A Reseller’s Guide to Marketplace Fees

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A Reseller’s Guide to Marketplace Fees

If you’re an online reseller, you must be mindful of marketplace fees. Most marketplaces charge fees for selling in exchange for the audience, hosting, seller tools, seller protection, and shipping rates. 

 

Marketplace fees are something to consider when sourcing and pricing your items. You want to be sure that you source items that you can sell 

 

Here is an overview of most of the reselling marketplaces so you can keep in mind how much it will cost to sell items online:

 

MARKETPLACE SELLING FEES

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These metrics and examples are approximations. Note that many marketplace fees cannot be estimated due to the many factors contributing to the final fees, including listing fees, promotional fees, shipping costs, sales tax fees, buyer’s payment method, and withdrawal method. 

 

Scroll down to see a comparison of how much you would make on a $20 sale on each marketplace!

 

You might also be interested in 10 Great Marketplaces Every Reseller Should Consider

 

Here is a more detailed breakdown of fees on Poshmark, eBay, Etsy, Mercari, and more from highest to lowest:

 

 

What Are The Selling Fees on Vestiaire Collective?

 

On Vestiaire, the fees depend on the sale price. The Vestiaire fees include a selling fee and a payment processing fee:

 

1. Vestiaire selling fees depend on the sale price:

    • For items sold between $80 and $13k, the selling fee is 20% of the sale price. 

    • For items sold below $80, there is a fixed selling fee of $12.

    • For items sold above $13,000, there is a fixed selling fee of $2,000.

 

2. Vestiaire also charges a payment processing fee of 3% or a flat fee of $3 for items sold under $80


Note that you cannot list anything on Vestiaire below $18, and you wouldn’t want to. Vestiaire fees require a high sale price to be feasibly profitable.

 

If you sell a pair of jeans on Vestiaire Collective for $20, you will make $5 after fees.

 

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Sale Price: $20

Vestiaire Collective fee: $12 flat fee and $3 processing fee

You make: $5

 

Learn more about Vestiaire Collective commissions here.  

 

 

Poshmark Fees: How Much Does Poshmark Take?

 

Poshmark fees are 20% of the sale price or a flat $2.95 fee for all items sold for less than $15.

 

Poshmark fees are simple and straightforward. It is best to list items that you can sell for at least $15, however. If you sell an item for $3 on Poshmark, you make $0.05. 

 

If you sell a pair of jeans on Poshmark for $20, you will make $16 after fees.

 

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Sale Price: $20

Poshmark fee: $4

You make: $16

 

 

For more details about Poshmark fees, check out the Poshmark Seller Fee Policy.

 

 

eBay Fees: How Do eBay Fees Work?

 

eBay fees are the most difficult to ascertain. They truly cannot be estimated due to all of the factors that contribute to them.

 

For a super rough estimate, consider eBay fees to be between 15-20%. Here are some of the various eBay selling fees:

 

eBay Insertion Fees

 

Without an eBay Store Subscription, you can list up to 250 items per month for free. Thereafter, you will incur an insertion fee of $0.35 per listing (for most categories).  

 

eBay Store Subscription Fees

 

There are various types of eBay store subscriptions, each with a different monthly rate. If you have a store, there is a fee, of course, but it also affects your insertion fees and final value fees. 

 

 

eBay Final Value Fees

 

eBay final value fees are the fee charged on the final sale price. This fee is calculated as a percentage based on the total sale amount plus a $.30 payment processing fee per order. 

 

The total amount of your sale includes the item price, handling charges, and shipping services that are selected by customers. 

 

For example, for most clothing categories, eBay takes a final value fee of 13.25% plus $0.30

 

 

Other eBay Fees

 

There are a number of other fees that you may or may not be subjected to including promotional fees. In fact, it’s not likely that you will make a high volume of daily sales without promoting your listings. A major eBay seller would say that this is part of the fee because it is not that optional. Depending on the rate at which you promote your listings, your total fees can exceed 20%. 

 

eBay fees are complicated. We could write an entire blog about eBay selling fees; in fact, we did! Check out the article Everything You Need to Know About eBay Selling Fees for more information!

 

If you sell a pair of jeans on eBay for $20 you will make $13.98 after fees under the following parameters:

  • An eBay seller with a basic store and a rating of “above standard” 
  • The buyer paying $5.99 for shipping (actual cost)
  • Buyer paid $0 in sales tax
  • The transaction is within the United States
  • The listing was promoted at 10%

 

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Sale Price: $25.99 ($20 and $5.99 Shipping)

eBay fees: $6.11 & $5.99 shipping cost

You make: $13.89

 

 

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Mercari Fees: How Much Does Mercari Take?

 

Mercari has no selling fees.

 

That’s right, none. You keep 100% of your sale price on Mercari. 

The only small caveat is that they do charge a $2 withdrawal fee to transfer your funds to your bank account. Note that this is not $2 per transaction, it is $2 per withdrawal. You can choose to let your balance build a bit before you withdraw your funds and incur the fee. You can also use your balance to shop on Mercari, and never incur the withdrawal fee.

 

Depop Fees: How Much Does Depop Charge?

 

Depop fees can be difficult to calculate because they depend on how the buyer pays. Expect Depop fees to be around 14%

 

The Depop fees include a selling fee of 10% and a payment processing fee which depends on the payment method.

 

  • If the buyer pays with Depop payments, the payment processing fee is 3.3% plus $0.45. 

  • If the buyer pays with PayPal, the payment processing fee is the current Paypal fee: 3.49% plus $0.49 (US only). 

 

Note that an additional 10% fee applies if you boost your listings on Depop.

 

If you sell a pair of jeans on Depop for $20, you will make $16.98 after fees under the following parameters:

  • The buyer paid with Depop Payments
  • The buyer pays for shipping
  • The listing was not boosted

 

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Sale Price: $20

Depop fee: $3.11 ($2 Depop Fee + $1.11 Payment Processing)

You make: $16.89

 

For comparison if this same sale was made via PayPal payments and the listing was boosted, you would make approximately $14.81.

 

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Grailed Selling Fees: How Much Does Grailed Charge to Sell?

 

Grailed fees also depend on how the buyer pays. Expect Grailed fees to be around 13%

 

The Grailed fees include a selling fee of 9% and a payment processing fee which depends on the payment method.

 

Right now, Grailed and Depop payments are actually the same, but they’re both subject to change. 

 

  • If the buyer pays with Grailed payments, the payment processing fee is 3.49% plus $0.49 for national orders (or 4.99% plus $0.49 for global orders) 

  • If the buyer pays with PayPal, the payment processing fee is the current Paypal fee: 3.49% plus $0.49 (US only). 

 

If you sell a pair of jeans on Grailed for $20, you will make $16.97 after fees under the following parameters:

  • The buyer paid with Grailed Payments
  • The transaction is within the United States
  • The buyer pays for shipping

 

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Sale Price: $20

Grailed fee: $3.03 ($1.80 Grailed commission + $1.23 payment processing fee)

You make: $16.97

 

 

What are Kidizen Fees?

 

💰Kidizen fees are 12% plus $0.50 of the sale price.

 

If you sell a pair of jeans on Kidizen for $20, you will make $17.10 after fees, but note that you also pay for shipping. So assuming the jeans shipped for $4.85, you would actually make $12.25.

 

Sale Price: $20

Kidizen fee: $2.90 (selling fee $2.4 + $0.50)

Shipping Fee: $4.85

You make: $12.25



Note: On the Kidizen app, you have an option to display the shipping cost as if it is separate than the actual cost. This makes a psychological difference to the buyer. But for the seller, it’s all the same. The seller pays the shipping cost. 

 

 

WhatNot Fees: Is WhatNot Worth It?

 

WhatNot fees are straightforward at approximately 11%.

 

The WhatNot fees include a selling fee of 8% and a payment processing fee of 2.9% plus $0.30).

 

If you sell a pair of jeans in a WN Live sale for $20, you will make $18.10 after fees.

 

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Sale Price: $20

WhatNot fee: $1.90 ($1.6 selling fee + $0.50)

You make: $18.10

 

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Etsy Selling Fees: How Much Do You Make Per Sale on Etsy?

 

Etsy fees are difficult to ascertain due to all of the factors that contribute to them.

 

Expect to pay roughly 12% of the sale price in Etsy fees (if you are not promoting or advertising). 

 

Etsy charges a listing fee of $0.20 per item (which renews every 4 months), a sale fee of 6.5% of the sale price, and a payment processing fee of 3% plus $0.25 (US only). 

 

Note that additional fees apply if you sell items internationally or if you promote your listings. If you’re a high-volume, multi-quantity seller, you will be subject to other mandatory promotional fees like off-site ads. 

 

For more information about the Various Etsy fees, click here

 

If you sell a pair of vintage jeans on Etsy for $20, you will make $17.65 after fees under the following parameters:

  • They sold within 4 months of listing (insertion fee was $0.20, once)
  • You did not promote the listing in any way
  • The sale was within the United States.

 

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Sale Price: $20

Etsy fee: $2.35

You make: $17.65

 

 

FBMP: Facebook Marketplace Fees for Shipped Orders

 

Facebook Marketplaces fees are 5% of the sale price (or a flat fee of $0.40 on sales under $8.00)

 

Facebook waives fees all the time! 

Learn more about Facebook Marketplace selling fees here.

 

If you sell a pair of jeans on FBMP for $20  (with shipping paid by the buyer) you will make $19 after fees.

 

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Sale Price: $20

Facebook Marketplace Fee: $1

You make: $19

 

 

Jamble Live Selling Fees

 

The new live-selling app Jamble has no fees for sellers because they are paid by the buyer! When you sell something on Jamble in a live sale or on your storefront, you keep the entire sale price!

 

This is true of Vinted as well, but Vinted does not allow “commercial sellers” (users selling as a business). 

 

Here is a side-by-side comparison of the estimated profit (before the cost of goods) on an item sold for $20:

 

ESTIMATED EARNINGS ON $20 SALE PRICE BY MARKETPLACE

ESTIMATED EARNINGS ON $20 SALE PRICE BY MARKETPLACE

 

Remember that this is meant to be a guide, as actual fees cannot be estimated on many marketplaces as they are dependent upon so many factors.  

 

This overview is meant to be a reference to help give you an idea of how fees work. Check out our blog articles for each marketplace to learn more about each! Don’t forget to subscribe for more info!

 

 

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