Beyond eBay - Alternative Auction Sites
by Skip McGrath
Has eBay got you down? eBay is still the 500 pound Gorilla when it comes to
online auction sites, but there are some alternatives out there. I have
tried a few of these with mixed success. So if you are an eBay seller and
want to look around for some other selling opportunities you might give some
of these sites a try. Frankly speaking you will probably not do as well as
eBay, but if eBay had a little more competition it may help sellers.
- Arbr.co - Arbr
is a pay-as-you-go system. Pay for the listing when you need it, and
don't pay for them when you don't.
Auction.com does not charge any listing or final value fees, but
does charge you for optional features like bold or featured. Traffic is
minimal and they're not many features.
Bidz.com specializes entirely in jewelry. They have been very
successful luring large jewelry sellers away from eBay.
Bonanzle.com is a new site that allows you to import your
existing items from eBay and Craigslist. Unlike eBay, they encourage
direct contact between buyers and sellers. Easy and simple listing tool.
Sellers seem to like it, but they are still pretty small.
eBid.com has no listing fees and is growing fast with a large
number of listings. They offer no auction fees for life for $99 but
often offer specials off of this price.
eCrater has a pretty good following. Quick and easy to list. I
have had some success with this site. Some things sell pretty well while
others don't. It's one you might want to try and see if it works for
you. Listings are growing pretty fast.
ePier.com - No Listing fees, but their final value fees are
pretty high. They stress local auctions with city listings for places
like Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York,
Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington DC and more. It is
sort of like Craigslist with an auction flavor.
OnlineAuction.com - Basic Online Auction registration is free,
but verification will cost you $4 a month, and selling will cost you $8
a month. Paying the selling fee will keep you from paying any final
value fees. They have probably the largest listing base on any non-eBay
site except Overstock and they have a pretty good annual membership
package that can save you money. I found if I use their featured auction
listings I do much better.
- PitMart.com - Pitmart
is different to other auction sites because we only list items which are
in one way or another related to mechanical sports. By this we mean any
and every form of motor sport and many other sports, whatever floats
your boat, or kart or plane for that matter. There is no need to troll
our site for hours to find what you are looking for. If you are into
sport, you'll be into Pitmart.
SalvageSale.com specializes in bulk auctions and items a bit too
large for your standard UPS delivery truck. A great place for
consignment sellers to unload large heavy items.
TheSOCExchange.com charges a flat rate of $1 a month or $10 a
year for unlimited auction listings. I haven't heard of anyone doing
very well on this site yet.
Webidz.com - No fees to list auctions, open a store and bid, but
Webidz charges $5.00 to become a verified member, and you will be
charged this fee any time you change your personal information.
Craigslist is the granddaddy of free classified sites. This is a
great place to sell large items locally. No listing or final value fees.
iOffer.com is not an auction site. You buy and sell after offers
and counter-offers with other users. You can import your items and
reputation from eBay.
Kijiji means Village in Swahili. It is a classified site owned
by eBay designed to compete with Craigslist.