Top 7 Auction Sites Other Than eBay!
Don't Get Stuck in an eBay Rut!
There is no denying that you can find and sell just about anything on eBay. It is the easiest place to start an online business for yourself, but every day more and more people are taking their selling and buying ventures to other sites. If you're reading this, then you're probably aware of eBay's high selling fees and how easy it is for them to arbitrarily shut you down. There are an increasing number of horror stories involving honest sellers allegedly breaking eBay's 'rules'. Usually, these businesses are shut down in the blink of an eye without any legitimate reason. What's worse, is that it is virtually impossible to have a real conversation with anyone at eBay or to receive a 'non-generic' answer to your question or concern.
7 Alternatives Auction Sites to eBay
Where do you go when you feel like your business has just been ruined and your life has been turned upside down? Fortunately, there are plenty of up-and-coming auction sites, and a few of them have the real potential to be the next-big-thing. Check out these 7 alternative auction sites to eBay:
Ebid was founded in 1999, and boy has it grown! Ebid boasts 2.4 million auctions, 9500 categories, $0 listing fees, 5 free photos and is available in 18 countries. It is safe to say that they are hot on eBay's tail for the title of top auction site. As mentioned earlier, opening a store is free on Ebid and you can snag your feedback directly from eBay. If you are like most of us good, hard-working power-sellers and dread the thought of leaving behind your great feedback and starting from scratch, fear no more! My feedback was imported in about an hour after I requested it, and a real person responded to my email, answered my question and took care of my need immediately. There are also great forums on the site, and from what I can see, all of the sellers are former eBay sellers. You can also choose to have auctions re-listed as many times as you like for free. The only downside I see is that there are a lot more sellers than buyers, but the site is growing fast. With more exposure, I predict that Ebid will be taking over as the number one auction site.
This site is 100% free! It's extremely easy to build a store and my listings were showing up in the top two positions in Google searches within a day of starting up. So far, this site seems to get me the largest audience. Ecrater doesn't offer an auction, but I make potential buyers aware that reasonable offers will be considered with my fixed price. And did I mention it's 100% free? No listing fees. No sold fees. Just a great site!
Home of the OLA house! Like a store, but it's a house instead. Sellers pay a set fee per week, month, year or for life and can list and sell an unlimited number of items for a small fee! There is a small charge to open an OLA house, but you can open stores and post listings on up to 10 sites. All this for the price of listing and closing fees on eBay. This site offers classic, fixed price, dutch, absolute and sealed auctions—there's a little something for everyone. Four free photos are included with each listing and sellers are credited a free 're-listing' with any item that goes unsold. Overall, Online Auction and the OLA house are loads of fun, and there are a lot of unique items being sold on each platform. Definitely worth checking out!
From what I've seen, iOffer is a smaller site that has an average of around 35,000 users online at a time. iOffer features $0 listing fees and a free store. It is also another site that allows users to transfer their listings and feedback from eBay! This small community has a great 'wanted' section too, so if there's something you're looking for then post it here! Even more, iOffer showed my items on Google search fairly quickly.
This is a site that will become either my first or second choice when I eventually start branching off into selling other items. This could easily be your one and only site depending on what you sell. Etsy is a site dedicated to all things handmade and designed. Awesome search options include the ability to search by color, by featured items handpicked by members, undiscovered items, local proximity and just plain 'listed' items in general. If you are a crafty person and are putting in the time to make something, you will want sell it here! If you're a buyer or a browser, check out this site! There are some wonderful and original items listed there.
Here's your chance to become a designer while having fun and making money. Cafepress is not so good if you have items to sell, but if you're looking to 'make' something, then it's perfect. You can design just about anything from shirts and mousepads to water bottles. Oh, and it's free! You design it, and pick the mark up on the product. When it sells, Cafepress receives their price, and you get the profit. Try it out! You may discover a talent you never knew you had.
Not an auction site, but it is a site you want to check out to unite with other sellers fed up with eBay. It is full of forums, links and helpful sites to build your business! Loads of helpful resources here.
Additional Miscellaneous Sites
This is not an exhaustive list, and I do have a handful of other sites that I use. Some of them have a much smaller community than you're probably used to, but they may be the perfect place for whatever you're selling. Everyone has their own niche, and a site that's good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. Here are some other sites you may want to check out:
These sites don't even begin to touch the selling platforms available if your product category includes books, games, movies, etc! Point being, don't get stuck in an eBay rut! There are plenty of other options out there. That site that you choose may not yield the profits that you were accustomed to at first. However, you will still be better off in comparison to when you were paying the fees associated with eBay. You still have the option of either using several different sites or finding the one(s) you love.
The more that people become aware of other sites, the more they will leave eBay behind. Sellers are fed up with being taken for granted and are all uniting to find better ways to build their future! If everyone spreads the word, we will all be making a lot more money and will be treated a lot better after putting those high eBay fees behind us. Good luck to you!!!