Is Poshmark Legit? How to Buy and Sell on Poshmark Safely
Most of us are fairly careful when shopping for clothes online—we examine photos closely, read the fine print, and only use "legit" sites. That's why it can be hard to trust sites like Poshmark without having used them firsthand. But here's the thing—you can get great deals on Poshmark without having to worry about poor quality items or risking your personal information. Even if you haven't shopped online for used clothing before, you can learn how to use Poshmark safely. Read on to find out how to shop on Posh with total confidence.
What Is Poshmark?
First off, what exactly is Poshmark? Poshmark is a well-established website for buying and selling used clothes, and despite being a relatively new player in the online shopping scene, it's perfectly legitimate. The site is similar to eBay and Mercari, but it only allows listings for clothes, accessories, and makeup. Anyone can join the site to be a buyer or a seller. Read on to learn more about how to buy clothes on Poshmark and how to determine whether the items you are considering purchasing are legitimate.
Is Poshmark Legit?
Let's address a common concern: Is Poshmark legit? Yes, Poshmark is a reputable website. Buyers purchase actual clothes, and sellers receive actual payouts. That being said, while the site itself is perfectly legitimate, there is no guarantee that the users buying and selling on it are legitimate. That's why the website has protections in place for both parties:
- Buyers can accept or return an item once they receive it. A buyer's payment isn't released to the seller until they receive the item and approve their purchase.
- Sellers' shipments are protected so long as they ship using the site's pre-paid, pre-addressed shipping labels.
How Safe Is Poshmark for Buyers?
When buying used clothing online, the marketplace you choose matters a lot when it comes to keeping your finances and identity safe. For a successful online buying experience with Poshmark, there are three things you'll want to keep in mind: your money, your privacy, and your purchase.
Protecting Your Money
It's perfectly safe to give your payment information to the site because sellers never see it. Your payments are processed by Poshmark. Poshmark then pays your seller directly once you have confirmed that you've received your item and are satisfied.
While Poshmark's digital marketplace is safe, secure, and private, there is always some risk involved in buying online. Some sellers might misrepresent an item or hide its flaws. If this happens to you, take pictures of the item immediately, then open a dispute with the site as soon as you can. You are protected by Poshmark if the item you receive is not "as described."
Protecting Your Privacy and Identity
When setting up your account, you can choose a username that doesn't match your real name and can't be traced to you. You can add as much or as little information as you want to your profile page. Your mailing address, however, will need to be shared with sellers after you buy an item from them so they can ship it to you. This is not unique to Poshmark—sellers are given buyers' addresses on eBay and Mercari as well. If you really do not want to share your home address, you may consider setting up a P.O. box at your local post office or having items shipped to your workplace.
Making a Good Purchase
When shopping online, it's important to double-check that what you are buying is what you actually want. It's easy to fall for pretty pictures only to realize later that an item you purchased doesn't fit properly or falls apart quickly. This isn't Poshmark's fault, nor is it the seller's (so long as they properly described the item). So as a buyer, it is worth spending some time to carefully consider the sizing, materials, brand, and pricing of anything you are considering purchasing.
- Check the sizing. Women's clothing sizes vary drastically from brand to brand, so don't be afraid to ask the seller for exact measurements. Measure a similar item you have that fits well and be on the lookout for items with those dimensions. Read the description completely and ask for more photos if you don't think the flaws are captured well enough.
- Check the brand and materials. Clothes are made from a variety of materials, and some are more durable than others. Look at the material and the brand to get an idea of the quality of an item. Just because a used skirt is priced at $50 doesn't mean it's actually worth that much.
For more information on buying clothes from Poshmark, read about how Poshmark works for buyers.
Are There Fake Items on Poshmark?
Listing fakes or knock-offs is against Poshmark's policy. As with any marketplace, however, a small number of sellers try to get away with it. So how can you tell if a listing is real? Fakes are mostly a concern with items from luxury brands, as these can gross more profit. So how can you tell if an item really is Gucci or Chanel or if it's just a knock-off?
How to Spot Fakes and Knock-Offs on Posh
- Avoid falling for a fake by looking for clear pictures that include brand logos as well as tags and boxes when available.
- Make sure you're buying from a reputable seller. You can get an idea of a seller's history by viewing their "about" page. You can see how many sales they've made and whether their buyers have left any notes. If a seller has a good rating and has made plenty of sales, it is unlikely that the items they have listed are fakes.
Poshmark Safety for Sellers
Poshmark has a well-established marketplace that is very friendly to sellers. Read my review of selling on Poshmark here for a full run-down. Before you get into selling seriously, there are a couple of important things to know about seller safety:
The site's seller fees are very clear, so you'll know how much money you'll receive before a buyer makes a purchase. The money you make in sales is available as soon as the buyer accepts the item. In case the buyer fails to accept the item, the money is automatically released to you after four days.
This is an area where even sellers with great intentions can get burned. A buyer may open a claim on a sale if they believe the item they received is not "as described." Unfortunately, Poshmark is known to side with the buyer on returns more often than not. To protect yourself from these claims, make sure you thoroughly describe every item you list and take clear pictures of any damage.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2018 Katy Medium