Alternatives to eBay

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bannon1975
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25 Feb 07 11:02:29 pm
We're looking into starting selling items in large quantities online. However we're struggling to find something with any sort of a profit margin after you take into account the fees charged by the companies themselves and by eBay for listing.

Does anyone know of alternatives to eBay where the listing fees are lower/none existent (if only!) or where the eventual selling prices are higher than eBay? :?:

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jimmy_huber
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26 Feb 07 04:50:52 am
There are many sites with lower fees but not near the sheer volume of buyers.


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bubbles-erin
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26 Feb 07 07:36:33 am
Exactly what the previous poster said, ebay is overly swamped with sellers, but has a ton of traffic. But to answer your question, there is epier.com, yahoo auctions, craigslist.com, and there are more...

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mcorrade
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26 Feb 07 09:57:54 pm
Here's a list I got for a quick google...I've only used one 'uBid' from the list so I can't tell you much more but even uBid (which is pretty close to the top sites) has a fraction of the trafic that eBay has.
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UBid
Bidz
Yahoo Auctions
MSN

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bayericlowe
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27 Feb 07 12:18:04 am
Hi, I'm not sure if this will help you in your question but I figure I would answer it anyway.

Another idea you can use which works quite effectively, is to list your auction listings on auction sites like ubid.com or sellatonce which receive a fraction of the traffic eBay does.

And then, simply drive traffic to your listings using an automated traffic generator.

I can tell you some of the best, and most widely successful traffic generators are Link hidden: Login to view , Link hidden: Login to view , Link hidden: Login to view and none other than Link hidden: Login to view

Some of them will require you to have no popups or only one popup, so make sure you do not have those in your listing.

But then, you can generate traffic to your auction listings 24/7 around the clock seven days a week.

In fact, if you get very good at this method and start generating alot of traffic you will get instant sales.

Sales will also come from all over the world, so anytime you sell something using the instant traffic method I reccomend that you be smart about it and locate your international dropshippers.

Once you know your product is hot and you have the dropshipper in place, and you know them pretty well, then sell the products.

You will actually start generating much more from just this method and best of all, its nearly totally free. If you don't want to click links to generate traffic, there is some outstounding autosurf programs available at the sites I listed above.

But also, you will get more fraudulent bids and scammers paying for your items. So that is a con to this method. A way to screen bidders is always require payment by a secure service such as Paypal or Link hidden: Login to view

But even that is not foolproof, so you always have to be on the look out and report scams to Link hidden: Login to view (official bureau agency)

I hope this was helpful or at least gave you a better idea. I'm an intermediate at this so I've had alot of experience, and trust me, you always want to be sure your dropshipper is good and you can screen out scam artists.

One more site I would reccomend is Link hidden: Login to view , and then use a traffic generator. You also want to migrate your feedback so check some of the higher traffic auction sites for the migration option, this helps immensely.

Good luck!

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jimmy_huber
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27 Feb 07 02:32:00 am
Bid pay has very strick requirements for sellers. They changed everything not to long ago And I almost lost my account because I deleted thier messages about the changes and didnt update my information.

They are now quoting a 100% No fraud guarantee. And throwing commercials up all over the tv stations.

So they are planning a big boost in buyers soon. Im not sure how well it will go over but we shall see. Ive rarely used them myself.


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27 Feb 07 05:42:18 pm
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I use those three plus ebay


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27 Feb 07 05:43:30 pm
Try Link hidden: Login to view for more info


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heatherispeachy
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12 Apr 07 02:52:35 pm
I'm very new to Salehoo, but have seriously selling for nearly a year. Link hidden: Login to view has a very different seller site.

fees are very low; however, they do not have the traffic as ebay.

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veropierre
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12 Apr 07 03:38:39 pm
We tried several auction sites for the exact same items and traffic was:

eBay: 75%
all others: 25%

Items sold:
eBay: 70%
all others: 30%

It's very true that eBay is expensive and can be a pain but... it works for us.

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haus1028
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12 Apr 07 03:49:52 pm
I don't see a way to get away from ebay, I sell on the other sites as advertisment.

Does anyone do good on Link hidden: Login to view

I just found Link hidden: Login to view and really like it (alot like ebay) and it has free store.


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eyecandy
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6 Feb 08 05:43:08 am
Maybe Link hidden: Login to view may be another alternative??
You only have to pay fees once your auction sells not before.
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wmga73
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7 Feb 08 05:16:56 am
Hi Guys

I lost my PowerSeller account on ebay on 4th Feb and this is as usual.

Ebay answer me unjustified suspend!!!??? which is really frustrating me.

I set and keep thinking what I can do I have a stock of goods and dont know what I can do and where to go.

I'm seriously thinking to have my own website (Please advise)?

I dont know why these site cause a big damage for the seller on their website by taking a sever actions by suspending accounts after you established a business and have 100% feedback even my customers keep sending me feel sorry of the stupid decision of those people controlling the other without thinking of how much damage they are doing.

I'm just sharing you my case and hope to hear from you helping me with a new ideas.

I'm start looking on OZtion but need to have a good website because I will really start to redirect my customers to the new place I will move to becausse they even unhappy with ebay.

I send ebay says you should have a satisfaction survey to hear from buyers and sellers how much they are suffering from your actions.

Finally I dont know how long ebay account suspension will take anyone have an idea?

I dont know how this people can get satisfied and happy with you to avoid there unexpected actions they are take against you, how you can keep them happy?

I'm really depressed because I lost a monthly well income and I dont have any alternative now.

Thanks

Wesa Aussie Seller

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10 Feb 08 10:55:47 pm
Link hidden: Login to view for NZ and AUS buyers and sellers :)


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wmga73
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19 Feb 08 02:42:04 pm
Thanks very much for your advise (trademe) I already registered with them now and they are looks doing well. high activities there

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aussiebares
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20 Feb 08 12:16:02 am
hi
i have been suspened for one day for miscataration lost everything for 24hrs more like it was 36. Anyway you are right ebay does not care about you all they care about is there money. They are not bothered if you lose money or custermers thru there harsh punishment just for having one item in the wrong place. now that i am back up i have noticed a very slow selling rate on my site has anybody else had the same problems???? I have 100% feedback and i am finding it very slow to get more customers in any advice would be gratefully apprieciated thanks
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