The e-commerce landscape is changing. EBay may have been the only game in town when it came to online auctions eight years ago... but there are now a raft of options out there for you to choose from. Chinavasion provides you with the products, descriptions, and blind dropship service... now all you have to do is go out to these sites and sell for profit!
That's not to say that eBay didn't have any competition way back then. There were several online auction houses and classified sites to choose from in the 1990's but they just couldn't compete with eBay when it came to traffic. EBay was also being nice to its sellers then.
But that was then and this is now. Other e-commerce sites are starting to take some market share from eBay. One reason for the seller and buyer drift from eBay may be caused by eBay executives sudden case of power intoxication. The eBay board has recently put in place sweeping changes to policy and practices, changes many sellers think were made to:
Squeeze more money out of the sellers using the site
Push the little guy from the site
Just irritate the sellers on the site
Here are just some of the changes eBay has put into place in the last five years:
Numerous increases in fees
Sellers are no longer able to leave neutral or negative feedback on buyers accounts
Pressure in Australia, the UK and now the US to get PayPal as the only electronic payment system on the site.
Higher volume sellers get discounts and added benefits for staying with the site
EBooks and other non-physical items can no longer be auctioned
Other part-time sellers have also commented on a spotty customer service record and tendency to cancel accounts with no disclosed reason and make it difficult for the person to re-open them.
That being said there are still few better places to bring traffic to your own e-commerce site or online shop as there are a still an incredible number of people shopping on eBay.
If you're looking to boycott eBay or get out of eBay completely (just because you think that eBay sucks and not for the eBay boycott), Or you want to put your eggs in some other online auctions baskets then here is a list of more than 50 sites that you might want to check out:
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A UK and US based free alternative to eBay which brags completely free auctions, buy it now sales and classified listings but hasn't received much attention from Alexa or Google... even though it has been online since 2004.
Despite that it has received some good reviews on review sites welltwo to be precise and there is a decent number of products being listed.
An Australian-run auction site that's been around since 2001. It gets a reasonable amount of traffic. Most business happens in the automobile section. Listing fees are between 40 US cents and one US dollar with sellers paying an end commission of 3%-3.75%.
An international auction site registered in California in January 2008. It has already built up quite a bit of traffic but that could be because of all the free swag -- (swag including free listings, no final sales cost).
The site that needs no instruction.... If eBay was the alpha male of the eCommerce community then Amazon would be the community member always competing for top-dog position. And if recent examinations of spending figures are to be believed it's making some ground on its claims to the ecommerce throne. For those people living under a rock it was set up in 1998 and it owns the popular traffic volume monitoring application and site Alexa. It has also recently launched its very own cart system.
However, this site is very much US-Seller centered and, if you are an international seller, there may be certain categories you can sell things under.
An American auction site that's been online since 1999. The design may be tres Web 1.0 but anybody selling this site won't be paying any listing or commission fees. It gets similar traffic volumes to other sites.
The Australian online auction and e-commerce market is very crowed apparently. Here's another Australian online auction site. It's been around since 2006 and is offering free sign up as well as a cash incentives to sign on as a seller or buyer (if AU$10 could be called an incentive)
An online auction site that has been online since 2002, although you wouldn't know it with the pre 90s look of the site design.
Traffic is not bad at this site with 101367 registered users. There are a lot of listings being in the watches and miscellaneous section and a decent number of listings being in computers and video games. While it is based in the US it gets more traffic from India.
An American auction site that has been around since 1999. DMOZ describes it as a place to find and sell computer peripherals... but pretty much everything under the sun is up for offer on this site and it gets the average amount of traffic.
Many sellers may be already familiar with Auctiva's eBay listing tools but they recently threw their hat into the alternative site to eBay ring as well.
The site offers a partially managed store with many of the facilities they have fine tuned with the free eBay tools they offer. They have different plans with the cheapest being US$9.95 a month and a comission ranging from nothing to 5% of the monthly sales of a shop.
Most business for Auctiva comes from the US but there is also traffic from India, Australia and the UK.
This auction and classified site has been around since 1998. The owners of the site state that they specialize in high-end audio equipment but seem to have listings for almost everything that is entertainment and home theater orientated. They have a fairly good traffic rating with listing and purchasing but no end commission.
The auction-only sites enjoy fairly high page rank in these regions and fees are fairly competitive. For example, in the Czech Republic sellers pay between 0.2 Koruna and 5 Koruna to list an item and between 0.5 Koruna and 10 Koruna on successful sales.
This is yet another Australian online auction site. It's a fairly new site that looks like it's trying to take advantage over the recent turmoil caused by eBay Australia's push to get sellers and buyers to use its subsidiary PayPal.
This new US-based online auction site was set up in 2008 and hasn't been the location much business yet as a result. There are a range of different auction methods available, including dutch auctions, normal auctions and buy it now buttons and buyers also get the ability to set up a proxy bidding service to save them some time. The site only currently supports PayPal payments and has a basic listing cost of US50c with various enhancement fees available. The site doesn't charge a commission on sales.
Bidtopia is another online auction site that was set up in the states in 2002. They don't charge a listing fee but they do have a commission of 2.75% for successful sales and a 25 cent fee for failed listings.
Bid2trade is an Australian auction site that was set up in the second half of 2008. The site does have some listings despite having, at the time of writing, little Alexa and Page Rank love. Services offered include auctions, wanted adds and stores. They also say that sellers can choose their preferred method of payment, opening up options outside of PayPal. Basic listings are free although there are enhancement costs and the final seller fees range from 3% to AUS$89 depending on the item and sellers get to attach three pictures to basic listings.
An American online classified site that doesn't charge buyers and sellers. It says it makes all of its cash from banner advertising. It's been around since 1998, making it one of the older ecommerce locations on the internet and seems to get most of its traffic from the states.
Bonanzle is a Seattle-based shop forum showcase set up in June 2008. It works similar to a shop in a mall, gives sellers live chat and email functions and lets sellers import listings from eBay and Craigslist. It has garnered a lot of press from around the worldwideweb, including Powersellers Unite, and has already gained a PR of 4 and an Alexa rating of 38,000. Most of the traffic for this store comes from the US with a small number coming from Canada, the UK, China, India and Australia.
Cashback Auctions is a brand new online auction site that was set up in the UK in August 2008 and is yet to take hold and had very few listings on at the time of writing.
The site doesn't charge a final commission, photo or listing fees instead relying on a yearly membeership fee of ?19.95. Plus they are claiming that every member that gets a new member to sign up will get ?5.
They offer some interesting buyer tools including proxy bidding, item watch and auction watch, where the site alerts the buyer if an auction with certain keywords are launched.
Even though Click India is something of a new kid on the block in the way of classified sites in India it has been making waves, building up a large following very quickly with most people being positive with their reviews.
What will make this site attractive for international eBay resellers trying to break into emerging markets is that business on the site is carried out in English.
Classifieds are free to place, have five pictures set per classified and will stay up for 30 days.
Cqout calls itself the UK's second largest online trading marketplace. It does have a lot of traffic for what it is. Launched in 2000 it gets most of its traffic from the UK and US. Its fees for sellers are based on the commission and will gradually drop as the sales profits get higher. It charges buyers a one-time registration fee to join.
Craigs list has the name recognition of Amazon or eBay. It's perhaps the local classified site known the world over. Launched in 1998 Craigslist doesn't have that great a page ranking but its Alexa rating is through the roof. EBay owns 25% of Craigs list and the two have wrangled in the courts as recently as 2008.
An eBay clone. It's been around since 2005 and sells things internationally. It is registered in Florida and has similar traffic to Altec Trader, even though it has been around for a couple more years.
The De Remate name has fared pretty well from the takeover and the sites still enjoy relatively volumes of traffic. Sellers are able to sell via auctions, stores or classifieds. De Remate's fees are a little bit cheaper than that of Mercado Librewith sellers paying 1% listing fees ($1-$10) and 4.49% in commission for auctions and 7.99% for classified and shop listings.
On a somewhat related note, if anybody in South America could help us out with the difference between the markets De Remate, De Reto and Mercado Libre operate we would be grateful.
The De Reto name has fared less well than De Remate, particularly in Columbia. Sellers are able to sell via auctions, stores or classifieds. De Remate's fees are a little bit cheaper than that of Mercado Libre with sellers paying 1% listing fees ($1-$10) and 4.49% in commission for auctions and 7.99% for classified and shop listings.
On a somewhat related note, if anybody in South America could help us out with the difference between the markets Deremate, De Reto and Mercado Libre operate we would be grateful.
Dove Auction Site is an Australian site that was launched in the last couple of years and is dedicated to the site owner's sister, who passed away from cancer.
While there are quite a few listings (especially in clothing, baby clothes, electronics and books categories) and the site does have a reasonable alexa ranking the traffic from buyers might not be that high.
If you do choose to list products on this service then you can choose from two payment methods. Either a 30-day subscription, or a 1% commission
A US site that was set up in 2009 and is not shy of throwing around its hyperbole. From the website's about us page: "easymud.com is World?s one of the largest Free online auctions website"
For a new site it has certainly collected a decent amount of listings in a short time but, again, the amount of customer foot traffic could be called into question.
If you do decide to try your luck it is free to list on this site with various enhancements that range from US 50 cents to US$2 and final sales commission will set you back US$1 for items under US$100 and 1% for items over US$100.
A UK ecommerce portal site with a name that sounds vaguely familiar and an extremely 'bare bones' design. The site is very new, only being registered late in 2008 but coming with most of the listing fees and the enhancement fees non existent. final commisions are quite low as well ranging from 1.9%-1.3%.
The site doesn't appear to get much in the way of traffic and listings on it are fairly few and far between.
A free auction and ecommerce store creation service that was set up in 2001. There is a bit of buzz around this site. They use the Google checkout system and say that they are parters with Google in this regard.
A US eBay alternative which has been around since July 2008 and gets most of its traffic from the US. Named after the concept of the flea market efleaa allows sellers to use Google Checkout and PayPal as well as importing feedback from eBay and other alternatives. It has an increasing volume of traffic and fees are fairly reasonable.
There are no listing fees and a commission fee between 5% and 1% You are also able to hire a 'booth' (storefront in EBay terms) and waive comission fees. Booth prices range between US$4.95 for month to US$39.95 for a year.
Like an increasing number of the newer eBay alternatives it is getting not an unsubstantial amount of traffic from Twitter and will tweet and retweet many of its users listings.
A US eBay copy that was set up in 1999 'to level the playing field' (according to the site owner). Private sellers can sell everything up to, and including, a car for free while business sellers are able to set up an online shopfront with the site.
A site with a Pacific community in mind. This ecommerce site is aimed very much at online shoppers and traders in the Pacific Islands, with much of that focus being on Samoa. While it is very new (it was set up in 2008) Fia Ola has already garnered a page rank of 3. Sellers can offer items up either via Auction or in stores and is free to list in (if you do it yourself) The Fia Ola crew will also help list the item if you give them 25 Tala or, for 50 Tala, handle the whole process.
An interesting concept where sellers start high and let the price go lower.
Items on 4Sale4Now start high and then, after a scheduled time, the price gradually comes off until it hits the absolute lowest price you could accept letting them go at. It then goes off the listings.
Scheduled price drops are shown on the description and are crossed off once a certain day is reached.
The site has been put together well and has received a surprising amount of love from Google considering it has only been up since late 2008. It has a very reasonable amount of listings online as well.
Before you list anything on 4sale4now you have to buy seller packs, which grant you the right to list products. 5 listings will set you back US$10 while 100 will cost you $150.
There is no fee for unsold items (although you will have to pay to list it again) you can expect to pay a final commission fee of 4% of the final sale figure although it looks like you may end up paying a different figure depending on how much the item is 'discounted'.
A US classified listing site which was set up in August 2008 and does not appear to have made a whole lot of headway on places like powersellers unite or alexa but had 453 listing in 93 categories at the time of listing (many of those were people listing their services though). You are able to list services as well as products on this site and can put a listing in the sites directory.
Gumtree is proported to be the second biggest ecommerce site in the UK after eBay, with an absolutely massive audience in the UK this site offers free classifieds to any UK resident that should choose to use them.
Some buyers complain that people who leave ads on this site are sometimes slow to respond however so you might want to develop a good reputation for being the fastest responder on the block if you can.
Google's foray into the ecommerce world (apart from Google checkout, Google's shopping cart system, and Google product search, which is linked to Google base) Items can be listed for free with this system.
With a name like Happy Sheep, it must be an ecommerce site from New Zealand... although Wales, Scotland and Australia are also possibilities.
Happy sheep is a local listing site with pages dedicated to all of the major cities in New Zealand. While it doesn't have anywhere near the traffic of TradeMe it is completely free to list on and has a smiling sheep as its logo.
An online auction site that has been around since 2005. Sellers are able to set up a store and offer items up for auction as well as set up a free store. There are no lisiting fees and most of the enhancement fee costs seem pretty low.
Hoobly is a US-run global classified site set up in 2002 that gets fairly good traffic. It has a free ad service and an interesting premier ad system where you bid on how much you are willing to pay for an ad.
An ecommerce site that's been around since 2001. It gets a large part of its audience from the US but a large proportion also from the rest of the world. It touts itself as being an ecommerce community where people can negotiate prices for things. You can even swap things if you want. There's a final listing fee of 5% for sales and one US dollar each for successful swaps.
Kijiji isn't so much of an eBay alternative as an eBay additive.
This free global/local classified site is an eBay subsidiary and was set up to compete with Craigslist (a company that eBay owns 25% of, go figure)
Kijiji has grown till it is the second largest free classified site in the market in the US and Canada at least and as of June 2009, Kijiji.com attracted nearly 7 million monthly unique visitors and more than 400,000 live listings.
A UK based online auction, fixed price sale, and classified site started in August 2006. The site is free to list on and most of its enhancements cost between 10 pence and one great Brittish pound. Closing commission fees range between 3.5% and 1.75% depending on the value of the item.
Traffic for the site is not bad and there was close to 1000 listings on the site at the time of writing, most of which being in the uncategorized and 'other' section.
One of the UKs increasing number of penny auction sites, which have gained something of a growing notoriety in the UK for being extremely addictive for buyers.
With penny auctions the buyer buys a package of bids which allows them to raise the price of a bid a penny a time.
This means, as sellers, you should put the initial price almost at the level you want to get it for.
While other penny auction sites don't let people list their products madbid has anapplication form for people interested in listing products on their sites. So in essence they may consider bigger sellers with a constant supply line.
It is only limited to people in the UK so people outside this area might want to think about issues shipping could create.
An interesting ecommerce mashup between a couple of Dutch and Mexican IT experts in 2005 where everything within reason is free. An interesting slogan near the top of the home page is 'Better than feebay', who could they mean? According to Alexa Mercado De Ventas gets most of its traffic from other countries (translation all over the place) with the most concentrated traffic coming from Spain and Peru. Listing auctions, classifieds, stores and wanted ads are free (they even have a fee page, but who knows why) The site is put together in Spanish and English with the default language being Spanish.
Not so much an eBay alternative as an eBay additive, this Spanish and Portugese only meta ecommerce portal is eBay's exclusive South American partner (eBay owns 18.37% of the South American giant). the site draws an incredible amount of traffic and has a page rank of 7 and an incredibly high Alexa rating. According to Wikipedia needed Mercado Libre has 32 million registered users, 40,000 of which make a living off selling through the site.
According to Wikipedianeeded again there are some complaints by sellers that there is a lack of protection against bad buyers and that first-time buyers and buyers with bad ratings can still bid on expensive items, the site doesn't mediate or claim any responsible for business carried out on the site and will not completely refund fees for sales made to non-paying buyers.
The auction site has classifieds, shops and traditional options. For auctions it charges sellers a 1% listing fee and 4.99% commission and for classifieds ads it charges a 9.99% commission on sales.
An extremely new online auction site started in early 2009. Based in Texas it gets most of its traffic from the US and has not a bad number of listings and members considering the length of time it has been up.
While not all the information is online yet it appears that placing listings are free on the site. There are a number of electronics listed on the site.
A site with an interesting name and layout. The name is reminiscent of where the wee dongles would go for a drink and there are a menagerie of sea creatures on the front page for some reason. It was launched at the start of 2008 as the 'friendly auction site' and has already gained a fair amount of traffic (most of it from the US). Its fees are pretty standard ranging from 10 US cents to five dollars US for listing enhancements and final fees of 2.75% to 1.5% for successfully sold products.
Njuskalo (which roughly translates to ?sniffer? in English) is a free classified site that started up in 2007 in Croatia and has gained a considerable amount of ground since. You can have up to 10 photos on listings and the site makes it easy to renew and change ecommerce listings.
Another new online auction site that is based in the US but still gets a lot of its traffic from other locations. Office Hax was listed on the icann registry late in 2007 but the owner is still tinkering with the site resulting in a very shiny, interactive interface.
Listing on this site is free and much of the organic search traffic is driven by electronics according to Alexa.
Oneway has New Zealand and Australian branches and was started in 2005. This makes it one of the older sites in the antipodes. The banner stating "The largest kiwi owned auction website", which appears on both the New Zealand and Australian versions of the site, must go down really well with those on the Western isle. It's free to join and list on the site. It'll charge various service fees depending on the service (NZ$2.50 for a classified listing and 40 New Zealand cents for a bold or feature listing) and a 5 percent final value of the sale which doesn't go higher than NZ$199 (an item that sells for NZ$2000 will get a fee of $54 for example).
A UK auction and classified listing site that has been online since 2005 and gets a surprising amount of its traffic from the US.
A large amount of its listings and traffic seems to be software, eBook and electronics related.
While it is free to set up a store with 50 items or there listing an item will cost you a percentage of the value of the item, ranging from 10% to 2.4%. There are enhancements available for costs between 05p and 4 GBP.
Final commissions range between 4.5% and 2.2% with anything sold for less than 7GBP attracting a flat 2pound final payment fee.
A US site that has been around since 1999 and does most of its business in the US, although there is a little traffic from India England and Canada. Overstock is different to most of the other sites on this list as it deals with wholesale lots and requires you to apply to stock goods through their store.
An Australian eBay clone started up in 2005 in Melbourne. There is quite a bit of traffic for this site but reviews are decidedly mixed...surprising since there are no listing fees. Most unhappy reviewers warn people heading to the forums to watch for trolls..
Russia's Amazon started in 1998? huge web presence focusing energy unsurprisingly on books and eBooks. Sellers able to list on the site only if they apply to be a partner and get accepted by the good people of Ozon, meaning that perhaps only medium to large operators with good Russian language skills can apply.
This US-based online auction site, set up at the end of 2008 is touted to be more of a cooperative than an online auction site.
Listing on this site is free as is completing the deal, There are several 'enhancement' fees you can pay to give yourself more visibility.
At Profit Sharing Auction sellers can earn commissions off the new sellers they bring in to the website. According to site owner, Scott Christenson, members run the site, make the rules, set the fees & split the profits. Scott Christenson also says that they offer cheaper dental and medical insurance than anywhere else around.
At the time of writing there wasn't in the much of listings on the site and it was unclear how much buyer traffic it was getting though this should pick up over time.
ARRRR it be the ecommerce site you be visiting to offload your booty ARRRR. But in all seriousness it's an all purposes ecommerce site that is Canadian-based and was started in 2003. You can auction things off, trade things or set up your stall through this colorful site and most things are free or fairly cheap to do. Its traffic is a little lighter than other sites and Google doesn't seem to like it for some reason or another. Perhaps they prefer ninjas.
Formerly QXL, now Tradus it was started in 1999 and floated on the Nasdaq soon after. QXL is only one of the trade names but it is one that seems to keep people happy according to the people who use Ciao.
The QXL name seems to be best known in Norway and Denmark where it is a quite a popular ecommerce portal
If you're peddling the finer things in life then this site may be an option. It was set up in 2007 and is more like an online mall where you set up a shop within the site. Setting up a shop costs and they charge a listing fee per item as well as an advertising fee. But they do claim to advertise in several trade journals to boost rankings and increase your chances of sale. It's yet another US site and gets most of its traffic from the US although there is more than a little traffic in the UK, Canada and India as well.
A site that calls itself "Australia and New Zealand's low cost online auction site" free to join up with an AU$5 credit once you do. The fees, which are explained on a page fairly far back in the site, are pretty good. You'll pay nothing to list the item and a fairly low price for buy it now and reserve options (five Australian cents for 'buy it now' 10 for reserve). Final commission fees are 3% for things under AU$75, 2.75% for things over AU$75 and 2% for things over AU$1000. And if you're planning to sell get ready to go through a clearance check and you're going to have to use PayPal.
An ecommerce portal something akin to Amazon but without the looks or reach Shoporium is a service that allows sellers to set up their own shop, manage it, and market their listings on other locations.
The design is very 1990's, which is somewhat unsurprising as it was first created in 1999.
The site just requires you pay a US$17.50 monthly fee.
Tazbar is an ecommerce site that offers fixed price sales, auctions and wanted adverts. It was set up in 2006 and gets most of its business from the UK with the next biggest amount of traffic coming from the US. It has a varying level of memberships which gives you different levels of access and exposure depending on how much you spend. At the basic level you're required to pay a 3% commission on successful sales.
An eBay alternative site for sellers that has been online since May 2000, Tripleclicks, is a site that has gained a lot of ground since January this year. With a server based in the US the site gets most of its traffic from the US and India.
It costs 1 TripleClicks credit (19US cents) to list an item on the site and the site doesn't actually pay people that sell on it until the buyer has received their goods.
This payment system won't make it the best option for anybody working on limited resources.
A New Zealand online auction site that is possibly the best known ecommerce site in New Zealand. This could be because it was set up by the son of a TV economist, sold to the media conglomerate Fairfax and then tied to Stuff, the most widely-read news site in the country. It also could be because it's free listing nature allowed users to post unusual items for sale (like eBay). Some of the things have included a handbag used by the All Black captain to hit another player in a nightclub, the unsuccessful All Black World Cup squad of 2007 and a Prime Minister's signature. Listings are free and enhancement fees aren't too bad. Final fees for successful options range from 6.9% for items under $150 to NZ$71 and 1.9% for items over $1500. Most of it traffic comes from New Zealand but there's also a smattering of traffic from the US and the UK as well, which is surprising given that you need a NZ postal address and phone number to be a seller and have fees paid into a NZ bank account.
Trocadero is similar to Ruby Lane in that it is more of a shop front for people looking to sell the finer things in life than it is a place to auction off things. You pay a monthly subscription to get access to the site with more cash getting you more services. It was set up in 1999 and has a reasonable amount of traffic.
A very new eBay copy (it's only been ariound since 2007) based in the US. Even though it's traffic isn't huge the site owner is relatively proud of its record so far (well you'd think so she's put up a stats page) they sell everything, have auctions and fixed-price sales and charge 2% of the value of the item on final sale and five cents US for basic listings.
A British eBay equivalent that has a slowly growing inventory of listings and sellers. The site was originally launched in 2003, went down for rennovations but was relaunched twelve months ago according to Philip Hugh, one of the people behind the site. It has both small house lots listed and wholesale lots listed.
You don't need to pay any listing fees to advertise your items on UK Bids Away it has a bulk uploader and you are able to set up an online shop on the site.
According to Philip Hugh it gets 200,000 to 300,000 hits every two - four weeks.
An online auction site that gets most of its traffic from the US, Canada and the UK. If you are looking to sell items on Wagglepop you'll need to pay a monthly subscription fee, which will allow you to sell what you want. It has been online since 2004.
Webidz is an ecommerce site where you can place classified ads or list auctions. It's been around since 2004 and gets most of its traffic from the US, although there is more than a little traffic coming from India, England, Australia and Canada. They don't charge listing fees or final sale fees but do charge a little for enhancements and an initial $5 'verification fee'.
A New Zealand based online auction site Zillion has been around since 2005 but has not enjoyed anywhere the same level of success as TradeMe.
It gets most of its traffic from New Zealand and seems to have a lot of electronics and console games online.
To sell items on Zillion you need to have $10 in your Zillion account which sets you up as an accredited zillion member. Listing additions cost between 10 New Zealand cents and NZ$1.60. Final commission fees range between 25c and $199 depending on the price of the item.
A Swiss online auction site, that has set itself up to be understood in French, German and English.
The site has only been up for a short while but has already garnered a lot of attention in Switzerland.
Sellers are able to sell via an online shop, classifieds or by auction. Listing Seller fees range from 0.10 Swiss francs to 5 Swiss francs, with store fees ranging from 19 Swiss Francs to 99 Swiss Francs, depending on how many items are listed in your store.