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Looking For Best eBay Alternative: Continued

by Sean Mal

in Listing, Selling

What’s the best eBay alternative?

Have you asked that question?

Let me tell you this: there are probably hundreds of eBay alternative websites!

Unless you have an incredible amount of resources, you can’t list on all of them and still expect that to be manageable.

So what should you do?

I wrote about eBay alternative sites before and touched Amazon and ebid.net.

Here I talk about ecrater and bonanza.

After reading these two posts, you should decide (after more research if you wanted to) which ones to utilize as eBay replacement or eBay complement because these 4 ecommerce websites are the major eBay alternatives (unless you sell arts and crafts so in that case Etsy will come into play too).

eCRATER

ecrater.com is one of the biggest eBay rivals in terms of number of listings. It used to be number 1 but as of now, ebid.net took the first place!

The best thing about ecrater is that it’s 100% FREE…absolutely no fee whatsoever! However, they don’t give you a fancy interface. It’s all text based.

But…you can have unlimited listings in any category in unlimited number of stores (as long as you don’t sell the same items in more than 1 store).

There are not a lot of regulations but they do enforce their policies so make sure you follow their policies.

You can accept Google Checkout (preferred), paypal, and offline payments (such as checks). ecrater recently opened their UK and Australia marketplaces and they upload listings to Google Shopping 3 times/week.

I let you explore ecrater as you wish and if you have any questions such as how to set up your store, feel free to ask.

Cons:

 

  • ecrater traffic is greatly less than eBay.
  • ecrater doesn’t offer a capable interface (only text is allowed).
  • ecrater has only 3 marketplaces: US, UK, and AU (hopefully they open more).
  • In order to accept Google Checkout from UK and Australian buyers, US sellers have to have Google Checkout account in UK and AU currency (ebid doesn’t have that problem).
  • US sellers have to accept PayPal so their listings get uploaded to UK and AU Google Shopping. That’s because online payment is required for that and Google Checkout isn’t considered a payment option when the seller doesn’t have it in UK and/or AU currency.

Pros:

 

  • ecrater is 100% Free marketplace (big plus!).
  • Confusing policies and pressure on sellers don’t exist in ecrater.
  • Sellers are able to set up Google Analytics for US, UK, and AU ecrater stores separately.
  • ecrater offers great customer service for a free marketplace. They actually reply to your emails within 48 hours.
  • ecrater sellers can open unlimited stores as long as they don’t sell the same items in different stores and they can list unlimited number of items.
  • ecrater shares a portion of the revenue of AdSense ads that appear on the seller’s listings with the seller.


Bonanza

Bonanza.com that was used to be called bonanzle is another eBay alternative. Bonanza is not free; they do charge fees when you sell but listing is free.

Traffic is highly less than ebid or ecrater but it might be me because I sell electronics. Bonanza put a huge emphasis on fashion although they do allow all kind of items. If you sell fashion stuff or even arts and crafts, you might get more traffic.

Recently some surveyed sellers gave a ranking to bonanza much higher than ebid which I don’t understand why. Maybe they were mainly fashion sellers and had better luck with bonanza than with ebid.

You would have a booth in bonanza like a store in ebid or ecrater then you would list your items in the booth.

Bonanza uploads your listings to Google Shopping if you give them the minimum required parameters. However, they don’t let you set up Google Analytics unless you pay for it.

If you have time to kill, bonanza offers games to play! Also, for different activities (for example, signing to your account each day) you can collect tokens which you would claim for seller fee credit.

Cons:

 

  • Selling in bonanza is not free (they charge a fee after the item is sold).
  • Bonanza traffic is a lot less than eBay.
  • Sellers have to pay monthly fee to get some perks like ability to set up Google Analytics.
  • Bonanza put too much emphasis on fashion. I think it would be better for them and sellers and buyers to promote other categories too.

Pros:

 

  • Listing items in Bonanza is free.
  • Bonanza sellers can add coupons and discounts to each of their items.
  • In Bonanza there’s “Rush” where sellers can participate to promote their booths.
  • There are different ways like quick message to contact other Bonanza members.

So, in this post and the previous part about eBay alternatives, I gave you insight about marketplaces as eBay rivals. Of course, what I said was an introductory passage and there’s a whole lot more to discover when you actually sell in each of them.

Let’s hear from you

Is there any other eBay rival in which you sell your items? If so, what are the positive and negative points of it?

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Website Redesign April 20, 2012

We have sulit.com.ph in the philippines and some other auction sites.

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Sean Mal April 23, 2012

ok. What’s your experience with your auction sites?
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Clement April 21, 2012

Thanks you for post 🙂

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Sean Mal April 23, 2012

Sure
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Avery April 23, 2012

Woah this weblog is wonderful i love studying your articles. Stay up the good work! You already know, many persons are looking around for this info, you could help them greatly.

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Sean Mal April 24, 2012

Thanks
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Jürgen April 24, 2012

Thank You for this Info it realy was helpfull. I was struggling between eBay and others now I know what I will do!!

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Sean Mal April 24, 2012

Good to know 🙂
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Ray Chapman April 28, 2012

good alternative to Amazon and Ebay.

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Sean Mal April 28, 2012

eCrater and Bonanza are good alternatives to ebay and Amazon. Yes you’re right. Thanks
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Rupert Chal May 15, 2012

I simply want to mention I am just new to blogging and site-building and absolutely enjoyed your blog. Probably I’m likely to bookmark your website . You really have incredible articles. Regards for revealing your website.

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Sean Mal May 15, 2012

Are you new to selling things online too? If so, you’ll benefit from this blog. Thanks for your comment.
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LB May 15, 2012

A great post, though I am not new on selling things online I still get good information in your blog. Finding out that Amazon and Ebay are not just the selling website available online is of great help for me.

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Sean Mal May 15, 2012

Glad you found this post useful. Thanks
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sendo horn May 17, 2012

Now that I come across your site, I found out that aside from Amazon and Ebay, there are still other selling site that exist. Oh thanks a lot Sean

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Sean Mal May 17, 2012

There are many sites aside from “the big ones” where you can sell your items. I just touched a few. Thanks for your comment.
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Steve June 26, 2012

Ahh I just quickly did that free site, not done yet.(if that is seen in my post)

But anyway I am very happy with ecrater, ok sure my goal is to sell things, sold only one thing so far, but the main thing I like, is that it is about as close as you can get to running your own business.YOU have to do it all, but ecrater at least can give you the presents on the net for free compared to if you ran a home server or an obscure web page.

You guys/gals really must “hang your shingle” at Ecrater and build at your own leisure and make it work ! .It is now more fun than ebay (I really hate that place now), but much better for pictures, and item titles, payment choices.
This whole ecrater thing is forcing me to learn the web.
Why am I here? because I seen this site (and a good blog by the way) in google analytics, offered by none other than….. Ecrater…. to use google analytics for free.

Since I know I have things that won’t sell fast, that constant re listing on ebay is just not right, so I hope Ecrater stays around for a long time,,,check em out.

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Sean Mal June 26, 2012

eCrater is one of the biggest eBay rivals and after eBay became less and less seller friendly, it got more and more popularity. It’s a great marketplace to sell your stuff online with little interference and relatively good traffic. Thanks for visiting.
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marc August 1, 2012

MVPTraders is also a great alternative to eBay. It’s simple to use and has a great interface. Give them a try.

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Sean Mal August 1, 2012

Thanks marc. Have you personally used it? How’s your experience?
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pnina June 24, 2013

try http://www.goods4all.com with no auctions its buy it now only and low Commission

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Jeremiah Barlow March 11, 2015

Is this old information? I understand that Bonanza.com has really come up in the world. Can you do an updated review here?

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Grady November 16, 2016

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Marli Tuop May 25, 2017

I certainly agree to some points that you have discussed on this post. I appreciate that you have shared some reliable information.

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