Mercari is a Japanese company that is currently available in Japan and the U.S. It has exploded in popularity recently and most resellers have started using it a way to bring in a little extra income or move slow inventory. We are no exception and cross-post the majority of our inventory on Mercari. However, because cross-posting opens a new can of worms (something selling in both places, it takes twice as long to list two items, etc.) we are choosy about the items we list on Mercari which begs the questions...what sells the most of Mercari!
The Pros of selling on Mercari
There are several areas in which Mercari is actually better than eBay..at least for now. If you want to make some extra sales, now is the time!
The two main advantages of Mercari:
Breakdown of our sold items
Obviously we’re not huge Mecari Sellers, but as we approach 200 sales we thought a break down of our sales might be helpful. Here is how our sales shake out by category:
While your sales are obviously dictated by the items you list (and we obviously list a lot of clothing...) this break down should illustrate one point: pretty much everything sells on Mercari!
In fact, antique (and most vintage) is about the only nice of items that we have not had much success with on Mercari.
The 5 things that Sell Fastest
selling online for "fast Money"
If one of your friends came to you and said, "Hey, I just got layed off from my job and really need to pay my rent soon. Do you have any ideas how I can get some fast money?" What would your response be? Would you tell them to go start their own business?
People who are unfamiliar with selling on eBay, Mercari, Posh, etc. often associate it with selling to a pawnshop which, fortunately, is not at all correct. It is closer to starting your own pawnshop. The money and opportunities can be great but it is in no way, "fast money."
As much as I love flipping items online, my response would be to tell my friend to go out and get a job ASAP. If you want to sell on Mercari for fast money, don't do it. While some items do sell fast, Mercari holds your money until the person has received their item and rated you (which can take up to three days after delivery).
You then have to transfer the money to your bank account. It is not uncommon for it to take 7-10 days after you sell an item to have the money from the sale. If you need money now, sell your items locally on Craigslist or FB Marketplace. You'll get less for them but you'll have cash in hand!
One last trick to selling on Mercari
The serach function on Mercari is not quite like the one that you're use on eBay (or Poshmark). It returns results only in the order that they were listed (new to old). Because of this, items that have been listed for a longer period of time are very unlikely to sell. In our experience, thing either gain traction and sell quickly or never sell. If we have something that has been on Mercari for several weeks without many offers or likes we'll do one of two things: delete it and relist it, or promote it. Either one will get your item back to the top of search results and increase your chances of a sale!
In the mean time just remember: the more you list the more you sell so keep up the good work! Happy selling!
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