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8 Great Alternatives to Selling on eBay

Updated on December 31, 2015

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If you’re fed up wit eBay charging sky high fees or constantly moving the goal posts for sellers. You may have had paypal reach into your account and refund a buyer or fraudster without carrying out a full investigation.
If any or all of these are your experiences with eBay in this Hub I’ve put together all the other sales sites where you can put your goods up for sale and generate a bit of extra green. You will get different results with each site and some are more suited to high volume sellers while others a best for private individuals who sell the occasional item. I’ve been a buyer and seller on most of the sites so I’ve given my own thoughts on each one. Also given my own thoughts on each placed a link to each site so you can carry out your own review or sign up.

Amazon

Just as big as eBay if not bigger and easily gets as much traffic. The fees that Amazon charges always seem more than eBay’s in some way but apparently they are about the same. Amazon doesn’t charge for placing anything on their site for sale but it’s a higher FVF. The way you list on Amazon is also incredibly easy. Usually you just enter the numbers off a bar code, add quantity and condition from a drop down box and that’s it your all set. Amazon even has a photo catalogue that you can use so no need to break out the digital camera and go all David Bailey.

Before you put anything for sale on Amazon check recently sold prices on eBay sometimes the prices on eBay and Amazon can differ dramatically. See which platform will get the best price. There are sellers who buy on Amazon to then resell on eBay and vice verse.

Amazon also has FBA (fulfilment by Amazon.) In simple terms you send what you want to sell to amazon they look after it at their warehouse and send it to the buyer when it sells. As usual with anything there is a fee for this service.

Amazon also has stricter standards for sellers. If a sellers standards drops below a set level for a few sales they can quickly find

eBid

I’ve used eBid to sell a decent amount of stuff and I was just seeing how the site went and how everything sold. There were a few problems with eBid that I initially struggled with.
1. Traffic i.e. getting buyers to the site. Its no where near the realms of eBay or Amazon and as far as I can see this is still the main problem
2. Two the way you used to list your items on the site was quite difficult it just didn’t run smooth and felt awkward some how.
3. Three and what could be a major cause of lack of traffic, the junk that was listed for sale on the site.

However I recently went back to eBid to sell a Nerf gun the interface has been updated and it’s now quite easy to list something for sale. Traffic seems to have increased its still not anywhere near eBay or Amazon but its going in the right direction. Also a lot of the auctions are now of quite a high standard. So the people behind the site appear to be making some good consistent improvements. They also appear to be putting in real effort into attracting more buyers and high quality sellers to the site. The only other issue is the £49.99 you pay to sell on eBid. However once it’s paid that’s it, no listing fees unless you want upgrades, no Final Value Fees, 5 Free Photos, 5 Free eBid Stores, Uploads to Google Shopping, import feedback from eBay, no restrictions on the amount of Listings, no other hidden selling fees.

It might be well worth keeping close eye on eBid and see how things pan out before you commit to spending 50.00 quid

Etsy

Etsy is for the sale of everything crafty, vintage, craft supplies and anything antiquey. (If that’s a word) Etsy’s is going great guns at the moment and attracts an amazing amount of traffic of both buyers and high quality sellers. The only problem I can really find with Etsy! Your quite limited to what you can sell. However that’s what the site was set up for and it’s a great niche site. Etsy only charge commission of 3.5%, 13p listing fee & a small fee for handling the cash side of things. Etsy is the ideal if you want sell anything to do with art and craft including the supply of craft items as well as antique and vintage goods. This would be my first port of call if I was selling in any of the categories rather than eBay or Amazon.

Gumtree UK

The site went live in September 2004 and began as local ad site for the London area. Gumtree has now grown to cover the whole of the U.K. The site also now offers ads to businesses, which helps to promote them in their own local area. For a fee, businesses can also place a sales ad on Gumtree. Putting in a classified add For Joe public however is totally free. You can sell just about anything you want.

Gumtree now has over 200K followers on twitter and 15K on Facebook. The team behind Gumtree use social media really well to send out news updates as well as competitions.

The only couple of things I don’t about sites like these are they are only local which restricts the amount of buyers looking at your item and the buyer collecting from your home, which I’m always a little uncomfortable with

Facebook

Facebook has tons of selling community pages in almost every part of the world. They are a great place to buy and sell and again the sky is the limit to what you can sell. Using social media to sell I’m certain is going to be huge in the future and I don’t think it’s any where as big as its going to get.

Just like classified ad sites there are no fees. Simply find a buying and selling group near you and sign up. You then usually free to upload pictures and descriptions. If your allowing people to come to your home to pick the item up you should have someone with you when they call and complete the sale in simple setting, the kitchen is ideal. Always be willing to negotiate on your price. They will usually want to haggle

Car Boot Sales, Flea Markets Or Swap Meets

Behind using eBay this is my other favourite type of selling. With a bit preparation and planning you can make a lot of money in very short place of time. You can also get rid of lots of clutter from around the home in one fell swoop.

The cost of the pitch fee at flea markets and car boot sales can vary greatly so it may well be worth having a look around to get yourself the best value. You should also be prepared for a hard days work running a boot sale from about 6am to 1pm is not everyone’s idea of fun. However if you plan the day and you make a bit of effort setting up your stall to make it look interesting you can make a load of money.

I did another on Hub on the subject of flea markets and car boot sales with some hints and tips from other seasoned boot sellers and myself.

Your Own Web Store

Your Own Web site
If you’re so minded you can of course start your own online store and to do this no nowhere near as hard as people in I.T people might have you believe. There a lots of straight out of box web stores on the market. If you have any sort of idea about using a computer you can probably get a web store set up.

With your own web site you are building your own brand. I hear it a lot “I bought it on eBay” or “it was cheap on Amazon” The seller who did all the work hardly ever gets mentioned. You also get to choose all of the other stuff like design, what you’re going to sell what payment platforms to accept.

If you are going to go down this road you really need to be in quite a niche market I personally wouldn’t try and sell all things to all people. If you try and sell general run of the mill items, you'll very quickly discover you’re up against big companies who have very deep pockets for things like SEO, advertising they also usually dedicated web design and development team.

Craigslist

This is a site like Gumtree only much, much bigger. Craigslist started in the U.S and now reaches just about every part of the globe. Just like Gumtree you can sell just about anything for free. No listing fees or FVF's at all. The down side, at best it’s really basic. Another problem with Craigslist it received a lot of bad press with regards to bogus sellers and buyers who are out just to rip you off and separate you from your goods or cash or both. However it is still a great platform to sell on. As with sales platform just exercise a bit of cautionary common sense.

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    • VirginiaLynne profile image

      Virginia Kearney 22 months ago from United States

      Bricklink is a great place to sell used Legos. There is a lot of competition but if you have full sets, you can generally sell them there. I do sell a lot on Amazon but don't always make much money because of fees.

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      Ade 23 months ago from South Wales

      Totally agree, I've been selling on eBay for 15 years I have yet to find a better platform. I did this hub because I know a lot of people are unhappy with eBay constantly increasing fee's and moving the goal posts for sellers. I wanted to let people know there are alternatives where you can sell what you have.

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      Jasmeet Kaur 23 months ago from India

      I am selling nail art products via ebay and facebook.. ebay is fine for me