Is Poshmark Legit? Protect Yourself When Buying and Selling on Poshmark

Updated on July 18, 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.

You're careful when shopping for clothes online and only use legit sites. It can be hard to trust sites like Poshmark without using them first hand.

But here's the thing:

You can get great deals on Poshmark and not worry about poor quality items or risking your personal information. Even if you haven't shopped online for used clothes before you can learn how to use Poshmark.

Find out how to shop on Posh with total confidence.

What is Poshmark?

First, what is Poshmark?

Poshmark is a well-established website for buying and selling used clothes. It's perfectly legit. The site is similar to eBay and Mercari but it only accepts clothes, accessories, and makeup.

Anyone can join to be a buyer or a seller.

Read on to learn more how to buy clothes on Poshmark and how to decide if items are legit.


Is Poshmark Legit?

Let's address a common concern: is Poshmark legit?

Yes, Poshmark is a legitimate, reputable website. Buyers are purchasing actual clothes and sellers do receive payouts.

But although the site is legit, there is no promise that the people 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. The seller's payment isn't released until the buyer approved the purchase.

How Safe is Poshmark for Buyers?

When buying used clothing online, the marketplace you choose matters a lot to keep your finances and identify safe. For a successful online buying experience with Poshmark, there are a few things to consider: money, privacy, and making a good purchase.

Protecting Your Money

It's perfectly safe to give your payment information to Poshmark. How do I know that?

Sellers never see your payment information, it is all processed by Poshmark.

While Poshmark sets up a safe market for you to buy, there is still some risk when buying online. Some sellers might misrepresent an item or hide flaws. You do have some protection against this because you can open a claim if the item you receive is not as described. If this happens to you, take pictures of the item immediately, and open a dispute with Poshmark as soon as you can.

Protecting Your Privacy (Identity)

You can choose a username with Poshmark that can't be traced to you. You can add as much or as little as you want to your profile page. But your mailing address will have to be given to sellers after you buy an item.

Making a Good Purchase

There's another aspect to be careful of when buying online: buying the clothing items you actually want.

It's easy to fall for pretty pictures and not find out until later that the item doesn't fit or falls apart quickly. This isn't Poshmark's fault, nor the seller's fault if they properly described the item. So as a buyer it is worth spending time to consider whether the things you buy online are actually what you want.

Check Sizing

Women's clothing sizes vary widely from brand to brand so don't be afraid to ask the seller for measurement. 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.


Lastly, look at the material and the brand to get an idea of the quality of the item. Just because a used skirt is priced at $50 doesn't mean it's worth that much.

For more information on buying clothes from Poshmark read about how Poshmark works for buyers.

Fake Items on Poshmark

Yes, there are absolutely fake items on Posh!

How can you tell if a listing is real? Listing fakes or knock-offs is against Poshmark's policy. But a small number of sellers will try to get away with it. Fakes are mostly a concern with luxury brands, where a fake can gross more profit. So how can you tell if an item really is Gucci, or Chanel, or is just a knock-off?

Avoid falling for a fake by looking for clear pictures of the brand as well as tags and boxes when available.

Also, 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 the number of sales they've made and whether buyers have left any notes.

Used luxury brands for sale on Poshmark.
Used luxury brands for sale on Poshmark. | Source

Poshmark Safety for Sellers

Poshmark has a well-established marketplace that is very friendly to sellers. Read my review on selling on Poshmark here. Before you get into seriously selling, here's a few things to know about Poshmark seller safety.

Getting Payment

The site's seller fees are very clear and, 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 they money is automatically released after four days.


This is an area where even sellers with great intentions can get burned. Sellers do have some risk when a buyer opens a case against a sale claiming that the item 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 thorough describing every item 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


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      Ruth Holmes 

      11 days ago

      Purchased item not received. Got an apology from Poshmark.

      I'm mad as hell. Stupid me for trusting.

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      Don Busiek 

      2 weeks ago

      Poshmark is terrible as they have promised to get back to me re: my purchase,but have not done so.


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      5 weeks ago

      I've bought a cute tinkerbell purse for ten dollars.......for a nine year old. The seller argued with me because of a two star rating. I thought that was in confidence-- in which, an arguement ensued. The seller's pictures did NO justice. Claims her hand was in one of those pics.....if it i did see any recognition of a limb, i would not have bought it. She claims this is the only way of making an income---- someone needs to reevaluate the difference between telling the truth and "trying not to lie". This experience was a joke!

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      8 weeks ago

      Scam and fraud!

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      8 weeks ago

      Poshmark protects the seller and NOT the buyer. I provided pictures to prove that the item I received was not at all like the item in the picture that I purchased. The Seller did not care, and said leave it up to Poshmark, who refused the ability to return and gave no further explanation and no ability to contest further. I hope poshmark goes bankrupt= they are crooks with no customer service!

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      2 months ago

      They are usually really good .. I love this app sign up with Disneydreamer25 to get 10 off your first purchase

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      3 months ago

      I agree I was once a victim of valentino bag authentic thru elian but when the bag arrived I notify them on a wednesday for the 3 days its a monday and they let go , but I want to returrn the said bag cause its a fake, you can see the handle its made of and the leather they use is a synthetic... and im so disappointed how poshmark handle this things, they need to see the product to thats why I want to return in order for them to see how the authenticity of a certain item is real....

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      Halloween Jet 

      4 months ago

      @ Madeline Kireta, delete the PayPal info from your Poshmark account.

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      Halloween Jet 

      4 months ago

      @Arlea Davis keep emailing & make sure to attach the email where they approved the return. They’re usually very good, but people abuse any system (not saying you) on both ends (buyer & seller).

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      Madeline Kireta 

      4 months ago

      I just tried to make a purchase with Poshmark thru Paypal. The transaction would never complete loading. I got tired of waiting and X'd out the transaction. Since they have my info with PayPal I am concerned.

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      Arlea Davis 

      4 months ago

      Poshmark for buyers is a ripoff. I recently purchased a pair of Gucci sunglasses. I did not like them. Poshmark okayed for me to return them. I returned the sunglasses. I gave them the Return mail information and they still paid the seller. I emailed and called them but no response. I want my money back.

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      Halloween Jet 

      4 months ago

      @Elina - it is in Poshmark FAQs that counterfeits are strictly forbidden. When I see them (and know for sure as I don’t know all luxury brands inside out) I report. More people need to report these things so the scammers get banned. Tbh, I don’t understand how places like Goodwill or Salvation Army get away with selling them (around me at really high prices no less) because it’s illegal in my state. I don’t like seeing things go into landfills so perhaps they could donate to a shelter. At least they’ll get used without selling counterfeits. Don’t bother trying to reason either, I explained why a pair of counterfeit Loubboutins were fake (asking $300?) and they didn’t care, that them right back in the display case, same price. Probably think you’re trying to get them cheaper, but it was so obvious, heel heights weren’t even the same! I wish there was some recourse when it comes to thrift/ charity shops.

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      Katy Medium 

      4 months ago from Denver, CO

      Hi Mich, I'm sorry you had a bad experience with that seller and Poshmark. I'm surprised you're not getting a refund if it was a mistake.

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      4 months ago

      Do not use Poshmark My granddaughter picked out some shoes and they processed the purchase wrong and are blaming me. Their computer system has glitches. When I email them, they totally lie about the transaction- and blame me or the seller. They have lied to me more than any other website ever. They lie. Do not use.

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      Pat L Illinois 

      5 months ago

      DONT USE POSHMARK...they dont take care of customers..i received an order that i didn't place..they will not address this problem...someone used my account and ordered 3 items on my account!!!BEWARE!!!!

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      CO Deb 

      5 months ago

      If you're a buyer beware. The sellers are allowed to get as much money as they possibly can out of you. so don't be surprised if you pay three times as much for an item as its value. The seller can enhance the description quite alot and and Poshmark will side with them. Buyer beware.

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      5 months ago

      Has anyone had problems buying David

      Yurman? I just want to make sure paying that kind money I would be getting what I pay for!

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      Carmen Cruz 

      6 months ago

      How can I be sure to receive the items I buy?

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      Katy Medium 

      6 months ago from Denver, CO

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Poshmark handles the payments (buyers can use, credit card or PayPal) and as a seller you get the payments via PayPal.

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      Elizabeth Hinds 

      6 months ago

      Can I use PayPal when selling?

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      6 months ago

      this website committed fraud with my Bank and gave them erroneous information in order to block a refund, giving the bank the amount of a different item I had been refunded through Poshmark previously, in order to block a valid refund that I had requested. The Bank Rep said, I can see there are two different transactions, and the amounts which are similar are different, and the dates of the transactions are different, and is now investigating the scam.

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      Katy Medium 

      6 months ago from Denver, CO

      Hi Elina, thanks for your comment! You're right that anyone can sell fakes on Poshmark. It's up to buyers to be careful!

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      6 months ago

      Poshmark is allowed to sell FAKE items... especially Louis Vuitton, Channel and other luxury brands... They “ambassadors” selling fakes like no tomorrow... All of them including Poshmark must be prosecuted.


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