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What’s In Your Packaging?

I recently saw on a Poshmark Facebook group someone asking about packaging. I don’t wanna name her name for privacy purposes so I’ll omit her name unless she asks me to. But she posed a question that got a lot of interest that I thought may be of use to you guys.

How Much Effort Are You Putting Into Your Packages?

So if any of you have purchased anything from me, you will see that I do the bare minimum. I remember the days when I had business cards made, and special chevron stickers that matched my background and pretty twine and tissue paper. Long gone are those days because, “ain’t nobody got time for that!”

To be honest I think I got the idea from The Empty Hanger to wrap everything in the clear plastic bags, that way they were secure and enclosed and they were neat enough that I could see the item I sold and then toss them into a shipping box once they were purchased. Since these clear bags already had the sticky closure, I didn’t need to have thank you stickers or twine to keep them closed. So it was more work on the front end to wrap everything up, but less work overall. I do however still write thank you cards because they’re $1 at Target. But even more so, I always go to Poshmark events to stock up on my Posh Swag so it’s freeeeeeeee.

Why Are People Going Through All The Effort?

To be honest, there’s a lot of advice out there on how to wrap your packages, in fact, I’ve even dished some out myself (see below). Mine is really minimal compared to some other people’s packages. I legit will re-use Amazon & Walmart boxes before I crack open a new USPS box just because that’s my small way of being enviro-friendly. But it’s been said multiple times from tons of other people that branding yourself is key. How you package ties in with your brand.

…and like….yeah. I mean, if you’re Anthropologie! But most poshers aren’t brands, we’re just resellers, and they even say that they put the extra effort in their packaging and they don’t get more love notes, or even higher ratings. So why is this community different than any other resell platform?

You Do You Boo Boo

Everyone has a different opinion of how to approach this. Some use it as a creative outlet, some have leftover packaging from the holidays to use, others DGAF and don’t wrap it at all. What do you guys typically do when you package your items? Is it worth it to you? Do your customers love it? Do you do it for your business?

Let me know in the comments below!

Stay Healthy,

-E

E

Ediza has been a Poshmark user since 2013 and is a fashion enthusiast with a insatiable hunger for designer bags. She has completed numerous trips around the world using points and miles as her choice of currency and chronicles those adventures here at HealthyGirlFashion.

6 Comments
  1. I sell mostly shoes that come with the box. Only a few of my love notes include thanks for packaging. I am adding more clothes and I do like to wrap in tissue with ribbon right now. I do have the clear plastic bags, but wouldn’t seal them since I take pictures of items before shipment so I have something if there’s a case opened. Bottom line I like the nice aesthetic. I may look into putting them into nice mailers so it keeps the nice look, but helps me keep up as I start selling more. My only exception may be my more expensive items.

  2. I’ve been on Poshmark, eBay, etc. for a year now and totally agree re packaging on Posh. Ive been in expensive stores where all I got was a shopping bag and maybe some tissue paper. I actually feel pressured to apologize that I just use plain white tissue paper and that’s it. I do write a thank you note, but because I believe in recycling I actually use the other half of the paper the mailing label was printed on. Lol!

  3. Bless you for bringing up this important topic! I resell on Poshmark and I thought the whole idea was, 1) NOT environmentally friendly (which really bothers me) and 2) a bit silly.

    You’re right; I’m not Anthropologie or Nordstrom and I am not a “brand” and never will be (although I DO like that my closet has a ‘vibe’ which I’ve received many compliments on, but I just buy what I think is cool, artsy, colorful…)

    That said, I did cave to the pressure, and when my own stock of leftover tissue and ribbon ran out, I bought more, and yes, I DO wrap my products in tissue paper and sometimes ribbon or twine. I sometimes put a Thank You sticker on them or cute little clothes pin. I feel like a fraud for caving to the pressure to conform. I used to write Please RECYCLE on my note but stopped doing that. People who care about the earth automatically recycle, those who do not probably never will. #sad

    I do think it’s kind of ridiculous that PM Guidelines actually state that you SHOULD wrap the item nicely and include a Thank You note! I look at people’s Closets who are reselling sneakers for $3,000 and getting into arguments, complete with f-bombs in the Comments, and I wonder: are THEY wrapping their Yeezies like a present and including a scrolled Thank You card? I doubt it.

    I’ve been thinking of switching to the plastic bag system myself and bagging the whole gift wrap idea. Will my buyers recycle the plastic though?

    Thanks for the forum to discuss this important topic.
    @nrinno

  4. I’ve been on Poshmark since 2013 and like you have gone through those phases where packaging is concerned. I’ve come to the conclusion that less time spent wrapping wins the day! I used to spend extra $$ on tissue paper, stickers, ribbon etc. but now I use those plastic bags sold on eBay made just for clothing items and they look crisp & new in those bags. No need for tissue paper and keeps things dry! For jewelry if I don’t have a jewelry box, I just use bubble wrap to secure those and slip them in the clear plastic bags. I also still include a thank you card and use saved Amazon boxes too or the appropriate USPS box to ship out. I stopped giving little gifts with each purchase because it just doesn’t make any difference at all. I’m finding nowadays most buyers only truly want what they bought, so don’t expect a cutesy ‘love note’ on every sale you make. I’ll gladly just take the 5 stars and most importantly the buyers accept their packages so funds are released to the sellers right away! We are all on the Poshmark platform to simply do business so keep that in mind😉

  5. I use the packing paper sheets, purchase at Uhaul. 200 sheets per box. Wrap item in this along with a business card. I think it works great.

  6. I started using THANK YOU plastic bags , sometimes they have a big YELLOW smiley face. two thrift stores i shop at have them so i recycle them sometimes they have me pack my own stuff so i will use more than one so i have extra bags. i have purchase some also so no more thank you cards and they can reuse them

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