How to make a website like eBay or Amazon?

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I have this idea and i never felt so confident with this idea i have. Its about a niche that i was thinking about and really i want to work hard and start this online business up. Basically i have this niche, where people post their item on the website and people bid on it, just like ebay. My problem is that i dont know where to start. I never felt confident like this idea and i dont want any opportunities to be waste, most importantly taken from someone else. I tried to make a website on weebly but it was no good. I just dont know where to start, and im overwhelmed. I dont want a website exactly like Amazon or eBay, but something similiar with a niche i have. Something simple. Can you guys help me guide to the right direction? I really want to start on this ASAP but i just dont know where to start since i have a little bit of money. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author cheddarben
    Originally Posted by halochaox View Post

    I dont want a website exactly like Amazon or eBay, but something similiar .
    Something simple.
    You crazy.
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  • Profile picture of the author halochaox
    Lol how am i crazy? I just have a big goal in my mind and i want to take advantage of it. I just need something that i can work with so people wont think the website looks like a scam. Then once i make profit ill invest in it to make the website better.
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    • Profile picture of the author cheddarben
      eBay and Amazon are not simple and you want to make something like them, you do not want to make something that is simple, but very complex. If you want to make something similar to eBay or Amazon and want to know where to get started, I would work to get a couple hundred million dollars just to get started.... but some very successful websites get started for much less.

      Realistically, if you want to make a web app, you should make a list of the requirements you have and pull together all of your branding. Once you outline the requirements,
      start putting together a project team with very clear direction of what you need done and what you are paying for. Also investigate any currently available technologies or apps that you can integrate.

      That being said, I wish you the best and I hope you DO make the next eBay or Amazon.
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    • Profile picture of the author amcg
      Originally Posted by halochaox View Post

      Lol how am i crazy? I just have a big goal in my mind and i want to take advantage of it. I just need something that i can work with so people wont think the website looks like a scam. Then once i make profit ill invest in it to make the website better.
      If you're going to do a marketplace type website, you need to solve the chicken & egg problem. My advice would be solve for one or the either; not both.
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  • Profile picture of the author snooder
    buy an ebay clone and just modified to your niche needs. dont spend to much money at first, test out the idea.
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    • Profile picture of the author NadineBen
      Wordpress. There are some good Wordpress Premium themes that integrate woocommerce and are SEO friendly.

      Wordpress is very powerful, Woocommerce is the most complete e-commerce plugin and in my opinion is the best.

      Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author eBayer
    There are many cheap eBay clones out there, if you want to grab anyones attention, it must be unique! maybe buy and sell + social media. Like Facebook + eBay together, it must be really professional which would probably take $50,000+ investment on programming alone, then a few thousand on designing and many thousands on marketings to get things heated up.
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  • Profile picture of the author ThePocketWatcher
    Check out thepocketwatchshop.com. I am opening
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    • Profile picture of the author japaneseinked
      Originally Posted by ThePocketWatcher View Post

      Check out thepocketwatchshop.com. I am opening
      this auction site on Sept 1. I bought the Wordpress auction theme from a company call Sitemile.

      Hi thepocketwatcher. Question, have you used their development team for any projects on your site? what are you thoughts as far as professionalism, promised delivery time and quality and price?
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  • Profile picture of the author BasedStrelok
    I find that Shopify is the easiest to use of the major eCommerce platforms available. The platform also has a large 3rd Party community, so finding the perfect theme should be easy enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author amcg
    Originally Posted by halochaox View Post

    I have this idea and i never felt so confident with this idea i have. Its about a niche that i was thinking about and really i want to work hard and start this online business up. Basically i have this niche, where people post their item on the website and people bid on it, just like ebay. My problem is that i dont know where to start. I never felt confident like this idea and i dont want any opportunities to be waste, most importantly taken from someone else. I tried to make a website on weebly but it was no good. I just dont know where to start, and im overwhelmed. I dont want a website exactly like Amazon or eBay, but something similiar with a niche i have. Something simple. Can you guys help me guide to the right direction? I really want to start on this ASAP but i just dont know where to start since i have a little bit of money. Thanks.
    I think actually starting out Amazon or Ebay would be a better bet than trying to be them. These businesses have huge scale and intrinsic advantages.

    Plus, they have traffic (customers) and you don't need to put any capital down. Why not start on their platforms, learn, build a customer base, and go from there?
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  • Profile picture of the author Vanilla Gorilla
    a site like ebay or amazon is going to take either years of individual programming or thousands upon thousands in programming fees. You could start with something simpler and scale up as you begin to profit.
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  • Profile picture of the author allegandro
    Hi,

    I know 100% what you feel, I had the same and I did it.

    First, I wrote the plan, it took me 4 months and 64 pages, wrote the idea into detail.

    Second, I looked for a trustable programmer, who would not steel the idea, together we made an estimate, how much time it would cost. 12.000 hours of programming we calculated, with 3 persons at the same time.

    Thirth, finding investors, when you not have a network, like me, it can take a long time. More than 12 months and I raised half the money we needed.

    Fourth, start programming, for more as a year we just program program program.

    Fifth, we went online to fast (http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...blic-soon.html)

    Sixth, results after one year in SEO (http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...t-website.html)

    Seventh, I loved it, we are still working working working, every day, to make it better and better.

    Eight, forget about holidays, free time or family planning the next years.

    But one thing I can say…. JUST DO IT!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nile Vincent
    If I were you...and considering your dream and goals...I would go back to the
    drawing board...and start with a business plan...in step-by-step detail...

    I would study everything I could get my hands on regarding this business model...

    I would practice and experiment with both the modeling styles of Ebay and Amazon...what I mean is, learn to buy and sell on both platforms...and take notes of your successes and failures...each and every one...

    Buy and sell, buy and sell...and study everything...research everything about these two business models...RESEARCH, STUDY, RESEARCH STUDY...

    Sleep with these two 24/7/365...dream, practice, study...and never let anyone
    tell you it's an impossible endeavor...because it's not!

    If you quit, you'll never have your Ebay or Amazon empire...yet if you don't quit,
    and follow the above advice adamently...you will have your success...

    This will take some time...yet since you love this...really love this...this will be
    your 'labor of love'...

    The long nights and days...the backaches you'll have...the eye strains...the headaches...the frustrations...the agonizing doubts, weariness...and the continual
    nagging in the back of your mind..."I can't do this"...then this is when you tell yourself..."Yet, what if I can?"

    Always, I mean always...KNOW YOU CAN...ALWAYS...

    And continue on...until one day...YOUR EBAY AMAZON DREAM IS REALITY...

    Remember this...always...always...

    Never quit...Never...

    Hope this helps...

    Pm me if you need anything...and I'll try...
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  • Profile picture of the author andreisaioc
    hello, its complete theme and script, its two into one.
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  • Profile picture of the author OliverTrent
    EBay and Amazon are vastly different businesses, do you want to sell items, or auction them? There are plenty of ecommerce platforms and amazon/ebay clones that you can use to build a basic site, don't expect miracles from them though!
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  • Profile picture of the author andreisaioc
    for sure you cant match ebay or amazon with a script even if its super complex. But i advice you start very small, and on a niche, then as you grow get more advanced.
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  • Profile picture of the author ReferralCandy
    OP: Nobody can give you the advice you're looking for. None of us are qualified to compete with eBay or Amazon- if we were, we'd already be doing it and rolling in the $$.

    Now, I'm not saying that it's impossible to do. Nothing's entirely impossible. But you're going to have to do the reading. You're going to have to do the coding. Read up about the history of Amazon and eBay, and how THEY developed their sites. Learn everything there is to know about the competition, and you'll be in a better position to know what to do from there.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author littleacorns
    halochaox - I would ignore most of the advice here,if you simply want an auction style platform that performs the same BASIC functions as ebay,ie,brings buyers and sellers together and you take a small transaction fee,and looks familiar like ebay,you DO NOT have to spend tens of thousands.I know this as a friend of mine has an auction site in a particular niche that has all the functions you'd need to create a profitable business in the correct niche.He paid a few hundred dollars to get the site up and running.Unless you intend on scaling it up to an eight figure business I would start on shoestring and prove you have the right market and the right offer first.Hope that helps.Sometimes throwing money at an obstacle simply stifles your imagination and problem solving skills.
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  • Profile picture of the author trader909
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    Lol how am i crazy? I just have a big goal in my mind and i want to take advantage of it. I just need something that i can work with so people wont think the website looks like a scam. Then once i make profit ill invest in it to make the website better.
    Because you understimate the money/time/effort that went int the branding of the business.

    site what $40,000???

    Branding $100m+

    could just buy them out though? $4billion+


    Good luck with though.
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  • Profile picture of the author garywarner
    If you want to create e commerce type of portal, then you may focus on updated product then, you have to generate online product listing as soon as possible, i have done that many times...
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  • Profile picture of the author Lexuniwn
    You crazy.I can't give you the advice you're looking for.sorry
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  • Profile picture of the author jaymartmedia
    Originally Posted by halochaox View Post

    I have this idea and i never felt so confident with this idea i have. Its about a niche that i was thinking about and really i want to work hard and start this online business up. Basically i have this niche, where people post their item on the website and people bid on it, just like ebay. My problem is that i dont know where to start. I never felt confident like this idea and i dont want any opportunities to be waste, most importantly taken from someone else. I tried to make a website on weebly but it was no good. I just dont know where to start, and im overwhelmed. I dont want a website exactly like Amazon or eBay, but something similiar with a niche i have. Something simple. Can you guys help me guide to the right direction? I really want to start on this ASAP but i just dont know where to start since i have a little bit of money. Thanks.
    Hi there you would need a front end and back end website that allows your customers to set up a registration and become members. This will allow them to manage their own products and pricing. Unless you have a lot of coding experience then this site will cost you a lot of money and can't be built on the free website building platforms. If you are looking for a very simple to use site building platform that has a lot to offer with no coding experience I would suggest you check out this video and all the feed back from satisfied users site http://www.xsitepro.com/index_r.html...tmedia&w=video it is very simple to use and has a lot of features. You can get a lot of support in their forums to help you with your builds. Like coding to copy and paste into your site if needed for special features you want to add to your site. For a very small investment it will allow you to build unlimited professional websites.
    I've just built a website using this program check it out as a sample. No doubt people have built better ones. Jaymartmedia Apps Ltd - Main
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  • Profile picture of the author Etoot
    Hi,

    First research your idea, then go for building.
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  • Profile picture of the author NathanJames
    Check out this website buy & sell mom,kid items | Priceables, it's similar to ebay.
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    • Profile picture of the author apie0402
      NathanJames - I'm looking for something like that. Can you provide more info?
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  • Profile picture of the author serpyre
    The marketplace industry is imploding, it comes down to trust from Google delisting and lowering rankings to visitors now realising they cannot trust the supply chain, too many fake items. Look at the eBay LVMH settlement. If you do, keep the view short term 1-2yrs, after that it becomes pretty messy.
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  • Profile picture of the author peterjack710
    Sites like e-bay, amazon offer a mixture of multiple vendor management and enterprise version stores. This has facilitated many products to be displayed in these websites. Hence you can create an online store using multiple vendor management.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    If you're short on money to start an ecommerce site, Woocommerce plugin is free at Woothemes.com and they have free Woocommerce themes as well. All you'd need is your domain and hosting to get started.
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  • Profile picture of the author sprucevn
    See the following video to know how to build an website like eBay and Amazon.
    Good success!
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  • Profile picture of the author DrForum
    I can say that the best and fastest way to implement the sites such as ebay or amazon is through use of wordpress and the themes that are already in place. It is time saving and being able to see that you want the project implemented soonest, you better find the best deal for the themes and have things running. As you gain popularity, you can then start building the website from scratch, taking into considerations the little things that lack on the current one.
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  • Profile picture of the author PBScott
    Saying you want to do something similar to eBay or Amazon, to me sounds similar to saying you are planning to colonize Pluto, even though you have not yet learned how to build a jet engine. However it is not that difficult to actually build a website using things like Joomila and Magento, and then modding them, I would highly suggest you not try doing it from scratch, because the chances of you actually getting your money back from such an endeavor are about the same as winning the lottery.
    I am in my mid 40s and all the epic dream chasers I know are dead broke these days. I would suggest to aim for something a little less epic, the main reason being that the world is not fair and Amazon and Ebay will crush you with billions in advertising if they see you coming up on their heals, trust me, they have done this to me and probably millions of others. Amazon made up nearly halve of all AdWords income for Google last year to thoroughly dominate the retail internet. The act of getting enough people to sign up and start posting on your website will likely cost you millions in advertising once the site is functional.
    There are actually thousands of other big websites out there that are trying to compete with ebay and amazon, but you have never heard of them, likely just like they probably won't hear of you.
    I would suggest building an affiliate website to get your feet wet, and you could then of course convert that into an online marketplace at a later date.
    Best of luck to you. Personally if I had the millions needed to be successful in such a thing, I would go just go live on a beach instead.
    Here I wrote this a few years ago, maybe it will help
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  • Profile picture of the author jonbowsir
    This video basically how to get consistent income with Amazon:
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  • Profile picture of the author overy
    its totally depends on how old your website is??and its depends on traffic,keywords and SEO...
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