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An Offer You Can’t Refuse!

Poshmark has this way awesome, new feature called ‘Make An Offer’. If you haven’t noticed yet or haven’t updated then you probably don’t know what I am talking about, but if you have seen it or even used it I believe this is a Godsent! Now Poshmark has made a lovely How-To (please see it here) on the logistics of the actual utilizing of the function. There are some mixed emotions that come along with it. I for one am 100% for it, while others I’ve heard have a couple qualms about it. So we will be going over everything, all the features and some of the awesome and maybe downsides to the overall experience. If you haven’t dealt with it yet and just need a quick refresher I’ll give one right here from my own account! Let’s start with this:

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See the ‘Offer’ button under to the ‘BUY NOW’ button?

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Once I click on it it’ll take me to this screen (keep in mind I’m doing this on a web browser, on the Poshmark Blog they do it straight from the app, but the processes still the same): Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 7.35.23 AM

So my offer is going to be a handsome $300…NOW (segue) this is one of the biggest complaints I’ve been hearing from sooooooo many people! My friends, my family, and my co-workers that utilize this feature, all say the same thing: “I get lowball offers alllllllllllllllll the time!”. Let me tell you something, if I could get a pair of Authentic Chanel’s for $.50, I would, and so would the girl right next to me. We live in a world (a Posh World) where getting a good deal is right at your fingertips if you just ask for it, so why not ask for it?

Do I get lowball offers all the time???? YES!!!

Do I get offended? No. Never. I have a good laugh, but I can’t fault someone for trying, AND for that matter, they have no idea 1) how much I paid for it, and 2) how much value I posses on it. It may say $200 as my price but who knows, I may just don’t want to deal with it and just give it away! Plus, I can always counter them with a price I am willing to go to, or I can just decline their offer if my price is firm. Either way you still have control over your closet!

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Then it’ll take me to a payment screen: Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 7.49.03 AM

Looks like I’ve got a nice redeemable balance there! I blurred out some essentials, like my address and my credit card info just for safety purposes…don’t want the paparazzi using my credit card and stalking me ya know?! heh. heh. *crickets*

Anyway, this screen is to solidify your transaction. You are automatically committing to a funded transaction with your offer. So on the bright side, as a seller you’ve got a genuine offer that’s backed with funds and no more empty threats of people asking for offers that may or may not go through with clicking that BUY NOW button once you’ve lowered it. In addition to that, there aren’t anymore cat fights for who snatches it up first once it’s been lowered. The only loophole that I’ve found is that if you put in a credit card that has insufficient funds, it won’t process the transaction after you accept the offer. But since I am an honest person, and I don’t want to go about trolling the internet, I have successfully submitted my offer: Untitled

Now once I click ‘Continue Shopping’ it will take me to my feed. Now if I want to check up on the offers, I go to my news feed and then select the tab on the right that says ‘offers’. It’ll show me all my activity, and as you can see here I already received my counter offer! 2

Let’s see where we are at in the process, once I click on the shoes it will show me the progress on the screen: 3

So I’m going to counter again to $325… 4

So this can go on and on and on but this is what it looks like on @krangele’s end: unnamed

She submits her counter and we can continue to tango until we reach an agreeable amount. But in the event that one person gets cold feet, you can always decline. However, you can only decline when the ball is in your court. If you counter that means that if the other person accepts it’s binding on both ends. All ‘Make An Offer’ transactions have a 24 hour pumpkin, so you snooze, you lose! 5

I still have a capability to create a new offer again, and start the whole process over, if you still want to barter. The screen looks quite the same as before: 6

So let me tell you why this is so amazing. I know they mentioned this during Poshfest last year and now finally it’s been implemented and it’s so easy and streamlines the transaction process. The majority of the transactions that I get are through the “Make An Offer” feature and I’ve easily noticed an increase in sales. Before I would count on the end of the week to get prepped and ready for my orders but now I see that they are steadily coming throughout the week! Since this new feature I see at least 1 order a day as opposed to just inquiries.

I think it really is due to the fact that the entire transaction is private. No one sees what you offered or counter offered and there is no communication during the exchange, just the numbers. So all the deal hunters are starting to come out of the woodwork and now have the opportunity to throw a number out and give something for someone to work with. Furthermore, sellers now have an opportunity to not commit to a price that they’ve stated to someone on their wall who may have disappeared after making an offer.

Have I given a lowball offer before? Yes and No. To me, I think the offers I give are pretty reasonable, and I would be willing to pay that much for that item right away. But to someone else? Yes. So keep in mind that any offer is interest and a potential sale. I would much rather have a lowball offer that I have the potential to raise, than no offer at all! So something to keep in mind!

If you have any further questions please ask in the comments below so if you have had any bad experiences or want to add more compliments please do so! Also, @krangele’s shoes are still up for grabs and she’s been absolutely a sweetheart for helping me in this blog post, so if you get a chance to look through her closet please do you can click to take a peek here.

Stay Healthy,

-E

PoshFest 2014 Speakers Announced

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YAY!!! I had to hold this secret in for awhile…but then I got sick and couldn’t do anything once the news was announced, but I am happy to announce here on my blog that I will be speaking as a panelist at this years POSHFEST 2014!!! Please if you are attending please make sure to attend this panel:

11:40 – 12:25 p.m. | Merchandising Magic That Will Double Your Sales: Top sellers will share tips and insight from pricing and top brands, to seasonal stocking and niche markets.

Moderator: Kate Franco (@katef), Merchandising, Poshmark
Elissa Emoto (@elissaemoto)
Elle Batingan (@ellebee206)
Ediza Corazon (@edizarodriguez), Blogger Healthy Girl Fashion
Lori Galloway (@lorigalloway)

Thank you all who support the Healthy Girl Line and for all who nominated me!!! I cannot thank you ever so much for all your support you are all so amazing!! Thank you!!

Stay Healthy,

-E

Originally posted on Poshmark Blog:

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The biggest Posh weekend – PoshFest 2014 – is two weeks away (insert dancing emoji here) and we are beyond excited to see all of our Poshers in San Francisco!

In an effort to inspire, empower and give you tools to up your Poshmark game, we’ve come up with quite the rockstar line-up of speakers. They can’t wait to share their insight, stories and tips & tricks with all of you, and we are truly honored to have them all.

PoshFest Day 1 – Panels

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.  |  Welcome Remarks from Poshmark founder and CEO, Manish Chandra

9:10 – 9:40 a.m.  |  Style Q&A: Fashion Pros Help Elevate Your Look: From implementing trends to knowing what’s next, get the scoop firsthand from a panel of pros.

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Is there anything more gorgeous than this bag?? I think I found my next high end luxury purchase. I want this bag. Period. I don’t know how but it is my mission to buy this thing. This is the Chanel XL Jumbo Weekender Tote Bag. *sigh* this thing is so beautiful. How tres would this look on my shoulder walking out of SFO airport on my way to Poshfest! See below of what I envision!!

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Looks Like I got my work cut out for me on Poshmark!

Posh Party Preview

edizarodriguez:

Here is my feature on Poshmark’s Blog, a little sneak peak of what I have in store for tomorrow night’s Posh Party!

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Happy Monday! The week’s Posh Party Line-up has been announced and we’re excited for another week full of shopping parties. We’re happy to have style influencers Ediza from Healthy Girl Fashion, Kaitlyn, Olia of Love, Olia and Yulissa of Sequins and Tulle join us to host. See what our hosts are loving so you can get the inside scoop in advance of the parties.

Girly Girl Party, Tuesday, October 14th

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Ediza | @edizarodriguez

What can we expect to see shared to the Host Picks Showroom? After visiting the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, I meandered through the gem exhibition and was really inspired to introduce some serious gem accessories into this fall’s fashion. Druzy accessories, gemstones, and sparkle are a must have going into fall!

What are your favorite girly girl pieces and trends? Skater skirts are a staple in every girl’s closet. You can’t go wrong with…

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Happy Monday

Happy Monday guys!

Just some quick news: I am hosting the “Girly Girl” posh party tomorrow 10/14/14 so please tag me on your items that you’d like to be considered! Also, I finished the book Gone Girl. Highly recommend…it did suck up 3 days of my life. Now on to my next book: The Fault In Our Stars. Don’t tell me anything!

That’s it, aside from work here at AFV, I saw my name for the first time in the credits! So make sure to watch AFV Sunday’s on ABC and check your local listings for the times!

Thanks Guys!

Stay Healthy,

-E

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Spending The Big Bucks!

So if you are a female unfortunately you are victim of the impulse gene. I don’t know any female in the world who hasn’t purchased something impulsively. In fact, Poshmark’s one click shopping experience has really made it hard to fight the impulse monster. But in cases like this, it’s always best to make sure that the purchases that you make are relatively the smartest ones! In this post I am going to give you a few tips on how to be a better, savvier shopper when purchasing on Poshmark. We will go over how to prove authenticity without having to pay for 3rd party authentication services, what to buy and what not to buy, and communicating with your seller!

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So let’s get started: Authenticity!

You’ve heard the words before, “Yes this is 100% Authentic!”. Let me tell you something, I’ve heard horror stories of a woman (not me) who purchases all of her replicas in China and sells them with 100% Authentic slapped all over her eBay listings and swears up and down that they are real and never has had one complaint! Now I never met this woman but if I did I hope she’s gotten caught because that is so aggravating to hear! So how will you ever know whether a piece is real or not? I’ve used this trick a few times and it’s proven very successful for me when authenticating a piece. Stores nowadays will NOT authenticate a bag for you. They are under so much scrutiny that policies have been added to protect them from providing authentication papers. So, Louis Vuitton will NOT authenticate any bag, so don’t get duped by people telling you they got it authenticated recently because they’re lying. However, there is a way to get around that! Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Chanel, and any high end retailer that has their own repair shop will NOT repair anything that isn’t one of their pieces, this is 100% true. My solution? If you buy a big ticket item off of ANY website second hand, take it to the retailer for repair, and get them to service it right away (for whatever reason, i.e new leather straps, polishing, cleaning). It’s an “authentication” without actually getting it authenticated. (best part? It comes with paperwork!)   Once it gets to the craftsmen, they will be able to see if the item is a replica. If it is, they will notify you right away.  That way you can alert Poshmark of the discrepancy and void the transaction without you losing your nice chunk of change! Make sure to call ahead and ask the retailer what their policies are for repair and what items can or can’t be “seen”.

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Secondly: What to buy!

Poshmark and other apps are amazing outlets to find rare treasures! Finding a Great Chanel bag is not as hard if you are dedicated to searching a million times, and waiting patiently for that one user to upload a steal where you can snag it before anyone else does! Chanel’s, Tory Burch, and other high end retailers really do charge an arm and a leg, so when going out and purchasing something make sure you know EXACTLY what you want, what it looks like in detail, and what it’s made out of. Knowing the details is half the battle especially when shopping for high end luxury items. Also, if you plan on buying a fixer upper just know exactly what you’re getting into. I bought a very inexpensive Louis Vuitton from a Posher this past month. It was a fixer upper, so immediately I knew that I would be able to get it to a LV store asap and sent to be repaired right away! (Authenticated? check!) It was also vintage piece, vintage meaning oooooooold, like 30 years old. Trouble with that is, LV discontinued that bag, along with all the pieces that make it up. Not only that, since it’s aged so long, they can’t work on it because if they do they jeopardize cracking the canvas. So be weary of what you purchase that’s vintage! You also want to buy pieces that are worth the amount that you are going to repair it. For instance, don’t buy a purse that’s $1000 if you have to put in $3000 in repairs to make it look new and you can buy it for $2000 retail. I bought a bag for $40 only to receive it and it was disgusting! I took it in for repairs and it pretty much cost me an additional $180 to get the bag to OK status, then looking online, the bag NEW was $200. So don’t screw yourself over like I did!

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Third: What NOT to buy

Know your store’s policy when it comes to getting repairs done. Tiffany and Co doesn’t require anything to get it polished but that $20 is worth knowing the piece is authentic. Obviously do not buy inspired pieces and take them in to get verified, you will embarrass yourself. It happened to me…at Chanel..in front of a celebrity. I was mortified!! To which I ended up buying a purse straight out!  On the other hand Louis Vuitton can fix anything on that little purse EXCEPT the canvas. Do not, I repeat DO NOT purchase any Louis Vuitton that has ANY damage to the canvas, they won’t even touch it, they will send it right back! So don’t get duped by buying any LV bags that say you can take it to the store for repairs, they won’t! Chanel is a bit different. You can take any item to Chanel as long as it’s one of their pieces and they will repair it. Be mindful that there are not very many vintage pieces left, so if you purchase a vintage Chanel that needs a spare part, it may have to make it’s way to Paris to locate it’s missing piece if they don’t have it locally in the US, or if it no longer exists you won’t be able to get it repaired at all. DO NOT BUY REPLICAS, DO NOT BUY REPLICAS, AND DO NOT BUY REPLICAS. Nothing with the words: Inspired, copycat, 1:1, A+ Quality, Replica, Fake, etc. I cannot stress how important it is to not buy, sell, or promote designer fakes. It’s against the law, but also it looks bad in the posh community.

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I cannot stress this enough! I would keep in constant communication with your seller if you are purchasing something that needs to be “authenticated”. I have had in 3 different instances let the sellers know of my whereabouts when it comes to getting items authenticated. On 2 occasions I wasn’t the best at communicating but by the 3rd time, I had it nailed to a science! Before you purchase I would ask the seller if they have any paperwork associated with the product and if they can add it to your package, or at least copies of it so that you can verify with the store. If they have no paperwork to support your purchase then let them know your intentions immediately before you hit that ‘buy now’ button! Let them know you will be taking the full 3 days or if you need to contact Poshmark to allot you more time, so there won’t be a shock when you hit that “problem with item” button. Remember, you are purchasing a luxury item with no support of authenticity other than their word, so the sellers should be understanding of your need to get proof of it. If they aren’t cooperative, then move on to the next item!

I hope this helps out with your shopping experience. Slightly long winded but I hope this advice will certainly help you along while you are shopping out there. If you follow these steps, you’re bound to have a closet full of worry free purchases! If you have any other suggestions that you’d like to add please feel free to add it to the comments below!!

 

Stay Healthy,

 

-E

HGF: Closet of the week/month!

You never know these days how full my docket is with things to do. Now that my house is in immaculate shape and I’ve got my entire inventory tallied up and all the new items that need to be listed up in my closet are up, I think it’s time to just sit down and let my thoughts out. With that said, it also goes to show that I’ve done quite a bit of shopping. Almost an absurd amount, actually, an unforgivable amount. Thankfully when I spend my money it’s always on good deals (I’m a barter at heart!). It’s about time that I announce this week’s (or month’s) closet that I urge all of you to check out! I did get my Louis Vuitton Bundle from her, and I got 3 Louis Vuitton bags for $350!! It was unreal and if you look through all of her other listings she has tons of other stuff! Now my bags did need a little fixing, which was great because I took them to LV and they patched em all right up! So may I present to you all Alexis Kellum her Poshmark handle is: @twiggy113.

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Now this is just a snippet of this girls closet but let me tell you, you are gonna find some lux designer goods for a FRACTION of the price. I would highly recommend checking out her closet because she gives good deals and she has tons of swag that I guarantee you will need to have in your hands! So fellow poshers, please give her closet a look around, ask her questions and of course shower her with some posh love!

Stay healthy,

-E