We've written down everything we know about Poshmark share jail and we're excited to share what we learned with you. To make this guide, we interviewed dozens of our own customers (who are Poshmark sellers too!) for the latest tips for 2021. We've also done a lot of our own research and experimentation as a Poshmark bot service.

If you want to learn about Poshmark share jail or just want to catch up on what's new, we hope you’ll enjoy this newly updated guide.

You've read a couple of posts about sharing on Poshmark and have started to try to put your new skills to work. If you've stumbled on this blog post, you might be worried about sharing, or wondering if you can get banned from Poshmark. We get it, especially since "share jail" sounds so scary.

Whatever your reason to be here, we're happy to give you all of the information you need on Poshmark share jail.

Without any further ado, let’s dive right in.

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What is Poshmark share jail?

Grab your morning coffee, because you're in for a treat. In this guide we will...

  • go over the basics for Poshmark share jail so you have the full context that our research team has
  • explain what Poshmark share jail is
  • share how Poshmark tries to signal that you're sharing a bit too much
  • understand how to get out of Poshmark jail
  • share inspiration for what to do if you're stuck in jail

You may have also heard other people refer to Poshmark share jail in other ways. Here are some other names for share jail:

  • Poshmark share throttling
  • Poshmark share limit
  • Poshmark follow jail
  • Poshmark shadow ban
  • Poshmark soft ban
  • Excessive sharing on Poshmark

Poshmark share jail 101

If you're in share jail, you've reached Poshmark's share limit on the number of times you can share every day. Poshmark punishes you if you hit this limit. You can't do simple things that you need to run your Poshmark business. This includes sharing, liking, and commenting.

As you can probably imagine, landing in jail is horrible for your Poshmark business!

If you're new to this concept, you probably have a few initial questions, such as:

  • Well, how many times can you share on Poshmark?
  • How is it possible to even share enough to hit Poshmark's share limit?

Top sellers showed off how to share fast on Poshmark in an earlier post of ours. These sellers taught us that some methods let them share thousands of times every day. This explains explains how sellers can end up hitting a limit that puts them in share jail.

Can you share too much on Poshmark?

The limit to shares is 10,000 shares a day, but our research team recommends that Poshmark sellers don't go over 5,000. That's starting to get close to excessive sharing on Poshmark! Regardless of which number you pick, that's a lot of shares every day!

Percent of Poshmark sellers getting caught according to shares per day
Percent of Poshmark sellers getting caught according to shares per day

In 2021 we've seen:

  • 10% of sellers get caught at around 5,000 shares a day
  • 90% of sellers get caught at 10,000 shares per day

Based on these numbers, it's actually quite hard to end up in share jail. If it takes you 3 seconds to share a single listing, then 10,000 shares a day will take you eight and a half hours. That's the same duration that you'd spend during a normal work day in a full-time job.

Note that our definition of caught isn't the same as being put in share jail, but instead includes any signal from Poshmark telling sellers to slow down. This gives us an earlier signal of whether Poshmark suspects sellers are abusing the share system.

Note: Poshmark hasn't publicly shared what the share limit is. However, we have a good guess based on data from our Poshmark seller customers. We've built a Poshmark bot for sellers that shares for them. Part of our job is to keep close watch for any bad signals Poshmark sends us.

Share up to 28,000 times a week, without doing anything

Join hundreds of sellers who trust SuperPosher to grow their business. Every day SuperPosher can do up to 4,000 shares, follow hundreds of users, return shares & follows, and even send offers to likers. You just have to turn it on from your phone.

No credit card required

So 10,000 shares is a lot. Why would you even share that much?

Self-sharing is one of the most reliable ways for sellers to get more sales. If you're not already doing a ton of it, read on...

In the sweet spot (what we at SuperPosher call "most valuable audience"), each share is being sent to a group of people that actually want to view the listing. And if that audience is growing (meaning you're gaining more followers), the effects multiply 10x.

A diagram of a Poshmark audience growing
Main takeaway from https://superposher.com/blog/poshmark-seller-valuable-audience/

What this means is the key to success on Poshmark isn't just sharing; it's highly-relevant sharing. The key is to get more followers and prefer to self-share to those followers.

So, you must be thinking that driving sales through sharing a ton must be too good to be true, right?

And you'd be exactly right. That's where Poshmark's share jail comes in, and what's so brilliant about it. Poshmark saw this problem coming when they first created their e-commerce platform. They created share jail to keep their seller ecosystem healthy. Share jail protects Poshmark from bad actors and spammers.

What happens when you get put in Poshmark share jail?

So, you're probably wondering at this point what exactly happens when Poshmark decides to put you in share jail. In this section, we'll talk about what we know about the consequences of share jail and excessive sharing.

If you're in share jail, you'll see a very sharp and immediate dip in sales on Poshmark. There are two major reasons why your sales will suffer:

  1. Poshmark will actually prevent you from sharing any of your listings on the platform, which makes it extremely difficult to get any views on any of your listings. Since view activity on Poshmark is driven almost entirely from social activity, this is a fatal blow.
  2. Poshmark will actively avoid showing your listing as frequently.

Sounds pretty bad, right? This is why Poshmark share jail is so scary to most sellers. Share jail can put your business on life support.

We've received reports that there may be other consequences as well. For example, one seller shared that sharing wasn't working. When they refreshed their page, nothing actually happened. On other platforms like Instagram, this is a shadow ban. Similarly, shadow banned is another way to refer to share jail on Poshmark.

Is Poshmark share jail the same as a ban?

Luckily, share jail is not the same as a ban. This is a common point of confusion for new Poshmark sellers, so it's understandable if you're not sure which is which.

Unlike a permanent ban from Poshmark, share jail is just a temporary state. You can come back from jail (and we'll touch on exactly how you can accomplish this later in this same post). Permanent bans on Poshmark last forever and are difficult to get around. Poshmark uses tactics like IP address banning. It knows if you're trying to avoid getting caught.

So... why does Poshmark have share jail?

This involves conflicting incentives and complex relationships between people and money. We'll try to keep our explanation simple, because it's important to understand. Understanding why Poshmark built share jail helps us understand how we can get around it. We will end up learning that the key is to respect the platform.

Our research team at SuperPosher believes that Poshmark created share jail to help protect the health of their platform. You can read the full version of our thoughts in our post where we talk about Poshmark's seller growth loop.

In short, Poshmark is a large company valued at billions of dollars. It has 60 million users, according to Poshmark's latest data report. Poshmark depends on certain balanced incentives to produce great growth. We call this balance a growth loop.

We call them growth loops because each time you go through the loop, you get more than what you started with. In short, growth loops are powerful because they build on themselves. If you have a growth loop that involves money, you can effectively print money out of thin air (oh, how nice that would be!).

Poshmark is a two-sided marketplace. These are lucrative, grow fast, and are hard to copy. This is why Poshmark introduced share jail. It helps protect the health of the Poshmark marketplace and its growth loops.

To help you really understand what a growth loop is all about, we'll walk through some short scenarios. Below is the simplest kind of growth loop for a two-sided marketplace.

Simplest kind of marketplace growth loop
A high-level view of the simplest kind of growth loop in a marketplace

As you can see, if you have more sellers in a marketplace then that leads to more and better products. These products attract more buyers, which often leads to more demand for products. Finally, this demand attracts sellers who are looking to fulfill the demand and make money.

In Poshmark's case, they have a powerful feature that helps them kick off the simple idea above and repeat it again and again. This feature is shares and it has a powerful relationship with every other feature available on Poshmark. Below is what we at SuperPosher call the "Poshmark seller growth loop".

Diagram of Poshmark's seller growth loop
Main takeaway from https://superposher.com/blog/poshmark-seller-growth-loop/

As you can see, this growth loop is really compelling and is very effective at bringing more sellers and buyers onto Poshmark. It's also very effective at keeping both buyers and sellers on the platform.

This makes Poshmark worth over a billion dollars. It's easy to understand why Poshmark would want to protect itself against bad actors. This is exactly why they created Poshmark share jail and why it won't be going away so long as Poshmark exists.

How to find out if you're in Posh share jail

Finding out whether you're in share jail is actually easier than understanding share jail. Chances are, if you're reading this, you already suspect you might be in share jail or you have some awareness for ways you could tell. We'll go over some basic tests that our research team checks while they're learning about how Poshmark manages share jail.

"Are you a human?" Captchas showing up when sharing on Poshmark

Our team's favorite non-human
Our team's favorite non-human

Captchas are challenges that websites use in order to tell whether you're a human. This is because many websites today have a lot of automated traffic from bots. Poshmark is no different, and tries to combat this kind of activity using these Captcha challenges.

If you receive one of these, chances are Poshmark strongly suspects that you may be a bad actor. You may be approaching the share limit that would put you in share jail.

"Error. Please try again later."

If you're using iPhone or iPad, you may see a message titled "Error. Please try again later." when you try taking an action on the Poshmark app. In fact, you may also be unable to like, post, or share a Poshmark listing. There's a great example of one of these cases on Reddit.

This error is also a strong signal that Poshmark thinks you are suspicious or fraudulent. If you keep it up, you might end up in share jail.

One simple test: The "shared successfully" popup

We have a simple way to check if you're in share jail. It works 100% of the time. To check, go to Poshmark's website on desktop and attempt to share a listing.

If you try sharing and nothing goes wrong, you should be able to see a grey "Shared Successfully" popup show up near the top of your screen. This will stop showing up if you're in share jail or if you're shadow banned on Poshmark.

Poshmark "shared successfully" popup
Poshmark "shared successfully" popup

How Poshmark decides to put you in share jail

So, how exactly does Poshmark decide that you're a bad actor that needs some time in share jail? Where is the line drawn in the sand? In this section, we will talk about the Poshmark algorithm, how it works, and how it's related to share jail.

Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?

Every year, Poshmark hires more people to work on the Poshmark algorithm. This is a collection of rules that run Poshmark. There are over a hundred of these folks working around the clock figuring out what these rules should be. They turn those ideas into software. They also maintain that software to make sure it doesn't break.

So when we talk about the Poshmark algorithm, we're talking about the specific details that make Poshmark tick. It's easier to understand them as rules, as in things a person (or in this case, a computer) would need to follow. Some of these rules decide limits for sharing. There are even specific rules for Poshmark share jail, which is ultimately what we're interested in.

The Poshmark algorithm
The Poshmark algorithm is just a bunch of simple-to-teach rules

Here's the secret that very few people know about these algorithms in general. Difficult rules are hard to build. This is why companies seem to leave silly loopholes.

In other words, the rules are pretty simple. This holds true for share jail as well, which is good news for us. But there's also some bad news.

Even if the rules are simple, the results are still great for Poshmark. Turns out, you usually only need very simple rules in your algorithm to get the effects you want.

Keeping Poshmark healthy is easy if you want to catch suspicious folks on Poshmark. In fact, you and I could do this by hand, and then teach our learnings to a small team in a short amount of time.

Poshmark keeps it simple, like we would. They keep their ecosystem healthy with very simple, yet powerful, rules like:

  • limiting how many times a person can share every minute
  • limiting how many times a person can share every hour
  • limiting how many times a person can share every day

They can also use slightly more complicated rules, like:

  • catching folks that consistently share in 10 minute intervals
  • catching folks that share 24/7 without any sleep
  • catching multiple people using Poshmark on the same wifi (credit to /u/bayb33gurl on Reddit)

As you can see, these are quite simple rules that you could teach someone else to do. They also make sense, because people get tired when they share. Sharing is too repetitive. Doing it thousands of times a day every single day takes a physical and mental toll.

How to get out of Poshmark jail

Sweet, sweet freedom.
Sweet, sweet freedom.

This is actually straightforward if you're in share jail, and not banned (as mentioned earlier). To get out of Poshmark share jail, you have to wait for the day to pass and avoid sharing. That's about 24 hours!

The rules that make up the Poshmark algorithm are quite simple. The simple solution is to reduce the number of shares you're doing every minute, hour, and day.

Share up to 28,000 times a week, without doing anything

Join hundreds of sellers who trust SuperPosher to grow their business. Every day SuperPosher can do up to 4,000 shares, follow hundreds of users, return shares & follows, and even send offers to likers. You just have to turn it on from your phone.

No credit card required

What to do if you're stuck in share jail

It'll be a stressful experience since you'll have missed an entire day of sales, but don't worry, you can use this time productively! Let's make the most out of the opportunity. Below are two things you can do in the meantime – hopefully they serve as useful inspiration.

Learn about the top brands selling on Poshmark

The hottest, trendiest clothes always sell the fastest!
The hottest, trendiest clothes always sell the fastest!

It's always useful to understand what's trending on Poshmark. You want to keep moving inventory as well as make sure you're not stuck with clothes nobody wants. That's why knowing what's actually selling on Poshmark is so important. Don't hope that what you found in your local thrift store will work out.

If you're stuck in share jail, you could spend some of your time looking into what's hot now. Research the closets of top sellers and making a few searches on Google.

If you want to save some time, you can start with our article on the top brands on Poshmark in 2021. It should be a great place to start your search, and you can use it as a foundation for deeper research tailored specifically for your closet.

Look into Instagram or YouTube as a way to sell more on Poshmark

Instagram as a method for Poshmark sales.
Instagram is a great channel for getting more Poshmark sales.

It's no secret that one of the keys to selling on Poshmark is to get more people to view your listings. Some top sellers even use Instagram and YouTube to get more views.

While in share jail, it might be worth looking into these new ways to get sales! If you're interested, we wrote a guide to help you double your Poshmark sales by using Instagram.

What's your Poshmark share jail story?

Have you ever been put in Poshmark share jail, or know someone that has? We'd love to learn about what happened to you, share your story, and give you credit (if you want to go public). If you're interested, send us a quick email at [email protected].