Consignment Stores Like Flightclub May Soon Be Fossils

Originally posted on Housakicks

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The title may surprise many but the once glorious flightclub may soon give way to more dynamic marketplaces for very simple reasons. I’ll actually just give you my own personal experience with flightclub for a better illustration. I sold a total of 63 pairs with them in 3 years I believe, and they had the fastest turnaround I had ever witnessed at the time; not only that but I used to get twice as much money for the sneakers I sent them- that was the golden era. To this day I still can’t fathom why people won’t just buy directly from my own website but rather pay $50 to $150 more to buy the same shoe on my eBay store or elsewhere ( flightclub) because it’s safer ( which to me doesn’t make any sense because all my transactions are via paypal). Back to the story now; some of the things I struggled with while dealing with Flightclub were:

  • their poor communication:

I used to send them a list of the shoes that I had, and it would take them sometimes a week up to 10 days to reply. But they have gotten better at it with the new system in place now where you basically create a portfolio using the https://sell.flightclub.com/sell and  get an immediate response as it pertains to what they will accept or reject.

  • payout:

At the time I was dealing with them, they only used to issue checks but now they use paypal to disburse your funds.

The company has easily fixed the two things I mentioned above but the main reason why I stopped sending shoes to Flightclub is my inability to control on my inventory and the consignment fees they charge. Once I sent a product to Flightclub, I could no longer sell it on my own website, eBay, Kixify, or any other marketplace; so it’s like throwing all your eggs in one basket. But with a company like Stockx, I keep my products in my house, while I get the opportunity to benefit from their traffic and sell the product on other platforms as well , including my website. Basically it’s a more flexible system that allows buyers  to make offers. The speed at which Flightclub handles offers from potential buyers is way too slow. The other problem is the fee: flightclub charges about 20% in fees while most other marketplaces and to be more precise stockx charges about 12% ( that’s a no brainer). Flightclub still has an edge because they are a reputable and well established company, and their New York location is the mecca of sneakers.

But most buyers are looking for convenience and cheaper prices,  and I believe companies that don’t quickly adjust to the changes to suit the consumers’s needs will end up disappearing- no one is safe even Flightclub

I haven’t sent anything to flightclub in years and many of my friends are no longer considering sending their inventory to flighclub for the reasons I mentioned above. I wrote this from a Reseller standpoint and left out the biggest reason why flightclub might soon be a fossil: JUST LIKE AMAZON , THEIR PRICES ARE OUTRAGEOUS and consumers are no longer buying foolishly. I’m sure I’ve missed many other points so feel free to leave a comment below.

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Tayib Salami
Founder, Writer and Webmaster at Housakicks

Tayib is the founder of Housakicks. With over 10 years of sneaker experience he provides insight on Real shoes vs Fake shoes, and takes the time to find great sneaker deals for his clients. Housakicks is one of the fastest growing sneaker websites in the country.