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Are You Tired of Selling on Ebay? Take a Look at 3 Other Viable Options
The Ebay Empire
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 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%.
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.
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!
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!