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Sick of Big Brother eBay? Consider These Alternatives

by Bryan Wong YH on March 8, 2011

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Just like big Brother Google who happens to be a big bully from time to time, auctioning and buying items from eBay can be quite a pain. Being an eBay buyer and seller for some time, there are times when I wish there were better alternatives.

Ebay may be synonymous with auctioning and grabbing things at a bargain online but there are quite a number of worthy alternatives to Ebay. One of the many issues plaguing sellers is the competition and the seller fees. Compared to other auction sites on the internet, Ebay has the most expensive seller fees. Another problem is that eBay might not be the kind of site you are looking for if you are into collectibles or handmade items.

If you are one of these sellers you might be desperate to look for an alternative. For a buyer, you might want to seek other options to get better bargains. Let’s have a look at them.

Top 6 Ebay Alternatives to Consider


ebid store

Ebid has sites all over the world which means you will most likely be able to sell or auction things online much like Ebay here. Ebid may not be as big and Ebay but as a seller you will benefit from its lower selling fees. Insertion fees, listing fees and final value fees can take up quite a big chunk out of your profit. Some sellers might be annoyed with the fact that Ebay makes it mandatory for sellers to make PayPal an option. Ebid allows multiple payment options with the benefit of reduced final selling fees. However, when it comes to size, Ebay is definitely bigger and it is where you will still find all the buyers. Otherwise, almost every aspect of Ebid works the same as Ebay. You can also practically sell or buy anything on Ebid.


etsy store

By now some of you might have heard about Etsy. Etsy is not Ebay and they are both pretty different kinds of sites. Etsy is more of a community to sell and buy arts and crafts related products. If you are great at DIY and and handmade products, then this is one of the best place to sell your items and make money! There are also options to sell vintage products and handmade supplies. Selling on Etsy does attract an insertion fee though. I highly recommend choosing this site if you the artistic and DIY person.


artfire store

Artfire is also another great place if you are artistic and love doing DIY. Artfire may not have the same traffic as Etsy but it certainly can help you rake in quite significant profits especially if you are selling antiques and collectibles (as rated in the recent AuctionBytes 2011 Ratings). The advantage over Etsy is that you are able to promote your products outside Artfire unlike Etsy. Sellers on Artfire can also use the RapidCart facility which facilitates better Google searches for your items and also an optional checkout button which can be added to your own blog. There are some sellers who are finding it difficult to sell items on Artfire but there are mixed results from both Artfire and Etsy.

Webstore and Rubylane

webstore auction



rubylane store




I’ve grouped both of these sites together because there are both good at selling collectibles and antiques. Rubylane is also great at selling jewellery items. Rubylane is the web’s top online antique store for 2011. Webstore does have a huge range of items on sale which are not just restricted to collectibles and antiques. The best thing about selling on Webstore is that it’s free. You don’t have to worry about any selling fees there. Webstore is the 2nd most profitable auction site and 2nd most popular auction site from the recent AuctionBytes 2011 seller Choice Awards.



bonanza store



Bonanza is also another great marketplace similar to all other sites above. The way it works is also very similar although they do have seller fees but at much more competitive rates than big brother eBay. Another thing you might find interesting is that you don’t need to have an account with Bonanza to buy or sell items. Listings are also easily found on Google or Bing. You can also import items directly from eBay and Craigslist easily if you don’t feel like create a listing from scratch again. Another feature you can’t find on eBay is that you can also ask sellers or chat with buyers in real time.

Bonanza prides at its catchphrase “Find everything but the ordinary” which is quite true. I’ve seen some really rare and interesting collectibles sold here. If you are a hobbyists or are a collector of some sort, this is one site you should definitely check out.

Ebay might be the biggest auction and marketplace online but these sites are certainly worth checking out if you are more specific on niche items you wanna get. If you are into wholesaleing and dropshipping  items, some of these alternatives work much better than eBay espcially Bonanza for general items and Artfire for handmade items.

Have You Decided On What TO Sell yet?

If not, then let me guide you through this post on sourcing wholesale liquidators, suppliers and distributors to start making money.

Alternatively, you must try SALEHOO, a premium site that helps you start searching for various products to start selling on any of the above stores you’ve read in this article. I would highly recommend Salehoo as it helps you find stock from various wholesalers, suppliers, distributors and liquidators to ensure that your online store works whether or not you use ebay or try the above alternatives to ebay.


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Don@Internet Marketing Tools March 9, 2011 at 2:46 am

Very Very useful post; was looking at ways to help launch a new site im working on that sells physical products. The Free Listing sites do look like a good way to get more eyeballs on the products.
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Bryan Wong YH March 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Hey Don,

Yeah consider those free listing ones. It’s much better to do that then incur seller fees especially if you don’t know how these auction sites work. not sure what kind of products you plan on selling. Sites like webstore may allow you to sell for free but they are not so good for electronics and normal everyday products. Ebid is a good start if you don’t mind paying a little bit for the final value fees.


steve March 9, 2011 at 5:34 am

Very helpful post. The reason ebay are able to charge so much is because so many people use it so you get the most exposure possible! Its swings and roundabouts sometimes, but these alternatives are well worth a look!
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Bryan Wong YH March 10, 2011 at 12:46 am

Hey Steve,

That’s right. Ebay has tons of people using it and a small percentage of every sale goes to them each time and with the amount of transactions going on there, it’s no surprise they are earning a lot. Just as I was posting this, eBay came out with a recent announcement to eliminate or reduce some fees. Well, I think whether or not they reduce their fees, they are other sites doing better in certain areas compared to them.


Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate March 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Nice post Bryan. I didn’t realize all these options were out there.
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Bryan Wong YH March 10, 2011 at 12:02 am

Hey Rob,

I’m glad you like the post here. Go check them out seriously!


Joe @ LED Channel Letters March 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Very nice post, The Free Listing sites do look like a good way to get more eyeballs on the products.


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March 16, 2011 at 2:34 am

Ohh… thats a great list. I’s unaware about these alternatives. They would be useful for me. Thanks for sharing such interesting information.
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Anna March 20, 2011 at 2:57 am

This is a great list of online alternatives to EBay. Some others that have proved useful to me are eCrater and iOffer. You can create shops easily and sell online. They both get good traffic.


Bryan Wong YH March 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Hey Anna,

Thanks for contributing to this article as well. Never heard of eCrater or iOffer so far. Certainly one to look out as well.


Andy Giovanni March 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I found it to be that this is a really cool site considering you can promote your items via facebook, twitter and google. They allow you to post for free, add 10 photos, a youtube video and google maps.
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sox March 28, 2011 at 10:24 am they are growing rapidly! you even get to see how many users are on their site. Also they are a new site.


Suzanne @ Share Market Tips April 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Good post. Nice alternatives. However, i am still happy with ebay only.


Ayden @ Look At BigCommerce
April 5, 2011 at 10:06 am

If Alexa is any kind of yard stick to use in order to figure out the traffic that these sites are getting, I gotta say that it’s disappointing. It’s just nowhere near the volume that eBay gets. I’d rather build my own site and grow traffic to that instead.
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Frank Simmons
April 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm

The sites like Amazon are exactly what eBay wanys to become, Check out the Feb 10, 2011 Fox Business article, where CEO Donahoe stated that eBay was still re-tooling from an online auction site, to a commerce site similar to that of Amazon. This change, is why so many eBay sellers are so un-happy.
Even if you are happy with eBay there are good reasons to seek out an eBay alternative. Ealtbay is an eBay alternative dedicated to the niche market, of allowing the sale of perfectly legal items, that are banned on eBay. Ealtbay allows the listing of all items for free, has very low final value fees, lets you accept payment in any legal form, and truthful feedback is allowed for both the buyer and seller. Give it a try!


May 7, 2011 at 6:54 am

I hate Ebay for charging 10% selling fee, the greedy b***ards but love it for buying a huge choice of items. I am looking seriously for a cheaper place to sell my items. I wish another auction site would go viral through twitter or Facebook and take off exponentially and give some competition to Ebay.


May 24, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Love shopping on Ebay, hate selling on Ebay. Too much noise, too much competition, too much bargain hunting. Interested (almost excited) to check out new places like Bonanza. Thanks Bryan


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