Some of the internet’s most popular e-commerce merchants like Mercari, eBay, and Poshmark are often said to be the latest rage in online selling. They have all started out with a single goal in mind – to make the internet more consumer-friendly, that is, sell everything from clothes to toys to furniture through their sites.
They all want to make it easier for people who want to buy on the internet to do so with their products. eBay is perhaps the most prominent amongst these retailers since they can also sell almost anything on the web – including clothes, collectibles, and other new products you might find on Amazon, as well as other things you wouldn’t usually think of buying.
But while they are all good for the internet, each of them can be rather pricey at times – mainly since some sites like eBay sell items like HVAC units or re-upholstered antique furniture. You’d probably be better off just using eBay to sell your physical products instead of trying to run a new website from scratch. Especially when coveted brands like clothes and such are some of the most expensive and fun things to sell online.
Even when you go to eBay, when it comes down to purchasing heavy items, there is the helpfulness of being able to look up eBay shops in your local area, even though the number of eBay stores in your state may be limited. It allows you to search by mile distance. One issue is that if you get caught up in a bidding war for any specific item, sometimes you lose out at the last minute if you don’t raise your offer.
Poshmark is actually much more challenging to use for this kind of shopping. You have to find an item first–you choose between clothing and home items–and go through all the legwork of trying to find a seller you can trust. Still, if you want to check the availability of that particular item, then Poshmark is nowhere near as easy to use as eBay because eBay vets its sellers better. That’s an opinion
So while there is nothing wrong with any of these sites, it is worth remembering that with any place you’re purchasing from a human, it is quite possible to have to pay a premium for items that you can find cheaper elsewhere. Of course, as with everything else, as long as you are willing to pay the price for finding it quickly, that shouldn’t be a problem. After all, these sites are known for their ease of use–and not so much for excellent customer service. Except for eBay, who goes above and beyond for both buyer and seller).
Another point that all these sites have in common is that they are large and profitable enough to keep their happy customers happy for years. So if you ever need to sell stuff on the internet, you will be able to count on them to be there, and that should give you the peace of mind you need to get started with your own online store.