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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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

      NOT ONLY AUCTION BUT STORES AND BUY IT NOW

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes

    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."

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      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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          WENDYSRASCALS 9 years ago

          interesting stuff!

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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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          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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          Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

          Excellent and extremely controversial page!

          Brenda

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          anonymous 8 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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          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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          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

          go EBAY!!!

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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

          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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          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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          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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          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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          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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          anonymous 7 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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          anonymous 7 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 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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          Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

          Interesting debate.

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          Max Wong 7 years ago from Singapore

          Thanks for this remarkable quality lens!

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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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          anonymous 7 years ago

          USE GOOGLE AUCTION & GOOGLE CHECKOUT!

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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

          @anonymous: Google has trouble getting people started with google checkout.

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          dryder 6 years ago

          Enjoyed your lens and the debate!

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          bsblmike2 6 years ago

          ebay is great

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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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          anonymous 6 years ago

          e-b + P.P. = sux

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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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          Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

          Very good lens on pretty provocative subject.

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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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          anonymous 4 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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          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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