At Mercari, we’re always creating ways to make buying and selling easier and more convenient for you. As the holidays approach, we wanted to share 8 tips and updates to help you make the most of Mercari during the season of giving. 

1. Get ahead of the holiday rush…

During the peak holiday season, carrier transit times may be longer than usual. This year, they may even be longer. We recommend starting your holiday shopping earlier than normal to make sure your items arrive on time.

If you’re listing, be sure to ship promptly and stay in communication with your buyer about any anticipated delays. Ensure that you select a carrier and delivery service speed that will meet your delivery timing needs. See shipping tips here.

2. Deliver faster with Mercari Local

Skip the long holiday shopping lines with Mercari Local. Gaming consoles for the kids? Exercise equipment or home decor? Check! It’s the easy way to sell or buy local items without the meetups. 

  • Everything is done in the Mercari app — there’s no need to exchange cash and scheduling is all handled within the app so you save a ton of time.
  • Your items are picked up and delivered using Uber or FedEx, making it super simple and contact free — there’s no need to share your address with the buyer. 
  • As soon as the buyer rates the transaction, you’ll get paid. 

It’s also a great option for those who love last minute holiday deals. Learn more.

3. Buy now, pay later with Zip

Looking for a special gift? Whether it’s the latest smart watch or designer bag, you can enjoy it now and pay later.

  • You know exactly what you owe with Zip. There’s no catch. 
  • When you check out in the Mercari app, just select the Zip option to split your payment into 4. If you don’t have a Zip account yet, you can get started in just a few minutes. Merchant payment plan fees may be applied at checkout. 
  • Zip is available for items priced $16 and up. 

Check an item’s listing page for the Zip logo to see if it’s eligible. Learn more

4. Use Mercari prepaid labels (rates aren’t increasing for the holidays!)

Each year, shipping carriers raise their rates during the holiday season. However, Mercari prepaid label rates will not increase during the 2021 holiday season. If you’re interested in learning more about peak surcharges please visit our carrier partner websites: USPS | FedEx | UPS

5. No printer? No problem. Use our USPS QR codes.

Speaking of shipping, you can now skip the label with our USPS QR code. After your item sells, you can find the QR code on your Order Status page.

Just take your packaged item to a USPS Post Office and show them the QR code on your phone, and they’ll scan it and ship your package off. Now, when you ship with a USPS or UPS prepaid label, there’s no need for a printer.

6. Not going to be home for the holidays?

One more shipping tip. If you’re traveling this season and unable to ship sales, be sure to deactivate your items while you’re gone. To deactivate  all your listings at the same time, go to > My Listings and select the items you wish to temporarily deactivate. To reactivate, follow the same steps.

7. Check out recently launched sellers features to help you better reach buyers

  • New Categories: Accurately list your items in over 500 new categories like Garden & Outdoors, Pet Supplies, Sports & Outdoors, Furniture and Office.
  • Longer Listing Titles: Now you can expand listing titles to up to 80 characters to include keywords that will help your items standout.
  • Seller Public Profile Page: Now items are easier to view on the seller public profile page and you can filter them if you are looking for something more specific.  

8. No matter your budget, we’ve got gift ideas for you.

Mercari is the perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind present to brighten someone’s day. Whether you’re looking for vintage t-shirts, live plants, or something more luxe like authenticated designer handbags to shoes – you name it, we’ve got it.  With our Authenticate program, we enlist pros to verify luxury items, so you can buy with a peace of mind. Treat yourself or give the gift of luxe. Learn more. 

We hope these tips help you spread the pre-loved love this holiday season, find brands for less than retail value, and support Mercari sellers. Instead of shopping retail, try spreading the #PreLovedLove this year and shop our 2021 holiday gift guide.

Happy holidays from all of us at team Mercari!

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