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Top 20 Sites That Are a Cheaper Alternative to eBay



No one can deny the power of eBay. When you are looking for a place to sell your stuff, eBay is probably the first marketplace that comes to mind. It is the largest and probably best-known marketplace in the world, but this doesn’t mean it is the best choice for you. However, the eBay marketplace has evolved significantly in recent years, and various policy changes have prompted a departure from eBay, as sellers look for other, more lucrative online marketplaces. Below you’ll find a description of each site, some information about which marketplace is best suited to and a direct comparison to eBay.

It’s up to you (and the type of your product) to choose which ones to start with. The basic rule is that the larger marketplaces attract more buyers but the smaller marketplaces could prove a better option because generally there isn’t that much competition.

Here are some eBay alternatives for you to consider:

eBay Alternative # 1: Amazon

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  •  Amazon is similar to eBay in that they’re both large networks with a very large range of product categories.
  • Amazon is a traditional retail setup, and sales are instant with a fixed price.
  • Almost anyone, selling almost anything, will be able to run a business on Amazon
  • You just have to make sure that your prices are competitive enough to be a contender without sacrificing too much of your profit margins.
  • If you’re a small seller, this can be a bit more of a challenge, that’s where you need to make sure you’re selling the right products.
  • Amazon Marketplace allows online sellers to sell new, used, collectable, and refurbished items alongside Amazon’s regular offerings.
  • On Amazon, sellers can create either an individual or business account, each with different features.

 

eBay Alternative # 2: Craigslist

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  • Founded in 1995, Craigslist acts as an online community where users can post classified ads.
  • In the last 17 years, Craigslist has become so popular that it now serves over 700 localized versions of its site in over 70 countries.
  • Craigslist is completely free.
  • You do not pay any service fees or charges for posting your listings.
  • Payment and transactions are dealt with face-to-face between parties, so there is no mediator escrow-type service; be careful that you aren’t scammed.
  • The site makes money through employers listing their job ads rather than people listing and selling their goods. In most cases you won’t even have to bother with postage as the site is geared towards people selling to each other locally.
  • Transactions tend to be face-to-face, so there are no processing fees.
  • The messy user interface is a bit archaic and eBay has a 25% share, but Craigslist is a hugely popular destination for users (it gets more than 50 billion page views a month) and is sure to get you a tidy profit on anything you decide to sell. Best of all no one gets a cut apart from you

 

eBay Alternative # 3: eBid

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  •  ebid offers several merchant programs including, auctions, fixed- price transactions, and storefronts.
  • The platform has a reasonable fee structure and is also a Google Shopping Marketplace Partner.
  • One nice feature on the site is the “Ninja listing tool” that allows for bulk uploading.
  • eBid is a major rival to eBay and is much cheaper to use for everyday sellers. It’s worth giving a go and building up reward points to benefit even more.
  • One of its great features is that you can import items from Amazon, eBay and other marketplaces, which coupled with its bulk upload functionality is a huge timesaver.

 

eBay Alternative # 4: Etsy

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  • Like eBay but with a bit of soul, Etsy is an online marketplace that allows people around the world to buy and sell unique goods.
  • Everything sold on the website has to be either handmade, vintage or a craft supply.
  • Etsy has its own unique culture and an exceptionally loyal following.
  • Though setting up a storefront is free, fees are charged for listing items with an initial listing period of four
  • Etsy is definitely a more affordable platform for sellers, but will only really suit those that make their own stuff or have a collection of vintage items to sell rather than one-time sellers with some clutter to get rid of.

 

eBay Alternative # 5: Ruby Lane

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  • Ruby Lane is a niche online marketplace where people can buy and sell high-end antiques, art, and vintage collectibles
  • Here you’ll find thousands of independent shops, each run by individual sellers, from all over the world
  • Ever since their establishment in 1998, Ruby Lane has guaranteed quality, security, and excellence to their members
  • Their shop format only allows selling items either at a certain price point or through the make-and-offer feature; there are no auctions
  • Though many of the site’s users consider it to be a worthwhile and profitable venue, some users, however, may find their fee structure to be a bit expensive. It really depends on what is being sold and how much the sellers build up their storefronts

 

eBay Alternative # 6: TradeDirectory.com

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  • Established and based in the UK since 2010, TradeDirectory.com provides a safe and secure shopping experience for consumers and businesses.
  • Anew emerging marketplace similar to eBay& Amazon but only less costly
  • There is no setup cost, no listing fee and no other hidden charges
  • com serves as a marketplace for buyers and sellers from all over the world who wish to connect with each other in order to find new business opportunities.
  • Apart from providing business leads, TradeDirectory.com facilitates efficient business networking as well as online business consultancy services.
  • It has over 5 million visitors each month
  • TradeDirectory offers a safe and secure payment system to protect buyers and sellers
  • Compared to other sites, TradeDirectory provides services with lowest commission rates for sellers
  • TradeDirectory is the only ecommerce marketplace that donates 2.5% of its profits to charities.

 

eBay Alternative # 7: Bonanza

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  • Bonanza is a general online marketplace offering fixed price listings on general merchandise, including fashion items and collectibles.
  • Compared to other sites, Bonanza has one of the lowest fees- which is a draw for those who need to keep their overhead costs down.
  • However, there is no auction-style buying and selling, and the site is a virtual no-name when compared to the likes of eBay.
  • Bonanza doesn’t have as many product categories as eBay – it’s mainly fashion, home and garden, health and beauty stuff but they also have books, computers and tech and so on.
  • Similarly to Etsy, Bonanza specializes in unique items and one-of-a-kind finds but you can see tons of mass produced items as well. Similarly to eBid, Bonanza has import features for listings on eBay, Etsy, and Amazon.
  • On Bonanza you can accept payments via PayPal, credit and debit cards, and Checkout by Amazon.

 

eBay Alternative # 8: Rakuten

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  • Rakuten, formerly buy.com, is a great option for the international eBay seller to consider.
  • It’s called the “Amazon of Japan” and nearly 90% of Japan’s Internet users are registered on Rakuten.
  • Rakuten is ranked among the top 3 ecommerce companies in the world.
  • It’s huge in Japan but it is popular in many other countries as well. Rakuten is a universal site with goods in any category you can think of – books, personal stuff, tech, household items, etc.
  • If you are looking for a cheap place to sell, Rakuten is not an option for you. Compared to sites where listings are free and commissions are small, Rakuten’s pricing options are outrageous but if you manage to sell volumes there, it might turn out a better option than sites with no fees (and no buyers).

 

eBay Alternative # 9: Gumtree

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  • Gumtree boasts more than 8m visitors every month, with around one million new adverts on the site each week.
  • Sellers on the site typically post listings for vehicles, furniture and appliances.
  • Most of the time it is free to post an advert on Gumtree.
  • One thing you do have to bear in mind about Gumtree though is that most buyers will only want to collect items from you in person, rather than paying online for you to post it.
  • So think of it more like an online classifieds ad, with the purchase taking place offline.
  • So while it’s not something everyone would want to do, if you can create a system for collecting orders, Gumtree can be a highly effective way of advertising your business and products locally.
  • Though it’s not always an option for everyone when just starting out, this is actually the best way to sell your products online. YES, even better than eBay

 

eBay Alternative # 10: Freecycle

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  •  If you have items that you just want to get rid of (i.e., you don’t care about making a profit), you ought to check out Freecycle.
  • It’s a worldwide community that aims to reduce global waste by connecting people who want to throw away goods to people who need those goods.
  • In essence, people with excess give stuff to people in need for free.
  • Listings are completely free and there are no payment options because everything is free.
  • Though Freecycle is a worldwide site, item exchanges are conducted locally so buyers can come pick up the items from the sellers without postage fees.
  • If you need more room in your attic or garage, Freecycle can help you. If you want to make a profit, look elsewhere.

 

eBay Alternative # 11: TIAS

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  • TIAS is one of the oldest marketplaces in the lot, offering fixed price transactions in antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, and jewelry.
  • The platform also provides sellers with various store formats as several levels of customer support.
  • TIAS does have a minimum fee requirement, but if a seller’s TIAS commissions are higher than the minimum fee, then only the commission is paid.
  • Other notable services include the submission of auctions automatically to eBay and sending selling listings to over 2000 classified ad networks.

 

eBay Alternative # 12: Preloved

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  • Preloved is a great alternative to eBay to get rid of your unwanted stuff.
  • There is no fee; just free classified ads helping people turn clutter into cash.
  • The website has been around since 1998 and has grown to become the second most visited classifieds website in the UK. It has over 11 million visitors each month and 1.7 million active users.
  • You can list items for free with images if you are an individual seller, but you’ll have to pay if you are a business.
  • This website is more visually pleasing than rival classified ad sites like Craigslist and with no listing costs is definitely a worthy rival to eBay.

 

eBay Alternative # 13: Zapper

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  • Zapper is a trade-in website that buys books, CDs, DVDs, games, mobiles, electronics and even Lego.
  • It’s completely free to use and you can send items off free of charge.
  • You are paid by cheque for your goods.
  • Zapper is a quick and easy way to get rid of clutter, as long as you’re not too worried about what you get. Trade in values isn’t that great and you need at least 10 items to get started.
  • eBay will almost certainly get you more money, but it will also require more effort.

 

eBay Alternative # 14: Ziffit

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  • Ziffit is another website offering instant trade-ins accepting books, CDs, DVDs and games.
  • It’s completely free to use and you can send items off free of charge or get a courier to come and collect them from your home.
  • You can choose to get paid by bank, PayPal or by cheque
  • Ziffit can help you de-clutter quickly, but you should compare what you get with MusicMagpie and Zapper to ensure you are getting the best price for your stuff.

 

eBay Alternative # 15:Shpock

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  • Shpock, short for SHop in your POCKet, is a boot sale app launched by Austrian entrepreneurs Armin Strbac and Katherina Klausberger.
  • It offers people a platform to buy, sell or give away unwanted “beautiful things” in your local area.
  • The app launched in the UK in 2014 and is quickly becoming a popular selling platform for people looking for a cheap eBay alternative with over a million users so far.
  • Shpock is free to use and doesn’t charge any listing or transaction fees.

 

eBay Alternative # 16:DHgate.com

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  • com is one of the top online wholesale marketplaces for goods made in China, connecting international business and consumer buyers with Chinese wholesale factories and sellers.
  • DHgate currently lists over 30 million products in a wide range of categories.
  • DHGate also promises to protect the quality of products you receive by carefully reviewing sellers and withholding your payments to them until you’re happy with your product.

 

eBay Alternative # 17:eCRATER

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  • eCrater offers a free web store builder and an online marketplace.
  • There are currently millions of products listed there, and in addition to the free, easy-to-use store builder, sellers can use Google Wallet at checkout.
  • Other notable features include that listed items are also submitted to Google Product Search, and sellers can import their products from eBay.

 

eBay Alternative # 18:Bidstart

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  • Bidstart is an online auction specializing in collectibles.
  • The fees on this platform are about half that of eBay’s, so if you are dealing in these products it is definitely worth checking out.

 

eBay Alternative # 19:Storenvy

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  • Storenvy is an online platform that hosts about 20,000 creative entrepreneurs and small businesses, offering a total of over 350,000 different products.
  • The best part of using Storenvy is that the service is totally free for both buyers and sellers.

 

eBay Alternative # 20:Webstore

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  • Webstore is a totally free online marketplace for buyers and sellers.
  • They make their money via banner ads, so there are no fees.
  • The platform offers both auction-style transactions as well as fixed price purchases.

 

Conclusion

There are many more global and universal, not to mention local and niche, marketplaces that are not mentioned in the article. Some of them could be a better choice for you but here the focus is on the more popular alternatives. If none of the eBay alternatives listed in the article are good for you, with some research you will certainly find others. For instance, if you are in UK, this list might be particularly useful to you. So if you’re fed up with eBay, then you owe it to yourself to look into one of these eBay alternatives. Many are free. Some are great for one-time throwaways while others offer you the chance to build up a lucrative business.



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