Mercari - Everything You Need To Know Before Getting Started 1

Mercari – Everything You Need To Know Before Getting Started

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Have you  seen a commercial recently for  Mercari and wondered what it was, or are you looking for a new platform to start selling on?


In this guide, We'll show you what Mercari Is and how to get started selling.

We'll also show you how to list your first item, what supplies you'll need, and what fees to expect.

You can sell almost anything you would otherwise sell on other online selling platforms such as eBay or Amazon with a few exceptions.

One way Mercari differs from other online selling platforms is the ease and speed at which you can get an item listed.

The fees are also very different. The following information will help you decide if selling on Mercari is right for you.

 Create Your First Listing Using The Mercari App

Enough talking let's get down to listing your first item! Start by opening the mercari app, and sign in if necessary.

If you don't have an account you can use our link below to get $10 when you sign up, and we will get $10 when you buy your first item! A Win! - Win!


Click Here To Sign Up For Mercari!and Get Your FREE $10 Credit
Tap Here To Sign Up For Mercari!and Get Your FREE $10 Credit

full disclosure: using our link above will give you a  $10 credit to use on Mercari. It will also give us a $10 credit once you buy your first item. So... Spend That Free Money!


One of the most important things to consider when selling online is your pictures.

Your buyers cannot physically hold the items you're selling. You need to have well-focused, clear pictures that show your items completely.

One method of taking good pictures is to imagine your buyer can not read your description. What would you need to show them so they would understand everything about the item your selling?


To take a picture using the Mercari app click the orange circle icon at the bottom center of the app.  It says “sell” and has a camera icon. 

Once clicked, this will open your phone’s camera and allow you to take the first photo of your item.  This will be the main photo people see when they search Mercari so make sure to make it a good one.


Once you take your first photo a listing page will open. Here you have the option to take up to 11 more photos.

You also have the option to use photos from your phone’s photo library. You can use up to 12 photos per listing. 

We suggest that you using them all.  The more information you give your buyer the more likely you are to sell your item.

Item Details


In this section you will fill out details about what you are selling. The information you need to enter will vary depending on what you are selling.

As you can see we are trying to sell a pair of sunglasses. If you were to try to sell something like a pair of jeans, then you would have a sizing option available.

Item Title

You only get 40 charterers for your title. Sometimes it can be hard to fit everything in such a small space.

If you find yourself running out of room try using abbreviations. Some of the ones we use are:

Sz = size, NIB = New In Box, and NWT = New With Tags

Most people who buy online will know what these terms mean. It can free up space in your title for more important words such as brand, color, or other important detail you want your buyers to know.


Base on your title, Mercari will suggest a category for you. Sometimes it can get the category wrong so be sure to double-check what it suggests.

The categories you can choose from are: women, men & kids clothing, home, vintage & collectible, beauty, electronics, sports & outdoor, handmade, and other. There will more than likely be a category for the item you are selling.


If your item has a brand, choose it here. If not (or you don’t know) Choose No Brand.  This helps your potential buyers find your item when they are searching on Mercari.


You have 5 conditions to choose from they are:

  • NEW – New with tags (NWT). Unopened packaging. Unused.
  • LIKE NEW – New without tags (NWOT) No signs of wear. Unused.
  • GOOD – Gently used. One / few minor flaws. Functional.
  • FAIR – Used, functional, multiple flaws/defects.
  • POOR – Major flaws, may be damaged, for parts.

Be sure to choose the one that best describes your item.



When you're describing your item, start with the basics. Color, size, and texture.

Try to describe your item as if there are no pictures of it. Some questions you may want to ask yourself Are: Are there any flaws with the item? If so make sure you mention them.

What dimensions or measurements would you need to know if you were buying the item? Does the item have a smell to it? What you may consider a pleasant smell may be off-putting to someone else.

Who Pays For Shipping?


When it comes to shipping, you can pay for the shipping or you can have your buyer pay for it.

If you choose to pay for the shipping you have two options.

  1. Prepaid Label – After your item sells, Mercari will email you a shipping label for you to use to ship your item. The cost of this label will be minus from the sale price of your item.  Be sure to factor this into your cost when listing your item.
  2.  Ship On Your Own – After your item sells, you will be responsible for getting your shipping label. This can be done by using an online postage service such as or if you have a PayPal account you can Click Here to print a label using your account.

If you choose “Buyer” you will be asked to select a weight and carrier.  You will still be emailed the prepaid shipping label, but your buyer will pay for the label instead of you.

Prepaid Shipping Cost Comparison Chart

Below are the price and shipping times for each carrier’s prepaid label, as of the writing of this article.


To provide peace of mind for your customers, Items shipped using Mercari prepaid labels will include insurance up to $200 for items that are lost or damaged in transit. You can file claims right from the app.

How To Weigh Your Items

As we mentioned earlier in this article. If you don’t have a scale, get a scale!  We recommend the Accuteck All-in-one series 50lb Scale.

You’ll want to weigh your item in the box/mailer you plan to ship it in.  This will give you the most accurate weight. 

After choosing the weight of your item you have to choose the carrier you want to use. There are currently three options; USPS, FedEx Or Mercari Pack & Ship (for the last option you bring your item to a UPS store and  have them pack and ship it for you.

Pricing Your Items


Deciding on a price for your items can be one of the hardest parts of listing them.

On the one hand, you don’t want to price them too high, out of fear no one will buy them.

On the other hand, you don’t want to price them too low and lose money.

Things To Consider When Pricing Your Items
    1. What is it worth? Check what your item is currently selling for (and has sold for) on Mercari and other popular sites such as eBay, Amazon, or even Google.
    2. How much will the shipping cost? If you choose to ship your items yourself the cost of the shipping will be coming from your sell price.

Once you decide on a price and enter it your profit and any fees will be calculated and displayed.

What is Smart Pricing?


Smart pricing is a new feature that allows your price to be adjusted depending on market demand.

So in our example listing above we are trying to sell a pair of sun glasses for $170.

We can turn on smart pricing and set the floor price at $144. Mercari will automatically adjust the price, and notify everyone who has liked your listing of the price drops.

Submitting Your Listing


Submit your listing by clicking the big orange button at the bottom of your screen that says “List” That’s it, you’re done!   

You can now sit back and wait for your item to sell…

How Do I Transfer Money From Mercari To My Bank Account?

Once you get a few sales on Mercari you may want to transfer your earnings to your bank account. This is a simple process.

You have two options when it comes to transferring your money.

  1. Direct Deposit – This involves a checking account and takes a few days for your funds to show up. There is no fee for this service as long as your transfer at least $10. Otherwise, there is a $2 Fee for transfers under $10.
  2. Instant Pay – As the name suggests you get paid instantly. There is a $2 Fee to use this service, it uses a debit card to transfer your funds to your account.

You can learn more about each method by clicking the name of the transfer method listed above.

What Supplies Do You Need To Sell Online?

A Postage Scale

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Seriously stop reading this go to Amazon and buy one.

You'll Thank Us Later! 

Having a postage scale allows you to not have to guess on the weight of your packages.  

This saves you money on wasted postage, and keeps your buyers from having to pay postage due at the post office.

You can usually get one on Amazon for around $20-$60.

We recommend the Dymo 25lb USB Scale.

This scale allows you to connect via USB to your computer and it integrates with shipping programs such as Shipstation. 

While prices vary from one manufacturer to another they are usually based on the weight capacity of the scale. 

If you know you will only be selling items under 5 pound there is no need to spend more money on a 50lb scale. Save that money and invest it elsewhere into your business.

Boxes & Shipping Supplies

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Next, You will need something to ship your items in once they sell.

We recommend using Poly Mailers for shipping items such as clothing and non-fragile items and Boxes with Bubble Wrap for the fragile items.

Your item may be going across the country or around the world! For this reason, make sure to use good quality Shipping Tape 

DO NOT buy cheap tape! 10 rolls for $15 is not a deal if your package comes open halfway to your customer.

Thermal Label Printer & Labels

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Finally, once you start selling more than a few items a day, which we hope you will! A label printer is a good investment.

It is a lot better than a laser printer and sheet labels. You save time and don't have to pay for ink.

One-click and your label is printed and ready to go one of your package.

We use and recommend the 4XL Label Printer by Dymo. If you get this printer don’t forget the Labels.

Seller Tip: Amazon has an outlet section on their website. They have low prices on markdowns, clearance items, and overstock items.

This is a great place to find items to sell on Mercari. You can check out Amazon’s outlet section by CLICKING HERE.

How Much Will It Cost To Sell On Mercari?

Selling Fee On Mercari
To List An Item.0% Fee
Fee Charged When
You Sell An Item.
10% Fee
Direct Deposit Fees
Direct Deposit Transfer
Under $10.
$2 Fee
Direct Deposit Rejected
By Your Bank.
$2 Fee
Instant Pay Fees
Instant Pay Transfer$2 Fee

It is free to sign up and list items on Mercari.

They charge a flat 10% selling fee once you complete a sale.

There is also a $2 Fee for direct deposit requests under $10. Make sure you have more than $10 in your Mercari account before you request a payout to avoid this fee.

There is also a $2 processing fee if your direct deposit is rejected by your bank. Make sure your deposit information is correct before requesting the deposit to avoid this fee. That is pretty much it. Simple.

Have Questions About Selling On Mercari?  Leave them in the Comments Below!

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  1. I would like to suggest a slightly different advertising slogan.

  2. EBAY notifies the IRS once you sell over a certain threshold in sales
    Can you tell me if Mercari does this also?

  3. Author

    Generally no, they do not allow digital downloads. It’s listed under “prohibited items” It states: “Digital items – any items where the order is fulfilled electronically or requires a download (except for digital items listed specifically through Mercari GG)”

    Mercari GG is a section of mercari where you can buy & sell items from video games.

  4. So I can’t get an answer anywhere, but do i have to have a computer to sell. I live in alaska, dry cabin, no internet. I use my phone for most internet service.

  5. Author

    No, you can use your phone to sell, just download the mercari app onto your phone.
    This Link will give you $10 to spend on your first purchase.
    Also you may want to make sure you have a way to print shipping labels once you sell an item.

    Hope this answers you question.

  6. Is there a fee to deposit in your bank account over $100

  7. Does Mercari charge the 10% flat fee on the shipping cost also ? Or just on the actual sale price ? TIA

  8. Author

    No the 10% fee is only charged on the sale price.
    So, as an example you sell an item for $14 your fee would be $1.40 and if you have Mercari send you a shipping label(eg:$2.99) Your fee would look like this:
    sell price: $14
    10% fee $1.40
    shipping: $2.99
    Total profit: $9.61

  9. One of the reviews state money will not be transferred to sellers account until buyer provides review? Is this correct? If so, wouldn’t buyers know this and just not review? Thank you

  10. Author

    To answer your question, no if the buyer doesn’t rate you after 3 days of receiving the item Mercari will automatically rate the seller and release the funds.

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