I’ve always been aware of Poshmark but I’ve never actually taken the time to get to know it until recently. I confess this is not my first account. I created my first account sometime in 2015 but immediately closed it when I encountered a nervy person who had the audacity to ask me if I would agree to trade her dirty $8.00 Old Navy shoes in exchange for my $2800.00 Dolce & Gabbana dress. Looking back I realize it was probably a predatory competitor welcoming me and my new account the best way she knew how, with the intent to scare me off in a job well done. This doesn’t mean ridiculous trade offers don’t happen, it’s just not very common because those who do trade can, for the most part, recognize those of us who are not open to trades and usually stick to themselves.
Speaking of “predatory” I’ll be using that same word with reference to buyers but we’ll get to that in a minute.
I created my second Poshmark account in November 2017 but didn’t actively sell anything until mid to late January 2018. There’s a lot to learn about Poshmark that I didn’t understand. It’s not like eBay where you just upload your listing and walk away until it’s sold, there’s so much more involved. There’s self sharing, sharing from other closets, dressing rooms, news feeds, likes, comments section, make an offer, the lack of customer support, the lowball offers, the teenagers, and the seasoned sellers who deliberately throw subtle wrenches into your game using techniques they’ve been perfecting since the year 2000. It’s only now that I realize my blog post about Poshmark will probably be a series and not a single post! Poshmark is THAT complex.
How did I finally make my first sale? I clicked on one of my listings and was greeted by a message at the top of the page that said something along the lines of, “Your item hasn’t been shared in more than 4 days”. After seeing this I clicked the arrow located under my product photos and within minutes I had my first sale. What a pleasant surprise!! Sharing on Poshmark is a significant aspect of being successful and that is how I learned.
In my travels on Poshmark I occasionally will see other closets who have “0 shares” at the top of their pages and my reaction is probably the same as everyone else’s was towards my page when I wasn’t sharing. “I’m not going to share her listings because clearly she won’t be sharing mine” and “I’m not going to comment to her about it because I don’t know this person and I’m not interested in having the dialogue anyway”. Entering into a dialogue with someone who is new to Poshmark would entail too much typing to a person who has way too many questions that I don’t feel like taking the time to answer and most likely, if she’s anything like me, she would blow me off because her current stance on Poshmark is, “Why would I share my competitors listings? That’s stupid!” Poshmark is a beast all of its own and no other ecommerce site has ever incorporated a social aspect to sales. To newer Poshmark sellers who already know it all like me, typing helpful comments is not always seen as helpful and can actually start a beef if you are commenting to the wrong newbie.
Do I like sharing? Not particularly. It’s not that I don’t like sharing. It’s that it’s very tedious and if you do it right, it’s time consuming. Some days, most days, sharing yields no results other than a sore wrist. Other days it will bring a windfall. Speaking of sharing I have to end my post here because I signed up for a Share Party which just so happens to be the same time as a Poshmark Party and I don’t want to get a bad reputation for not doing my part. Everyone on Poshmark knows, “Sharing is Caring”.
I’ll discuss “predatory buying” when I get back 🙂