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Google Auctions Vs. Ebay

Updated on November 10, 2011

HERE'S WHAT I THINK

Google Should Compete With Ebay

Everyone and their dog knows there is only one player in the online auction world. Ebay have a very unhealthy monopoly of the market, allowing them to hike up fees, kick off buyers and sellers alike, force people to use Paypal, which incidentally is owned by ebay and also charges higher fees than any other provider. These are just the tip of the iceberg as to why ebay is becoming very unpopular amongst sellers, and a few buyers!

Although other big players have dipped their toes in running online Auctions, notably amazon and yahoo, neither committed to these or provided the resources and support to offer a viable alternative. Yahoo Auctions was pulled after only a few months and although amazon auctions was ticking over with very little publicity or support from amazon it was also closed down recently.

Many people have got quite excited about the possibility of Google running their own auction site. Although nothing has officially been stated by Google, the introduction of Google Checkout last year is certainly a great foundation for google to do so. Other online auction sites suffer from not being indexed by search engines and not having a secure online payment system, unless they use paypal, which kinda defies the point of being independent if you end up giving ebay a cut of the profits by using paypal.

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Ebay Versus Google Auctions

Google Should Compete With Ebay

Why other auction sites fail

There is no shortage of other auction sites, (just check the list below!) But why do they not deliver?

One of the main reasons is that customers are a suspicious lot. Would you sign up for an account with any of them as a buyer? When it's easier to just go straight to ebay and have a choice of hundreds? Though, if Google were to join the Auction Market, many would be customers already have google accounts and would be happy to trust a google auction site.

The other big reason is that as very few people actually sell on these other sites, the range of items is very poor in comparison.

Finally, many other auction sites seem to have problems getting their sites listed, or even their items listed on search engines. So even if they do have something you want, no one is going to tell you it's there.

Google Checkout Interview

If google will agree to an interview about the possibility of starting an auction site, we will add it!

Meanwhile here's one of the Google Guys being interviewed about Google Checkout, which is surely the cornerstone of them opening and auction site in the near future.

Google Auctions and Adsense

Google recently integrated a pay-per-action facility to their adsense program. Surely it won't be too much more for them to add a specific auction advert module where you could define a few parameters and have this show in your advert box?

Am I dreaming or would this be a great feature for users of their auctions and advertisers? Not forgetting potential bidders who would see their adverts everywhere!

The Google Story

"Here is the story behind one of the most remarkable Internet successes of our time. Based on scrupulous research and extraordinary access to Google, the book takes you inside the creation and growth of a company whose name is a favorite brand and a standard verb recognized around the world."

eBay Bargain Shopping For Dummies

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Now you can see where in the world the idea for Google Auctions is popular!

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      DobbyMiller 4 years ago

      It's funny how you bring this subject up. I myself just had a personal rant over them in the past week. I am flaburgasted as to how, what, why, or when things changed for the buyer not the seller. It's been a few years since I have sold anything on there site and apparently that is a big no no. Btw, I am still looking for that phone call from them and I doubt I never will get it. Thinking very seriously to closing my account. I would be all for Goobay!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Add Bidstart to US Auction sites/ Please do something to stop eBay tactics. They think two stamps are the same if they are Mint Never Hinged - so you can tell one is centered Fine and one superb but yes they are the same Scott Number. They are not reasonable as to what they take down and totaklly unreasonable as to treatment of sellers.

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      bidzinger 5 years ago

      Love the lens! There are other alternatives besides Ebay. I am with a company called Bidzinger that has been around since 2008 and have seen their success and continued growth. I have also made many sales on this site as well as others. It's a venue like others that is worth attention for the seller.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Very good lens on pretty provocative subject.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      WOW! Thanks for sharing your ideas and tips with the squid community. This is a fantastic lens! Keep up the great work.

      One big thumbs up vote given for this lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      e-b + P.P. = sux

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      spudmurphys 7 years ago

      Google and ebay are great ways to earn extra money. Google can be tough sometimes though when they do stuff with your website that you can't explain! Great Page though well done!

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      bsblmike2 7 years ago

      ebay is great

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      dryder 7 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens and the debate!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: they dont need paypal, they have google check out!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      USE GOOGLE AUCTION & GOOGLE CHECKOUT!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'd love to see google start an auction, as long as they used any body but paypal.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'd love to see google start an auction, as long as they used any body but paypal.

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      Max Wong 8 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for this remarkable quality lens!

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting debate.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I officially hate eBay. I was a member for 10 years and 100% feedback, you would think they would treat online customers more professionally.

      I listed a Pioneer DVD player this past month and BANG they canceled my auction and suspended me for NO REASON! Only stated they did not think I was auctioningéacting in the SPIRIT of their policies - WTF?

      Thanks ebay, I hope your monopoly ends soon.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Ebay this name make me sick...I have lost so much money due to their new rules...I hope google do create a auction site.. and take the bastard ebay out of market for good..

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      If Google opened an auction site with a nice, clean, easy to use interface - they would BLOW eBay out of the water. They have the ultimate advertizing tool with their Google search engine. All it would take is for them to add a small flashing icon on Google searches mainpage saying: "NEW GoggleBay" and everyone would click it.

      eBay have made a very bad mistake by getting on the wrong side of sellers in so many different ways. 80% of current sellers would drop eBay in favour of gBay in a heart beat. And where the sellers go, the buyers will follow.

      GO GO GO GoogleBay!!!

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      Nochipra 8 years ago

      I've sold on ebay before but stopped when they started making changes. I've thought about going back but if google did start an auction site, I'd give them a try if their rates were good.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      There are many options now; I think choice is great but as an eBay seller, I'm with eBay to stay.

      Brenda

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      eBid-Squid 9 years ago

      I would so love Google auctions but in for now it's eBid.net and Google checkout for me.

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      eBid-Squid 9 years ago

      The only alternative auction site big enough to take on eBay is eBid.net or Google

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Google would stand the best chance of giving eBay a run for their money. Other auction sites fail because they just don't have that "household" name recognition. That's why Google is the best candidate for the job. Google is as big of an icon as the Bay! Come on Google, the time is ripe!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      A great alternative to ebay..

      http://www.wensy.com

      Please come all sellers here NOW! ! !

      ..and Google Auction wanted NOW ! ! !

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      go EBAY!!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Come on Google....everybody loves your site and with so many disgruntled ebay users, there is no better time than now to launch an auction site. If you launched an auction site, I GUARANTEE ebay users would flood your site by the millions. With Google checkout and your search engine in place this would be a logical next step.

      Please Google...bury ebay!!!

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      MatCauthon 9 years ago

      Well in our corner of the planet, eBay is still acceptable. :-) We all hope it stays that way and not follow the path of eBay.com

      A duel in the lens below still has no defenders on the side of eBay.

      Portable eBay - It's eBay on the Move!!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I agree Ebay needs competetion. I am a former ebay power seller and internet marketer. Ebay is now forcing people to use paypal as a condiditon to selling with them. I don't now and not ever again will sell on ebay and I closed my paypal account. I have been selling my items on various sites on the net. I love google checkout an that is the only checkout system I use. Google already has the infrastructure in place an auction would be easy to launch. They already have a great web presence and I think it wouldn't take no time for them to humble ebay which is getting out of control.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Ebay sucks beyond explanation. Horrible to there REAL customers (the sellers!) and getting worse still.

      They ban you if you speak out against them, and suspend your account even if you have 5000 feedback! GIVE ME AN ALTERNATIVE WITH REAL POWER!

      GIVE ME GOOGLE AUCTIONS!

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      Treasures By Brenda 9 years ago from Canada

      Excellent and extremely controversial page!

      Brenda

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      TheBookGarden1 9 years ago

      Interesting comments Lewis, though google could well run an auction site as a service to the community organising the world's data could easily cover this and we'd get a fee free auction site powered by google!

      This would obviously impact on the relationship with ebay and advertising revenue, but am sure they'd pick up the slack quickly on this and running adverts on the auction site would more than cover the loss in revenue from ebay.

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      MrLewisSmile LM 9 years ago

      I just finished reading The Google Story, the book listed here. And it's really good. I don't think Google will open Google Auctions, because they don't see themselves as a commercial company. Their aim is to 'organise all the world's data'. And if they make a profit from it, great. But right now, when they look at a new idea they don't ask 'will it earn us money', they ask 'will it scale, and will it be useful?'

      So I don't think Google Auctions will be coming any time soon.....

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      WENDYSRASCALS 9 years ago

      interesting stuff!