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Material World

Material World

5/16/18
Waited 4 weeks to get an offer (on only 6 out of 20 items sent btw). Most of the items are are just listed as 'unable to make a competitive offer'. Really, you wasted my time for that BS???!!! If u want to be offered $9 for barely used $600+ retail items this is the place for you, especially since they don't bother to make offers on most of your items anyway.
thredUP

thredUP

9/22/18
• Updated review
Updaring my review to include this: "THE COUPONS ARE APPLIED FIRST, THEN THEY CALCULATE YOUR PAYOUT!!! So if you list an item at $51.99 and someone uses a 20% coupon, Thredup calculates your payout over $41, bringing your payout percentage down from 40% to 25%!!!! SUPER SHADY PRACTICE: BEWARE!!!! IN ORDER TO AVOID THIS, YOU NEED TO PRICE YOUR ITEMS AT AT LEAST $62.99 (they claim the max coupon is 20%, so $12.60 discount would keep you over $50 and at a 40% payout). DO THEY COMMUNICATE THIS?! OF COURSE NOT!!!! They make it seem as though the 20% will be deducted off your payout amount, but nothing is less true! Be VERY careful in your pricing and listing! Sorry to say I had to hank up prices on items I would have listed much cheaper.

Thredup recently made several changes, the most significant of which is that all items are now placed on consignment (if accepted). If you want an upfront payment, they make one on each item but BEWARE, it is much lower than any price you would have gotten in the past (their website says 'slightly lower' - what a hoot!). Whatever payout they offer is between 50 and 95% lower than their previous payout (as listed as the payout if sold on consignment). ALSO added is that now any discounts they give the customer are given are also deducted from your payment (they claim it's up to 20% of their already extremely lowered payouts). This used to go in after 45 days, but is now immediate! No communication was sent on this (believe me, I checked)! They now also discount your items prices when it has been listed for 45 days, without permission or consult, to 'help you sell faster' (because that's the type of 'help' you want, someone slashing your asking price without permission....).

The one change you could call a benefit is that you can adjust your asking price for any item now. But as said, after 45 days of listing your prices will be randomly adjusted, so you basically got autonomy for 45 days against severely reduced payouts.

ANOTHER notable change, this one on the purchasing side, is that they now charge a $1.99 per item restocking fee for returns (briefly is was for items listed under $50, but it's now for ANY item). So huge reduction in service there as well.
“Which brands to avoid sending”
9/20/18
• Previous review
As an update to my review below I would like to include a list of brands I would recommend avoiding when you send in as The pricing is either suppressed (I literally sent in items with the tag price on it and they list LOWER retail prices than it says on the tag. They then go ahead and give a payout over that lower price! (Unfortunately for them I keep records of everything and photos of the tags. But THAT is reaching SCAM territory right there.

Okay, so brands to avoid sending: Tori Richard, Nic + Zoe, Dana Buchman, Rebecca Taylor, Factory by Eric Hart, Express, BCBGeneration, Poetic License,Whiting & Davis, Nine West, Ella Moss, Banana Republic, GAP, New York & Company, Worthington, Cynthia Steffe, Axcess,Simply Couture, Ya Los Angeles.

NOTE: the payout calculator is highly deceptive; take it from someone who knows!

As an example, for a New with Tags Nic+Zoe dress with tag price $184 you will receive $9.25. The highest I have seen is about 10% of the tag price ($24 for a tag price of $238). So my advice; take a look at your tag price and think to yourself 'Can I sell this for more than 4-5% of this price?' (if you like to gamble or don't care then go ahead I would say). You might get more, but if you do you're lucky. AND MIND, the payout above is for pristine, new with tags items. Unless you have something they are really looking for (and God knows what that might be), you are out of luck. Also, there are better places to send your designer stuff as they don't really buy anything expensive. Instead they put it on consignment and sure, that gives you more control, but it also opens you up to people adding your stuff to their cart and just renewing it every 24 hours. Basically your stuff's in limbo, no one buys it (they claim it's different people, but how likely is it that my items don't even come available for a single minute between being added to a cart, yet no one buys it????). I am trying The Real Real and Material World myself - when I have info on those I will write a review for them as well to let you know if they are any better.

LOWEST payout I have seen? $0.45 for a $74.99 new with tags top! So that estimate above is just that, an estimate and only work if your tag price is at least $120 or so. You could end up with less than 0.5% on your brand new with tags item!

Oh and if they loose your designer stuff they pay you out what they think it is worth; yes, that happened to me. So at that point you loose the control and get about 10% of the value of a $700 designer skirt (thankfully I don't pay full
“Customer service not responsive + WAY undervalue some items”
9/20/18
• Previous review
I took a good long time studying their pricing before sending anything in and thus my pay-out came out okay. Basically I don't send them ANY brands or items that seem to garner a minimal pay-out. The problem occurs when they estimate value, which they apparently don't actually research. I keep a record of everything over the last 10 years, so I contacted them with the pricing of two items they valued way below their actual retail price as well as a pair of boots that were new in their box which they valued as 'like new' and therefore paid way low on ($238 retail, paid $28). I got one response with a solution for 1 of the 3 items I took issue with (a $128 bag they valued at $50), but NO response on the several emails I sent in follow-up for the boots and another bag (valued at 1/3 of it's actual value with proof given + link to the retailer website showing comparable bags), They promised to look into this, but never bothered to respond to my subsequent emails (not even a courtesy 'we're working on it'). Unless you are willing to do a lot of research beforehand and are willing to invest a lot of time trying to get a response to issues that shouldn't occur (afterall, they do claim their appraisers know what they're doing!) then I wouldn't recommend this service. In addition to these issues, they take a lot of items on consignment at a seemingly random pace, which is a hassle and a risk since they deduct any and all discounts given to customers if you're items aren't sold within 45 days (carefully monitoring the time line on that one. No way am I letting them gauge me further on my those items which range from Armani to Cynthia Steffe). Being careful is key here.
Mercari

Mercari

2/13/18
• Updated review
The comment by Mercari is an outright lie. I have weeks of emails showing that Mercari doesn't allow you to return an item no matter what (now they're claiming they do which is as bogus as it is laughable) and I have copies of emails where I show proof that a seller sold me a knock-off Kyllie Cosmetics lip kit (which they claim is authentic) and Mercari only stating that i can return it. Nothing is done against the seller who racked up a whopping 500+ reviews of people complaining of knockoffs sales (I sent over a dozen emails on this topic and Mercari just responds with form replies). Not a single ad was deleted. I ended up reporting Mercari, with copies of all the communications, to the FBI cyber crimes unit. They don't care if someone sells a knockoff as long as they get their profit!
“Scam of the century”
2/6/18
• Previous review
Blatantly allows the sale of fakes (If you report any wrongdoing you get a virtual shrug and a 'just return it). WORSE if something breaks. I ordered a nail polish lot through them which was shipped without protection (by the seller). Not much of a surprise that it arrives so mangled that my mail lady had to use a special tray to keep it from damaging the other mail. Mercari's idea of a solution. Return it. Except that the mail doesn't take broken glass without wrapping in a cardboard box. No photographic evidence or confirmation from the post changes anything about their ridiculous position and leaves you with a dripping box of broken crap.
Liquidation.com

Liquidation.com

4/7/18
Orders cancelled without explanation, customer service takes over 2 weeks to respond and when they do they offer no solution and lie through their teeth. In the meantime the lot cancelled is claimed as not being able to ship while the seller merrily resists the exact same lot. Don't waste your time; you search for the right buy, bid, and monitor, then get nothing in return. Ended my account with them after more than 3 years as a customer!
SuppliesOutlet.com

SuppliesOutlet.com

4/19/18
Watch out for these people. They only send part of your order and claim they send the whole thing! When you inquire they give you the run around 'can't find your emails', 'weight shows it was shipped'. And since they did ship a small part of your order they use the tracking number to fight you when you complain with your credit card company. In fact, that is the only thing they will work on: keeping your money without giving you your stuff!
ShoeDazzle

ShoeDazzle

11/29/16
Have been a customer almost since the beginning and Shoedazzle has SERIOUSLY gone downhill. I can't use your credits on sale items without losing the promotional value, have to spend a minimum amount, oh and the worst, have to spend your FULL credit per credit amount. I still have credits (nothing to use them on due to poorer and poorer choices) and am counting the days until I can stop skipping months, spend them on something worth while and END my VIP membership.
Bloomingdale's

Bloomingdale's

3/10/18
I haven't been to their stores, but their website and phone service is excellent. I never have any trouble searching for or arranging search results just the way I like them and am always informed of new sales or promos on time to use them. If an item arrived and isn't as expected they have an easy return service.
Banana Republic

Banana Republic

2/7/18
As a long time customer of banana republic I can honestly say that their service is unfailingly great. If I run into any issues, which is rare, there is always a solution and it is always satisfactory. Plus with their credit card I can use my points for free items (point system based) :)
HauteLook

HauteLook

2/5/18
This company really is the worst. After putting up with mistake after mistake after mistake; this company doesn't even know enough to wrap eye shadow palettes, instead tossing their makeup products hap hazardously in a box and acting surprise when stuff arrives broken; THEN they can't even read your order and manage to pack not 1 but 8 (EIGHT) incorrect items into a single order. I mean, come-in?!!! Which, I might add, they then offer you a discount on your next order for and expect you to spend more money with them after you return their items. I mean, in what world would I want to shop with you at this point???!!!!! Their resolution is literally, 'oh, we're sorry, we'll file a report'. Oh they file reports into perpetuity alright, without anything ever changing. I could go live at the post office to return every wrong item in their package (MIND YOU, you have to wait to get a refund on the wrong crap they send you too!). Had them remove my account, plenty of other companies out there and frankly, I am done taking their bs. Don't waste you time, money and energy!
Macy's

Macy's

2/6/18
My Macys experiences are mostly great. Only problem I ever had was when a cashier forgot to remove an alarm (she did deactivate it so I got all the way home before I noticed). Service at the cosmetics counters is great though.

I have also used their chat service which is very easy to use with minimal wait time. If you don't want to hang on the phone, the reps at this service definitely have the know-how to help just as well.
Fivver

Fivver

2/6/18
I have been using fiverr for over a year now and it has both good and bad sides. First the good: it is easy to make an ad to offer a service and you do reach a large audience. Second the bad: they police the ads and aren't clear which section to put them in. If you don't get it right your ad will be removed. No one would have any trouble going to the right category if they would just tell you what it is, but they don't...
Second bad: you can't just delete an email because the system will mark it as a non-reply. That's where things get truly ridiculous, because sometimes all an email is is SPAM. Beginning sellers won't know this, so they delete an email and poof, your response time is shot to hell. Don't bother contacting customer service, because that is where this platform really reaches zero starts... they suck. Better just wait out the month, because then the scores will reset themselves.

On buying services: quality varies wildly, so you have to be careful what you buy. I have bought services I loved and services that had no use because the seller didn't carry out the work correctly. In the end it all comes down to 'do I want to spend a little more to get better quality'?
Swatch us

Swatch us

2/13/18
Tried to return a watch to the Swatch store in July 2017 and was told I couldn't even though the receipt stated it could be returned for merchandise credit (would have preferred a refund, but ok). Contacted the Swatch 'customer service' (yes, that deserves to be in quotes) and was told that I could return the watch by mail. I did so, per their instructions, FOR WHICH I HAD TO PAY BTW. I only just got my first response, February 13th 2018. At this time they claim they attempted to contact me before (HOW? Did you yell into a shoe? I have no voicemails or emails from Swatch since July 2017) and that they can't give a refund because they received the watch too late. Apparently it either didn't arrive or wasn't processed until August. Well, wtf! Why would you tell a customer to send an item back at their cost, then just, oh I don't know, wait 7 months before changing your mind about it. And all this comes on top of an already horrid store experience (Swatch store in Grand Central station NY: stay away!) where I was first ignored for 20 minutes while one employee helped a customer and two were doing what I can only assume is 'inventory'. You could call it 'futzing with boxes while customers pile up behind you'. Then when I tried to return the watch they wouldn't let me. Rude about it too. But I guess I can thank Swatch for one thing. I'm turned off watches for life. No longer wear one. What a money saver!
Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown

2/6/18
The products are great and customer service even better. Their packaging needs a little work, but with improvement I would have no trouble buying my cosmetics directly from them instead of going to Macys.
Living Proof

Living Proof

9/21/18
As a user of Living Proof's dry shampoo and leave-in conditioner, I can honestly say I love their products. The dry shampoo also gives your hair a bit of volume (you can choose a more or less setting to choose smaller or larger volume) and leaves my hair looking great. I love the leave-in conditioner because my hair tends towards the dry side and this conditioner easily smooths out the dryness and smooths my hair as well when combed through towel dry hair.
NUDESTIX

NUDESTIX

9/21/18
Their eye sticks are truly great; good staying power, easy to apply, and in shades that I know compliment a lot of people (I use them on friends with coloring wildly different from mine and they look great). I like the nifty black boxes they come in too. Once they're empty I store all sort of knickknacks inside.
LATHER

LATHER

9/21/18
I have used their products for several years and have tried a range of their soaps and one of their face bars. The soaps I love; a lot of scents to choose from, lather well, and rinse of easy (I hate it if a soap still feels sticky after thoroughly washing my hands). Their face bar I mostly use when traveling or when I'm in too much of a hurry to grab a cleanser. It works well, not my go-to, but would recommend it as an easy extra.
Eve Lom

Eve Lom

9/28/18
The Eve Lom product I use most are the different lip balm (ranging from neutral to having a slight shade). They are soft and nourishing, with a healing effect on my (very very dry) lips.
Tovaimage coming soon

Tova

9/20/18
I have a lot of their perfumes, soaps, shower gel, and body lotion. The shower gel and body lotion are great, leaving your skin subtly scented. The shower gel makes good foam, the body lotion is rich and non-sticky, so a definate yes. Their soap is lovely as well. The only item I'm a bit more careful with is their perfume, which can be quite heavy (they have made some lovely, light, summery scents too though!). For the heavier ones just be careful how much you spray; the scents are still gorgeous if you don't overdo it.
Ebates

Ebates

2/6/18
If you use the click through cash back this works well. What I would not recommend is their auto tracker (or whatever it is called) as it slows down your computer and doesn't track half the things you buy.
eBay

eBay

2/13/18
Depending on what I use Ebay for my experiences vary wildly.

First, the good: the site is fairly easy to use, you can set up an ad and sell your unwanted stuff or take it a step further. It used to be a bit easier before they set their ridiculous standard of 500 pix minimum for pictures (yes, I like clear photos, but zooming in a tad further on some would get you more info). If an ad has a bad photo you can always ask to clarify. With a standard, unpaid account you get 50 listings free (auction or buy it now) which is nice.

The bad: Yes, there are some scammer out there on both sides of the spectrum (I buy and sell there myself, so I have seen both). I strongly suspect the site has an algorithm working for it as well; if it suspects it can sell you something say goodbye to ever getting any 'extra' free ad space. I keep my buying separate from my selling (allowed) and I get free listing offers on my buying account all the time which are never mirrored on my selling account (which I don't use). And I do mean NEVER.

The ugly: customer service. Good God, the customer service. As a seller, no matter what the issue, just save yourself the aggravation and don't call them unless you have a couple of hours to spare and are prepared to take it to the top. The 'seller protection' means nothing, that's just a marketing trick. Don't fall for the 'we'll call you back' either; believe me, they won't and you will have to start all over again. Honestly... there is no service there. Over the years i have used Ebay I have gotten so aggravated with this part of it that if a viable competitor were to arrive (and no, it's not you Shopify) I would jump without question.

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