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10 Sites Like eBay: Other Websites to Buy and Sell On

Updated on August 13, 2016

10 Sites Like eBay: A Collection of eBay Alternatives

Can't find what you want on eBay, or looking for somewhere else to sell your products? There are plenty of sites like eBay available (for both buyers and sellers) that can offer you reduced fees, stronger protection and specialise in certain categories or geographies.

eBay started in 1995 as a simple place to bring buyers and sellers together and is one of the most well known Internet success stories. Since then, eBay has expanded rapidly and regularly added new features to keep it at the forefront of online auctions. Improvements such as the buy-it-now and store options now make it the most popular online auction website available, where you can find anything from clothing to video games electronics and collectables.

Many sites like eBay listed below focus on reducing your selling expenses (both listing fees and selling fees). This is a common issue with eBay for high volume sellers who find the selling fees cut into their profit margin.

My dad loves to sell things on eBay regularly but after listening to him complain about fees, I decided to track down some alternatives for him (which you'll find below). He now sells across a number of sites which has helped him branch out and remove his dependence on eBay as a selling platform (and he couldn't be happier).

To help you choose the ideal website for you each option includes a handy table of quick information. Stop by the comment section to share your favourite auction website.

10 Sites Like eBay

Other Merchant & Auction Websites

ebid
ebid

1. eBid

eBid allows you to buy and sell anything and is one of the great eBay alternatives. eBid currently accepts sellers in over 20 countries but allows buyers from well over 100 different countries, although like eBay each seller can determine where they ship to.

eBid offers its own PPPay payment method but does also support the common methods of PayPal, Moneybookers, and Google Checkout. On eBid, you can list any basic auction for free, meaning you are only charged if you make a successful sale, one of its greatest benefits over competitor auction sites.

eBid offers a number of membership levels: Buyer (free), Seller (free with verification), and Seller+ with an annual fee which allows you to set up up to five stores and unlocks a number of other premium features to make selling easier, more efficient and give you a a greater level of exposure in the item listings.

If you are looking to grow your online business, then try out eBid. It's also great for buyers, with an average of over 5 million listed sales live at any time, ensuring the level of variety will not disappoint.

eBid offers country-specific listings for nearly two dozen countries, including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, India, Ireland, France, and many others. eBid also offers continental networks to ensure that everyone around the globe can buy and sell.

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eBid Home Page
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eBid Example Listing
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eBid Forums

eBid Summary

General Info
For Sellers
For Buyers
Focus on US, CA, AU and UK but most sellers ship worldwide
Free to list items
Buddy Points program which gives you points for buying items
Popular categories include art, books, collectables, clothes and craft
Max 3% selling fee
Strong search features to find what you need.
Approximately 50k new listings every day
Seller+ upgrades to make your store and items more attractive while also providing a 0% selling fee
Support for PayPal and other payment methods such as Skrill
Mobile apps (iOS and Android) and regular blog content to help you sell better
 
 
overstock
overstock

2. Overstock

Overstock has grown into a successful online retailer since it began in 1999. Originally focused on selling surplus stock at less-than-wholesale prices Overstock has more recently evolved into selling their own merchandise direct to the consumer, making them more comparable to the likes of Amazon.com.

While selling on Overstock will be hard to achieve as a single seller (all sellers are required to be approved by Overstock), the website and its high traffic levels (top #1000 website per Alexa.com) make it ideal for small to medium enterprises looking for growth opportunities.

On the other side of the fence buyers are also going to find Overstock.com to be a great opportunity with strong discounting across the website due to the nature of stock and some of the most highly rated customer service in the industry.

If you are a large eBay seller and feel like you have outgrown the platform or want to bring down your selling costs the very reasonable pricing available at Overstock makes it an ideal option.

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Overstock Home Page
Overstock Home Page
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Overstock Category Page
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Overstock Listing

Overstock Summary

General Info
For Sellers
For Buyers
Ships worldwide
Not available for small single person operators
All sellers are businesses and checked by Overstock.
Focus on designer brands with categories such as home, furniture, clothing, beauty and electronics
Great way for small to medium operations to expand into online selling
High quality items at low prices
Strong mobile experience
10c listing fees and 3% sale fee
Better return protection
shopify
shopify

3. Shopify

If you are an experienced eBay seller but fed up with the fees and looking to go out on your own then Shopify is the alternative you've been seeking. Shopify is the easy and professional way to take the leap into self managed ecommerce with a platform that lets you create your own store front.

Select from hundreds of professional templates that can easily be customised to give your store its own personality.

Shopify is much more than a beautiful storefront, though, you've got all the data you need to make important decisions, track everything from visitors to purchases, and even track abandoned orders to understand how your visitors use your store and optimise your conversion rate. Shopify even lets you create gift card and coupon codes so you can have regular promotions with ease.

Stop giving your profits away to eBay and similar auction websitesand venture into eCommerce for yourself with a professional Shopify store packed with features.

Shopify Summary

General Info
For Sellers
For Buyers
Online platform to create your own store front
Freedom to design your store front
N/A
The top rated ecommerce platform solution
Monthly subscription plus transactions costs
 
Also connects with POS systems
Reports and ability to create your own gift cards
 
Amazon
Amazon

4. Amazon

Amazon is one of the most popular and well-known sites like eBay and serves as a great alternative for buyers and businesses looking to grow their online presence.

Amazon started back in 1995 and has since expanded outside the United States to have separate warehouses (and websites) for a number of countries (most notably Canada and the United Kingdom). Those within these geographic locations can access a huge inventory of items from both Amazon and their third party sellers.

Popular product lines on Amazon include toys, baby products, sporting goods, health, beauty, clothing, groceries, DVDs, books, and consumer electronics. It now also offers e-book sales for the Kindle, Instant Watch movies, and MP3 downloads.

While Amazon has an extensive collection of products, nearly 50% are actually offered by third party sellers. The website experience is one of the best with robust security, detailed product reviews and the always popular amazon gift card that enhances an already strong stream of traffic to the site, making it ideal for sellers.

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Amazon Home Page
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Amazon Sales
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Amazon Item Page

Amazon Summary

General Info
For Sellers
For Buyers
One of the largest marketplaces online
Access a huge amount of traffic
Enjoy massive amount of choice
Popular in US, CA and UK
Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) allows for hands off selling
Features such as automatic re-order and free shipping with Prime
 
Individual and business accounts with varying fees
Covers all important categories
cqout
cqout

5. CQout

CQout is a popular site that had a lot of success in the UK market and has now started expanding out into the US, Australia, Canada, and Ireland. If you call one of those countries home, then you're in luck. High traffic and competitive seller fees make CQout a good option for both buying and selling a wide range of products

Fraud prevention in particular has always been at the top of the list for CQout, and it is definitely one of the top auction websites in this regard. You're bound to encounter less issues with CQout than you would with most other websites which makes the experience more enjoyable. The one-time account setup fee helps to prevent fraud and protect your identity (and it is well worth it at only $.50).

Sellers will particularly enjoy the ability to set a reserve price for their auctions, fees only charged on sales and the premium options for store front creations. High traffic parts of CQout include arts, electronics, books, and home, with all other standard categories also available.

Meanwhile buyers benefits from automatic bid features and the ability to posted wanted ads similar to classified ad websites where sellers can fulfil your product requests.

CQOut Summary

General Info
For Sellers
For Buyers
Available in UK, AU, CA, IT and US
Commission fees only on sales
Use wanted listings to find items
Large offerings in art, electronics, books and home
Large range of premium options to enhance your listings
Autobid system
Unique wanted listings where visitors post items they are looking to buy
Supports EasyPay and SecurePay
 
One off small fee to start buying/selling ensures higher quality on both sides
 
 
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CQOut Home Page
CQOut Home Page
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CQOut Category Page
CQOut Listing
CQOut Listing
3dcart
3dcart

6. 3dcart

3dcart is another option to create your own eCommerce store and is similar to Shopify featured above. 3dcart is ideal for smaller sellers who want to try out creating their own store on a manged eCommerce platform but want to keep their start up costs to a minimum.

This is achieved on 3dcart due to the different plans that are based on the maximum number of products you wish to sell which does help the small sellers start out with a cheaper option than they might be able to access elsewhere.

With your 3dcart subscription, you'll get a great range of benefits including the ability to accept a wide range of payment options (without ongoing transaction fees that some other sites use), an easy-to-alter template, 24/7 support, and even tools to make shipping easier.

If you want to take your eBay selling up a step, then 3dcart an option worth considering especially if you don't need the more powerful and expensive options of Shopify such as point of sale connections and social media selling.

3dcart Summary

General Info
For Sellers
For Buyers
eCommerce platform solution
No transaction fees
N/A
Supports nearly 20k stores
Multiple monthly subscription levels to choose from
 
Great support and additional benefits (ad credit, mobile optimisation)
 
 
Government Auctions
Government Auctions

7. Government Auctions

Government Auctions is all about getting a bargain. By focusing on oversupplies, warehouse closeouts, foreclosures and more (with an obvious government theme) it's easy to pick up a great deal for those inside the US. This includes things like unneeded clothing, materials, cars, trailers and everything in between.

The sheer number of variety makes Government Auctions a great auction website to check from time to time to see what latest deals are available. While some items are unique one off sales the majority come in bulk which means you rarely miss out on an auction as multiple items are auctioned off at once.

Government Auctions also has domestic shipping across the US and overseas (limited to countries close geographically to the US for all but the most bulky items. The most popular categories available include: aircraft parts, marine, computer, office, construction, machines, scrap metal, plumbing, trucks, uniforms and field gear.

Unique to Government Auctions is the ability to go and physically inspect all objects if you are in the area as you use all the government auction information to find ones near you.

Government Auctions Summary

General Info
For Sellers
For Buyers
US only
N/A
Free trial available (no payment info required)
Focus on government auctions relating to seized, surplus and foreclosures
 
Monthly subscription to gain access to auctions
tophatter
tophatter

8. Tophatter

Tophatter is a unique website that offers auctions and regular sales, specialising in flash auctions in the jewelry and beauty categories

Tophatter has been gaining steam in recent years thanks to its extremely affordable product range that is provided in house and by a variety of businesses and wholesalers. Individuals can also sign up to sell on the Tophatter platform although these are currently the minority.

This eBay alternative really shines on prices with strong price competitiveness already on the platform and enhanced further through the quick flash auctions making it easy to grab bargains for the most popular categories.

Overall Tophatter offers millions of products, great buyer protection, and plenty of opportunities for free shipping, making it a strong option for online shopping.

Tophatter Summary

General Info
For Sellers
For Buyers
Great mobile (iOS and Android) apps
Shipping made easy with printable levels
Flash live auctions
Popular place for accessories, apparel, jewelry, beauty and electronics
10-20% of selling price fee
Only shows items available for shipping to your location
 
 
 
dhgate
dhgate

9. DHGate

DHGate works in the business to business and consumer space, offering you direct access to countless factories. This ensures you'll get some crazy prices on a range of products from electronics to clothing and everything else.

By connecting you directly with factory outlets (often overseas ones), DHGate serves up some of the most competitive prices you'll find in online shopping.

It also promises to protect the quality of products you receive by carefully reviewing sellers and witholding your payments until you're happy with your product, which incentivizes the seller to deliver the best quality possible.

For cheap prices and many daily deals, you can't look past DHGate.

DHGate Summary

General Info
For Sellers
For Buyers
The Chinese version of Amazon
N/A
Purchase items in bulk for your own eBay store
Countless categories with great wholesale deals
 
Strong buyer protection
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dhgate-website
quirky
quirky

10. Quirky

The Quirky Shop is an interesting website that allows users to design their own products and vote on the designs of others so that top ideas eventually get produced for sale on the website (with a revenue split for those who helped make the idea a reality).

Quirky has a large range of unique products perfect for gifts or use yourself. From a pivoting power surge board to better cable management or a futuristic dustpan, the Quirky range of products has something for everyone.

The website is also perfectly suited to people with product ideas that want to get their product out there on the market.

Quirky Summary

General Info
For Sellers
For Buyers
Develops user ideas into inventions
Come up with your own designs and see them turned into products
Buy unique items not available elswhere
Supported by big companies like GE
Get a cut for your designs
 

Have You Used Any of These Sites? Share Another eBay Alternative!

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      Michelle 14 months ago

      I am definitely going to check some of these out. It's worth knowing where to go. I am a little tired of Ebay, all the fees are making it hard to even make any money.

      Their Fee, shipping fees, insertion fees, then a monthly fee, then you pay pay pal. Sheesh

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      Jeph Maystruck 18 months ago from Regina, SK

      An old roommate of mine used to buy stuff on Beyond The Rack, very cool site as well! Great list!!

      Jeph

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      Shaloo Walia 18 months ago

      informative and helpful hub!

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      S.D. 20 months ago

      With ALL the worthless scams sellers on eBay, their supposed highly touted worthless "money back" guarantee, their "waste your day" call centers, AND, their MANY fraudulently sellers, that keep getting away with burning the people who fund them, THANKS for All your info! There HAS to be a Better site out there to NOT get ripped off on! Will try these and others!

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      rake 21 months ago

      hi, the cqout is mispelled as cquot

      btw great lists of websites

      Thanks

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      hypnodoctor 2 years ago

      Wow, you hear that there are many sites like eBay but you never really research it. This kinds of articles are a real eye-opener. Thank you for sharing and great hub! Voted up.

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Helpful Hub! Thanks for posting. Good writing and easy to navigate.

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      Jamesm1968 2 years ago from UK

      Ebid is a good alternative to ebay. Ok, you have to pay an up-front fee for a 'Lifetime Seller' account, but there are no further fees to pay (unless you use selling upgrades).

      Ebid appears to have fewer listings than ebay, but that is only because they actually enforce their listing rules about not having multiple listings for the same item.

      List a designer brand item on ebay at to lower price and they will come down on you like a tonne of bricks. Create 20 identicle listings for an item and they won't even bat an eyelid.

      Do the same on Ebid and they will ignore the designer brand item, but come down hard on the multiple listings of the same item.

      Ebay have reached the point that they are so heavily invested in their system, that if they enforced their 'no multiple listings of the same object' listing policy, the drop in the number of listings could well start a mass exodus of sellers and buyers to other sites.

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      Niko Linni 2 years ago from Long Beach, California

      Well this was an interesting read. I use ebay myself here and there for online sales and alternatives are always an interesting way to roll to try to see if there's other places you can go to, to try 'em out and see if they work.

      I used to use this site called Yardsellr, but apparently they ended up going under. It was interesting in the fact that you could actually comment on auctions/listings.

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      IRSHAD CV 2 years ago from India, Kerala

      useful hub ... I think these are some reputed sites... I am familiar with some local sites

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Very informative and a lot of options to choose from. Great useful hub.

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      Brothers 2 years ago

      BestBuy.com

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Very interesting, thanks for sharing this info.

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      Brianna 2 years ago

      A good site as well is Mercari, you can buy & sell

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      Linda 2 years ago from Texas

      Good info here, I have already tried 3 of these but good to know about some different ones.

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      Chris 2 years ago

      Another alternative to ebay - www.ebayuae.net

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      Scott Finning 2 years ago

      I have another place you can try!

      Soonerbillz Trading Post

      No listing fees

      No final value fees

      Extremely low membership cost.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      zazzle has been a hit recently besides etsy and amazon

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      new information i will remember all that and featuring your hubs thank you alot

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      TreasureBunn 2 years ago

      Thank you all for posting so much helpful info! I have been selling successfully on eBay and Etsy, but ran out of free listings on eBay so I needed some alternatives. I am definitely going to try some of these out!

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