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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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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I think that If we had a google auction, it would give ebay a run for their money!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      yes

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Ebay has no seller support whatsoever $6. You can be selling on Ebay and doing everything correctly with no buyer complaints and just when you think everything is going fine they can restrict your account for no reason and once you provide all the documentation they ask for they tell you that your case was denied and that you can't speak to anyone about it or know why it was denied and if you want you can re appeal the case but you can not know why you lose the case in the first place. Its purely some of the worst customer service ever in place of any business period.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Ebay has become a joke They say they want to protect buyer and seller. Right. Its just a way of making more money off fees.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Google start up an auction site, show Ebay who are a bunch of bullies with high fees, terrible customer care and don't care about there sellers who made them!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      What the f_ _ k are you waiting for google. You gave us the android platform now give us an auction site to shove down eBay's throat! You can slap eBay like a dirty hoe because you're a pimp. Lets get started already!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Ebay/paypal 30% cut of all profits hurts their monopoly needs to be busted. higher rates every few years and there policies have gotten to be outrageously biased against storefronts and large sellers.

      working from home i did 16 hour days and made 60k+ for about 6 years but last 2 years Ebay fees are up and one or two bad ebayers, can kill your top rated seller discounts and hit your pocket book hard. Come on google, give the online community that loves you some love. Break ebays strangle hold on the E-auction world.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes, yes, yes! Please!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      eBay need a bit of humility. If Google had there own auction service that was geared towards the people that use it as apposed to the stock holders it would kill off eBay!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I can not wait to get the party started,I want to list all of my item's like right NOW.

      Google you really need to be in the ring.LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE,,,,,

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      The customer service is horrific in ebay

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Ebay's monopoly for online auctions is extremely frustrating. I have sold over 10,000 items on ebay and they keep jacking up their fees. What really gets me fired up is that they bought Paypal and FORCED everyone to use it. I would switch to Google Auctions in a heart beat. Also, my two brothers and my two sisters also sell on ebay and would switch as well.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      You have know idea of how much I would like to see Google compete with eBay. I have been selling on eBay for many years and I think they are one sided and do not really care about there sellers or buyers. Even though they pretend to. They give there best sellers a 20% discount and look for any way possible to take it away. I feel like I am playing baseball with a toothpick against a ball bat. You can get negative feedback from anyone that buys from you just because they feel like giving it. One example I got a negative feedback from a buyer because he had to sign for his package because it was a $350 Coach briefcase and any item over $250 sold on eBay needs a signature. The buyer was upset that he had to pick it up at the post office even though he wrote a beautiful bag.

      That cost me 20% of my discount fees and over $1000 a month for 3 months during the height of selling period.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Ebay is out of control insane ! They act as if they hate sellers ! Ebay has become a hub for many counterfeit chinese goods and Chinese garbage !! I have been on ebay since 99 and they have treated me the entire time like a moron and i'm tired of it ! GOOGLE LET'S DO THIS PLEASE !!!!!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I say yes but paypal is the one that needs to be replaced also.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      yes, but the fees are too high. Etsy fees are more reasonable

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Ebay is only successful because of reliable and honest sellers. Unfortunately, Ebay continually abuses, neglects, and stiffs all sellers - large and small. Ebay is a shining example of why market competition is crucial for the success of free market enterprise. I can't understand why no large corporation want's a piece of the online auction pie.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      ebay is HORRIBLE.i bought and sold for 12+ yrs on it but would never use it now.i use to tell everyone i knew how great it was,now i tell all i can what a rip off it is,,all the rules to the average seller that made the place what it is and suddenly ebay doesn't want them anymore..lots of cheap chinese crap now.we need another auction bad ,one that leaves ebay in the dust.. i believe it will happen,just waiting to see who it will be.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      NOT ONLY AUCTION BUT STORES AND BUY IT NOW

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Ebay is way to big and has run unchecked for to many years now.

      The fees are crazy and the rules even worse. The best match search has done nothing but screw up things and the feedback being one sided along with the DSR system is stupid. I was even told on the phone by an Ebay rep that a neutral is counted as a negative!!?? What!!?? There is a lot of money to be made in the online auction business, I just wish Google or someone would step up and claim it.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      After 10 years selling on ebay, 100% positive feedback, power seller and top rated seller they Paypal blocked the payment for 21 days because in the * rating of shipping charge was 4.85%!!.The whole system is based on making profit for themself,they don'y care about sellers or whatsoever is just a total manipulation,fake excuse in order to squeeze us,is really an evil system and I would immediately run away.And recently they want to block my listing because my pictures are not 500 pixel on the side.My pictures are nice and in case they are not,is my f......g problem if I sell or not,since I pay regulary their fee!! I don't know if Google would be better,but at least I could give a chance with more awareness ....

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I cannot wait for the day that Google starts an Auctions site. I sell thousands of $$ on Ebay a year and I am frustrated. Ebay's management has become so greedy they raise fees or take away liberties on the site almost weekly. I hate Ebay but need them. We NEED competition. This is America. Please, Google, do it already! I will switch in a heartbeat!

    • nicey 4 years ago

      It would be nice if google compete with ebay. Capitalism is about competition.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      eBay has a total monopoly on online auctions and I would change in a heartbeat. I have been an eBay/PayPal member at least 8 years and I have maintained 100% positive feedback score the whole time. eBay charged me 10% plus paypal charged me another 10%. Thats 20% percent off the sale!! THAT IS OUTRAGEOUS!!! I lost my shirt on this auction. I had no idea that was the rate since I havn't sold anything in over 5 years. On top of all that, my seller account has allways had PayPal as the direct pay source. All the sudden without warning eBay fired an email to me stating that my bank refused payment for the direct payment on last month bill. That is so phony. I went paid the last months fee using paypal with no problem. Then they charged me $15 because they said the bank refused that payment. PayPal is their baby and they can do what ever they want to people and most people would just cower down and pay. I called them and demanded a credit back on the $15. I said I am disputing this fee. They said they would credit it within 24 to 48 hrs. This still remains to be seen. EBAY I QUIT!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Ebay are killing their original sellers, they only want bulk sellers who have a good distribution network and can offer ' shop ' type service and refunds etc. I am an Ebay top rated seller and silver power seller, but struggle to maintain this small discount on fees. I would move to google as soon as I could.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Bring on google Auctions but would need to have way lower fees than Feebay!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been suspended from Ebay (for life apparently) for a reason I know not... I have nere used it. I'm not a trader and I never bought anything. Ebay are happy to lose my custom and they don't care. As I'm not a trader it will not affect me, but traders should beware that people like me, potential buyers with cash, are being thrown off with no redress.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been buying and selling on Ebay for over 13 years, and have watched as the seller fees raised, over and over again... the fees have gotten ridiculous... It's like the boiling frog theory, and Ebay keeps testing to see what it can get away with with BECAUSE THERE IS NO VIABLE COMPETITION since Yahoo shutdown their auctions service. There is Amazon, but Amazon is not suitable for selling used items, and their fees are not much better. There are some alternative auction sites, but they have not really gained any traction (for example, I can't even recall the names -_- ). Realistically it will take a big brand name to garner the media attention/publicity and trust needed for a successfully alternative. I have waited and hoped that Craig's List or Google would step up an start an auction site, but suprise! Ebay apparently has an investment in CL so that may be why they never expanded into the auction arena (Why No FCC investigation?). As for Google, I am not quite sure why they haven't entered the segment. They have Google Checkout, and while I know that they have an advertising/marketing business relationship with Ebay, they should realize that Ebay needs Google them far more than Google needs Ebay.

      Also, FB might be a viable competitor. Just throwin it out there....

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I hate e bay! Bring on Google, lets play

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I make a living using Ebay and I hate the site. They treat you like your worthless. I spend 1000's each year for their service, but they know I have no other option and no matter how unhappy they make me I will stay. If you resale online you do it on Ebay. Period. I tried other sites and having my own page. Its a waste of time. If Google had an auction site It would be great ... great doesn't cut it. It would change my life this is my business. Oh and to watch Ebays attitude change over night would be priceless!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Ebay are dreadful for sellers to deal with! I have been forced through there not being any real alternative to use them when I would really rather not! Every cell in my body wants not to give them a single fee! I would be very pleased indeed if Google gave them some proper competetion!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Im very unhappy with paypal, one day i bought something on ebay and in 10 minutes i realised the payment was going to be made through bank not credit card, so it would take 4 days to check out, i dont have that time to get my item , so i cancelled a transaction on paypal, clicking on 'fraudulent use of my bank account' why? well , there was no way to cancel that transaction ! the platform did not offfer any other way of canceling that payment, so i talked with the seller on ebay, and we agreed to cancel transaction, and make a new one with my credit card, i bought the item and everyone happy, except paypal. now im banned on paypal and there is no way to gain access, and support for customers is very poor to unexistent. they make you call a 900 number, which is expensive calls, so.. im willing to go anywhere else. i keep buying items on ebay to the few sellers that accept direct bank transaction.. i know its not very safe, but i have no other choice

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      ebay knows that they havent got any strong alternatives and whenever they want they can kick out buyers or sellers for not giving a reason!! but if they had google against ebay than they will beg us to get back!! but i wouldnt!! i will pay more to use google!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I also have been a buyer and seller of ebay for many years. Like others I am tired of bending over backwards for unscrupulous buyers. They prey on your good reputation and demand ridiculous things. I recently got bad feedback from a buyer who did not pay, inspected the item prior to purchase, eventually paid half of what I was asking, damaged the item in transit, and then had the gall to ask for a refund. I told ebay to remove the feedback but they were not interested. Well neither am I. At least for the next 6 months I will use gumtree, or trading post, or my own website, and even if I sell nothing I will feel better about it. Go for it Google, you have my vote.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I've been an eBay seller (and buyer) for more than a decade, and am thoroughly fed up with their policies that allow buyers to lodge complaints for which there is no basis...and no provision for appeal by sellers. I primarily sell COPIES of historical documents, which are clearly described as COPIES, but I've had buyers complain because the COPIES were not hand-written originals; because they were printed on copy paper (maybe parchment was expected???); because they weren't framed; or because the buyer had difficulty deciphering the original 17th, 18th or 18th C. handwriting. In each case the buyer did not get what he/she aparently expected or hoped for...but did get precisely what I had clearly described in my eBay listing.

      The complaints count against me, but there's no mechanism by which I can defend my reputation as someone who describes thngs accurately and delivers what he describes.

      This is a major pain in the butt, and I'd happily shift to another auction platform that could level the playing field between buyers and sellers while still providing assurance that buyers will not be ripped off by unscrupulous sellers.

      Ron

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I would use in an instant.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes Ebay are taking the piss. Ridiculous fees, Totally buyer orientated. PLEASE GOOGLE JUST DO IT

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      We need comptition, it's healthy

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      GOOGLE AUCTIONS would be great I hate eBay.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      The eBay/PayPal monopoly needs to stop!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      SALES ON EBAY SUCKS 50-60% DOWN FOR THE LAST MONTH.I WILL BE HAPPY TO HOP TO GOOGLE

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i will quit ebay and celebrate on the day Google starts goobay

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      we need to put an end to ebays attitude, they tink they rule it all! you follow all of their rules and regulations & they still put limits on your selling. & their customer service stinks!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i have been selling on ebay off and on for several yrs. i have followed all of ebays rules and crap & i still have limits on my account. they are limiting how much i can sell and they hold up your $$$. WTH?? it is your product and your money, they have their nerve to hold up your cash... also their limits of 100 of $5000 suck! & how to get those limits lifted no body can help me with that either. just a thought maybe they do not have anyone on those phones at all since there is never anyone to answer them since if you get higher limits you could actually make some real $$.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      we need another auction site. ebay will NOT! cooperate with buyers or sellers. i was trying to sell a replica with of a WW II dagger, i did have swastikas on it, but that was a huge part of WW II & a huge religious symbol if people would look at their bible. ebay canceled my auction and reprimanded my selling account that if i don't have another reprimand will come off around march. very extreme in my opinion, they could issue warnings for the 1st offense then reprimand for repeat offenses. wth!!??

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      please make a auction so that ebay ca not rule the online auction world. have been trying for over a week to get an increase in my account limits & all i get is put on hold for 45 minutes for at least 4 days running up my cell phone minutes & still ended up hanging up without any increase. what to do but suffer until another excellent online auction starts.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, Yes, Yes

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      eBay became arrogant, mistreats customers from the top of its monopoly. Time for Google to step in. Get the lawyers ready and start a new auction site. I've been waiting for a long time.

      The only problem is that Google, too, has started to show signs of arrogance and World Domination intentions...

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      eBay has gotten too big for their britches and have forgotten who made them who they are. They have far more power than they should, and given time, like all ruthless and greedy empires, they will destroy themselves. They appear to working towards this rather fervently already considering the amount of sellers... and buyers... who are leaving, vowing never to return. Personally I would like to see eBay learn a lesson. I would love for someone with the ability, namely "Google", to show them that they are not indestructible... That operating the way they have been is NOT going to be able to continue IF they want to compete, which is what I think eBay needs... genuine competition. eBay was once a great resource, and ironically Google auctions may lead to eBay's salvation, however this salvation will have to be based on a return to the way eBay was, and it may be too late for that. Once someone has tasted that much power it's difficult to go back. Besides, they have alienated too many people. It's to the point now where eBay is no longer thought of in the positive. Surely they realize this.

      If Google began an auction site of their own I believe Google would far surpass eBay, and it may not take as long as one would think. eBay may still exist, and PayPal almost certainly would, especially if thought of as a separate entity, but Google, if done right, would knock eBay off of their self-proclaimed pedestal. I do not think there is much doubt about that. For me, unless something was terribly amiss, I would move all of my selling to Google the second they opened.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm a fairly new eBay seller but I'd like to try something new... So many rules and regulations even after you've proven yourself after two years...100% positive feed back..... They limit this, limit that and I have incredible ratings and I follow all their rules.... I was just called eBay a week ago and I received another 150 item increase, then today I was stop dead in my tracks with still 128 items left to list this month... They cut me off to 20 items allowed in designer clothing per month... WHAT??? How the heck I'm I going to build my store this way... Ridiculous I've been working my butt off for two months now I wen from 60 items to 380 in a few months... EBay then says we will over ride it for 24 hrs and we'll try to remove that from your store because you have good ratings... What??? I have to pay these people $49 a month plus my fees and I'm stopped till November 26th... How the heck do I pay these fees unless I can build, build, build... I need to open a store with other entities online... My own e-commerce is happening right after the holidays, can't wait... Google open that store now I need to make some money NOW!! My new store coming after the holidays will be cartbuys.com... My eBay store is cartbuys.... Hope to see Google Auctions soon...

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I would LOVE LOVE to have an option as between ebay's fees and Paypal's you are paying them almost as much as you get.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Ebay needs competition and there are only a few organizations who could take them on across the board of products and worldwide. Ebay have sellers and buyers of second hand goods across the world held to ransom as no other site can guarantee the exposure to achieve a good price. Ebay have killed off the classified adds in a lot of niche magazines etc. and replaced them with a monopoly which should be investigated by competition commissions across the world. Why has Ebay escaped the notice of so many democratic free market governments which would normally work to prevent the formation of monopolies and the ensuing abuse of consumers?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      ebay needs some competant competition on their monopoly, and GOOGLE has the oomph to do it, sign me up!!!!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      The consumer needs an alternative....

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Ebay is essentially dead. The fees are atrocious, and now this whole new arbitration thing is really outraging seller. It's just ridiculous. All Google would need to do is a little PR, and Ebay would be completely eclipsed within a matter of a year. I soooooo want google to run an online auction house. I'm sure the online retail environment would become revitalized and sales would increase. Especially if they don't interfere too much with the buyer/customer relations.

    • RamondaWillis 4 years ago

      The more competition the better for sellers. the seller fees are too much anyway.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Try eBid. The more people try eBid the more competition eBay will have.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      ebay is HORRIBLe and after 12+ yrs of being a buyer and a seller i wont use it anymore

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Ebay is like the US Government, becoming to big too fast. We all need another option that is strong enough to give ebay a run. Google could very well be the answer to ebays greed. John Donaho ruined the ebay! Come on Google get the show on the road. You have the power to do it!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I'll be willing to give Google Auctions my $1000's in fee's and leave Ebay, until then I'm stuck on Ebay.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I say yes eBay sucks.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      If google would create a site so sellers could sell or auction their items ebay would soon fall on their face. I would welcome google to do this and would be their first seller. Ebay is a store with sadistic rules and regulations designed to ruin the seller and gives an unfair advantage to buyers that abuse sellers. For instance:" I've had this item for 60 days and whoops I broke it and want my money back" and guess what? Ebay/Pay Pal will do just that. They will reach into your bank account or credit card and take the money and give it back to the customer. Heres another example: " The buyer bids on an item and its tied up for 8 days because he refuses to pay and thats only if you file a no-pay complaint against the buyer. In otherwise even if you have a second chance buyer you lose him to all this run around. Then they have a rule if the buyer wants to make payments ebay says he can. Yeah beleive it or not. Well just read their rules and see for yourself and run like a scalded cat ( yeow )." When a buyer doesn't pay you can't give him negative feedback and if you try ebay hides it from sellers. A seller must be able to warn other sellers and all buyer would have to submit a picture and proper ID to buy because if he doesn't he can just create a new account and start over abusing sellers. Even though you can put I do not accept returns on your item page it means nothing because will force you to accept returns no matter what the reason. Get it? No you dont, but you will if you start selling on ebay. Yikes! I can see protecting a buyer to a certain extent but not to a level where they can return a item used by them up to 60 days later and it states this in ebay policy. Of course you don't know it when you start selling but you will. Every rule and regulation is set up for the buyer and none for the seller except for the false front they put up that means exactly nothing. Come on google we need ya now. I'd even help you set up proper rules and regulations as I have a bachalors degree in civil law. Oh did I mention I'm going to file a civil action against ebay. Anyone thats been a seller on ebay and has an issue can contact me at ( tonysrader@yahoo.com ) and I'll add them to a class acton suit. bye now. Tony

    • elpereles 5 years ago

      Stupid "take a side". People, it is time to open your eyes. eBay = Google , because both are companies created to make $$$$. Right now, after years created the Google Checkout (GCO) is still a baby in "Pampers". Google is a worldwide company, but the GCO is only available to use for sellers in US (50 states) and UK. So if they going to face eBay. The 1rst thing is to have a competent payment method and not just other wannabe "PayPal Alternative".

      I believe in the "Alternatives eBay" sites like etsy, eCrater, Bonz, eBid, Blujay, etc, but all of them in point or another just stop growing/evolving or try to become the next eBay.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Ebay is a little kid turning into a bully who needs a good spanking

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I think Virgin would be a good company to compete against ebay. Virgin have a long track record of entering businesses where someone holds a monopoly and then offering an alternative which is often cheaper and better.

    • SergioBatista LM 5 years ago

      It is always better to have competition, and at the moment Ebay doesn't. I am not particular interested in a Google solution, but the market would benefit from an alternative and Google can surely deliver it

    • elibenporat 5 years ago

      I think they or or a company like facebook should, but it is very unlikely they will succeed. What you'll see is a lot of niche sites like Etsy.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Ebay SUCKS

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      The day google release thier own auction site and finally put in place google wallet so it works just like paypal or PPPAY.COM the entire world will sigh in relief! so many sellers have been ripped off with ebay siding with customers, my cousin the other day ripped a poor guy off. The guy didnt send the xbox 360 with 5 games via (to sign for) delivery! my cousin then reported it as item never recieved ebay and paypal quickly sided with him so he scored with the xbox and got his £250 back also! as a EX ebay seller myself ebay done me out of £1000's of pounds I purchased a pallet of DR DRE beats headphones all 100% official sold every pair at a rock bottom price but still enough to clear a few £100 profit which was awesome!!!! sent all of them out! came to the last few pair!!!! ebay took them off said they werent genuine" OH YES!!!! AT THIS TIME I WAS STEAMING!!!!!! ebay then sidded with each buyer for a refund! and I lost over £6000 within 3 days!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Please provide the public with an alternative auction website & show ebay that they cant rule the auction world!! If anyone could compete with them its you GOOGLE!!! What are you waiting for strike while the irons HOT!!! NOW IS THE TIME!!! Feebay has screwed sooo many people over you would probably have a million hits the 1st DAY!!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes! It would give the world an alternative; providing they don't get hooked up with paypal.

      I would deffinately use them on a regular basis.

      Dizzy.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Please stop these criminals from stealing hard earned money..I will switch over in a heart beat. I worry every time someone says they will give bad feedback..PLEASE!!!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Absolutely!!!! eBay has started to become a money pit. Taking upwards of 30% (with paypal included) of anything you sell. They are also charging sellers a percentage of shipping fees even if they charge the amount the postage costs. That is hiway robbery and eBay should hang their heads in shame. I guess someone had to pay for the owner to run for political office in california.

      I currently have 25k in inventory on ebay and would move it in a minute to a new site should one arise!!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      YAY!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Please give me a viable alternative Google. I hate eBay

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Iwould love to see a new google auction.I would definitely participate in SELLING ON GOOGLE WEBSITE.cOME ON GOOGLE&goodbye Ebay.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      If you step on everybody to get to the top you have to do something. Look at eBay now it also took on the Amazon look in books. What happened to Yahoo Auction vs Ebay someone knows I was around when eBay vs wagglepop went down.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      It's the excessive fees that make feebay suck.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Please support the folloeing e-petition

      http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/17996

      Although I think it would be good for eBay to have competition, it would also be good if eBay and Paypal were regulated within the UK. Please sign the e-petition and promote it.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I've been an ebay seller since 1998. They have continued to hike fees while restricting sellers and automatically siding all disputes with buyers. It is time for some good old fashioned competition.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      eBay now charges final value fees on your shipping costs. This means that the money you collect to send the item is now being deducted from you. To make matters worse eBay has shipping caps which prevent you from increasing your shipping charges. This is insane. The seller is now expected to ship the item to the buyer out of their own pocket. If you send a heavy item or ship internationally you will lose a ton of money selling an item on eBay now.

    • QIRK323 5 years ago

      oh hell yes, ebay changes rules and policy on a daily basis, i work to make money for, ebay does not give me a paycheck, and i'm tired of paying them for the privilege of working for them.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Ebay has had their nose up for far too long! Bring on Google Auctions!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      down with ebay bring on the GOOGLE AUCTION REVOLUTION

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      sooner the better

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Google pleas open i would love to be on your site

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Ebay has taken a turn for the worst. Selling Limits? WTF is that for? They are stunting their own bottom line by limiting what you can sell. The CEO should be axed. Another thing if you haven't noticed do a search on the item you are selling then scroll down to the bottom of the page. Sponsored links to large big box companies selling the same stuff. Total F-n sell outs ebay. They are a joke I'll keep the majority of my listings on Bonanza and Amazon. Ebay if you don't make some changes fast you are going to end up with a LISTING TRANSFER DAY just like the big banks received this weekend. Keep it up Feebay....

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Ebay is playing with fire and will get burned bad in the near future. No one is going to show loyalty to a company that has treated them with so much hostility.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I cannot understand why this is even considered an topic that needs discussing. I don't mean I am not interested, as I am and I HATE eBay!!!

      My point is where are the bigger companies, are they taking on the Mafia, NO!

      If I had the money, eBay would be out of business by now, but I don't.

      So Google, please get your backsides in gear and takeout eBay! You got the money, search engines, consumers, etc.... what more could they possibly need!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      We need competition against Ebay as they have a monopoly and are making it more expensive and harder for people to sell items, including charging selling fees on shipping costs. They are trying to force people to buy shipping through them instead of from UPS, USPS and Fedex and I understand they may be trying to force people to buy packaging products through them also. Now they are holding payments on items of new buyers until the buyer receives the item and Okeys it. The new buyer has to acrue 90 days selling, 25 items sold and $250 worth sold before they can get their money before shipping an item, except shipping costs paid through ebay will be allowed, with postage and labels printed off through ebay.

      Ebay has too much say over shipping, payments and etc!!!

      We would use Google Auctions of they have reasonable costs, no lisiting fees and good selling and buying policies.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes. As an entrepreneur, I know that Capitalism works best for everyone,buyer and seller, when there is competition.

      As it is now, eBay charges excessive fees because it can. It favors the Buyers as the Sellers have little other option. I quit being a Seller after being given unwarranted negatives, and eBay would not cancel them even though the "Buyers" had not communicated with me, and were both provably wrong.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      If google was to offer an auction site to rival ebay i would be happy to move over to google, ebay in my opinion is very over rated and i believe that it is only top of the perch because no other auction site has been able to gain any of ebays users. If more people who use auction took the plunge and tried to use an alternative auction site maybe this would free up some of the market ebay hold, its about taking a chance in the short term that may lead to a rival auction site in the long term. Ebay are very very expensive, i have stopped using ebay now because i found there selling fees very expensive and in fairness not cost effective, i dont like being bullied into using paypal and paying ebay another load of fees and i decided to boycott them and not use them at all, until another auction site comes along that can challenge ebay my days on selling and buying is to a halt, i hope google can come in and gain some of the dominence that ebay hold and take the auction world back to what it should be, a fun experiance and not this world of big buisness that ebay have turned there site into, it is full of scandle and poor dealings and all this has come about because ebay ruined what the initial idea was and that was for people to sell there unwanted items and to buy things they wanted, that now has no relevence and ebay will determine what we sell, when we sell it and how much we are charged for it in fees, come on google give it a go. Dave Allen, St Helens

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      If google created an online auction site, I would utilize both google and ebay to sell my products. I think we should have more than one site to sell. It gets our name out there in more than one area, providing more sales and increase financial stubility.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I was one of eBay's earliest sellers starting back in 96, I have seen every change they've made and its gone from a brilliant fun site to a beyond frustrating experience. I wish vehemently that eBay falls! Charging sellers 10% shipping fees when we only charge actual postage is just plain dishonest stealing and telling us how much we can charge for shipping period is just ridiculous. You can only charge $4 shipping for a video game. I recently sold a software game with books/manuals that cost over $9 actual cost to ship. So I get stiffed on $5 plus ebay charges me another 10% shipping fee on top of final value fees and paypal fees. Die in a fire eBay!!!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I've been migrating everything to Google, email, social, news, etc. Why not auctions, too?

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      yessssssssssss google me up

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I pay about £7000 a year in Ebay fees, and I hate them so much I cant tell you - appalling, useless, morons. Dear god, I am desperate to give my money to someone else - come on Google!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Google should definatly get in to the auction business. eBay fees are out rageous, it is time eBay had some real competition. eBay has gone unchecked for far to long it is time someone put them in their place and I believe google is just the one to do it.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I have 500.00 worth of jewelry to sell and I really don't want to have to use Ebay. I can't stand Ebay/PayPal. GOOGLE Please Help!

    I'm happy letting ebay ramp up their fees with no competition

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Ebay sucks. It's just ridiculous how they ever charge for everything. I've had 100% pos. feedback for over 5 years with them. I have to say....I just quit and never went back because of the greedy way they do business.

        Google........they'll be just as bad. I cannot go any place on the internet, download anything, or even go to a web site without them shoving Google Chrome down my throat. Trying sneaky tactics to get me to use it. I get calls from one of their 32 telemarketing stations at least once a day asking me to update my Google listing. They have me listed as a friggin Whataburger. And when I try to tell em I'm a residence...they hang up. They never have a number on caller ID. Just 000-000-0000. So far as I am concerned.....they're just another bunch of bottom feeding scum like the rest. So no.....I wouldn't bother with their on line auction. I quit Ebay and my life is a lot less stressful for it. I can only imagine the garbage that Google would try and flim flam me into or out of.......

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Google penguin just wiped out my traffic. I threw Google checkout off my site and quit Adwords as well. I will never use or trust Google for anything again ever.

      • Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

        Competition is good, but at the moment seems e-Bay offers better service.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        ebay are the real pirates in cyberspace - and everyone should realize that. They are no better than

        Nigerian scammers. Will Google be any better? - In the long term? Unlikely. They will be exactly the same

        - as they are motivated by the same $ - Ask yourself - Is Apple any better than Micro$oft? - Same pigs in a

        different pen. They still smell the same. Don't be fooled kiddies. They are only cute when they are little.

        Get the picture?

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        ebay are the real pirates in cyberspace - and everyone should realize that. They are no better than Nigerian scammers. Will Google be any better? - In the long term? Unlikely. They will be exactly the same - as they are motivated by the same $ - Ask yourself - Is Apple any better than Micro$oft? - Same pigs in a different pen. They still smell the same. Don't be fooled kiddies. They are only cute when they are little. Get the picture?

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        If Google would be willing to pump a boat load of advertised dollars in to starting this auction site up and I mean a BOAT LOAD. I would more all my listings over but it's a caught 22 Googles not going to put out the money needed to compete with eBays advertising until they starts seeing a profit and that profit won't happen until the airways are flooded the ads and people start talking about Google being better then eBay. They won't talk if they don't hear it in the advertising... look at Apple vs Windows. Apple flooded the Airways with those ads about their computers being safer and easier to use... I personally know of people that switched to Apple computers because said that they seen the ads and were waiting for a change, but this is the first I've heard about Google auctions and I'm on the web 12-15 hours a day selling on eBay, Amazon and Overstock so really Google auctions is more like a want to be eBay... face it eBay has more money then GOD! Google is small outfit compared to them. Sad but true if you want to make real money selling online you have to use eBay and accept Paypal and be happy with what little piece of the pie they let you have.

      • RealityTV LM 6 years ago

        Ebay rules in the auction category.

      • bsblmike2 6 years ago

        ebayy ftw

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        I'm very happy with ebay. In over 800 transactions, I've had maybe one or two problems.

        I treat my sellers with respect and they return the favor.

        Ebay is great!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Google will never start an auction website. Why do people think going from one evil empire to to another would be an improvement is ridiculous.

      • peterpaan 8 years ago

        there should be one niche google is not reaching the leader position ;)

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        ebay is so much better than googles take on the same thing. I think its time that google learnt their place and stopped trying to walk over everyone else!

      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

      Chances are you have friends who have been thrilled with deals they got on eBay. Maybe you'd like to get in on the eBay action, but don't know where to start. Or maybe you've bought on eBay before, but want to get the inside scoop on scooping up the very best deals. This book is for you. It helps you differentiate between the junk and the jewels and get the best buys on everything from clothing, household goods, and electronics to business equipment, new or used cars, and real estate! Written by Marsha Collier, self-professed bargain shopper and best selling author of eBay For Dummies, eBay Bargain Shopping For Dummies is packed with advice and anecdotes from other experts, some of whom make a living buying and selling on eBay. It helps you begin shopping on eBay quickly, safely, and successfully, with information on: Using the My eBay Page to keep up with your potential deals Using feedback about sellers and shopping safely Bidding, buying, and winning Things to look for and things to look out for Ways to pay, including PayPal Taking advantage of eBay's search functions and refining your searches to zero in on sought-after items Shopping eBay's Bargain Basement Even successful eBay veterans will discover tips and tricks they didn't know and bargain shopping secrets. Whether you want to use eBay to seek out and snap up hard-to-find collectibles, or simply to save on everyday purchases, eBay Bargain Shopping For Dummies takes you step-by-step through the process. And to get you started right, the book is a real bargain!

      People are visiting this page from.....

      On the 9th November 2008 I added this stat counter to see where visitors to this page are coming from.

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

      So, if you want to leave some general comments, please feel free to do so!

      There's more below the comments too!

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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 5 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 6 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 6 years ago

          ebay is great

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          dryder 6 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 7 years ago from Singapore

          Thanks for this remarkable quality lens!

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          Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

          Interesting debate.

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          anonymous 7 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 8 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 8 years ago

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

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          anonymous 8 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 8 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 8 years ago

          go EBAY!!!

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          anonymous 8 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 8 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 8 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!