Selling Sneakers in Canada

Selling Sneakers in Canada

Canadian sellers can make big money if they land the right sneaker or sell a ton of pairs. But what’s the best way to flip your inventory?

There are many ways to flip shoes. You can sell them hand-to-hand to people you know, drop them off at consignment shops such as Essential Canada or Staying Fresh, list them on Kijiji, or sell them through sneaker websites like NXTDROP or StockX. Things to be mindful of when selling sneakers are the selling fees, the time it takes before you get paid, the effort required on your end, the outcome in the event you get scammed.

Below is a roundup of sites and stores, and what to expect when using these selling outlets.

StockX

Location: Based in Detroit, online marketplace

Selling process: StockX uses a bid/ask process. The sellers list the sneakers for a price they are willing to give up their pairs for, and buyers can choose to buy or not. Buyers can also list prices they are comfortable with, and once sellers are OK, they can sell their shoes for that much. Once a transaction happens, StockX will email you a shipping label, and you have two days to send the sneakers for verification. The sneakers must be in the original box and unworn.

Fee: Seller fees are 9.5 percent, but the rates will decrease as soon as you complete three sales. Shipping costs $13.95. Payment processing is 3 percent.

Payment process: It’s put in your PayPal account once the shoes are verified and shipped. You can also opt for direct deposit.

NXTDROP

Location: Based in Calgary, online marketplace.

Selling process: The selling process is similar to StockX. NXTDROP also uses a bid/ask process. The sellers list the sneakers for a price they are willing to give up their pairs for, and buyers can choose to buy or not. Buyers can also list prices they are comfortable with, and once sellers are OK, they can sell their shoes for that much. Once a transaction happens, NXTDROP will email you a shipping label, and you have two days to send the sneakers for verification. The sneakers must be in the original box and unworn.

Fee: Seller fees are 9.5%, payment processing is 3%, and there are no shipping fees.

Payment process: NXTDROP pays sellers via Interact e-transfer, so you are sure to receive your money right after your shoes pass authentication.

Facebook Groups

Location: Online.

Selling process: Post the sneakers that you want to sell on the group and hope someone buys it. Popular FB groups in Canada are CSX (Canada Sneaker Exchange) or TSG (Toronto Sneaker Group).

Fee: None.

Payment process: PayPal, Interact e-transfer, in person. It depends on the terms agreed between the two parties.

Consignment Stores

Selling process: At Essential Canada, you drop the sneakers off at one of its locations (Downtown Toronto or North York). You can also contact them to ship the shoes if you live outside the Toronto area. They will sell the shoes on your behalf in their stores. Once someone buys, you get paid. Almost every consignment shop in Canada works this way.

Fee: Essential Canada takes 15% of the sale price.

Payment process: After the transaction, they will contact you to pick up your cheque. You can also request payment via PayPal.

Kijiji/Ebay

Selling process: Kijiji is a marketplace that sells more than sneakers. In Kijiji, you upload pictures of the sneaker you want to sell, fill the description of the item, and set a price for it. Eventually, sellers will have to ship their items.

Fee: None.

Payment process: PayPal, Interact e-transfer, in person. It depends on the terms agreed between the two parties.

Instagram/Twitter

Location: Online.

Selling process: On social media, you post the sneakers and hope somebody sees it. To be a big reseller, you’ll have to build an audience that trusts you.

Fee: None.

Payment process: PayPal, Interact e-transfer, in person. It depends on the terms agreed between the two parties.

To buy and sell sneakers, visit our marketplace, NXTDROP, the best online sneaker store in Canada.

Buying From StockX As A Canadian

The reason you should avoid StockX

The Canadian sneaker experience sucks! Duty fees, exchange rates, high shipping costs, no resale marketplace like StockX or GOAT, consignment stores are expensive, and the list goes on…It almost feels like the sneaker gods cursed Canada. Have you ever gone to a consignment shop and tried copping a pair you always wanted? Well, we did. We tried getting the Nike LD Waffle Sacai “Black” in one store in size 10. It cost $1,100. StockX says the market value is $741 at this time. Yes, that’s $359 more. Sometimes, you’re better off buying from StockX and paying duties than purchasing from consignment stores. We know you probably can relate to the situation. Sadly, this hobby sucks in Canada. But we’re here to help and show you how you can purchase the sneakers you want without having to pay duties.

There are a few ways to buy highly sought-after sneakers in Canada today:
1) Pay resale price in consignment stores
2) Buy from StockX or Goat and pay duty fees
3) Get good deals on Facebook groups
4) Buy from Kijiji or eBay (in other words, play Russian roulette 🎲)
5) Get the shoe at retail when it drops (if you’re lucky 🤞)

Although this article is about avoiding StockX because of import fees, we’ll touch a little bit on the other options. If you’re like us, there is no way you’re buying sneakers that are $359 over the current market price. Facebook groups are great for finding steals until the seller flakes, tries to scam you, and makes you lose time. That is the reason why people are now leaving these groups for companies like StockX or Goat. If you’re really about risking it all, try eBay or Kijiji and pray to receive authentic shoes. For the sake of this article, we ordered the Nike LD Waffle Sacai “Black” (size10) on StockX and NXTDROP to compare prices and savings. StockX is a great company but not so great for Canadians and here’s why:
On StockX, we bought the shoes for $741, paid shipping fees of $39.69, processing fees of $14.82, and authentication was free. In total, it cost $795.51.

On NXTDROP, we bought the shoes for $795 and paid $18 shipping. In total, it cost $813.
We knew the StockX pair would incur duties. Seven days later, we received an email from DHL saying we had to pay $193.49 in duties and taxes. In the end, the StockX pair cost $989. That is $176 more than the NXTDROP pair.
Yes, you save more buying from NXTDROP because it is a Canadian based sneaker marketplace. If you are feeling uncertain about how legit NXTDROP is, we’ll post below some examples of what our users are saying.

To buy and sell sneakers, visit our marketplace, NXTDROP, the best online sneaker store in Canada.

The Best Canadian Online Sneaker Stores

The Best Canadian Online Sneaker Stores

The Canadian sneaker culture has grown fast in the past years. Buying online from American sites can be painful because of the expensive international shipping and duties. However, there are Canadian online stores where you can purchase limited-edition sneakers, avoid expensive shipping, and duty fees. Without further ado, below are the best Canadian online stores.

Staying Fresh

If you used to buy from FlightClub or Stadium Goods as a Canadian, Stay Fresh should be your go-to store. The consignment store has a diverse inventory. They carry an astounding collection from Nike, Adidas, Jordans, and more. Staying Fresh’s physical stores are in British Columbia.
The other stores listed below do not always feature the most limited sneakers but are still valuable websites to consider.

Livestock

Livestock specializes in sneakers and streetwear. They located in Vancouver and Toronto. Unfortunately, their inventory is not as diverse as the previous stores. However, they will have some of the sought-after sneakers when they release. They do not offer StockX or GOAT prices, but it is still great for a Canadian sneaker store.

NRML

The store is in Ottawa, and it is one of the oldest sneaker stores in Canada. It is more like a retail store, so you will not necessarily find the newest Yeezys there. They have a decent inventory, but it lacks diversity. If you want to buy sneakers at retail, it is arguably the best store.

Haven

Haven is an apparel and footwear store, and their stores are in Toronto and Vancouver. It is not a sneaker store, therefore do not expect to find all the hottest sneakers on its online store. But it is a Haven if you are looking to purchase streetwear brands.

Less 17

Less 17 is one of the few apparel stores that sell sneakers in Calgary. You can buy sneakers at retail, but it does not always have some of the sought-after sneakers. And if they do, it goes out of stock fast.

NXTDROP

NXTDROP is the StockX or GOAT of Canada. The marketplace authenticates every sneaker purchased and makes sure you never get scammed again. Besides, the authentication process is fast. Generally, it takes 8–12 business days to receive your sneakers.
In conclusion, all these websites are exceptional sneaker stores to buy your favorite sneakers. What differentiates them is their pricing and inventory. The best advice we can give to any buyer is to compare the prices and buy from the cheapest. Facebook groups and Kijiji are still great options, but you should be careful. Fake sneakers are getting better and better. The truth is, we will not always have the best prices because we cannot control the sellers. But to have a better sneaker experience in Canada, there must be a sneaker marketplace based in Canada to cultivate the market. It is just the beginning.

To buy and sell sneakers, visit our marketplace, NXTDROP, the best online sneaker store in Canada.

Top 5 Sneakers To Wear For Halloween

Top 5 Sneakers To Wear For Halloween

With Halloween season upon us, here are the top 5 sneakers to wear with your Halloween costume because even on Halloween, you have to keep the heat with you at all costs. If you’re looking forward to dressing up, these kicks are a must-have for the perfect Halloween costume.

5 – Nike Kyrie 4 Halloween

This pair dropped last year in October and retailed at $120. It came out with a black upper, black midsole, green sole, and, the most important, a dripping Nike “Swoosh.” It makes you wonder what drips harder. The Kyrie 4 Halloween? Or, Gunna and Baby?

4 – Nike Blazer Mid OFF-WHITE All Hallow’s Eve

There is no way I could’ve made this list without including the Blazer Mid All Hallow’s Eve designed by, the one and only, Virgil Abloh. The pair was part of Nike and Virgil’s successful collaboration last year and dropped alongside the Grim Reaper, which in my opinion, had less appeal and eccentricity.

3- Nike SB Dunk High Pro Unlucky

The SB Dunk High Pro Unlucky kind of reminds me of the Grim Reaper when it comes to color. However, what makes this pair way more appealing are the contrasting yellow stitch and the “13” embroidery on the side toe box referring to Friday the 13th.

2- Nike SB Dunk Low Day of the Dead

El Día de Los Muertos! Which means “The Day of the Dead” in Spanish. The Day of the Dead is a multi-day holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. Looking at the shoe, you can quickly get what it is all about. I like this pair because of the skeletons all over the black part of the orange and black upper. It gives it a custom pair feel.

1- Nike SB Dunk Low Freddy Krueger

Finally, my number one pick is SB Dunk Low Freddy Krueger, and you have probably seen Travis Scott rock this pair. This pair is the perfect pair to wear if you want to dress like Freddy Krueger this Halloween. Unfortunately, for the ones that do not own this pair, the resale price is pretty high. It will cost you a hefty price because it never officially released due to legal issues.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Nike SB Dunk Low Night of Mischief Halloween
  • Nike Cortez Day of the Dead
  • Nike Air Force 1 Halloween Savage Beast
  • Nike Blazer Mid OFF-WHITE Grim Reaper

As you noticed, all these sneakers are made by Nike because other brands like adidas or Jordan Brand do not have sneakers inspired by Halloween except Vans. Hopefully, in the future, adidas and the others will give us their take on Halloween with a release.

To buy and sell sneakers, visit our marketplace, NXTDROP, the best online sneaker store in Canada.

NXTDROP, The Canadian StockX is Finally Here

NXTDROP, The Canadian StockX Is Finally Here

NXTDROP is a Canadian sneaker marketplace like StockX or GOAT. If you are asking yourself whether NXTDROP authenticates your shoes before you receive them, rest assured. NXTDROP makes sure that you never get scammed. And if for any reason you believe the shoes are not legit, then you can still return them.

Because the company is based in Calgary, you are no longer surprised by outrageous fees as if you bought sneakers outside of Canada. Besides, NXTDROP promises to deliver the products within 8-16 business days. Another advantage is competitive prices. You find the best deals on NXTDROP. Don’t believe it? Just check out by yourself.

For more information, or to buy and sell on the platform, visit: www.nxtdrop.com.

To buy and sell sneakers, visit our marketplace, NXTDROP, the best online sneaker store in Canada.