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

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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.

shopify

shopify

1. 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 InfoFor SellersFor 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

 

ebid

ebid

2. 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 Summary

General InfoFor SellersFor 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

3. 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.

Overstock Summary

General InfoFor SellersFor 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

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.

Amazon Summary

General InfoFor SellersFor 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 InfoFor SellersFor 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

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 InfoFor SellersFor 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 InfoFor SellersFor 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

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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 InfoFor SellersFor 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 SellersFor 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