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5 Ways Amazon Is Better Than Ebay

Updated on June 1, 2016
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Krzysztof is a lifelong future tech junkie investigating the latest stories from companies like Apple, Samsung, Google, and Amazon.

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1. Amazon: Quality Items

High Quality Products

I'm sorry fans of eBay and other similar sites but Amazon.com offers nothing but high quality with its products.

You can't go wrong with shopping online at Amazon because there's so much variety along with so much continued growth that the company has trumped over every other e-commerce site.

The company prides itself on quality and even offers its own brand of goods from Amazon Basics that is affordable yet trustworthy. The only products that may not be as secure are those from an unfamiliar third party site, but you rarely come across a terrible item.

If you're in need of something that doesn't look cheap and won't break down in a day or two, then you cannot go wrong with this online shopping site.

I've completely stopped using similar e-commerce sites unless I need to purchase a product directly off a brand name site/store. I've stopped going to other websites because there's no need to keep going once you've already found what you're looking for.

2. Massive Selection of Goods

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Wide and Varied Selection

Can you buy batteries, groceries, a television, GPS, and a treadmill all in one place?

You definitely can when you shop at Amazon.

I realize that similar sites offer the same variety of products, but they're usually not what you'd expect. Products from other eCommerce sites are often pricier and don't offer free two-day shipping that you receive with Amazon Prime.

When I'm doing my online shopping I love being able to get everything I require in minutes without wasting time going from one site to the next. I don't have to waste time bidding on a product sold by a user that I'll eventually lose on in the last second anyway.

Recently I was able to purchase an Amazon Fire tablet as well as medical supplies off Amazon simultaneously. Before that I bought several grocery items, a handbag, and batteries.

There's literally nothing they don't have whether it's jewelry, clothing, medical supplies, food supplies, batteries, fishing tools, exercise equipment, and so much more.

I'll get them all fast, easy; and I can't say enough about their selection that seems limitless.

3. Online Library

A collection of books at a beautiful library.
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The Online Encyclopedia of eBooks

Amazon is the place for students that are in need of cheaper books.

Ebay, Chegg, and Barnes & Noble don't have the offerings that students need, their prices are way too steep, and they lack buying options.

Amazon's buying options include rentals, buying used, and buying new books. They also offer various options on the books whether it's paperback, hardcover, or eBooks provided either on your account or in your Amazon Kindle section.

They also offer special discounts for students whether it be through their referral program or free memberships/trials to Amazon Prime. If you're buying a used book, then the return program makes returning books at the end of the semester a snap.

They'll send you a packaging slip and a return shipping label. All you have to do is pack up the books and send it out to a UPS store for free.

When I used to attend community college, I would purchase books from the school bookstore but the prices were beyond ridiculous.

Since Amazon, I've been able to find that same book at half the price or better. The site is really a lifesaver for new college students, and I don't see anyone else topping it.

4. Amazon Prime

Prime Offers

I've been a member of Amazon Prime for over three years now, and I love it.

New users of Amazon Prime are usually offered a free 30 day trial and then pay an annual fee if they want to continue their membership.

The current annual fee of Prime is around $99 a year and $49 a year for students after their free trial has expired.

It may initially sound like a lot of money, but it's really only a bit over $8 a month and half that for students. The benefits you gain as a member far outweigh the annual fee.

With Amazon Prime you'll get access to:

  • Free two-day shipping
  • Prime instant streaming videos on multiple devices
  • Unlimited music streaming featuring 1000's of songs
  • Free unlimited photo storage
  • Collection of over 500,000 free eBooks
  • Early access to special deals and offers.

Not everything is Prime eligible though, so you have to be on the lookout for a blue prime marked logo next to the item.

I don't recommend getting the membership if you're an infrequent online shopper, but it'll save you a ton in shipping fees if you're an avid Amazon customer.

Most Amazon Prime customers often opt in for the free 1-2 day shipping and that alone will save you potentially hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year in shipping costs.

It's also only two-day shipping, which means you won't have to wait a week or more for an item like on eBay or other competitive e-commerce markets. Amazon also provides free one day shipping in many areas on millions of items as long as the purchase is $35 or higher.

The time and money you'll save as well as other benefits make Amazon Prime well worth the annual fee.

5. Trusted Customer Reviews

Consumer's Choice

As a frequent online shopper, I quickly realized that customer reviews do matter.

They matter because consumers want to be assured the products they get are worth the cost and time.

I don't buy anything from Amazon unless I know I'm getting the right deal and quality for the item. I make sure to check out the product reviews to see whether they are ranked four stars or better and if they're from top sellers.

  • You need to aim high if you're shopping online otherwise you'll get hurt.

Luckily Amazon is excellent because the recommendations are always on point, the reviews are always high quality and detailed, and I know exactly what I'm buying.

They also have a fantastic return policy in case the product is defunct or not what you expected. In the past I bought games and CD products that weren't functioning, and they took care of them for me in a couple days.

I had the same problem with one of the products I bought from eBay, but it took me over a week to resolve the problem and get my money back.

I don't want to wait over a week to get my refund, and the hassle of chasing down the seller drove me crazy. I never have to worry about that with this shopping site.

I'm always trying to find something wrong with these kinds of sites, but it's not easy to do. Amazon offers a ton of deals and specials throughout the year, which Prime members can benefit greatly from by the way, and everything is so professional.

I never dreamed e-commerce could ever become such a dominant force but it finally has. I've never felt safer buying online, getting desirable products, and trusting an eCommerce site.

I have to hand it to Amazon for going far and beyond their competition. It's why they're so successful and have been able to enter new territory that was once considered unthinkable.

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      Krzysztof Willman 9 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      I think a lot of people went through that transition and today it's everybody's go to place for online shopping. In fact Amazon is destroying other retailers as they continue to dominate multiple industries and with new projects on the horizon (Amazon Go, Prime Air) they won't be stopping anytime soon.

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      Zaton-Taran 9 months ago from California

      Your experience with Amazon mirrors mine! I refused to purchase anything other than books from Amazon while still in college: now, it's my go-to store. I even have online video streaming with the online super-store.

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      That's how it began for me; I only bought books at first because I didn't trust Amazon for anything else. Now I buy everything from them too. I used to use eBay a couple years ago but now I barely go over there. I wanted to try the Echo because I've heard great things; I'm curious to know how useful it is.

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      Timothy Arends 2 years ago from Chicago Region

      I initially bought only books from Amazon, but I have lately been branching out more and more. Some of the things I have bought from Amazon include physical books, ebooks, earrings for my mother, a new overhead light fixture to match one that broke, and of course Amazon's virtual assistant Amazon Echo! No wonder they have now beat out Walmart as the biggest retailer!

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      I'm interested to see how much more it'll advance in the coming years. Eventually I bet shipments will come in hours, not days.

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      Timothy Arends 2 years ago from Chicago Region

      Amazon's fulfillment system is truly amazing, with a bevy of robots and automated systems that give the starship Enterprise a run for its money.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub, Chris. I would love to do Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited sometime soon. Voted up!

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      It's definitely easier and less time consuming.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i rather use amazon than ebay because it is hard to find anything at ebay