Places to sell online other than eBay

While eBay is a huge online market place, let's look at some other alternatives where you can sell online.  There are several reasons to get yourself familiar with these, the main one being that the more presence you have, then in general the more products you can sell.

Another common trend is maybe you're not happy with eBay for any reason, or you want to minimize selling costs or effort to set up operations.  Some of the platforms discussed below are large and others are very specialized for a specific interest or public.

When browsing, please keep an open mind for all kinds of opportunities.  Depending on where you are and what you're doing, one person's sale might be your buying opportunity.

Amazon

sell on amazonThis is a great place to check if you want to avoid PayPal fees, and especially if you're into selling used branded items.  For the more advanced people, there is also a way to create your own brands but this tends to be costly.

For me personally, selling used books on Amazon was a blast compared to doing the same in eBay.  I never had to write any descriptions or take photos, just describing the condition was enough to make a used book sale going.

 

Craigslist

sell on amazonThe look and feel of Craigslist is so old, that it's almost refreshing to visit it.  However, its presence should not be underestimated... It has consistently been in the top 100 websites for many years now.  You can list almost anything for sale here and for free.

This is a great place to sell bulky stuff.  Some good examples are furniture, rugs and washing machines.  And besides this, you should really check out your local listings once in a while for a good bargain.  Many eBayer sellers shop around here and it's easy to make a quick buck.  Be sure to check out their "free" listings too, for items people will just give away!

 

Facebook marketplace

facebook marketplaceIn my opinion, this is a young portal and it's still developing.  It looks like an alternative to Craigslist.  The biggest benefits are there are no fees, and you have very good local reach (basically your friends).  If you're going for a local market at no cost, then check it out. 

Whenever I see a cool new tool like this, I like to try it for a bit, but will not try to base my entire business here.  With recent Facebook developments, and how fast they change things over there, it would not be surprising to wake up one morning and see it shut down.  That being said, do go over there and see if it brings you business.

 

Etsy

sell on etsyA perfect place to start selling if your product is anything related to crafts.  The fees are quite nice too, at just $0.20 per item sold, plus 3.5% for payment processing.  Hand made arts sell really well here, because the portal is specialized towards this customer group.

And it's a popular website too, with over 30 million reported items sold last year.

 

Shopify

shopify frameworkIn recent years, there has been a bit of a shift among online sellers to try and get more control over their businesses.  For example, not every eBay seller agrees with how eBay handles buyer complaints and returns.  Shopify is a new platform where you can set up your own shop.  Be warned though, it will be considerable effort to get working, and there's even a monthly fee.  But the benefits could be worth while for you. 

A common way to use this among sellers is to quickly set up a sales website for a small product, and then launch several marketing campaigns that all point back to this shop.  So, there might be YouTube videos, blog posts, Facebook posts and so on, and these all forward the user back to the shop.  The competition is high, but often worth it.

 

AliExpress

aliexpress seller registrationAt the moment, only China mainland and Russia residents are allowed to sell on this platform.  But that doesn't mean you can't participate soon, because we expect the rules for AliExpress sellers will be changing to allow more countries to join.  This is really something to keep an eye on, and especially the Alibaba portal below.

In recent years the "Ali"-group has become so powerful, that it's even threatening Amazon's business.  When all your competitors are thinking about buying from Ali, and selling on eBay, it only makes sense to see how you can position yourself to be a seller on this website.  The country residency rules are very unfortunate, but only until that changes.

 

Alibaba

sell on alibabaThis is a potential gold mine, so it should really be something you research.  As opposed to AliExpress, anyone can be a seller on Alibaba.  This is especially true in case if you're a producer of any product.  And in recent years, there has been a surge in small time creators and DIYers who make stuff in their garages...  

It's a good B2B sales platform, and most importantly it is the largest international trading market.  Most people think about buying here and not selling, and that's exactly why you should think the opposite. 

 

Bonanza

sell on bonanzaA good eBay alternative that is gaining momentum fast.  The amount of buyers is still small in comparison, but the near zero fees are well worth it.  They even have a function to import your eBay listings into their system. 

From the reports I found, normally you can expect to do about twenty times less business here than on eBay.  On the other hand, there's only a 3.5% sales fee.

 

eBid

sell on ebidThe promise here is you'll have a 0% fee for life.  The website structure is very similar to eBay in that there are auctions and buy-it-now listings.  You'll get up to 5 free store fronts, and a tool to import eBay listings.  What's tyhe catch?  You'll have to pay an upfront fee of $50, and that's it.

I think this is a worth while platform to try out if you're already at least a little bit successful on eBay.  And if you think that you'll profit more than $50 over the entire life time of your presence here, then it's definitely worth it.  They rely on Google shopping traffic to make sales happen.  There's definitely some risk here, but your maximum loss is capped.

 

uSell

sell on usellThis is a very curious one, because it specialized in mobile phones and small electronics.  The process works backwards where, buyers will create listings for how much they're willing to pay for a phone.  If you accept their price, then you can make a sale right away. 

This reminds me of Amazon back in the days when they only dealt with books.  I see good potential for them to expand to other products in the future, and there's enough appeal in the seller having to do very little work.

 

Listia

sell on listiaI love the idea of this marketplace.  Listia will charge you no fees at all, because all transactions are handled with digital currency.  When you sell your item you get that currency.  When you bid on an auction, you'll be paying out of that same currency.  So in a way, there are transactions happening, and they all bypass real money exchanges.  It's great for beginners.

In case you want to exchange your digital currency for real money, you'll have to give up 20%.  This is not bad really, because you could always opt to get items instead, where this fee is not present.

 

iOffer

sell on iofferThis is a kind of an online flea market, and in some ways similar to eBay buy-it-now listings.  Buyers are allowed to send offers too.  The fee structure varies between 5% and 10%.  The great thing is, you can set up your account and create listings for free.

This marketplace has very little buyer protection, but with the use of PayPal and seller/buyer ratings, you can minimize risk - and this is a lot like what eBay was like 20 years ago.  Overall there are over a million users here, and this makes it a place worth checking out.

 

Conclusion

As you can see, there's no shortage of online marketplaces where you can start selling very quickly.  Of course, there are thousands more, but I try to stay only with the ones that have a good amount buyers too.  Please use the comment section below if you want to share another one that's worthy to be listed.

It's also great to find some places that are actually free like Listia or eBid and Craigslist.  I take comfort in this, and maybe one day the big players like eBay and Amazon will decide to lower their rates to something more bearable.  



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