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eBay Alternatives - Other Online Selling Sites and Auctions

By: Skip McGrath

With all the seller dissatisfaction with eBay and their strategy to drive small sellers from the site, I am often asked where else small sellers can sell their items. The obvious answers are Amazon and Craigslist, but there are many other selling sites as well.  (But if you're interested in learning how to sell on Amazon, I do have a book on the subject.)

So I spent some time researching alternative selling sites and came up with a list of the best sites. I did not cover Amazon and Craigslist as those sites are very well known. Instead I looked for sites that you may not have heard of.

In the table below, I list each site, their selling method, their product focus, fees and the Google Page Rank. The Google Page Rank is an indication of how much traffic the site gets. Anything below 3 is horrible. 3, 4 and 5 are good and 6 or higher is excellent. This is important because if an auction site is not getting traffic then there are not enough buyers to bid on your items. For comparison’s sake, eBay has a Google Page Rank of 8.

None of these sites gets anywhere near the traffic that eBay or Amazon gets. Therefore it could be very difficult to make a living on all or any of them. The best use for these sites is to expand your business beyond eBay by adding additional channels to sell in. Since most of them have either lower or no listing fees, there is no incremental cost –or risk to add these channels.

Online Venue Type Focus Fees Remarks Google PR*
Auction Fire Auction & BIN Good variety of products One time verification fee of
$3.00
 
The site is very plain but functions well. Auction Fire is a very fast growing site 4
Bid Start Auction Collectibles, very strong in stamps, coins, sportscards, comics and games Visit their site fees page BidStart is a very successful site for stamps and coins. They recently expanded into collectibles and seem to be growing very fast. 4
Bonanza Fixed Price Store format Wide range of mostly used products including vintage and collectibles Low fees and free listings Jupiter Media Reader's Survey voted Bonanza as the best eBay Alternative. 5
eBid auctions Nice site with a good variety of products $49.49 Lifetime fee. You get Free T-shirt * Zero Listing Fees * Zero Final Value Fees * 5 Free Photos * 5 Free eBid Stores * Uploads to Google Shopping * Import from eBay * Unlimited Listings * For Life. Nice functional site with good traffic and a growing buyer/seller base. 3

 

eCrater Fixed Price Store format Wide range of products Zero selling fees. Fast growing site with moderate sales. They allow sellers to link to their own websites. 0
Etsy.com Fixed Price Handcrafted items and art and vintage items over 20 years old Listing Fee: $0.20
Final Value Fee:3.5%
Great site, fast growing with a loyal following 7
Liquidation.com Wholesale Auction Site Wide range of apparel and consumer products Sellers pay the higher of 15% of the winning bid amount or $100 in all categories except for electronics. In the electronics category, sellers pay 10% of the winning bid amount or $70. Sells in large lots by the pallet load. Liquidation.com is a prime source for eBay sellers who buy in Wholesale quantities to resell on eBay, Amazon and other sites. 5
Luxembourg Bay Classifieds Find  bargains in Luxembourg, France, Belgium, and Germany. Contact the site owner to ask about fees I have many readers in Europe, I thought they'd appreciate a site based in Europe. 0
OnlineAuctions.com Auction New and used items Low $8 monthly membership fee. No final value fees (sales commissions). Very nice site, good support and loyal following. But lacks traffic. Freedom to post personal website information with every listing. True competitive bidding - highest bid wins. 4
Ubid Auction Wide range of consumer products with a focus on Liquidation and surplus products. Would not release fee schedule unless you become a seller Ubid only seems to work with large sellers that have large quantities to move such as liquidation and surplus dealers. 5
WeBidz Auction & Buy it now Wide variety of new and used products No Listing or Final Value fees. Monthly fees charged based on Bronz, Silver or Gold level store. Nice site, the monthly fees are reasonable, but low traffic. Google page rank is a 3/10 4
Webstore Online auctions and web stores   No buying or selling fees. No signup fees.   4

* Google Page Rank - out of 10

  • Auction Fire, an Auction & BIN site with a good variety of products. One time verification fee of $3.00. The site is very plain but functions well. Auction Fire is a very fast growing site. Google PR: 4
  • Bid Start is an Auction site focusing on collectibles. Very strong in stamps, coins, sportscards, comics and games. Click here for their fees page. BidStart is a very successful site for stamps and coins. They recently expanded into collectibles and seem to be growing very fast. Google PR: 4
  • Bonanza has a Fixed Price Store format, a wide range of mostly used products including vintage and collectibles, Low fees and free listings. Jupiter Media Reader's Survey voted Bonanza as the best eBay Alternative. Google PR: 5
  • eBid A nice auctions site with a good variety of products. $49.49 Lifetime fee. You get Free T-shirt * Zero Listing Fees * Zero Final Value Fees * 5 Free Photos * 5 Free eBid Stores * Uploads to Google Shopping * Import from eBay * Unlimited Listings * For Life. Nice functional site with good traffic and a growing buyer/seller base. Google PR: 3
  • eCrater has a fixed price store format, a wide range of products, and zero selling fees. Fast growing site with moderate sales. They allow sellers to link to their own websites. Google PR: 0
  • Etsy.com is a fixed price site. Handcrafted items and art and vintage items over 20 years old. Listing Fee: $0.20; Final Value Fee:3.5%. Great site, fast growing with a loyal following. Google PR: 7
  • Liquidation.com is a wholesale auction site with a wide range of apparel and consumer products. Sellers pay the higher of 15% of the winning bid amount or $100 in all categories except for electronics. In the electronics category, sellers pay 10% of the winning bid amount or $70. Sells in large lots by the pallet load. Liquidation.com is a prime source for eBay sellers who buy in Wholesale quantities to resell on eBay, Amazon and other sites. Google PR: 5
  • Luxembourg Bay - Find bargains in Luxembourg, France, Belgium, and Germany. Google PR: 0
  • OnlineAuctions.com is an auction site for new and used items. Low $8 monthly membership fee. No final value fees (sales commissions). Very nice site, good support and loyal following. But lacks traffic. Freedom to post personal website information with every listing. True competitive bidding - highest bid wins. Google PR: 4
  • Ubid is an auction site with a wide range of consumer products. Focus is on Liquidation and surplus products. Would not release fee schedule unless you become a seller. Ubid only seems to work with large sellers that have large quantities to move such as liquidation and surplus dealers. Google PR: 5
  • WeBidz: Auction & Buy it now. Wide variety of new and used products. No Listing or Final Value fees. Monthly fees charged based on Bronz, Silver or Gold level store. Nice site, the monthly fees are reasonable, but low traffic. Google PR: 4
  • Webstore has online auctions and web stores. No buying or selling fees. No signup fees. Google PR: 4



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