Thursday, April 24, 2014



Hot EBay Alternatives–Best Alternative Sites for Sellers



Sizzling eBay Alternatives for Devoted Sellers

Does eBay have the best interests of its buyer and seller clients at heart, or is really just another shareholder centered corporation? That is a controversial question, but there is no doubt that eBay has angered and driven away many sellers due to increasing seller fees as well as increasingly stringent policies that many feel micro manage sellers with an iron grip. Is eBay still the premier online auction venue? That depends on whom you ask, nevertheless, iron grip or no, general consensus appears to hold that eBay remains the kingpin of the online auction world.

Are there viable alternative to selling on eBay? Yes. Is it in your best interest to move from eBay? That I can’t say, though I can say that some Powersellers have found other auction venues and continued to do quite well.


Perhaps the best-known eBay competitor, a household name across the world, is Amazon.com and the Amazon merchant program. Brent Crouch, of Jillian Entertainment, himself an eBay Powerseller with a million dollar business, left eBay several years ago and reports that he moved to the Amazon merchant program and did even better than he had on eBay. In fact, he did so well away from eBay that he sold his business for a multi-million dollar amount. Pretty nice, I’d say! For the record, I haven’t tried selling through the Amazon merchant program, though I’ve never heard any significant negative feedback. Evidently, Amazon pays attention to its sellers.

Anyway, my point is that if you are disgruntled with eBay yet love the auction life but are unsure if there is any other game in town, there are options. In this post I want mention some of the possibilities I’ve found with a little research. Now, these are not to be taken as recommendations, as I have not actually tried to use them.

Top 10 Alternatives to eBay

Amazon Merchant Program
Enough said. Check out the schedule of fees for professional sellers. Even hobby sellers can get in on the action for a pittance of what eBay charges.

Overstock.com
Yes, Overstock has an auction environment, and I hear that this is now rated as a viable eBay contender.

Ubid
Although not as big as eBay, still a competitor. Worth checking out.

eBid Auctions
Another eBay competitor. I’ve picked up some disgruntled rumblings of late, but you should check this out if you are looking for some other auction home. Salehoo lists this in its list of top ten eBay alternatives.

Oztion
Based in Australia, though foreign listings allowed. No fees, though much smaller traffic and listings take longer to sell.

Bonanzle/Bonanza
Now known as Bonanza . . . . According to my research, many sellers are having success with Bonanza as a viable alternative to eBay.

Google Product Search
Not an auction site, but if you have your own website, then you definitely want to consider listing with Google Product Search. It is free to list, and you have other check-out options besides PayPal.

SellStuff!
Another Google product. Google has created an online marketplace similar to Amazon listed above. Your listings are created as product pages. SellStuff! is hosted by the Google App engine. I don’t know how effective this is, but if its Google, it is probably getting traffic. Again, other check-out options besides PayPal.

Craig’s List
I have heard some eBayers say that they do as well or better using Craig’s List for many of their auction items. One former eBayer reports that vehicles and collectibles do very well on CL.

Bluejay
I hear that this is becoming more and more popular even though its traffic doesn’t measure up to eBay; however, right now no one’s traffic measures up to eBay. Bluejay is reported to be completely (as in 100%) free and submits listings to Google Shopping.

I’m going to stop here for the moment. I know that there are other top sites, and I’ll save those for another post. So far, I’ve tried to list sites that can offer a realistic expectation of sales. There are auction sites popping up constantly on the Internet, tiny mom & pop sites that have so little traffic that I’m not sure I should bother trying to list them all. If any of you reading this post have your own auction site, please feel free to tell us about it by leaving a comment. If anyone would like to leave a guest post about eBay alternatives or even your own auction site, please contact me.

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Comments

15 Responses to “Hot EBay Alternatives–Best Alternative Sites for Sellers”
  1. John C. says:

    Another great alternitive is Hometown Bids. They offer totally free auctions and stores. In addition they offer listing agents so you never have to deal with listing your items.

  2. Alienwarem17x says:

    I have been using http://www.wanaifieds.com I haven’t seen a site that doesn’t have no final value fees and every product you list is only .25 I think their new because theirs not alot to traffic on the site but I like it and the site promotes each product you list I think their going to do well.

  3. ron says:

    i think ebay is loosing many customers, and they are trying to keep their profit up….ebay haws lost a ton of sellers to craigslist, that is free…..that is what i use to sell allmost everything i want to sell..my advantage is that i live in a large population base, so its easy to sell on craigslist…..ebay,s greed will do them in if they are not careful

  4. snakemaster says:

    As far as Online Auctions go, I can see http://www.bidpalace.com as an up and coming site. They don’t charge anything.

  5. Geoff says:

    A really viable alternative to ebay is using your own blog to sell with the assistance of http://hapful.com Hapful — a free service — will post the photos, keep track of the orders and descriptions, etc. It will add your listing to a central list that will link back to your blog. All at no charge. And you keep all the traffic and customers.

  6. admin says:

    Bob,

    Thanks for the tip. Looks like a nice site; very professional set up.

  7. Bob graver says:

    The best place i found to buy or sell with no fees 100% Free
    auctions classifieds and buy now Listings
    better than ebay, craigslist or amazon because it’s Free

  8. Sell Stuff says:

    There’s really heaps of alternatives to consider, and most of them have similar registrations or selling platforms. However if you are about selling used stuff, it would be great to consider a hassle free online selling like http://www.garagefairy.com that picks up your used/new stuff and sell them on various stores online.

    And sometimes, the best and the first place to sell your item is by using social media especially Facebook and Twitter.

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  10. Veronica says:

    Try this site : BigValueDepot.com . They do not get the traffic that an Ebay gets, YET however it is free to post items and they AUTO-REPOST your item every 30 days free..Saves time. I sell a lot of items there :-)

  11. EBay continues re-tooling its site, they are changing their business model to one that is similar to Amazon’s. Check out the Feb. 14, 2001 WSJ/FBN article, it confirms this. So, if you feel the fit among you and eBay, is not right any more –you must consider one or more, of the eBay alternatives. Ealtbay is one of those. Ealtbay has been around since 2005, it allows selling of the legal items –that are banned on other sites, to be listed. They can be there listed for free. It also has very low final value fees, and you, the seller can accept payment in any legal form. It is also a great site for drop shipping because of its great fee structure.

  12. admin says:

    Thank you very much for your thoughts and comments! I think it is important for sellers to consider all of the possibilities. Readers may want to take a moment to visit offertime.com.

  13. While Ebay and Amazon are great places to make a living, there are other sites that can be used for part-time income. When I first started selling online, I didn’t realize how important it is to focus on multiple sales channels.

    After a few years of selling online, I realized that in order to grow your business, you must focus on multiple sales channels. This is how both Amazon and Ebay grew into what they are today.

    At Offeritem.com we send feeds to well known shopping comparison sites that are free to use. These shopping comparison sites have provided our site with plenty of sales and traffic.

    We’ve noticed that Amazon and Ebay use the free shopping comparison sites as well to draw in customers. Ironically, both Amazon and Ebay charge their sellers commission regardless of how they draw in their customers (paid or free).

    Facebook and Twitter are also powerful advertising platforms that are free to use. Amazon and Ebay use Facebook and Twitter to draw in customers.

    Amazon and Ebay are focusing more and more on advertising for free. Why not take advantage of this free exposure on your own for free?

  14. Bob says:

    More boring ebay clones popping up left and right, most of which are just ugly as. If you want to try something different either give http://www.Buzzmart.com a try or if you want to open a shop Addoway is another good alternative. These two marketplaces are much more fun, free and actually look nice for a change.

  15. Jenny W. says:

    Might want to add loudheart.com to your list.

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