eBay is the most well known of online marketplaces, particularly for auctions, but it's not the only one
you can sell on. There are lots of quality alternatives to selling on eBay, and it's always good to sell
your products on a number of different venues. Let's look at some other sites that you can make
Amazon is a very good choice for selling online - in certain markets. You can sell Books, DVDs,
Electronics, Toys & Games and many other lines. It costs nothing to list your items, and they stay on
the site for 60 days. No paypal fees to worry about, and it's incredibly easy to use, in most cases you
just type in the barcode of the item you want to sell, a brief description, and Amazon do the rest.
Playtrade on play.com uses a very similar selling method to Amazon. It's a good place to sell DVDs,
video games & consoles, CDs, audio books, and recently - event tickets. It's totally free to list, and you
only have to type in the barcode or EAN to list an item. It's not for everyone, but they seem to be adding
more selling categories every few months or so.
One thing to bear in mind, everything has to be
listed with 'free' delivery, so bear that in mind with heavy books etc. You can transfer funds to your
bank with a small charge, or you can spend the full amount on other items on the site. Definitely worth
a look for media sellers.
eBid Online Auctions
Ebid is well worth a look. It's growing in popularity with both buyers and sellers, and with free listings, it
won't cost you anything to try it. It's still a long way off eBay in terms of site traffic, but it's certainly
worth a go for people who sell on eBay, or are fed up with paying eBay's fees.
Alibris is a worldwide niche market for books, films and music. You can sell all kinds of books,
and it is especially ideal if you want to sell rare and out of print books. You can also use Alibris to sell
movies in DVD and VHS format, and music in CD, vinyl and other formats. They offer a pay as you sell
scheme, with differing forms of flat rate annual fees depending on how many items you want to sell.
For book sellers, it's a good way of achieving worldwide exposure for your products.
AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books. Millions of new, used, rare, and out-of-print books are offered for sale through the AbeBooks websites from thousands of booksellers around the world, making this a great eBay alternative for book sellers, especially for books that are hard to find elsewhere. They can boast of over 30,000 transactions everyday that connect buyers to booksellers with the exact book they are looking for. They cater for the casual seller who wants to sell a few books and for the professional business seller who is looking to sell their inventory on a thriving world-wide marketplace.
CQout is the UK's 2nd biggest online marketplace. They currently well over 1.5 million live listings. There is a small fee of £2 to register, which may deter some, but once registered it's free to list, with the only fee being a percentage of the sale value. Sellers can submit various details to earn 'trusted seller' status and get a small reduction in fees. It's easy to list, and it's a friendly place to trade.
Tradebit is something a little bit different and not suitable for everyone, but it's a unique way of selling
downloadable products. Since eBay stopped the sale of downloadable digital products, this could be a
valuable alternative to eBay for many. With Tradebit you can sell original ebooks that you've written,
your own MP3 tracks that you've created, pictures you've taken, php/java/html scripts, software you've
written and other forms of downloadable products. If you're a software developer, musician,
photographer or a writer it's a good way to sell your products to a global audience. Why not take a look
at the site and see if it's for you?
121bid is a totally free
auction site to sell on. No listing fees, no final value fees, no fees of any kind. Built on family and
community values, it's a refreshing alternative venue to list and sell your items.
Specialist Auctions is an online auction site for specialist, rare, collectible and antique items, which is
controlled by moderators to keep the site safe and clean. There are no fees for basic listings.
Sellitbytext is one of the latest UK based would be eBay alternatives. With its simple concept and using
cutting edge mobile telephony technology, it offers everybody the opportunity of selling almost anything
online for as little as 50p just by taking a photo of the item on their mobile phone and sending it via a text
Toldya is something worth trying if you use social networking sites such as Facebook to promote your business. You can
create an eStore for free and feature items that you have for sale. The buyer can pay by credit card or cash on collection and
they don't need an account with Toldya to make a purchase.
Job-lot.com is a unique classified ads service for home or business
that allows you to buy and sell unwanted items for one fixed listing
fee. The site is very simple to use and you will be listing items within
minutes, and with no popup banners or Google ads like many other sites,
it's quick and easy to navigate.
Tradeyourstuff is a nice site for you to sell DVDs and video games. Buy, sell or trade with other users,
it's certainly a great way to sell off your unwanted movies and games and earn some extra cash.
Viva Street is one of the UK’s leading free classified websites, providing a free to post and browse service for a wide range of secondhand products and services. If you have a one-off item to sell or want to advertise a service this could be a great alternative to using eBay to sell your unwanted items.