Monday, April 20, 2015

Poshmark V.S Mercari

 In this post I will be talking about the apps Poshmark and Mercari. They are selling apps on which you can sell your old clothing to make extra cash or buy clothes, I've used both to buy and sell so I will be speaking from my experience. I've also sold on other sites such as ebay, etsy, and I've even had a facebook shop but now I only sell on Poshmark and Mercari.

  Pros ;

Poshmark ;
- flat rate shipping fee of $5 unless the item is 6+ pounds.
- people can follow you to see updates in your shop.
- when you refer someone you get a $5 credit which you can get up to 5 times.
- you can shop from you pc on Poshmark.com

Mercari ;
- shipping starts at $3 unless the item is heavy then you can raise shipping to another option ($7 or $15) also you choose whether you pay for shipping or the buyer pays.
- you make all profit on your items, there are no fees.
- when you refer someone you get a $2 credit.
- you can sell almost anything on there, womens, mens, kids clothing, electronics, and more.

Cons ;

Poshmark ;
- there are fees $2.95 for orders under $15 and 20% on $15+
- most buyers don't like the $5 shipping rate.
- you can only sell womens clothings, shoes, & accessories.
- you can't list items from your pc, it has to be done on the app.

Mercari ;
- the customer service is not the best but they normally figure any problems out.
- you can't make advertising posts.
- they are very strict with their rules.
- it's only available in app form, you can't go to a site on your pc.


 Now I personally love both sites to buy and sell on. I sell all my heavier items on Poshmark because of Mercari's shipping fees. I sell small/cheap items on Mercari. I buy from both sites but lately I've been liking Mercari more to buy from because sellers price the items cheaper since there are no fees.

A few warnings when buying from either app always ask if there are any flaws (stains, holes, etc) on the item before purchasing, also make sure you're not getting ripped off, alot of ladies buy clearance items from store to resale for so much more and they even put the retail value at a higher price to make you think you're getting a good deal, try researching certain items before buying them. I've noticed alot of people do this for brands like Victoria's Secret and Brandy Melville.

Now for my referral codes to get you free credits on both apps!
Poshmark ; After you've downloaded the app use referral code BFUPM for a $5 credit.
Mercari ; Use the code YYSGQZ for a $2 credit on the Mercari app.

54 comments:

  1. I also sell on both and like Mercari so much more. Poshmark only cares about making their money off you and will suspend your account with no warning! Why give them the right to hold your payment while the buyer has your item for three days then tell u they r shipping it back. I sold a dress and buyer received it and said it wasn't as described so my money was on hold while she wore it to a party and then returned it to on Poshmarks calling. I got it back all dirty and her money was refunded. A few days later I was looking at pics of a after concert party and she was there in my dress. Good job Poshmark. Never again!

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    1. I actually had something similar happen to me. A girl bought some shorts, before buying she asked if they would fit a Medium/Large and I told her they would fit a Medium but not a Large. She bought them anyways, then opened a case. They were returned to me and had been stretched, and it was VERY noticeable.

      I also had a girl buy a jacket from me, open a case then she refused to send it back. I had to wait a week before they finally released my funds.

      I still list some items on Poshmark but very rarely. I have about 10 items on Poshmark right now & over 100 items on Mercari. I do prefer Mercari, even though Mercari also has it's problems.

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    2. I am new to Mercari and I sold a cellphone on Friday and I didn't ship it till Monday morning. Come to find out after I shipped it , I found out they cancelled my order. So I lost my money and I can't find any record of anything about that sale. I was lucky to find info in my email. I hope they will give me my money cause that order is on the way to the customer. This is Unbelievable that this happened in the short time I was with them. If they don't give it back I will take all my shit out of there site!

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    3. that happened to me to, with some shoes, I contacted Mercari about it and sent them the tracking number as proof of delivery and they sent me my money.

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  2. I just got notified someone has bought my item and wants me to send it to a po box address. How do i know if im going to get paid

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  3. I just got notified someone has bought my item and wants me to send it to a po box address. How do i know if im going to get paid

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    1. Tell them you only ship to the address that Mercari provides, if they don't want you to, then contact Mercari to cancel the order. Never ship to another address.

      If the po box is the address provided by Mercari then you can ship it there, once it's delivered the buyer has 3 days to rate you, if they don't you can contact Mercari to ask for a rating, they will rate you and your money will be released.

      Also keep in mind Mercari is very slow at replying to message >_< but they will get back to you as soon as they can, I suppose.

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  6. I am very disapointrd with Mercari. A woman bought two pairs of Hunter boots from me and they didn't fit and she wanted to return them the policy if you can't return just because they don't fit so because I wouldn't return them.. she instantly claimed they were counterfeit and Mercari believed her without contacting me. I have sold many many Hunter boots on Poshmark and Ebay and to in person Customers. This is sOOo unfair Mercari allows scammers to scam you!! Without ONE complaint. The seller has no recourse beware

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    1. oh no! they are bad about that, when you're having a problem with a customer be sure to always screenshot the messages, in this case you could have sent the screenshots to Mercari to prove the girl was just trying to return them because they didn't fit. I had someone try to return an authentic Lululemon tank and she claimed it was fake, I reached out to Mercari and they denied her return. But I also had a guy return a video game, he claimed it didn't work, I always check before shipping so when I received it, I noticed he smashed the case, I sent Mercari proof of the damage plus a picture of the game working and they did nothing about it. It's a hit and miss with their customer service.

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    2. I think ppl should start listing the user names of the ppl on mercari that are scamming ppl so everyone knows not to sell to them.

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  7. I am very disapointrd with Mercari. A woman bought two pairs of Hunter boots from me and they didn't fit and she wanted to return them the policy if you can't return just because they don't fit so because I wouldn't return them.. she instantly claimed they were counterfeit and Mercari believed her without contacting me. I have sold many many Hunter boots on Poshmark and Ebay and to in person Customers. This is sOOo unfair Mercari allows scammers to scam you!! Without ONE complaint. The seller has no recourse beware

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  8. I'm new to Mercari, so my question is: Once they release your money, can you transfer to your paypal or bank acct? Thx.

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    1. you can transfer it to your bank account (:
      go to the Menu, click on Settings, then Balance, then click on Request bank direct deposit (ACH) and fill in your information.

      just a heads up they send money over on Mondays only, depending on your bank, you should get the money on Monday or Tuesday. Mine always gets there on Tuesday after 9am.

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  9. Thanks for getting back to me, and the info! :)

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  10. If I want to ship it my self how much would I pay if I have my own boxes for say shoes or light dress? Is it more convenient?

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    1. that depends on where you're taking it to ship it, fedex, ups, or usps? it also depends on the weight and where the item is going. I personally use mercari labels only, here's why ;
      1. its fast and easy, you literally just print it out and hand the package to your mailman.
      2. you could lose money, say the buyer returns the item or the item gets lost in the mail, you're out of the money spent on shipping, you don't get a refund on shipping when you ship yourself.
      3. price, some people will complain about mercari's shipping prices but in all honesty the prices are very fair. when you ship yourself, after packaging, tracking, and the shipping price you'd be spending more money, that's no even taking in consideration of the gas you will waste going back and forth to the post office, these little expenses add up.

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  11. I went to ship some items i sold on Mercari ad when I got to the post office only 3.60 of the 4.00 was actually paid for.... weird do they take their fees off shipping also the weight and what was paid for was so off it came out that I would owe MORE then the sale price to ship it.... what am i doing wrong?????

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    1. that doesn't seem right unless you chose the wrong shipping weight. a lot of people use scales to get the correct weight (weigh it while in the packaging you will be using) so that they/or the buyer won't have to pay more for shipping.

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  12. It's all about the length of time you state you're shipping it in. I always pick the 4-7 days option just to be safe. I've sold over 100 items and not encountered any issues with Mercari! Love it!

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  13. I have a question about bumping listings. It seems that on Mercari you cannot bump listings to the top of the feed like you can with Poshmark. Do successful sellers just re-list items every day all day and delete the old ones? What about all those who "liked" the old listing. If you delete it, they will not be able to locate it again. Really trying to figure out how to increase sales.... Thanks for any advice!

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    1. The easiest way I know to do it is to "edit" the listing. Whether I add more description or delete a word & re-add it...doesn't matter. It must bring your listing back up into the current feed because after I do it I get more likes within minutes!

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    2. The easiest way I know to do it is to "edit" the listing. Whether I add more description or delete a word & re-add it...doesn't matter. It must bring your listing back up into the current feed because after I do it I get more likes within minutes!

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    3. for me I just randomly relist items. I've tried the editing them but it never popped to the top for me, you get to the top by getting a lot of likes/comments but that's not always easy.

      so I re-list items every so often and I don't worry about the previous likers because if they were wanting to purchase more than likely they would have purchased the items awhile back and all else fails, they can search for the item and hopefully find my relisted item.

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  14. I am new to Mercari and I am just wondering from people with experience on how you get paid?

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    1. Getting paid is easy. But funds aren't released til package is received and proof is in tracking # that must be given at time of shipping
      Funds not released to you at time of ship. If buyer cancels purchase after shipping most contact mercari they can cancel if item didn't ship in time said in listing. Once received buyer must rate you and you rate buyer then funds go into your balance. Simply set up your payment.. you can choose direct depo w/your banking info or request a check. I do direct depo, takes 3-5 days. Only had 1 buyer cancel before ship time but was nice and all good. As a buyer Ive had problems. Item received not as described and broken. But mercari helped, i sent pic and shipped back and got refund. Another seller never shipped item. 2 wks later still said shipped but she only printed label. To put in tracking #. Tracking showed electronic info received but no item scanned in at post office. Mercari didn't care. They made me wait. I msg seller 3x nicely saying plz just ship it. I want item but just be honest and drop off or let me know you aren't planning to. She lied saying shipped 2 wks ago. Neither she nor mercari cared about trackimg info. Mercari had ME calling post office and I told them they said exactly what tracking says. Finally seller dropped off was received 3 days later. Why she held it and lied no idea. But mercari should have cancelled and she should get bad rating. I notice we must rate 1st as buyers but then seller can give bad rating just to be mean. I don't like dishonest ratings w/no facts. I have all great and 1 good. Though shipped in 1 day though had 3, friendly msg, nice packing, as described etc. Buyer wanted fed ex, I use USPS but went ahead. It took 8 days. He msg 5x a day so mad though tracking clearly showed I shipped. Out of my hands. But he was allowed to give me a lesser rating due to fed ex. ? Ive used ebay 15yrs and websites. I like ease of app but do not like no control of ratings as I am alt repeat customers. I also don't like that we can't market ourselves,share listings to fb or anything. Bizarre. But no fees right now so its easy money. Free to list and sell. But cant relist easily when item sells. That's odd.
      Best to you.

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    2. Getting paid is easy. But funds aren't released til package is received and proof is in tracking # that must be given at time of shipping
      Funds not released to you at time of ship. If buyer cancels purchase after shipping most contact mercari they can cancel if item didn't ship in time said in listing. Once received buyer must rate you and you rate buyer then funds go into your balance. Simply set up your payment.. you can choose direct depo w/your banking info or request a check. I do direct depo, takes 3-5 days. Only had 1 buyer cancel before ship time but was nice and all good. As a buyer Ive had problems. Item received not as described and broken. But mercari helped, i sent pic and shipped back and got refund. Another seller never shipped item. 2 wks later still said shipped but she only printed label. To put in tracking #. Tracking showed electronic info received but no item scanned in at post office. Mercari didn't care. They made me wait. I msg seller 3x nicely saying plz just ship it. I want item but just be honest and drop off or let me know you aren't planning to. She lied saying shipped 2 wks ago. Neither she nor mercari cared about trackimg info. Mercari had ME calling post office and I told them they said exactly what tracking says. Finally seller dropped off was received 3 days later. Why she held it and lied no idea. But mercari should have cancelled and she should get bad rating. I notice we must rate 1st as buyers but then seller can give bad rating just to be mean. I don't like dishonest ratings w/no facts. I have all great and 1 good. Though shipped in 1 day though had 3, friendly msg, nice packing, as described etc. Buyer wanted fed ex, I use USPS but went ahead. It took 8 days. He msg 5x a day so mad though tracking clearly showed I shipped. Out of my hands. But he was allowed to give me a lesser rating due to fed ex. ? Ive used ebay 15yrs and websites. I like ease of app but do not like no control of ratings as I am alt repeat customers. I also don't like that we can't market ourselves,share listings to fb or anything. Bizarre. But no fees right now so its easy money. Free to list and sell. But cant relist easily when item sells. That's odd.
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  15. Anyone know how to relist items that sell easily? Or have multiples in 1 listing?
    Any way to share, market our listings?
    Thanks!

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    1. I just relist things, its easy just copy and paste what you wrote in the previous listing, don't forget to delete the previous listing unless you have multiples of that item, then feel free to leave it up. sadly you can't share your listings to bump them (like with poshmark) but you can share your items to social media sites to possibly bring in new buyers.

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  16. Anyone know how to relist items that sell easily? Or have multiples in 1 listing?
    Any way to share, market our listings?
    Thanks!

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  17. How to sell without tracking info? I noticed a lot of sellers offer the option of "no tracking " so they can sell even cheaper. How do I do that?

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    1. you can't anymore. you used to be able to "ship yourself" and add a fake tracking number but mercari doesn't allow it anymore because people were complaining, now you have to add a valid tracking number or mercari will cancel the order. the tracking number has to show it was delivered to the city/state the buyer is in if it doesn't the buyer can't leave a rating and then the order will be canceled.

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    2. Oh no! That's what I've been doing:( will mercari automatically cancel the order or will they give the option? :/ I had no idea that was a new thing they started doing. What should I do? I actually sent out all of the packages.. How can I make sure I don't lose the money?

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    3. Emily were you able to retrieve your funds?

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    4. you might still be safe, I've looked more in to and they are mainly cracking down on prohibited items. let me know if everything goes good for you? but from now on if I was you, I would always get a tracking number just to be safe. without a tracking number buyers could claim they never received and you'll be out of the money and item.

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    5. I am new to Mercari and hate it so far!! I sold two different listings to the same buyer yesterday. She asked that they be shipped together to save on the shipping cost, so that is what I did only to find out later that Mercari doesn't want you to bundle ship. How can I get that second item updated to show it has been shipped? So far this has been a horrible experience. 😩

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    6. You can bundle items together & combine shipping but to do so you have to create a combined listing.

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  18. I bought a phone and payed for shipping on mercari which was 4 dollars. So the seller tells me to rate him the same day I ordered and I told him Id rate him when I got the phone because he would get paid when I rate him so Id basically be paying with no gaurentee Id get my phone. He says try now and the page says its been shipped but he was telling me the whole reason he wants me to rate him was so he could ship. Im confused and scared Ive been scammed. What can I do its the same day and it was my first time using.

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    1. do not rate the seller until you receive the iPhone. if you rate them, they will just scam you. the seller should print a shipping label and ship the item after you've purchased, if the seller is still bugging you about leaving a rating before you get your item, chances are they are a scammer. if I was you, I would just contact Mercari to cancel the order, screenshot the messages to send to mercari and tell them the seller keeps asking you to leave a rating and still hasn't shipped your item. It will take a few days but Mercari will make sure you either get your item or cancel the order and you'll get your money back. I've had sellers try that on me too, Mercari's rules are if you rate the seller and you didn't get the item, you lose your money because they state "don't leave a rating til you've received" all over the site.


      how to contact mercari about this transaction ;

      1. go to the order and copy the item/order number (you'll have to send them the order number so they can help with the case)

      2. Go to "Help Center" then "contact us" then "purchases"

      3. tell them your side of things, if I was you I would put something like this ;
      Hi, I would like to cancel *insert order number* the seller keeps asking me to leave a rating or they won't ship my item. I've included photos of messages the seller has been sending me.

      4. send the screenshots to mercari.

      it may take a few days for them to get back to you but be patient they will reply, just whatever you do don't leave the seller a rating until you actually get your item and you've made sure you're happy with the order.

      Another thing you could do is just tell the seller, you will not leave a rating, it's against mercari's rules and they can either send you the phone or cancel the order or you will contact mercari and report them, maybe it will scare them and they will do the right thing.


      best of luck.

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  19. Is it more cost efficient to bump your item up a few bucks and offer free shipping? I feel like that's why I won't sell, but then again I have some heavier items that I know need a higher cost. Trying to decide whether to offer it and pay the shipping myself or leave it and hope they sell.


    Also postmark seems to just be a bunch of people following me and that's it. I got one comment on an item saying if I sold on mercari I would get $6 using her code but I didn't even know what she was talking about. Was that some sort of scammer? I'm new to both sites
    I only sell on eBay and vinted so postmark and mercari as Lowell as let it go are so new to me I'm so lost lol. HELP!

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    1. personally I bump the price of all my items by $2-$5 depending on the item and I don't offer free shipping, I even post *no free shipping* in the description. the reason I always add a few bucks is because everyone likes to get a good deal on mercari

      so I'll get comments like "$7, free shipping" on a $8 + $4 shipping item and I'll reply with my lowest acceptable price like "sorry, I don't offer free shipping and my lowest would be, $6 + $4 shipping, let me know if you're interested and I can adjust the price"

      I personally only ship through mercari and the reason is because say the package gets lost or the item you send breaks in the mail, you will not be refunded for the shipping amount, so you've lost money, also you're spending more money on packaging, tracking, shipping, and transportation than you would by just printing the label from mercari and handing the package to your mailman.

      poshmark ; there are a lot of people on poshmark that will share their mercari code with lies like "you"ll get $6 with my code" mercari only offers a $2 credit but these people are just trying to get people to use their codes, they don't really care, they just want free credits, ignore them and block them.

      for poshmark, if you want more sales I recommend sharing your listings often, when I'm bored I'll share my listings to get more views. if you want more advice feel free to share the link to your poshmark and I'll check you out to help as much as possible (:

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  20. It seems like Mercari is a lot of young people as well. The rules arent followed like they are on ebay. I have bought half a dozen items on Mercari, and out of that two people have canceled on me. The other day I actually bought an MK tote that was clearly labeled as "gently used"...when i got it, the strap was falling apart and the bottom was all cracked and the piping was pealing. I messaged the seller privately to voice my concern. The stupid jerk never replied to me, just gave me NEGATIVE feedback...even though I had already agreed to keep the crappy tote and donate it to goodwill (I felt guilty, I am WAAAY too nice), and gave her GOOD feedback..she still messed up my ratings. So freaking immature.

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    1. Wow, what a jerk! Sorry that happened to you. I found out my seller was a HS student! I think people should have to be 18 to sell on these sites. I'm not saying all young people are irresponsible but after my experience, see post below, buying from a teenager didn't go well and seems like a bad idea.

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    2. I know this reply is super late but with Mercari's new updates you can dispute a rating! If a buyer or seller left you a rating that you feel wasn't justified then contact Mercari to get it removed. I've done it a few times when buyers left "poor" ratings because they didn't read the description and look at all the photos and Mercari removed the rating within 24 hours.

      Hope this helps anybody that gets unearned negative reviews! (:

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  21. I paid for a Lululemon jacket for a sporting event via Mercari. The seller promised to ship the next day. I filed a question about her printing up a label but never shipping it. She has told me so many lies, I cannot keep up. I saw her Poshmark page and on almost every sold post people were complaining... she always says she shipped but her Houston post office holds packages for days without shipping. Yeah, right. First she tells me she dropped it in the drop box after they closed, then tells me she handed it to a guy at the counter AFTER they closed. What!? Regardless, a package would be scanned and active tracking would show up. I tried to cancel and they sent me an automated reply to wait 10 more days and then they will help me. On the buyers protection page it states you can cancel if the seller doesn't ship within their stated time frame (which has long gone!) but if you already filed a complaint I guess you get cut off from further action. I can't believe they don't have a customer service number or any other options when you've been treated badly on Mercari. So I won't have the item I needed for my event and she is protected because she printed out a label??? When I write to her to inquire she says I'm scamming her! Total insanity. This makes me never want to buy from Merc again!!!

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  22. Hi someone commented on a product of mine on Mercari and I don't know how to tag them in a comment to reply (I'm used to Poshmark) do you know how I can reply to them?

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  24. I am new to Mercari and hate it so far!! I sold two different listings to the same buyer yesterday. She asked that they be shipped together to save on the shipping cost, so that is what I did only to find out later that Mercari doesn't want you to bundle ship. How can I get that second item updated to show it has been shipped? So far this has been a horrible experience. ��

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    1. Oh no, sorry to hear this. If you haven't marked the second package as shipped you can copy and past the tracking number from the first order to the second order.

      If you can't do that because you already marked it as shipped try contacting Mercari and telling them that you can't update the listing with the correct tracking number and give them the tracking number. I personally have never tried this but it is worth a shot.

      If they can't help then you'll just have to hope that the buyer is trustworthy and will leave a rating for both items when they receive them if not, report the buyer by telling Mercari they asked you to ship the items together even though they purchased them separately, then the buyer left feedback for only one item.

      For future reference when I have a buyer interested in more than one item I put both items in one listing. I have had buyers buy items separately in the past and I either do the copy & paste option or if I'm using Mercari shipping labels I ship the items separately, if they want them shipped together I cancel both orders and create a new listing.

      Hope this helps and your problem gets resolved! (:

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    2. Thank you so much for your reply! I don't see where I can paste the tracking number into that specific listing. I'm only seeing an option to create a label for it. I'm still new to this whole thing so maybe I'm overlooking it?

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  25. Does Mercari charge to bump your items up to top listings??..I used a site and I have very nice stuff.....Before I knew it they were asking me to pay them to bump me back to the top of listing!!!




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  26. This blog website is pretty cool! How was it made !
    Kids' Clothing

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