Shopping: Selling to ThredUP (Review)

A few months ago, when I was deep in the throes of the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I sold a bunch of clothing I no longer wanted to Twice, an online secondhand shop. I really liked the experience, got more than $100 for my stuff, and was happy to repeat it again.

Except that in the months between April (when I wrote my review) and August (when I did a second sweep of my closet), Twice shut down. The people behind it aren’t gone for good, they’ve just moved on to working with eBay on a similar model that seems to only accept expensive designer gear.

I was left to look elsewhere, which is how I found ThredUP. The concept of ThredUP is pretty similar to Twice. You ask for a bag and a pre-printed shipping label, they send it to you, you send it back, and you wait.

The big difference between the two is the amount I ended up getting. I sent 25 items to Twice, they gave me something like $122 or thereabouts and bought almost everything. I sent 17 items to ThredUP, they bought 8 (or almost exactly 50 percent), and gave me:

ThredUP earnings. $32.72
ThredUP earnings. $32.72

Yeah. Not too much, but I did take it. I don’t know what happened to the 8 items they didn’t buy, or why they didn’t buy them, but oh well. ThredUP gives you the option of purchasing “Return Assurance” for $12.99, but then you get back stuff you didn’t want and might end up losing money on the process.

Another big different between ThredUP and the now-gone Twice is how you get your money. If you cashed out with Twice, you lost a percentage of your offer. With ThredUP, your earnings are pretty much the same if you pick store credit or cash. The major difference is that you need to wait 14 days before you can “cash out” and you do have to pay 2 percent for PayPal, which in my case, was about 60 cents. You can also see how much your items are sold for and track their progress on the site. At the time of writing this post, half of my items have sold and the other four are still available.

One thing I noticed before I sent my bag in is that there’s fine print on the site about the sizes they are more likely not to accept. Apparently, ThredUP is more picky about smaller sizes in a number of categories, as apparently, those sizes are less likely to sell, but they receive a lot of them. Reading that actually made me nervous to send them anything, but in the end, it worked out OK. $32 isn’t much, but it’s better than nothing. And now I can at least see what happens to my former clothing. I hope they all find happy homes.




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