Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mercari Review + New Features and Promo Offer Free $10 Credit

Some of you may know I've bought and sold on Mercari for quite some time, years. I've had great experiences and some awful experiences.



Now with that being said, I still use Mercari for both selling and buying but I do not make large purchases. If you've read my old reviews or posts on Mercari you'll be happy to learn Mercari has made plenty of updates that help buyers and sellers, let's talk about them. 

Offers ; You can now use a "offer" button to make offers on items you're interested in. This feature has been on Ebay and Poshmark for quite some times and it's something I've always wanted Mercari to add it. This helps buyers make quick offers and it helps sellers because if an offer is made and accepted the payment is processed immediately. 

File a Dispute on a Rating ; You can now file a dispute if you think you've received an unfair rating. If someone leaves a bad rating because they didn't read the description, because the post office had delays on shipping, or some other unfair reason you can now file a dispute the rating to have it removed.

Opening Multiple Cases at Once ; I've had plenty of problems in the past where you could only contact customer service one time and then contact them again only after the first case is solved. This proved to be a nuisance if you purchase and sell a lot of items on Mercari but you don't have to deal with that anymore, you can now contact Mercari about multiple orders. 

Review ; Mercari is a great site to sell and to buy on. I do not recommend purchasing high priced items or electronics because of my past experiences. Mercari does have customer service so if you receive an item that is not as described you can return it for a refund. In order to file a claim you must contact Mercari and you can not leave a rating because that will close the order. You must also be able to prove you received an item that was not as described by sending Mercari photos.

Pros ;    
cheap selling fees
sell almost any items
offer button
customer service available for returns
rating system so buyers can see how reliable seller is
you can find great items for low prices

Cons ;
You can't purchase electronics without a risk

Now on to the Promo ; For a limited time only you can get a $10 credit for downloading the Mercari app (free) and using invite code YYSGQZ (new members only)


I'm thinking of posting a FAQ/tutorial on Mercari things, like how to request a return, etc. Would anybody be interested in these posts? If so ask some questions below that you think should be answered. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Influenster | Ralph Lauren Red Extreme Polo Cologne Review

I received the Ralph Lauren Red Extreme Polo Cologne a few weeks ago from Influenster for FREE in return for my honest review. So here's what I think of the Ralph  Lauren Red Extreme Polo Cologne.


Smells ; Amazing, it's strong but not overwhelming which I love. It's a very masculine woodsy smell in my opinion.
Lasts ; all day, the smell is long lasting.
Boyfriends thoughts ; He liked it and uses it daily.
Rating ;
Would I buy it again ; If I saw it on sale, I would definitely purchase it again but I'm not a huge fan of the price, is it worth it? Yes but it's out of my budget.


* Disclaimer ; I received this item for free from Influenster but my opinion is 100% my own.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Walgreens, Family Dollar, & Dollar General Couponing Haul | March 24, 2017

So I went to a few stores today, mostly to use some of my coupons before they expire. I went to Walgreens, Family Dollar, and Dollar General and I'm pretty happy with my purchases.

March 24, 2017 Haul

First I went to Walgreens and this is what I got ;


I ended up doing more than one transaction because I had to check if my coupon would work on the Nivea (it did) and then I decided to get 2 more Niveas and another pack of U-Kotex because after my second transaction a $3 off U-Kotex printed off.

1st Transaction ;
2 Nivea Shaving Foam

2nd Transaction ;
1 Cottonelle
1 Bic Razors
1 U-Kotex Pads

3rd Transaction ;
2 Nivea Shaving Foam
1 U-Kotex Pads

Retail Price ; $39.14
OOP ; $11.51
Saved ; $27.63


Next up I stopped by Family Dollar and got 4 packs of Bic Razors.

Retail Price ; $14.24
OOP Price ; $2.34
Saved ; $12.00

I wanted to use all my Bic coupons before they expired and Family Dollar only had 4 instock so I went to Dollar General


At Dollar General I got ;

2 Boxes of Snuggles Fabric Softener
4 Packs of Bic Razors
1 Pack of Noxzema Razors

Retail Price ; $20.33
OOP ; $4.33
Saved ; $16.00


A pretty good haul in my opinion. This was my first time shopping at Walgreens and my first time couponing at Family Dollar and Dollar General and it went pretty smoothly.

My total savings for the day ;

Retail Price ; $73.71
OOP ; $18.18
Saved ; $55.53

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Huge CVS Haul Spent $29, Saved $110 [ ad 3/19/17-3/25/17 ]

 I decided to go couponing again, I did three different transactions and my total OOP was $28.84 which was a little more than I was wanting to spend but I did save a total of $110.61 so I can't complain too much.


Transaction # 1 ;

2 Bottles of Tresemme Shampoo/Conditioner
2 Bottles of Dove Shampoo/Conditioner
4 Boxes of Kleenex Tissues
5 Bottles of Palmolive Dish Detergent
4 Bottles of Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent
1 Colgate Mouthwash
1 Oral B Toothbrush 2pack
2 Colgate Toothpastes
1 Greeting Card

Total OOP After Coupons ; $19.17

Transaction # 2 ;

1 Colgate Mouthwash
1 O'ral B Toothbrush 2pack
2 Simple Facial Wipes
1 Rimmel London Mascara

Total OOP after coupons and ecbs ; $1.63

Transaction # 3 ;

1 Swiffer Starter Kit

Total OOP after coupons & ecbs ; $8.04

If needed I can do a breakdown of all the coupons I used, just comment below I had a good amount of Crts and after the first transaction I rolled over 14ecbs, then I got back 6 more ecbs. I ended with 0ecbs but I should get some Beauty Bucks within the next few days.


Original Price ; $139.45
My OOP ; $28.84
I Saved ; $110.61

All in all, it was a good haul, the Swiffer is what took the price up quite a bit but it was needed so I'm still happy with my purchases.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Why I Don't Shop on Schoola Anymore | Schoola Review / Exposing Schoola

If you don't know what Schoola is, it's a site that sells preowned clothing. The thing I loved about Schoola was that it donated 40% (or so I thought) of the proceeds to schools across America.  I also liked that you could get credits through referring friends and they would get credits as well. I was obsessed with Schoola at first, I placed tons of orders and spent tons of money. I love thrift shopping and thrift shopping from home was even better.

But then Schoola started making changes, at first I was onboard with the changes, it wasn't a big deal to me, companies change as they get bigger.

Well then they started raising the prices on items, some items you could literally get brand new for the price they were asking, and yes I know they donate a percentage to schools but people that typically thrift shop don't have that kind of money to spend on a preowned item, but I stayed on Schoola and just decided not to purchase overpriced items, I figured I could still enjoy Schoola.

Then I started getting flawed items, I know Schoola advertises some items as "blemished" but these were items not marked as "blemished" and they flaws were huge. Stains, holes, etc. Of course I notified Schoola and they refunded my money but it's still a let down, ordering something you want, only to get it, and it has to be thrown out.

I received one order that two high priced items came in completely faded and one had bleach stains so I contacted Schoola and sent them photos, they refunded my money in credits because half of my order was with paid credits and everything seemed okay until I got an email from Schoola about a promotion, so I went to check out the sale, I had $37 in credits so I figured I could get some good deals, wrong. I actually went through their page and added a few items in my cart but when I went to check out I noticed my credits weren't showing up, so I went to the referral/credits page and saw that all my credits "expired". Schoola never told me that credits expire, they never did before so I had no idea. I decided to email Schoola, asking when this started and if they could refund the credits since they never let me know about this change and the customer service woman was rude. She told me no and that I should have known and they will not refund the money because they are trying to raise money for schools. So I was pretty much done with Schoola at this point. I wrote a simple email asking about why my credits disappeared and the representative was not professional in her reply.

Then I started to do some research and found a lot of people have had horrible experiences with Schoola, mostly the schools donating to them, you can find complaints here ; https://www.sitejabber.com/reviews/www.schoola.com 
I also realized Schoola is lying about how much money that's getting donated, they claim on their page that 40% of your purchase will be donated to schoola

but if you add items and look in your cart it shows the amount being donated and it's clearly not 40% even before shipping.


So I went on Schoola to delete my account but the sites FAQs state that you can't delete your account, you can just quit using it and make it "inactive" so that's what I'll be doing.

Have you been having problems with Schoola? If so tell your story below?

Or do you love Schoola? If so, why, share your story below?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

First Try at Couponing | CVS Haul from Sunday Coupons 2/26 | 13 Items for $14

I've always liked couponing and I've dabbled in it here and there but Saturday I decided I wanted to go shopping and stock up on a few items so Saturday night I went on Google and searched for an early view of the Sunday paper to see if there were any good coupons, there were so Sunday I purchased a paper.

That evening I cut out all the coupons and began researching who had the best deals. I'm in a few couponing groups on facebook, I checked The Krazy Coupon Lady Blog, and I looked at the weekly add on CVS.com. I figured out I'd go to CVS since they stack coupons and they offer extra care bucks on some purchases. I decided on what to get and I made a list, I had to do 3 transactions but they were small so I was okay with that as long as CVS wasn't busy.

Before going in I checked the CVS app and saw I had $5 extra care bucks and a coupon for laundry detergent, which I was going to purchase so I sent it over. I got 3 envelopes and listed out what I was buying per transaction and then stuck the coupons for each purchase inside. I added an extra envelope with a back up plan of a smaller order if some coupons didn't print from the CVS catalina/redbox. I wanted to be as organized as possible so that it was easier for me and the cashier.

When I first went into CVS I noticed it wasn't busy, I was literally the only customer so that helped with my anxiety. I printed my coupons from the CVS machine and got all the coupons I wanted. So I put the extra envelope away. I looked around the store and got everything I wanted, I asked the cashier if it was okay to do 3 transactions and she said it was okay (I know I should have asked sooner). So here's the transactions I did.

Transaction #1 ;

4 bottles of Pantene Shampoo/Conditioner | Sale Price 3/$12
2 Bottles of Pantene Styler | Sale Price 2/$10
1 Bottle of Dawn Dish Soap| Sale Price 99 cents
1 Xtra Laundry Detergent | Sale Price $1.99

Coupons Used ;

$5 off 3 bottles of Pantene Products (mfc from 2/26 P&G)
$1 off one bottle of Pantene Products (mfc from 2/26 P&G)
$1.50 off two bottles of Pantene Styler (mfc from 2/26 P&G)
$2 off 3 Hair Products (CVS Coupon)
25 cents off Dawn Dish Soap (mfc 2/26 P&G)
$1.50 off Laundry (CVS Coupon)
$1 off Xtra (printed from coupons.com)
$5 extra care bucks


Total OOP (Out Of Pocket) ; $13.83
and I received $7 in extra care bucks back for spending $25 (before coupons) on certain items.

Transaction #2

1 Pack of Reese Cups | Sale Price 99 cents
1 Xtra Laundry Detergent | Sale Price $1.99
1 Puffs Tissues | Sale Price 99 cent
1 Crest Pro Health Mouthwash | Sale Price $4.99  

Coupons Used ;

$1 off Xtra Detergent (printed from coupons.com)
25 cents off Puffs (mfc from 2/26 P&G)
25 cents off Puffs (printed from coupons.com)
$1 off Crest Mouthwash (mfc from 2/26 P&G)
I used the $7 extra care bucks from Transaction #1

Total OOP ; 0.56 cents
and I received $2 in extra care bucks for buying the mouth wash

Transaction #3 ;

Xtra Laundry Detergent | Sale Price $1.99

Coupons Used ;

$2 Extra Care Bucks

Total OOP ; 0.14 cents


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For Transaction #2 I could have done better, I let extra care bucks go away because I didn't know what to get but next time I will have a filler in my head but in the end I am still happy with my purchases.

Original Price ; $58.91
My OOP ; $14.53
I Saved ; $44.38


So if you're thinking about giving couponing a try, I say go for it. Just do your research and start small. I got 13 items and only spent $14.53 plus the price per item was pretty good for stockpile price in my opinion. If you got the 2/26 Sunday paper and you still have your coupons you can try this deal, just keep in mind if you don't have extra bucks to start with or the CVS coupons your OOP will be higher than mine around $5-$7 which isn't too bad for these products. Hopefully next week I can find more great deals, if so I'll blog about it.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Mercari V.S Poshmark V.S Ebay | Where Should You Sell Online?

Let's talk about selling online, the good and the bad.

There are 3 major selling platforms that I've personally tried. Mercari. Poshmark. Ebay.

Platforms

Mercari is selling app they do have a website that you can use on your computer but you will not be able to list items from it.

Poshmark is also a selling app and it's like Mercari, you can view their site on your computer but you can not sell through the website.

With eBay you can sell on their website or with their app, whichever is more convenient for you.

What Can You Sell?

On Mercari you can sell almost anything. Books, clothes, toys, dvds, makeup, collectables, and more.

Poshmark is more restricted to clothing (womens, mens, and childrens) and makeup. I see people sell other items on Poshmark as well but you can lose your account doing so.

With eBay you can list pretty much anything as well.

Selling Fees

Mercari used to have no seller fees but they recently started charging 10% of the listing price. This isn't too bad and when creating a listing they show you how much you will make when the item sells. You are not charged per listing, you are only charged when the item sells.

On Poshmark for all sales under $15 the fee is a flat rate of $2.95 and for all orders about $15 Poshmark takes 20% all fees are taken after a listing has sold.

eBay fees are a bit more complicated in my opinion, you have a listing fee, a fee after the items sells, here is a link to standard selling fees on eBay

Shipping

On Mercari you can ship through Mercari with a prepaid label, you can choose to ship via USPS or FedEx and you can also choose whether the seller or buyer pays for shipping. You can also choose to "ship it yourself" which means you can take it to any shipping service but you will be paying out of pocket for shipping. Tip ; always get a tracking number to add to any sales, without a tracking number buyers can claim they never received and without proof of delivery your order will be canceled. Mercari only offers shipping in the US.

Poshmark's shipping is pretty standard, you get a shipping label to ship Priority Mail via USPS. They charge a standard price of $6.49 and the buyer always pays. Poshmark only ships within the US.

You also have a few shipping options on eBay you can print a shipping label from online or you can take it to a shipping service of your choice. You can also choose to offer free shipping and pay yourself or have the buyer pay for shipping. On eBay you can ship within the US or internationally as well.

The Good

Mercari's seller fees are a lot cheaper than other sites.

Poshmark's shipping is easy and convenient they charge a flat rate and the buyer pays so you don't have to worry about paying out of pocket or with funds from your sale.

With eBay you can sell internationally so more buyers and you have the freedom of listing almost anything.


The Bad

Mercari sales have gone down a bit since the selling fees, some people decided to leave. The customer service can be bad. I've had very good moments with customer service but a few bad moments left a sour taste.

Poshmark is nice but you are limited to the items you are able to sell.

eBay has more fees and the fees can get pretty complicated.



So which would you choose?


Offers ;

Get a $2 Credit when you download the Mercari app and use invite code YYSGQZ

Get a $5 credit when you download the Poshmark app and use referral code BMSYH