The e-commerce landscape is changing. EBay may have been the only game in town when it came to online auctions eight years ago... but there is now a raft of options out there for you to choose from. Chinavasion provides you with the products, descriptions, and blinddropship service... now all you have to do is go out to these sites and sell for profit!
That's not to say that eBay didn't have any competition way back then. There were several online auction houses and classified sites to choose from in the 1990's but they just couldn't compete with eBay when it came to traffic. EBay was also being nice to its sellers then.
But that was then and this is now. Other e-commerce sites are starting to take some market share from eBay. One reason for the seller and buyer drift from eBay may be caused by eBay executives' sudden case of power intoxication. The eBay board has recently put in place sweeping changes to policy and practices, changes many sellers think were made to:
Here are just some of the changes eBay has put into place in the last five years:
- Numerous increases in fees
- Sellers are no longer able to leave neutral or negative feedback on buyers accounts
- Pressure in Australia, the UK and now the US to get PayPal as the only electronic payment system on the site.
- Higher volume sellers get discounts and added benefits for staying with the site
- E-Books and other non-physical items can no longer be auctioned
Other part-time sellers have also commented on a spotty customer service record and tendency to cancel accounts with no disclosed reason and make it difficult for the person to re-open them.
That being said there are still few better places to bring traffic to your own e-commerce site or online shop as there are a still an incredible number of people shopping on eBay.
If you're looking to boycott eBay or get out of eBay completely (just because you think that eBay sucks and not for the eBay boycott), Or you want to put your eggs in some other online auctions baskets then here is a list of more than 50 sites that you might want to check out:
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|Addoway||CraigsList||Hoobly||High Street Sale|
|All bidders||Cqout||Inter Shop Zone||Razorbid|
|Altec Trader||Deal Tent||Ioffer||Ruby Lane|
|Amazon||Delcampe||Job Lot||Scotty Do|
|Armchair Trading||De Remate||JonesDeals||Sella|
|ArtFire||De Reto||Kijiji||Sell Bid And Buy|
|Atomic Mall||Dubli||LGG Auctions||Sell My Stuff|
|Auction Ad City||Ebid||Liquibiz||Sell Stuff|
|Auction Bidz||Efleaa||Locanto||Specialist Auctions|
|Auction Fire||EI Stuff||MADBID||SwapAce|
|Bidmadness||Etsy||Milbid||The SOC Exchang|
|Bidmate||Fia Ola||Mercado Libre||Trademe|
|Bid or Buy||570 Auctions||My eAuctions||TripleClicks|
|Bidsterz||4 Sale 4 Now||Neo Loch||Trocadero|
|Big Ticket Depot||Frat Bros Bidding||New Free Classifieds||UK Bids Away|
|Blujay||Get It Sell It||Nilaami||Vottle|
|Buy Sell Prince||Gumtree||Oltiby||Wensy|
|Hi Bidder||One Way||Willy Fogg|
|OnlineAuction||World Auction Bidz|
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Branded as "the most transparent marketplace on the web" Addoway hasn't only made a big(ish) splash on the social media scene it has harnessed it to create a selling environment where sellers are invited to 'leave the gated community'.
Addoway is a free ecommerce site set up in June 2009 which, at the time of writing, had an Alexa rank of 577,09. While that may not appear to be anything to write home about it isn't bad considering the site had been live for just a little over 7 months.
Dozenshopping gave it a very solid rating as a buyers guide, however there hasn't been too much said by sellers yet.
It will interesting to see how this site goes and definitely one to watch, especially for those sellers who like to utilize the marketing capabilities of networking tools like Facebook and Twitter.
A British classified site which has been online since 2007... It offers premium and free listings and even has some video functions.
An Australian-run auction site that's been around since 2001. It gets a reasonable amount of traffic. Most business happens in the automobile section. Listing fees are between 40 US cents and one US dollar with sellers paying an end commission of 3%-3.75%.
An international auction site registered in California in January 2008. It has already built up quite a bit of traffic but that could be because of all the free swag -- (swag including free listings, no final sales cost).
If you haven't heard of Amazon before there's a good chance that you hadn't seen a newspaper or news broadcast for the last four years. Amazon is eBay's main competitor and enjoys a considerable amount of exposure and 'through traffic'.
Amazon itself has an Alexa rating of 20 (unsurprising since the analytics giant is owned by Amazon), a Google page rank of 9, gets 70,828,252 visitors a month according to compete.com and attracts 50 million U.S. consumers to its website on a monthly basis.
Third party sellers can share this exposure via the Amazon Marketplace or Amazon webstore.
There are as many ways to get your products onto Amazon as there are different marketplaces with single upload system, a free windows-based inventory system and a flat file data upload system which is used by multiple auction providers like Auctiva or Vendio.
One thing to note though is that the Amazon Seller Desktop Applications won't work with existing listings.
And while the customer base and search ranking for Amazon is strong competition for customers is also high, meaning that listings need to be as search and customer-friendly as possible. Especially if you want to do well.
This site is very much US-Seller centered and, if you are an international seller, there may be certain categories you can sell things under. And while there are Amazon stores set up for other locations (Amazon.co.uk for example) the one that gets the most traffic is the US site.
But with more exposure comes more cost. It costs US$59.99 a month to have an Amazon webstore plus 7% commission (or US$99.98 a month plus 7% commission if you are having items listed on the Amazon shop and marketplace).
If you are listing items on the Amazon marketplace as a casual seller then they charge 99 cent listing fee and commission fee of between 8% and 20%.
If you're going 'all out' then you can get a 'pro' account which will give you unlimited uploads for US$39.95 a month and commission fee of between 8% and 20% depending on what you're selling.
So you can see, while Amazon might be easy to list on it's not the most n00b-friendly selling option out there. Thankfully with lots of sellers using this service you'll be able to get advice easily with a number of forums being devoted to tips on how to sell on Amazon.
A British auction site that has been around since 2001 but has failed to gain much traction in this time. Most categories are empty, although it looks like there are a decent number of listings in clothes and... ahem.... items for consenting adults.
There are no listing fees and it is free to set up a shop with 25 items. A store of 75 - 1000 items will cost you between 2.5 GBP and 7.5GBP every month. Final value fees are between are set at 1% of the final price.
If you're a crafty person and you're considering selling items on a web 2.0-friendly portal store there's a good chance you're going to choose either this site or Etsy.
The US-based site was launched in October 2001 and has risen to the point where it has an Alexa rank of 10949 and is getting 344,418 views per month according to Compete.com
According to a review on Handmade news, a fairly large blog in the handmade world, it allows sellers to upload more than 5 pictures and will put items onto Google base for you. However, traffic for some sellers is not what it should be and it doesn't have the sales of Etsy according to some.
There is a free basic account which offers:
There is also a paid account for 12USD a month that will get you a lot more features, increased exposure and extra social media tools.
If you have sold online before there is a good chance you have heard of Atomic Mall. After all as their meta title tag says "We're Kind Of A Big Thing"
This eBay alternative site was started up in June 2008 and has bloomed since then building up a traffic base of 56,223 visitors a month according to Compete.com
The fee structure is interesting. It is free to set up a shop with 2000 items. Stores with 4000- 200000 item capabilities (with the chemically friendly names Mercury Cobalt and Uranium) costing between US$5 and US$19 a month. FVF vary depending on how much you pay a month in membership fees. Those who pay 0- $10 a month will need to pay fees between 6%-2.75% depending on the value of the item. Those that choose to pay $19 a month pay between 5.25% and 2% in final value fees.
A new US-based online auction site started in February 2008 Auction Ad City is an auctions and classifieds online marketplace where everything can be listed, including businesses and individuals.
It costs 50 US cents to list in the classified section, for which you get the right to have five pictures and permanent 'parking'. Other enhancements cost between 10 US cents and USD$10
It is free to list on the site, with various listing enhancements being available, with a similar cost to classified enhancements.
The site also has a subscription payment plan which allows sellers to list as much as they want for free, provided they have subscribed.
There is not too much listed but there is still more than some other start ups.
The Australian online auction and e-commerce market is very crowed apparently. Here's another Australian online auction site. It's been around since 2006 and is offering free sign up as well as a cash incentives to sign on as a seller or buyer (if AU$10 could be called an incentive)
An online auction site that has been online since 2002, although you wouldn't know it with the pre 90s look of the site design.
Traffic is not bad at this site with 101367 registered users. There are a lot of listings being in the watches and miscellaneous section and a decent number of listings being in computers and video games. While it is based in the US it gets more traffic from India.
It has been getting mixed reviews from other review sites.
There are no listing charges to log onto the site and you will be able to add images and get front page promotion for free as well. The site charges a 2.5% commission on successful sales.
An American auction site that has been around since 1999. DMOZ describes it as a place to find and sell computer peripherals... but pretty much everything under the sun is up for offer on this site and it gets the average amount of traffic.
Something of a grand-daddy in the ecommerce world.
Audiogon, a site that specializes in high-end audio equipment and home theater components has been around since 1998.
The people who run the site take their audience and their field seriously, which has garnered both good and bad reviews from people on the net.
One reviewer at Alexa went as far as calling them audio Nazis; while one very happy reviewer said they managed to sell their high-end amp in record time after it had sat on eBay for a few months.
This obsession goes as far as event coverage.
The good people at Audiogon will go to any and every audio trade show there is in the US and put coverage up on their site, publishes press releases about audio and entertainment and publishes people's reviews of different high-end gear.
It costs US$4.00 to place a classified or auction listing on the site and there is a 1% final sale fee.
Backpage is just another version of Craigslist with the exception that it's directly linked to newspapers across the US. The site has a large following in Dallas, Pittsburgh, LA, Kansas City, Houston, St Louis, and Miami, but it now has listings in over 60 cities. It gets a little over 1 million hits a month according to compete.com.
The first ad on backpage is free with a range of categories to list in. That lasts for a week and then the server will automatically refresh the ad for another week for a small US25c fee.
An Australian auction where the highest unique bid is the winner.
Essentially it means it's a little like a raffle where you've got to pick the 'winning number' with the catch being the winning number needs to be higher than the other numbers while still being only selected once (by you)
It has been around since December 2008 and gets 257 views a month according to Compete.com. Most of its traffic comes from Australia and Nepal.
To get your items sold on the site you will need to email them and it's not so much of a portal as a supplier-customer arrangement.
An Australian site founded in 2007 by Ron Gully (now you have someone to pin the blame on if things go belly up). It doesn't have too large a traffic base as of yet but the early reviews look good.
Bid or Buy is South Africa's largest online marketplace and a survivor of the dot.com bust of 2000. The site was set up in 1999 in South Africa and then quickly spread to many other places. before consolidating to India, Australia and South Africa. South Africa is the only site that is still going strong and active. It gets 91,435 visitors a month according to Compete.com
Final value fees for auctions range between 5% and 1% depending on the value of the item. Classifieds cost between 0 rand and 100 rand depending on the category and enhancements of 5 rand to 100 Rand.
Bidsterz.com or Bidsterz.co.uk depending on where you're based is a new ecommerce platform set up in December 2009. As a result it hasn't had much exposure and not much traffic. You can set up a free store of just one item two items will cost 2USD for 30 days while 500 will cost you 60USD every 30 days. If you're selling without a store then you'll be charged 10% to 2.4% listing fees and 2USD to 4% final value fee making it a lot to pay if you ever get a sale.
Big Ticket Depot / Big Value Depot, depending on where you come in, was launched in April 2008 and has grown to a mid-sized site that gets 11,395 visitors a month according to Compete.com.
It's free to sign up and this gets you five free listings.
An American online classified site that doesn't charge buyers and sellers. It says it makes all of its cash from banner advertising. It's been around since 1998, making it one of the older ecommerce locations on the internet and seems to get most of its traffic from the states.
Bonanzle arrived on the eBay alternatives scene quite late (June 2008 to be exact) but has taken the ecommerce world by storm. It has already got a page rank of 4 an Alexa rank of 6985, and 185,000 unique visitors in January 2009 according to ComScore. Ecommerce writers extraordinaire Vangie Beal called Bonanzle "The Best eBay Alternative We've Seen" in July 2008 in her review of the site.
It also focuses a great deal on Google Base, one of the co-founders, Bill Harding, went as far as offering some sellers personal help to set up Google Base listings.
Cross listing is possible from both eBay and Craigslist making Bonanzle almost a nice additive to what you're doing instead of an instead of.
Setting up an account and listing items on Bonanzle is free final sale fees are between 50 US cents and US$10.
So what's the downside? The downside is that converting traffic is still far from wonderful.
While it is more than many of the eBay alternatives out there it is still a problem for people who have had sales on eBay and are looking for an alternative.
One eBay seller sold just two items on Bonanzle between December 2008 and March 2009 while selling 200 through his eBay store according to a Business Week article. The seller went on to say he was happy to stay there due to the low cost of sales and lack of listing costs.
EBay powerseller, John Lawson, was less satisfied.
Buy.com has been around ever since 1997, making it almost as old as Amazon or eBay. Like Amazon Buy.com started out as a straight ecommerce shop trading electronic products before allowing other online vendors to trade through its site.
It has a page rank of 6, an Alexa rank of 776 and 3.1 million unique visitors a month according to compete.com.
A lot of its focus appears to be on electronics although it, and third party sellers that utilize that use it, do sell other items as well.
It's free to list onto buy.com with final listing fees being between 8% and 15% depending on the item.
According to the very varied feedback on resellerratings people who have had problems with Buy.com mostly have problem with the lack of feedback and support provided by the site's customer support so if you are selling through this network it would pay to bring your a-game to resolution issues.
This site was launched in November 2009, and, as a result, hasn't got that much exposure as of yet. Some even putting its traffic as low as 459 visitors a day.
The British-based site charges no listing fees and between 0 and 2.5% final value fees. Getting a store account is free for a 10 item store and ranging between 1GBP a month and 10GBP a month depending on the number of items.
Even though Click India is something of a new kid on the block in the way of classified sites in India it has been making waves, building up a large following very quickly with most people being positive with their reviews.
What will make this site attractive for international eBay resellers trying to break into emerging markets is that business on the site is carried out in English.
Classifieds are free to place, have five pictures set per classified and will stay up for 30 days.
Cqout calls itself the UK's second largest online trading marketplace. It does have a lot of traffic for what it is. Launched in 2000 it gets most of its traffic from the UK and US. Its fees for sellers are based on the commission and will gradually drop as the sales profits get higher. It charges buyers a one-time registration fee to join.
Craigslist started out as an email list of San Francisco events by Craig Newmark in early 1995. Jim Buckmaster took over as CEO since late 2000 and 30 people now work at Craigslist even though Craig Newmark started it out as a hobby.
EBay acquired 25% of the equity in Craigslist from a former shareholder in august of 2004 but that hasn't stopped the two companies from legal wrangles.
Court cases occurred as recently as December last year where the two faced off over board seats.
EBay is saying that the Craigslist board purposefully prevented the internet giant from having a board seat and Craigslist lawyers say that eBay had used its Craigslist seat to get sensitive information that helped in its creation of Kijiji.
When it comes to traffic, Craigslist gets more than its fair share. It gets more than 20 billion page views per month, which is the seventh largest figure in the world in terms of English-language page views. More than 50 million people use Craigslist in the US alone and Craigslist users self-publish about 50 million new classified ads each month.
It doesn't cost to sell on Craigslist but if you're interested in selling to a global market it might not be for you as you can usually only sell to one location. While people say it is possible to post multiple times to multiple locations within Craigslist it is frowned upon by management and they will remove ads and potentially ban you if you're caught.
It's also as ugly as sin.
Tips for selling on Craigslist include:
Craigslist is great for jobseekers and OK for people looking for links back to their online shop but not so good if you're selling to an international, or even nationwide, market. Still worth checking out as it is free.
An eBay clone. It's been around since 2005 and sells things internationally. It is registered in Florida and has similar traffic to Altec Trader, even though it has been around for a couple more years.
Delcampe.com or Delcampe.net, depending on what language you're speaking, is a European collector's site set up in December 2000 (in French) and January 2006 (in English).
It has quickly gained a reputation as a great place for collectors to hang out and an excellent place for French and German collectors to sell their antiques and collectables but not as good for English speakers.
The site gets a respectable 31,000 visitors a month according to compete.com but according to British sellers isn't the fastest site on the blog (at least the ones at ciao anyway).
It is free to list on Delcampe and final commission fees are between 2% and 5.5% depending on your monthly earnings from the site.
Formerly Mercado Libre's main competition De Remate was bought out by the South American giant in 2008. The site itself owned and operated for other domains, including De Remate in Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, De Remate, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The group also controlled the De Rento name in Columbia and Mexico.
The De Remate name has fared pretty well from the takeover and the sites still enjoy relatively volumes of traffic. Sellers are able to sell via auctions, stores or classifieds. De Remate's fees are a little bit cheaper than that of Mercado Libre with sellers paying 1% listing fees ($1-$10) and 4.49% in commission for auctions and 7.99% for classified and shop listings.
On a somewhat related note, if anybody in South America could help us out with the difference between the markets De Remate, De Reto and Mercado Libre operate we would be grateful.
De Reto is part of the De Remate stable. Formerly Mercado Libre's main competition De Remate was bought out by the South American giant in 2008. The site itself owned and operated for other domains, including De Remate in Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, De Remate, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The group also controlled the De Rento name in Columbia and Mexico.
The De Reto name has fared less well than De Remate, particularly in Columbia. Sellers are able to sell via auctions, stores or classifieds. De Remate's fees are a little bit cheaper than that of Mercado Libre with sellers paying 1% listing fees ($1-$10) and 4.49% in commission for auctions and 7.99% for classified and shop listings.
On a somewhat related note, if anybody in South America could help us out with the difference between the markets Deremate, De Reto and Mercado Libre operate we would be grateful.
If your first thoughts are 'the name Dubli, isn't too far off the word dubious?' you wouldn't be the first. Their sales system (which is similar to a penny auction) has drawn raised eyebrows from bloggers and forum members alike. And while its defenders may appear to be more 'motivated' than others it has a lot to do with the MLM system it uses for promotion.
The site has been around since 2004 and gets 56,000 visitors a month and according to some bloggers has got a bad rep.
If you would like to supply them get in contact with them via email.
An auction site that was started in 2001 it gets better than average traffic, most of which comes from the US and the UK. They don't charge to list but have a 3% fee for a successful sale.
A free auction and ecommerce store creation service that was set up in 2001. It has gained momentum since then and has got a page rank of 5, an Alexa rank of 3,136 and 1.6 million visitors a month according to compete.
It gives sellers the option to use Google Checkout, PayPal and seems to get the big thumbs up from most sellers and buyers on rateitall. Some buyers warn about fraudulent sellers on there so adding a great deal of information to your page and keeping in contact with your sellers is likely to be a good idea.
An Auctionbytes survey from 2007 also came up with good feedback.
It is one of the three site that were first to partner up with Google product search (the others being eBid and Etsy) which means listings are more likely to appear in Google search results. That can certainly be said for unbranded electronics which often have ecrater listings turning up in the shopping section of Google's new enriched search page.
A US eBay alternative which has been around since July 2008 and gets most of its traffic from the US. Named after the concept of the flea market efleaa allows sellers to use Google Checkout and PayPal as well as importing feedback from eBay and other alternatives. It has an increasing volume of traffic and fees are fairly reasonable.
There are no listing fees and a commission fee between 5% and 1% You are also able to hire a 'booth' (storefront in EBay terms) and waive commission fees. Booth prices range between US$4.95 for month to US$39.95 for a year.
Like an increasing number of the newer eBay alternatives it is getting not an unsubstantial amount of traffic from Twitter and will tweet and retweet many of its users listings.
And if this tweet is to believed they definitely aren't a shrinking violet "eBay is still King in the online auction world, but www.efleaa.com is the crowned Prince, heir to the throne"
EIStuff is an eBay alternative that was started in January 2009 and has managed to get traction with Google, but few other places.
Listing on the site is free as are sales under 5USD; basic stores with 300 items are also free. The site charges sellers a 2% final value fee for items worth more than US$5 and stores with more than 300 items will cost you between US$1 and US$10 depending on the number of items in it.
The site has a number of listings with most being in the book section. A divide in styling makes this site appear to have positive items and negative items.
Items from the site are cross-listed on Shopalize, Vast, Yahoo Search, Google, Bing, Twitter, Bidfind, PowerSellers United, Facebook, WillyFog and Shop And Find but there doesn't appear to be much buzz surrounding this site despite the cross-listing.
ELFINGO is one of the longer serving ecommerce sites in existence being set up in the March of 2001. And, with it boasting a page rank of 3, a member base of 4296 members and an inventory of 5707 Items, you could be fooled into thinking that it could be a good secondary place to list.
However the site itself is showing its age with a pre-2000 design, MQSL errors on the front page (at the time of writing) and very few actual listings in categories.
A basic listing on the site is 5 US cents and a featured listing is 25 US cents and all listings from the site are cross-listed on Willyfog.
A US eBay copy that was set up in 1999 'to level the playing field' (according to the site owner). Private sellers can sell everything up to, and including, a car for free while business sellers are able to set up an online shopfront with the site.
Etsy is an arts and craft website set up in 2005 by US entrepreneurs Rob Kalin, Chris Maguire, Haim Schoppik and Jared Tarbell.
Etsy is a very web 2.0 friendly concept (as you can probably tell from the video) and has quickly grown to the point where it is unofficially regarded as the top place to list art, craft and handmade goods.
According to the Economist, the site had 1.9 million members and more than 200,000 sellers, as of January 2009 and was responsible for $9.9 million in sales in January alone.
It costs 20 US cents to list your products on Etsy for four months and the site has a final listing fee of 3.5%
It also has some nice listing features, which includes:
A site with a Pacific community in mind. This ecommerce site is aimed very much at online shoppers and traders in the Pacific Islands, with much of that focus being on Samoa. While it is very new (it was set up in 2008) Fia Ola has already garnered a page rank of 3. Sellers can offer items up either via Auction or in stores and is free to list in (if you do it yourself) The Fia Ola crew will also help list the item if you give them 25 Tala or, for 50 Tala, handle the whole process.
A US-based auction and site set up in 2009 that is offering the first 1000 people that sign up for accounts a completely free ride.
The site offers classified and auction listings and has a bulk uploader for everyone who wants it.
Listings and customer numbers don't seem to have taken off here yet.
An interesting concept where sellers start high and let the price go lower.
Items on 4Sale4Now start high and then, after a scheduled time, the price gradually comes off until it hits the absolute lowest price you could accept letting them go at. It then goes off the listings.
Scheduled price drops are shown on the description and are crossed off once a certain day is reached.
The site has been put together well and has received a surprising amount of love from Google considering it has only been up since late 2008. It has a very reasonable amount of listings online as well.
Before you list anything on 4sale4now you have to buy seller packs, which grant you the right to list products. 5 listings will set you back US$10 while 100 will cost you $150.
There is no fee for unsold items (although you will have to pay to list it again) you can expect to pay a final commission fee of 4% of the final sale figure although it looks like you may end up paying a different figure depending on how much the item is 'discounted'.
A Canadian site that started off in December of last year and, as a result, has not gained much traction with buyers and the internet community at large. It has, however done reasonably well with sellers and, at the time of writing 06 February 2010 there was a respectable sprinkling of listings in most categories.
There is no listing fee and you can get a free 50 item store permanently (or free 200 item store for the first three months). It costs between US$2 and US$60 for final value fees depending on the final sales figure. There is also a monthly US$2 seller verification fee.
Get It Sell It is another free classified site like Craigslist, Kijiji or Backpages.com. It was set up in 2005 and has done reasonably well for itself with it getting most traffic from India and the US.
Like Craigslist and BackPages listing is free, although listings only last for 45 days, but unlike Craigslist and Backpages you aren't tied down to one location.
Grippo is a little like the Craigslist of the Spanish-speaking world.
Started in Argentina in 1996 by Jorge Eduardo Grippo it has spread to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Spain, Israel (interestingly) Mexico and Paraguay.
Like Cragislist Grippo isn't exactly the most beautiful site to behold but, like Craigslist submitting items is completely free. And what's better, unlike Craigslist, you're not locked into one location making it much more internet seller friendly.
Gumtree is purported to be the second biggest ecommerce site in the UK after eBay, with an absolutely massive audience in the UK this site offers free classifieds to any UK resident that should choose to use them.
Some buyers complain that people who leave ads on this site are sometimes slow to respond however so you might want to develop a good reputation for being the fastest responder on the block if you can.
Google's foray into the ecommerce world (apart from Google checkout, Google's shopping cart system, and Google product search, which is linked to Google base) Items can be listed for free with this system.
An online auction site that has been around since 2005. Sellers are able to set up a store and offer items up for auction as well as set up a free store. There are no listing fees and most of the enhancement fee costs seem pretty low.
A UK-based online auction service set up in April 2009 High Street Sale has done fairly well for itself getting some love from Google in that short time.
There seems to be a focus on cheap mobile phones, fitness DVDs, ladies shoes, electronics, clothing, gifts and LCD TVs, but there are a range of other products available.
The site aims to offer the lowest priced goods directly offering end of season sales, clearance sales and end of product lines.
It doesn't cost anything to list on, asks for a 3.5% final sale fee and is only open to sellers with UK addresses.
Hoobly is a US-run global classified site set up in 2002 that gets fairly good traffic. It has a free ad service and an interesting premier ad system where you bid on how much you are willing to pay for an ad.
Visit the Chinavasion blog for a more detailed review of Hoobly.
A fairly big German alternative site which offers, auctions, classifieds and storefronts.
Wouldn't you know it... it's yet another American eBay clone. This time it was started up in 2002 and has very average traffic volumes.
An ecommerce site that's been around since 2001. It gets a large part of its audience from the US but a large proportion also from the rest of the world. It touts itself as being an ecommerce community where people can negotiate prices for things. You can even swap things if you want. There's a final listing fee of 5% for sales and one US dollar each for successful swaps.
A UK-based classified site which allows you put up listings, with photos, for one month for no listing fee (for now) and without charging a final sales fee.
Set up in 2006 the domain name is registered until 2019 suggesting the site owner is in for the long haul.
This US-based eBay alternative was set up in March 2009 and doesn't charge sellers anything for its service.
It is perhaps for this reason there is a respectable amount of listings scattered through the site because there doesn't appear much in the way of traffic/exposure leading back to the site.
Kijiji isn't so much of an eBay alternative as an eBay additive.
This free global/local classified site is an eBay subsidiary and was set up to compete with Craigslist (a company that eBay owns 25% of, go figure)
Kijiji has grown till it is the second largest free classified site in the market in the US and Canada at least and as of June 2009, Kijiji.com attracted nearly 7 million monthly unique visitors and more than 400,000 live listings.
A UK based online auction, fixed price sale, and classified site started in August 2006. The site is free to list on and most of its enhancements cost between 10 pence and one Great British Pound. Closing commission fees range between 3.5% and 1.75% depending on the value of the item.
Traffic for the site is not bad and there was close to 1000 listings on the site at the time of writing, most of which being in the uncategorized and 'other' section.
The European branch of Liquidation it was set up in 2006 and uses the same US server.
Liquidation is a US site created in 1998 designed for the sales of lots. It's got a bit more traffic than most other sites.
Locando is another free classified site like Craigslist, Kijiji or Backpages.com. It was set up in 2005 and has exploded in popularity since then. The US version of the site gets 45,157 visits a month according to compete.com. There are versions of Locando for almost every other country with Germany, the US and India.
According to users on review center it's better looking than Craigslist but sometimes its users get hit by fraudsters.
Like Craigslist and BackPages though internet marketers that want to target a large area may have problems dealing with the location-based setup of listings.
One of the UKs increasing number of penny auction sites, which have gained something of a growing notoriety in the UK for being extremely addictive for buyers.
With penny auctions the buyer buys a package of bids which allows them to raise the price of a bid a penny a time.
This means, as sellers, you should put the initial price almost at the level you want to get it for.
While other penny auction sites don't let people list their products Madbid has an application form for people interested in listing products on their sites. So in essence they may consider bigger sellers with a constant supply line.
It is only limited to people in the UK so people outside this area might want to think about issues shipping could create.
An Italian auction site that started up in November 2006 and has the unfortunate honor of sharing its name with a former leader of Zambia that purchased US$29,0000 hearses from China.
It is a nicely laid out site though and one that has received qualified praise from reviewers at Ciao Italy as loading quickly but somewhat lacking in buyers.
It costs 19.9 Euros a month to list on the site with various upgraded accounts being available and costing between an extra 3 Euros and 9 Euros extra a month.
An eBay alternative that was launched in July 2009 that still hasn't got much in the way of traffic or exposure. at the time of writing (March 6 2010) the site hadn't been indexed by Google and there didn't appear to be many listings.
End of auction fees vary between 8% and 2.2% depending on the value of the item.
Not so much an eBay alternative as an eBay additive, this Spanish and Portuguese only meta ecommerce portal is eBay's exclusive South American partner (eBay owns 18.37% of the South American giant). the site draws an incredible amount of traffic and has a page rank of 7 and an incredibly high Alexa rating. According to Wikipedia  Mercado Libre has 32 million registered users, 40,000 of which make a living off selling through the site.
The company was launched in Argentina in 1999 and quickly spread to other parts of South America. Most of the site's traffic comes from Mexico, Venezuela and Argentina although its coverage of most of South America is quite strong. At the time of writing Mercado Libre had sites in Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Dominica, Uruguay and Venezuela. Mercado Libre also owns Mercado Pago, the South American equivalent of PayPal and the ecommerce portal De Remate (which operates the De Remate and Dereto brands).
According to Wikipedia  again there are some complaints by sellers that there is a lack of protection against bad buyers and that first-time buyers and buyers with bad ratings can still bid on expensive items, the site doesn't mediate or claim any responsible for business carried out on the site and will not completely refund fees for sales made to non-paying buyers.
The auction site has classifieds, shops and traditional options. For auctions it charges sellers a 1% listing fee and 4.99% commission and for classifieds ads it charges a 9.99% commission on sales.
Another US eBay-like auction site that's been around since 2003 but hasn't gone too well in the traffic department.
An eBay alternative that was launched in June 2008 that still hasn't got much in the way of traffic or exposure. At the time of writing (March 6 2010) it did manage to attract a few listings but not as many as some newer sites.
There is a listing fee of 10 US cents for listings and a final value fee of 3.5%. Classifieds cost between 25 US cents and one US dollar depending on whether or not you want it up for 30 days or 90.
A site with an interesting name and layout. The name is reminiscent of where the wee dongles would go for a drink and there are a menagerie of sea creatures on the front page for some reason. It was launched at the start of 2008 as the 'friendly auction site' and has already gained a fair amount of traffic (most of it from the US). Its fees are pretty standard ranging from 10 US cents to five dollars US for listing enhancements and final fees of 2.75% to 1.5% for successfully sold products.
New Free Classifieds is another free classified site like Craigslist, Kijiji or Backpages.com. It was set up in December 2006 and has gone steadily since then. The site gets most of its traffic from India, Pakistan, USA and Canada and according to compete.com the US version of the site gets 45,157 visits a month according to compete.com. There are versions of Locando for almost every other country with Germany, the US and India.
Nilaami is an Indian auction site that was started up in October 2009 but has already gained some traction in India.
While it works more like a tradition auction site it does allow sellers to import feedback from their eBay and eBid listings.
Listing fees and enhancements cost between 10 Paisa and 40 Paisa with those fees being cut by 25% every time an item is relisted. there is an optional seller verification fee of 100 Rupees every year. Stores with 50 items are free. Those with listings between 100 and 1000 items cost between 5 - 10 Rupees every 120 days. Stores with between 5000 and 10,000 items cost between 20 and 40 rupees every 90 days.
Njuskalo (which roughly translates to "sniffer" in English) is a free classified site that started up in 2007 in Croatia and has gained a considerable amount of ground since. You can have up to 10 photos on listings and the site makes it easy to renew and change ecommerce listings.
Another new online auction site that is based in the US but still gets a lot of its traffic from other locations. Office Hax was listed on the icann registry late in 2007 but the owner is still tinkering with the site resulting in a very shiny, interactive interface.
Listing on this site is free and much of the organic search traffic is driven by electronics according to Alexa.
The online reverse auction where buyers make the listing and sellers bid for the sale. It's been around since 2005, is based in the US and has British and French offices.
Oneway has New Zealand and Australian branches and was started in 2005. This makes it one of the older sites in the antipodes. The banner stating "The largest kiwi owned auction website", which appears on both the New Zealand and Australian versions of the site, must go down really well with those on the Western isle. It's free to join and list on the site. It'll charge various service fees depending on the service (NZ$2.50 for a classified listing and 40 New Zealand cents for a bold or feature listing) and a 5 percent final value of the sale which doesn't go higher than NZ$199 (an item that sells for NZ$2000 will get a fee of $54 for example).
If you're looking for controversial auction sites that create debate they don't come more controversial than Online Auction.
While the site has been online since 1996 and has managed to maintain a visitor count of 143,123 people per month according to Compete.com it has also drawn its fair share of criticism.
At Power Sellers Unite (registration required) there is a whole subcategory dedicated to the forum with forum members accusing the site of giving trolls free reign, not getting the sales it promises and being fast to blacklist sellers but being incredibly slow to stop taking money from the seller's credit card for the subscription payment.
Auction Bytes writer Jan Perry wrote that while sales were slow fees were low.
Fee structure is based around 'memberships' for between US$4 and US$8 a month, with a 'founding' membership running you a whopping $196 a year for the first year and $96 for every year after that.
A UK auction and classified listing site that has been online since 2005 and gets a surprising amount of its traffic from the US.
A large amount of its listings and traffic seems to be software, eBook and electronics related.
While it is free to set up a store with 50 items or there listing an item will cost you a percentage of the value of the item, ranging from 10% to 2.4%. There are enhancements available for costs between 05p and 4 GBP.
Final commissions range between 4.5% and 2.2% with anything sold for less than 7GBP attracting a flat 2pound final payment fee.
A US site that has been around since 1999 and does most of its business in the US, although there is a little traffic from India England and Canada. Overstock is different to most of the other sites on this list as it deals with wholesale lots and requires you to apply to stock goods through their store.
An Australian eBay clone started up in 2005 in Melbourne. There is quite a bit of traffic for this site but reviews are decidedly mixed...surprising since there are no listing fees. Most unhappy reviewers warn people heading to the forums to watch for trolls.
An Australian online auction site (unsurprisingly). While its been around for a while it hasn't made much impact on the market.
ARRRR it be the ecommerce site you be visiting to offload your booty ARRRR. But in all seriousness it's an all purposes ecommerce site that is Canadian-based and was started in 2003. You can auction things off, trade things or set up your stall through this colorful site and most things are free or fairly cheap to do. Its traffic is a little lighter than other sites and Google doesn't seem to like it for some reason or another. Perhaps they prefer ninjas.
Formerly QXL, now Tradus it was started in 1999 and floated on the NASDAQ soon after. QXL is only one of the trade names but it is one that seems to keep people happy according to the people who use Ciao.
The QXL name seems to be best known in Norway and Denmark where it is a quite a popular ecommerce portal
The online auction sites in this stable include:
An auction site for Australian vendors that was set up in June 2008 that boasts absolutely no fees whatsoever. While it doesn't have a whole lot in the way of traffic its user statistics aren't terrible:
It had 279 live auctions at the time of writing but the top sellers had only sold seven items.
If you're peddling the finer things in life then this site may be an option. It was set up in 2007 and is more like an online mall where you set up a shop within the site. Setting up a shop costs and they charge a listing fee per item as well as an advertising fee. But they do claim to advertise in several trade journals to boost rankings and increase your chances of sale. It's yet another US site and gets most of its traffic from the US although there is more than a little traffic in the UK, Canada and India as well.
This US-based online auction site, which was formerly known as Profit Sharing Auction, was set up at the end of 2008 is touted to be more of a cooperative than an online auction site.
Listing on this site is free as is completing the deal, There are several 'enhancement' fees you can pay to give yourself more visibility.
At Scotty Do sellers can earn commissions off the new sellers they bring in to the website. According to site owner, Scott Christenson, members run the site, make the rules, set the fees and, through a MLM system, split the profits. Scott Christenson also says that they offer cheaper dental and medical insurance than anywhere else around.
At the time of writing there wasn't in the much of listings on the site and it was unclear how much buyer traffic it was getting though this should pick up over time.
Launched in 2007, Sella has gained ground in NZ and, at the time of writing boasts 171,757 listings and 1356 online stores, not bad for a country that has the population of just 4.5 million people. Part of it could be attributed to the scrapping of listing and FVF fees for sellers, relying on enhancement fees. It could be the many charity auctions that the site runs with companies like Air New Zealand.
A site that calls itself "Australia and New Zealand's low cost online auction site" free to join up with an AU$5 credit once you do. The fees, which are explained on a page fairly far back in the site, are pretty good. You'll pay nothing to list the item and a fairly low price for buy it now and reserve options (five Australian cents for 'buy it now' 10 for reserve). Final commission fees are 3% for things under AU$75, 2.75% for things over AU$75 and 2% for things over AU$1000. And if you're planning to sell get ready to go through a clearance check and you're going to have to use PayPal.
An auction site for Australian vendors, it's been given the thumbs up by vocal eBay critic EBay Exodus (AKA f*** eBay) so it can't be too bad.
This is not so much as an auction portal as a way for buyers to find things (mostly CDs, movies and other forms of media at first glace)
Sell stuff was launched by New York Information Systems Incorporated in 2008 as a way to sell anything from a barcode from a list of approved vendors.
If you want to be one of those vendors you'll have to send them an email.
An ecommerce portal something akin to Amazon but without the looks or reach Shoporium is a service that allows sellers to set up their own shop, manage it, and market their listings on other locations.
The design is very 1990's, which is somewhat unsurprising as it was first created in 1999.
The site just requires you pay a US$17.50 monthly fee.
A global online auction house, registered in the UK which, according to site cofounder Bob Clement the site gets 10 million pages per month and those who have used it seem to like it.
Remember Kyle MacDonald, that guy that swapped a red paperclip for a house (eventually). Well, SwapAce isn't officially linked to him and didn't have anything to do with the trade.
But they sure do like that story.
Swapace started in 2004 and has done reasonably well for itself getting 8,282 visitors a month according to compete.com and getting a decent level of exposure in the US, UK and Australia. They were named in the top 10 coolest websites list for 2006 by the Australian Anthill magazine.
As the name suggests SwapAce is more about barter than it is straight sales and while you can sell items for money on the site its main focus is as a barter site. The site is free to join and use.
A UK ecommerce portal set up in 2008 Swiftsaves has made a reasonable name for itself in its market getting over 1000 members to date and having a reasonable number of listings available.
It is free to list on the site and sell anything up to 9.99 pounds. After that there are final value fees ranging from 20 pence to 4.99 pounds.
A free South African auction site that was started in December 2005. It has gone well and has gained a view count of 17,343 page views; it is a partner site for Bidorbuy.co.za .
A US based eBay alternative that was launched in June 2008. It gets 1900 views a day and charges sellers by month rather than by listing. Each category costs US$1 per month to list in or US$10 a year regardless of how many items are listed there.
An eBay alternative site for sellers that has been online since May 2000, Tripleclicks, is a site that has gained a lot of ground since January this year. With a server based in the US the site gets most of its traffic from the US and India.
It costs 1 TripleClicks credit (19US cents) to list an item on the site and the site doesn't actually pay people that sell on it until the buyer has received their goods.
This payment system won't make it the best option for anybody working on limited resources.
A New Zealand online auction site that is possibly the best known ecommerce site in New Zealand. This could be because it was set up by the son of a TV economist, sold to the media conglomerate Fairfax and then tied to Stuff, the most widely-read news site in the country.
It also could be because it's free listing nature allowed users to post unusual items for sale (like eBay). Some of the things have included a handbag used by the All Black captain to hit another player in a nightclub, the unsuccessful All Black World Cup squad of 2007 and a Prime Minister's signature. Listings are free and enhancement fees aren't too bad.
Final fees for successful options range from 6.9% for items under $150 to NZ$71 and 1.9% for items over $1500. Most of it traffic comes from New Zealand but there's also a smattering of traffic from the US and the UK as well, which is surprising given that you need a NZ postal address and phone number to be a seller and have fees paid into a NZ bank account.
Trocadero is similar to Ruby Lane in that it is more of a shop front for people looking to sell the finer things in life than it is a place to auction off things. You pay a monthly subscription to get access to the site with more cash getting you more services. It was set up in 1999 and has a reasonable amount of traffic.
A British eBay equivalent that has a slowly growing inventory of listings and sellers. The site was originally launched in 2003, went down for renovations but was relaunched twelve months ago according to Philip Hugh, one of the people behind the site. It has both small house lots listed and wholesale lots listed.
You don't need to pay any listing fees to advertise your items on UK Bids Away it has a bulk uploader and you are able to set up an online shop on the site.
According to Philip Hugh it gets 200,000 to 300,000 hits every two - four weeks.
A South African online auction site that was set up in June 2006 and currently enjoys 2,022 visits a month according to compete.com.
Like other classified sites on this list it is free to list on Vottle.
A NZ-based online auction site that, according to site director Brooke McKenzie, is owned by its members (much like
At the time of writing it had 312 members online and 69051 items for sale.
There are no listing fees and commissions range between 3% and 1%. If you should choose to sell something for more than NZ$10,0000 on the site then you are charged a flat fee of NZ$110.00
Webidz is an ecommerce site where you can place classified ads or list auctions. It's been around since 2004 and gets most of its traffic from the US, although there is more than a little traffic coming from India, England, Australia and Canada. They don't charge listing fees or final sale fees but do charge a little for enhancements and an initial $5 'verification fee'.
Yet another US-based eBay copy that's been around since 2004 (but was registered in 2003) and which seems to make most of its money from banner advertising and doesn't charge its users.
Not so much of an auction portal as a way of increasing exposure for your listings, Willy Fogg was launched in December 2005 and gets around 33,117 visits a month according to Compete.com.
If you are interested in having your items listed on Willy Fogg you can either link back to them with a banner or pay between US$10 and US$99 between a month and a year.
Once you've paid, and Willy Fogg has decided your site passes muster, you will regularly be visited by the willybot and your items will regularly added to the directory.
Yet another US-based eBay alternative. It started up in September, 2008 and has managed to do reasonably ok with traffic getting 1042 visits a month according to Compete.com having 119 users and having 1187 live auctions at the time of writing. At the time of writing most of the things listed appeared to be electronics and jewelry.
It is free to list on the site and final value fees are minimal (between 0.05% and 0.01% depending on the sale). A store is free up to 499 items and after that it will cost between US$2.99 and $19.98 a month depending on how many items you have in the store.
What do you do if you're trying to pick a familiar-sounding name but everything that sounds like eBay has been used? Go for a different popular portal it seems.
Yahzooshopping (pronounced Y Ah Zoo Shopping according to the site's tagline) is an Australian based auction site set up in 2008
It doesn't appear to have much in the way of buyer traffic even though there is a decent range of listings online.
It appears to be free to list on Yahzooshopping and there are no commission fees.
A New Zealand based online auction site Zillion has been around since 2005 but has not enjoyed anywhere the same level of success as TradeMe.
It gets most of its traffic from New Zealand and seems to have a lot of electronics and console games online.
To sell items on Zillion you need to have $10 in your Zillion account which sets you up as an accredited zillion member. Listing additions cost between 10 New Zealand cents and NZ$1.60. Final commission fees range between 25c and $199 depending on the price of the item.
Yet another US-based eBay alternative. It started up in September, 2003 and claims to be "The leader of free online auction sites" yet it appears to be neither the leader, nor free.
It doesn't get an embarrassing amount of traffic, according to compete the site gets 4,281 visits a month, most coming from Portugal and outside the US.
As to fees it is free to list on Ziing, however there is a final value fee of between 6% and 1%. Stores with up to 1000 items are free with paid stores costing between US$1 and US$25 a month.
And according to a Whois search the domain name is up for grabs, so if you fancy getting an online auction site that's up and running well.....
A Swiss online auction site that has set itself up to be understood in French, German and English.
The site has only been up for a short while but has already garnered a lot of attention in Switzerland.
Sellers are able to sell via an online shop, classifieds or by auction. Listing Seller fees range from 0.10 Swiss francs to 5 Swiss francs, with store fees ranging from 19 Swiss Francs to 99 Swiss Francs, depending on how many items are listed in your store.