Please note, all opinions expressed are solely my own. I have no insider knowledge nor claim to…
I am just a seller on Poshmark.
If you watch any large online company you will see it dramatically change as it evolves with its users, whether it is a marketplace or social media. Take Facebook or even eBay… if you were there in the beginning you will recall the huge changes and developments over the years.
Of course our beloved selling platform POSHMARK will evolve and change.
But why does this bother us?
Is there a just cause for concern?
Or are we afraid of competition or having to adjust our carefully plotted strategies?
If you have been offline or on vacation the past week you may have missed the slow trickle of information leaked out from PMHQ. Almost two weeks ago they sent an announcement to Suggested Users that Poshmark will now be allowing men’s and children’s clothing at some point this summer.
Honestly, this is old news…
Remember we discussed this here?
Also, as several poshers have informed me, this was announced to be in the works way back at PoshFest 2015.
Now you can read the terms and conditions inside your app and see it plain as day. It’s coming…
There is something for everyone in the family
This has excited and/or angered the Posh community.
Let’s talk about why…
Here are three main concerns that have been directly expressed to me:
- It is no longer a place just for women
- We do not want to see men’s and children’s in our feed
- Sales will go down
Let’s talk about these individually.
It is no longer a place just for women
Maybe it started out as such but in the 2 years I have been around, I have seen PLENTY of men buying and selling. I have had several men purchase from my closet. One of my largest bundle sales was to a man. There are men sellers too- even selling women’s clothing. But should we be concerned about security? Anytime you interact with a stranger online- there are security concerns.
Here are some tips:
- Purchase a PO box for a return address- shop around for a good price, and purchase the smallest one- you don’t have to use it for incoming mail. If you are genuinely concerned about giving out your address this is something you should be doing regardless.
- Only EVER post photos that you are comfortable with hundreds of thousands of people seeing. Because they do. Your images probably already come up in google searches. Remember: just because someone asks for a photo of your feet doesn’t mean you have to post it- just ignore them (or report them). BE SMART ABOUT WHAT YOU POST.
- Never give out your email address- no, they do not really want additional pictures or have more questions- this is the same type of crap that is in your “spam” folder in your email account. NO ONE is making huge sales by emailing these people. Use good judgement and know not to take transactions offline or attempt to.
I do encourage you to consult firstname.lastname@example.org with your concerns in any suspicious situation. The above is only a couple of suggestions to consider to proactively deter a potential situation.
A person with an ulterior agenda can be a man, woman, boy, or girl. Just because a woman has been selling on Poshmark for a few years does not make her a person of integrity. Use the same judgement with all transactions.
I welcome a broad variety of clientele. I could care less if a Labrador Retriever decided to buy my Gap cardigan because she wants to make her crate more homey. Think about if you started your own website or opened a retail store- you must be open and inviting to ALL customers of every gender and every walk of life.
We do not want to see men’s and children’s in our feed
I feel this way too… almost.
I do not need to purchase children’s clothing. But shhhhhhhhh… I search men’s items on Poshmark already! I purchase a lot of men’s clothing and shoes on eBay and you better believe I search Posh to see if some rogue Posher has it listed for cheaper.
Since it has yet to be rolled out- we do not know how it will be categorized. For me there are already tons of listings that I personally do not want to see… Generally, I do not shop “retail” but I do not mind sharing it from my feed. Other things I do not care to shop for: Chanel, cell phone cases, used sneakers. bathing suits or underwear, the list goes on. Men’s and children’s are in the same boat.
Since Poshmark has special algorithms that already control the bulk of what you see in your feed based on preferences- it may not be as overwhelming as we think. Only time will tell.
Again, I will hold major judgement until I see how it plays out…
Sales will go down
Let me dwell on this subject for a minute.
I feel like sales have been down for me lately (and MANY feel the same) and it has been expressed that the “retail” addition has caused this. It no doubt has had profound impact on the community.
(Side note: it has certain caused competition within retail sellers– and shoppers now have the Boutique Feature where they can find more retail closets whereas before they were hidden. I’m sure this has helped some sellers and negatively affected others)
Also, there is an upset about the Wholesale Portal contributing to this shift. Let’s be honest, I have never heard that anyone has purchased from the portal and that now they made six figures a year. That situation will work itself out.
Until we see the internal data that some Poshmark employee shares despite the fact they probably signed proprietary information non-disclosures… we will never know the absolute truth about what really goes on or what is really selling.
As I have said before, the portal is a great way for people to see how HARD selling Retail is and how hard it is to build your own brand.
Here is what I think about future sales… more people are joining Poshmark. The website was built on the notion that we, as women, could clean out our closets and make some cash.
You know what the community did? We took it a step further and decided to make a profession out of it!
We, as users, decided to turn our closets into small businesses… we started building websites and blogs. We are past looking in our attics for boxes of our old clothes- we are getting business licenses, LLCs, and reading tax laws!
The community has changed POSHMARK.
Poshmark has to work hard to keep up with US.
Now there are sites who want in on the action… ones like Mercari and Vinted… maybe they were around before, I don’t know the timeline. BUT, these sites have broader categories. MAYBE, that’s where our buyers are…
We need to stay competitive to be relevant.
As sellers, once we started making money, we got smart. Not everyone will admit it- but a LOT of users sell on multiple platforms (Facebook, Instagram, eBay, the aforementioned, or even local consignment). You better believe that our BUYERS are also branching out to other platforms as well…
Just another possible reason for sales to be down.
The addition of Men’s and Children’s has the potential to attract BUYERS to our closets. We have to be a marketplace where you can do all your shopping.
A mother might be looking for some baby sneakers for Timmy and see the MK bag she has been wanting forever.
Bob might be looking for ties for his new job and decide to bundle a necklace for his girlfriend as a surprise.
You might meet your SOUL MATE at Posh Fest 2017! (I kid, I kid, kinda…)
I know the knee-jerk reaction is that Poshmark, Manish, and the financial investors are being greedy and just want money.
Maybe they do!
Ummmmmm…. isn’t that the underlying reason we are all on Posh… to make money? I know I am. Quite honestly, if we weren’t, I doubt there would be upset that sales are down or concerned that changes will affect them. Posh makes money when we make money, so I can only assume that as a whole- these and other changes are determined to be a good business plan for the future of the company.
I am not saying that if you feel very strongly against these changes that you are somehow wrong- I just like to look at the big picture and provide different angles on situations. By all means, voice your concerns by emailing Poshmark Support.
In conclusion to my rant… everyone wants to use the hashtag #GIRLBOSS… but, have you read the book #GIRLBOSS ??? It’s about the founder of Nasty Gal and her rise to the top. She went through PLENTY of change and had rough times thrown at her. She used each as a stepping stone to build her empire.
I personally am going to hang around and see what happens.
But what do I know? I am excited about making 10 sales this past week. TEN SALES. I am fully aware that ten sales do not make me qualified to make decisions for the company.
I need more coffee….
Fire away in the comments below.