How Does Shopping on Poshmark Work? Tips for Buyers

Updated on November 15, 2019
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Katy has sold clothing on Mercari and Poshmark for 2 years and does most of her thrift buying online from eBay, Posh, and Mercari.

Poshmark is an online marketplace for clothes, mostly second-hand clothing. Anyone living in the U.S. can buy or sell clothes on Poshmark. Both the buying and selling process is easy once you go through it.

Read about how to buy clothes on Poshmark and the options available to buyers. Learn the methods I use to find great clothes and get even better deals.

Women's Express Blouse bought used on Poshmark.
Women's Express Blouse bought used on Poshmark.

How Does Poshmark Work for Buyers?

The Posh buying process is a little more involved than a typical online store.

First-Time Buyers

Everyone needs to create an account before buying. You can sign up with Facebook, Google, or just an email. Then you'll enter your size and select some brands to follow. First-time buyers get $0.99 shipping on their first item, which is usually $6.49.

Sales Tax

As of March 2019, Poshmark will charge you sales tax, regardless of your state. Other online retailers (Amazon and Ebay) will charge sales tax only when the buyer is in a state that requires it. But Poshmark started a blanket policy that charges everyone.

Tips for Buying on Poshmark

Poshmark is pretty easy to use. But for the best finds and deals, follow these tips:

  • "Like" Items
  • Ask Questions in Comments
  • Make Offers
  • Use Bundles

When shopping on Poshmark for the first time, it's not obvious how to use these tips. I'll walk you through each one and even experienced buyers will pick up new strategies.

Tip #1: Like Items

As you browse Poshmark, you can "like" items to save them for later. Use the heart icon in search results or the "Like and save for later" button on the listing page.

I am pretty selective with the items I "Like." I only choose items that are within my price range and my size; they have to be items I would seriously consider purchasing. Even if I'm not ready to pull the trigger right then.

Liking a listing means you will receive notification if the seller drops the price. Sellers have to drop it at least 10% to trigger this notification.

With my liking strategy, I know when a notification pops up that it's something worth looking at. If it's still something I love then I know I need to snatch it up before other Likers take advantage of the same deal.

Tip #2: Ask Questions in the Comments

Poshmark is a social site. Your only communication with a seller is via public comments on a listing.

Make sure you thoroughly read the listing before inquiring about further information. Here are some useful things to ask about:

  • Measurements
  • Conditions
  • Clarification of color, material, or fit

Sellers are accustomed to answering these types of questions and most will do so in the hopes it brings a sale. I use the comment section to ask anything that's missing from the listing. I make sure to get really comfortable with what is for sale before I commit to buying.

Poshmark has a lot of "mall brands" like Forever 21, Banana Republic and Gap.
Poshmark has a lot of "mall brands" like Forever 21, Banana Republic and Gap.

Tip #3: Make an Offer

You can make an offer to the seller for any item on Poshmark.

How to Make an Offer

On desktop: the "Make an Offer" button is next to the Buy Now button.

On the Poshmark App: the "Offer" button is to the left of the "Buy" button.

You enter the dollar amount you're offering. The seller has 24 hours to Accept, Deny, or Counter. If they accept it, your payment method is charged immediately and the seller has to ship it.

If they counter it then you have the chance to pay the new counter offer or make a counter of your own. Countering continues until the seller accepts it or either party stops countering.

Purchases made through Make an Offer charge buyers the full shipping price.

Why Should You Make an Offer?

Most sellers list their prices slightly higher than what they're willing to take. Many are willing to negotiate but quite a few have firm prices. These listings will have text like, "Don't Accept Offers" or "Price is Firm." In my experience those mean what they say and it's not worth the time.

My recommendation to buyers is to always try making an offer. First, make sure you're committed to buying the item and the listing doesn't state No Offers. Offer 10-15% below the asking price. Many sellers will accept right away. Some may haggle with you over a dollar or two and accept the offer after a few counters.

Very rarely will a seller reject a good offer. Remember that most sellers are on Poshmark to make sales and won't reject reasonable offers.

Tip #4: Bundle Items

Another way to shop smart on Poshmark is to take advantage of Bundles. When you buy multiple items from a closet, they're "bundled" together so you only pay once for shipping. On top of that, many sellers offer a Seller Discount for an automatic percentage off the bundle.

Good bundles deals are easier to get from small sellers than retail-esque businesses. The big, retail closets have margins to stick to so either won't offer bundles or only give 10% off. Smaller sellers that are on Posh to clear their closet so will be happy to offer a discount.

Bundles can mean huge savings when you find a closet that has many items listed in your size. When I shop on Poshmark, I pay attention when a listing I like has a Seller's Discount available. Discounts on 2+ items and 15% or more off really catch my eye. I go to the seller's closet and filter for My Size. This shows me what else she has that I might be interested in.

How to Make a Bundle

First, find an item you want to add. Click "Add to Bundle" on the listing page. You now have a bundle started with that seller. From there, add the other items you wish to buy. Once you reach the minimum quantity for the discount it will be automatically applied. At this point, you could purchase everything for that reduced price.

But if you're looking for an even better deal, take advantage of the Make an Offer button from the bundle. This starts you in negotiations with the seller. I offer about 10% lower than the discounted price and the seller almost always accepts.

I recently scored two Ann Taylor tops and a pair of Ann Taylor pants from a seller for $10 off and saved $12.98 on shipping. Originally the tops were $12 and the pants were $35. I bundled all three items to get 15% off and then offered the seller $10 less than that and she accepted!

Your Experience Buying on Poshmark

Do you have any other tips for buying on Poshmark? Please share your experience below.

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      2 months ago

      I have tried to make 2 purchases from Poshmark.First one never shipped the item but I did get a defund.

      I’m 6 days into buying another item and the seller has not even shipped the item.I love EBay and buy a lot on there.

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      16 months ago

      useful tips, in fact I am seller on poshmark.

      Tong @


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