eBay Australia is still the undisputed leader in online retail and ecommerce down under, but high fees and other problems have driven many of its users to seek alternatives. These other auction sites have their own issues to deal with, though. For starters, none of them even come close to generating the user traffic on eBay Australia, and most of them, at some point, have been stumped by the same problems that currently plague eBay.
But they do offer alternative options, and in many cases the reduced scales allow smaller sellers to be seen, while buyers are able to find really great deals for themselves.
Oztion “It’s Aussie for Auction”
In terms of traffic, Oztion ranks a very distant second, but this eBay clone seems to be taking off steadily. There are hundreds of listings in each of the categories, and its membership base is growing at a rate of a thousand or so each month. Of all the Australian auction sites we reviewed, this one has the most rapid traffic growth. There are no fees charged for basic listing services, but Oztion does take a percentage of each sale. Options beyond the basics also incur a fee.
eBid “Online auctions without the fees”
eBid is an international site with local versions available in 18 different countries, including Australia. This site gets a significant amount of traffic, has no listing fees, and takes only a small final value fee. The Happy Hour auction gimmick – 20 auctions running from 6-10 pm with no reserve – works well to draw in more buyers and is a great promotional tool for sellers. Like Oztion, eBid also has a rewards system for referrals, which is well worth checking out.
TradeMe “Where Kiwi’s Buy and Sell”
This immensely popular NZ site is open to Australian sellers and buyers. Although shipping between countries can potentially be expensive, judicious item selection and opening a business account with your shipper means TradeMe is a very profitable selling platform for many Australians.
A basic listing free, but photos cost 55c (25c for books) and all listing upgrades cost extra. Success fees start at 6.9%
Honorable mentions (i.e. traffic pretty dismal now, but hey – it’s free to list!)
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