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Are You Tired of Selling on Ebay? Take a Look at 3 Other Viable Options

Updated on November 8, 2010

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During the .com boom of the nineties Ebay became the icon of the online auction world. In fact, many tech experts hold the view that Ebay was responsible for turning the niche business of online auctions into a mainstream activity for individual consumers and small-businesses. Indeed, Ebay's name has become synonymous with being able to find and purchase any number of items including some of the strangest imaginable from sellers all over the world. The company is also linked to numerous entrepreneurial success stories. They are still clearly the dominant force in the online auction arena and they have also branched out into being the leader in global online payments, with their acquisition of PayPal. With that being said Ebay's business has gone through many transitions over the years and the Ebay of today is much more corporate than the entrepreneurial startup that was able to pioneer the online auction industry. As a result many new policies have been implemented within the online auction portion of their business. Not all of these changes have gone over very well with Ebay's sellers. Fee structures that can be onerous and overly complicated have drawn ire within parts of Ebay's selling community. Other common criticisms of Ebay's auction services include unwarranted account suspensions, poor feed-back & communication, and a lack of attention to how new rules affect the small-businesses who sell on Ebay. Though, Ebay has tried to reconcile these issues there is still a certain degree of tension and overall dissatisfaction among some sellers. Even, with a vocal segment of irritated sellers Ebay remains the number one firm in the online auction space. However, disgruntled sellers should know that Ebay is far from being the only game in town. The following section of this article will look at three other competing websites that offer individuals and small businesses another option instead of selling on Ebay.

Ebid.net

Ebid should be a top prospect for those looking to sell online. From looking at their site and reading some independent reviews it appears that Ebid has built a very competitive alternative to Ebay. Currently as I write this Ebid has around 2.1 million auctions running in over 10,000 different categories. Sellers who are tired of the many fees on ebay will probably be relieved to hear that Ebid is currently offering those who pay $50 up front a lifetime of zero auction fees if they join in October. Even without the $50 Free Lifetime Auctions deal, Ebid never has any listing fees unless you want to add photos or special headings in which case, you can pay a maximum of $ .15. Their final value fees also beat Ebay by a wide margin with a maximum final value fee of 3% versus Ebay's maximum around 13-14%.

http://www.ebid.net

Wigix.com

Wigix is another interesting prospect. Their website has a slick design and smooth interface. They also seem to be very community driven as many of the features indicate. Some of the innovative features that their site offers include the following: a Most Wanted List showing the most watched items on the site, The Option to Import Your Ebay Feedback Rating, The Ability for Buyers to tell the price that they would purchase an item, and Page Ownership allowing users to collect 5% of ad revenue from any page they have submitted. Wigix also incentivizes the dissemination of product knowledge to other users by compensating users who reach the level o f "category expert". Sellers looking to sell a high volume of items will be able also be able to appreciate many of the user friendly features on Wigix. Right now they are offering a customizable storefront which is free for those who sign up at this time. The site also allows you to track inventory levels and generates accounting & sales reports. As far as fees, Wigix boasts that they are completely free for those looking to sell items. This means there are never any listing fees, final-value fees, or any other transaction fees.

http://www.wigix.com

WebStore.com

This site is also very economical for sellers. Like Wigix, they also have no listing or final value fees. Webstore also advertises no sign-up fees right now. They seem to be a real hot spot for people looking to trade in crafts and collectibles. Some examples include numismatic coins, stamps, sports cards, pulp magazines, and comic books. But, they offer a variety of other categories to buy and sell in, as well. Popular items like clothing, electronics, books, and jewelry are all options for sellers. I even saw a 1965 Ford Galaxy Police Car, that the seller claimed had been used in the Movie Glory Days. The current bid was only $100! Out of the three alternatives I have reviewed, their website is probably the least snazzy and not quite as user friendly as the others. Still, for sellers of certain niche collectible items or even more mainstream this may be the place to start building a reputation. They do offer a storefront option and again its free!

http://www.webstore.com

Well to conclude, I hope this gives any disgruntled Ebay users a good starting point for possibly making an informed switch. I know there are still many more options to choose from as an alternative, but these three seemed to stand out as interesting and viable alternatives to Ebay. So anyone who decides to make a switch to any of the sites mentioned feel free to let me know what your experience was like, whether it was bad or good. Anyway best of luck!

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    • Mr Tindle profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr Tindle 

      7 years ago

      Maira818,

      Thanks, glad you found it useful.

    • Maira818 profile image

      Maira818 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

      who doesn't know ebay nowadays? I had always wanted to get into ebay; but now I could check out these other sites that have similar service. who knows... they might even be better! thanks for the info.

      nice hubpage! I like the information here!

    • Mr Tindle profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr Tindle 

      7 years ago

      Suziecat7,

      Great, hope it goes well if you decide to use it. Let us know how it goes.

    • suziecat7 profile image

      suziecat7 

      7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I'm off to check out Ebid. Thanks.

    • Mr Tindle profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr Tindle 

      7 years ago

      Nell Rose,

      Thanks for stoping by and reading my hub. I'm glad you found it helpful too.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, this is really interesting, I did start on e-bay quite a while ago, but for some reason they wouldn't let me join because I didn't have a landline phone! so anything else is great information, thanks nell

    • Mr Tindle profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr Tindle 

      7 years ago

      Glad you liked this hub chan0512, let us all know how Wigix works out for you.

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      chan0512 

      7 years ago from Camarillo, CA

      Interesting article. I was ebay seller before. I never notice these new websites. I tried ecrater, I like it. It doesn't charge any fee to sell or buy any stuff.

      Looks like Wigix is another contender, I'll give it a try if I sell anything again.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Mr Tindle profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr Tindle 

      7 years ago

      Hey Thanks for the feedback American_Choices, Glad you liked it!

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      American_Choices 

      7 years ago from USA

      Very helpful Hub.

      I wish ALL online stores would have the same innovative policies as HubPages. I cannot believe the changes HubPages has made in the months I have been here. I love HubPages because they care about the writers and really put the effort in the programming to make it simple. Setting up items for sale was very daunting for me on several sites. Setting up Hubs has been a simple and enjoyable pleasure and they make it better all the time.

      Competition is needed in this area and bringing us the information is critical.

      Next article on Froogle?

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