Please Note: The following is my opinion. I am just telling ya like I would tell a friend over coffee. Please see Poshmark blog link listed or email Poshmark Support with any questions regarding specific rules and regulations and how they apply to you.
If Poshmark had a #trending section… “Follow Posh Rules” would be trending day after day, hour after hour.
What is the big deal?
Let’s talk about. The what and why of it all.
I am going to paraphrase the majors it but for the details straight from Poshmark click HERE.
WHAT: Ok, so there are items you cannot list. If you can’t wear it or if it doesn’t enhance your look- don’t list it! Examples would be (but not limited to) napkin rings, bird houses, live animals, DVDs, and everything else you can pick up at a yard sale!
WHY: We want clothes. Poshmark is a FASHION & BEAUTY site! These items clutter the shopping atmosphere and take away from the whole point. Nothing spoils window shopping like seeing an old video game after drooling over a pair of Jimmy Choo heels. Yuck.
WHAT: You cannot list used makeup
WHY: it’s unsanitary and you can risk infection by sharing mascara, lip glosses, etc.
WHAT: Nail polish and perfumes
WHY: Yes, these are absolutely beauty items! However, Poshmark ships with USPS and these are prohibited items shipping the way we do. Enough said.
There are of course other items that cannot be listed so check out the link I shared above.
Here is WHY you should follow the rules
1. To qualify for a Host Pick
2. To become a Host
3. To become a Suggested User
4. To receive shares (some closets won’t share from those who are not compliant)
5. Gain followers (same as #4)
6. To get SALES (items 1-5 increase your chances)
The Poshmark Police
Should you enforce the rules?
Sure. But ONLY by reporting the listing through the Posh system. In the app, click on the item and in the top right hand corner is a box with an arrow, click on that and you will receive a “Report Listing” option. Follow the prompts. This goes straight to Poshmark and they can determine if it’s allowed and will handle it from there. You will remain anonymous and the seller will not know who or how it was reported.
What if it doesn’t get removed?
Well, it’s really not my business- Posh can take care of things how they deem it necessary.
Should you be helpful and let the Posher know?
Poshmark has specifically directed us not to comment on prohibited listings to let them know. If not well received, this could make YOU look bad to others. The “seller” may react poorly. We are asked not to confront. Period.
Here is the exception: if a newbie comes to you for advice- absolutely help them out politely and tastefully- but unsolicited advice is not advised.
Editor’s Note: I have witnessed such attempts at a Poshmark Citizen’s Arrest and while, yes, I grabbed some popcorn and watched the show, I do not advise being a part or contributing to the drama that will ensue.
If you choose to help, please make sure you know the rules 100%, misinformation can lead to further confusion and/or continued rule breaking.
What if you have personally listed or sold prohibited items?
What if you didn’t know the rules and want to change your ways?? Is it too late??
NOPE! It’s never too late!
First, immediately remove unsold listings that are not permitted. Then, email Poshmark Support (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell them you have seen the error in your ways and let them know you want to strictly follow Posh rules. While I cannot guarantee that they will remove the “sold” prohibited listings- they can certainly give you advice on how to move forward and be a positive member of the community.