Your Target Audience
When you’re selling on Poshmark, you should be actively participating in the community by sharing other listings and following users.
Doing so will increase your visibility and show others that you’re here to help them sell their items as well!
In addition to sharing regularly, you’ll want to browse similar listings to yours and see who has liked those listings.
Then, give those users a follow and share any listings they may have.
This will get their attention and hopefully get their eyes on your item’s listing, which could result in a sale!
5. Update Your Listings Regularly
If you have some listings that end up sitting for a little bit (it happens!), give them some fresh life by adding updated images, new details in the description, etc.
You may find that certain items aren’t relevant during specific times of the year, so traffic to those posts may be slower than normal.
If this is the case and you really want to sell the item quickly, consider offering a special sales price for a short period of time. Poshmark makes this easy to do by allowing you to drop the price, in which case, people who have liked your listing will get an email about the price drop.
On top of that, Poshmark will usually give them a special shipping rate when this happens, so it encourages people to take quick action!
6. Ship Quickly
Congratulations, you’d sold your item!
Now, it’s time to box it up and send it out. Remember, your customer is anxious to get their item, so the sooner you can drop it off at the post office, the better.
Personally, I made it a goal to always ship within one business day.
From there, shipping takes anywhere from 1-3 days and then the buyer has up to 3 days to accept the order (if the 72 hour mark is reached, the order gets auto-accepted and the money will be deposited in your Poshmark account).
Quick FYI on shipping — once your item is sold, Poshmark sends you an email with a prepaid shipping label for you to print off and put on a box or bag. From there, you can drop it at your local post office or schedule a pickup from your house.
7. Provide Exceptional Customer Service
Part of selling on Poshmark successfully is keeping potential buyers and actual buyers informed.
This means you’re:
- Responding to comments on your listings quickly
- Letting buyers know when they’re item has been shipped (you can tag them in the comments on the listing)
- Telling buyers if any delays have happened, and why
Additionally, some sellers like to include handwritten notes with their packages. It’s not a requirement, but it’s a nice touch!
Do you feel like you know how to sell on Poshmark now? Let me know in the comments below!