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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Etsy.com -
Etsy is a vibrant site where you can sell vintage items and any hand
made arts and crafts.
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.