Selling on Mercari: Review
Ready to sell your clothes online but don't know where to start? Or maybe you're already selling on eBay and Poshmark but you're looking for an alternative. Listing all your items on a site is super time-consuming, which can be 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!
Mercari Review: for Sellers
After selling on Mercari for four months in 2018, I had a good enough experience to cross-list all of my Poshmark items. I recommend it if you're looking for an extra marketplace to sell used clothing, but you must be willing to wait for sales.
Though my review is generally positive, there are both pros and cons to selling with Mercari.
- Lower seller fees (10%)
- Wide selection
- Easy and low maintenance listings
- Flexible shipping options
- Dashboard is not user-friendly
- Slower sales
Overall, Mercari is worth checking out for any seller. These pros and cons will impact everyone differently.
Mercari Seller Review: The Pros
Since I started learning how to sell on Mercari, I've noticed some benefits. Here are some reasons 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 base shipping is too high. Mercari's low fees mean I get a bigger payout for the same sale price.
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 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 that 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. You can also base the shipping cost off of the weight of the item to pass those savings on to the buyer.
My Favorite Thing About Mercari
My favorite thing about selling with Mercari is the 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.
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.
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 one 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.
Have You Used Mercari for Selling Clothes?
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 you're 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 that 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?
Mercari definitely beats Poshmark and eBay with cheaper seller fees. But do take into account those lower fees likely means 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 Mercari?
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. You should plan on waiting for 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, but here are some other online places to sell used clothes or household goods:
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:
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