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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 Stamps.com 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
BUY A POSTAGE SCALE!
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
Next, You will need something to ship your items in once they sell.
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
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.
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.
|Direct Deposit Fees|
|Direct Deposit Transfer|
|Direct Deposit Rejected|
By Your Bank.
|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.
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