Which is the best--Ebay or Amazon?

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If you were starting today, which e-commerce platform, E-Bay or Amazon, would you use to promote your products?

Take a look at it from a time, financial investment, energy, and stress standpoint.

I'd like to hear from folks that are doing both and why, too?
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    I think Amazon is better and I think is getting less popular today.. Amazon also have the better affiliate system.
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    • Profile picture of the author Elon Bomani
      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      I think Amazon is better and I think is getting less popular today.. Amazon also have the better affiliate system.

      I agree...Thanks for the info.
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  • Profile picture of the author ColdWritingLLC
    Originally Posted by Elon Bomani View Post

    If you were starting today, which e-commerce platform, E-Bay or Amazon, would you use to promote your products?

    Take a look at it from a time, financial investment, energy, and stress standpoint.

    I'd like to hear from folks that are doing both and why, too?
    It depends what you're products are.

    Most of the time both are very profitable, you just have to refocus your marketing efforts. Sort of like an argument about television vs radio advertising - one isn't better than the other, they just have different demographic makeups and require refined approaches.
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    • Profile picture of the author Charmcontent
      I would vote for amazon too.
      Why?

      1.First, though both amazon and ebay have built trust for themselves, I still think amazon's trust ranks higher than that of ebay and when people buy products on amazon, they usually expect them to be of good quality. Complaints and returns are fewer.

      2. If you can make use of Fulfilment by amazon (FBA) and offer free shipping, you could make more sales on amazon than on ebay.
      3. Competition: Fewer people are aware of the fact that you can use amazon to sell your products. whereas every Tom, dick and harry knows they can sell their products on ebay, which makes competition high.

      4. Traffic. Amazon is #5th most visited site in America, and 10th world wide while Ebay is #6 in the USA and #21 world wide, you would get more prospects listing on amazon than on ebay.

      5. Amazon has worked hard to optmise it's buying process.

      NOTE: But, it would serve you better if you can use both platforms to sell your products. This would give you increased sales and profits
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      • Profile picture of the author Elon Bomani
        Wow! Thanks for your advice...Hey don't you have to pay $.99 for each listing you set up at E-Bay. We don't have to pay on Amazon until someone buys..You can start for free before you should upgrade to the professional level. Great for newbies! They can test out the waters.
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  • Profile picture of the author neodarth
    If you are selling physical why not use both platforms and get more exposure?
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    • Originally Posted by neodarth View Post

      If you are selling physical why not use both platforms and get more exposure?
      Off topic but I lived in Santiago. Are you an ex-pat there?
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    • Profile picture of the author Elon Bomani
      Time is money for me..single mom,homeschooling my kids! FBA has been very good time!
      I.E. Got a Game on E-bay for $10 sold the same game on Amazon for $40.

      No customers, no hassle....done!

      I am trying to keep an open-mind because I have never done E-Bay...the more I think about it. If I had to choose, it would be Amazon....
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    Ebay now sucks.... I did a blog post on the ebay affiliate program recently on how bad it is...

    Amazon is the way forward there is a lot more trust when you buy ssomething from amazon.

    Danny
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    • Profile picture of the author Devilfish168
      perfer amazon...

      but recently ...already for days to week...sales only one or two..some days don't have....



      perhaps people already done with their holiday shopping...
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    • Profile picture of the author Elon Bomani
      Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post

      Ebay now sucks.... I did a blog post on the ebay affiliate program recently on how bad it is...

      Amazon is the way forward there is a lot more trust when you buy ssomething from amazon.

      Danny
      Can you send me the blog post link so I can check it out. I have only had great experience with Amazon...I am a little bit apprehensive about trying E-Bay.

      I love buying from E-Bay....sometimes...
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  • Profile picture of the author blib
    Originally Posted by Elon Bomani View Post

    If you were starting today, which e-commerce platform, E-Bay or Amazon, would you use to promote your products?

    Take a look at it from a time, financial investment, energy, and stress standpoint.

    I'd like to hear from folks that are doing both and why, too?
    For selling my own physical products I get much better results on Ebay.

    But if you were looking at affiliate commissions, Ebay has changed quite a bit recently, so I can send lots of good quality traffic and not earn a penny, whereas you used to get paid per click.

    Amazon is my preferred route for affiliate commissions as you can end up getting paid a % of whatever the buyer spends, even if it wasn't what you sent them to Amazon for in the first place.

    What products would you be selling?
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    • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
      Originally Posted by blib View Post

      Ebay has changed quite a bit recently, so I can send lots of good quality traffic and not earn a penny, whereas you used to get paid per click.
      I wouldnt say it was pay per click but its terrible now.. I have now ditched Ebay all together....

      RIP... eBay Partner Network - It Has Been Profitable... -

      I am now using lot of different CPA networks and the sites I cant find anything to promote i am using adsense...

      Danny
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    • Profile picture of the author Elon Bomani
      I've done very well with Physical products as oppose to Amazon Affiliate because of my Techi-issues..making some good money with Affiliate with Amazon...I tried nothing E-Bay and it seem from the feedback that E-Bay needs to be put on the back burner for now!

      Moreover, I find that I have to put up a lot of upfront money with Amazon Affiliate before I see a return for my investment...Whereas with FBA, I made money the first week and I did not invest a time yet....Love it....it has paid for itself from the very beginning...!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author Elon Bomani
      What type of physical products are you selling...like Amazon does not allow folks to sell Big TVs because of the scams. I can not sell some items there that I could sell on E-Bay.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnyEnglish
    If you choose quick money ebay is the best option. But if you choose long term income amazon is the option..
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    • Profile picture of the author Elon Bomani
      Originally Posted by JohnyEnglish View Post

      If you choose quick money ebay is the best option. But if you choose long term income amazon is the option..
      Thanks Johny...I am thinking about expanding for the New Year! Quick money seem to work well Amazon...I made money the first week...when does E-Bay pay you from a sell or does it go instantly to your paypal acct. We get paid bi-weekly and funds directly deposited into our acct.

      Does E-Bay have a lending program like Amazon...that helps you buy more inventory???
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      • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
        Originally Posted by Elon Bomani View Post


        Does E-Bay have a lending program like Amazon...that helps you buy more inventory???
        They have something called cabbage cash, I have no experience with it
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        • Profile picture of the author Elon Bomani
          Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

          They have something called cabbage cash, I have no experience with it
          I'm gonna check it out...Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Elon Bomani
      Originally Posted by JohnyEnglish View Post

      If you choose quick money ebay is the best option. But if you choose long term income amazon is the option..
      Yes, I see a very positive future with Amazon. Did you check out their Drone shipping system!!!

      WOW!
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  • Profile picture of the author theprofitjam
    Originally Posted by Elon Bomani View Post

    If you were starting today, which e-commerce platform, E-Bay or Amazon, would you use to promote your products?

    Take a look at it from a time, financial investment, energy, and stress standpoint.

    I'd like to hear from folks that are doing both and why, too?
    I prefer Amazon and I have earned from it as an affiliate too. Why I prefer Amazon over Ebay because there are many complaints from users of being scammed on Ebay by buyers.
    There are thousands of sellers on Ebay as well as Amazon but Amazon looks a bit more trustworthy.
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    • Profile picture of the author Elon Bomani
      I agree!! It seems to have more class...I personally experienced a psycho seller that did not make my personal buying experience well via E-Bay. But I have found some great deal and products on E-Bay...but I personally trust Amazon...but E-Bay does have its good points.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Ebay. Millions of people looking to buy something everyday. Plus good longevity and no fear of getting banned because you're making money too fast.
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    • Profile picture of the author Elon Bomani
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Ebay. Millions of people looking to buy something everyday. Plus good longevity and no fear of getting banned because you're making money too fast.
      Hey Randall:

      I have made a lot of money fast with Amazon...and they send me a check very Fast!!lol I think the ration is Amazon $139 dollars you can pay $59 dollars on E-Bay...which check would you like????

      But Amazon have Millions of Credit cards on File because people trust them more and I think they get more traffic than E-Bay...What say you?
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  • Profile picture of the author Zero12
    I think Amazon is better than Ebay.
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  • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
    I have used both formats and have better average returns on Amazon. I have sold products in a nich that Amazon sends the sales my way. Also I promote a review site as a side hobby.

    E-bay I have sold stuff and have done both good and bad. Sold automotive products and purchase other products it depends how much time you want to put in. You can also loose profits on e-bay quickly if you do not know what you are doing. I would check out this thread by ADE he has a lot of dealings with ebay... http://www.warriorforum.com/building...marketing.html
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    • Profile picture of the author Elon Bomani
      Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

      I have used both formats and have better average returns on Amazon. I have sold products in a nich that Amazon sends the sales my way. Also I promote a review site as a side hobby.

      E-bay I have sold stuff and have done both good and bad. Sold automotive products and purchase other products it depends how much time you want to put in. You can also loose profits on e-bay quickly if you do not know what you are doing. I would check out this thread by ADE he has a lot of dealings with ebay... http://www.warriorforum.com/building...marketing.html
      I will check it out...I don't think Amazon allows you to sell automotive products at this time....I've check out a couple and could not do it...I like working my Affiliate with my FBA, too...they work well together and gives me a headup on its success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery Moss
    If you are talking about selling your own products, then go for Amazon as they have a built in community of users. These users will check out your listings, buy products and then leave extensive feedback and reviews. Although some Ebay users will leave feedback, it's not as helpful as the reviews left on Amazon. For your long term success, Amazon is the right platform to sell your products.
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    • Profile picture of the author Elon Bomani
      Originally Posted by Jeffery Moss View Post

      If you are talking about selling your own products, then go for Amazon as they have a built in community of users. These users will check out your listings, buy products and then leave extensive feedback and reviews. Although some Ebay users will leave feedback, it's not as helpful as the reviews left on Amazon. For your long term success, Amazon is the right platform to sell your products.
      WOW! Thanks for that insight. I did not know that. In 2014, I will being lauching my own product on Amazon...I see so many of my peers having great success and making 6 and 7 figures with selling their own products on Amazon.

      Where can I find the community of users...Is there a forum their I can check out????
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      • Profile picture of the author Charles E. White
        eBay is a buyers market........good place to purchased things at low cost and that is what the buyers there expect..low prices. I sold on eBay for years and was a silver powerseller but I knew what I was going to get for my products was going to be rock bottom prices.

        Amazon is a more reliable place to up your sales in price of your product.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben_Doyle
    I kill it with ebay compared to Amazon.

    eBay can be leveraged in a way that Amazon can't. I have built a list of over 11,000 BUYERS using eBay on complete auto pilot using eBay and a sneaky (but completely legal) little backdoor workaround.

    Can't do that with Amazon.

    Now I have a list that I can monetize in any way I choose.

    So eBay wins hands down for me.

    Ben
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    To me both Amazon and Ebay are good and have good customer support, but for quick payments amazon is better option. Also it charges less as compared to ebay on many items.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ben_Doyle
      Originally Posted by Moneymaker2012 View Post

      To me both Amazon and Ebay are good and have good customer support, but for quick payments amazon is better option. Also it charges less as compared to ebay on many items.
      Don't amazon pay out every 2 weeks?
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      • Profile picture of the author Elon Bomani
        Originally Posted by Ben_Doyle View Post

        Don't amazon pay out every 2 weeks?
        Yes!!!!! I mean faithfully every two weeks there is a check in my acct. I love the quick return...and usually, I use other people money to make money with my credit card system I use..so no direct cash comes out of pocket because of their payment system...
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      • Profile picture of the author Devilfish168
        Originally Posted by Ben_Doyle View Post

        Don't amazon pay out every 2 weeks?


        but I check their payment on check is not ..you are preferring direct deposit right

        cheques payment take 60 days , than when it reach your country depend your postal service etc..

        well no choice , since is troublesome to set up account ..for direct deposit.

        I do hope they provide pay pal payment services...
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        • Profile picture of the author Devilfish168
          sorry one question I feel a bit confuse about the widgets...

          i noticed when click the "buy from amazon.com" button , the url got stated your affiliate id ..

          but if I am a buyers and go to search other stuffs on the page..click go another section or products..or go back to amazon home page , as there is a link below the buy button

          I noticed didn't show my affiliate id...

          is it still there ? but in different code?

          as long the buyer still surfing on your affiliate page , is still under your affiliate code?

          sorry hope you all know what I mean here.
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    • Profile picture of the author Elon Bomani
      Originally Posted by Moneymaker2012 View Post

      To me both Amazon and Ebay are good and have good customer support, but for quick payments amazon is better option. Also it charges less as compared to ebay on many items.
      Yes, I agree, but I must admit that coming this FEB. there are increasing their fees..I paya stock fee plus all other fees..even so, I had a brick and mortar and it was so much more...I am not complaining....it is soooo much more cost effective and doable as a work-at-home mom.....!!!

      I could not do this biz the traditional way...my only challenge is that my compo is Amazon and they win every time...I can not be their price...so, I am creative to make sure I don't get caught up in their "matrix":p
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  • Profile picture of the author shahjamal
    I think that always Amazon is better than e-bay for affiliate .
    Because USA major people like Amazon.So you can choose Amazon for affiliate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel J
    I prefer Amazon. However, if you're already using FBA (great decision!) you could consider listing all your items on Ebay and using multi-channel fulfillment. You'd never have to touch the items. This is what I use ebay for. I fulfill both Amazon and Ebay items through my FBA inventory. It works great and it's a very "hands off" business model!
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  • Profile picture of the author cyberzolo
    Ebay hands down! Amazon is only good for DVDs, music albums, and books.
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  • What is FBA ?

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    • Profile picture of the author Ben_Doyle
      Originally Posted by wholesale blogger View Post

      What is FBA ?

      Thanks
      Fulfilment by amazon
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  • Thanks Ben
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  • Profile picture of the author jvjoe
    Amazon rocks and also they have better
    affiliate platform that converts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel J
    Amazon FBA (fulfillment by Amazon) is particularly useful for selling on Amazon.com if you live outside of the U.S. (or if you live within the U.S. and you simply don't want to handle the physical shipping of products yourself- I never see 99% of my inventory these days)
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Neumann
    I like them both.

    eBay has it's Pros and Cons but on the plus side with eBay you gain access to your funds instantly once you have established your seller account. There is considerable traffic on eBay but the competition is for higher then that of Amazon.

    With Amazon you have great features as well, in my opinion the competition for on Amazon is lower due to the stringent requirements of becoming a seller. Amazon has more traffic the eBay so if you made me choose one over the other I think I would go with Amazon as the best place.

    Just my 2 cents.

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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel J
    A friend of mine makes great money on Ebay, but his product focus is completely different from mine (I sell all brand new products). He visits storage auctions, garage sales, thrift stores etc and has an eye for valuable antiques (HUGE on Ebay). He makes a full time living doing this. I've never done well with used/collectible stuff, but obviously there is a huge market for it! For brand new items- Amazon is great!
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  • Profile picture of the author planetgourmet
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    on ebay, you will only find buyers who want it for free ( you will take a loss ). yes, there are niches, antiques but for online arbitrage have to go with AZ. very discouraged with eb. my last seller said I deceived her becuz she could have gotten it for lower elsewhere ( gave her a refund as it did not ship ).
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  • In my opinion Amazon is best.I always prefer amazon for online shopping or other price compare.we can also become of affiliate of amazon.its really good.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoboyz01
    There are less restrictions for selling on eBay but it's a big mash up of products now. Amazon is somewhat similar but possibly better credibility or trust factor than eBay, which is more like a big flea market.
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