About Mercari Shopping Directory

About Mercari Shopping Directory

MercariShopping.com is an independent shopping directory of verified Mercari stores that have a history of providing above average customer service, reliable follow through, timely shipping and quality goods.

 

Information for Mercari Store Shoppers

The US Mercari Marketplace, which began as an app on iOS and Android Smart Phones, and in 2017 launched as a full pledge marketplace with a website, has established itself as one of the top three online Malls in the United States.  Sellers are generally micro-businesses solo proprietors, and people of all ages selling from their homes.
Unlike eBay or even Amazon; Mercari is set up for US Sellers and Shoppers only.  That means, you'll get your products in a reasonable time, you'll be helping the local economy recover, and normal people supplement their income with your purchase. 
One big advantage of shopping on Mercari is, you receive the product you purchase before the seller gets paid. Mercari holds the money until the transaction is complete. Compare that to eBay, where sellers get paid before you receive your product.  How easy do you think it would be to recover money from an eBay sellers bank, after a return. Sometimes, it's fine, but other times its a nightmare, especially on high dollar purchases when the seller spends or removes most of the money from their bank immediately. When that happens on eBay, eBay will do the "best they can", to "help you recover", your money. But how is "eBay", or you as the customer, supposed to recover money from someone's bank account when they've already spent it.  Sure you could try to take them to small claims court, but why bother, when you could just shop on Mercari, who holds the money until the sale is completed. (Read about Mercari's terms and how it works, for more clarity on how it works.)

How does the Mercari Shopping Directory help you shop? 

The Mercari Shopping Directory, is a directory of Mercari Stores to help you find some of Mercari's best stores and sellers.
All stores in the Mercari Shopping Directory have gone through the official Mercari verification process and received the "Blue Badge", next to the store name.  That blue badge means, the seller / store has submitted government I.D. a selfie photo, and verified their address and phone number through Mercari's verification process.  (Read more about Mercari's verification process on their website)
Maybe English isn't your first language, but you want to locate a seller you met somewhere online. We make it easier, by providing Google Translator on all of our directory stores listings.  That way you can find stores who sell what you're looking for, using keywords in your own native language.

Why should I trust the stores referred by the Mercari Shopping Directory?

The Mercari Shopping Directory only accepts stores into the directory who have been verified by Mercari and completed a lengthy two page application providing details that individuals only on Mercari do not provide.  This means, you potentially have more relevant information and transparency by shopping from a store listed in the Mercari Shopping Directory.  
A each store requesting participation in the directory is manually reviewed and verified by a human, to ensure only reputable stores are accepted.  We are committed to promptly remove any stores that Mercari has determined are in violation of their policies as soon as we become aware of them. (We haven't had any of the stores in the community that this kind of step or action has been required)

How do I find a store in the Mercari Shopping Directory?

The Mercari Shopping Directory is also "Key Tagged".  Are you looking for clothing?  Type in clothing in the search box, and all the stores in the directory who feature clothing in their stores will be shown.  You can also click "Key Tags", on a stores individual directory page, and they will bring up other stores who also sell clothing on Mercari.
Looking for a friend or someone you met on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or another social media platform, but you can't remember their Mercari link number, or you only remember the first letter of their store name?  No problem!  If they are in the Mercari Shopping Directory, simply search for the part of the store name you remember in the search box and see if they show up.  You can also, check the directory alphabetically.  Click the store directory link and you'll see the alphabet.  Click the letter for the first name of the store, and all of the stores that begin with that letter, (who are listed in the directory), will show up.

Does Mercari Inc. tell you who can be listed in the directory?

The Mercari Shopping Directory is independent of the actual Mercari USA Marketplace.  That means, we're not influenced by their decisions. Mercari INC. can not tell us to promote stores they like best, over other stores.  We do not pay attention to stores Mercari wants to promote.  We take an unbiased approach when it comes to stores listed in the directory.  We want to show you stores that have an above average reputation. Stores that have a history of quality customer service. Stores that run their presence on Mercari like a real store would, that respond to questions in a reasonable time, and ship in a reasonable amount of time and sellers who are committed to their vision as a Mercari Store.

How does Mercari Shopping Directory make money?

The Mercari Shopping Directory, accepts single donations via the "Buy me a coffee" service.  We use this fee to cover the time it takes to create a Mercari's stores information in the directory, provide the store with their own page that associates the web page number address on Mercari to their actual Store name, to process the two page application that all directory stores answer when applying to participate in the directory and for a real person to manually visit their store to validate their Mercari Verification status.

How did Mercari Shopping Directory begin?

The directory began in "beta" testing in 2017 through the end of 2020.  In 2021, we took what we learned from our "beta" testing and redesigned the directory. In 2021 we officially launched the Mercari Shopping Directory making it available for new sellers on Mercari to participate in.

Should I trust the stores I find listed in the Mercari Shopping Directory?

You're encouraged to always verify a store you find in the Mercari Shopping Directory, before you make a purchase.  Stores and sellers change on every marketplace.  When you visit a store from the directory, check to see what kind of Mercari Badges they currently have. The Reliable, Fast Responder and Quick Shipper badges are the most important on Mercari.  Look at their recent sales transactions ratings and customer feedback to see what recent customers and shoppers have experienced.
The Mercari Shopping Directory, is simply another step you can take as a shopper, to find and locate stores that have an outstanding or above average history.  Stores participating in the directory, are sellers who actually want to participate and have made an effort to be listed, to be validated and verified, to have their stores manually reviewed, and have provided significant additional information beyond that requested by Mercari.

Why do stores on the Mercari Shopping Directory have links to social media and other Marketplaces?

Mercari stores participating in the directory are generally have advanced customer service skills, experience selling online and are engaged in selling on other marketplaces in addition to their Mercari Store. 

As an additional service to shoppers using the directory, and stores listed in the directory, we allow participants to provide several social media links where they can show additional product information or engage with shoppers with similar interests.   We also allow participants to provide up to three other marketplaces they sell on to their directory listing.  That way, shoppers can find other products they may be selling on another marketplace, that is not available on their Mercari store.  Mercari has set certain specifications for sizes, shipping, and prices for their marketplace.  A store in the directory may also have products for local sale through offer-up for example, or Facebook Marketplace which couldn't be sold on Mercari.

We also feel that stores that are successfully selling on Mercari and other marketplaces have a level of experience and reputation, that a new seller who has never sold anywhere other than on Mercari does not have. Its also a great way for customers or stores in the directory, to be able to easily locate their preferred stores on other marketplaces that may have a different store name.
Thank you for trying it out.

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