Poshmark is a fashion and style online marketplace that has been making some buzz since it started in 2011. At the time, it was revolutionary and has provided a great deal of excitement for those who are fond of fashion in North America.
The company operates under the basic idea that other online marketplaces do, but with a surprising and engaging twist. When it launched, it was designed and intended to focus mainly on clothing and anything that relates to fashion, such as shoes and accessories. Hence, it has provided opportunities to folks who would like to make cash out of their used clothes and accessories or those who simply would like to downsize their wardrobe. In the same vein, it also provided a great chance to engrossed fashionistas to buy high-quality clothes, but at an affordable and ultimately reasonable cost. Hence, up to this day, it continues to thrive and attract more audiences, both the sellers and the buyers.
Now, it just doesn’t introduce itself as an eCommerce. It also doubles down on presenting itself as a social community online, where those who are highly passionate about trendy or timeless styles can exchange ideas and do business with each other. It has now become a community that has a solid and unbreakable footing for people who have high regard for fashion.
The company’s services are currently available in three countries: the US, Canada, and Australia. They currently have over 80 million users and hundreds of millions of items to be sold. The options are endless for the items, and the opportunities are huge in being able to make a sale and grab some steals for high-quality clothes and accessories.
But, how does Poshmark work?
As a digital platform, Poshmark is available both on the app and on the web. Because of the popularity of smartphones and the rest of portable devices, Poshmark is particularly useful and known for its app, which is the preferred way for most users to post their ads or browse products.
To list a product, sellers will have to take a photo of it, provide a description and set a price for it. When a buyer successfully buys an item, Poshmark will provide a ready label with the buyer’s shipping address. The sellers will still be the ones who have to package the stuff that’s about to be sold.
Poshmark is the intermediary between the seller and the buyer, making the connection and the transaction between the two parties as smooth and as seamless as possible. Such service and special features don’t come for free, however. For any item sold that falls under $15, the company charges a flat fee of $2.95, which is reasonable and very much affordable. For those that have been sold for more than $15, Poshmark makes a 20% cut. The shipping, on the other hand, is shouldered by the buyer.
To be able to use the platform, interested sellers and buyers must create an account or log in using their Gmail or Facebook credentials.
With all the said features and the fame that Poshmark has, it is certainly one of the best in the industry, yet, it may still not be for everybody.
We’ve come up with a list here of the 10 alternatives!
Folks on the watch for selling high-quality clothes and fashion-related items can find comfort and ally on ThredUp. The company aims to help people who’d like to earn money from their used clothes. They particularly aim for those who’d like to get rid of their old clothes. Although ThredUp is known for buying and selling used clothes, all of the items undergo quality assessment. So, prospective buyers can rest assured that only those that have great quality are being sold here.
So, how does ThredUp work?
The eCommerce platform is a marketplace for used clothes but maintains an acceptable quality that is easily comparable to that of new ones. Despite the great condition of such clothes, the price remains affordable. So, no wonder why buyers love it and why it has gained such a huge following and reputation.
ThredUp is both available on the app and the website. Despite that, it’s a lot more efficient to use the app version as it’s optimized, especially for people on the go. For sellers who would like to get their hands on it, they would have to order first a bag called “Clean Out Kit,” where they will have to put their clothes and ship it to the address that ThredUp will provide. Once received, the package will then undergo the assessment of whether it can be sold on the platform or not. If they aren’t accepted, sellers will have two options: recycling or returning the items. If someone simply wants to discard some of their old clothes, they also have an option to just donate them if they won’t pass the assessment for being listed and sold.
Another great Poshmark alternative is Shopolop. Although the two aren’t exactly alike, especially when speaking about how the two operate. If Poshmark is a platform that specifically focuses on fashion, Shopolop is a marketplace for general goods wherein most items of different categories can be sold. While Poshmark is both available on the app and a website, Shopolop is only available on a website. Sellers won’t have anything to download on their phone and get their ads listed on the go without having to go to the website. But what separates Shopolop from Poshmark and, perhaps, the rest of the listing platforms here is the way it allows sellers to advertise. To say the least, it’s not that fast since every intent to do so will have to be expressed first, and the product needs to undergo a quality assessment.
Sellers need to complete a form which can be seen when they click on the “Sell a Product” option on the website. Once clicked, they will see a page that will ask them of their name, their email, phone number, and message. In the message box, they shall put in the information about the fashion item or accessories they would like to sell. The email address must be working, so the Shopolop admin can send their response back to the seller.
A platform online that has been so famous because of its unique business model is eBay. While some may say that it’s just one of the eCommerce platforms that sellers can turn to if they need to sell anything online, it’s unlike the majority, given that it allows an auction to take place for a lot of the items being sold here. As a general eCommerce platform, almost all the products can be sold here, from electronic devices, automotive to clothes, and the rest of the stuff related to fashion, which makes it a great Poshmark alternative. Even if it’s famous for its auction process, sellers can still get the opt-in at a fixed price for their clothes. So sellers can list their time; they must first have an account or create one if they don’t have one yet. Another option would be to use Google’s Facebook and Apple’s login credentials.
To start selling, they must click on the “Sell” link that can readily be found at the top of the screen. When done, interested sellers will be walked through a step-by-step process that will enable them to post photos, provide details, and set prices for their goods. Take note that eBay is a marketplace which means that it also allows payment to be processed in addition to providing a platform where products can be promoted. With all the services that eBay offers, a small fee is taken from the seller’s earnings once a successful sale is made.
Carousell is another marketplace that makes a great alternative to Poshmark, especially when the sellers will be selling in some of the countries in Asia. Since Poshmark – no matter how good it is – is only available in North America, Australia, and India, it doesn’t have enough scope to provide service and serve consumers coming from other countries who want to sell apparel and accessories. The answer to this for consumers who are in some of the developed yet small countries in Asia is Carousell.
The company was founded and is currently headquartered in Singapore. It currently services in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, Taiwan, and Vietnam. In all of these countries, Poshmark wouldn’t help since it’s not available here. The platform used to be Olx, a used-to-be household name for listing services online, only when it was bought by Carousell in 2019. Nonetheless, the latter continues to acknowledge Olx as its predecessor.
Currently, the company has a huge base, so selling clothes or establishing a presence here will give a huge chance of success, especially when selling high-quality costs at a fair and highly reasonable price. While Olx used to be just an online listing platform, Carousell is an online marketplace, so it also allows the sale to be processed.
If eBay, Shopolop, and Carousell are general marketplaces online and can’t be compared side-by-side with Poshmark exactly, Depop is a different case here. Like Poshmark, Depop is focused on fashion and style for men, women; accessories; and beauty products. What makes it even more exciting is it also has an app that thrilled sellers can use and turn to if they want to use the platform to reach out to highly engrossed fashion aficionados. The app is available on both iOS and Android run devices.
The company is based in London, UK. Nonetheless, it doesn’t stop it from establishing itself and making itself popular with its offices in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Italy. In such countries, sellers can use Depop and make it their ally in reaching out to their highly viable buyers. The company focuses on providing a platform for used clothes to be sold and have other people benefit from them at highly economical prices. In the latest data, Depop has more than 20 million users who on average, are in their mid-20s. The first requirement that is needed to get started using Depop is a valid mobile phone number, which will secure the account that’s about to be created and at the same time make sure that the country where the seller is, is serviceable. After signing up, sellers can upload photos and list them as products by providing some more information.
Oodle is one of the most commonly heard listing platforms that anyone who’d like to look for a Depop alternative can count on. Founded in 2004, it has grown to be among the most reputable online marketplaces where almost all the items from any category can be advertised and listed on the platform. Although its headquarters is based in the United States, it’s also available in Australia, India, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
With such a case, sellers who are planning to sell their clothes and the rest that’s related to fashion in some other parts of the world will be better off with other platforms. The location will first have to be identified. An account will not be needed to log in. There are two ways to do so. Interested sellers can use their Facebook login credentials. To verify the identity of the seller, Facebook will be required. And while the category that is specific to fashion and clothes aren’t available, the closest ones that sellers can choose are “Personals” and “Community.” Although it doesn’t look as good as Depop as it looks modest and simple, it’s easy to use and well organized. It’s also free, so sellers won’t have to deal with having another burden of shouldering the costs.
Vinted can be considered as a direct equivalent to Depop since it’s almost got the same propaganda and objective. It’s a community-driven online marketplace that caters to fashion. Like Depop, it’s based in Europe having been founded in Lithuania in 2008. Since it’s more than a decade now, it currently holds more than 45 million members. It is a huge community that should give hope to interested sellers of fashion-centric items. It is available in several countries, particularly in European countries such as Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain.
While it emphasizes premium and branded second-hand items, selling completely new stuff isn’t prohibited. Like Depop, it’s well-maintained and very encouraging to use. There isn’t much unnecessary clutter, and using it is straightforward. It all happens in just 3 simple steps. So sellers can use the platform, they will need to have an account or use their Facebook, Google, and Apple login credentials. The other way to do that is by registering their email address on the Vinted. While listing and promoting the product comes free of charge, when it gets sold, Vinted takes a cut between 3-8% percent, depending on the value of the product that was sold.
ClassifiedAds is one that anyone must take advantage of because it’s a painless and excellently looking platform for an online listing service. It’s clean and not confusing. One will rarely see any unnecessary ad cropping up anywhere. Unlike Vinted, Poshmark, and Depop, ClassifiedAds is a general platform for listing anything, so it’s not just excluding clothes and items related to fashion. It’s also not a marketplace that provides an all-out service from listing to selling. Its services are limited to providing an avenue for sellers to advertise and promote their products.
It’s easy to start the listing process. To do so, click on the “Post your ad, Free!” button In the category section, select from the dropdown “Items for Sale” and in the subcategory, “Clothing & Apparel.” After that, it will ask for a location, which unfortunately only accepts a US postal code. Hence, anyone who’s wising to sell outside the United States will be better suited with other listing platforms that belong on this list. Other information will also have to be provided, especially the sellers’ information in addition to the details about the clothes or apparel. One great feature that sellers will surely love on the platform is its allowing of the images to be posted. It’s also completely free.
Geebo is another great and exciting listing platform. Although it has so much promise, like ClassifiedAds, it’s only available in the United States. The location option can only be changed to some extent to a state in the US. It also has a lot of similarities with ClassifiedAds. It is only a listing platform. So, while it allows advertising, it doesn’t provide a feature or option for closing the sale.
The “Post” option should be clicked for posting an ad to get redirected to the next pages, where sellers will be asked to specify the type of item they are selling. Although there’s nothing specific to fashion or clothes, apparel, and/or accessories, the closest one will be “Merchandise.” Upon clicking that, a whole different page will show up that will ask for the Title, Description, Type of the Ad, the Postal Code of the seller’s location, the Location, State, City, Contact Email, and Contact Name. Photos can be uploaded to the platform, so buyers will have an easier time evaluating if they are looking at the product that’s going to be worth their money. For sellers, it’s imperative to provide as much helpful information on the details section and make the title as captivating as possible.
Etsy is both a listing platform and a marketplace. But it’s not like the rest of the platforms that have made it to this list. While it’s not necessarily focused on fashion, clothes, accessories, and footwear, it can still serve as the platform for such items. Etsy focuses on anything that’s handmade and highly customized crafts and arts. So, as long as the item has an element of uniqueness to it, it can be sold here. More than just a listing platform, it also allows closing of the sale. Hence, sellers must have an account here.