As eBay continues to increase its fees and other marketplaces like Yardsellr.com shut down, sellers are scrambling to find the next best option.
A few months ago, we looked at a few eBay alternatives that incorporate real-time auctions into the online community.
Here, we look at a few other online auction sites other than eBay that promise to be tough competition for the giant, based on research by TopTenReviews.com.Most complaints about eBay center around the fee increases the marketplace regularly introduces
Yes, eBay is ranked No. 1 among auction sites by this popular research site because, let’s face it, eBay set the standard for auctions and traffic. Still, as sellers’ frustrations toward the titan increase, developers are gaining more reasons to create alternatives.
Costs, ease of use are important
The most important aspect a seller looks at when considering a marketplace is cost. Many online merchants are small-business and hobby-based entrepreneurs who don’t want to spend a fortune on overhead costs to reach a small audience.
Most complaints about eBay center around the fee increases the marketplace regularly introduces, for instance, including shipping fees in final value fees merchants pay. This helped combat the sellers who list items for low prices with a high shipping charge, however, the change also hurt many honest merchants who weren’t doing this.
Other priorities in finding the right online auction site are audience and ease of use. The following four alternatives to eBay are some of the top go-to sites for sellers looking for a new marketplace.
Webstore promises to be tough competition for eBay. Perhaps the most obvious reason is that it charges no fees for buying and selling. That is, except for payment processing fees by your credit card processor, PayPal or Google Checkout. Those are just unavoidable.Webstore promises to be tough competition for eBay. Perhaps the most obvious reason is that it charges no fees for buying and selling
Webstore makes money by placing ads on its site. This is kind of a return to traditional advertising methods and it seems to be making a return as a solid stream of revenue for online sites. Even eBay is adding ads into its platform.
TopTenReviews.com ranked Webstore a close second to eBay. It praises Webstore’s selling and buying tools, as well as its system for building a seller’s reputation. We’ll be looking at this eBay alternative in depth in a future article.
Following Webstore on TopTenReviews.com is eBid, a U.K.-based site founded only a few years behind eBay and now boasting a global audience.
Membership and listings are free, with a 3-percent final value fee if your item sells. Or you can upgrade your membership by paying a one-time fee that lets you avoid the final value charge. Upgrades can be as low as $2 for seven days and as high as $75 for a lifetime upgrade.
There are also extra fees for special options, like bold text, subtitles and featuring your item in a particular category. With as many as 4.5 million auctions and 13,000 categories, as well as tools similar to those offered by eBay, eBid’s fees are competitive and worth a look if you’re looking for online auction sites other than eBay.
OnlineAuction.comTopTenReviews.com likes this site because it is “simple, straightforward and easy to use,”
OnlineAuction.com was founded by a genuine auctioneer and PowerSeller, Chris Fain, and other successful online auction users. The site offers different membership options for both buyers and sellers.
Seller memberships start at $8 a month and allow you to bid, communicate and sell without any other fees.
TopTenReviews.com likes this site because it is “simple, straightforward and easy to use,” but finds the attention grabbers are limited in comparison to other popular auction sites.
The pages are easy to navigate, and the company keeps its blog, announcements and news pages fairly updated. To see what’s selling or just to get an idea of how many sales take place in a day, visit the site’s What’s Sold page.
Finally, there’s OZtion aka “Quicksales.” Since many of our readers hail from Australia, it seems worthwhile to take a look at this popular online auction site. Besides that, TopTenReviews.com ranks this option in its top 10.While these and other alternatives to eBay contend for the No. 1 spot among auction sites, the challenge they all face is gaining the branding foundation and audience recognition needed
Perhaps even USA and U.K. sellers may be interested in testing out this marketplace to expand their reach.
Membership and listing is free, and final value fees are a flat 2-percent per item sold. You can also pay for special features, like a bold title for $1 or even a front page feature for $15.
TopTenReviews.com points out that features like Dutch auctions, or offering multiple items in a single listing, and blocking specific bidders are not available on OZtion. You can, however, cancel an auction for $3 if bidding has already taken place.
While these and other alternatives to eBay contend for the No. 1 spot among auction sites, the challenge they all face is not so much getting sellers, but rather gaining the branding foundation and audience recognition needed for merchants to make sales.
If you’re researching new online marketplaces or have experience selling on any of these top picks, please share your observations with us.