I mentioned briefly in a previous post about my journey towards minimalism. I haven’t quite reached the simple closet that I’m reaching for but there’s a reason for that- I’ve been selling my clothes. So instead of getting rid of everything all in one trip to Goodwill, I have my items sitting in my room until they get sold off to their new homes.
I inspect all of my items to make sure they’re in good/like-new condition and sellable. If there is something that I believe the buyer should be aware of (minor piling, small scratches) I make a note of it in the description. It’s only fair to let people know what they’re buying and I definitely don’t want an unhappy customer. It’s preloved clothing after all. People can have their doubts so it’s good to be descriptive.
I’ve only sold things on tradesy. I haven’t purchased anything… yet
I’ve listed all my items for sale via their mobile app using an iPhone
- I’ve notice that I list items quite fast. For a reference, faster than when I list something with eBay’s mobile app because there are less things to fill out
- Technical glitches. The app can be slow at times. It’s not a biggie but I do notice that when I press “next” or “select designer” it’s not as smooth or immediate as most apps I use. There’s about a 1 second wait. It’s not a deal breaker but would be great if it was improved. I did find some other minor technical issues. When I was uploading more than 6 pictures on a listing, the app would crash. Also, after sending a message to a user via their site (desktop), I wanted to send another user a message. My previous message showed up again in the box when there should have been a blank box for the new message.
I joined early March 2014. I made my first sale in mid April 2014
- In March, I wasn’t very active and didn’t have very many listings. I started listing more items in April which could have been a possible reason as to why I finally made a sale. More listings make you more visible
I currently have 70 listing and have sold 3 items
- My sold items are all brand name items (DVF, J. Crew, Madewell). I have quite a number of “no name, no brand” items that I bought from boutiques and I’m curious to see if they will actually sell
5 users have sent me private messages about inquiries and questions about particular items I have for sale
- So here’s the social part of it. I guess. You can privately chat with other users about your items. Users don’t comment on listings like they do in Poshmark but you can “want” something that’s essentially the same as watching something on eBay and liking something on Poshmark
- Though I don’t mind communicating with potential buyers and other users, there’s a plus side to having a selling platform that isn’t as social as Poshmark. There’s definitely less haggling and questions are more straightforward
- The 3 items I sold so far were bought without any messaging or questioning. The reason why I point this out is because I’m also a user on Poshmark and I rarely EVER get a sale on Poshmark without someone reconfirming something I wrote in the description, asking me to lower my price, asking me to model, or whatever else they can think of. It can be a waste of my time when users ask multiple questions and are not serious buyers. Again, I really don’t mind answering questions. It’s not a big deal for me to open the app and start typing but I don’t like having my time wasted. So Tradesy definitely has a less social feel than Poshmark and I am contacted less on Tradesy. Some people enjoy the socializing when it comes to selling and some just want to sell their things, leave it alone, and pack it up when they’re notified of a sale. Don’t get me wrong though. I do enjoy using Poshmark despite some drawbacks. More on that in another post TBW (to be written)
They take a 9% commission cut and you can transfer your earnings to paypal
- The Paypal part was a huge plus for me. It’s convenient. But when you transfer those earnings to Paypal, you will pay $2.00 plus 2.9% of your total transaction amount. Find more info on their fees here
- So to break it down
- I list an item with a selling price of $32
- The buyer will pay $41 (selling price + shipping)
- I make $29.12 and can use that exact amount to shop on Tradesy
- If I cash out to Paypal, I’ll receive $26.27
Customer Service is Speedy
When you visit their site, you have the option to contact them via live chat. I’ve used the chat pop-up box to contact them and left a message (since they weren’t online). They got back to me the same day. I contacted them today and they got back to me in less than an hour. They’re responsive and speedy :) You even have the option to call them. I haven’t run into any issue or problems with Tradesy so far so I can’t say what it’s like to resolve an issue with them.
Now this is where things get interesting. Tradesy actually provides you with a shipping kit. So if you are a BRAND NEW seller who doesn’t quite understand how this whole sell your clothes thing works and shipping is what’s stopped you from selling, have no fear. Tradesy makes it hands down super easy. You don’t even need a printer. Here’s what happened when I made my first sale:
- Notified via email on a Monday that an item has just been sold
- Made another sale on Tuesday (SCORE! 2 in one week)
- Received both shipping kits on Saturday
- The contents= tissue paper, tradesy sticker, a prepaid poly mailing bag, and instructions
- One thing to note. I believe they give out the same shipping kit regardless of what you’re shipping. For example, I needed to ship out a pair of shoes and a shirt and both shipping kits enclosed the same contents listed above. I thought that maybe they would give me a shipping kit specifically for shoes but, nope, still received the same poly bag. No biggie though. I’m planning on using a box and just wrapping the poly bag around that
- Pack, and you’re done!
- The shipping kit is not mandatory. On Friday, I emailed Tradesy asking them if I had to use their shipping kit. They said you can ship out the items with your own supplies and print out the prepaid label. But since this was my first time shipping out an order through a tradesy sale, I wanted to wait and use the shipping kit
Avoiding a trip to the post office
- If the item fits in my mailbox, I go ahead and just leave it in the mailbox with the flag up for the postlady to pick it up. So far, I haven’t had any issues and she hasn’t said anything to me
- If it’s a larger package, you can download the USPS app and schedule a pick up
I sell things mainly via eBay, Instagram, Tradesy, and Poshmark (posts TBW to be written)and haven’t made a trip to the post office in months. It’s awesome.
Other selling platforms to consider include Vinted, Threadflip, and Modezine but I haven’t tried these out myself. If you know of any other ways of selling your unwanted items from your closet, leave me a comment. I’m always interested in knowing what else is out there.
You can also make some cash with Thredup and Twice. They buy your clothes from you, more like consignment. If you’re interested in purchasing, Thredup prices seem to be a tad lower than twice (from what I’ve noticed at least). I’ve purchased a couple of items from Thredup and so far so good. It took ~10 days for my order to arrive from the day I placed the order.
Hope you enjoyed this review on Tradesy! Feel free to tell me what you think about Tradesy, or other selling platforms, and share your experiences. I’d love to hear about it!