Want to take a peek in America’s closet? There is an app for that.
I chose to download the mobile app “Poshmark”. Why?, for the simple reason that the U.S. Postal Service recently signed a Negotiated Service Agreement with the women’s fashion mobile e-tailer. Not ready to announce the details I will say that the USPS is excited about this innovative shipping solution soon to be made available.
So what is Poshmark?
Poshmark is a mobile fashion marketplace built around real-time social experiences. Posh Parties are themed, real-time shopping events where people gather to shop, share, and sell fashion right from their phones. Poshmark promotes the app as a vibrant community of fashion lovers brought together to share individual style, turning every closet into a unique shopping experience.
In other words they are a closet e-tailer. The app is marketed toward women but I supposed anyone could register. So, you all know by now that I don’t have a SmartPhone so I had to borrow my spouses in order to complete the project. The app is free for iPhone, iPad, or Android, however currently is not available for Blackberry. In addition if you don’t have a Smartphone items can be bought and sold from the Poshmark website at www.poshmark.com.
I had no problem at all finding the app and downloading it. It took only a few minutes to register, which included providing my name, shoe size, dress size, downloading a photo and creating a password. Pretty much standard practice for registering for any app.
On Poshmark one can buy or sell fashion items new or used. I was easily able to search for specific items of clothing by category and quickly found a pair of red gloves and designer sunglasses which I purchased with a touch of a button. Another easy to use feature is Poshmark Showrooms: Showrooms are like RSS feeds, featuring a collection of fashion items from the entire Poshmark community. The Showrooms change every day so there is always new merchandise to see.
Selling on Poshmark is slightly more complicated, but not hard to do. To sell a fashion item or create what Poshmark calls a listing, you click on the “sell” button which is a camera icon, take photos of the item you wish to sell, fill in the required information (description, price, size etc.) and you are ready to sell. So what is in it for Poshmark? They deduct a 20% commission fee from the sale price of your fashion item. The seller keeps 80% of the sale price just like an on-line consignments shop. In fact just like a consignment shop except this one can be found on your phone.
I purchased two items on Saturday, Feb 15th and I am expecting delivery this week. If the seller’s used Priority Mail to ship the fashion items I should receive the boxes today! Sorry, another plug for Priority Mail—can’t help it. When the items arrive and if the quality meets with the product description I can accept the shipment by going back onto the Poshmark app and accept. When I accept the goods payment is routed to the seller. The seller retrieves the payment from the Poshmark as well.
Conclusion: The Poshmark app was very easy to use and I found it fun and interesting to page through the thousands of choices of both new and used items to purchase. Although don’t think I would use this app to purchase work clothes, such as business suits it does seem like an affordable way to purchase used high-end fashion items like handbags. I plan on using the app on the train when traveling to and from NYC and DC. I think it will be a great way to search for fashion trends and perhaps snatch up a bargain.
When the boxes arrive I will let those interested in knowing about the quality.