Top 10 Best Online Auction Websites
Of all the aspects of modern life that the internet has changed, none has been more profoundly affected than the way we shop. Beyond simply buying things online, consumers around the world now have easy access to one of the most powerful ways to save money on the things they buy—auctions. Auction sites abound, offering merchandise in every category you can think of. Here’s a list of ten of the best sites to check out if you’re looking to score a deal from the comfort of your own couch.
Even if you’ve never heard of another online auction site, you’ve heard of eBay. The popularity of this site fueled the craze for online auctions. From cars and fashion to toys and music, eBay has a plethora of items up for bid or available at “buy it now” prices.
Webstore.com calls itself the “Robin Hood” of online marketplaces, because it doesn’t charge fees to its members. It brings together local buyers and sellers in a garage-sale atmosphere to exchange items in over 30 different categories.
If you’re looking for fast-paced live auction entertainment, this is the site for you. The site runs constant 90-second auctions for an array of items, and all bids start at $1.
Formed in 1997, this site puts new, overstock, closeout, and refurbished items up for auction, with a focus in computers and electronics. If you’re looking for a deal on items from top-name manufacturers like Apple, Microsoft, and HP, this is the place.
Founded in 2002 in San Francisco, iOffer is an online marketplace that allows sellers and buyers around the world to list or purchase almost anything.
Operated by Goodwill of Orange County, this site supports Goodwill’s mission of education, training, and job placement by auctioning items donated to Goodwill locations across the country.
This auction site, which specializes in fine jewelry and high-end collectibles, features live bidding with professional auctioneers who can answer your questions in real time via chat. A great combination of high quality, wide selection, and low prices.
This site combines an auction format with a barter mentality; instead of paying for auction items, you bid with credits, which you gain by “selling” your own items on the site. A perfect outlet for those looking to declutter.
This site proves you can buy anything online. SalvageSale specializes in salvage recoveries for insurance companies, selling salvaged and surplus goods and equipment. Their listings range from agricultural and industrial equipment to building materials and consumer goods.
Another fast-paced, low priced auction, QuiBids has an unusual format, in that it charges 50 cents per bid. However, if you don’t win your auction, you’re offered the option of applying the cost of the bids you used to a discounted Buy Now price. They also guarantee that you’ll never pay more in bids than an item’s real price.
With these sites and many more to choose from, it’s no wonder that people around the globe are making their budgets go farther by buying at auction. Why pay retail price when you don’t have to?