eBay and alternatives

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Ok I see this topic has been mentioned here before but not recently. I am doing pretty well on eBay but the selling limits and crazy fees are making me dislike them quite a bit.

One specific category is limited to one item per month! This does not work for me obviously.

What other ONLINE sites can I utilize? Only one I am considering is Amazon but only for the products are that 100% authenthic. Any other place with good traffic?

Thanks Warriors!
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  • Profile picture of the author gasman
    That's the thing that really is bad about ebay. Other than amazon there really isn't anyone who can compare to their traffic. There are sites like ubid and overstock, but like I said it's hard to get the traffic to make the sells. I used to do the ebay thing.. had great authentic products that I was selling. I was doing so well I literally planed on being able to retire in a years time and this was when i was in my early 20's. Out of the blue Ebay cancelled my account for "interacting with other accounts who have been banned" or something like that. I don't even have a clue what they were talking about until this day. This was 7-8 years ago I can't even imagine how bad the rules have gotten. I hope you find what you are looking for.
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    • Profile picture of the author frankp57
      Originally Posted by gasman View Post

      That's the thing that really is bad about ebay. Other than amazon there really isn't anyone who can compare to their traffic. There are sites like ubid and overstock, but like I said it's hard to get the traffic to make the sells. I used to do the ebay thing.. had great authentic products that I was selling. I was doing so well I literally planed on being able to retire in a years time and this was when i was in my early 20's. Out of the blue Ebay cancelled my account for "interacting with other accounts who have been banned" or something like that. I don't even have a clue what they were talking about until this day. This was 7-8 years ago I can't even imagine how bad the rules have gotten. I hope you find what you are looking for.
      Hi Gasman,

      I take it you are talking about the EPN programme. Same happened with me. For no apparent reason I got the same email as many thousands others that they were closing my account because of being "associated with a previously banned account" or words to that effect.

      I didn't have another account, wasn't associated with any other account and when pressed Ebay to be more specific they either didn't answer for ages until about the 4th or 5th reminder email or when they did all they said was basically "we ain't telling you and we don't have to" type of attitude.

      All commissions due were stolen from me (yes, I use the word stolen) and I had to convert quite a few websites into other types of websites. The sound of the word Ebay makes my skin crawl.

      Regards
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  • Profile picture of the author Shimon
    Hi, Yeah Amazon is your best bet. I also sell on eBay, and in the process of adding my products to Amazon, due to the amount of traffic they receive on a daily basis.

    So for me its eBay and Amazon, both websites are visited by millions of potential buyers every single day :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Amy Harrop
    For most products...Amazon is really your best bet. If you set up your inventory management and fulfillment correctly, you can easily do both Amazon and Ebay. In many categories, Amazon has surpassed Ebay in terms of shoppers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
    eBay has gotten pretty lame IMO. I know Amazon also have a lot of annoying aspects to it but I think it's miles above eBay.
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  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    eBay wants pre-existing businesses with sales history selling at cut throat prices on eBay, they do not want small operating businesses ran by 1 person and backed by inconsistent inventory. The problem is, eBays traffic is actually low compared to what it was 8 years ago and can't compete with a proper eCommerce website with an advertising budget that is similar to what a company would be paying eBay in fee's - and with much less risk.

    Right now is the perfect time to be running your own website that sells physical goods as there are a lot of consumers that stay away from eBay.
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    • Profile picture of the author Smallwheels
      Will ebay eventually be the place to purchase only used items? I haven't ever purchased anything from ebay. I have sold four items and I'm trying to sell some more. The thing is there are plenty of competing items.

      I differentiate my items because I make videos of each thing. Even so, my higher priced fully functioning things don't always sell at a slightly higher price even with the video proof that they work.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie123
    eBay can still be profitable. It is all in how you source your products and the cost you pay before listing them on eBay.
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  • Profile picture of the author iyke20024
    Hi

    Use amazon.. Too much monopoly for Ebay..

    But most of us can not do without them just as we can not do without paypal..

    They are just the same

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  • Profile picture of the author ldiaz117
    Thanks for the input guys. I am now in need of a new product or two, the ones I have now are drying up. Ugh
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    There are few alternatives to eBay that don't take fees like ecrater.com

    They allow you even to make ur own store and sell for free (they charge only on getting featured). They seems to have a good ranking overall.

    eBay is a big player and their fee are pretty killing for small and new members (unless you sell what is your garage)

    I would advice if you have stable market on eBay in selling is to open your own website and there r different ways to drive people to your own site even from eBay.
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    • Profile picture of the author ldiaz117
      Originally Posted by onegoodman View Post

      There are few alternatives to eBay that don't take fees like ecrater.com

      They allow you even to make ur own store and sell for free (they charge only on getting featured). They seems to have a good ranking overall.

      eBay is a big player and their fee are pretty killing for small and new members (unless you sell what is your garage)

      I would advice if you have stable market on eBay in selling is to open your own website and there r different ways to drive people to your own site even from eBay.
      Never heard of ecrater. Will take a look
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      • Profile picture of the author supershoesclub
        Originally Posted by ldiaz117 View Post

        Never heard of ecrater. Will take a look
        I just open a new account on ebay recently to sell the artworks. and i open my own webstore.I just want to promote my items on ebay and drive some traffic and customers to my own site.I feel ebay is still profitable if you sell some interesting things.But it is really hard time to sell for new seller because of the selling limit,I only could list 100 items per month. and for the first sales, the funds will held 21 days in paypal..
        I think if you could use the other free platform like ecrater, etsy, ioffer etc.They are all have good traffic too.But they are free or low listing fees,

        But in my opinion, you should give up any website. coz you can make good use of it to drive the traffic to your own website if you could do it well.

        I hope it is helpful to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    ldiaz117....

    Recently, I've talked to quite a few active sellers on eBay and they all voice their displeasure with their increased fees and poor customer service....Has eBay shot itself in the foot lately? What's going on over there? It used to be THE place for people to gravitate to. Now, it seems like they are losing market share to Amazon (no complaints here!).

    I'd love to hear your take on it....
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    • Profile picture of the author ldiaz117
      Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

      ldiaz117....

      Recently, I've talked to quite a few active sellers on eBay and they all voice their displeasure with their increased fees and poor customer service....Has eBay shot itself in the foot lately? What's going on over there? It used to be THE place for people to gravitate to. Now, it seems like they are losing market share to Amazon (no complaints here!).

      I'd love to hear your take on it....
      Customer service blows, all these limits and rules for whatever reason and fees are out of hand. I am going to test out Amazon this week.
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    • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
      Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

      ldiaz117....

      Recently, I've talked to quite a few active sellers on eBay and they all voice their displeasure with their increased fees and poor customer service....Has eBay shot itself in the foot lately? What's going on over there? It used to be THE place for people to gravitate to. Now, it seems like they are losing market share to Amazon (no complaints here!).

      I'd love to hear your take on it....
      eBay may loose its market to a newbie but not to Amazon.

      I can't imagine no matter how much eBay sucks, that it will reach one day to Amazon level.

      Amazon has by far the worst seller support World Wide (Upon my experience with Amazon, they can win the worst seller support Award).

      eBay support to seller may loose some quality but at least there is a support to sellers that you can actually waste your time to talk to them and try to figure things out.

      When it come to Amazon, they make ur life easy, they are not going to talk and they are not interested in your issues, and if you decided to take ur business else where please do it quietly so you don't bother their sleeping support team.

      Now, if all of this wasn't enough for you to leave amazon, you may get picked randomly with their smart automated system to get your account shutdown.

      Yes, amazon got traffic, but they rather to have it for themselves than share it with their sellers.
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      • Profile picture of the author UncleDearest
        Check into Amazon's FBA program. (fulfilled by Amazon) It's an outstanding way to sell physical products and still be almost totally automated.
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  • Profile picture of the author James B
    Most of are arguing about ebay with fees. Just know that amazon also has fees has well and are about the same depending if your adding pictures, etc. Find the amazon calculator and compare its about the same.
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  • Profile picture of the author seococonuts
    I really dislike ebay. I used to make quite good money dropshipping electronics but the fees are what killed the business in the end. Plus the "chancers" trying to scam me on big ticket items caused me some significant losses; not worth anypone's time unless you have something totally unique and in demand. Like some folks are saying above, Amazon is a good place to start. Some of the lesser known auction sites seem to be quite good, but the problem is it just doesn't get the traffic like ebay.
    Probably best trying to start your own site and ranking it; in the end, this will be cheaper than ebay fees anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author sscot
    Originally Posted by ldiaz117 View Post

    What other ONLINE sites can I utilize? Only one I am considering is Amazon but only for the products are that 100% authenthic. Any other place with good traffic?
    If you don't like eBay, Amazon must be the second option I think. Anyway, ubid.com and bidz.com are eBay alternatives but they don't have much traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adrian Int
    Here's a list I have of alternative markets you can use:

    Artfire
    Amazon
    Blujay
    Bonanza
    eCrater
    Etsy
    Rubylane


    Each of them has their own little niche, and of course varying levels of traffic but they're all "known" to a greater or lesser extent. I'm not sure which niche you're in so you'll have to look into them yourself, sorry.

    Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Amazon is straight as long as you dont get banned (for making too much money). For an ebay alternative, you could consider ioffer.
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  • Profile picture of the author ldiaz117
    Ok I need a new product to sell...anyone willing to share theirs. Possibly for a price...if so, PM or add me on Skype. My products are fading so need new ones and having a tough time
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      No one mentioned Yardsellr.com I just launched a few sales over there and it looks pretty good. No set up fees; in fact, the only fees you have are $1 from the buyer and seller once an item sells. And that is it.

      It's pretty easy; they have a blog and a very active Facebook page as well.

      I'm just getting started over there to unload some of my books and other stuff so we'll see how it works.

      Right now they may not have the traffic that eBay has, but I really think eventually eBay's going to dig themselves into a hole they won't be able to get out of where good sellers are concerned. And I've been with eBay since their launch back in the 90s.

      Now? pphhfftt They can shut down tomorrow and I won't care. Good riddance.

      Oh - I'm going to try a new technique to getting traffic to my Yardsellr listings - Video! For every listing I put up, I'm going to shoot a YouTube video as a "show and tell" for the items, then put a link to the sale in the YouTube description.

      I have about 30 more books to list and a wedding gown this week yet and I'm going to do videos for all of my listings. Once the items sell, I'll take down the videos.
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  • Profile picture of the author shireen
    Currently I'm driving ebay traffic to my own website + building my list.

    You don't have to hate ebay, just make use of it :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author sadas
    Or this week you can build the new amazon or ebay..
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  • Profile picture of the author fiberoptic
    I used to go to auctions and purchase random lots and post them on eBay when I was in high school. Now I have a 100% positive feedback w/ several hundred items sold, so it's easy to sell things. If you don't have a high feedback it can be difficult to get good results on ebay.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
      Originally Posted by fiberoptic View Post

      I used to go to auctions and purchase random lots and post them on eBay when I was in high school. Now I have a 100% positive feedback w/ several hundred items sold, so it's easy to sell things. If you don't have a high feedback it can be difficult to get good results on ebay.
      Some people start out "buying" their feedback....They buy 8-10 cheap items (.99 or lower) right from the start just so they can build up their feedback quickly.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryuchi
    The only thing next to ebay will be amazon obviously, like what the other folks have mentioned. The other will be multiply. I have been visiting multiply more frequently than before, and I am pleased with the great stuff I have been seeing there.

    If I've got no options, I'll take multiply.

    Ryuchi
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    Yes, its a sad thing, Ebay was once the Go to place, for buying and selling, I have had an account there since 1999, I use it occasionally but not like I used to. These days, I often end up on Amazon, because of one simple fact, the shipping charges are not as high, I see many ebay sellers, charging insane shipping charges.

    But that is not really the worst (allegedly) about Ebay

    The absolute and Allegedly, worst thing about ebay is the day they Killed the Affiliate program, that was the day that has consistently led to losses in many aspects, Ebay is slowing withering on the vine, likely if not for Paypal, Ebay would be in a real world of hurt.

    As a former Seller on Ebay I used to make $800 to $1200 per week, and I could easily drive traffic from website to the affiliate program that would generate even more revenue, but they changed the entire thing, they went to what they called a value click, or some such thing, what it was really was a way to dismantle the most successful aspect of Ebay, the driving force behind the auction sales format is users and plenty of them, but Ebay made two big huge mistakes.

    They forgot where their high earners came from and they deduced they could generate more interest using commercials, (which allegedly no one saw)

    Since that time, Ebay has degraded, (again allegedly) into a ball of yarn with bubble gum embedded in it, some day hopefully soon the guy they hired to revamp the affiliate model (the one that used to work) and turned it into a pile of steaming trash, will be fired, and perhaps they will once again return to something that might actually develop business.

    Until that day arrives, I am not interested in Ebay, I can get anything I want from Amazon and its not only guaranteed, but it is usually covered under a warranty.

    Why buy junk from ebay that is not only not insured, but has no warranty, then you also have to pay high dollars for shipping, why bother, that is what Ebay has forgotten.
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  • Profile picture of the author fanreach
    Originally Posted by ldiaz117 View Post

    Ok I see this topic has been mentioned here before but not recently. I am doing pretty well on eBay but the selling limits and crazy fees are making me dislike them quite a bit.

    One specific category is limited to one item per month! This does not work for me obviously.

    What other ONLINE sites can I utilize? Only one I am considering is Amazon but only for the products are that 100% authenthic. Any other place with good traffic?

    Thanks Warriors!
    Amazon's FBA program is awesome. They handle your customer service, returns, payment, and generate traffic. The fees are higher, but its worth the headaches.

    You'll find your sweet spots for products. Lately, fitness related products (everything from diet pills to weights) have been selling off the shelves.

    Good luck, if you need some pointers, reach out to me.
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    • Profile picture of the author GreenGeek
      eBay's greed will destroy them sooner then you think, it has happened to many greedy corporations and will happen to eBay. Amazon is a good alternative especially for buyers. eBay buyer protection is total scam and fraud as for seller and for buyer everybody looses.
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  • ebay is not ebay any more they lost most of their traffic and they killed themselves.
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    Originally Posted by ldiaz117 View Post

    Ok I see this topic has been mentioned here before but not recently. I am doing pretty well on eBay but the selling limits and crazy fees are making me dislike them quite a bit.

    One specific category is limited to one item per month! This does not work for me obviously.

    What other ONLINE sites can I utilize? Only one I am considering is Amazon but only for the products are that 100% authenthic. Any other place with good traffic?

    Thanks Warriors!

    Hey there, I was a Big Ebay and Amazon Seller, I used to sell alot of accessories for phones and parts. But the fees just got out of hand. The best thing to do is, do AMAZON Fullfillment, once you build a good rep there with the buyers, you will be making more money compared to Ebay. I will focus more on Amazon, compared to Ebay, there are more buyers then on Ebay.

    I still do sell on Ebay and Amazon, but it has not been like what it used to be.

    I noticed people are going for online stores more, so try to build a webstore and promote it and you will make more money.

    Other online sources where you can sell on are Buy.com, and Sears Marketplace(i heard is upcoming, Overstock, and Ubid.
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