InstantBuy introduction and benefit for sellers
1. What is InstantBuy?
InstantBuy is an elevated shopping experience that features a collection of high-quality listings by trusted sellers on the marketplace. Buyers can have an ease of mind knowing that items in the collection are always available and ready-to-ship. They can trust that the items will get to them safely, conveniently and as described.
Carousell will step in the transaction if the buyer receives an item that is not as described and facilitate eligible returns back to the seller and refunds to the buyer.
2. What is the difference between listing an InstantBuy listing and a listing in the usual marketplace? What is the benefit of joining InstantBuy?
As an InstantBuy seller, your InstantBuy listings will be featured and promoted with more visibility.
- Have an InstantBuy badge
- Have a condition report
- Are eligible for returns facilitated by Carousell
- Can be filtered in search results by buyers
- Get promoted by Carousell’s marketing campaigns
Additionally, upon joining the program as an InstantBuy seller, you will be able to unlock the following features:
- 30 general quota + additional 1,970 listing quota for InstantBuy listings
- Profile Cover Photo
- Quick & Auto Reply
- 3 Custom Collections
You can unlock the additional benefits by:
- Enabling all eligible listings on your profile with InstantBuy
- Completing 1 InstantBuy transaction as a seller
- Completing 1 InstantBuy transaction as a buyer
Signing up, seller requirements and eligibility
4. I’m interested in being an InstantBuy seller, how do I join?
InstantBuy is an invite-only program.
We are looking for sellers who have an excellent track record and are able to fulfil the promises of InstantBuy. If you’re interested in joining us;
- Luxury: https://forms.gle/hSXJBqFCa9iE9DUi7
- Fashion: https://forms.gle/cqQPHjJhc8vpiwBT6
- Electronics: https://forms.gle/SqbgRxxRYp7eRbFW9
Please note that only eligible sellers will be contacted.
5. What are the requirements to join InstantBuy?
Sellers are to provide a good experience for buyers:
- Excellent track record—positive reviews, verified account, very responsive
- Can ship items in a timely manner (within 5 days)
- Is able to honour returns if item sold is not true to description
- Mark listings as sold once they’re not available on the marketplace
Sellers who have minimum 30 listings that fulfil all of the following:
- Available and ready-to-ship items
- Women’s or men’s fashion apparel only, in brand new or like-new condition
- In-demand or unique fashion brands (e.g. local blogshop brands like Love Bonito, The Tinsel Rack, Young Hungry Free OR unique vintage/thrifted pieces)
- High-quality listing photos
Sellers who are not able to fulfil the requirements while on the program may be notified and removed from the program.
6. Must I be a registered business or have a physical shop to join this program?
No, all are welcome to apply as long as you meet the minimum requirements!
7. Can I try it for a period of time before I decide to join the programme? How do I withdraw from the program?
If you decide to drop out of the program (though we hope you don’t!), let us know at email@example.com and we’ll process the withdrawal in a month.
8. What is the onboarding process like?
- Signing up → We will check your current seller standing and get back to you if you are selected to be a part of this program
- Contract signing → Once your application is successful, you will be sent a form to acknowledge that you’ve understood the terms and conditions
- Listing → You will start seeing the new InstantBuy listing form. Start listing your items under InstantBuy or edit existing listings to move them to InstantBuy. As per the InstantBuy seller requirements, please remember to have at least 30 listings with InstantBuy!
- Start selling with InstantBuy!
Listing on the marketplace (InstantBuy vs regular listings)
9. Can I still sell my other items in the regular marketplace if I am an InstantBuy seller?
Yes! As an InstantBuy seller, you’ll see options on the listing form to list with or without InstantBuy.
For items not eligible to be listed as an InstantBuy listing (e.g fashion items that are not in brand new or like new condition or items that do not belong to the Fashion category), they can be listed in the regular marketplace without InstantBuy. If you want to add more listings that do not fall under the InstantBuy Fashion program, you will need to purchase a separate Caroubiz plan if you exceed the 30 limit.
10. Do the 2,000 listings all have to be InstantBuy listings?
You may utilise your general quota of 30 active listings to list items that are not suitable for InstantBuy. Beyond those 30 active listings, all items should be listed with InstantBuy.
11. What items can I list with InstantBuy?
InstantBuy is currently available in these categories:
- Women’s Fashion Apparel (excluding footwear and accessories)
- Men’s Fashion Apparel (excluding footwear and accessories)
While we are working to expand InstantBuy into more categories in the future, listings that do not fall into the above categories will not be accepted into InstantBuy.
12. It may be difficult to get measurements for products that are in their packaging. Can measurements be optional?
Providing product measurements would reduce the chances of buyers buying something that they cannot fit into. As such, it is a mandatory requirement for InstantBuy listings to have product measurements.
For items that cannot be measured due to it still being in its packaging, we recommend getting the measurements from the official website of the item you're selling!
13. Is there a membership, listing or subscription fee?
To ensure your success with us, there will be no listing fees or any hidden fees!
We will only charge you a commission fee after every successful transaction.
14. How much is the commission fee?
7% of the total sale, including shipping fee.
Commission fee (7%)
You will earn = $10 – $0.70 = $9.30
15. When is the transaction considered successful?
Once the buyer has received the item and no valid disputes are being raised by the buyer.
Payments & Shipping
16. How do payments work?
Buyers will make payment through Carousell (known as Carousell Protection) on your listing. They can pay on Carousell using the following payment methods: PayLah!, Debit and Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express). Once payment is made, an order will be automatically created.
17. Must I use Carousell to accept payments? I am not sure how to use Carousell’s payment gateway.
Yes, this is part of the terms and conditions of the InstantBuy Seller Programme. All transactions should be made through Carousell regardless of the chosen delivery method (normal mail, tracked mail, meet-ups).
In order to enjoy the 7-day returns and guaranteed promises of InstantBuy listings, we require buyers to transact via Carousell. In the event of a dispute or Return Request raised, Carousell's dedicated support team will be able to reach out to the buyer and assist with the request. We will only be able to facilitate and absorb the return shipping costs for transactions made through Carousell.
Of course, this also allows us to receive a small commission fee (from successful transactions only!) that helps fund operational and marketing costs—which in turn, go to helping sellers like you achieve greater success on InstantBuy.
If you need a step-by-step guide, check out the following links:
18. Who pays the shipping fee?
It's your choice! You can choose to add shipping fees to your listing or offer free shipping to your buyers. Pro tip: Listings with free shipping sell 2x faster!
If you choose to charge shipping fees, the price of your listing should not include the shipping fee. There is a separate field in the listing form for you to add the shipping fee.
19. What are the delivery methods available in InstantBuy?
The delivery methods that we have integrated into our listing form are:
- Same-day delivery (GrabExpress, Qxpress, etc)
- Express delivery (2-3 days - Ninja Van, J&T Express etc)
- Standard delivery (4-5 working days - Normal and registered mailing such as SingPost)
If you’re not using any of the above delivery methods (e.g self-delivery or meet-ups), you can choose the Custom courier option.
20. Can I do meetups instead?
Yes! But do note that payment should still go through Carousell.
As you'll only see mailing/delivery as an option when you list on InstantBuy, you can enable the $0 (free) custom courier delivery as an option if you are open to doing meetups.
21. What is the return policy like for InstantBuy?
Buyers have the option to return the item if the item received is not as described. For example, it is a different size as listed, or there are damages that were not mentioned before.
Within 7 days, the buyer can request for a return on the order details page. A Carousell representative will get in touch with the buyer if the return is valid and will facilitate the return back to the seller.
The buyer will be refunded 100% of the transaction amount, and Carousell will absorb the shipping fees. Sellers also do not have to pay the 7% commission fee for returns.
Commission fee (7%)
In the event of a return, the buyer will get $10 back, and the seller will receive the dress.
What if my buyer just ‘didn’t like the item’?
Change of mind is not a valid reason to return an item. Only if the seller fails to disclose certain information about the item on the listing details, a return is valid.
If you're a new InstantBuy seller with an existing CarouBiz subscription plan and would like to cancel your previous subscription, you may refer to this guide.