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One question we get a lot at PMHQ is how to choose the best price for your listings on Poshmark. We know each Posher has her own strategy for making the most money while giving the best deal to their customers. Read on to see how PM team members decide on a selling price!

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  • Original price is important because I want to be able to give buyers a great deal. An item is not as enticing if they can buy it at their local mall for about the same price.
  • The condition of the item plays a huge part as well. Signs of wear: stains, holes, pilling, fading color, etc. means I’ll generally offer heavy discounts. Who will want to buy it if they can pay a few extra dollars for it brand-new somewhere else?
  • Lastly, I think of demand: Is it sold out in stores? A popular designer? A must have this season? I like to offer at least 30-40% off retail price on my items, and even more if it is a style or brand that is mass produced and can be found anywhere.

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  • Market price: I do a quick search to see what price comparable items are actually selling for (not the same as what they are listed at - it’s only a true market price if it has sold).
  • Willingness to pay: How much would I be willing to pay for the same item in the same condition?  If I wouldn’t pay $75 for a gently-used non-designer sweater, I can’t expect someone else to.
  • Brand popularity: From personal experience, fashionable mass-market brands like J.Crew and Zara sell well and quickly, which translates to how much I can price it.  Some of my favorite brands are more niche and less often searched, which may require me to price at a higher discount.
  • Current vs. dated: I might be able to get more for a gently used item that is still in style, compared to a NWT branded item from several years ago.

  • I do a quick search for the item on Poshmark to see how others have chose to price similar items. This step ensures that my price is fair and reasonable.
  • Understanding that the Poshmark community loves a good bargain, I leave a little wiggle room of about $5-10 in order to be able to negotiate my price lower. Keep in mind that everyone loves a steal—so when possible, I price my items on the cheaper side so that they’ll sell fast to make room for that new pair of Karen Walker sunnies or those Valentino Rockstuds that I’ve been eyeing in other Poshers’ closets!”

Now it’s your turn! We want to hear how you select a selling price in your closet. Leave a comments with your best pricing strategy tip.

This week the community team brings you a Posh Tip for navigating your way through the app and finding other Poshers. With fabulous members constantly joining Poshmark, we know how important it is to be sure you’re finding and following your friends - new and old!

There are a couple of ways to land on the “Find People” page:

1. You can tap on the tab in the lower right hand corner marked with your username—this is your personal account page.

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2. Otherwise you can select the upper left hand corner button of your Feed tab. Simple! Now you have several ways to access new closets at your fingertips.

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Use the “Find Friends” tabs to search for existing friendships you already have with people in your Contacts list, on Facebook and also on Twitter. Use the suggestions section to find users recommended especially for you based on factors like size and style. 

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Lastly, don’t be shy about using the search toolbar to look for someone by their username or their first or last name if you know it. Fun little tip: The search bar will save your last 100 searches. Handy!

We hope this opens up a whole new community of closets to you!

We couldn’t be more thrilled to share Tania’s delightful mix of vintage and modern finds in today’s Community Closet Feature. The closet boasts a variety of unique vintage duds as well as bold contemporary pieces to ensure a wardrobe that won’t bore.

Of course we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention this community member’s eye for a stunning covershot; we love her clear images and amazing posing skills! If you’re looking to add a special piece to your own collection or two to ensure an outfit that no one else has, be sure to stop by her closet soon!

  1. Urban Outfitters Navy Polka Dot Layered Skirt: $20 Retail $55

  2. Vintage Plaid Blazer: $20 Retail $70

  3. Vintage Red Polka Dot Tokyo Sweater - $10 Retail $40

  4. Turquoise & Silver Elephant Ring: $6 Retail $13

  5. Vintage Brown Suede Cropped Jacket: $35 Retail $100

  6. Vintage Polka Dot Cropped Chiffon Jacket: $17 Retail $50

  7. Apt 9 Grey Suede Ankle Boots: $6 Retail $50

  8. Vintage Dark Red Floral Tapestry Jacket: $35 Retail $75

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We know at times it can seem intimidating to try to take the perfect Covershot, and you may think it’ll just be easier to use a beautiful photo that someone else took. That’s when the thought crosses your mind: Is that okay to do?

Read on to get some best practices for using photos you didn’t take:

Even though we’re big fans of their great photography and beautiful pictures (hello, Instagram), whoever took the photo is the copyright holder of that image. They can sell or give permission to use it if they wish. They might even be open to their images being used if you reach out and ask. Others may not mind someone else using their photos at all! However, unless you took the photo, it’s best to assume you don’t have the right to use it. 

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What if you still want to use photography that isn’t yours? We strongly recommend to:

1. Get permission from the image owner -  whether it’s an individual or a company. Don’t be shy! Reach out to the owner of the image for their go-ahead. Most image owners don’t mind as long as you’ve cleared it with them first.
2. When posting the picture, make sure you mention the original owner, link or tag them and other necessary ways to show the image’s source.
3. If you don’t receive permission, use a different image altogether to avoid any sticky situations! Let your personality and creativity shine and take your own photos for listings - it’s the best way for your potential buyer to know exactly what they’ll get when they buy the item!

For more tips on taking Covershots and other product photos, see the links below:

Make Your Covershots App-solutely Stunning!

Photo Tips From Power Poshmarker, Simonett

Take Better Product Shots

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We’ve shared a lot of advice on how to take Covershots in the past, but what about the other three photo shots? Once your Covershot has caught a potential buyer’s eye, you can seal the deal with other amazing shots. Read on for our tips on taking a great product shot:

Get Steady

Your photos will come out clearer if you brace your arm or camera on something stationary. This is especially important in low light situations.

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Be Mindful of Your Surroundings

Make sure your foreground and background are clear of anything that may take away from your product shot.

Take Multiple Shots

Multiple shots means more chances at a perfect product shot. Use your device’s camera app to click away as many times as you need to get the shot.


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Use Flash Sparingly

Your photos will turn out much better and look more like they do in real life if you keep the flash off and use natural light. If natural light isn’t available, try a brightly lit room rather than overexposing one area of the item you are photographing.

Tap the Screen to Focus

Avoid blurry images by tapping on the item you’re photographing to make the focus crystal clear. This tip is especially important when taking close up shots of your image.

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Don’t Over Edit

Sometimes less is more when it comes to after effects. Make sure your additions and changes don’t take away from your amazing photography skills!

Try Something New

Experiment with the types of product shots you take. Get inspiration from fellow Poshers, try arranging items differently and give new angles a try.

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We are so excited to have launched Poshmark on Android and want to share with our community some of our favorite Android apps to use when creating those glamorous Covershots. With so many to choose from, we chose our top three for ease of usability and variety. Can’t wait to see what gorgeous cover shots our Poshers are creating! image

1. PhotoGrid – Free 

A must-have app, PhotoGrid allows you to create collages with your photos. Modify the layout, play with the ratio of the frames, add text and clip art – this app does it all! Fun little tip – you can shake your device and the app will change the layout for you, if you can’t decide. 

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2. LINE camera – Free

LINE camera is another fantastic app that gives you the flexibility to play around with collage options. You can also select from a variety of filters, including ones that have the fun bokeh effect. Tap the filter to see other options for that style; in our example we chose the Party filter. Don’t forget you can also play with the intensity to make your filter full effect or faded!

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3. Phonto – Free 

We know every now and then you want to add a pop of text in a fun font to add dimension to your cover shot. Vary the font, the pt. size, even the color with this great app for typefaces. Tilt words to match the direction of an item in your photo and play with the location of the text. The options are pretty much endless!

As you may know, Poshmark uses Priority Mail shipping labels for all Poshmark orders. But what boxes can you use to ship? We’re here to clear that up for you!

Priority Mail Boxes

USPS offers a line of FREE boxes and envelopes for Priority Mail customers. This packaging can be picked up at many Post Offices, but keep in mind that at some locations they may be kept behind the counter so you’ll have to ask for them. Don’t have time to go to the post office? No sweat! You can order supplies for free on USPS.com or on their free mobile app.

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Your Own Packaging

If you have your own boxes or padded envelopes lying around, you are, of course, welcome to use them to ship your sales. We do caution that you are careful to cover or remove any old shipping labels, barcodes or addresses so that your package is properly delivered.

What Not to Use

USPS offers a variety of free packages for it’s different mail services. If you are using the boxes they provide, be sure you are not shipping in the boxes that are labeled ‘Express,’ ‘Flat Rate,’ or ‘Regional Rate’ as they will causes delivery delays and/or additional shipping fees.

As always, if you have questions about shipping or anything else, please feel free to reach out to our support team. We’re happy to help!

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Community darling Carol of @cvz15 talks with us about how Poshmark helped redefine her style during a special birthday, her Posh BFFs, and how she involves the entire family in the Posh process!

WHAT DOES POSHMARK MEAN TO YOU?
Poshmark started out of curiosity because I wanted to redefine my wardrobe due to a milestone birthday. Now I spend about 10-12 hours a day in the app, sharing other people’s listings and working on my own closet. The social networking aspect, getting to develop relationships and making connections with the outside world, is great. My Poshmark BFFs are @wenrella and @gordomom.

WHICH POSHMARKERS DO YOU LOOK TO FOR INSPIRATION?
@gordomom helped make me addicted to Poshmark; I think she has great cover shots. @styleluxe4less is very welcoming and informative when it comes to new users. @manymurrays is great at sharing listings a lot.
 
DEFINE YOUR CLOSET’S PERSONAL STYLE?
love color, peacock and classic style and Kate SpadeI am a former fashion flop turned suburbanite fashionista with a hint of glitz and glamour.


WHAT MAKES YOUR COVERSHOTS SPECIAL?
My family has been a huge help. My husband bought me a portable photo booth to snap photos of my jewelry. My daughter will model necklaces and earrings for me. I don’t like to take the same types of shots because it can get redundant. 

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This week the Community team is sharing Posh tips for all things shipping-related.

Knowing all the in’s and out’s of Poshmark’s shipping policies is one step towards becoming a rockstar seller. Read on to get the low-down on four of the most common questions regarding shipping.

HOW MUCH DO SHIPPING LABELS COST?

Currently, our shipping rates are as follows:

  • If the item is priced at $25 or more, shipping is $4.99

  • If the item is priced at less than $25, shipping is $6.99

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WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHIPPING COSTS?

When a buyer purchases an item, she pays the shipping amount at the time of purchase. Once the seller has packaged up their sale, if the package weighs more than 2 lbs. she will be responsible for the costs of upgrading the shipping label.

WHAT IF MY PACKAGE WEIGHS MORE THAN 2 LBS?

By default, Poshmark’s shipping labels are for packages that weigh no more than 2 lbs. Sellers should be aware of the weight of the items they are selling and factor that into the selling price. If the package weighs more than the initial 2 lbs, they will need to go into the app, find the order, and request a label with the correct shipping weight. Please note that upgrading a shipping label costs $1.99 per pound and will be deducted from the seller’s redeemable earnings. Finally, the maximum weight our labels support is 10 lbs.

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HOW CAN I AVOID ISSUES AT THE POST OFFICE?

The best way to avoid encountering trouble when dropping off your package at the post office is to thoroughly inspect your label to make sure it is accurate. First, make sure your label reflects the correct weight of your package. If not, be sure to request a higher weight label through the Poshmark app. Next, make sure the date of your label reflects the day you intend to ship. Most post offices will not accept a package with an expired shipping label. To request a new label, simply find the order within the app and request a new label on the day you intend to ship. Finally, make sure you are using the correct box; our labels only support regular Priority Mail boxes or plain brown boxes.

We hope this makes shipping your next Posh package an absolute breeze! Happy Poshing!

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This week’s Community Closet Feature showcases the lovely Robin and her super fun closet! We selected a handful of our favorites to share but you’ll want to be sure you check out her closet pronto before everything sells out! Pops of color and prints galore, sundresses and girls’ night out outfits - we’ve got you covered for the rest of the summer weeks ahead.

1. Topshop Black Bodycon Dress: $19 retail $70

2. LAMB Printed Hoodie: $50 retail $140

3. Champagne-Pink Top: $20 retail $68

4. Proenza Schouler for Target Cropped Jacket: $22 retail $35

5. Madewell Skinny Jeans: $26 retail $68

6. Escada Leather Wallet: $100 retail $295