Gerald has been a freelance writer focusing on finance and science for over ten years.
eBay.com is an immensely popular marketplace website where millions of buyers and sellers meet every day. Founded in 1995, the site features items in thousands of categories—brand new, refurbished, or used—in both auction-style listings or through a fixed-price "Buy It Now" offering.
eBay reaches almost all corners of the globe, through localized websites in over 50 countries. But even with its international reach, there are competitors. A number of other websites provide an alternative for buyers and sellers. I've listed some below. I have used these sites to buy and sell items and have had a range of experiences with them.
Please take note that this list is not exhaustive. There may be other comparable sites that I haven't come across yet. If you happen to know of others, you are most welcome to share them in the comments.
Ten Sites Similar to eBay
Cqout, pronounced "seek-you-out," is a fast-growing British company. The site launched in 1999 and currently reaches more than 70 countries. Among Cqout's major features is its "no sale, no fee" service. When an item sells, Cquout collects a fee from the final selling price. If the item does not sell, no fee is charged. However, buyers and sellers must register and pay a registration fee.
Anyone who is familiar with Craigslist may wonder how it is similar to eBay. Well, Craigslist in itself is a very big marketplace where buyers and sellers from different countries can meet. With millions of items and services listed for sale, Craigslist is definitely one of the Internet's busiest marketplaces.
Since its humble beginnings in 1995, the U.S.-based company has grown rapidly. The site provides a no-fee classified ad platform that's a boon for both sellers and buyers all over the world. Craigslist currently serves 2,200 cities and 60 countries.
The site doesn't impose listing fees for sellers who want to advertise an item. However, it does enforce a set of stringent guidelines that sellers are bound to follow, and with its pool of moderators, any spam-like listing gets flagged and removed at once.
Craigslist doesn't use any payment processor or escrow service for transactions. Buyers and sellers usually meet face-to-face or get in touch through other means to agree on a payment and delivery mode.
As a word of caution, one must be on the lookout for scammers (either buyers or sellers) who are out fishing for hapless victims. Although the site has instituted some safeguards against unscrupulous sellers, there will always be risks. Exercise common sense as a buyer or a seller.
Founded in the U.K. in 1998, eBid has grown into a formidable marketplace. The site features listings for almost five million products in 14,000 categories, plus a growing membership of buyers and sellers.
Just like eBay, eBid's lists items for sale in both an auction format and in fixed-price listings. Listing an item is free but eBid charges sellers a fee when an item sells. The site also requires professional sellers to buy a membership.
Accepted payment methods include: PPPay (eBid's in-house payment processor), Skrill, Google Checkout, and Paypal.
When it comes to eCommerce, Amazon is huge, with total revenue reaching $89 billion in 2014. What started as an online book retailer in 1995 has become a giant retailer selling millions of items from electronics, books, home improvement, health and beauty items to DVDs and more.
Selling on Amazon puts any seller on a good market platform because of the site's vast reach to potential buyers spread across the globe.
iOffer is like an online flea market or garage. Launched in San Francisco in 2002, iOffer's platform allows sellers and potential buyers to negotiate prices for listed items. When they agree, the item is sold and iOffer charges a fee.
eCRATER, launched in 2004 in Irvine, California, provides customizable storefronts for registered sellers. eCRATER doesn't charge a listing fee or final sale commission, but when items sell in the main marketplace (the highest visibility place to list), the site collects a fee.
Accepted payment methods include Google Checkout, Paypal, and mail order.
RubyLane, founded in San Francisco in 1998, caters to buyers and sellers of antique, vintage, and other collectible items. Although eBay also lists many of these items, RubyLane has become one of the go-to sites for this market. If you're selling vintage artwork, antique jewelry, or collectibles, this may be the perfect alternative marketplace for you.
One thing that I found not so attractive about Ruby Lane is that listing fees are quite hefty. Nevertheless, a seller can usually get a decent profit to make the fee worthwhile.
Bonanza (formerly "Bonanzle") formed in 2008. It is one of the youngest marketplace sites out there, but has gained a good following among buyers and sellers. The bulk of Bonanza's product listings are geared towards fashion products. If you're an eager fashionista, then this site may be perfect for you.
One thing that made Bonanza a big hit among sellers is the low fees associated with making a sale. The site has developed a high profile online as well, earning the site a good position as one of the most promising startups.
Oodle is a California-based classifieds aggregator site that connects with Facebook via the Facebook Marketplace app. This app is behind all of the buying and selling activity on Facebook. Oodle functions like Craigslist, but with better functionality and a more user-friendly interface.
With over 70,000 partner listings for millions of products and services, as well as reach to millions of potential buyers, Oodle has become one of a preferred selling platform for sellers all over the world.
Formed in 1997, uBid is based in Itasca, Illinois. It is a popular ecommerce site that offers over five million products (new, used, or refurbished) in dozens of categories, including consumer electronics, computers, home and garden, jewelry, watches, and televisions. Just like eBay, these goods are sold directly by uBid and its pool of certified third-party merchants, through auction or fixed-price listings.
With over six million active members, uBid has become one of the most popular online marketplaces.
Your pick for sites similar to eBay
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Alladria on January 24, 2017:
I am using TrueGether - www.truegether.com - with some success. It is a free marketplace and probably the only one. I suggest giving it a shot.
Suellen on January 14, 2017:
Can't thank you enough. I'm having fun on Ruby Lane. It's a new adventure finding some alternatives to Ebay. :)
Dewie on October 01, 2016:
They are all crap and no one buys nothing off them its Ebay or nowt else then
john on September 12, 2015:
can any one tell me which is the best site to sell amazon and ebay have lot of commision on sale and paypal
Mark on June 25, 2015:
www.fleamarket247.com for the USA www.onlinecarbooty.com for the UK.
UNIQUE & VIRTUAL way to buy and sell !
Blackspaniel1 on February 27, 2015:
I am tired of the fees at EBAY, and actively looking around. I tried one other site already, and found those who wanted to buy rude. They would make extremely low offers, then send insults when rejected. I once offered a silver coin at a fair price, and was offered half with the comment prices would be dropping for silver the next day, so I needed the offer. As things are, a ten percent fee plus another approximate three percent for Paypal both also applied to shipping as well as the sale price makes me have to mark prices far too high for EBAY.
Magillacutty on January 10, 2015:
I know this post is a few years old but there's a new online marketplace opening soon. It's being started by Mark Lore who launched Diapers.com and Soap.com and later sold them to Amazon. I believe it is going to be amazing and they're building a huge customer base before they even launch the site. Here's a link where you can sign up and receive a 6 month membership free. I believe this offer runs through the first week of Feb 2015. https://jet.com/#/ji/cks0n
pouya on August 20, 2014:
ebay will be down soon
moh on June 28, 2014:
buy from c2 coffer
Manila mukper on June 14, 2014:
This one looks promising for car parts
Looks a lot like eBay used to be
All you seem to get on eBay now is pages of stock photos with no real relevance to what you are looking for
Jack hein on June 25, 2013:
Hi, i love you list, ebay is fine although there are many other good ones out there. Also a good one for antique is www.secondshoutout.com my wife sells with them.
drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 18, 2013:
Thanks for your interesting similar-to-ebay site research, Gerald. And for sharing!
Firoz from India on June 18, 2013:
Good review of Ebay Alternatives. Voted up.