17 Alternatives to Buying and Selling on Ebay

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    NEWSLETTERS

    While eBay has been the champion of online auctions in the United states for years, lately there has been talk of lower sales and an exodus by sellers.

    With the declining economy, where can buyers and sellers turn? Where will one get rid of that junk that’s been sitting in their garage for years?  Luckily eBay is not the only game in town, and we have a sampling of 17 different sites for you to try.

    General Auction Sites

    Auction.com - Auction does not charge any listing or final value fees, but does charge you for enhancements like bolding your listing and so on.  Traffic seems a bit low, and a lot of bells and whistles you’re used to seem to be missing.

    Bidtopia.com - Bidtopia has some unique ideas in that bidding and selling have to be done from separate accounts.  The site only charges final value fees and focuses heavily on $.99 auctions.

    Bonanzle.com - The site allows you to import your existing items from eBay and Craigslist, encourages direct contact between buyers and sellers, and prides itself on a quick listing process.

    eBid.net - eBid offers several country specific sites, free registration, no listing fees for auctions, and even offers you the ability to pay for a lifetime membership that will remove all final value fees from your listings.

    ePier.com - ePier does not charge any listing fees, but their final value fees are fairly high.  Focuses heavily on localized auctions with city listings for places like Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington DC and more.

    iOffer.com - iOffer is not an auction site, but lets you buy and sell after negotiating with other users.  Offers you the chance to import your items and reputation from eBay and other sites.

    OnlineAuction.com - Basic Online Auction registration is free, but verification will cost you $4 a month, and selling will cost you $8 a month.  Paying the selling fee will keep you from paying any final value fees.

    Overstock.com - Well known for their television ads and selling overstocked goods, Overstock allows users to list auctions on their site.  They do have listing fees as well as final value fees.

    SalvageSale.com - SalvageSale specializes in bulk auctions and items a bit too large for your standard UPS delivery truck.  This is the type of site you go to if you have pallets of products to unload, or large construction equipment.

    TheSOCExchange.com - SOC Exchange charges a flat rate of $1 a month or $10 a year for unlimited auction listings.

    Webidz.com - While it is free to list auctions, open a store and bid, Webidz charges you $5.00 to become a verified member, and you will be charged this fee any time you change your personal information.

    International Auction Sites

    CQout.com -CQout is primarily UK-focused, but charges no listing fees, and only a 1.5% final value fee, which makes it one of the lowest in the industry that charge.

    Gmarket.co.kr - Gmarket, short for Global e-Market, is a popular auction site from Korea.  The site is available in both Korean and English, and welcomes buyers and sellers from all over the world.

    OZtion.com.au - OZtion is free to register, and has no listing fees, but does charge final value fees with a maximum of $99.00.  The site focuses primarily on auctions inside Australia.

    Souq.com - Souq focuses on auctions in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The site is available in both Arabic and English.

    Tazbar.com - UK-based site that offers four different levels of monthly subscription from free to £18.99 a month, which determines how many listings you may have and how much they will cost.

    TradeMe.co.nz - With approximately a quarter of all the residents of New Zeland having an account on TradeMe, it is considered the biggest website in the country.  They have expanded into many other areas such as real estate and a classmate locator.

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