8.15.2017

Seven Tips for Selling on Mercari

Image Credit: Mercari

As a geek and collector of all things, I have amassed a huge collection of stuff in a tiny apartment.

It happens.

And as all things go, sometimes I end up growing out of that collection. I was very into the whole Vinylmation club. Now, I'm done collecting them and at times I just stare at them wanting to get rid of them.

Clothes is another can of worms. I love clothes. I have so many shirts. SO MANY. And as life happens, I start to not fit them. I keep them in my closet because I'm either going to lost the weight or gain it back. (Depends on the item) And who can really live like that?

This is where Mercari comes in. I discovered them around the time Poshmark came into my life. Poshmark was all about clothes and nothing more at the time. I had clothing items to sell but I had collectibles as well. I also learned that Poshmark was all about labels and the shirts I got at conventions weren't selling. I was told Mercari had more categories and a few people had luck selling their Funko's so I gave it a shot.

Two years later, it's my to go place to sell. I've made money from selling my items and even after the beta had ended and they charge 10% of your selling price, I continue to have great luck! I actually earned enough to help fund a good chunk of my Japan trip earlier this year and it helped me bring down some of my credit card balances. It does take a lot of work to sell but it's so much easier than on Ebay (all those fees) and you're not losing out money by taking the clothes to places as Crossroads Trading.

So with that,  here are my tips to selling on Mercari!!


1. Quality Photos - Mercari allows you to post up to four photos of the items you are selling. Take full advantage of this and take good photos.

I'm not going to lie, I'll take photos of items in bad yellow hallway lighting in front of my bathroom door just to get them listed. About 7% of the time those listings will sell. I'll get the likes which means folks are following the photo. When I go back and take better, clearer, good quality photos, they end up selling. It is a lot of work but the app makes it easy. You do it right from your phone.

When it comes to collectibles, take photos from all angels. Even take top and bottoms. Trust me.

2. List all the Information - List it all in the item description box.

Even if it's something you think shouldn't matter. Folks will still probably ask questions about the item but listing the actual color, sizing, measurements, condition, flaws, new - not new, I even list about how many times it has been washed to give the buyer an idea of wearing time left. Oh and please, please list  if you have animals. No one wants to open a package and have cat hair fly at them when they are deadly allergic. If it's relevant to the item add it! This will save you time from answering questions. I also noticed the more information I add, the faster it sells.

3. Don't be afraid to delete and relist - Nothing wrong with re-adding the item.

Sometimes all it take is updating the photos but sometimes you just need to delete it and re add it. Mercari is constantly being updated with new items every second. That item that is sitting at the bottom won't get seen anymore when folks search because eventually you get sick of scrolling. Re adding it gets it back to the top and more of a chance of being sold. I've done it a bunch with great success. You do have to go back to re photographing the item and adding in all the details but it's a great feeling when that shirt that has been on your page for two months finally sells!

But also learn to finally let go. - If it hasn't sold in months, time to donate it.


4. Don't be afraid to price it higher and than lower - Start it at the highest price you're wanting to sell it.

But don't go to crazy. Check out the competition and try to not be the highest. This will help also give you wiggle room to negotiate because you will get messages about lowering the price. And keep in mind that Mercari takes 10% off your sale as a fee. There are times where I forget that and don't take it into account but also I'm in the mission to move things out. Also, if you just want the thing gone don't be scared to price it low but again, take that fee into account.

5. Offer free shipping - FREE SHIPPING is like a burning candle to a moth.

Buyers love free shipping and there is nothing wrong with making that your selling point. Unless it's something really heavy or takes up a lot of packaging (FUNKO POP) I offer free shipping. Mercari gives you two options - you offer free shipping and Mercari takes the cost out of your final price. They send you a label, you pack it, slap it on, drop it the mail. Shipping starts at $4. Or you can take care of it yourself. I have noticed that shirts with tracking will ship under $4.00 so I just take everything to the post office and than enter the tracking number. They require tracking number.

I will say, there are times where I end up making less than 3 bucks on a item  because it went over a pound and the PO forces you to ship priority mail. My 10 dollar item earned me 9 dollars but I had to shove it in a $7 flat rate... do the math. But hey, 3 dollars is better than it just sitting at home or in a landfill.

6. Tweet that link out - I know, spamming is annoying but get your link out there!

I'll usually tweet my Mercari link when I post new items or refresh some listings. Just posting and waking away doesn't always work. Get that link out there. I notice a surge in sales after updating / adding new items and tweeting my link out. I actually have it as a pinned tweet and with RTing yourself happening, I'll do that twice a day for a couple of days. Just don't be that guy.

And speaking about listing...

7. Don't put it all up at once - I know right, sounds counterproductive but give them bit by bit.

When I first started, I had a box of stuff and put all of it up. I mean all of it. I got a couple of sales, some questions but than nothing. I cleaned out my closet and added half those items with a next batch up the following week. It keeps your listing fresh and as I just mentioned above, folks will see your listings. Also, keep in mind when your posting things. I mean San Francisco does have cardigan weather in the summer but not the rest of the country. Add more summer items with the random sweater listing here and there.

Again Mercari isn't just about selling clothes. I've had major luck selling shoes, collectibles, brand new / unused make up items, planner accessories, CD/Vinyl, Video Games, and what not.

If you've been thinking about using Mercari to sell, go for it! It's great for getting your unwanted items out to new homes! Their customer services is great and I haven't had any issues yet with buyers or with the few sellers.

If you're going to sign up, please use my code UKGBZD at sign up! You'll get a $10 dollar credit towards your first purchase!

Disclaimer: This post is NOT in any way sponsored by Mercari. These are my own thoughts/tips. I've been using the app for about 2 years and I'm loving it.

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