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Sick of eBay? Try these alternative places to sell...


By January 5 2018

So you're in a funk with eBay, or maybe you're just looking out into the big wide world of selling platforms to see what opportunities lay yonder. Either way, you've ended up here, and you wonder about the top alternatives to eBay and which ones will suit you most. 

No one can deny the power of eBay: Since 1995, eBay has held its place as one of the largest marketplaces in the world. It has turned thousands of hobbyists into PowerSellers and allowed thousands more to run profitable, at-home businesses. However, the eBay marketplace has evolved significantly in recent years, and various policy changes have prompted an exodus from eBay, as sellers look for other, more lucrative online marketplaces. 

Where there's a will there's a way, and this rise in need for other platforms has produced more options than you can shake the proverbial stick at. So what are these eBay alternatives? 

Below you'll find a description of each site, some information about who that marketplace is best suited to and a direct comparison to eBay.

Top alternatives include:

1. Amazon

Amazon LogoAmazon: A Major Marketplace like eBay, but Cheaper

It's almost hard to believe that once upon a time Amazon was simply an online bookstore that dropshipped much of its inventory. The world's largest online book store, sure, but it only sold books. It has since exploded into one of the world's most visited websites, which offers millions of products across a range of product categories.  

Amazon is similar to eBay in that you're opting into a very large marketplace that a lot of buyers trust, but the massive customer base comes at the price of higher fees and more competition.

In saying that, the large number of people looking to buy is a definite plus. With larger platforms like these, you need to think of it as getting a smaller slice of a larger pie. The slice may be a smaller in proportion to the whole pie, but the size of the pie means that you're still getting a decent amount. This huge traffic volume is probably the main reason that Amazon's Sellers Choice profitability rating was similar to eBay's. 

Amazon also uses a built-in algorithm that will recommend your products to people who might be interested in them based on their search histories. 

How Amazon Compares directly to eBay

Want to know exactly what you'll get with Amazon that you haven't had with eBay? Here's the list:

  • Amazon is similar to eBay in that they're both large networks with a very large range of product categories. 
  • eBay is essentially an auction house, so unless you choose to list your item as "Buy It Now" people will bid to buy and it might take a week to sell an item. Amazon is a traditional retail setup, and sales are instant with a fixed price. 
  • eBay charges sellers for listing on the site, regardless of success, as well as taking a commission when a sale is made. You can list on Amazon for free, which is safer (you have nothing to lose if a listing is unsuccessful), but you'll pay $0.99 per item sold on top of the commission for the sale if you have a basic, free seller's account.
  • eBay isn't great about providing extra services to buyers, as it doesn't actually sell anything itself. It's up to the sellers to make good on customer service. Amazon, by comparison, offers numerous perks for those who've paid for the Prime membership (including 2-day shipping on all qualified orders), and all around-great customer service, which act as incentives to draw in more repeat buyers. 

Who is Amazon Best Suited To?

Almost anyone, selling almost anything, will be able to run a business on Amazon. The sheer diversity of prospects is a powerful enticement. You just have to make sure that your prices are competitive enough to be a contender without sacrificing too much of your profit margins. If you're a small seller, this can be a bit more of a challenge, as there will be others selling in large quantities making pricing very competitive. That's where you need to make sure you're selling the right products.

How to Succeed on Amazon

One of the best ways to get ahead in a competitive space like this is to do a little market research into what you want to sell before you commit time, energy, and capital to actually selling it.

You can get an idea of how well a product will perform with the SaleHoo Labs. You can simply select a category (or select "all" categories), filter your products to see the ones with the highest success rate for the lowest competition, and you'll see some top options for you.

SaleHoo Lab

This way, you'll be able to sniff out some great product options for you to sell. You'll also get a smattering of additional information, like the average sale price or how many listings there are for that product. It's well worth checking out, especially if you plan to sell on Amazon. 

If you'd like to see the most recent market research that we're done for you, you can always see our Market of the Week posts here. Some example ones you could look at are:

These are just a few options that we've already looked into. Whatever you'd like to sell on Amazon, you can research it easily for yourself in the lab.

2. Etsy

Etsy LogoEtsy (as well as Ruby Lane): The Artsy-Crafty Platforms

Etsy is doing very well as an online selling platform. It started in 2005 as an online community for crafters, artists and vintage enthusiasts, based in an apartment in Brooklyn, New York. Now it has 1.6 million active sellers, and 26.1 million active buyers. Not bad! It came out on top as the Sellers' Choice for ease of use, and it was the top pick for profitability after giants Amazon and eBay.

Etsy specializes in handmade and vintage goods, as well as craft supplies. Yes, this does limit what you can list on the network, and you might find that this rather niche-specific market isn't for you.

If, however, you make geeky things, costumes, jewelry, fashion accessories, home decor, cool gifts, and any number of other crafty items (or you know how to source quality vintage items or wholesale craft supplies), this is definitely the place to sell it all. 

How Etsy Compares Directly to eBay

Want to know exactly what you'll get with Etsy that you haven't had with eBay? Here's the list:

  • You can sell pretty much anything on eBay (and yes, Amazon, too), whereas Etsy caters to the handmade/vintage/boutique niche.
  • eBay has mass-sold items and big brands, while Etsy's buyers enjoy the unique nature of the products they're getting.
  • Etsy is similar to eBay in that they both charge a listing fee, however:
    • eBay listings are up to 10 days, or 30 days for fixed price, while Etsy's listings last 4 months. This means your listings will last 4 times as long on Etsy before you'll have to renew them. 
    • Etsy is cheaper charging only $0.20USD listing fee per item, and a fixed 3.5% commission. This fixed pricing model is much simpler than Amazon and eBay!
  • eBay is an auction site, whereas Etsy is for direct sales.
  • eBay gets more traffic than Etsy with its larger market and audience. 
  • Etsy has better support, coming out several places higher than eBay on their Sellers Choice communication rating.

Who is Etsy Best Suited To?

Etsy is clearly best suited to any merchants with handmade items, vintage items, or craft-related resources. If you are an online seller who either produces your own unique product, or you source items that suit this market, then this selling platform is exactly what you're looking for. 

How to Succeed on Etsy

If you create your own products, then by all means go ahead and list them and see how you go. If you'd rather give Etsy a go with some wholesale products, you have to be careful what you sell. You should read Etsy's Seller Guidelines before selling on this network.

Basically, Etsy is a place for unique goods or the supplies for making them. So if you're not making your own unique goods, stock up on the supplies instead by searching in the SaleHoo directory for "craft supplies," or search for specific types of supplies such as "fabrics" or "beads" or "clasps." 

Some examples of items (and links to trusted supplier pages) that could provide what you need are:

There are many others you could look into, the above are just a few of the trusted suppliers available to you in the SaleHoo directory.

Selling Platforms Similar to Etsy

I thought it worth mentioning that there are a few other sites like this one now, claiming to have more unique goods than websites like eBay and Amazon. Two in particular are doing very well. If you are interested in tapping into this market, then it could be worth trying your luck with:

  • Bonanza: This platform's slogan is "Find everything but the ordinary": Any quirky or unique-style items are great here. You're allowed to sell a wider variety of wholesale goods here, and it's becoming a very popular network. We'll talk more about Bonanza in the next section.  
  • Ruby Lane: With a claim like "The world's largest curated marketplace for vintage & antiques," you're better off selling vintage-style goods and actual antiques here. Ruby Lane's strength is customer service, as reflected in their Sellers Choice customer service rating

Look around these marketplaces to get an idea of the types of products people are selling, and then find suppliers for those types of items to start selling on these networks. 

3. Bonanza

Bonanza LogoBonanza: A Fast-Growing Online Marketplace

Bonanza is headquartered in Seattle and, though it's relatively new to the e-commerce scene, it's doing incredibly well. The Bonanza marketplace encompasses more than 22 million items ranging from Godzilla garden gnomes to taxidermy alligators. 

A lot of sellers are making good money on Bonanza. The site has merchants and shoppers in nearly every country around the world. More than 40,000 sellers have already created businesses here.

Bonanza is one of the easiest selling platforms to use, and its popularity is on the rise amongst sellers. In the Sellers' Choice awards, Bonanza has taken out the top rating for communication again, and were voted the most recommended selling venue. They were also recognised in Entrepreneur's 360 best companies list.

How Bonanza Compares Directly to eBay

Want to know exactly what you'll get with Bonanza that you haven't had with eBay? Here's the list:

  • Bonanza is similar to eBay in that a huge range of different products are being sold on both, so the sky's the limit for what you can sell.
    • Unlike eBay, however, many items on Bonanza are quirky and unique - extraordinary items do well here.
  • Because Bonanza doesn’t make money until its sellers do, you'll see much higher profit margins. It is absolutely free to list an item on Bonanza, and the average fee per sale can be as little as 3.5%, which is considerably less than eBay.
  • Bonanza is a fixed-price marketplace, meaning that buyers pay the listed price, as opposed to bidding against other buyers like in eBay’s auction-style listings.
  • Bonanza sends every item listing to Google and Bing, and sellers have the option to get more exposure by advertising their listings in other channels such as Pricegrabber, Nextag, and Bonanza's affiliate advertising program.
  • Many online sellers like to list their items on multiple platforms, which is why Bonanza has easy-to-use import features for listings on eBay, Etsy, and Amazon.
  • Although Bonanza's monthly traffic is lower than eBay's, the ratio of shoppers to sellers on Bonanza is much higher: 1,300 to 1 on Bonanza vs. less than 10 to 1 on eBay. That means far less competition between sellers, and far more chances for buyers to see your products.

Who is Bonanza Best Suited To?

Bonanza is best suited to any merchants who have something to sell online. Although Bonanza specializes in unique items and one-of-a-kind finds, it is not without its Justin Bieber perfume or Michael Kors handbags.

How to Succeed With Bonanza

Bonanza actually provides a really helpful guide for making sales on its platform, so that's definitely worth checking out. You could make a profit in any of its categories, but some of the top-selling ones currently include:

These are all categories in the SaleHoo directory, so you'll find a wide variety of trusted wholesale suppliers there for sourcing these types of products. 

Over the years, Bonanza has put emphasis on building platform-specific tools to make selling online much easier for entrepreneurs. They offer automatic eBay, Amazon, and Shopify importing, multi-item editing, and a marketing tool that allows sellers to provide targeted discounts to their buyers. You can learn more about these tools here, and use them to boost your profits on Bonanza.

4. Craigslist

Craigslist logoCraigslist: The World's Largest Online Classified Website

You can sell almost anything on Craigslist (including yourself, in the "personals" section). It's very "no-frills" in that there are no listing fees or selling fees, but it's super basic both in design and automation of the selling process. 

It is, after all, just a forum. This means that you're pretty much on your own as far as selling and disputes go. 

How Craigslist Directly Compares to eBay

Want to know exactly what you'll get with Craigslist that you haven't had with eBay? Here's the list:

  • eBay charges to list and sell items; Craigslist only charges for a small handful of post types, like job listings or vehicles. Products are free to list. 
  • eBay will get involved in disputes if necessary, while you're on your own with Craigslist. So there's higher risk there. 
  • Craigslist requires you to sell locally, and often you arrange for pick-up or drop-off of items. This limits your market compared to eBay, which usually involves shipping to a much wider area. 
  • Unlike eBay, Craigslist has a "free" section where people aren't looking to make money, they're just trying to get rid of things they don't want. A lot of this will be junk, but you can keep an eye out for anything you could get and resell for a decent profit, especially if you're skilled at fixing things up.

Who is Craigslist Suited To? 

Craigslist is best suited to sellers who are selling locally, and prefer to manage their transactions personally. It can be a good option for selling items that are perhaps too big or expensive to ship, such as furniture. 

Some people like it because they can meet the people they're selling to, so there's a small social element. You can get cash-in-hand and you don't have to pay a network or shipping fees. In saying that, if you're paranoid about getting scammed or don't want to be personally involved with the transaction, then Craigslist might not be for you. 

How to Succeed With Craigslist

Be careful with how you sell, as online transactions can be a little dodgy here, and if you get handed fake money, then it's basically your loss. Accepting payments in person can be good, but be careful (and safe!) when deciding where and how you meet people.

If you're good at spotting items that are worth a lot more than they're being sold for, or you have the skills to do up items that are a little lacklustre, you could make a neat profit here. For example, you might have an eye for valuable antiques, or you might know how to restore old wooden furniture. Or maybe you know how to sew something back to life. Pick up some workable free items or low cost items from craigslist (or browse local garage sales), work your magic, and sell the items for a higher price on Craigslist or other selling platforms. This can be a hit-and-miss strategy, so be sure to only select items that you're confident you could sell for a profit. And if items need work, make sure you have the time to do it, otherwise you may end up with a garage full of items you can't flip.

The downside of that strategy is it involves time, energy, and often a bit of luck to work. If you're a hobbyist it could be an enjoyable and profitable process, but if that's not your cup of tea, consider buying wholesale goods. List items that will sell well locally, save on listing and shipping fees, and you could make a hefty profit margin without the effort.

Some examples of items you could sell on Craigslist include: 

You can find other wholesale suppliers in the SaleHoo directory. Just search for the types of products you'd like to sell and browse the trusted suppliers available to you. 

5. eBid

eBid LogoeBid: Another "Sell Anything" Marketplace

eBid is another marketplace similar to eBay and Amazon in that it is a platform for selling almost anything. Still, it's not as well known, so you'd be selling to a smaller pool of buyers. 

It's definitely a lower-cost option than eBay or Amazon, but the profitability rating is also lower. The absence of listing fees and low 3 percent commission charged per sale does make this a low-risk market to test out, so if you're looking for a change, you've got little to nothing to lose here. 

If you'd like a thorough run-down of eBid as an alternative to eBay, check out this post: Is eBid a Viable Alternative to eBay?

How eBid Directly Compares to eBay

Want to know exactly what you'll get with eBid that you haven't had with eBay? Here's the list:

  • eBid is similar to eBay in that they both have an auction-style format for product listings
  • eBay is a larger platform than eBid, and receives more traffic.
  • eBid is much cheaper than eBay, a lower-risk option.
  • They're both trusted marketplaces with a wide variety of product categories. 

Who is eBid Most Suited To?

eBid is for you if you don't want to pay to list your items (as you have to on eBay), or if you'd just like to try your luck on an alternative (but similar) network. There's extra potential here if you know a thing or two about generating your own traffic.

How to Succeed With eBid

Basically, the lower level of traffic circulating on eBid (compared to eBay) is the only major downside. So if you promote your listings effectively elsewhere, such as social media or forums, you can enjoy your traffic as well as lower traffic.

Some examples of items you could sell on eBid are:

There's definitely potential here, but also more work required to get your shop off the ground. 

6. Your Online Store

SaleHoo Stores Your Online Store: The No-Competition Option

Selling on your very own website really is the ultimate option if you want to increase your profits and build a business that will become a long-term asset. If this appeals to you but you have no idea how to get started, don't worry. There's an easy way, which I'll mention a bit further down.

When selling from your own online store, you have to establish your own traffic, which can make it a little slower to get started than selling in a bigger marketplace. But once you're up and running, you don't have to compete with anyone else and your sales are all your own.

With this option, you can build up your own brand, rather than eBay's or Amazon's. When you sell on those platforms, who's really making the sale? They're spreading their brand, not yours. People say "I got it on eBay," or "I got it on Amazon," with no mention of the seller's name! It's ultimately you contributing to their marketplaces and their sales. Why not put that effort into yourself instead?

How Selling on Your Own Site Directly Compares to eBay

Here are the benefits of running your own online store, rather than selling on eBay:

  • You're building your own brand.
  • You can choose things like which payment forms to accept or tweak the design of your store to suit your preferences (and your branding).
  • You're not competing with any other sellers on the same platform.
    • This means you don't lose sales to others. It also means you don't have to use such competitive pricing. This makes way for larger profit margins. 

Who is Best Suited to Owning Their Own Store?

Honestly? Pretty much anyone can get their own website and make a profit. Setting up your own store isn't nearly as hard as it used to be, and with a little time and effort, you can sell exactly what you want to, and how you want to.

You can learn about the pros and cons of owning your own website here, and decide for yourself if it's something you'd like to pursue. 

How to Succeed with Your Online Store

Selling on your own website used to be expensive and complicated, but it doesn't have to be! If you don't have website-building skills and a heap of time, then store builders such as SaleHoo Stores are a really great option for you.

With SaleHoo Stores, there's no need for technical experience or knowledge; you can have your own store up and running in minutes and with just a few simple clicks of a mouse. You can see a SaleHoo store demo here

Want a shop for yourself? It's super easy. Find out just how easy it is to set up your own online store here

Then, you just have to get traffic to your site to encourage sales. There are a couple of great lessons readily available to help you with this, including "Get Buyers to Your Store" and "4 Ways to Advertise Your Store." There's also a community forum where you can ask questions and get advice. 

7. Niche-Specific Sites

Alternative networks Niche-Specific Sites: Smaller Markets but Highly Targeted

Niche-specific websites are marketplaces where people only sell one type of product. So rather than the larger category-based marketplaces like eBay or Amazon, these sites hone in on one of those options and specialize in only that. 

For example, if you were specifically interested in selling clothing, you might consider selling on a site like Poshmark. Or if you wanted to sell gear for the outdoors, you might try selling on GearTrade. Heck, if you were in the car market, why not try Cardaddy?

How Niche-Specific Sites Directly Compare to eBay

  • Much smaller networks with less traffic than eBay.
  • Highly targeted to buyers of that niche.
  • You don't have to compete with other categories for attention.
  • These sites are less obvious options, so some of your competition won't be here. 

Who is Best Suited to Selling on Niche-Specific Sites?

If you're passionate about a specific niche of products, or you tend to bulk-order a small range of items, then niche-specific websites could be a great platform for you.

This will allow you to really focus on one market, and get to know the selling techniques that work best with that niche's buyer-audience. 

How to Succeed with Niche-Specific Sites

If you haven't already, you need to really zero in on the type of product you'd like to sell and determine how much demand there is. A quick way to get a rough comparison of popularity is to do a keyword search. You can use a tool like the Keyword Research Module in AffiloTools.

Simply type in the name of the product or niche that you're interested in selling, and look at the monthly search volumes. This will show you how many people are searching for words or phrases to do with that topic, which is a strong indication of how much interest there is. If you're tossing up a few options, then try each one out to see which ones generally have more searches. 

Once you've got a strong idea of what you'd like to sell, try searching in Google for "Places to sell [product type]." Look for marketplaces that cater to selling in your specific niche, like the examples we've already mentioned. Be sure to read about other people's experiences selling on them first. If these sites come across as genuine and promising, give them a go!

Finally, you need to find trusted suppliers with the best products to sell on these networks. For example, if you were looking for clothes to sell, you could try any of these:

These are just some examples of the trusted suppliers you can access in the SaleHoo directory. If you've got a niche that you'd like to sell to, then type it into the search box there and find the best suppliers. 

8. Your Suggestions

Have we missed a marketplace that you'd like to see here? If so, let us know in the comments below and we'll add it to this list. Stand-outs will be researched and added in our next update. 

Current suggestions from the comments on this post include: 

  • The Early Years Boutique: Gifts and products revolving around children and babies.
  • Swappa: "Gently used" mobile phones and tablets.
  • Neat Stacks: Mostly clothes and shoes, but also toys, electronics, and accessories such as phone cases.
  • MikList: Pinterest-style marketplace, strongly visual layout for selling.
  • BriskSale: Broad-category marketplace for sellers in the USA. There are no fees, but there's an optional commission option if you want others to find buyers for your products. 

 

 

So Where Do I Sell?

There are a lot of options for you to choose from, so it depends on which of these following elements appeal to you most...

If you're looking for sites similar to eBay but cheaper, Amazon, Bonanza and eBid are the closest relatives.

Amazon is the only other network that's similar to eBay in size, with a giant range of products and massive customer base. So if that's a benefit of eBay you don't want to lose, this is an alternative to try.

Bonanza is similar to eBay in that the range of products you can sell isn't limited like it is on sites like Etsy, and they have a fantastic relationship with sellers, so it's worth trying.

Finally, if the auction-style is what you like about eBay, then eBid is the closest relative, although there's much less traffic circulating there so you'll have to do a lot more promotion to get your store off the ground.

If you have anything crafty or unique, you should definitely try the likes of Etsy or Ruby Lane.

These creative-style networks are really taking off, with Etsy coming in highest after eBay in overall Sellers Choice ratings. These networks might be totally wrong for the type of product that you're looking to sell, but if you're not tied down already, then these networks are worth the time to try out.

If you don't want to pay to list items until you've actually made a sale, try Bonanza.

This network is certainly on the rise as a strong alternative to eBay. The site has fantastic communication, and your listings will only cost you if they're successful, in which case it'll be a non-issue.

Amazon is also free to list items on, but it charges higher commissions. The high volume of traffic on Amazon may make up for that though, depending on how much competition you're facing and how much demand there is for what you're selling. You can always try listing on both and seeing which gives you the best returns. After all, neither will cost you anything until your items sell so you've got nothing to lose.

If you do decide to give it a go, remember to check out this guide to selling on Bonanza.

If you want to sell locally at no cost, try Craigslist (or even local markets).

This is a sort of cheap-and-nasty option where you're left to your own devices and often end up trading in person, but if you don't mind selling locally and being a little more hands-on in the selling process, then this is an option to consider. 

If you like to sell locally consider other outlets such as local markets, especially if you enjoy this social element to selling. These environments are full of buyers and can give you an extra chance to show off your wares and add to your sales. 

If you want to dodge the competition altogether, you should build your own online store.

If you want to avoid competition, listing fees and paying commissions, then consider running your own online store. It's a little more work to get set up (unless you use a store builder like SaleHoo stores) and to promote, but in the bigger picture it can be a hugely profitable option. 

While at that, if you're looking for more profitable products to sell, you can learn more about Salehoo about how we can help you source profitable products from low cost suppliers. Be sure to also check these Salehoo reviews by our customers before you decide. 

 

If you're really focused on one type of product, try niche-specific sites.

Finally, if you're an enthusiast for selling one type of product but you don't want to build your own site, it's worth looking into niche-specific marketplaces. Just do a quick Google search to see if you can find any in your area of interest.

If you're still unsure, you could look into any of the suggestions from the comments.

We haven't looked into all of your suggestions yet (unlike like the other options here), but they're suggestions made by other sellers and could be worth looking into. 

Have we missed one that you'd like to see here? If so, let us know in the comments below and we'll do the research and add it to the list. 

Do you think other sellers should jump on the eBay alternatives bandwagon? Let them know!

 

 

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Modern Guitars on 20:19 16 Nov
I am tending towards Catawiki at the moment as I sell high value collectables - it genuinely does seem to be the EBay alternative we have all been waiting for
Cathy Merklinger on 16:30 11 Aug
Want to ask if these are all .com or org. sites to list for selling on please put that in, that would help. Thanks,
Justin Golschneider on 14:49 14 Aug
Hi Cathy! Craigslist is a .org, eBid is a .net, and the other sites we recommend in this article are all .coms. I can't speak for all the other sites users are recommending here, though, of course!
Graeme Reid on 4:55 25 Nov
The ebay alternative question comes mainly because people have been banned from selling on ebay , but the truth is any alternative of a similar nature is all but a waste of a sellers time as they just don't attract the buyers , many many have tried to move in on ebays patch and everyone hasn't even got close to competing, Etsy probably done okay but it's all craft and hobby related, if you have been removed by ebay then unless you can fake another account just accept that selling online for you has come to an end and move on. i can't see anyone competing with ebay for a long time and for the vast majority it's the only one that really matters , okay Amazon is big but it's not seller friendly for small sellers ,and you can't sell mobile phones for example , there was talk of Google launching an auction site of similar nature but even they think it would be far from easy to put a dent in ebays customer base which says it all to be honest if one of the planets biggest tech companies are sceptical of winning over ebays customers then what hope does anyone else have , the answer is any that try will fail!
Candy Allen on 1:08 14 Sep
I was really disappointed in ebay... I am selling on bonanza, and another site. I have more sales coming in than I did with ebay, and they don't hold your money.
Waniya on 8:27 15 Dec 2017
I hate ebay. Its full of buyers scams . Which site are you using to sell your products ?
Dave on 14:56 30 Dec
Good to see alternatives to eBay. Just closed multiple accounts today after being on there for almost 10 years. Fees, inconsistent policy enforcement, listings you pay for buried or removed by eBay, on and on. Also had enough buyer protection program abuse where you only choices are to refund the buyer and let them keep the item or refund the buyer and get a box full of trash returned to you while they still keep the item. Appeal? Buyer wins 100% of the time. My advice to anyone is your goal should always be to eliminate the middle man. These other sites are ok, but only use them to get started. Best thing to do is have your own website so you have total control over everything and you can build your brand.
Something else you should look into is alternatives to PayPal. Don't get me started on the six months to return thing..
Terri on 2:18 14 Nov 2017
I have same problem with eBay . If you challenge a buyer returning an item as not described or damaged and you lose the appeal you also lose the sellers fees. Bad enough to have to pay for return shipping on something that buyer just changed their mind about. The appeal is the only chance seller has to tell their side and have to pay fees for returns if seller challenges. I closed my account which was doing well. eBay was built on mom and pop type businesses with lots of variety. Now everything is from China, no auctions. eBay ran small sellers off cause they took us for granted. There will come a day when they want us back. eBay will want it’s former glory again.
Stephen Clark on 0:03 12 Dec 2017
I won't touch Ebay with a 25 foot pole, their the biggest con going!
Claudette on 16:34 11 Jan
I create custom soft dolls. I want to get orders for them and sell to my customers specifications. What site should I use. I will be requiring a non-refundable deposit.
Melissa Johnson on 20:18 11 Jan
Hi, Claudette!

That sounds awesome. Many of my friends are crafters and I have worked in artist alleys at conventions, as well as at various craft shows.

Having your own domain will be very useful and gives you a lot of freedom, but the problem will be getting traffic to it. So make sure that if you do build your own site, you really focus on keywords and SEO, as well as a solid social media strategy. Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook will be really good options for you, and Pinterest could work as well. A little pay-per-click advertising will help, though you'll have to check the competition and find the right keywords.

That said, I would honestly recommend starting out on Etsy. It's the right demographic -- but you'll have to be careful about how you handle the downpayment process. Here are a couple of resources about it:
https://www.etsy.com/teams/7718/questions/discuss/13078754/
https://www.etsy.com/teams/7718/questions/discuss/13033528/

I don't necessarily any of the others, except perhaps Ruby Lane or Artfire, would be kind to your business. So get your Etsy page set up so you can start taking orders, and then start building your own website on your own domain. Get lots of photographs, and don't forget to collect testimonials!

Good luck!
Kevin Seo on 22:21 20 Jan
Do not go to Amazon...Amazon is being terrible to sell.
on 2:52 30 Jan
Have not been able to sell a single thing through Bonanza. All the same stuff I have sold on ebay in a matter of days. But, Ebay is too much for the buyer and not helping their sellers. So, guess I will just stash it in my storage unit. Tired of wasting time and not selling a single thing. Maybe something else will come along.
RON on 16:13 1 Feb
everything SOUNDS SO FAMILIAR.....I have been buying/ selling on FLEebay for 3 years now with 100% feedback and lately sold some items and FLEebay is holding my money for 21 days. You would expect that for the newcomers but I have over 250 positive feedback...100% positive and they treat me like this. I, too, have had enough of their CRAP and am refunding the buyers money and going elsewhere. I have also had buyers scam me out of music and other hardware items where I never received items back and FLEebay paid the buyer there refund so basically they got the product and there money back...if I wasn't trying to get a refund from a newegg purchase which FLEbay hid from my buying items, therefore searching my emails for the product, I would be out $323.00 because ebay wouldn't look for the auction. BTW, newegg was the seller and sent the wrong item, and as of today, have been waiting for 30 days to get the refund on the laptop memory. BIG BUSINESS CAN GO SIT ON A REDWOOD STUMP as they do to us.
ryan on 23:21 15 Sep
funny, not sure how old this is, but im in a return process from them as well. because of them i read all feedback now. terrible how they are allowed to sell
shawn on 3:08 5 Feb
Tired of EBay restrictions for Top Rated Sellers, Always for the buyer and not the seller. I have been selling for several years. Too many rules and changes. Fees over the top. I'm done. I will try to sell somewhere else or open my own online store.
norma betancourt on 7:53 12 Feb
i would like to know which are the best sites for selling my college textbooks? years ago,there were several free sites that students checked regularly and sales were rather easy to make. those sites are not around anymore. i do not mind paying a fee for books that are sold but it is not cost effective for me to pay listing fees for books that might never sell.

i considered amazon but learned they charge a number of fees which would force me to sell at a higher price a book that is used and not the current edition.
Melissa Johnson on 20:30 14 Feb
Hi, Norma!

That is a great question. I know that Half.com, which is an eBay site, is pretty popular. Amazon is hit or miss. With both, you have the issue of fees. There is ABEbooks.com, where I have bought used textbooks in the past, and a Google search turns up a site called eCampus.com: http://www.ecampus.com/sell-textbooks.asp You can also resell to places like Half Price Books, but you won't get very much money at all.

You are honestly better off trying to sell your used textbooks on social media, on Craiglist, and in other local markets -- especially if you live in a college town. Look for local buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook. you don't have to worry about shipping times (a big appeal for college students), there's no selling/listing fees, and best of all, it's a pretty good bet the textbooks will be in demand because professors don't usually change textbooks every semester. And a lot of professors let you get away with older versions of books as long as the info isn't too out of date.
larry on 20:29 18 Feb
ebay now over 20 years old refuses to resolve a problem that's just as old, non payment.
no other ecommerce site ENABLES non payment. any buyer at any time can stiff you. their penality? NOTHING.
as long as they don't abuse the privilege (& ebay gives them a lotta' room) they can walk way & not pay.
1st, allowing 4 days to pay is absurd. it's 2016 not 1996. back in the day of dial up modems they had to allow a few days for payment to be received. today, payment should be made within 24 hours. no excuses.
the seller can open an unpaid item case within 48 hours of non payment but ebay then allows (rewards) the buyer another 4 days to respond. their penalty for not replying to your case or for paying? nothing.
the seller is then forced to relist whereby the item may not sell a 2nd x or sell for less.
to avoid non payment many use buy it now with the IMMEDIATE PAYMENT DUE selection enabled upon purchase making the buyer PAY as they should. EXCEPT if you also allow buyers to make a BEST OFFER & if they do, & you accept their offe,r it makes immediate payment null & void.
HOW STUPID IS THAT?
the buyer who made the very offer can walk away without paying, just as they can had it been an auction.
just a head's up. if a buyer doesn't pay NEVER request a sale cancellation. when you as a seller cancel a transaction when a buyer defaults on payment, ebay allows the buyer SEVEN days to accept the decision to cancel.
they didn't pay & now they have a week to further leave you hanging and like the above they can stiff you without penalty.
this has to change. it's inevitable. ebay's demise will someday be at the hands of their very own customers.

Tom Purcell on 21:11 29 Feb
I've been an Amazon Pro Seller for almost a year and an eBay Top Rated Power Seller for past 3 yrs.

How do you figure Amazon is Cheaper than eBay? Amazon is way more expensive than eBay for Pro Merchants selling 41 to 200 listings per month!

For those hobbyists clearing out old junk in a garage, then maybe Amazon is cheaper because you don't need a store. And for those selling 1000 plus items per month on FBA (as long as they don't get too high a percentage of returns?) they can make some decent money.

BUT, for the seller in the middle; those selling a couple hundred items per month. I have to disagree with you on Amazon being Cheaper.

FBA makes it way more expensive too - for those only selling 100 to 200 or even 500 items listed.

FBA FEES Just went Up again in Feb 2016 - While yes, it is convenient in the sense that They pick pack and ship, but as mentioned, it Only makes financial sense for those sellers doing ALOT of volume.

For those of us trying to Build Up to the 500+ items listed it is Very Expensive learning curve!!!

Amazon sticks their hand in sellers pockets at every opportunity - the medium size sellers get gouged big time.

And don't even get me started on Returns through Amazon. You Must pay shipping Both Ways or else there's a good chance you will get an A to Z Claim filed by the buyer. Then they get to Keep your item and the seller pays for Everything, loses the item and gets Dinged for the claim. You get a few of those and your finished on Amazon.

My metrics are Good with No issues, but I did have an A to Z claim about 7 mos ago from a dishonest buyer.

It used to be, Amazon buyers were Higher Class than eBay's............not so anymore.

I haven't had 1 return from an eBay sale in Months. I get them several times a week on FBA sales with Amazon.
Richard Yeager on 4:33 22 Dec
true true true amazon is rediculiously expensive i mean your not even an affiliate and you have to pay an affiliate commission just so you can sell something , just about every item that i looked up on amazon it was about $5 chaeper with ebay i dont like ebay ither i truly believe that bonanza is on its way to putting ebay out and dont even get me started on pay-pal but sometimes u have to use pay-pal
Pete on 14:49 4 Mar
I don't know how ebay stays in business. I'm 70 yrs old and had an emergency appendectomy and was in the hospital for over a week. In the meantime 2 buyers had problems and asked ebay to resolve their issues because they didn't hear back from me. When I was finally able to get back on line, I was informed that I was "below standard" status and my selling was restricted to a few items and I could not add anything new or even modify my existing items. Both unhappy customers were refunded their money and left positive feedback. I explained for over an hour to ebay as to why I didn't respond quickly (first time in 15 years on ebay) and their decision was that they would not change my status or allow me to list any new items. Their "hard nose" attitude is unbeleivable. I wish someone would compete enough to topple their empire.
Joe Coletta on 4:24 1 Aug
Open question from a individual (non-professional) seller...
This was an excellent article with a lot of helpful information for the professional seller. However, I am a non-professional seller of items from my parent's estate (I am an only child.) and I am sick of eBay.
If SaleHoo or anyone reading this comment could direct me to a similar article for non-professional individual sellers, I would be extremely appreciative.
Thanks!
Joe
Siani on 19:54 19 Aug
I'm not sure if you know or not. I tried to sign up with elephantbid.com and I couldn't figure out why I wasn't getting a response. Well, I looked and noticed there were no products. I guess the website is no longer in use. You might wanna take them off of your suggestions. Thanks!
Melissa Johnson on 16:33 26 Aug
Thanks for letting us know! It's been taken care of.
Tammy Rosenburg on 16:50 24 Sep
I've been selling on BriskSale.com

It's this new marketplace I found - literally can open a free store, list my items, and they don't charge a dime when I sell. I asked them how they make money and they said something about managed listings for sellers with large inventories. Then they actually offered to manage my listings for free (I have about 400) and have been doing that for a bit now. When they say zero selling fees they mean itt! I sold a product for $48 and received $48 - my buyer paid $48 and I received $48, so clearly it's free.

Customer support there is also amazing.

Hope they read this! It's Tammy. Thank you again for everything BriskSale
Melinda Fabicelli on 17:28 21 Nov
OMG Tammy! Me too! I found BriskSale a few months back when I was trying to sell my DSLR camera. I had gotten fed up with the fees on Ebay. Since they split from PayPal, I had to pay both of them when the item sold. It's outrageous!
BriskSale has been a lifesaver. I can list and sell my items with NO FEES!!! I mean, who does that!!?? At first I was skeptical so I gave them a call and their customer service was amazing. I spoke with Alex who was very enthusiastic and helpful. On top of selling my items and keeping all of my money I had the option to become a BriskSeller and connect buyers with sellers. If the seller offers a commission and I help sell that item, I pocket the commission! I essentially became a broker from my kitchen counter!
IMHO BriskSale is the future online marketplace. We live in a world dominated by technology, and BriskSale makes connecting to sell your stuff a breeze. From now on, it's BriskSale or nothing for me! E-who?
Mel
Joel on 20:28 29 Oct 2017
Thanks Tammy! I just signed up and listed my first item for sale on BriskSale.
creativetoolshop on 8:12 3 Oct
Amazon---or The River as it is often called....is not a good deal for small sellers. I recently worked out the maths as someone who purchases small amounts of wholesale stock but is not VAT registered (thus can't claim back VAT, which is, for the understanding of those not in the UK, an extra 20% on the price). Some of my items would still be saleable, but giving profit margins considerably less than on Ebay.
Etsy has some peculiar attitudes; if you sign up with them you cannot receive your payments directly into your Paypal account; everything is directed through Etsy's own money-collection system and you get paid periodically. Not good for cashflow, sometimes. Ebid, I joined eight months ago and sold one item. Ebid simply doesn't spend money on promotion, you have to do it yourself, so you may as well set up your own website.
For all its faults, and it has many, Ebay has at least provided me with buyers. How long that will last remains to be seen.
For folk in the UK there are not too many options unless you are happy to sell stuff overseas. I do, for certain products, but not for others. I'd class my stuff as fairly niche (art, crafts), so I'd look for my own website (which I've got) and any platform which has a strong arts/crafts focus. Using a platform is very helpful when you're a new seller, the knack is in finding one that works.
Christine Wright on 0:58 5 Dec
I still don't see which market works for dropship sales. Where is that addressed? Also, no one tells you if you need a web site or "store" to sell on ebay and Amazon? Do I need a domain to sell on any of these platforms. How important is your web address to pull in buyers? Must be a pretty generic name if you plan to sell a general assortment of items from multiple categories. I have a resale number for another antique business. Must I get another that correlates with my new business?
Melissa Johnson on 3:44 2 Jan
Hi, Christine!
Lots of questions – you could honestly write an in-depth article on each of these questions, but I’ll try to be brief: The best markets for dropshipping are Amazon and Bonanza, as well as eBid and your own website. Craigslist is more for local sales, Etsy is limited mostly to vintage and hand-crafted goods, which is not conducive to dropshipping for the most part. (You could dropship craft supplies, however).
For any sort of marketplace – eBay, Amazon, Etsy, eBid, and anywhere else that many people are selling, you don’t need a domain. You only need a domain if you have your own website. And as far as names go: you want it to be simple and easy to type. It can be generic, but a niche approach to selling can work, so long as there’s actually a demand for the products and you know how to reach the consumers.
As for resale numbers: tax law varies by state across the entire US, so your best bet is to ask an accountant or contact the appropriate tax office and ask.
charles craig on 8:31 9 Dec
eShipity.com - online garage sale site - just put your stuff in a box, ship it to eShipity and be done with it.
Debra on 20:20 28 Dec
How has that worked out so far?
Pat on 2:25 21 Dec
Ebay Alternative - At least have a look.

https://www.youbitts.com/ebay-alternative/
Tabib Khan on 10:08 6 Jan
Nice list Gina

There is one more place where you can sell old books if you are feeling sick of selling on ebay or amazon.

And that's simply sell books UK. Visit our get the value of your book.
Patti on 0:09 3 Feb
This was full of great information. Would anyone that uses eShipity or BriskSale give feedback please?
Thanks
Alex Shuster on 22:13 6 Feb
DomesticSale also offer online selling. If you have a PayPal account you can sell your stuff like on eBay. Membership started from $9.99 per month. I use the website more then 5 years to sell my puppies. My son sell cars parts there and on eBay. Compare many others marketplaces the site mostly free of scam or spam. As additional source of advertising DomesticSale work very well.
JamesPicker on 7:21 10 Apr
Hi,

http://bidderface.com/

Great alternative, new but looks great :)
Michael on 10:48 1 May
Hi have you had a look at https://www.tennerbay.com UK orientated,new and used items,welcomes international sellers,all items are £10 or less plus p+p
Claudio Oliveira on 14:21 17 Jul
Hi,

http://ourokey.com
Digital Keys Marketplace - Games, Softwares, Google Play, Xbox Live, Steam and more
Great alternative, new but looks great
Cody Stallard on 8:57 31 Jul
Some amazing options listed here, and a good mix of big and small companies too. Nice to see some variety. If you're interested in selling on a wholesale marketplace you could always try www.thewholesaleforums.co.uk. Even if you have an eCommerce product, dropship services, Importing services, etc you can create as many listings as you like. To become an advertiser on The Wholesale Forums it is only £100 (+VAT) a year!
Nita on 8:19 2 Aug
I also buy, sell, and trade on Offer Up. It is a great option for local selling as compared to Craigslist. Each buyer is able to rate the seller as well as the seller gets to rate the buyer after each transaction. Being able to build your own report and veiw others based on previous transactions makes it feel "safer" when and if you meet to finalize transactions. Completely full of variety but beware it can be somewhat addictive, perhaps sometimes to good to be true... Happy selling!
Ara on 17:46 2 Aug
Well, we sell through eBay, Amazon and our website solomusicgear.com
We sell DIY Guitar Kits, Guitar parts and Accessories.
I dont think you can beat selling from your own website compared to any other location.. although it can be a challenge to get people there and that's where the other platforms shine.
Amazon, eBay are still good but the fees are way too high and they are too much on the customers side.
I know there are benefits to these kinds of places but I think the best thing about them is Brand awareness.
Thats just my thinking...
Riva Beecher on 19:05 5 Aug
I'm thinking about selling decals, signs, t-shirts, hats, ect. I do a lot of printing services for myself and family business. Also business advertising printing services. Do you think it would be profitable for me and if so where do I start. Thanks.
Justin Golschneider on 21:11 7 Aug
Hi Riva! Those are some highly competitive products, but you can certainly make a profit with them if you have a good niche. I can help more if I know more about what you're doing—are you designing these items, manufacturing them based on others' designs, or just buying them in bulk and reselling them?
Toni Holland on 6:04 8 Aug
I am so glad that I read all the ebay reviews below before selling my laptop. I just have the one item to sell, but I certainly can not afford to be cheated out of it as it is a laptop that is one of a kind now. I don't have a store, as of yet but I do handcraft jewelry and am currently displayed in a local jewelry store. So this article and the comments below have been very helpful;. Good luck to all of you in your ventures.
Marian Savenko on 12:33 19 Aug
I am selling jeans vintage as well as current with no success on ebay, thank you for your advice !
Michelle Beaty on 1:58 23 Aug
Mercari its app based only for buying and selling. Can be accesed online but limited. Low end to high end products. 10% selling fee of final sales amount. No limit on listings. No drop shipping.
teamactivations on 3:17 25 Aug
I tried a new website as addlister.com,sold men's wrist watches.This site works globally.

Cheers
Jonathan on 0:22 26 Aug
We welcome all sellers to try out the Happeno Marketplace! Completely new and we just launched it! You as a seller only pay 3% in fee per sale. No hidden fees. Create your store on https://www.happeno.com/
Sanny on 17:01 26 Aug
Try it at times flinky.de
auktionsprofi.at and roteerdbeere.com
Elad on 17:53 6 Sep
There are so many people who attempt to use many of the Products above and still fail. A big issue with many of these sites is that you can't see the exact product you intend to purchase in just a few still pictures. Many times personally I have seen people purchase products that were miscommunication. I found the best marketplace to sell all items is an Application called ADYOYO. It lets you post VIDEOS so there isn't any miscommunication of what you are trying to sell. On top of that there is less back and forth between you and the consumers.
Mark on 12:18 15 Sep
Dawanda is also a nice marketplace, though it's more popular in Europe. Btw, you can still sell on marketplaces and have your own website, just connecting them to some multichannel selling solution (www.bigcommerce.com, www.shoplo.com)) and updating your inventory from one place. For me personally, I think that each marketplace should be researched prior selling and you need firstly to understand your business goals and products. Strategically selling on one marketplace is much more useful than picking multiples to sell from.
Salvatore on 13:13 18 Sep
Try Shoppi a new brand-marketplace.
Steve Veltkamp on 18:35 26 Sep 2017
Ebid is out of business, domain name for sale
Justin Golschneider on 19:00 27 Sep 2017
Hi Steve! eBid is actually still in business—it's hosted on eBid.net. eBid.com is the domain name for sale. :-)
Sandy on 20:06 3 Oct 2017
Artfire is a easy and inexpensive place to sell your products, it has worked great for me so far.
Elaine Pope on 4:31 25 Oct 2017
Hi, I would like to share my experience with you guys on how I got a loan to pay the duty tax of my bank draft and to start up a new business. I was at the verge of loosing all my belongings due to the bank draft I took to offset some bills and some personal needs. I became so desperate and began to seek for funds at all means. Luckily for me I heard a colleague of mine talking about this company, I got interested. Although I was scared of being scammed, I was compelled by my situation and then I began to look online and ran into their email where I was given a loan within 72hrs without knowing what it feels like to be scammed. So I promised myself that I was going to make this known to as many that are in financial stress to contact them and not fall victim of online scam in the name of getting a loan.;'
Dorothy on 16:29 9 Oct 2017
Dolls. Vintage, antique, current popular play dolls AND their clothes.
Lewis on 14:44 14 Oct 2017
I love to sell my items on classified websites like https://second-hand.io , olx.com or other large and international ad websites because they don't take fees :-)
Alex on 21:54 19 Oct 2017
Thanks a lot for great amount info and i do not know to choose. I am newbie.
James on 11:03 26 Oct 2017
Great Stuff, I got many options now. I will go through these sites thoroughly to pick the best one for my business. Currently i am using TrueGether and getting success in growing my business, I am surprised that this list is missing TrueGether as It is the cheapest one. I am migrated from ebay as eBay charges lot of fees and there is so much competition in the market for same kind of products so i think its better to look for other selling sites.
mike jaskwhich on 16:02 10 Nov 2017
Amazon apparently is no longer a free listing service. I used them for years to sell books, etc then they dropped my account to sell and required me to re-register as a business and pay a start up fee of $40 month . They say that after one month one an request to return to non business with no fee but you are still out 40$.
Traci Germanozashvili on 3:07 11 Nov 2017
great article thanx!
Sarah Woodworth on 0:46 18 Nov 2017
The only plave Ive sold a few items was on FaceBook. I really want to find a good site. I read good and bad reviews on sites I've thought about, so Im unsure. Id be selling clothes(mine and my kids) pocketbooks, small toys,&makeup. Any tips would be so appreciated!
Richelle Monfort on 4:28 20 Nov 2017
Hello Sarah,

Where you sell is ultimately you decision. But you can try listing a few items on a few sites such as eBay and Amazon to see where you have a better captured market. This guide might also help you come up with other profitable products to sell - https://www.salehoo.com/education/finding-sourcing/what-can-i-sell-on-ebay All the best!
marlon altrim on 23:25 1 Dec 2017
smyler.co.uk is quite a good (but new) place to buy & sell stuff if your in the uk
Andrew Sheehan on 19:12 14 Dec 2017
This is all very great, but be noted that Amazon is more rigorous to become a seller of. You need to have sold 30 units of whatever it is you have across 3 confirmations. No special scenario. I started coffee and our sales confirmations were too old and we sold 30 units, but across 2 orders. We did not qualify and I ran out of funds.
Memel on 20:24 16 Dec 2017
New and growing selling site angliamarket.com for UK.

 

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