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As consumers clean out their closets in the New Year and perhaps try to determine what to do with ill fitting clothing given by well intentioned relatives they can look to a growing number of
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Many of these sites offer prepaid mailing labels for consigners. "You don't actually have to get in your car and take the things to a particular place," points out
cheap Michael Kors handbags outlet Montgomery, Ala. based thrift style expert LaCheryl Cillie. "You can hold them until they sell and you have to ship them."
Online consignment sites also have a potentially broader reach
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Because physical stores have limited space and owners want to keep inventory fresh, they may only offer to sell your items for a month or two before you're expected to pick them up. Meanwhile, online consignment shops do not have the same space constraints, although they may not list your items online indefinitely. Stella + Jack, for instance, lists children's clothing for at least 45 days or up to two seasons.
As with brick and mortar shops, the
discount Michael Kors percentage of the payout offered by online consignment shops runs the gamut. Some online consignment shops offer an even split between the shop and the consigner (Tradesy's 9 percent commission was the lowest we found), while others factor in the type of item or whether the consigner chooses cash or credit.
Pay cycles for online shops also vary, although Cillie says consigners may have to wait longer for a check from a brick and mortar consignment shop. "With some of the online sites, as soon as they get paid, you're paid right away," she explains. "With the brick and mortar stores, you may have to wait until the end of the month. They may not [process consigners' payments] every single day because it's not as easy and efficient for them to
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However, the lack of face to face interaction is a potential downside to consigning online. With a local consignment shop, "you obviously have the opportunity to take your items into the store and work with the shop owner to price your items or have that personal interaction," says Harris. There's typically less wiggle room for negotiating the sales price with an online consignment site.
Additionally, while shopping online, you could miss details in the item's condition, color, or texture that would be more apparent in person. "I like being able to see the garments and try things on," says Harris, adding that he rarely buys suits online because a suit's fit is so important. "Accessories are good, but tailored items are kind of hit or miss."
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With so many online consignment shops popping up, how do you know which one to use?
Since many online consignment shops have a narrower focus than traditional consignment shops, make sure your item matches the site's style. For example, the shop may specialize in vintage apparel, high end handbags, or traditional menswear.
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