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

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Poshmark vs. ???

WOW, it’s been quite some time since I’ve actually been writing anything, there’s been a few topics I wanted to cover but these past couple of months I’ve been working this one. As you can see by the title I’ve tested and tried other apps and gave my review of each. Don’t worry I am still “Posh-Loyal” so I haven’t strayed away too far while conducting this review! I broke each review up into 4 categories where I reviewed completely from a business/ consumer perspective to give you guys a full look into each app and you can see how they string up against Poshmark. The four categories are as follows: Buying, Selling, Searching, and Customer Service / Return Experience.

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First I want to start off with the App ‘Like Twice’ and I’ll start with selling first because it’s easier to get into how to sell based on their business structure. Like Twice I have to say is the best fit for the “woman on the go”, someone who has minimal time to get her things listed, but wants the benefit of getting paid right away. It’s the “Instant Gratification” app. It’s actually quite the idea! The premise is that you request for a bag, and they ship you a bag through USPS and you pack all the clothes you would like sold into this bag and ship it back. Once they analyze the cost they give you a flat amount and once you accept, they send you a check. Sounds easy right?! It’s almost too good to be true actually. I like to call this the Buffalo Exchange way of doing things. If you don’t know what a Buffalo Exchange is, it’s a store that sells recycled fashion. They’re just doing it on a grander scale but with far more restrictions. When you send in your clothes in, you are only restricted to the brands that they want. Have a gorgeous Tadashi gown that you would like to sell? Bummer! They won’t accept it because it’s not within their accepted brands. Not only that THEY call the shots on how much they give you for your clothes. Thinking about getting $100 for the Gucci leather jacket? Oh darn! They will only be giving you $20 for that piece, and that’s set in stone! If you want to get your jacket back, you’ll need to pay $5 shipping to get the item(s) back. As for buying they just opened up handbags even though they were taking a lot of them, and as far as selection goes, it’s limited to the brands so it’s best that you really know designers and all their items and how they fit. They’ve also opened up to taking shoes, so that will be available soon too. Shopping on the website, the search is quite nice, however shopping on the app blows, so if you can get a chance, just shop on the site. The search parameters don’t work as well so, they need to get to steppin on making that experience bearable. I have not purchased anything that I would like to be returned, however if you would like to chime in on an experience then please do so in the comments! I do know however that if you want to return something it’s HAS to be within 30 days and it goes right back to them, in addition you have to pay $5 to return it too. :-\ Overall Grade: C+

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Tradesy: This shopping relm is possibly the closest to Poshmark as far as shopping experiences go. I would attribute it to shopping online at a retail website of a designer brand but the shopping experience is a little more user driven as compared to Like Twice. Purchasing through Tradesy is a bit more calming because when you purchase, it’s typically a flat rate and the price you see is the price you’re paying. When selling an item, there are a few things they do help you along the way. It really does help to list items via website and not just on your phone, it’s just so much faster. They also supply you with 8 pictures that you can upload and it calculates a suggested retail price once you type in the MSRP. The shipping is automatically added to the listed amount so that the buyer pays for everything all at once. There is an additional option to have them send you shipping supplies (which is quite nice) instead of ordering separately through the USPS, but that is also an option. What I really like about the app is that they do ask for a lot of detail on the product, but on the other hand it’s kind of a downer too, because if you have 100 items to list, having a lot of detail takes too much time. In fact, if some fields are blank they won’t let you list the item until all details are filled in, so it can ruin your flow. Searching through the app is good however their parameters are only for brands that are in their preset database. If you wanted to search for Mikoh bathing suits, you’d have to check through the web because if it’s not a default brand in their database, it won’t search it. One thing they do have that I really enjoy, is the Lowest-Highest filter. I think that feature is the Bees Knees when searching. EVERYONE wants the cheaper price on anything so using that option really helps with my shopping experience. As for return policies, Tradesy really does have a good return policy. They stay as a 3rd party the entire time as a mediator and handle everything for you as opposed to other apps (Vinted – we’ll get to that later!). They do have a very strict policy for any item listed, in which it needs to be authentic so rarely I will find an item that is inspired or a replica of some sort. As for overall experience I don’t see this particular site as being social. Private messages and overall sense of privacy and distance away from its users is not really where the trend is going nowadays. With social media taking over there’s a sense of corporate landscaping written all over the website, same goes for their blog. Overall experience B+

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At this point it’s easier to segue into the next App: Threadflip. Primarily because its much easier to explain. Threadflip is pretty much a mashup between Like Twice and Tradesy. They offer the same full service as Like Twice but also give you the option of listing the items yourself, like Tradesy/ Poshmark. One thing about Threadflip, when selling, is that when you put in a price it tells you how much you are getting off of a certain listing within a range. All items that are sold need to be approved by the seller first before the order is placed. Primarily because Threadflip with automatically put your item on sale for you, which is kind of nice but also out of your control. When listing, the details aren’t as excessive as Tradesy but they do ask a few other questions, like the color of your item and they do allow you 5 photos per listing. They also have more options when it comes to shipping, with shipping they let the seller choose how they want to handle shipping, as opposed to having the shipping already added to the price. When shopping, you can buy multiple items in your cart at once and depending on whether or not the Seller wants to tack on shipping you’ll see your subtotal as opposed to shopping each closet and paying each individual time. Overall Rating: B

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Last App – Vinted. So this app HAS to be the youngest of all the apps that are out there. This one is by FAR one of the least modified or up to date apps. The app right now is really just a skeleton of what the other apps have to offer. Buying from them is actually fairly easy. You click a button and fill in your payment info and it saves your information for future purchases. Selling is a crap shoot pretty much. Because if you are selling an item that perfectly fits the options they have listed then you are good to go, but lets say if you have a sport bra by lululemon athletica. There isn’t a category to place it in except for “Other Clothing” or you can put it in the category of “Tops”. Then you’re going to have to pray that someone searches in tops where you categorized it. Searching an item (oh man don’t get me started!), it’s like sifting a needle through a haystack. Not only do posts allow hashtags (#) but when you search a brand it pulls every listing that has that hashtag. So an ugly shirt that has no brand will pull up if the seller adds: #toryburch #chanel #louisvuitton #express in the description, if you’re searching for ‘Tory Burch Bags’, which leaves you scrolling through tons of unrelated listings Ugh! *Annoying*. Also they have a sizing system that isn’t very specific. Like 8/M, 10/M, so you’re constantly asking the seller ” Is this more a 10 or a M?”, so buying is a bit more of a hassle. Their return policy is the worst I’ve ever experienced, if you are dissatisfied with your product you’re pretty much on your own. They do refunds if you return the item, but typically it’s pretty much a “hash it out between the both of you” kind of culture. Not to mention you have to pay the shipping to send it back to the seller even though it’s their bad and they didn’t list something properly, so no guarantees ladies! I know, it’s the worst. So just be 1000% sure that you are getting what you are paying for and even though it isn’t authentic, you’ll go through the same run around! The ONE good thing this app has is that they have amazing deals. Some are too good to be true and others are diamonds in the rough. I found a Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 for $198 in fantastic condition, not to mention it was authentic (Louis Vuitton told me so!) so I lucked out. I’ve found Marc jacobs attire for SUUUUPER cheap and Chanel items for dirt cheap! I mean, it’s like sifting through a thrift store online! It has it’s gems, so it’s not a total loss. Overall rating: D+

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So how does Poshmark stand up against all these other apps? There are other apps out there like LaPosha which I didn’t review because it’s replica city up in there (Overall Rating: F), and the new app Mercari that is spamming all of the Poshers walls (including mine) saying that it’s commission free (for now). Now how exactly is Poshmark in comparison to all of these other ones? Well let me put it simply: Poshmark is well aware of who they are and what they are as a culture. They are a social experience that has redefined a way of online shopping that enhances the experience and promotes individuality within its community. There is a comradery between other users to help support and promote others in a positive manner (people congratulate you on a sale, congratulate you on your host pick, and spread the word about your hosting a posh party). I do wish however there were some things from other apps I would like to see implemented into the Poshmark system (i.e web enabled listing/ editing capabilities, more than 4 photos in a listing, and lowest – highest option in the search filters), so it goes without saying that even Poshmark is working on adding more features. One thing that I don’t get from any of the other apps is there is no personalization, no social interaction, and no community. They are all business/ corporate oriented and they all feel the same, out to get more of your money, make the shopping experience better for you so you can spend more. With Poshmark, this is a very user driven app as well as user individualized. You have the ability to share other’s listings as well as your own and your feed is catered to you and your likes. I did mention social as well! I don’t think any other app out there has made even the slightest attempt to create a bond like poshmark does with each user. I get countless emails thanking me for being such a good user or even emails that I’ve been invited to host and interactive poshparty. So automatically there’s that connection from a member of PMHQ to the user directly and there lies the loyalty. Poshmark also hosts events like Poshfest and local get togethers where you can meet the CEO and other key Poshmark executives and ask them questions directly. They’re all approachable and give you the time of day, and that’s something that no app, no matter how much money has been invested into a company (sorry Tradesy, even if you’re backed by Sir Richard Branson and you look all fancy!), nothing can take away from the overall experience I’ve had with Poshmark. I’ve made friends with Poshmark, I have followers, and even a helpful blog! Don’t get me wrong I love to shop, but if I had a place to sell, at least I know that I have a greater chance of getting my stuff sold and to have repeat clients with Poshmark than any other app!

I hope you enjoyed this review, it was pretty long winded! LOL. Feel free to add your own about others you’ve seen in the app world, or your own experiences below in the comments section!

Stay healthy,

-E