How much will I earn for my clothing?

How Much Will I Earn?

That is the million dollar question (pun intended). But seriously, it’s the number one question we get from our seller community, and it’s not always easy to answer. When determining pricing, we take many factors into consideration: MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price), the price paid for the item new, seasonality, age of item, quality, style, and the current make-up of our existing inventory.

Because of the convenience of cleaning out with thredUP and the valuable services that we offer, our payouts are sometimes a little lower than what you might get at a peer-to-peer site or at your local consignment shop. When you sell or donate your items to thredUP, we take care of everything for you (Note for donation bags: Don’t forget to keep an itemized list of what you send in, as you’ll need this information to fill out your tax donation receipt). We provide and send you a Clean Out Bag with a pre-paid shipping label, quality check all of your items, and take care of the entire listing and selling process. Time back, we love.

Take a look at the chart below to get a better idea of how much you can earn for your clothing:


We hate math too, so here’s an easy way of looking at it. 15% of $15 is $2.25. That means if you send in a J.Crew top that we list for $15, you’ll receive $2.25. A Free People dress we list for $28, you’ll receive $5.60. We know it might not seem like a lot, but it can definitely add up.

If you’re curious about how much you might receive for a particular item, you can always check the Payout Estimator prior to sending your item in. While this valuable tool is helpful in estimating a payout price, we can’t guarantee accurate payout information until we evaluate the item in person.

Want to know the difference between an upfront payout and consignment? For example, why does a sparkly H&M top get an upfront payout and a Dooney & Burke handbag go on consignment? If we have too many Dooney & Burke handbags, as lovely as they are, they will go on consignment. Read the full scoop on the difference between upfront and consignment items here.

For more information, please refer to thredUP’s acceptance guidelines and quality standards. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact customer service at support@thredup.com.


Check out our Community Associate Britney Freeman’s Top Clean Out Tips 

“Just to be quite honest, my first bag earnings sucked, it was so low. I did it just because I wanted to get all these items out of my house. I didn’t feel like going to Goodwill. I didn’t really follow the right steps. I didn’t check the items well and I didn’t get a good payout. So I worked with our customer service team to get some great tips and once I started going through the steps, my payouts started getting better.”

-Check your items meticulously. Our merchandiser team is checking clothes every single day. They’re going to catch the tiniest little flaw.

-Make sure every item is extremely clean. I always think, would I give this to my best friend? Would she accept it and love it and wear it?

-Ask yourself: Are the styles in season? Are these brands popular at thredUP?

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