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

Updated on February 14, 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 Poshmark with confidence .

What is Poshmark?

First, what is Poshmark?

Poshmark is a well-established website for buying and selling used clothes. Its process is very similar to eBay's but only accepts clothes, accessories, and makeup.

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.

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

How can you tell if a listing on Poshmark 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

Poshmark 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 well-intentioned sellers 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 these. 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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    • KCO profile imageAUTHOR

      Katy Medium 

      8 days 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 

      8 days ago

      Can I use PayPal when selling?

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      2 weeks 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.

    • KCO profile imageAUTHOR

      Katy Medium 

      3 weeks 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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      3 weeks 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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