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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Non-Auction Sites

  1. Craigslist is the granddaddy of free classified sites. This is a great place to sell large items locally. No listing or final value fees.
  2. Etsy.com - Etsy is a vibrant site where you can sell vintage items and any hand made arts and crafts.
  3. 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.
  4. Luxembourg Bay - This European-based, classifieds site includes both online auctions and eCommerce.



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