Introduction to Reselling on Mercari

Overview of Selling and Reselling on Mercari

Mercari is an online marketplace that was founded in 2013 in Japan and expanded a year later into the US, then into the UK in 2016. The app has been downloaded over 100 million times worldwide since its launch and 30 million times in the US. Mercari is very simple and easy to use both on the desktop and mobile app versions. 

It's free to use for all, with no limitations, exclusions, or subscriptions and only a 10% flat selling fee. However, recently Mercari has instituted a "processing fee" of 2.9% + .30 cents to each sale. So if you sell something for $15.00, your earnings will now be $12.76 rather than $13.50 it previously was before the processing fee.

You can ship via Mecari through their negotiated shipping prices with the US Post Office, UPS, and FedEx. You can also ship on your own using any variety of 3rd party shipping suppliers. You are allowed to set your shipping options at the time of listing, including free shipping.

Mercari offers a wide variety of categories to resell under with few exceptions such as alcohol, illegal items, drugs, weapons, stolen or counterfeit goods, etc. You can see the full list of prohibited items here. Otherwise, you can sell virtually anything including clothes, toys, video games, health & beauty, electronics, housewares, vintage, handmade, and so on.

Mercari's listing tool is very simple and straight-forward, making reselling very easy. You're allowed up to 12 pictures to showcase your item. Mercari also has a # hashtag feature which is essentially adding up to 3 keywords to highlight your item for sale. Mercari allows you to automatically lower your price in small increments utilizing their "smart pricing" option, but you can also send offers to likers with or without this feature.

Key takeaways about Mercari:

  • Private messaging option between users
  • Negotiated shipping rates with the 3 major shipping providers
  • Free to use, only sellers pay a reasonable fee per sale
  • No limits to how many listings you're allowed to have at any given time
  • "Set it and forget it" style - no need to babysit your listing
  • Wide array of categories to sell in
  • You can be paid instantly for a small fee of $2.00 or be paid in a few days with no fee