Are you looking for a place to sell old clothes and make money? Perhaps you have a closet full of clothes you never wear, and you’d like to get that storage space back? Lucky for you, there are plenty of online marketplaces for things like used clothing. The question is, which one should you use?
To help you settle that dilemma, we’ve researched and compiled a list of the 6 best apps to start selling clothes online. Keep reading to learn more about each option and choose one that fits your needs best. Let’s get into it!
We’ll start with one of the most famous online stores for used clothing – Poshmark. This platform features both a website and a mobile app that you can use to create your virtual closet and easily sell clothes. You have to make an account, take some photos of the clothing items, upload them, and set a price.
It takes less than a minute to have your clothing item up for sale on Poshmark. Interestingly, this platform leaves room for buyers to send offers – it’s not always a fixed-price sale, so get ready to negotiate. Another great feature is that Poshmark makes shipping super easy. The buyers pay a fixed price of $7.45 for shipping, no matter the item’s size, and you always receive a prepaid USPS label to ship the package. As easy as that!
Mercari is a well-known secondhand marketplace whose sellers have made over $1 billion since its first launch in 2014. This goes to show how popular Mercari has become over the years. With over 50 million users, the Mercari mobile app is one of the safest ways to purchase and sell clothing online.
Besides, setting up an account with Mercari and listing your items is really simple. There are no subscription or entry fees at this marketplace. Instead, the platform takes 10% of whatever you sell as their commission. It’s important to mention that Marcari is not made for clothing only. You can sell anything as long as it is legal and fits in a box.
Next up is Tradesy, a women-owned company that packs some really powerful features to help you increase sales. These features include image enhancement, smart price suggestions, and more. When selling on Tradesy, the platform takes a flat commission fee of $7.50 for anything under $50 and/or 19.8% for anything over $50. With that said, selling on Tradesy is more costly than Mercari or Poshmark.
However, the platform has its pros as well. Despite high commission fees, it is popular because most sellers here sell luxury items and brands at higher prices. The good news is that the buyer always pays for shipping, and you can request a free Tradesy shipping kit to get your branded packaging and prepaid labels.
If you’re kind of old-school and you don’t feel like messing with any of these newer platforms, you can always go back to where e-commerce started – the good old eBay. Naturally, you can sell anything on eBay, including used clothing. There are over 185 million active buyers on this site, so there’s no doubt your listing will get some traction.
Remember that there are way more sellers on eBay – meaning the competition will be high. Thus, you might have to adjust your pricing to the existing listings of similar products. Besides, eBay is not a clothes-only online selling website, so not everyone will rush to purchase secondhand shirts and jackets. You might get a higher price for your goods on clothes-only resale sites.
Next up is thredUP, one of the best places to sell used clothing if you don’t want to spend time setting things up. ThredUP makes things simple and easy. You must request a ‘clean out kit’ and send your bag back with the clothing you want to sell. The thread UP team will take photos and list/price your items, so you don’t have to do anything.
However, you will be getting the lower cut of the sale – anywhere from 5 to 80 percent depending on the price and condition of the item. ThreadUP can process up to 280 000 items weekly at their distribution centers, showing how big this business is.
Last but not least, the final option on our list is Vinted, a fashion-only platform where you can keep 100% of the sale. That’s right; the platform does not take a commission for the seller, so this is the place for you if you want to get the most bang for your buck. Instead of taking the seller’s commission, the platform has buyers pay a fixed amount of $0.70 per purchase and 5% of the purchase amount as a Buyer Protection fee.
That way, you can sell your used clothes without losing any profit. Interestingly, the platform offers different ways for sellers to increase sales and move their items faster. For example, you can ‘bump’ an item up on the list for only $0.95 to get more visibility on the platform. On top of selling, you can also swap clothes with other sellers.
Shop and Sell Clothes Safely
Now that you know where to go to make some money selling your old clothes, don’t forget to protect your data and devices while you do so. Platforms allowing users to buy and sell items are often targets of cyber attacks because they hold sensitive financial information.
Don’t forget to install a Firefox VPN (or any other VPN depending on your browser) to add security when shopping for clothes or selling your used goods. On top of that, be careful not to click on suspicious links or useless popular apps that don’t have many reviews. Stick to the most popular options we’ve listed above, and you’ll be good to go!