Selling on Mercari: Review

Updated on August 22, 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.

Ready to sell your clothes online and don't know where to start? Or maybe you're already selling on eBay and Posh but you're looking for an alternative. But listing all your items on a site is super time consuming. That would make it a huge bummer if you don't make sales.

But Mercari will absolutely be worth your time and you'll be so happy you did it.

How do I know?

Because you'll read my review as a seller first. You'll get to see what items sell on Mercari and which ones don't move as well. You will also learn about the fees and be able to compare those to other sites.

Let's get started!

My review of selling used clothes on Mercari.
My review of selling used clothes on Mercari.

Mercari Review - for Sellers

After selling on Mercari for 4 months in 2018 I had a good enough experience to cross-list all my Poshmark items. I recommend it to anyone looking for an extra marketplace to sell used clothing who is willing to wait on sales.
Though my review is generally positive, there are both pros and cons to selling with Mercari:

Pros

  • Lower seller fees (10%)
  • Wide selection
  • Easy and low maintenance listings
  • Flexible shipping options

Cons

  • Dashboard is not user-friendly
  • Slower sales

Overall, Mercari is worth checking out for any seller. These pros and cons will impact everyone differently.

Toddler's shoes for sale on Mercari
Toddler's shoes for sale on Mercari | Source

Mercari Seller Review: The Pros

Since I started learning how to sell on Mercari I've noticed some benfits. See why I like using Mercari for selling my clothes:

Lower Seller Fees

Mercari has the lowest seller fee of any marketplace. This means higher profit margins for you!

The low 10% coupled with shipping options makes it worth it for me to sell my lower priced items on Mercari. Anything under $15 rarely sells on Poshmark because the $6.49 shipping is too high. Mercari's low fees means I get a bigger payout for the same sale price.

Wide Selection

You can sell more than clothes on Mercari. Even with a business geared towards clothes, you can use Mercari to turn other items into cash. Go ahead and list household items you don't use like blankets, tools or unwanted gifts.

Easy and Low Maintenance Listings

This is the biggest pro for me when selling on Mercari. It's easy to list items. That's important for me because I cross post to Poshmark and eBay.

After listing there is no maintenance except answering buyers' questions. I have thorough descriptions with measurements and good pictures. This means buyer questions are rare. I can list and forget on Mercari. Poshmark needs constant sharing for my listings to show up in results.

Flexible Shipping Options

Sellers can set shipping costs. You can choose to cover shipping for the buyer and offer Free Shipping. Or base the shipping cost off of the weight of the item to pass that savings on to the buyer.

My Favorite Thing About Selling with Mercari: Low Maintenance Listings

Mercari Seller Review: The Cons

Even though I like selling on Mercari there are a few cons. These are areas that Poshmark and eBay outperform Mercari.

Seller Dashboard

Mercari's seller dashboard leaves a bit to be desired. I hope they improve it for sellers but for now it's difficult to use.

Important notifications are watered down with buyer alerts. There's no way to see active offers. I can't see all my listings in one place to see how they're performing.

Slower Sales

Here's the real drawback:

My sales have always been lower on Mercari.

With 50-60 items listed I sell 1-2 a month. The same number on Poshmark averages me 1 sale a week at least. Mercari users are less active buyers than Poshmark users.

The lower sales might be because Poshmark is more social. Or because Mercari doesn't spend as much money on advertising.

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Mercari Rating System

After they receive an item, buyers can give you a star rating.

Star ratings are public, like on Ebay. This can both help and hurt sellers. On one hand, positive ratings give you a chance to show potential buyers that your trustworthy. But on the other hand, it means that just a few negative ratings can really hurt your reputation as a seller.

Selling on Mercari vs Ebay or Poshmark

I recommend sellers try different platforms to find what works best for them. Read my assessment of selling used clothes on eBay vs Poshmark if you're considering other platforms.

What's the bottom line?

Well, Mercari definitely beats out Poshmark and eBay with cheaper seller fees. But take into account those lower fees likely mean less advertising and fewer sales.

Items don't move quickly on Mercari but listings are easy to maintain. It's easy to expand your audience by cross posting to Mercari.

Is it Worth it to Sell on Mercari?

So, what's the verdict? Is it worth it to sell on Mericari?

If you're looking for lower fees and low maintenance listings, then it's worth it to sell on Mercari.

But if you need to flip items quickly I would not bother cross-listing on Mercari. Items don't sell quickly on this platform. You should plan on at least a few weeks even for popular items.

Apps like Mercari

Mercari isn't the only app to use for selling your stuff! I've talked about Poshmark and eBay as alternatives that I use.

Here are some other online places to sell used clothes or household goods:

  • Tradesy
  • ThredUp
  • Listia

Apps for Local Selling

Selling your items locally is also an option. You do have to meet up with buyers but you save on shipping costs.

Consider this route if you are trying to unload heavy items. Some apps to use for selling locally:

  • Craigslist
  • LetGo
  • OfferUp

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2018 Katy Medium

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      Blueheron828 

      5 weeks ago

      I’m so glad I started selling on Mercuri.

      They have an easy to navigate site, rates withheld is very reasonable & if you have a problem they usually help you in less than 24 hours. I chose not to sell items on other sites due to low payouts & many restrictions. For about a year I only bought from Mercari & was happy with everything I purchased and all sellers were helpful. So glad I decided to sell on Mercari. I would encourage you to do likewise. You won’t be sorry.

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      Katy Medium 

      5 weeks ago from Denver, CO

      Hi Barbara, yes you can buy the shipping labels through Mercari like you do eBay. You pick the provider (USPS, UPS or Fedex) and the size/weight.

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      Barbara 

      5 weeks ago

      How does the shipping work on Mercari? Do they give you a label and packing slip like ebay does?

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      Linda 

      2 months ago

      Thanks - very helpful!

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      Christina 

      2 months ago

      I have been selling on Poshmark for years and never had an issue. I decided to try Mercari to expand my customer base. All was well until a buyer damaged a pair of Rayban sunglasses, initiated a return and Mercari did nothing to resolve the issue despite photographs provided by me (the seller) showing the sunglasses to be in perfect condition. After being given the runaround I am stuck with broken $150 raybans and a “sorry about your luck” from Mercari. Stick with a selling platform that protects the buyer!!

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      Joy 

      2 months ago

      I'm from Nigeria, can I sell on Mercari and how do I receive my payments without paypal?

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      Blue1 

      2 months ago

      Berfore you buy through Mercari read their return policy, there isn't one. All sales are final !! Not good business b!!

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      Katy Medium 

      14 months ago from Denver, CO

      Hi Cecil, I didn't realize until you mentioned it that Mercari started in Japan! They gained momentum in the US in 2015 and I started selling/buying with them in 2017 (from the US). Keep it in mind next time you're looking for used items.

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      Cecil Kenmill 

      14 months ago from Osaka, Japan

      Cool! Mercari started in Japan but I didn't know it reached the US already. I never used it but many of my friends have. Good info here!

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