Top Ten Auction Sites Other than Ebay!

Don't Get Stuck In an Ebay Rut!

There is no denying that you can find and sell just about anything on Ebay. It is the easiest place to start an online business for yourself but everyday more and more people are taking their selling and buying adventures to other sites. If you're reading this you're probably aware of Ebay's high fees are how easy it is for them to just shut you down. There are more and more horror stories of Ebay just accusing honest sellers of breaking their 'rules' and in the blink of an eye your business is shut down without any legitimate reasons. What's worse is it is virtually impossible to have a real conversation with anyone at Ebay or get a 'non-generic' answer to your question or argument of accusation. So where do you go when you feel like your business has just been ruined and your life has been turned upside down? There are plenty of up and coming auction sites and a few of them have the real potential of being the next big thing.

1. Ebid.net - This site was founded in 1999 and boy has it grown! With 2.4 million auctions, 9500 categories, $0 listing fees, 5 free photos and is available in 18 countries.....it is hot on Ebay's tail of auction sites. Opening a store are free on Ebid AND you can snag your feedback from Ebay. So, if you are like most of us good hardworking powersellers and dread the thought of leaving behind your great feedback and starting from scratch, fear no more....my feedback was imported in about an hour after I emailed and requested it AND a real person responded to my email and answered my question and took care of my need immediately. There's great forums on this site and pretty much from what i can see, all of the sellers are former Ebay sellers. You can also choose to have auctions relisted as many times as you like for free too. The only downside I see is I think there are a lot more sellers then buyers but the site is growing fast and with more awareness I predict this site taking over as the auction number one.

2. Ecrater.com - This site is 100% free! Its extremely easy to build a store and my listings were showing up in number one and two positions in Google searches within a day of start up. So far this site according to my 'views' seems to get me the most audience. It doesn't offer an auction but I just put on all my listings that reasonable offers are considered with my fixed price so they can just email me. And did I mention it's %100 free. No listing fees. No sold fees. Just a great site.

3. Onlineauction.com - Home of the OLA house! Like a store....but it's a house instead. Sellers pay a set fee per week/month/year or life and can list unlimited and sell unlimited and the fee is small! There is a small additional charge to open an OLA house but compared to Ebay's fees you can pretty much open stores and have listings on ten sites for the price of listing and closing fees on Ebay. This site offers classic, fixed price, dutch, absolute and sealed auctions, a little something for everyone. Four free photos are included with each listing as well as free 'relisting' with anything not sold. This site is definitely fun with the OLA house and there's a lot of unique things sold here. Definitely one worth checking out.

4. Ioffer.com - This is a little smaller site and from what I've seen has an average of around 35,000 users online at a time. $0 listing fees and a free store here too and here's another site you can transfer your listings and feedback from Ebay! This small community has a great 'wanted' section too so if there's something you're looking for...post it here! ioffer showed my items on Google search fairly quickly too.

5. Plunderhere.com
- This site I would have ranked as my number 2 option if it wasn't for the simple reason I haven't used it as long to give it a fair evaluation but from what I've seen it's right behind ebid.net and definitely a better quality site than Ebay. Again here, you can import your listings from Ebay, ecrater, etsy, ioffer and a handful of other sites. Its free to join and only $2.50 to become a verified seller. I love the layout of this site. Its so easy to use and there's fun auction titles like $10.00 and under etc. Plunderhere.com is definitely one to put on your list of sites to sell and buy!

6. Epier.com - Here again....a free storefront for you! Epier has some really unique stores on it. This site is better for more original sellers that have something different to sell from the rest. If you have something not so popular I think it has a real chance here. It's free so give it a try!

7. Etsy.com -This is a site that will become my number one or at least my number two eventually when I start branching off more into selling other items. This could easily be your number one and only site depending on what you sell. Here is a site dedicated to all things handmade and designed. Awesome search options include search by color, handpicked by members, undiscovered, local, and just listed. If you are a crafty person and are putting in the time to make something...you will sell it here! If you're a buyer or a browser, check out this site! There are some amazing, original and wonderful items on here.

8. Cafepress.com
- Now here's your chance to become a designer, have some fun and make some money. Not so good if you have something to sell but if you're looking to 'make' something its perfect. You can design shirts, mousepads, waterbottles...just about anything. Oh and its free! You design it, pick the mark up on the product and when it sells...Cafepress.com gets their price and you get the profit. Try it out! You may discover a talent you never knew you had.

9. Powersellersunite.com - Not an auction site but it is a site you want to check out to unite with other sellers fed up with Ebay. Full of forums and links to helpful sites to build your business anywhere except Ebay! Loads of helpful information here.

10. I dont have a favorite for a number ten site but I do have a handful of other sites. Some of them small but they may be the perfect place for whatever you're selling. Everyone has their own niche and a site that's good for me may not be good for you and vice versa so here's some other sites you may want to check out.... oztion.com, atomicmall.com, yourhighbid.com, hibidder.com, overstock.com, wagglepop.com, bidtopia.com, buy.com, bidville.com, cqout.com, theshopswap.com and delcampe.net.

These sites dont even begin to touch the sites available if your product is books/games/ movies etc! Point being.... don't get stuck in an Ebay rut! There are other options out there and although sales may not be huge on that site as first....compared to paying fees with Ebay, you can use several sites and find the one(s) you love. The more people become aware of other sites the more they will leave Ebay behind. Sellers are fed up with being taken for granted and are all uniting to find better ways to build their future! If everyone spreads the word we will all be making a lot more money, being treated a lot better, and putting those high fees behind. Good luck to you!!!


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What's your favorite auction site besides Ebay to use? 184 comments

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Divamommy 6 years ago from divamomonhubp-20

Good information...Great hub


HomeAndBodyEssence.com 6 years ago

Great extensive list for sellers who are researching for alternatives! Thank you! We'll definitely check out other sites. Just to add to your list as an update regarding listing on eCRATER, sellers now can also import their listings from eBay too.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I found great information here. As we know EBAY is the leading in auction site. But why we don't try another site for option, But try to search the information first before join to these site. I hope those are legitimate. thanks


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI Author

I actually sell on Ecrater, Ebid, Onlineauction and plunderhere. Ecrater seems to be the best one...or at least I've had the most sales on it. Sales are much slower but there are absolutely no fees on ecrater so you can afford to sell things much cheaper. Also, all four of the ones I'm using now allow me to use google checkout and paypal. I prefer google checkout of course. I've also 'googled' items that I have listed from time to time and they show up quite early in the search engine. I think etsy, I may try once I have more jewelry made. It's more for art type items but I really good draw there.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Thankls for writing this hub! I am a seller on ebay and have been looking for other, better options. I may give ecrater a shot.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Ecrater is definitely my favorite of the sites. Sales are slower than on ebay but people pay more and there is no fees so it is worth it. I think as more people get away from ebay the other sites will continue to gain popularity. Thanks for reading!


Walt 6 years ago

This is a great article giving consumers informative info on the many popular alternative auction sites to sell your merchandise.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Hi Walt, Thanks for reading. I hope that as many people read this Hub....actually leave Ebay. Its almost as if between them and Paypal that they are trying to eliminate small volume sellers with all of the fees. No one can make a profit and sellers I do not feel are protect. Scammer buyers just have to whine that they don't like something and you have to bend over backwards to accommodate them so you don't get negative feedback. It is ridiculous!


mrcbes5 6 years ago

This is an excellent hub. I never knew there could be such good alternatives to ebay. I was of the opinion that sites other than ebay or amazon don't have much traffic and we can hardly get any sales. But now I got to explore these options. Thanks for the wonderful lens. I have bookmarked it.


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entertianmentplus 6 years ago from United States

Awesome hub thanks.


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drunkentyger 6 years ago

Another one not listed is goodforge.com. They're free and look decent even though they seem to be just starting up.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Awesome!!! Thanks for adding it here on the comments!!


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drunkentyger 6 years ago

I hate giving Ebay anything. I had nothing but problems with them. I'm sure there are thousands of sellers looking to jump ship because of the horrible customer service and crazy fees. I have some insane horror stories.

Great hub btw.


mark Taylor 6 years ago

A marketplace called adflyer.co.uk called me last week so I joined -pretty good!


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Awesome!! Thanks for sharing!


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Jackson Riddle 6 years ago from Melbourne

Personally I have never got into auction sites, rather just affiliate marketing which I think works just aswell since there are so many products out there.

Thanks for sharing though


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I'm sick of ebay - they change the rules and just don't tell you. I know cafepress and etsy - and will check out the other sites.

Great hub!


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Ebay is just horrible and now they are really working with Paypal to pretty much eliminate the small seller. If you go on forums on Paypal's site you will find so many upset new ebayers because they've put a hold on funds for up to 20 days. So you sell something and you have to ship it with your own money within a certain amount of time to get good feedback yet you can't access the money for as long as they feel the need to hold it...yet they both take their fees out of the bottom line. They are crooks! Thanks for reading! :)


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dkrainwater 6 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming

Cool hub, I am sick of ebay. Ten years ago it was fun and people made money. Now it's all about the $$$ for ebay.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI Author

I know!! It used to be a cool place to sell stuff. Now it is so over populated and all of the bidders wait until the last 2 minutes to bid so you never make any money and then the fees keep going up. Not even worth the trouble!


notsoshoddychic 6 years ago

I said screw ebay too! Instead of paying hundreds in fees each month I invested it into my own auction website. 9.99 a month unlimited with no FVF under 5,000.00. It's new but it's getting new members everyday worldwide. We work with a google rep so make sure we are seen all over the internet.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Fabulous!! Hopefully one day Ebay will be put out of business like they deserve!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Great hub. Thank you for the info. I rated up and will bookmark.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Awesome...thanks for adding it! I will definitely check it out!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Interesting to know. I haven't heard of any of these sites except for Cafepress because its on Squidoo.

How did Ebay stand out and get so popular?

Thanks so much for sharing. Will check them out. :)


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Ya know..once upon a time they were awesome to sell on. I remember I had friends 10 years ago that started selling but then it changed and they got greedy and started treating their sellers horribly. Thanks for stopping by!


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GreenThumbLady 6 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

I absolutely detest eBay! They were really an ideal selling platform many years ago...what happen to them. They just started treating their sellers so horrible and Paypal is full of a bunch of criminals....funny they can hold your money yet they can take their fees out. Shameful. You have some great ones listed here. I have had good luck on eCrater! Great hub and very useful information. Rated up for sure!


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Yes yes...they are shameful! I hate Paypal. I wish someone would replace them! Thanks for reading!


pisco9 6 years ago

there's also another new site that has started called c-bay-auction that guaranties to keep cost down for all with free list now


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Awesome...thanks for adding it!


pete 6 years ago

www.icybid.com is now launched!

- NO FEES FOR LISTING AN ITEM

- NO FEES WHEN YOUR ITEM SELLS

- GET CREDIT FOR EACH MEMBER YOU INVITE TO US

- GET CREDIT EACH TIME YOUR INVITED MEMBER LISTS AN AUCTION

- IMPORT YOUR FEEDBACK FROM OTHER AUCTION SITES

- ONLINE CUSTOMER HELP

- 24h CUSTOMER SUPPORT

And there is more to come....


chipsdigitalpc 6 years ago from California

Ebid. . but you have to promo yourself


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Gift Experts 6 years ago

Great Hub, I was just research to find this list! A ++ - -thanks!


Scott 6 years ago

Great hub on many othe auction sites. I find great deals by shopping around.


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pressingon 6 years ago

Great hub! I had not heard of some of these..


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mulberry1 6 years ago

This is really useful information, I had heard of ecrater but that was it.


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johnwill65 6 years ago from Sydney Australia

If you are in Australia then i recommend Oztion.


sjflags 6 years ago from South Jersey

I passed this list on I know people that spend 1000s in fees on ebay monthly, and after reading this I check ed it out and it looks like it may be worth a few listings if nothing else... I am finding a lot of useful information on hubpages thanks


chipsdigitalpc 6 years ago from California

Ebay is disgusting. I rank them up there with the Enrons and BP s of the corporate world


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Awesome! thanks everyone for reading and commenting!


Michal 6 years ago

Thats right..eBay is just all about money.My last invoice was 114 USD...that is really sick!

I have made only 60 USD profit.They should make changes.When you sell, then you'll pay.Aint right?Other thing is...you cant make better prices because of fees.That isick anyhow.


Brian 6 years ago

I sell on videogamefans.net I am looking for more information to sell my video game collection online and ebay prices are too much. VideoGameFans offers prices that are way below ebay costs and there are no final value fees. Pretty sweet set up as it looks very similar to ebay.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Awesome! Thanks for the information!


TanielHouston 6 years ago

thanks i'll take some time to join a couple of these


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jeanie.stecher 6 years ago from Seattle

Thanks for this info theherbivorehippi. This is surely a good help for most readers since we will have to know where and what to buy on the net. Thanks! =)


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Pinkchic18 6 years ago from Minnesota

Awesome post - I only knew of a few of these! Thanks for sharing :)


Dilip Joshi 6 years ago

nice information!


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Cobrafan 6 years ago from Nowhere

Great information. It's nice to see eBay has some competition after how they treat their sellers.


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Ashton13 6 years ago

great article. I have some paintings that i made and have some frames for them and I tried to sell on ebay but i'll try etsy.com. Never knew there was a site for handmade crafts. Anyways great stuff here. And thanks! :)

Going to follow


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Oh yes...etsy.com is totally the way to go for something like that!


sweetpotatofries 5 years ago

I posted info in 'community' on ebay and it was promptly removed. Two websites that I found interesting. auctiondose.com and findtarget.com

auctiondose has all ebay auctions. They are looking for partners. Pondering the possibilities of this site.

ebay was threatened? I'm certainly going to get away from ebay. I'm also very concerned about paypal. Check out paypalsucks.com

Thanks for all the info above. Much appreciated. Packing up and moving on in a few days (from ebay).


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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Thanks for the info!! Oh yes...I have read paypalsucks.com . I can't stand them. I like that I can use google checkout on the other auction sites I sell on. Such a better company!


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

WOW, I had no idea there were so many options other than ebay when it comes to auction sites. Thanks for the heads up and great tips on auctions sites. Peace :)


Jeni 5 years ago

Thank you so much for posting this! My fiancé and I recently started our own online boutique, specializing in eco-friendly items made in the USA. We got the business license, resale certificate, etc.. We thought EBAY would be the best start up site for our company. After about 2 months, we were doing amazing! Averaging 20 sales per day (that's huge for us just getting started ;) Well, then ebay puts seller restrictions on us. I called customer service, waited 45min to get a real person. Told him that I'd been an ebay member for about 5 years on a different acct. They didn't care, and would only allow me to post 10 new items per 30 days! I got a little upset with the rep and 15 minutes later my acct was suspended, then my paypal was suspended! I still can't get ebay reinstated, but paypal is back. Almost $1000 was frozen in my paypal with buyers wanting their merchandise, but no way to see any details... NIGHTMARE. They required me to send product invoices where I had purchased wholesale, tax id number, etc. They said it was suspicious that I was selling so much right away. Anyway, I'm thankful to find all of these other sites because of your post. Thank you so very much! Good Luck Sellers ;)

Earthy Regards,

Jeni


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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Jeni...I feel your frustration for sure! I went through the same thing. How do they have the right to freeze our money yet they have no problem taking their fees out on time. Such a disaster. I'm so sorry you had a bad experience like so many others. I am so happy that there are other options now and more and more people are using them. We can all dream that one day ebay will be a thing of the past! Good luck to you!


5 years ago

I ABSOLUTELY AGREE: e BAY EFFIN SUCKS.

THEY ARE ONLY ON THE BUYER'S SIDE.

ANY WHINEY BUYER CAN DO WHAT THE HELL EVR SHE/HE WANTS, AND YOU'RE LEFT HOLDING THE BAG.

I AM A FIRST-TIME SELLER. I WENT ON EBAY, VERY NAÏVE. I MADE THE MISTAKE OF LISTING ONE OF MY EXPENSIVE VINTAGE ITEMS AS A BID(AND AS A BUY NOW). ONE BUYER BID 0.99 CENTS. AND SHE WON----FOR AN ITEM THAT I PAID 69.00 DOLLRAS FOR.

SHE EXPECTED IT IMMEDIATELY.

I WROTE HER AND PROFUSELY APOLOGIZED AND EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS MY FIRST TIME AND I BEGGED FOR HER PATIENCE AND I DID WHATEVER I COULD TO BEND BACKWARDS FOR HER. THE TWERPY BICH IMMEDIATELY WENT AND GAVE ME BAD FEEDBACK---AND SHE HADN'T EVEN PAID YET, SO SHE WAS NOT A BUYER! BUT E BAY PUBLISHED HER FEEDBACK REGARDLESS!

SO I HAD TO GO THRU HELL AND MANY MORE COSTS(MORE THAN THE 70.00 DOLLARS), TO OPEN A NEW ACCOUNT AND DO THE LIDTINGS ALL OVER AGAIN. BUT THEN E BAY FROZE MY ACCOUNT, DEMANDING VERIFICATION IN 48 HOURS. I TRIED TO VERIFY WITHIN 1 HOUR OF THAT DEMAND, BUT THEY'D ALREADY FROZEN MY ACCOUNT!

I CALLED, WAS ON HOLD FOR ALMOST 2 HOURS, THEN GOT DISCONNECTED---AND LEFT OUT IN THE COLD.

I READ YOUR LISTS OF OTHER SITES. I'VE TRIED MONDRO.COM AND LISTED THERE, BUT NOBODY EVER GOES TO THAT SITE. I'LL TRY THE OTHER ONES. THANK YOU.

I DO HOPE THAT EBAY GOES OUT OF BUSINESS---THEY ARE THE WORST!!


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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Thanks for sharing your story. This is so crappy that this happen. It's like...ebay is trying to eliminate all the small time buyers and only keep the high volume ones which is not what it should be about. Really sucks because once upon a time it was really a great sight.


5 years ago

BTW: can you PLEASE tell me how the hell to get sucky ebay to respond to me?

It's NOT that I want to be there, but I've already listed, but they froze my account and I have to get it unfrozen.

Every damn time I call the ONLY number, the 866 one, I'm on hold for hours, then I'm told to effin' e mail them.

I e mailed them several times, but they haven't responded---yet they had no problem IMMEDIATELY freezing my account when THEY wanted to!!! I HATE e bay!

I went to the other sites you mentioned, such as ebid, but it kind of looks like a ghost town.

I sell vintage accessoris, so I can't pay a hifh fee, but I also don't want to go on a site that nobody ever visits.

I did try Mondro.com, but that's also another site that nobody really goes to. Please help.


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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Well I can say that ebay never responded to me. I did eventually "schedule" a phone call with Paypal but they were of no help and quite rude. Did you check out Ecrater? I've had really good luck with them. Their products rank pretty high on Google when someone searches for them.


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makd1788 5 years ago

great lists of auction sites..actually in our country eBay have more reputation..but I will definitely check out lists that you mentioned..good wishes to you..


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K. L. Potter 5 years ago from Chicago

Thanks for a great article. I'm a beginner and appreciate the ebay insights.


k.s 5 years ago

I have been reading these comments, because I of course am one of the smaller stores trying to leave ebay. I have noticed a lot of complaints about paypal being just as bad as ebay. Paypal is owned by Ebay. Now I luckily have never had any bad luck with paypal and I have 100% feedback with Ebay. But yes there fees have become outrageous. I am just not making any money there.

So I just looked at the ecrater site, and they are paid thru paypal also. Isn't that just crazy that they make all this money by being affiliated with all these sites as well as being owned by Ebay. I think there should be an Ebay strike!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Thanks for all of your comments...

k.s. I have sold a lot on Ecrater and they offer the option to pay through Google checkout. That is what i use. Ebid also uses Google. I had an abundance of issues with Paypal but have yet to have one issues with Google Checkout.


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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Thanks for the info!!


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Mike Dale 5 years ago from Far northern California

Wow look at these comments about the eBay! I used to be a seller there also, but they now seem to favor, and cater to, the big business guys, and the at-home seller has been hung out to dry. The new feedback system was the writing on the wall for me, after years of enduring bad changes and increased fees.

I really hope one of these sites becomes the new standard in auction sites. I'd LOVE to get back into online selling. Running auctions is such fun!

I heard about selling on Amazon. I wonder how that's working out for folks.


Rays 5 years ago

great info hub, thanks a lot


lestudio.ecrater.com 5 years ago

I love eCrater. It is such a great site. I also sell on bonanza. www.bonanza.com. Check it out..


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ChilliWilly 5 years ago from Kaunas, Lithuania

Oh, thank you, very useful information I got on your hub, nice job :))


Max 5 years ago

Thank you for the list, I will try them due to a horrible experience with ebay. They screwed me over big time and i am not willing to deal with them anymore so thank you very much.


Anne 5 years ago

Thanks for the great info. As the owner of www.koalabids.com it is great to see other sites supporting us smaller auction sites.


Brian B 5 years ago

eBay is trying to get rid of small sellers!!!

I don't know why but people seem to get "stupid sickness"

When they have a great idea and make money!! I owned a highend giftshop at a mall and about halfway through my lease it became apparent that they were running off the local owned shops. The mall looked at it like this. They can push around a manager of a store but I and other owners would rip their asses if they messed with us. So they ran off all the mom and pops and lost all the unique stores. So now they are going out of business (the mall) . eBay was the place to go at first. I made a ton of money off of rare and secondary market items.

Heck I even bought stock in eBay. Now eBay is tring to move out the small seller and create powersellers. Stupid move! So now as a seller there is no recourse when somebody breaks a 500.00 sculpture taking it out of the box and wants me to refund their money. So I guess this is the buisness plan for eBay : remove and reduce small sellers too much work handling there problems. Make it easier for the buyer! So if they run off the diverse sellers with all the wonderful small stuff, they will just have boring crap left over. Great for buying towels and bulk dishwasher pellets. WTF eBay your stupid, greedy, and you will kill your business from the roots up!!!

I love all the post here!

I was thinking before I close my eBay account I might copy this page and list it as the description section of a .99¢ auction with the title eBay is Dead!

Bet I won't have to close my account then!! Ha


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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Brian...I totally agree. I made a great deal of money (well back then I thought it was) selling odds and ends when I was a college student. It wasn't overpopulated..people actually bid on the auctions and didn't wait till the last second and ebay seem to care about their sellers. Now they have made it impossible for anyone to sell or have fun unless they are a large operation. It's so unfortunate because the sellers are what made them what they are. Very sad. Thanks for stopping by!


Rick 5 years ago

I have a ebay store and I am looking for sites with less fees. ebay takes 20% of your gross sales in fees or more, and has a system than does not care about it's sellers at all. There has to be a better site out there to sell on. thanks for the info


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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI Author

thanks for stopping by Rick! I totally agree! If everyone would just all settle on one fabulous site, they could quickly blow ebay away!


Jim 5 years ago

Thank you for this great article!

I've been selling on eBay from very near the beginning (various accounts) and have watched and been subjected to the slow dissolution of seller rights especially in their 2008 round of feedback changes which, in our minds, vaporized the level playing field between buyer and seller. Fee's aside it's getting really bad. Over proceduralized would be an understatement.

One point to all the unaware eBay sellers. Tracking! No matter what you do, include tracking/delivery confirmation numbers EACH AND EVERY TIME you send a product to a customer. Build the cost into your shipping if you must, especially for USPS. I can't tell you how many times this has saved our collective hides. It is virtually the last safe recourse for a seller when a buyer goes sour. PayPal will nearly 99.9% of the time return your money when your tracking shows a delivery, irregardless of what the buyer is throwing at them.

Onward:

Having started a new business...again...I really had an itch to sell elsewhere other than eBay so I searched and up pops this awesome summary. So I am off and running with several of the sites now listed here.

BTW eCrater imports from eBay but you have to have at least 50 eBay listings. I only had 28 at his time. But that's ok, imports usually need sprucing up anyway.

One last comment regarding eBay and their fees is that they have a direct and tangible affect on my pricing regarding our displays. I am trying to build a sold and top-quality product and given the tight margin and labor recovery on my builds, eBay forces me to charge at least 10-12% more in price for my product which pushes me to the upper range of consumer comfort. I try to compensate for this by offering free shipping on display orders over $100 but still I am really hoping for a successful eBay alternative for the sole purpose of kicking them to the curb.

Jim

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NutraHealth 5 years ago

Thanks for the very valuable information. Alot of people only know about ebay and some of them so it is nice to put all of them in one article for the people to know about them.


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tanksbyjoe 5 years ago

If you thought evil-bay was bad as far as their fees before, look at the bomb they dropped on us sellers yesterday: Coming April 19: List Auction-style FREE, any start price, all the time. Add Buy It Now FREE.

Dear tanksbyjoe:

Your upfront cost of selling on eBay is about to be dramatically reduced once again!

Starting April 19, Standard Auction-style fees will be changing. You'll be able to list FREE at any start price--up to 50 items a month. Plus you can add the Buy It Now option FREE to grab those buyers who don't want to wait for your listing to end. In short, you can now list even your higher priced items free--pay only if it sells.

Also, we know online buyers pay attention to shipping costs when deciding what and where to buy. That's why, to encourage low-cost shipping, Final Value Fees for all sellers will be applied to the total amount of the sale, including shipping. Just keep your shipping costs low to get the lowest overall fees.

New eBay Shopping Cart

Online shoppers are accustomed to adding items to a shopping cart--and they're often motivated to buy more. That's why we're introducing the new eBay Shopping Cart that works with both Fixed Price and Auction-style items. Buyers can add items from multiple sellers and pay in one easy checkout--making it easier and more likely for them to buy more. It will become the way to shop on eBay before the 2011 holiday season.

New communications hub

Starting in May, you'll be able to manage your communications with buyers from just one location within My eBay. View the emails that eBay sends to buyers after a transaction, manage your buyer-facing Automated Answers, or access your Store newsletters--all from one convenient page.

Category and item specifics changes

Category and item specifics changes are also consolidated with rest of updates. Find out if your listings are impacted.

Get details on the 2011 Spring Seller Update.

For more insight, you're also invited to:

•Talk with members of my staff during the next two days on a special discussion board we've set up for this purpose.

•Join me and other leaders from eBay in a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, March 16.

•Take part in the upcoming webinar on Thursday, March 17.

As always, thank you for selling on eBay.

Sincerely,

Dinesh Lathi

Vice President

They seem to think we're so stupid that we don't see that they are putting a fee on the shipping now too, which they are already doing on paypal, so now we get a fee on our shipping twice! They don't even come to my house & do my shipping for me, & now they're making money on it. If you go to the discussion page at e-bay, you'll see how over 2400 people are up in arms about this.

tanksbyjoe


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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Oh my gosh! What are they thinking???? This is absolutely ridiculous. Have they forgotten that it is all the small sellers years ago that got them to where they are today? They are literally just making it impossible for anyone to make a living. Ebay used to be fun! I remember getting hooked on it when I was back in school and used it to sell my textbooks...then I started selling everything and it was actually profitable. Man, this is horrible...I hope everyone decides to get away from ebay and venture elsewhere! Good luck to you tanksbyjoe!


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tanksbyjoe 5 years ago

Hi herbivrehippi,

Tell ya what, if you want to see some real e-bay dissension, go to that discussion board at the bottom of that letter from e-bay. Theirs gonna be a mass exodus from e-bay soon. Some sellers are talking about boycotting them for a week. You're right, e-bay used to be fun to sell on. Sellers can't leave bad buyers neg feedback, so we sellers,(who pay all the fees, buyers pay nothing) don't have an equal voice there at all. I'm moving all my auctions to Wensy.com & www.ecrater.com gotta put e-bay in my rear view mirror now. I put that in all my remaining e-bay listings too, lol.


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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Good for you! I actually had really good luck at ecrater! I know...I love how buyers can do whatever they want, pay slow, claim they didn't get something, whatever yet they are always the "golden child". The great thing about other auction sites is you can use Google Checkout which I think is far superior to Paypal.


Tobacco 5 years ago

Very good blog, thanks for article.


Terry 5 years ago

Hi all try this web site www.trade2cash.com.au you can auction, upload a CV for a dream job and its all free


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I have been unloading lots of old books on eBay for the better part of a year. For the most part, I've been able to take advantage of their seller specials to avoid fees. There is NO WAY I would have kept it up otherwise. I do sell on Etsy, too, but would like to market other items on bid sites. This hub has give me some great options to consider. Thanks!


Penny Auction 5 years ago

Good list of auction sites other than eBay here. All the sites you listed though seem like regular auction sites. I'd also mention penny auction sites like Quibids and Beezid, which are a completely different type of auction.


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

Amazing hub.Every seller should read this! Voted up and useful.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I was just about to list some items to sell on ebay - I am so thrilled to have found your hub in time. The list you have provided, along with great information on each one, is marvelous! I think I will go with Ecrater now. Thanks so much!


Derek  5 years ago

I just opened a new Site because i was a ebay powerseller

and i just cauld not take the fees along with the shipping cost.So i decided just to open my own site now i will start to post my items there.Its all Free so if anyone would like to join and post items there you may.

Welcome to Bid Tyrant


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jtyler 5 years ago

Cool. I actually had no idea of what some of the other sites were until I read this. Thanks.


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sasta10 5 years ago from Manchester, UK

Hi, thanks for this great informative hub. As ebay's fees are going rocket high these days many people are looking for alternative. Small firms that sell their goods on eBay are being squeezed out of business and many don't see any point selling there anymore. I have been trading on ebay for last 4 years and is now looking for alternative online business. Ebay is always changing their selling policy and adding new terms which are causing difficulty to many sellers. Alternative sites are good idea but these sites needs support from online shoppers and traders in order to succeed. One site I know that is doing really well is ioffer.com which is an american site but people from all over the world can trade on there. A lot of chinese sellers are doing really well on there. Thanks.


BestAbsWorkouts 5 years ago

Wow. I'm almost embarrassed! I have never heard of any of these sites and I always use Ebay! Thanks for opening my eyes!


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Reading is Fun 5 years ago

Thanks for the list. I'm looking to replace ebay since they just added more fees. I'm going to give eBid a try.


Jo 5 years ago

WWW.AUCTIONSBUY.COM

- NO FEES FOR LISTING AN ITEM

- NO FEES WHEN YOUR ITEM SELLS

- GET CREDIT FOR EACH MEMBER YOU INVITE TO US

- GET CREDIT EACH TIME YOUR INVITED MEMBER LISTS AN AUCTION

- IMPORT YOUR FEEDBACK FROM OTHER AUCTION SITES

- ONLINE CUSTOMER HELP

- 24h CUSTOMER SUPPORT


Frank J Tolentino 5 years ago

I really enjoyed reading your article as well as the thread of comments. I was able to get several cool resources.

All I can say is, dealing with Ebay cost me $700!!! that was a painful mistake I will never forget. I am just glad we were able to voice out our frustrations about E(vil)-Bay.

Good job!


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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI Author

So glad you found this helpful Frank! I can't believe Ebay is even still in business...it just amazes me.


Trent 5 years ago

I've been selling on eBay for 8 years, a powerseller and top rated seller. The other week they suspended my account for $40 invoice that wasn't even mine. Took me days to speak with a native english speaking rep, 2 weeks of them investigating an finally re-opened my account, no apology, no compensation, no help.. I hate eBay with a passion. I have a family and overheads and they don't care to help at times when it's most needed. I have an account rep that can't be contacted and speaking to a human is impossible. How is eBay still in business? Go to hell eBay.

I have moved all of my inventory to e-crater and appearing in search results almost immediately. With a little more exposure to the public hopefully buyers will start appearing also quite soon. I cant afford to make the same mistake again (putting all my trust in 1 company) so have also invested in a website to make sure I always have an avenue to sell my quality product.

Thanx for listening to my rant.

Flee eBay!


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theherbivorehippi 5 years ago from Holly, MI Author

Ughh...I hate hearing this stories like this. It's like they don't appreciate you at all! And yes....I know the feeling of not being able to get a real English-speaking human on the phone. I LOVE E-crater and yes you're right...search engines pick up their listings fast! Good luck to you. Hey, when you get your website up and running, feel free to leave it here!


jackie 5 years ago

i have found CQout.com to be a great site,i particularly like securepay, an in house escrow service that as a buyer has saved my bacon on more than one occasion.

we all know that sellers sometimes fudge the details to make the lot sound better and this can lead to disputes between buyer and seller

securepay addresses this problem, if you are not happy, you send the goods back to the seller and CQout gives you your money back.

so you can buy with complete security.

as to listings and making them, the interface is easy, you can use your own templates and colors to personalize your auctions.

i find other auction sites too technical these days and quite daunting .

so i always use CQout first


patsied1 5 years ago

lets get started


xxbluebirdxx 4 years ago

I LOVE YOU.

I AM SICK OF EBAY ALREADY AS A SELLER

THIS ARTICLE IS JUST BRILLIANT.


Madmusicman 4 years ago

I agree with all of you about ebay being a monster, they shut me down more times that I care to remember, although my fees were in the hundreds of pounds every month, I used to sell my items like hot cakes and actually make a profit, these days I have my items on 6 different sites and the sales are like a dribble if any. I have been on ebid.net for 1 year and have paid more in fees that make sales, ioffer take the piss, everytime I make a sale they shut my shop until the buyer leaves feedback, its a month since they done that, well do you think a buyer would be confident in leaving feedback if he cant see your store?

I made a few sales on bonanza, addoway, ecrater, none on webstore.

Thanks for reading my rant, but as you all know these sites need traffic in order for us to make any decent sales, alas my ebay venture was a full time job up to last year and with a good revenue, now I have to have a day job and be content with the occasional sale.


Brandon Christensen 4 years ago

I'm Brandon Christensen and Ive busted my butt creating my site biggbidz.com to make sellers like all of you guys on here selling online fun and profitable again! It looks good and feels good! Sign up for free and only $9.99 a year sell unlimited with no other fees! GO CHECK IT OUT!


MrBiDZ 4 years ago

BiGGBiDZ.COM - Become a verified seller for only $9.99 a year with unlimited listings with no other fees! $10 a year and sell all you want! This site is making selling and buying online FUN again!


Rich 4 years ago

Hello everyone, i have read all the posts here , i can agree with everyone that Ebay has gone down hill in many ways , i have been a seller since 1999 (going on 12 years now) 3000+ 100% feedback and i have never had any of the problems other sellers have had with ebay or paypal, so i have to assume that i have been "lucky" , the only gripe i have with them (and it is a big one) is the fees, ESPECIALLY in this bad economic times we are having, there is no reason for them to have raised them as high as they have, i recently sold some items within the last 6 months and the ebay/paypal cut on average for listing, final fees , and paypal is around 20% ? I remember not that long ago the average for me was about 8% total ! ( i loved it when we had money orders and no paypal!)thats a big difference in a few years, also all these other short lived "bid" sites are NOT a bid site like ebay is, ecrater is not an auction site , the only reason i sell on ebay is because of the auction style selling (not amazon style in a cart !) I always sold my items for more than the set price of other sellers because i would set my auctions at the lowest starting price to get them interested and offer cheap combined shipping (i sell many rare dvd and video games and toys at once) and then sit back and watch the bid wars take place ! i never understood that but it worked every time, so ebay is the only choice for me to sell this way since 1 you have to have lots of interested buyers and 2 a real auction site . I am just like you guys in wishing things on ebay were the way they once were , but until they change or another well known site starts doing auction style bidding i have no choice..... i do like ecrater though for cart style , i will have to look into that, thanks for the heads up !


Ken F 4 years ago

Very informative Hub. I’ve been fed up with e-bay for quite a while now and looking to go somewhere else. The last straw was when some guy recently left me some false negative feedback because I refused to do business with him after he tried to take advantage of me. Basically he got mad because I wouldn't let him get away with pulling a fast one. Anyway e-bay refused to remove the feedback despite overwhelming evidence that it was purely malicious and untrue. And since I’ve hardly used e-bay this past year, and since they calculate sellers ratings based only on the past 12 months, it really pulled my percentage way down despite that fact that it has been 100% positive for the past 15 years. Some of you other disgruntled e-bayer out there are probably wondering why e-bay consistently make policies that favor the bad guys over the good guys. Well its not because they are stupid, as I used to think. In reality its just pure greed. These policies actually add to their bottom line. One good example of this is their recent policy (within the past 5 years I think) which prevents sellers from leaving negative feedback for non-paying bidders, or any buyer for that matter. Naturally this has led to an explosion in the amount of non-paying bidders over the years, which, you guessed it, leads to more profit s for e-bay. You see when someone wins an item and does not pay for it that item has to be re-listed and the seller is billed final value fees twice for an item that actually only sold once (you are billed based on money promised rather than on money actually received). And since a certain percentage of people will be too lazy or forgetful to jump through all the hoops necessary to get these fees refunded to them e-bay ends up keeping this money, which adds up to millions in extra profits. Your loss is their gain. Of course you can always submit a “non-payment” complaint to e-bay against the non-paying bidder, which eventually will lead to your fees being automatically refunded to you, but most people don’t want to mess with this long drawn out process. They just want to get their item re-listed as soon as possible so they can get their money. Because of this a person can refuse to pay for five or ten items or more before finally getting a single non-payment strike on his record. And of course a person has to have an incredible amount of these strikes on his record before e-bay will even consider closing his account. In fact as sellers we are only allowed to exclude those buyers with more than two non-payment strikes against them in a month, and more than two strikes in a month could easily equate to 20 or 30 actual non payments in a single month. If you refused to pay even once at a brick and mortar auction house, without a very good reason at least, you would probably be banned for life. At e-bay however it’s apparently more profitable to let these non-paying bidders run amuck and operate with impunity. Of course this causes countless headaches for sellers, not mention lost revenue, but I guess e-bay figures they are so far ahead of the competition that they wont loose any customers over it. Well, all I can say is they are going to be in for a big surprise. I predict that very soon, as other sites get better, there is going to be a mass exodus of e-bay sellers to these other sites and no matter what they do they will never get them back again. Lets hope that day arrives soon.


Ken F 4 years ago

I noticed a mistake in my previous post. I said that sellers on e-bay could only exclude buyers with more than two non-payment strikes in a month but what I meant to say was two in a year. I still think we should be able to exclude a buyer with even one strike though because as I pointed out this cold actually mean he has not paid many times before getting that strike and as far as I'm concerned there is no excuse for not paying for an item that you have bid on and won. Buyers remorse is not a valid excuse.


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Dee 4 years ago

I hate ePAY!!! I will try some of these free sites.


libbieeliz 4 years ago

I have used Bonanza (previously called Bonanzle). They have free listings, pictures, etc. Do you have any information about that site? I don't get a lot of action from it.


pissedoffpete 4 years ago

EBAY ARE CRAP! I JUST LOST MY MONEY BUYING AN ITEM, THE SELLER DIDN'T SEND IT, I PUT A CASE IN TO GET MY MONEY BACK AND EBAY BACKED THE SELLER, SO IVE LOST MY MONEY, EBAY CUSTOMER SUPPORT & EBAY CUSTOMER PROTECTION ARE A JOKE!!IVE LEFT EBAY NOW. BEST THING I EVER DID.


Shelly Lampshire 4 years ago

Etsy is also for vintage items. I have two stores, as I make ornaments, doll ans animals for collectors all over the world at www.etsy.com/shop/shellylampshire and I have a vintage etsy store www.etsy.com/shop/EurekaYouFoundIt


Kenard 4 years ago

All companies have their pro's and con's. Even being the CEO of a new start-up for a better Consumer Network, I realize there will always be un happy customers but how the company deal with those issues is what counts. If you want to follow a new Consumer Network that will put others before ourselves then follow me @KenardPitney on Twitter. Thanks and have a wonderful holiday and many more to come!


jhen 4 years ago

greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat information

coz im planning to join ebay...but of course before i register myself i did some research and at last i found these ...

thanks guys ... im from New Zealand ...u know some website where i can sell my handmade stuff aside from trademe .. well, i think its better to sell online just around NZ or australia(just close to NZ..

THANKS AGAIN GUYS


Stina 4 years ago

I also sell on www.bonanza.com It is not an auction site but more of a fixed price site. A lot of sellers do offer OBO on their items. The community on there is so helpful and nice.


bhammoud 4 years ago

Thank you for your effort bringing this up. there is a new but promising auction site coming up, was wondering if you would consider writing an honest review about it.

thanks


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Ten10bellevue 4 years ago from Bellevue, WA (Seattle)

Great stuff! I've got some tv's I need to sell, but not really interested in just posting them on CL. Thanks a ton!


Remmington 4 years ago

Hippi - You look hot! That is all.


Tati 4 years ago

Was reading and let me tell you that you all are right! ebay is sucks, had to paid big fees and everytime is increasingg the fees, I'm really tired. stop selling and now I'm trying to sell my staff in other places, unfortunately so far is been slow.

hope to race the sells... thanks

ucc0007@gmail.com


Cheryl 4 years ago

Does anyone have any experience with Webstore (not Amazons webstore) and if things sell three? It is all free and consider very good according to the companies that compare sites to ebay.


snakemaster 4 years ago

Does anyone try www.bidpalace.com


Mike 4 years ago

The hell with Ebay! My brother shafted them real good and because I registered the same address as him, they shut me down. 5 years problem free and they shut me down because I live with someone who has a "suspended account". Now, Paypal has $800 of mine held up with them for 6 months! I'm telling as many people as I can to not use Ebay or Paypal because they are crooks and theives!


advon26 4 years ago

eBay and PayPal are the worst...PayPay put a lock on my account...I have tried via email to ask why...and they never respond. MY PayPal accct...I had for years...has disappeared. Paypal ignores me. They could careless about their customers. They are too big...government should shut them down.


Andrew 4 years ago

Wow, thanks so much for the alternatives!

You think you guys had it bad with Ebay? Lol.

Several months ago I had 2 negative feedbacks from one buyer who claimed he never received his 2 items. My BIGGEST mistake was not to include the tracking number on Ebay the day I shipped out the buyers items. The buyer opened a case against me and WON because I did not have the tracking number at the time. THE VERY SAME DAY I found the tracking number and looked it up... IT WAS CONFIRMED THAT IT WAS DELIVERED. What a fricking liar!! I called Ebay support and explained my issue, the rep saw that it was delivered and you know what they told me? They can't re-open a closed case and there is absolutely not one thing they can do about it, except for emailing the buyer to please reimburse me for the $80 that ebay refunded him. Are you kidding me??? That buyer was hella long gone and happy he got two free items AND THE $80 that he got back from me. So I lost my items and $80, yet I have to pay for those item fees. Hell no, I left Ebay so quick, I can't believe they wanted me to pay an item fee that I lost. They couldn't even credit it back to my account! I mean seriously? Now my paypal has -$80.00.

Oh you think that's it? It gets better...

After I thought I was never going to use ebay again, I gave it another shot a couple months later and decided to sell a bulk of items that I had. I created another paypal and ebay account to start over and I was doing AWESOME and selling like crazy, got more than 100 POSITIVE FEEDBACKS within the first month and BAM! EBAY PUNCHES ME RIGHT IN THE FACE AND LIMITED MY ACCOUNT TO 10 ITEMS A MONTH! I don't even know what the hell is going on?! I called Ebay (oh my god, what a mission) and it turns out that my account is now linked with my old account and those 2 NEGATIVE feedbacks from that buyer who lied to ebay was the reason for my old account being limited. Wow, so 8 months later you decide to limit my account? Cool!

You though I was done? It gets better.

After I contacted ebay support and explain how I don't even deserve to have 2 negative feedbacks to begin with (they can't remove feedbacks unless it's violating ebay's policy, so that was pointless), they told me that I have to pay the $80.00 that I owed ebay from my old account in order to reinstate my account back to normal. Yep, the same $80 that was stolen from me. I told them that it was not fair for me to pay $80 that belonged to me in the first place (of course, I was stupid to even waste my time since they obviously can't do anything about that either...) that question costed me 2 weeks of waiting)... so I GAVE UP. I paid the $80 that I owed just so that everything can be back to normal and so that I can sell the remaining of the items I had. After paying my fees I owed, they promised me they will reinstate my account back to normal if I keep my feedback score positive for 60 days.

Finally, this is the best part...

When I thought it was over and I was at peace... exactly 7 days later and BAM! THEY PUNCHED ME AGAIN! Really hard this time. This time they suspended my account and deleted ALL my listings. Oh my god was I angry.

The reason? My performance level was below normal because of 2 negative comments. The exact same 2 negative comments left by that buyer who lied to ebay, won the case, kept my items and my money. So what did I do? Contacted ebay support. No response. I contacted through phone and the rep said they had sent an email to the same rep who promised to reinstate my account after 60 days. Two weeks later (yes, two weeks) I get an automated message saying that my account cannot be reinstated because I cannot be trusted to the ebay community and the case is now closed and my account is now permanently suspended.

At the end of the of the automated suspension message, they had the nerves to tell me to please pay the $220.00 in fees that I owed for the items that I was selling at the time... HAHAHAHAHAHA yeah fricking right. I responded to their message TWICE in my defense. It's been a month and no response.

The aftermatch.

A month later my girlfriend made an account with Ebay to buy items for herself. Two days later she gets a message from ebay saying that her account is associated with my old account and they suspended her account, just like that. She didn't even do anything wrong.

All this because of someone who lied to Ebay and claiming they never received their items.


blaqies 4 years ago

there's new maret place other than ebay, where we can list for free and cap our final value fees.

It may work well for you too if eBay is taking too much of your profit margin.

swoped.com


Lynn 4 years ago

Thanks for this very informative info. I have been selling on Ebay since approx. 2006 and am also getting fed up. I sell a bit of everything, but primarily collectibles (vintage and new). Which of these alternatives might be best for this market? And which woud be the best for just general items? Thanks


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aslaught 4 years ago from Alabama

Awesome hub! I just kept reading these posts and seeing my own story. I started as a seller on Ebay in 2000. It was great back then. I loved to buy as well as sell there. Then they kept going up on their fees so I left. In 2008 I decided to go back and couldn't believe the changes. I was amazed they had changed their feedback system and only allowed the buyer to give negs. It didn't take me long to start getting some really doozy buyers. I like to call three of them, "the buyers from hell." I stayed on the phone with Ebay's customer service for hours and had one woman admit to me that with the new feedback system buyers could literally hold a seller hostage over feedback. I left in 2009 very disgruntled and vowing to never, ever sell there again. I found a site called, yardsellr and joined recently. They don't charge any insertion fees, photos are free, you can leave the item up as long as it takes to sell and they take a small percentage of the amount the item sold for. I've sold three things since starting. I believe that Ebay will evenually die. Great hub. Very informative. Thanks for sharing!!


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Java Programs 4 years ago from India

Hi theherbivorehippi ,

That are the best sites other than ebay .... Great Information about sellers and the consumers .... keep up the good work for more of those ...

Already had few in minds but your list is quite good .... thanks for such a wonderful share .....


Jeannie 4 years ago

Great article. Thanx for the insights about Ecrater. Watch out eCrater and eBid.net, here I come!Been selling items that people gave to me over the years so these items didn't cost me a dime. BUT with the 15-20% fees Ebay/Paypal take from me, I couldn't swing paying $1.00 for these items as my profit margin on most items is only $1.50 to $5.00 on average. I can't afford to go beyond the 50 free items a month due to MORE fees. Between the PO & Ebay/Paypal, I am amazed any of you make money - what incredible spirit I am seeing out there - I am DAMN impressed with the perseverance.

My negative Ebay so far is a rep telling I can't sell needles & syringes together in an ad. Oh. But when I browse ebay I find 150 U.S. ads doing just this. Odd.

Only other thing has been "creepy" people sending me messages about my shipping (who are you the postage police?) Sometimes the shipping is ridiculous due to the items weight but it is only fair to offer the real amount and hope for buyers within your locale (I live on 1 of the extreme coasts of the US). In the last month, my buyers have been real slow in paying. The buyers surfing Ebay are down in numbers from years past, maybe they are going to other auction sites? I am going to give my BUYER business to others like eCrater, eBid and Bonanza - put thy money where thy mouth is right?!!!


HBIZ 4 years ago

eBay sucks. To me as well. that's all right. Somebody tell me with experience. Where to sell sports goods on the web ? I mean which site has the buyers traffic for sports equipment. I deal in both manufacturing, retail and wholesale exports of ALL SPORTS GOODS AND EQUIPMENT. I AM FROM INDIA.


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shahin akef 4 years ago from kuala lumpur

great hub ,,thanks,, I want to start selling staffs which marketplace you will suggest me to start with?


Regis 4 years ago

first i am amazed at the article to this top ten list . you literally describes to a 100% t what happen to me yesterday with my ebay account. i was a new seller was doing great for alittle over a week. had over 10 sale all with perfect 100% positive feedback. as of yesterday morning ebay perminitly shut my account down and bared me from ebay for absolutly no reason and when i called them to figure out why they gave me this very generic gerneral explaination that didn't explain to me one bit how they figured that a person with over 10 sells so far and perfect 100% positive feedback with no complaints has done something so wrong according to them that they just without warning shut me out. specially when i had current bids on some more items i had listed and lost all money on those. i have never seen such disrepect for good honest sellers. what getting me even more is the fact that has ebay never heard the term dont bit the hand that feeds you? after all dont they make their money by counting on us seller to list and sell items? you cant make money if you kickin everyone out. i am so disgruntled with that crapy ebay. i sure hope they go bankrupt cause they dont deserve to do business with the way they treat good honest people. death to ebay!!!


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sasta10 4 years ago from Manchester, UK

If you are into arts and crafts and is a bit creative then Etsy.com is a great site to sell your hand made arts and crafts items. On this site you can sell handmade stuffs as well as anything vintage that is dated before 1993. Also you can sell arts and crafts supplies on there. It's a social media site where you can sell your stuff through social interaction with other users and sellers. Great site so make sure to check it out. Thanks.


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theherbivorehippi 4 years ago from Holly, MI Author

I agree sasta10! I LOVE Etsy! I buy stuff from there ALL the time. One of a kind, fantastic products. Love the site!


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louromano 4 years ago

Thanks for the very valuable information. A lot of people only know about ebay and some of them so it is nice to put all of them in one article for the people to know about them.


CONNOR 4 years ago

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Alfonso Coley 4 years ago

I am so happy that I found this article, in addition to browsing the web in search of other alternatives to selling on ebay. Ebay has become much too expensive to continue to sell on their auction website. The recent and upcoming changes in April and June will have a major impact on how ebay sellers make a living.

I had achieved the Power Seller status more than a month ago, and my seller status was knocked down a level due to the everchanging redundant policies on ebay.

There are alternatives to selling on ebay, and I for one am about to make a drastic change in the way I conduct my business, in addition to my writing life. Great post!


Sol 4 years ago

Great article. :)

Have been on Ebay for ~10 years mostly buying and once in a while selling my stuff to upgrade them..

I just found your article today because found really annoying the fees when selling, so if my intention is to sell 1, 2 no expensive items a month which of those options would be ok for a seller like me?...I already read the whole article and replies but is not clear which one would be the best option for my needs..I mean, I can surf most f them for buying but which one for selling ? regards!


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sharewhatuknow 4 years ago from Western Washington

Thank you so much for this hub herbivorehippi. Ebay is rapidly losing its luster with me, especially after they allowed a buyer to post an Opinion of me and a lie, which I have disputed and can provide proof in my defense, but to no avail. Not a single feedback from my emails to them.

To much automation, not enough human service, and absurd fees!


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sharewhatuknow 4 years ago from Western Washington

BTW, I did vote your hub up, awesome and useful.

Thanks again for pointing me away from eBad, er, I mean eBay.


bbachss 4 years ago

I hear Ebay being sued for discrimination. I hear there are lots of audio tapes. Inside dirt! ;)


bow 4 years ago

thanks i tried tophatter & did TWICE AS BETTER THAN EBAY !


bibbi 4 years ago

I had a few negative feedbacks out of 1600 positive ones and they SHUT ME DOWN this week saying I am not up to their standards?? All while allowing me to sell other items at the same time? What the F?? I am officially done with them.

It was great but now they suck.


eastsunrising 4 years ago

Well if you didn't know paypal is owned and ran by ebay, but of course they wouldn't tell you that and act like it's 2 separate companies. If you get a neg feedback on ebay, you can kiss your paypal account goodbye. Anything related to your paypal account when they freezes it, your journey with ebay and paypal ends. You can try to create another account but it will eventually get shut down because you can't hide your name or address from them.


sandro 4 years ago

I started using shopsellonline.com – they are fairly new but have already sold some items which is great! What I love is the fact that you can leave negative feedback for bad buyers! Tops for me!!


JS 4 years ago

Is it really true that negative feebacks left on ebay can cause Paypal to close your account?

I've never heard that before.

does anyone know?


Pam 4 years ago

I have given up on Ebay and had moved on to some other sites which i find really useful. My favorite one is webstore and is currently as #2 best online auction website after ebay! The best part is no seller's fees!!!!! Love it so far and my sales are growing week by week..


BeyondRidiculous 4 years ago

Thank you so much for posting this. I am so passed the point of being fed up with eBay, their fees, customer service and the fact that buyers get away with everything and the seller ends up paying every time. Im very interested to learn more about the first one you mentioned. How do the fees work when you sell something and exactly how do you go about getting your feedback transferred? Thank you in advance.


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reagu 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Thanks for the info. Didn't know that Ebid.net even existed. Too close to the name, eBay. And they should figure out a way to advertise more since the online community is ready to make a switch, IMO.


tradeMoxie 4 years ago

Thought I'd throw my site up here for everyone to check out. I've been working on it on and off for a while now. Haven't had any success with it yet, but I'm hoping that I can eventually get some members and recognition.

Anyway, it's currently 100% free with zero listing or final value fees. Anyone who takes advantage and signs up while I'm in the process of getting the site off the ground will receive a free for life account. Please come and join at www.trademoxie.com, submit your listings and invite your friends and clientele.


ROBINSONTOYSHOP 4 years ago

IVE BEEN ON EBAY FOR 8 YEARS,AND GOT TOOK OF BECAUSE A FAMILY MEMBER DIE,AND I WAS LATE POSTING OUT,

I HAD OVER 300.00 POSTIVE FEEDBACKS ,AND PAYING 550.00 IN FEES A MTH, THEN THEY SAID UNLUCKY GOODBYE.

TAKES THE P...

OLNY LOOK AFTER THE BUYERS,

WENT TO EBID PUT ON 160 ITEMS PUT 53.00 SELLER PLUSE,

WITH MINES NO FEES NOTHING,

BUT AFTER 2 WEEKS NO SALES NOTHING.

NOW JUST PUT ON WEBSTORE FREE FEES,

BUT NOTHING,WHAT DO I DO NEXT..5 KIDS AND THIS IS MY JOB,AND EBAY JUST TOOK IT AWAY,

AND MADE SO MUCH MONEY OUT OF ME..

THANKS TRUDY


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ROBINSONTOYSHOP 4 years ago

sorry about that,

what is the best site to sell on thank you.


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sharewhatuknow 4 years ago from Western Washington

I put some coins up for sale on Ecrater three days ago. Will let everyone know how that will go.


candice 4 years ago

Hello all , I will be traveling in Dec 2012 all over the U.S volunteering at locations from New Orleans to Joplin and NYC. To help anyway I can. Selling all of my belongings to live in a car with my fiancée.

MY POINT being : How the hell do you have the god damn right, Ebay, to charge me on the item I searched for then listed...then charge me on shipping it out... Then have your crap paypal company charge me as well. I understand EBay needs to make money.. But as someone stated earlier in convo : the economy has tanked and that happens to be the same time you raise your fees? Ebay is crashing miserably. People are running full force out.

What gets me is that I was going to rely on Ebay to make a profit on as I traveled the U.S then across seas...Now.. I am afraid of being shut down.. Suspended and loosing money as they suspend my account then never reinstate it. Thanks crapbay.

I went to go list more of the items I have been gettimg on Ebay... To fund my volunteer journey in Dec...and OH LOOK. I cant. I surpassed a catergory limit. And no..they do not tell you what limit you passed but they sure have the gonads to tell me I cant list in that category for another 27 days. Are you kidding me??!? Why the hell should a company tell me what to sell on a auctiom site? What? Am I supposed to give up the subject/cateogry I know so much about for my entire life to find something I know shot about, because they told me so? Screw you ebay.

Follow my

Www.onebrightearth.com


Kathy Lester 4 years ago

Bidzinger is my favorite site to list on.


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KevinTimothy 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

Thanks, because they most certainly have a way of ticking me the heck off from time to time. I'm on a love-hate relationship with them.


jim 3 years ago

i sold on ebay for years and i owe them like 2500.00 in fees screw you ebay NEVER AGAIN I SELL FROM THOSE GREDDY BASTARD"S they could careless about the sellers only the buyers WHAT A FRIGGIN BIG JOKE I HATE EBAY GO TO HELL I HOPE THEY GO OUT OF BUSINESS WE SHOULD BOYCOTT THEM LOL


Hayley 3 years ago

This is fantastic thanks so much!

Im actually still using ebay, but I sell and swap all my clothes on SwapStyle.com as there are no fee's and more buyers / swappers than ebay.

I have never heard of this Google check out, how is it better than paypal?


Cherie 3 years ago

ya know what Jim, eBay isn't the only greedy bastard's out there; try Amazon! They're right up there with eBay! I tried getting a business started with them and all they did was constantly review my account -- and in case you don't know, when Amazon reviews your account they also hold your money for as long as it takes their slow asses to review your account! Do you know that they reviewed my account in October and then decided to do it again in November?? What the hell kind of shit is that? I was doing great, too, and then they had to pull their shit again! It was almost like they couldn't stand to see me doing so well! And I explained them that I needed my money to complete the orders I had -- but no, that didn't sway them in the least. Never again with those assholes, either!


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sharewhatuknow 3 years ago from Western Washington

Hi everyone. If you think Ebay and Amazon are greedy, try Tophatter. They are a virtual auction house, auctioning merchandise in real time.

Their fees are ridiculous and make Ebay look like a real bargain.


Lnn 3 years ago

I have been posting on ebay since 2001. For the first time listed something and went to get it out to ship and there was some scratches on the item. So as Ebay stated If item was not properly described, I could cancel it and relist . So ended up getting a bid and they paid for it before I could change it. I had to cancel it and issue refund. I explained to the person I was being honest and did not want to ship it as new, since I noticed scratches on it. So of course they denied it and now I have to pay ebay for fees, even though I did not sell item. Silly me for being honest.


Lnn 3 years ago

Can't wait to check out Ecrater and Ebid . Looking to leave Ebay.


rastamike 3 years ago

ebay sucks ass!!!!! paypal to!!!!!

ecrater was a good pleace to sell.

got a few sales there. then they send me a email. wonting to see where i was buying all my items i was selling. i got the email monday. they only gave me one day to fax all my recites in.

i sent in what i had. told them i need more time to get the rest in. they just shut down my store with no warning. just shut it down. and you can't call them.

i think they all in together. soon as one starts to make some good money they shut you down. and you don't get any sales on the other websites.

if ebay was gone i bet we would.

fuck ebay and paypal.


Afexsion8 3 years ago

I bid on an item, won and paid. Never got it. Wrote to Seller and he apologized. 3 weeks I patiently waited. Nothing. I wrote again and he said he was sorry, but he was backed up and would send it that day. I waited stupidly another 2 weeks. I emailed him and asked if he sent it yet, because I never received it and he told me to *!@$% go to hell. I was shocked. I wrote ebay and instead of putting in those symbols, I put in exactly what he wrote.....EBAY suspended ME for using profanity. R U Kidding? I told them I was just telling them what he said. They didn't care. EBAY only likes their big sellers.

I also got a PayPal account before all that happened, and it was hacked and they took money out of my checking account. I never dealt with them again. STAY AWAY...or just burn your money.... same thing. Thanks for all the other sites.


http://internetsalesmachinez.blogspot.com 3 years ago

"6. Epier.com - Here again....a free storefront for you! Epier has some really unique stores on it. This site is better for more original sellers that have something different to sell from the rest. If you have something not so popular I think it has a real chance here. It's free so give it a try!" I like it :)


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john 3 years ago

It is a good alternative to ebay. No fees, 100% free; you can list your auction from 1 day up to 2 months at no cost. Like so many of you, I have had it with ebay, and have been looking for an alternative for a long time and finally found it. This site even allows you to transfer all your ebay listings within minutes. My username on the site is auctionman, I just listed some items, feel free to check them out. Hope this helps, let me know how it works out. I just discovered this site called myfreeauction.com.


John 3 years ago

webstore.com is a great site. There is no listing fee for sellers and no buying fees for buyers. It just need a little more attention!


mel 3 years ago

ebid.net is not free! when u register you have to "buy an account"


Jemm 3 years ago

Great information, including all the comments.

I had been considering listing on E-bay. I even read an article on Fortune Magazine's February issue titled ebay is back. Blah, Blah..

Thanks for opening my eyes.


nagog2 3 years ago

A good read and plenty of ways for everyone to find a way to ditch eBay. My only problem with these recommended sites is none of them have what I do for a business, buying broken computers and refurbishing them to resell. eBay is by far the best site for broken laptops and desktops to refurbish at dirt cheap prices that allow me to maximize my return. I would love to find a site that dealt in broken systems outside of eBay.


smirnov3 3 years ago

ebid is nice, but the sell-through volume is really low.

But at least they don't treat sellers like criminals like eBay does

I had a buyer return an item on eBid because it was defective, after he had already left negative feedback. I gave him a full refund.

He updated his feedback to Neutral!

I was selling on ebay for 10 years, and I NEVER saw that happen.


Bid This 3 years ago

If you don't like ebay. Try out this site www.bid-this.com


SCREW FEEBAY 3 years ago

I have spent 12 years in feebay and gaypal hell, once upon a time this was a great place to sell my antique auto parts. They actually sent me 2 certificates of outstanding achievement 8 12 2011 signed by John Donahue and Christopher Payne and also a power seller certificate signed by Lorrie Norrington. Every one was making money and happy. But then over the over the past 2 years, things changed for the worst. All of a sudden out of nowhere I start getting these messages stating I don't meet the seller policies and bigger than shit these power trip, buyer backer A-holes pulled the plug on me. That flat pissed me off and now I am fed up with there high priced B.S. If they only knew how many Items I have packed and labeled for all of the none paying buyers they look out for over there sellers. I talked for sometime with one of there so called customer service reps on the phone in person asking why there is no seller protection program and found out that was a waste of time. I hope that someday soon, others will realize that, and there own greed will be the end of there so call empire and others can get out with all of there money before they lock it up. I truly believe that one of the reason they gave me the boot was because I would pull out my money and only leave enough in my account to pay there over priced fees every month, There has got to be a better place for people to sell at and not get bullied and ripped off. As stated earlier, Once upon a time it was a good place, but that was then and this is now.


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Rich Vernadeau 3 years ago from Paris, Texas

Guardrail or Quick decline is the weapon of choice by which ebay targets and begins the elimination of small sellers. Ebay axed 15,000 sellers in early August. When is the next ebay purge coming?


sharibadonkadonk 3 years ago

I am enjoying this hub, ebay has done the same things to us after 9 years of selling. ebay axed more than 15,000, that was just the beginning, it was so NICE of them to allow us to buy. I found out that they own 64 companies in all, the last company is someplace to buy tickets online. Well, we, (my Mom & I) need to make some money somewhere, SS just isn't enough, so will try some of these. Thanks so much for the info.

Shari


Sierra 2 years ago

The next purge was today. I was kicked out for have what they considered below standard DSRs off and on over past year. Even though my ratings have always been above 4.7. I have been a long time power seller and have brought a lot of business and revenue through ebay, and they just decided to drop me. I was told that I wasn't good enough and they no longer wanted my business and good luck where ever I go. Wow. Yet ebay does not even provide decent customer service. What will they do when they boot all of their biggest sellers?


fpastine 2 years ago

So much of what is said here reflects my experience with ebay. They just put a limit on my listings because three people thought I charged too much shipping and one person thought they got their product slowly! I was dumbfounded. I called ebay and was put on hold for two hours. I sold for three years: I ship immediately after the payment, I am nickled and dimed to death with their fees so inflate my shipping to make up for the 10% they take out of shipping (!!), I have stellar reviews, I bend over backwards for buyers and, at this point, feel completely abused by them. After waiting two hours to talk with them and pointing out this to the ebay representative, you would think they would budge and expand my limit. Instead, she she said, "sorry you no longer want to sell on ebay but it's your decision." Well, this experience has at least prompted me to look for an alternative & very much appreciate this article and comments. I'm fed up with ebay making profits from my had efforts, then being treated shabbily on top of it!


David20000 2 years ago

I just got suspended today from eBay, I called up customer service ask what I did wrong? they said I brook their rules never told me what it was.

I had to talk with 2 customer service rep the 2nd one got smart with me but I just talked nice with her.

eBay was the only way I was getting income coming in, my dad is really bad off have to stay home with him, when I go to the store I have to have someone to stay with him.

I read on the internet this is happening to more and more people on eBay everyday.

I had 863 good feedback's and 1 negative I got about 7 months ago that person said they change there mind about wanting the product ask for a refund first then he said he will send the item back to me I said like item first they open a case after case close eBay was on the side of the buyer anyways I had to give full refund never got the item still left negative feedback, I contacted eBay customer service about this nothing was done to buyer lost money and my product.

I don't think that's what it was that got me suspended on eBay that happen a while back the only thing it could be, that happen about a week ago is there is this customer that didn't pay and I offered next day shipping he emailed me ask why I haven't send him his item yet I told him he didn't pay me for the item pay and I will send never heard anything from him or even got bad feedback.

I don't no what it was they wont give me an answer, if anyone on on here don't think this can happen to you I am here to tell you my friend it can, I been selling the same think on eBay for over 9 years so chances are you will in time be kicked off of eBay.

They should be for the buyer and seller that is what they advertize I found out the hard way they are just for the buyer when push come to shove.

I am right now looking at ways of creating my own online website site like eBay may have to try to find others who would want to help me, so we can split the cost and the money that it brings in from other buyers and sellers.

Thank you for the links to these other websites will check them out.


Craig512 2 years ago

www.itemauctions.com - has some great sutff and lower fees than ebay.


tuky 2 years ago

Just started listing on a new site. Been up only for a few months and it needs users. See what I have listed so far. www.prductbroker.com


Scott 2 years ago

Found a new auction website with NO Listing Fees

www.sellthat.net

Check it out


jherold19 2 years ago

thanks you so much...this give me courage to do online Business again.. I also wanted to ad comment about ebay.. Yes I am one of Top Rated Seller on ebay that has multiple account and were both in the same Rated Status. Until a little problem I came upon with the buyer. Claim that item as not as describe. As a I was taking care of the case through Resolution Center. all sudden ebay said I lost the case I dont have to do anything else. so buyer got the product plus I also did not get my item back. I lost money for shipping and the product. Ebay gave refund to the buyer without returning my product.. Horible experience. after selling for 6 years through ebay and paying thousands of listing each time. It turns out to be a blank paper.. What the hell!!! all this money and commitment I have put in just turn into a peanut....Ebay Sucks guy..They didn't realize we also a buyers!!! Now we know how bad they were!!! They didn't realize that we are two people there Buyer\ Seller. Now they lost both...Thanks guys for this info... I really looking forward that hope one day any of us could come up with a great site that could take ebay down...


mgp 23 months ago

what the heck is up with Ebay I know they need to help draw buyers in but the guys that pay the bills are the sellers you take the sellers down then they have no income unless they just want BIG SELLERS like amazon or overstock Oh well

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