Over the past year, e-commerce witnessed incredible growth, with consumers spending $861.12 billion with U.S. merchants alone—an increase of 44% every year. Given public health and safety concerns, nearly 47% of adults changed their shopping behavior. Online marketplaces have been the go-to destinations for both essential needs and leisure items.
Beyond e-commerce giants Amazon and eBay, small online businesses have been thriving as well. They are more adaptive to online approaches and creative solutions. Poshmark, for instance, is gaining fame as the leading marketplace for fashion.
But if you are looking to try other websites, here are some online shops where you can turn your quality pre-loved clothes into cash. Most of these are available for free download on Android and iOS.
In 2019, Mercari debuted as a finalist of the “Easiest to Use Marketplace” in the Sellers Choice Awards by Ecommerce Bytes. Since then, the platform never dropped out of the top five positions, consecutively making an appearance in the annual awards.
Mercari continues to deserve this title as it prioritizes simplicity. Whether from the sellers' or buyers' perspective, the entire selling, ordering, and shipping processes on both the website and mobile app are user-friendly. With its clean and modern interface, it becomes easy to navigate through the 150,000 new listings daily. After all, one can sell or find almost anything on this platform—be it vintage items, clothes and accessories, toys, electronics, and more.
Take note though that apart from the 10% commission, Mercari charges an additional transaction fee on every sale. The good thing is all transactions are insured up to $200.
If you want to have a different shopping and marketing experience within the fashion community, Vinted is a free mobile application that you can use. You will find here many of the world’s best labels such as Ralph Lauren, Nike, Forever 21, and Pandora, to name a few.
Originating in Europe, Vinted began reaching out to potential clients in the United States in 2013. Beyond e-commerce, they create a sense of community similar to social networking. In turn, more people are attracted to this approach and are encouraged to explore and purchase.
In contrast to Mercari and other destinations, Vinted doesn't deduct any portion from your sales. However, if your intention is to update your closet and not necessarily make a sale, there is an option called Smart Swap. Here, you can switch your clothes with another user. In this feature, Vinted charges a small fee to protect your transactions.
With more than 25,000 brands, Thredup is an online thrift store with many categories. These include apparel for men and women (including maternity sizes) and kid's clothes.
If you have style pieces you want to sell but barely have the time to post and ship them yourself, they send you a bag to fill in with your pre-loved items and send it back to them. They determine the total amount you have to pay for these. Oftentimes, they pay you right away for pieces that are still in season. However, for outmoded ones, you are only paid once the sale is done.
For unsold items, ThreadUp has the option to give these away on your behalf. Its Donation Program involves a $5 donation to a charity of your choice. The higher quality of the items are, the better they are for their recipients.
Take note, however, that the platform doesn't give many earnings for your sales particularly on individual items. Your cut can be as low as 5%. For example, $15 worth of items gives the seller 5%, while items costing about $300 make you 80%. The commission range varies depending on that scale.
With a decade-long experience in the online marketplace, The RealReal grew rapidly such that it has established itself as an authentic luxury consignment. It is very popular with influencers that it can be seen across YouTube channels and Instagram accounts.
Dedicated to the resale of luxury pieces such as homewares, fine gems, jewelry, and fine art, The RealReal validates each one through the expertise of its team. This consists of horologists, gemologists, art curators, and luxury fashion experts, ensuring the authenticity of the items.
Currently, they have an extensive selection of designers like Gucci, Cartier, and Kate Spade. The closer an item is to its pristine condition, the greater the resale value is. For every sale, the seller keeps 85%. This is a high rate especially if you are marketing costly items.
Another great feature of the platform is that one can purchase now and pay later. This is helpful when a buyer desires to own an item immediately before others can take it.
Dubbed for "lady Hypebeasts," Heroine offers merchandise for the streetwear community, especially for female-identifying clients. Their brands include X-Girl and Brujas, both founded by women.
Heroine uses PayPal that protects transactions should a dispute arise between buyers and sellers. Similarly, the platform itself monitors the community for counterfeit items, as well as fraudulent sellers and buyers.
A 6% commission is charged to sellers and a Paypal fee of 2.9% and $0.30. This is why proper pricing of your products is important, as this determines your profits and net of the charges.
With 15 million registered users, Depop is, at the moment, the largest online shopping platform around the world where one can purchase and sell clothes and other items.
There is no listing fee so you can easily post your offerings. However, they charge 10% on sales. When a buyer demands a full refund, Depop automatically returns their fee as well.
Modes of Payment (MOP) are either through credit card or via Paypal, which should be connected to your Depop account. Paypal guarantees 100% protection of all complete transactions.
For those looking to sell luxury items, this is another go-to destination. Tradesy prioritizes supporting sellers. First, they retouch the images of your items to turn them more appealing. They understand that not everyone is an expert at taking and editing photos.
Second, they suggest the selling prices of your items based on their research from the market.
Third, they allow you to easily post an item while providing you with attractive packaging and free prepaid shipping options. This increases the chances of repeat business, given the thought and care that comes into the buyers' orders.
While there is much support from them, take note there is a $7.00 commission fee for clothes sold under $50. For items sold above $50, they are subject to a 19.8% commission fee.
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