Selling on Poshmark is a great side or even main hustle, for some. When it comes to social commerce marketplaces, Poshmark is one of the best. Just my opinion, of course. For awhile I was pretty active on the app, selling clothes, shoes & accessories. And I made some decent money during that time, $4,410.91 to be exact.
Despite that, I’m no longer actively selling on Poshmark.
So, why am I no longer actively selling on Poshmark?
There are a few reasons, and none are meant to shit on the app or the community, it really all just comes down to personal preference. If you’re similar to me, you may agree with some of my reasoning. Or maybe you think it’s all crap, and I’m just lazy. Either way, here are my main reasons in no particular order.
It’s very time consuming
Last spring/summer, things were really slow for me at work and I ended up with a lot of free time on my hands. I decided to post a few of my no longer worn items on Poshmark, while spring closet cleaning, and after successfully selling those items on the app I had kind of an aha moment.
Why not take this seriously and really start selling on the app? So, I did.
I started spending all of my days thrifting, washing & steaming clothes, taking pictures, writing descriptions, listing items, packing sold items, and shipping them. I also was trying to keep up with social media, interacting and posting. At the time, it was fine because I had the free time, and I was excited about the new venture.
That free time lasted for about three months, and then I started getting busier at work, and for awhile I tried to do both, but eventually selling on Poshmark took a backseat. And it stayed there.
Thrifting became a chore
I like thrifting. It’s fun, and you can find some really great finds for a really great price.
But while thrifting for reselling, it started sucking the fun out of it for me. Instead of hitting up thrift stores when I felt like it, I was going to the Salvation Army every Wednesday and Goodwill every Sunday, and local thrifts in between. I didn’t want to miss out on a potential good sale, and it became a chore.
Too much community drama
I feel like this may be controversial, but there was drama in the Poshmark community that I just really thought was stupid. I won’t get into details, because I honestly don’t remember much of any. But there was lots of back & forth on Instagram, posting of screenshots, stalking of closets.
I never partook, but it was still annoying to see. And if you’re active on instagram, you’re going to see it. No way around it.
Don’t get me wrong, the majority of Poshers are not like that, but the ones who are, they’re always the loudest.
Too much stuff everywhere
I’m lucky that I was able to dedicate a space as my Poshmark “studio”, but it was still annoying that there was so much stuff everywhere. I had clothes & shoes in the closets, in bins on the floor, a packing station and a picture station with studio lights and a tripod. It was hard to keep organized and annoying to look at when it wasn’t.
I just wanted my space back.
Carrying inventory and supplies is not my jam
Related to the point above, if you’re selling goods, you’ll most likely have to carry inventory. And when you get a sale, you have to have the supplies to pack and ship said goods. You just constantly have to assess what you have to determine what you need and keep everything in stock and ready to go.
For me, I much prefer the selling services over goods. No inventory, no worries. Well, worries, but different kinds of worries.
I don’t really like taking pictures
When you’re selling on Poshmark, the pictures are very important. Also, I’m kind of a perfectionist, so when I’m doing something I want to do it well. But I suck at taking pictures. And I suck at posing. I’m also kind of a bum, so unless I plan on leaving the house, I’m not at home looking all cute and picture ready.
Yes, I was able to take decent pictures for my listings, but it wasn’t an easy task and became my least favorite part of creating a listing.
Am I trying to discourage others from selling on Poshmark?
Not at all, I still believe in Poshmark and it’s potential. I just know it wasn’t a right fit for me. Not everyone is meant for everything. It’s okay. That’s life.
I am still selling the items that I have listed, albeit slowly. And I will probably still list items from time to time if I think it makes the most sense. You know, versus straight donation or taking items to Plato’s Closet or similar.
But I’m no longer actively participating in the Poshmark Reseller community and have no plans to in the future.
What are your thoughts selling on Poshmark?
Are you selling or thinking about selling on Poshmark? Thinking about leaving? Think I’m being ridiculous and this is all part of the game? Let me know.
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