Got Stuff to Sell? – 10 Alternatives to eBay to Sell Your Stuff Online

eBay, Online Selling, Online ShoppingMany years ago the entrepreneur in me woke up and I gave it a good go of creating a successful online selling small business through eBay.I purchased books and read a lot of guides on how to become a successful online seller. Each guide, book and article indicated that having an online business was not only profitable, but easy to achieve your own little online store front. Reality spelled something different for me and three months into my journey I gave up, and totally back away from the idea of selling on eBay. Unfortunately it’s wasn’t as easy as any of these books and guides made it out to be. What eBay used to be once – the king of all online market places, is anything but that today. This is partially due to stronger competition from other alternative online marketplaces and partially due to frustrated online sellers who feel that eBay limits their ability to maximize their earning.

Even though eBay has become synonymous with the online marketplace,  hundreds of millions of registered users, and over $9 billion in revenue annually – many buyers and sellers are still not happy with the site. This is why I wanted to put together a different list, an alternative to eBay to sell your vintage stuff, old and unused stuff and for the creative artsy ones a way to sell your hand crafted items.

Here are some of the biggest reasons for such large unhappiness, and why eBay may not be the right selling platform for you.

Payment Policy – Sellers can no longer accept checks/money orders, and all transactions have to be done via PayPal. Therefore creating greater revenue for eBay, and in return it bites into the profit of the seller due to PayPal per transaction fee.

Lack of Profitability – Fees cut into profits and many sellers are having a hard time justifying paying the fees to use eBay as their selling platform.

Feedback  Policy – Since eBay’s inception, buyers have always been able to leave comments, while the sellers don’t have the same right. This creates an unfair situation, where sellers can leave negative comments at will, which eventually hamper the reputation of the seller over time.

Lack of Support – eBay has a tough time communicating with their sellers, and takes a long time to respond to issues or does not respond at all.

If the above three reasons were not enough to deter you from eBay, hopefully one of the ten alternatives below will be inviting enough for you to give them a fair shot, and more importantly get rid of your stuff and earn a few bucks.

1. Ealtbay

It’s an alternative to eBay as indicated by it’s name. Ealtbay is an online auction website that has free listings, very low final value fees, lets you sell anything that is legal, and you can take payment in any form, including PayPal.

2. Ruby Lane

Ruby Lane mostly caters to buyers and sellers of high-end antiques, collectibles, and vintage items. Though many of the site’s users consider it to be a worthwhile and profitable venue, some users, however, may find their fee structure to be a bit expensive (and even prohibitive in some cases). It really depends on what is being sold and how much the sellers build up their storefronts.

3. Bonanza

CNN has called Bonanza “a very shopper friendly place.” It mainly caters towards fashion and accessories for the buyers. Sellers love Bonanza due to it’s very low fee structure, resulting in higher profits for them.

4. eBid Online Auctions

Ebid offers several merchant programs including, auctions, fixed price transactions, and storefronts. EBid is also notably a Google Shopping Marketplace Partner, and offers payments via PayPal and PPPay.com. One key feature to the site is the “Ninja listing tool” that allows for bulk uploading, and the fees are noticeably cheaper versus eBay.

5. ArtFire

ArtFire mostly focuses on arts and crafts. You can also find a very good collection of collectibles, vintage goods and art supplies. Unlike eBay, sellers pay no fees unless they choose to open a Pro account. And even then the sellers only pay a monthly subscription fee. There are several helpful features to the site including: SEO tools, a coupon feature, and Google Analytics integration. Artfire also receives high marks for customer service and the overall administration of the site.

6. Amazon

Amazon  happens to be the second biggest merchant behind eBay in terms of online sales. Amazon has a successful non-auction merchant program and, the  seller fees are surprisingly much lower than those of eBay. Sellers can create either an individual or business account, each with different features. Both accounts have the option to use the “Fulfillment by Amazon” program, allowing sellers to store and ship their products from Amazon fulfillment centers. Sellers who create a professional account can add their own products to Amazon.com, but individual accounts are ONLY limited to existing products.

For us Canadians, be sure to compare prices between Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. Sometimes .com offers better deals or the other way around.

7. Etsy

For those who are creative and can put together handmade items or crafts, Etsy.com is a compelling alternative to eBay. Etsy has a unique culture and an exceptionally loyal following of buyers. The site does have some restrictions, however: items must either be hand-made by the seller, over 20 years old, or be commercial or handmade crafting supplies. Though setting up a storefront is free, fees are charged for listing items with an initial listing period of four months.

8. Kijiji / Craigslist

Kijiji is a centralized network of online urban communities for posting local online ads. I’m not sure if you knew or not, but Kijiji  is a subsidiary of eBay who launched Kijiji in March 2005. Craigslist is very much similar to eBay, and is seen as a competitor to Kijiji. Oddly enough eBay is also a small shareholder in Craigslist. Either way, both sites are awesome to find whatever you may be looking for and for those looking to sell, the best part about both Kijiji and Craigslist is that they’re both FREE. So…get cracking!

9. TIAS

TIAS is one of the first online marketplaces to offer fixed price transactions in antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, and jewelry. The site also provides sellers with various store formats to choose from as well as several levels of customer support. TIAS does have a minimum fee requirement, but if a seller’s TIAS commissions are higher than the minimum fee, then only the commission is paid. TIAS also works with to over 2000 classified ad networks by sending different listings to them.

10. iOffer

Much like eBay, iOffer supports an auction format, and sellers can also sell items at a fixed price. What makes iOffer unique is its swaps and trades platform. Sellers can automatically receive a storefront when they upgrade to a seller account. The store and all listings are free, and they will only pay a fee when items are sold.

Have you ever sold any of your stuff online? How’s your experience been?

Eddie

Comments

  1. I used ebay quite a long time ago. I still have my account, but I have pretty much abandoned it. Craigslist is use more often, more because its free and quite easy. However, obvious it offers no protection, and i’ve been quite lucky that I haven’t had much of a problem. I also find that you get a lot of ‘time wasters’ on Craigslist, as people contact you, but don’t show up at the scheduled time – I hate that!
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    • Craigslist and Kijiji are great as you mentioned…but you get what you pay for, which is FREE in this case. So I’m not surprised by the tire kickers.

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    You can sell it on twitter or facebook its easy to get some customers..Thanks for sharing with us..
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  7. My best tip for selling stuff online, regardless of where you sell it, would be to make sure you price it right. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time doing the research yourself, you should check out this new startup I’ve just signed up for called Statricks. It is a pricing tool where you get price reports and fair market values for almost all used goods, so you know what you should price your items for – or you know you don’t overpay when buying something. I’ve just been invited as a beta user, but already find it very useful. I would recommend signing up and checking it out!
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  8. Great post Eddie.

    You have a retail angle, but some of this also applies to those looking for quick ways to make cash due to tighter budgets. Lots of boomers retiring, downsizing and living on a fixed income. It’s good to have options in getting a fair value for their old stuff.
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  9. Howdy! This post couldn’t be written much better! Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this. I’ll forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a very good read. Thank you for sharing!

  10. I just came across a great site called BeamSnap- it’s not an auction site but you can buy/sell and get rewards for “sharing” products via Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. If someone buys the product you shared, you get paid a commission by .. no listing fees and fairly reasonable selling fees. No fee if the item doesn’t sell.

  11. Great Piece. Important typo at Feedback Policy: Second sentence “where sellers….” should be “where buyers….”
    Thanks.

  12. Alternatives to ebay-paypal?
    Easy: webstore-google wallet.
    http://www.webstore.com (no fees)
    As to Google wallet… fees are cheaper than paypal.

    Cheers,
    Alexis

  13. I am a top rated seller on ebay and I sold with them for about a year. I had a few instances of ebay removing my auctions and telling me I had to change this or that as they were removing my listings even though I was following ebay policies to the letter. I also had a dishonest buyer who opened a dispute on a brand new item I sold after messaging me trying to get out of the transaction because of buyers remorse. The item in question (which I don’t manufacture and mail completely sealed from the factory) was said to be flawed even though I know for a fact it wasn’t anything but a quality item and they sided with him even though I provided them with the messages showing he had buyers remorse from the beginning. All he did was never answer any of my ebay messages then escalated the dispute and he won. ebay doesn’t care about sellers only buyers (and they really don’t care about buyers either). That’s why they took our ability to leave negative feedback to bad buyers. I no longer sell on ebay because they don’t care about anything but catering to their policies (especially when they can hide behind them), raising the fees structure and protecting their own collective butts.

    I decided to take what I’ve learned and experienced with ebay and start my own website. The fees structure is a fraction of ebays and everything ebay offers I offer that plus some. The feedback structure is just and reasonable and always will be. We will never choose money over our members and we will always do the fair and just thing for all involved no matter if they are a buyer, a seller, new or a veteran member. If your tired of robotic responses to your questions or being treated like just another number then come see us at http://www.boshbid.com and see what we have to offer for an ebay alternative.

  14. Nice post, I agree with one of the comments further up that mention Facebook as a great alternative. I have had a lot of success using this to sell items around my house that I no longer need. I haven’t tried Twitter but that may be worthwhile checking out as well.

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  16. For anyone selling kids, juniors or women’s clothing, I recommend you check out the new Super Supplier program offered by ThredUP. Zero fees, no hassles, real humans answering questions within 24 hours – http://www.thredup.com/jobs#buyer-clothing – No minimum requirements on your end, no limit to how much you can send and earn. Drop me a line with questions to suppliers@thredup.com ~ Sara, Super Suppliers Program Lead