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Is eBid a Viable Alternative to eBay?

eBay has long been the undisputed king of online auction sites. It is certainly the standard by which all other online auctions are measured. Unfortunately, as of late eBay is drawing some disgruntled comments from sellers.

More and more people are being put off by eBay and are looking for reasonable alternatives where they can list their products. One of the big names thrown about on a consistent basis is eBid.

Today, we'll take a look at what makes eBid an attractive eBay alternative, where it comes up lacking, and what the best course of action for online sellers is.

Why List Anywhere But eBay?

The most common complaints about eBay all revolve around the abundance of fees embedded with each transaction. Up to 10 percent of each purchase goes straight into eBay's corporate coffers.

Not only that, but the competition for almost every category is quite crowded. To make matters worse, the rules, fee structures and overall landscape is in a state of near-constant flux, making it difficult for all but the most dedicated sellers to keep track.

It's a frustrating situation, and it has therefore produced a greater demand for a viable eBay alternative.

Enter eBid.

eBid Home Page

eBid is a British company created in 1998. It markets and positions itself as an eBay competitor with the main difference being the vast difference in fees charged to sellers.

The marketplace consistently rates among the top 5 online auction sites in the world, but the question remains: is it a reasonable eBay alternative?

Let's take a look at how the two compare.

eBid Statistics:

One of the major differences between the two online auction sites is in traffic. eBid.net has a monthly average of 8 million page impressions, and a daily traffic volume of around 60,000 visitors. The marketplace also averages out to about 15 million unique visitors per year.

There are more than 3.8 million live listings in more than 12,000 categories with a gross value of more than USD $6 billion. Moreover, the site is very popular on social media as well, garnering 13,293 likes on Facebook alone.

While these stats might sound quite impressive in isolation, they are only a fraction of the business eBay does in a single day.

eBay Statistics

As of January 2013, eBay receives more than 1,520,000 unique visitors every day. This makes it the 23rd most-visited website in the world. If that weren't impressive enough, eBay users sell approximately $1,640 worth of goods — wait for it — per second!

Just take a look at some of it's impressive daily stats over time:

eBay daily statistics

So the difference is quite clear. The buyers are clearly giving eBay some love, and eBay in turn is leveraging its widespread branding to add more zeroes to it's bottom line, and doing so very effectively.

So where exactly is the advantage in using eBid?

eBid Advantages

First of all, eBid is extremely easy to use. Because the rules and regulations stay consistent, there isn't a lot to deal with in maintaining a store on the site. The support and customer service ratings for eBid are also among the highest it its category.

Secondly, the fee structure is far more friendly to sellers. There are no listing fees for putting your inventory on display as there are with eBay, and there is a 3 percent cap on the Final Value Fee (FVF) that a seller would pay per transaction.

That means that eBid charges a transactional fee of no more than 3 percent of the total selling price for a listing. For example, if you listed a pair of Batman pajamas for USD $7.88 on eBid, you would pay 24 cents to eBid upon that sale's completion.

Compare that to the 10 percent fee you'd be paying on eBay in addition to your initial listing fee: It'll cut into your overhead very quickly.

Finally, any products you list on eBid are also uploaded to Google Shopping. Though it doesn't completely make up for the difference in exposure with eBay, it does level the playing field somewhat. 

eBid Disadvantages

The disadvantages are, of course, the fractional amount of traffic and activity it receives in comparison to eBay, and the resulting time lag in sales. On average, you can expect a listing on eBid to last much longer before completion than on eBay.

Additionally, though eBid is an online auction site, people seem to prefer the buy it now option in large quantities. That means bidding wars are few and far between on eBid. If you want full value for your inventory, it's better to list the starting price as your desired sale price to begin with.

A Troubling Decline in Interest

Though the lower fees and Google Shopping uploads would seemingly do plenty to boost merchant confidence, there is a disturbing trend of declining interest in eBid. This trend is notably quantifiable in search volume and search ranking.

eBid Popularity according to Alexa

As you can see from these stats compiled courtesy of Alexa.com, the site's popularity has been petering out in recent years, though there isn't necessarily reason to jump ship just yet.

eBid Unique Visitors

Here we see that there was a boom period for unique visits in the early summer of 2013 and then a significant drop off. Things do seem to be looking up though, with the metric making a slight rebound in the early part of this year.

This data does raise questions about the viability of eBid as an eBay alternative. The fact is,  it definitely can be. However, it shouldn't be the basket in which you stack all of your eggs.

eBid won't be a cure all to your online retail complaints with eBay. You won't be able to quickly offload inventory there, but you should instead expect to wait for a considerable amount of time to receive fair value for your sales.

Your best option is most likely a diversification of your sales channels. You can experiment both with eBay and eBid to see which will better suit your niche needs. It's highly recommended that you start your own online store so that you can better control the traffic you attract, and the fortunes that you accrue.

You may find that this is more effective than all other online shopping outlets put together. If that ends up being the case, you should dedicate all of your inventory to your own online store so that you won't spread your resources too thin.

Have you sold any products on eBid? Share your experiences with us in the comment section.

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16 Comments Add your comment
Interesting article that resonates well, however, whilst ebid do offer free listing they still charge a transaction fee. A relatively new site in the UK called carbootloot.co.uk offers fixed price selling with no hidden costs and is growing rapidly.
Sellers are nowadays looking for a fairer and cheaper way to sell without corporate companies taking the lions share! Reply
You can sell buy now on Ebid with no final fee if you list as featured page for $1 per month which put you at the top of the page. If you sell world wide you are on the top of the page in every country. If you make even 1 sale per yeaar you are still ahead of the game on any item over a hundred bucks. Not only that, but your sale will eventually find its way spidered into the major search engines. A magazine ad in trade papers, etc will send traffic to your Ebid store. Also, Facebook, etc will generate sales. I still prefer Ebay because I can buy a classified ad which goes right in with the rest of their listings and customers are sent to my website where I can negotiate prices and give a larger option for payment. I seldom use Ebay auctions to sell. Mostly I run classifieds. Reply
Full Member
I have had a number of items listed on Ebid for about 4 months in Australia. Not only have I not sold a thing but the number of views for each item is next to nothing. It's a pity. Reply
Free Member
maybe you should promote your items , ebid is good , it has a great store option , listing is easy , it feels good to use
the only downside is low the traffic , but its relatively easy to drive traffic to your own ebid store .

its a lot cheaper to set up and maybe buyer freindly than your own website , personally i sell on my own website and ebid and also ebay uk loke author say diversify .

i love selling through my own website but notice some buyers , buy or pass through my store via links to my ebid store , maybe because they feel safer , despite my positive testimonials .

ebay uk needs no explaining , its easy to sell with lots of buyers , BUT you have to cower to ever growing seller regulations and the fees are obviously higher .

me personally ill stick with all three , ebays good but regulations cause me excess stress , my ebid an own website sales are slower but much more enjoyable and reduce fear of losing my ebay accounts . Reply
Exactly FEAR OF BEEN RESTRICTED!!!
Why a person should get fear to sell in a online marketplace like ebay???
It is also very expensive with they fees and you get with pocket money... no nice.
I was on ebay since 2006 and sold buy so on.
Because of my feedback 100% positive, and doing everything right, communication, fast shipment, item as described bla bla bla, I was restricted to sel because of the rating stars when living feedback??? buyers living positive feedback, have another rating as per they experience with the seller.
How accurate was the item?, did arrive at time.., well, because I have had 4 low ratings, being 4 stars, I was restricted??
C'mon they not only have high feeds, you felt like on your neck you have a wolf watching you every step and them I asked myself, but who the hell they think they are???
The only online place that www have???
That's why you have mention fear, I cross over, even if they lift my account, that would NEVER happen, I won't come back to that stressful, BE CAREFUL WE ARE WATCHING YOU!!!!! felling never ever again.
And I was a power seller!!
i also , use turbo lister and list on ebay and ebid , but then set my ebid listing on a 7% discount , so all my ebid listing are always cheaper than my ebay listings .

passing on savings to buyers attracts my ebid sales , i think !! .

i do not link to ebay via my website , unless affiliate link not to my listings , any non ebay sale is a good sale !!
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If ebid advertises itself more like ebay does then it will become all the rage beacause we are in an era of 'thrift', people are looking for ways to save money, get bargains etc.... ebid fits perfectly into this for both buyers and sellers. I will be name dropping ebid to all my previous ebay customers and hopefully the word will start to spread - and traffic will increase.

I don't mind that it isn't as high tech as ebay - simplicity is best sometimes.

Plus it is is great that sellers and buyerss can leave feedback - not just buyers. Reply
I just started selling on ebid and am very excited about it. I was recently taken advantage of by a buyer on ebay and ebay was NO HELP TO ME! They let this buyer return a perfectly fine item, that I had a no return policy on, without contacting me first. Now I have to appeal and probably just end up hurting myself but I am determined to have my side heard. I pay an awful lot of money to ebay FOR WHAT! A SLAP IN THE FACE! HELLO EBID GOODBYE EBAY I too am going to contact my buyers and do everything in my power to let people know about ebid Reply
Hey, I started to sell on Ebay last month, just to get rid of some items before I move. I set my up with no returns... and a buyer decided that the item I sent her didn't work and asked EBAY for a refund. I contacted her and asked her what was wrong and every email that I sent she had a different part that didn't work on the unit. Well Ebay told me to get the item back and call them again. Guess what the item came back with dirt on as she used it., but it also worked...everything worked. 2 more calls to EBAY and they made me return the money and told me to just resell item. They the lady slammed me in feedback from 100% to 92%, called EBAY and they told me her feedback was valid and they were not removing it. So that was the last straw, I took all my listings off. Reply
You think that is bad? I did have a 30 day return policy in my store to stay in line with ebay's top seller policy updated rules...ugh! Anyway, the lady asked to return a very expensive necklace saying she just didn't like. I had to agreed as much as I did not want to, but as long as the item is returned within the 30 days, ebay will ALWAYS refund the buyer, no matter what. So I had agreed, letting her know the item, as stated in my policies, had to be returned as received, un-altered, un-cleaned, un-polished, and not damaged in any way, and I would refund her payment as soon as I inspected the necklace upon arrival. I take well documented photos of what I package for delivery for buyers of all items I send out. Some items are antiques, vintage, one of a kind of items, heavy with patina, for example, and I need photos to compare. Well, as soon as this lady read my message about the necklace being inspected before getting her refund, she called ebay and opened a not as described case. I called ebay asking them to go through our messages, they did, and agreed she should not have handled herself in this manner since she just did not like the necklace, but since she opened the case, as soon as the necklace would be marked delivered by USPS her refund would be had. WTH? I had absolutely no recourse. NONE!!! I get hit with a not as described case because she didn't like her necklace but just wanted her refund sooner? Sellers are not protected, the buyer is always right. As soon as that package was delivered to me she got her refund. Whats worse, SHE SENT ME A PIECE OF BENT UP $20 CHINESE JUNK THAT IS NOT EVEN SILVER,NOT IN THE SAME STYLE OF WHAT SHE BOUGHT, IT WEIGHTS MUCH LESS, IS 5" LONGER THAN WHAT I SOLD HER. I AM STILL FURIOUS. Ebay STILL will do nothing. Saying, "AS LONG AS THE PACKAGE IS DELIVERED, THE BUYER IS ENTITLED TO THE REFUND" I happened to be speaking to the postal carrier the day it came, she went on a trip to the Dominican Republic for her Anniversary and was showing me pics, as I was opening the package, I knew something was off, it was too light. Ebay wouldn't even look at pictures of what was sent back!! stating all the proof they needed it was returned was the USPS delivery conformation. Needless to say, I pulled MY STORE!! If I am going to bust my hump for a company and you get a good portion of my profits, and you refuse to protect me against thieves sending fake items in returns, I want nothing to do with you! PERIOD!!!
Sorry to hear that happened...here's a whopper of a story for everyone. I sold a Holy Family statue and crucifix on ebay. I had a a no return policy. I always took plenty of pictures and made sure to put the description of the item as honest and clear as I could. This was my business. I had 100% feedback. First of all the buyers know that no matter what if they want their money back for an item they are going to get it. The sellers have no rights in ebay and cannot leave a negative feedback and the buyers know this. Buyer started by telling me the items were sent damaged. I told this buyer to send me pictures of the items. This person broke the head off the statue and bent the the crucifix in half. I was in such disbelief that a person would be so dishonest to get their money back (it was $29.00). I contacted ebay and sent them the pictures the buyer sent me. Ebay told me on the phone "ALTHOUGH IT LOOKED SUSPICIOUS THEY WERE STILL GOING TO GIVE THE BUYER THEIR MONEY BACK". They told the buyer to send the items back to me. Well the buyer sent them back and completely smashed the statue and bent the metal crucifix back to almost the straight up position. I was again taken back by this and in disbelief. I didn't know if this was a sick game by the buyer or what. I called ebay and told them and sent the pictures of the items I received back in the mail. Ebay told me that they were still going to pay them and did. I said to the ebay rep. so in other words it doesn't make a difference what the buyer does or if you have a no returns policy because if the buyer wants the money back you are going to give it to them no matter what. I had to repeat this to the ebay rep. three times until she answered. Finally, she said yes that is correct.I was so upset especially because the buyer went in and ruined my 100% feedback. The buyer said terrible things about me and I cried because I was so upset because I worked hard with selling and had a good business going with repeat buyers.This was a very vicious and probably mentally ill buyer that new ebays polices with sellers. All I can say is be careful if you plan on selling in ebay, buyers have all the rights and sellers have no rights. I'm glad that there is other selling websites and I will try Ebid.
I have sold items on ebid, but have learnt that you need to market your ebid shop to increase traffic, either through links, emails, newsletters, blogs or promotions. But the main thing that has helped me is putting the ISBN (barcode) details or product code on all listings, this enables google shopping to find and use your listing in their searches. The more items from Ebid that appear the bigger the chance for everyone else to sell their items. ANY OTHER IDEAS? Reply
I'm trying to learn about eBid just to diversify my sales and not worry about ebay or Amazon killing my business, what would be the point in aggressively advertising my items on eBid with newsletters, emails, etc. over having your own webstore and doing the same on there? Reply
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Hi, Guy!

There are a lot of factors. eBid has some built-in traffic already, whereas your web store will be completely on its own. Then there's the cost of a domain, and hosting, and shopping cart software, plus whatever service you use to process payments.
I'm selling both on ebay and ebid.
Registered as seller ++ at ebid, was paid usd 99
Same item, same price, same tittle, descriptions, and payment methods.
On ebay I can can sold more than 12 pcs a day, but no sales at ebid since registered as paid member more than a month, even I have imported all my ebay feedback to ebid.
The visitor on my ebid listing are counting, but NO SALES.

Ebid can not convert your visitor into a buyer. Reply
First off, eBid does not even own the .com domain name -- eBid.com .

How can they expect to be a leader using a .NET domain name. Duh !!!!
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Sellers might want to look at ebid from a buyer's perspective.

I shop on line for everything except groceries and I have quite a few accounts other than eBay and Amazon. On all of these other sites, it is very easy to return an item. This is vital to shopping online with confidence - I have had to use the return option on a number of occasions.

On my first and only purchase with ebid, I was sent a 'buy it now' item that was not as advertised. Guess what? No return button. Returns have to be processed by finding the seller's contact details and writing emails, which is just not worth my time.

I suspect that most buyers on ebid will last just until they have to return something, whereupon they will realise that it is much better to use eBay.



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Sellers have no protection from Fraudulent buyers. Buyer has given 45 negative feedbacks. In my case the buyer bid on a lot of three Antique Gray Granite ware Items. A 7 1/2 " Serving Bowl, An Agate Double Boiler and a Grease Jar. Prior to this buyer bidding I was asked from this buyer if I would sell her one of the Items. I told her that I would not brake up the lot or sell outside of eBay. This buyer bid on an was the high bidder an paid instantly via Papal. I shipped the Item the next day. the packaged arrived Oct. 16, 2015 She demanded a refund that evening stating that the item did not match the description, that the pot had a big ol hole in it. But would like to keep the Items if I refunded her half of her bid price. I told her to return the three Items an I would give her a complete refund. Message was sent to me that the return package was in transit and gave a tracking # On Nov.. 3rd I checked the tracking number But could not found. I notified Ebay. On Nov. 4th the buyer stated that she had given me the wrong tracking #. When the packaged arrived the grease pot and the lid to the Double boiler was missing And a big hole was dug in the Double Boiler bottom pot. not shown in pictures in the listing. I was still required by Ebay to issue the refund. The buyer has left a negative feedback on this Item and on another Item that she received three weeks earlier. Two other Items were given Neutral feedback. I have been an eBay member for over 16 years an never receiving a Negative feedback out of over 1500 Feedbacks. I Am glasscraze on eBay until my account is closed. Many contacts with eBay to no avail. Ebid will be my choice from now on. Reply
It is common for Ebay to help people screw sellers like that. Happened to a friends account in similar fashion. They also took down a German cross from his listing and said they were not allowed and there were 600 listings for the same item he was told violated their rules. Not a very honest company.
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I am new to ebid, got fed up with ebay alienating the smaller sellers and I've been ebaying since 1997. However, in my opinion, the biggest problem with ebid traffic is that they are .NET instead of .ORG. People searching to buy stuff automatically go to .COM. Took me three tries to find this site before I realized I kept typing .com looking for it. I really wish they could change it.

Also, ebay has announced their fourth straight year of lost profits, so perhaps the manufacturers in China ebay loves so much cannot carry them after all. Reply
It's also due to payment methods, paypal is the scum of the earth and I refuse to use them!
ebay used to offer checks, money orders, skill, merchant credit/debit card processing, etc.

Also paypal holds your funds for 21 days and once you reach 10,000 they limit your account... even though you have a proven record.

eBid looks so much better than ebay and it's easier to navigate as well, ebay looks like it's stuck in 2003... eBid looks very modern in comparison.

Problem with eBid is traffic... and that's just something ebay has. Reply
AGREE, ebay and paypal are the same company, I didn't know that they hold money over or £10.000 in any currency
I personally, never leave more that £100 on Paypal, as soon my money get into this account I transferred straight away to any bank account.
It will be a good idea to have 2 separates bank accounts.
It is very easier to open one.
sold item on eBay, a computer.
buyer had it for 6 days admitted changing the windows and upgrading to windows 10, then said the cheap psu, it wasn't cheap as this was a high end gaming computer. so asked for a refund, obviously armed with his admission of changing the os, opening the case damaging the computer to the point of a bucket of bits, I went to eBay and they said I had to refund the buyer and pay for the return postage, they admitted they don't deal with the selling so think there ruling was a all round fair conclusion
I have sold on eBay for 16 years and have 100% feedback, it wont be after this. eBay sucks it is only for buyers so if you want to be ripped off every now and then, stick with eBay, pay their rip off charges and then pay PayPal charges, I for one will be closing my eBay account and PayPal so they can refund the con man Reply
Salehoo. Do you think it would be possible to put a date stamp on when the article was published as I can't tell if this data is up to date? Reply
Sold for years on Ebay - low volume - had someone return an item for no reason - no contact, no tracking etc, so Ebay put transaction on hold pending enquiry. Went on for ages with no clear resolution in sight, so sold a few more items, which incurred Ebay fees of $300. Pulled the plug on Ebay, didn't pay the fees. . Made me feel better. Reply
Hi, I've been using eBid on and off for a few years now and each time I find that my items are extremely slow to sell. I am price keen and get hundreds of views on many of my items but fail to be able to convert these into actual sales. I sell on eBay also and am very successful, selling hundreds to thousands of items a year - several daily on average. I'm genuinely puzzled as to why this should be - I sell top quality and collectable items at very competitive prices with good shipping costs and get plenty of hits on my eBid listings but no sales. I'm scratching my head and would appreciate any insights available, please. Reply
I saw on ebid that you actually can send a recommendation to improve the site.
If all the ebidders ask for things that can make a ebid better, I am sure that some have became very asked, and may or may not approved and put into place.
It has very poor search options when searching for something, as if you want ps3 games or consoles, it should be a search that it is specifically for does items, like consoles & games,then xbox 360, playstation 3 and all the make and type of console and the games for that specific console, will be easier to found what you're looking for and by the way get more hits and sells. Personally, I will never imagine looking for a console in Toys??? in toys??? ha
Is like selling a fridge in clothing.
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As an eBay Power Seller/Top Seller/ Top 100 Reviewer on eBay for almost 20 years. And an eBid member for 6 years I can tell you that eBay is a soul-less place to sell. One thing I didn't see i the article is the fact that eBay charges 10% surcharge shipping even if a seller is only charging the actual cost. And the forbid sellers to share that information with the buyers. That means sellers are forced to find a way to make up a completely unfair charge in addition to many other charges along the way. Since Google is on board with eBid and I have been looking for another way to sell my products, I may take another look at getting active in eBid. Reply
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