What is Mercari and how does it work?
There are many places online where you can sell your clothes as well as other items . The latest and greatest app is Mercari, and my wife is addicted to it. Because of this, I decided to write a comprehensive Mercari review and discuss the pros and cons of the app.
What is Mercari?
Mercari is an online marketplace that allows you to buy and sell items. You can buy just about anything on the site, which means you can sell just about anything you can think of on Mercari. Also, you can earn money by referring other people to the site.
The best part is that you don’t have to be in a physical location to use the service. All you need is an Internet connection. So if you want to ditch some clothes or shoes, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give Mercari a try.
The Mercari story
Shintaro Yamada, a Japanese businessman, first created the Mercari business model. He started Mercari in February 2013, and in July 2013, the platform launched and became available on the app store for Android and iOS devices.
A year later, in 2014, the Mercari company opened an office in San Francisco, California, to facilitate a push into the US market. Since its inception, the Mercari app has been downloaded more than 45 million times and has reached the number three position in the app store.
How does it work?
You can use Mercari in a couple of different ways:
1. Sell Items – If you want to earn some extra money selling your own stuff, this is the best way to go. Just go to the “Sell” tab at the top of the page and start listing all the things you have for sale.
2. Shop Items – This is also a great option if you don’t want to list your own items. Instead, you can browse through thousands of items listed by others.
How to get started on Mercari
Signing up for Mercari was extremely easy. I was able to use my primary email address or my Facebook account to create a profile.
After registering, they sent me a confirmation link and I was able to access the platform.
Navigating the platform
When I first logged in, I was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was to browse categories and search for specific items.
In addition to being able to search for items in general, Mercari also displays popular items in its main categories.
These suggestions were displayed in the following categories:
Most of the items that were shown were listed at around 70% less than retail price.
Offers for her
Unfortunately, this is where my wife spends most of her time. However, luckily for me, the items are considerably cheaper than buying them in the store.
Offers for him
Mercari does not forget the boys. They have an impressive list of men’s clothing and items, so we weren’t left out.
Offers for children
Am I the only one who likes browsing the kids section? Tell me I’m not alone in this.
Deals for the tech-obsessed
Another one of my favorite areas is the electronic section. In fact, my wife recently picked up 4 Amazon Echo devices in half. Why did we need 4
Kitchen and dining room
Last but not least, they have a featured kitchen and dining section. Each of these categories periodically filters new popular items to browse.
Looking at specific items
What I liked about the Mercari platform is buying the item for the indicated price or offering a lower cost to the seller. Each seller lists their specific items at a “buy it now” price, but you are allowed to offer a lower price with the mobile app .
My wife has been successful several times by offering less than asking price and the seller accepting.
Another interesting feature is the “like” button. It’s a heart in the top corner of an individual item’s photo. We had a great experience with this feature.
My wife “liked” an article to remember to save it for later. Well, it turns out that when you like an item, the seller is notified of your interest. Three days after liking the product, the seller messaged us and offered to sell it for a lower price.