by darbok
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It seems to me that ebay has smaller seller fees then amazon,however, after reading alot of posts about customers not paying on ebay and getting refunds they do not deserve, I'm a bit wary of selling on ebay but with amazon, I sold a 10.00 item and amazon collected 3.15 in fees, that seems a bit rough for a 10.00 item. Decisions, decisions.
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  • Profile picture of the author mediamarket
    This is price you pay for being on ebay. It does get easier once you reach a higher level of sales and feedback.
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  • Profile picture of the author alvinrizki
    just try sell on ebay.
    there is seller protection and buyer protection.
    in my opinion, buyer protection is stronger than seller protection :p
    when your buyer dont pay, you dont have to pay the fees, you can open dispute for seller fees.
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  • Profile picture of the author lastreporter
    Originally Posted by darbok View Post

    It seems to me that ebay has smaller seller fees then amazon,however, after reading alot of posts about customers not paying on ebay and getting refunds they do not deserve, I'm a bit wary of selling on ebay but with amazon, I sold a 10.00 item and amazon collected 3.15 in fees, that seems a bit rough for a 10.00 item. Decisions, decisions.
    Ebay is ok. However, Amazon has much more traffic.

    They are both good platforms. You can sell some items a bit higher on eBay and generally speaking customers from eBay are easier to deal with then those from Amazon.
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    • Profile picture of the author ClickDale
      Ultimately, both platforms work. As long as you are getting sales and making a profit, then you should go with either one.

      From my experience, I like ebay of Amazon. I do believe that Amazon charges higher fees. I feel that my items sell faster on Ebay. I also feel like I have more control over the listing, although Amazon has gotten better about this in recent years. I like posting multiple pictures of everything and writing great/long descriptions of the items. These this help my items to move fast.

      I also think it comes down to what you are selling? Amazon attracts more customers for certain items, and for other items the same it true for ebay.

      Best of luck to you!
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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel J
        Originally Posted by ClickDale View Post

        Ultimately, both platforms work. As long as you are getting sales and making a profit, then you should go with either one.

        From my experience, I like ebay of Amazon. I do believe that Amazon charges higher fees. I feel that my items sell faster on Ebay. I also feel like I have more control over the listing, although Amazon has gotten better about this in recent years. I like posting multiple pictures of everything and writing great/long descriptions of the items. These this help my items to move fast.

        I also think it comes down to what you are selling? Amazon attracts more customers for certain items, and for other items the same it true for ebay.

        Best of luck to you!
        really good thoughts on this thread! I found the opposite to be true- my items on Amazon sell MUCH faster than Ebay. However, this is likely due to the TYPES of products I sell as well as understanding Amazon better (I sell more items on Amazon).

        If you can, definitely sell on both. For me, the fees are justified as I still come away with a 6 figure (profit) income every year. Sure, Amazon takes their cut, but there is no way I could get that kind of traffic on my own!

        Ebay is great for what it is and they DO offer more flexibility. This is because Ebay was BUILT for individual sellers. For Amazon, this was an afterthought. 2 completely different platforms, 2 completely different types of customers... try out both! Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author LastWarrior
    "ebay reliability"

    Now there's an oxymoron if I ever heard one.

    If you're an entrepreneur, then you know going in you are going to have losses regardless of the platform you choose. The stories you hear are in the minority, but they do happen to everyone who is a seller and you have to deal with it and move on. eBay and PayPal both suck. I don't like them, especially PayPal. eBay is more on the buyer's side as well as PayPal. To play their game you really have to suck up to customers and try hard on every transaction to make your customers happy.

    Don't wait until you get all your ducks-in-a-row so to speak. Just start selling and learn by your mistakes. Be sure you setup a separate bank account for PayPal and keep the account limited in funds.

    Read some eBooks, ask many questions, watch YouTube and follow eBay's Help for sellers and you should fair well if you can handle an occasional bad experience with a buyer. Knowledge is power.

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  • Profile picture of the author amcg
    I'd try both channels, each might be better than the other in respect to the type of product you're selling. Fees are fees, I guess it's a matter of growing your sales/brand to the point where you can launch your own platform (though I'd do this on day one anyway).
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  • Profile picture of the author Etoot
    I have never used eBay for selling or buying anything, but some of my friends who are using eBay are quiet satisfied with.
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  • Profile picture of the author OnlineStoreHelp
    Originally Posted by darbok View Post

    It seems to me that ebay has smaller seller fees then amazon,however, after reading alot of posts about customers not paying on ebay and getting refunds they do not deserve, I'm a bit wary of selling on ebay but with amazon, I sold a 10.00 item and amazon collected 3.15 in fees, that seems a bit rough for a 10.00 item. Decisions, decisions.
    I have found the fees to be pretty close but I don't do a lot on eBay but add in your PayPal fees to your eBay fees to make it an apples to apples comparison.
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