Last Updated on by Buayifa Ojeogwu
For new Mercari buyers, you may have several questions about the selling app before shopping there.
Even as a seller, I have shopped on Mercari, so I know what it’s like to be a buyer.
And in this post, we would look at how Mercari works from the buyers’ perspective.
We’ll also talk about tips for shopping on Mercari and finding good deals.
How Mercari Works For Buyers
Buyers can send offers or haggle prices on Mercari
What this means is that you can offer a lower price for a listing you are interested in.
How to send an offer on Mercari
- Click on an item you want to buy then hit the “make offer” button,
- Next, select a price from the options provided or name your price
- then click next, and confirm your payment method,
- and hit “send offer”.
- Just so you know, the seller may accept, counter, or reject your offer.
Or message the seller privately to ask for a price reduction. They may ask you to send an offer, which you can do with the steps shown above.
Buyers can add items to the cart
Mercari recently added the cart option, which I find interesting.
So how does the Mercari cart work?
You can use the cart to buy various items from several buyers and make one payment for everything.
Then your payment would be allocated accordingly.
Tip: Do not use the cart to create a bundle from the same buyer. When you do, you’d pay the shipping on every item in your cart. If there are 10 items with shipping of $4.55, you’d pay $4.55 on each of them.
So always talk to the seller about bundles or combined shipping.
You can buy bundles
If you find several items you like in a Mercari seller’s store, send them a message to create a bundle for you.
So the seller would combine the items, create one listing with one shipping, and add the price.
Never use the cart to buy bundles.
Mercari buyers sometimes get free shipping
When shopping on Mercari, you would find items with free shipping, and some you would have to pay for shipping.
As attractive as free shipping sounds, you must know that it’s been added to the total cost of the item.
Still, I’d rather buy items with free shipping than ones without.
Buyers can message sellers privately
There are two ways to message a seller on Mercari.
- Swipe the pictures of the listing, when you get to the last picture you will see “message seller” OR
- swipe up to read the item description, you would see the blue “message seller” button just after the seller’s name.
You can pay with several payment methods
Mercari buyers can pay with their debit cards, credit cards, and also with PayPal.
And when you return an item, Mercari refunds your money back to the original method of payment.
So if you shopped with a credit card, debit card, or PayPal, your refund would be sent accordingly.
Buyers can return a purchase
After receiving your order, you have three days to inspect it and either rate the seller, or if you are not satisfied, return the item.
Take note: You cannot return an item if your reason was already in the description before you bought it.
But if the item is not as the seller described it, then your return would be processed.
Now, if you haven’t rated the seller after three days, Mercari would rate and pay them. Then your return window would be closed.
Keep reading for shopping tips on Mercari
Tips For Shopping On Mercari
1. Don’t buy brands you don’t recognize
Seriously, if you haven’t seen or heard of a brand before, then maybe you shouldn’t buy it.
When I see a brand I don’t recognize on Mercari, I Google it, and if I’m not getting any informative results, I don’t buy the product.
Of course, you can’t possibly know every brand.
But some are low-quality items people bought and found out the item is crappy, and want to sell, and get their money back.
The return process on Mercari is just exhausting (to me), so don’t waste your time and money buying inferior stuff.
You don’t know the brand? Walk on by.
2. Tweak your search keyword
If you are searching for a particular item on Mercari, you enter your search term and get results. Right?
But I’d tell you, that’s not all the results for that particular item.
So what you can do is tweak your keyword and think about other names you or other people call that items, and search for it.
This would give you more results for that particular item and maybe you’d even be lucky to find the product with free shipping.
3. Compare prices and shipping rates when you shop on Mercari
The next thing you need to do is to compare prices and shipping costs.
The thing is one seller may ship a particular pair of shoes for $4.99, while another would ship for $7 or sometimes $11.
Of course, you need to like what you are buying.
But also think about how much you’re paying to ship, especially when you know that item may not weigh up to that.
4. Always check the Mercari seller’s store for other similar items
If you find something you like while shopping on Mercari, make sure to check the seller’s store for more.
You just might find something else you like or need.
Recently, I bought a robe and 9 pairs of earrings for $11 with $2.99 shipping from one seller.
The robe was in like-new condition, and four pairs of earrings were brand new with tags while the others were in good rock-able condition.
5. Consider bundling when you shop on Mercari
This tip will be useful if you are buying lots of similar items.
For example, if you are looking for children’s clothes, and find a couple, check if the seller has lots.
You may be lucky to find a seller with lots of clothing in your kid’s size.
Then they can sell bundles to you with a discount or even free shipping.
6. Take your time, sleep on it
After you have found the things you would love to buy, don’t be in a hurry to pay for them.
Then check the following day.
You might find new listings and have more options or a chance to change your mind. To prevent coulda-woulda-shoulda moments.
Or even worse, having to beg a seller to cancel a purchase or offer.
So to avoid misunderstandings and regrets, make sure that’s your final decision before making payments.
7. If you find a good deal, buy it fast
This point contradicts the one above, I know. But you know a great deal when you see it.
Listen to your gut!
Once I was looking for boots for my daughter, and I found a pair I liked. They were in like-new condition, $7, and free shipping.
But before I could say, Jack Robinson, someone else bought them.
I spent days thinking about how cute those boots were and how they would look on my little girl.
8. Lastly, buy items in other buyers’ carts
Take this with a pinch of salt.
When you open a listing you’d see something like this:
“one or more buyers have this item in their cart”.
I interpret it as hot cake. Everyone wants it, and I want to be the one that gets it first.
Apparently, I noticed I am not the only one doing that. Again I may be wrong.
So recently, I went hunting for robes on Mercari, and I found a few I liked. And those robes were in other shoppers’ carts, so I added them to mine.
And before I knew it, the other shoppers quickly bought them. Though, I got one I liked.
But there were other robe sets I liked but wasn’t sure I wanted them. It may be because they weren’t in anyone’s cart.
Who knows? Anyway…
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Boom! How Does Mercari Work For Buyers? Tips For Shopping On Mercari.
So this is my Mercari review, and how Mercari works from a buyer’s perspective.
Remember, you can:
- Haggle prices,
- Buy bundles,
- add items to Mercari cart,
- make offers,
- return purchases,
- pay with several payment methods.
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If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask in the comments.
I will be glad to answer them.
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Thank you for reading!