I’ve been reselling since I was little, it all started with the family garage sale. As time went on, I started to Sell on Ebay, then Poshmark and so on. I discovered the reseller community via social media. At first, I loved the reseller groups and influencers, I was learning so much until I was bullied. This is the story about my reselling journey through social media marketing, and why I stopped reselling online exclusively through Poshmark.
Let’s go back to the good old dial up internet days, yes… that’s how long I’ve been reselling, let’s say mid 90’s. Here I am, trying to connect with locals who were interested in items, but then someone would call the house, and I’d get kicked off the internet. The struggle was real! My family held a garage sale every Sunday, we sold everything you could imagine. Some items were new with tag, some vintage, some antiques, pinball machines..seriously everything you could think of. I’d say we would draw up to 500 people every Sunday. Usually everyone was nice, of course you have your hagglers who are looking to score a great deal but overall it was always a fun day.
Now let’s fast forward to 2011, I have listings on multiple reselling platforms such as Ebay, Craiglist and Etsy. I was also part of the reseller community via social media, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. The reseller community online at first was everything I lived and worked around. These people were just like me, looking for tips on reselling, sharing our stories etc. I was so happy to be around tons of people who could actually relate to what I do. A new selling platform called “Poshmark” caught wind within the community. This is where my reseller journey would take a dark turn.
The year is now roughly 2016, I’ve been successfully selling on Poshmark for a few years now. I’d say I made around $90,000 in profit from the app. Poshmark had gained so much exposure through celebrity endorsement’s like Ashton Kutcher’s closet, everyone was now selling on Poshmark. I sold women’s boutique and thrifted designer goods within my closet. I’d had something around 900 items listed for sale in my Poshmark Closet. I even earned the “Poshmark Mentor”, “Poshmark Fast Shipping” and “Poshmark Suggested user” titles.
Poshmark Bullying via Social Media
I connected with so many other Poshmark sellers through Facebook and Instagram. The Poshmark community via social media is crazy, nothing like what I was used to through the Ebay groups. Granted every group has its own drama, but holy shit, the Poshmark community was outright ruthless. Now, I will say I have met so many wonderful people within the Poshmark community, which absolutely do not fall into this “ruthless” category. My first taste of backlash came from Instagram. I posted a Louis Vuitton Boston Speedy for sale, and yes it was REAL. A certain loud-mouth Poshmark influencer decided to swerve out of her lane and BLAST my
listing as fake. She even took screenshots and shared it within the Facebook groups I was in and her IG story/post. This happened around 2:30am, I was sleeping, so that’s the shit I woke up to.
I had no clue who this woman-child was, I didn’t seem to be following her on social media or on Poshmark. I send her a VERY polite DM, asking if she could explain why she thought my item was fake. I knew it was an authentic Louis Vuitton speedy, I purchased it through a Tradesy verified seller. Her response was “I don’t need to explain shit, get your cheap shit off of Poshmark, I have already reported you” … I am not a confrontational person, I rather walk away and just do my thing, so that’s what I did. I stayed in my lane, ignored her and I figured that was the end of it, oh how I was wrong.
She had around 12,000 followers on Instagram alone. She was a public figure known in the Poshmark community, so she had an unfair influence over your everyday seller. She made everyone believe I was selling fake shit. She took screen shots of all my designer items and posted them all over the reseller community urging everyone to report my items. Guess what…my items were all of a sudden being removed from a Poshmark moderator after being flagged as “Replica” This bitch is actually hurting my bottom line, my only source of income to survive. The bullying went on for 8+ months.
Poshmark Wont Help
No matter how many times I tried to say my piece, she would hit back so hard. I even reached out to Poshmark with the screenshots however their reply was “This is
out of our jurisdiction”. I was so upset at the fact that Poshmark would turn a blind eye. They do have to hold some sort of responsibility, especially when these influencers and followers constantly illegally use their copy written logo to accompany the bashing. I had no “real life friends” I lived and worked through the internet, that’s sometimes the life of a full-time reseller.
All of these wonderful people I have met through Poshmark events, and the community are now too scared to talk to me, in fear of being bullied as well. I lost so many sales, friends, and followers, but mainly I lost the love for reselling. There would be days where I would lay in bed, and be too scared to check my social media. Tears would roll down my face for hours, I even had nightmares. The constant bullying for the better half of a year, nearly every day felt like torture. It felt like she had my hands tied behind my back and continuously made jabs. Everyday she would post some sort of content to hurt my reputation. One time she even posted a family picture she took off of my Facebook, she captioned it “I wonder if your family knows how much of a fake you are”. That was the day I deactivated my Poshmark account. I know I am not the only person that has been on her receiving end, to this day she is still bashing people she finds a threat to her status.
I now have her blocked from every form of communication possible however, I know she spies on me through other accounts. I am still selling within the Ebay and now Amazon platforms. I love being a full-time reseller, it’s my passion. The thrill of seeing the little Paypal notification, the suspense of digging through the bins at the Goodwill, it’s my thing!
Picking Yourself Back Up
If you feel like you’re being harassed or bullied by others in the reseller community, my advice to you is to always stay in your lane. These people who bully us are swerving in and out of lanes they don’t belong in. One day they will crash however, when you stay in your lane and keep your eyes on the prize, these bitches will be eating your dust.
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Author : Anonymous