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Sneakerheads know Flight Club is one of footwear’s leading consignment stores and reseller markets. It’s even under the same parent company as fellow shoe reseller GOAT. But if you’re new to the game, you might have some questions. That’s perfect because we have some answers.
TLDR: Flight Club is totally legit and has one of the best verification processes around. You’re not going to get fake kicks when you buy from Flight Club.
But are there any fees? What’s shipping like? And what about returns?
Let’s cover all that and more, but first, download The Krazy Coupon Lady app to stay on top of all the best deals and side hustle opportunities.
Is Flight Club legit?
Yes, Flight Club is legit. The company was founded as a consignment store for rare sneakers in 2005. Based in New York City, there are also physical locations in L.A. and Miami.
While the physical stores are cool, Flight Club is also known for their robust online marketplace.
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Flight Club is ideal for sourcing rare sneakers.
You can use Flight Club as a resource to find rare sneakers for your own collection, or you can use it to sell your inventory as a sneaker reseller.
To use Flight Club, you simply sign up for an account and shop the marketplace.
If you’re selling sneakers, you’ll need to submit photos and details about your kicks to Flight Club. Then they’ll come back to you with a quote price. If you’re good with it, you accept it and ship the shoes to Flight Club. They take things from there.
TIP: If you’re lucky enough to live close, Flight Club does have a couple of drop-off locations.
Bear in mind that Flight Club is a consignment store. That doesn’t mean they’re trash, though. The company is very selective about stocking shoes that are in good condition.
In fact, they tell their sellers that inventory must be “new” or “lightly worn.” In other places, they tell sellers the shoes must be completely unworn.
Whatever current policy, your shoes might not always be brand new, but you can expect them to be in “like new” condition.
Flight Club has a stringent verification process.
Flight Club sells real, authentic shoes. In fact, they have a reputation of having one of the best authentication processes in the space.
Before any pair of shoes is listed on the marketplace, the independent seller must ship it to Flight Club. Then Flight Club’s team of trained experts examines and verifies the authenticity of each and every pair.
If you’re a seller, you can expect at least three fees attached to your transaction.
On the seller side, there are plenty of fees. Plan to pay:
- $5 seller fee
- 9.5% commission to Flight Club
- 2.9% fee to cash out your earnings
As a shopper, you won’t see any extra fees. The price listed on the site is the price you’ll pay. The only extra cost you’ll have is shipping.
But boy oh boy, those shipping charges are a buzz kill.
Shipping fees start at $14.99.
As a seller, you’ll be issued a prepaid shipping label to send your sneakers in for authentication and potential consignment.
But as a buyer, you’ll have to shoulder some hefty shipping fees. When I recently checked out the marketplace, I got quotes for $14.99 for standard shipping. With this rate, shipping time usually takes seven to 10 days.
I was given the option for next-day shipping, but that would have cost me anywhere from $37 – $83. No thanks.
TIP: Depending on your state, you may also be charged taxes on your purchase. I’m from Pennsylvania, where taxes on non-luxury clothing items are a glorious 0%. (Every Flight Club purchase I’ve made has been considered non-luxury.) If I lived in New York state, which one of the highest tax rates on these items, the taxes on a $183 pair of shoes would be an additional $15.80.
Get promo codes straight from Flight Club.
You can find Flight Club promo codes by doing an online search, but ideally you’ll get them directly from Flight Club. It’s easy to sign up for promotional emails that include these coupon codes. In fact, you can sign up in the very bottom right corner of this page.
TIP: You can only use a promo code if you’re logged into your account. There is no option to input coupon codes if you check out as guest.
Flight Club does not accept returns.
Their authentication process is great, and they know it. Flight Club is confident that the shoes they sell you will be exactly as promised.
However, if you run into a freak incident where there’s a missing item from your order or they send you the wrong pair of shoes, they will work with you to make it right. Sometimes this happens through a refund.
TIP: Immediately regret your splurge? While Flight Club doesn’t do returns, you have up to three hours to cancel your order after it’s placed.
Flight Club vs. GOAT
Flight Club owns GOAT, but the two still operate as independent brands. That said, the shoes you sell to Flight Club may end up listed on GOAT.