eBay Alternatives

eBay Alternatives

eBay Alternatives

By Leon Carlson Founder of Mister Find IT

     After we left eBay, we began to look at some eBay alternatives to resell on.   As eBay continues to drop listings,  and/or photos, re-categorize listings, and more and more outright theft takes place on eBay, more people like yourself are looking for eBay alternatives.

No more selling on eBay
No more selling on eBay

Because we care for you, and want everything for your success, we offer these eBay alternatives. In no particular order, the good the bad and ugly – pros and cons. 

Facebook logo
Facebook logo

1.) FaceBook:  This is a good eBay alternative for all sorts of items.   If you sign up for your neighborhood buy and sell boards (search FB for your county, and or neighborhood name – with buy and sell behind the search), they can be a good place to sell almost anything.  After you have sold several items locally, you will be able to sell on FB marketplace.  In the marketplace you will soon be able to sell FB shipped, meaning that you can package and ship the item to anywhere in the world.   Personally I like the buy and sell boards best, even though many of the people inquire about an item but never show up, or try to scam you by requesting a google code to make sure you’re real.  I wean out the no shows and scammers by having them call me to set a time and place for pick-up.  I always meet at a public place (preferable with security cameras), some will even meet at the local police station.   I do not like the pack and ship model.  As you have to wait for payment until after the person receives the item, and just as many peoples FB profiles get hacked by people posing as you, shipped appears to have a lot of the same potential.

 

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Craigslist logo

Craigslist:  While many say craigslist is dead, I have bought and sold several items from Craigslist.  It is best for large items (like two people carry items), but I have had some go many miles for some smaller items.  It does carry with it security concerns like FB does, but again, where I can, I meet somewhere public.  You do have to relist your items every two or three weeks to keep them in the que, but none the less, a good eBay alternative.

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Mercari Logo

Mercari: A very good eBay alternative as the postings are very simple. You don’t have all the “item specifics” eBay asked for.  They don’t offer an auction option, and all pricing is at an even dollar amount.  Their category choices don’t always have your item in the category, so you end up selecting “other”.  And sometimes when you don’t choose a brand or category, the system won’t let you finish your posting.  I hope this is just a glitch they will work out.   Another plus is that for many areas you can choose to have your item picked up and delivered by Uber, or ship them as you did with eBay.  You don’t get your money until the buyer and you have posted feedback about the transaction.  The system will auto post feedback, if not done within three days of delivery.  You can only post a quantity of one in your listing, so if you have multiples of the same item you’ll have to do another listing when the first item sells.  Another feature that I like is, as people like your items, you can send a special discount just for those that have “liked” the item, thus promoting a faster sale.  A big draw back is their contact is all AI, and no place to file a complaint about technical issues.

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Webstore Logo

WebStore: Webstore is a free online auction marketplace offering local, national, and international trade with no fees for bidding, buying, or selling.  No insertion fees, No final value fees, No bidding fees since 2007!  You can also list your items in buy it now, or local classified style.  They are supported by donations and ads, and they have a lot of them.  Because of the ads, seldom if ever, do your listings show up in a search outside of the site, like in a Google search.  You have to be creative and bring people to your store.  I have included them here because many give up and sell out because of no sells.  When they sell out, you can steal some deals.

 

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Bonanza Logo

Bonanza: They promote themselves as the place to buy and sell everything but the ordinary, and with seller fees less then eBay (as low as 3.5%).  However after you sign up, they push to go for the higher “advertising fees” (9 to 30%), saying that your items will show up more in Google results. They enter the higher paying sellers items to Google’s market place.  However in all the searches I do on Google, I have never seen the results pointing to an item on Bonanza.  We had listed about 100 items on their site, and within a year we sold 3 -4 items.  I told you these eBay alternatives were going to be the good, bad and ugly.

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Etsy Logo

Etsy:  Is excellent for homemade items, one of a kind items,  print on demand items, and arts and craft supplies.   I know several people who use Printify with Etsy, and sell t-shirts and other print on demand items earning $100,000 or more a year.  It’s not for everyone, but if you’re creative, you can do very well.

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Rubylane Logo
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Tias Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rubylane and Tias:   While both of these sites are not related, both are set up as excellent eBay alternatives for antiques and collectibles.  Essentially both are like a huge online antique mall, and you’re buying booth space within their mall.  Both have had an online presence from mid to late 90’s, and have rules or pricing guidelines to keep the items being sold on the platforms as antique or collectibles.  If you’re reselling business is with antiques and collectibles, this is where you want to sell.

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Poshmark Logo

Poshmark:  This site is great to resell upscale fashion and accessories.  You and visitors can also share your listed items on social media sites, thus bringing in more buyers, and another eBay alternative.

Other eBay alternatives to sell your items include:  OfferUp,   ThredUp, and StockX .   These websites are great to resell clothing, shoes and accessories.  While Mister Find IT may have or may not have personally used these companies, they have been recommended by others as good eBay alternatives.

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no-excuses
No excuses Jump in and do it.

These sites are suggested as sites to resell your goods or products, you have to make up your mind as to eBay alternative will work best for you.  Each eBay alternative site has it’s own platform and rules.  If you don’t like the rules, you’re welcome to set up your own website, and why my next article will be on “Choosing a Webhost and Domain Name”.

Until next time Have A Great Day!

(If you don’t think you’re having a great day, just try missing one.)

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