Mercari Review: The Ultimate Guide

We bought and sold stuff on Mercari for months, here’s our ultimate review guide to Mercari!

There are hundreds of different places, websites, and apps where you can sell your unwanted items online. Services like eBay, OfferUp, Poshmark, and even Facebook Marketplace all offer a way to recycle your belongings by marketing them to other people. One of the latest and in our opinion greatest (more on this later) apps on the market is Mercari. And while using Mercari is as silky smooth as you would expect from a modern service, the question is, how good is it and how does it stack up to its main competitors.

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What Exactly Is Mercari?

Mercari is a selling app that aims to make it super easy to sell and buy pretty much anything. It follows the trend of other services like eBay and Etsy and arrives in an already packed marketplace. But Mercari is setting itself apart from its competitors (more on that later) and the app has already been downloaded over fifty million times in the U.S. alone with over 350,000 new item listings each and every day.

How does Mercari set itself apart from its main competition?

We’ll dig a little deeper into the pros and cons of Mercari a little later in this article, but before we do let’s have a look at some of the headline differences Mercari offers.

How does Mercari work?

Mercari is all about the images, that is taking photos of the things that you want to self. Selling items is easy and the Mercari apps streamlines the process. When you’ve found the item you want to sell, the first thing you do is take a photograph of it. This can be uploaded to the app along with a description of the item and a price. The posting of items is one of the more pleasing parts of the Mercari app and the ease by which you can use the service is up there with the best of its competitors.

How Do You Sell on Mercari?

We spoke briefly in the previous section about how items are sold on Mercari, but let’s look at the process in greater detail. To sell on Mercari, you will need to follow the following steps either online or using the app:

  • Your date of birth
  • Your current address
  • Your social security number

Is Mercari Legitimate and Are There Any Risks?

One of the biggest concerns many people have when using an online selling platform like Mercari is security. Buying online is often fraught with pitfalls and buying used items even more so. Then there’s the risk of bank details being stolen and identity fraud. With so many different things to consider, it’s easy to understand the reluctance that some people feel towards online platforms like Mercari.

What about customer service?

The Mercari website boasts of its great customer service and any issues you have during a sale can be brought to the attention of their customer service team via a form on the Mercari website or by calling the number on their contact page.

My Final Thoughts: The 3-level Mercari Review

Our 3-level assessment of Mercari

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