Tired of eBay fees, stiff competition and the ever-present policy changes? You're not alone. While eBay once provided a place for sellers to make some easy cash, times have changed and now it's becoming increasingly difficult to sell items on eBay. Luckily there are more options for than just eBay. Here are our top 6:
Ruby Lane is fast becoming a preferred marketplace among online retailers. It's cheap to sell there, there is a strong community and there is a decent level of traffic coming to purchase on the site everyday (1.8 million unique visitors to be exact). And much like other eBay alternatives, Ruby Lane is better for retailers selling handmade, vintage or collectible items. Generic items that are more popular on eBay will not work as well here.
eBid has consistently kept its place as one of the top alternatives to eBay since its launch in 1999. Available in numerous, traffic varies between sites, but in general, traffic is high and continuing to go up. The biggest attraction for eBid sellers is the no listing fees policy. This makes a huge difference to your profit margins so you simply don't need to sell as much as on eBay to get the same return. Other cool features include the ability to open up to 5 eBid stores at once(great for sellers in several different niches), and the ability to list using barcodes and prefilled information for books, DVDs, CDs and video games, which makes for super-quick bulk listing.
Blujay is extremely popular with sellers and buyers for very good reason: It's 100% free and submits all listings to Google Merchant Center, from which the majority of buyers come. As with all free marketplaces, don't expect to get a lot of traffic instantly coming to your website. Instead, you should
Even better than selling on marketplaces is selling on your very own store. Previous to now, building and managing your own store was difficult and expensive, but SaleHoo Stores, our very own eCommerce website builder, has changed all that! Now you can get your own store open and up and running in just minutes and with just a few clicks of a mouse. There's no need for any technical knowledge. Just upload your products and you are ready to show your store to the world! Right now, you can get a free 30 day trial of SaleHoo Stores and try it 100% risk free!
Online Auction has one low monthly fee with no listing or final value fees. However, as part of the latest site upgrade, sellers can page $8 to get their auctions "featured" on the Google Merchant Center. In general, liquidation items and low-end stuff seems to sell better here than high-end designer items.
CQOut is very big in the UK and has a strong following. CQOut's fees are significantly lower than eBay and if you don't make a sale, you don't need to pay anything. Where the site falls down in our opinion is in the lack of community and the somewhat harsh feedback policy of '3 strikes and you're out'. Ouch!Found this useful? Share it now. :)
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