As an online clothing reseller for more than four years, I personally always put measurements on all of my listings, especially since I cross lists on multiple platforms. But there is an argument for not creating listings with measurements
I do this for a couple of reasons
- The customer can’t actually try on what they are purchasing and if I were buying an item I’d like to get an idea of how it would fit.
- Some customers will ask for the measurements, so in my view, it’s best to put them in while listing so you don’t have to go back and do it
- I’m tall, so I always look at measurements for things like pants and dresses and I understand the tall girl struggle
If you would like to know what I include in my measurements, I discuss that in this article
There are some Poshers that are completely against putting measurements in listings and here are a5 reasons why
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It is a waste
Many Poshers feel that including measurements in your listings is a waste of time especially if the items you sell are well-known brands. Most buyers already have a feel for how a large verses small would them and may not even seek out that information.
It’s time consuming
Granted, it does take a little bit extra to take measurements when listing an item, but it’s something I don’t mind doing. However, some Poshers beg to differ and if your aim is to get up as many items as possible then skipping this step will surely save you some time.
It can always be done later
If you choose not to list an item with measurements and someone really wants them, then they most likely will ask. Some Poshers are okay with going back into their inventory and pulling out an item to measure or send a photograph with measurements. I hate handling an item more than two times while listing and would rather get everything done at once but everyone has a different process.
However, I do feel that this may take away from impulse buy sales since the person will have to wait for you to take measurements and send it to them. By the time you’ve given them the necessary information, they may have already moved on, costing you a sale.
Room for Returns
One argument that I actually agree with for not including measurements is that it makes it easier for someone to say the item didn’t fit and open up a case. Since the only reason you can really return an item on Poshmark is if an item isn’t as described, all a customer has to do is say your measurements were wrong to open a case against you. In most cases Poshmark will accept the return.
This is one reason I make sure to include a disclaimer about the measurements and let people know that they are approximates
Since we are Poshers and not seamstresses, ensuring that you’re measuring correctly could bring up quite a bit of frustration. If you aren’t sure your measurements are accurate there could be some anxiety that comes along with listing an item.
Some things I would keep in mind when listing with measurements
- Always make sure it is known that the measurements are approximations
- Let buyers know how you’ve measured the item. Is it laying flat or on a mannequin?
- Make sure you state that you do not accept returns due to measurement inaccuracies
These are just three things that you can put in place to protect yourself from open cases.
I personally think it’s best practice to include measurements with your listings but obviously, the choice is yours. What are your thoughts? To measure or not to measure?