Online Consignment Selling, good, bad and models

Mortals and Models.

Some of you may recall this classic episode of Sex and the City wherein the single men of New York would only date models. The mortal girls felt they didn’t stand a chance.

Carrie looking fab then falling face-first on catwalk. Sex and the City. HBO

I was surprised to learn that at least one site was not only ageist, but required real models. Yes, really.

Here’s the list for mortals and models for SELLING:

For Mortals:
1. Twice
easy to do, have mortal’s brands like Ann Taylor and AB Studio. Plus you get 25% in trade if you trade instead of sell. They pay upfront for clothes, so we’ll see. I will try them in addition to Tradesey for all my Ann Taylor stuff.

2. Tradesey
Many mortal-type labels including Aeropostale. Fairly easy. You take the pic, they clean it up for you.

3. Poshmark.
You take the pic and describe. They charge $2.95/item below $15 (30% is lower than my consignment shop). Above $15, they only charge 20%.

Avoid this one for selling:
Threadup -great for buying but you may want to steer clear of selling. Reviews for this app warn that they have been reported to the BBB and may be stealing “unacceptable” clothes that get posted to ebay.

For Models:
1. Threadflip
label snobbish. Use the full service-they will photograph and list. Cost is the same as diy at a 20%cut.

2. Shop Hers
easy to do in the app. High end designer labels only. I do have a Calvin Klein dress that no longer fits. You put in description in fields, so that’s good. My Derek Lam is from Kohl’s-not sure they mean THAT. They take an 18pct cut.

3. SnobSwap
easy to do on a single page. You must photograph with a white background. Description a bit more freeform than shophers, so may end up with “nice dress!”. At least Calvin Klein listed. You can trade or get paid via paypal.

4. Bib and Tuck
Easy to start but you take your own photos-up to 5 for a single item. You put in size, description (leaving this to the user results in many “cute shirt!” unhelpful descriptions). The labels are very high end, so you’ll be sending your precious Vuitton in a prepaid box. Um.. Let me see.. I work for a living… No Vuitton here. They get 15% cut. Has good selling ratings but sounds like you get credit to buy other things here rather than cash in your pocket.

5. Refashioner
again for high-end label h-ounds. You set up a store there and can follow other people who may have stuff you want. I did see Mr. Mizrahi listed as acceptable but I doubt this includes his Target line…they take a 22% cut and expect you to be highly involved. Pass. Get a life.

MaterialWrld -easy enough via phone but jeez, the brands. Whoever owns a closetful of this doesn’t need the $. They will send you a kit, you can print a prepaid label or they can pick up.

7. Vaunte – high-end model labels again. You take the pics and describe. Their take is 15% once an item sells.

8. TheRealReal
I did a search for Ann Taylor and New York and Company. Nada. The take price for lux is 40% on their end too.

9. Asos -I’m thinking of a word, that sounds like this app…

Unless you are a designer and have a model on standby, um, no. You need to be “20-something”
apparently (ageist idiots) and have a minimum of 15 items, $37/mo to use the site plus 20% cut to asos. You need to photograph the clothes on a model in natural light. Are you kidding?

For Morons:
mobile hostile. Would you trust those that still think it’s 1995? No.

is not accepting anything as of this writing and seems to have an identity crisis: It’s more social network than buying/selling. Soon it may deliver pizza also? Idk. Walk past this closet.


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