Are there Alternatives to eBay?

Ever since the creation of eBay it has been the most popular auction site on the planet, however with the regular fee changes and policy updates many sellers are beginning to look for alternative selling venues for their services and products.

Any More Sites Like Ebay?

This lists many of the current alternative online auction sites similar to eBay, where anyone can buy goods, or list their items for sale, whether they are a private individual or trade seller.  It is worth noting that many of these smaller sites will come and go, and this site is updated to remove those that fall away from the internet.

Although none will have, or are ever likely to have, the same amount of traffic as eBay enjoys unless buyers and sellers try these venues. Ebay may well be the biggest, but the smaller more specialist niche sites will often provide a better standard of customer care, and will be easier to contact to resolve any issues. A growing number of buyers may also be wary of eBay if they have had a bad experience in the past. As a seller, it is crucial that you always give a great service, and encourage the buyers to come back to you again, wherever your goods are listed.

It is also worth considering selling from your own website, which is a lot easier than it sounds, and has the added advantage of no fees besides the web hosting and any merchant fees from the payment processor. A few "turnkey" ecommerce site providers are listed below, and in practice it is no more difficult than setting up an eBay store, but considerably cheaper.


eBid Why choose eBid to use for your online auctions? eBid don�t charge listing fees and you're only charged a small final value fee when your item sells. 5 Free photos are included in every eBid listing, and for a flat fee of �49.99, sellers can enjoy free listings and no final value fees for the life of their account! Up to 5 stores can be opened and operated for sellers, and a bulk upload facility is offered to enable fast import of inventory. With over 3 million listings on eBid, there is plenty of choice for buyers, and nearly 10,000 categories gives sellers plenty of choice. Secure payments are made and received through either Paypal, PPPay or Google Checkout.

Preloved is  the web site for people that love some of the older things in life. Preloved was started in 1998 and has grown to become one of the largest classified advertising sites in the UK with hundreds of thousands of adverts in over 500 categories. If you are buying or selling second hand, Preloved offers a great alternative to the hassle and expense of auction sites, and a fun and friendly alternative to other more anonymous classifieds. This is because it's Fast, Free, Friendly, Local, and it's even Kind To Kittens! If you are buying or selling second hand, Preloved offers a great alternative to the hassle and expense of auction sites, and a friendly alternative to other more anonymous classifieds.

Gumtree is the #1 website in the UK for free classified advertising. Standard adverts are free to place, and there are no fees to pay upon the completion of the sale. This is essentially the same as advertising in your local newspaper, all transactions are completed between the buyer and seller, with no intervention from Gumtree. Sellers can advertise on their local city network, and with 50 major UK cities and counties listed, Gumtree has full UK coverage. And it is not just for selling your unwanted goods, or browsing for bargains, Gumtree also lists homes for sales, job opportunities, local businesses and even lonely hearts!

CQout is an International online market place and auction community, where we'll help to "Seek You Out" a real bargain! CQout was launched in Dec 1999 and has since gained the reputation of the "Most Trusted Online Auction Site". CQout also claims to be the "2nd biggest auction site" based on the number of active listings, and reaching into 80 countries around the globe. A �2 membership fee is required for all buyers and sellers, but standard listings are free, and final value fees are competitive. As all members are individually verified, CQout is one of the most trustworthy online selling sites to use, and incorporates its own secure payment handling system with 100% buyer and seller protection. CQout also offer one to one customer service helpline.

PlayTrade is the new way to make money selling your DVDs, CDs, Books, Games and more to the millions of customers who shop at As a PlayTrade seller, your products will appear for sale on the web site, giving you the benefits that only the UK's largest entertainment online retailer can offer. We do all the advertising and merchandising, credit card processing and first-line customer care. All you need to do is decide on your price and send the products to the customers promptly. PlayTrade also offer ProTrader accounts where sellers can list gadgets, electronics and PC items on top of the usual media products, have access to our API plus a number of other benefits all for only �19.99 a month. More info can be found by Clicking Here

Free Classified Ads Vivastreet is the 2nd largest classified advertising website in the UK, and is 100% free to post an advert, and to contact the advertisers. Vivastreet covers more than 70 selling categories, from Cars and bikes, to jobs, property and household goods for sale, as well as local services and educational classes. Buyers and sellers can deal direct with each other via email, chat or Vivastreet secure messaging. Sellers can post one advert every 2 minutes, and the same ad in the same category every 48 hours. 

Our brand new e-commerce package has been designed to offer everything for your online business included in the price. We're so confident you'll be a success we're also offering 6 months for free if you haven't made a sale in the first 6 months! With stunning templates, e-mail, SSL and expert support you can have a secure, professional shop live and earning money extremely quickly and easily. So that you can concentrate on your shop and not on being a techy we offer free e-mail support answered 24 / 7 / 365. The UK2 e-commerce cart comes with easy to use administration options, including an editor on the actual page you are looking at (when logged in as the administrator). Also included are many configurable options to make managing your online shop simple and trouble-free. Click here to find out more how the UK2 e-commerce cart can work for you.

Etsy UK is a marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods. Our mission is to re-imagine commerce in ways that build a more fulfilling and lasting world. Etsy is a vibrant community of 30 million global buyers and creative businesses, with no membership fees and cost effective selling fees. Etsy is an e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items under Etsy's new guidelines, released in October 2013. These items cover a wide range, including art, photography, clothing, jewelry, food, bath and beauty products, quilts, knick-knacks, and toys. Many sellers also sell craft supplies such as beads, wire and jewelry-making tools.

121 Bid - Whether you are looking to buy, sell or post an add for something you are looking for - you can Make It Happen right here on 121Bid !
We started 121Bid for those looking for a new venue to sell their merchandise & services and for buyers to have more options.

Amazon UK & Amazon USA - When you sell in the Amazon Marketplace you place your items in front of millions of customers-- your items are displayed right alongside those carried by! There are no fees unless you sell.
Amazon also offers a wide range of programmes to help you sell and organise your inventory.

Atomic Mall is an online Market place where you can Buy and Sell virtually anything! Backed by an online commerce veteran of 20+ years in the e-tail trenches, and a team of skilled programmers and network security gurus, and is  a feature-rich e-commerce gathering place where Sellers and Buyers from around the globe can meet and interact. iOffer was launched in 2002, and has steadily grown as we�ve helped to foster the relationships between Sellers and Buyers in a venue based on honest negotiations between individuals. Our goal has remained the same: to bring real people together to buy and sell, to exchange ideas and information in an engaging and entertaining manner within a safe and secure environment.

SpecialistAuctions - The whole concept of Vujoo & therefore SpecialistAuctions, is based around communities.
The concept revolves around leveraging support within these communities and creating a safe & cost effective environment where communities can interact.
Preloved - is an online classified advertising website, covering the whole of the UK & Ireland. It was founded in 1998 and has many thousands of second hand items for sale in over 500 categories. What makes Preloved unique is the opportunity it provides for enthusiasts and collectors to gather together as a community.
FLOGITALL - This is a relatively new and still has a lot of work to do in order to be unique, the layout is the standard auction site template and the owners don't seem to have ironed out all the flaws, one to watch for the future! Auctionair - We think our system is like reintroducing the Souk as a 21st century selling system. When you barter in a Souk, the price you end up paying is the one you are happy with. It is not the same as the price the next person pays. Our system is designed to be a similar, personal one-to-one system, rather than using the one-to-many structure of the conventional retail price.
GBAUCTIONS - have adopted various policies aimed to make the use of this site more Buyer Friendly. We have limited the ownership of onsite stores to a maximum of 4 per category and the restriction of duplicate listings of items by sellers. We also operate a stringent user verification process SWAPZ - is the place to swap anything in the United Kingdom and worldwide.

At this convenient swap shop you can search for almost anything you need, and, when you come here, you can count on having a successful swap meet - whatever it is you are trying to swap!

Totalbids - is the UK’s completely FREE online auction site where you can sign up, buy, sell and even open a shop for free. We don’t charge any fees for registration, buying, listing or selling. WEBIDZ - "In order to sell on the WeBidz site, users must first become verified. There is a one time fee of $5.00", in my experience this is never a great start!
Swiftsaves is the UK�s FREE online auction site where you can sign up, buy, sell and even open a shop for free.

Swiftsaves don�t charge any fees for registration, buying,or listing . So if you�ve always wanted to try selling online now is your chance! what are you waiting for? Sign up now and start making money!
SellMyRetro brings traders, collectors and users together - we have added a wiki to each category to provide background information on the items which may be listed . The wiki can be edited by webstore owners.
The fees are a lot cheaper than on ebay, and we are working towards two types of webstore - a free webstore linked to a category, so that traders can let people know where else that they can try, or a paid for webstore (�5 per month) with 50% off all fees on the site.
Bid-Alot - We have NO FVF's! We only charge $2.00 per month for sellers to advertise their goods. This is a small advertising fee for less than the price of a cup of coffee. We also have a classified ads section if you wish to submit a classified ad.
We support and raise funds for medical aids and supplies for the severely disabled. - is both a free web store builder and a free online marketplace.
 Sellers can easily create their own free online store in minutes. Buyers can easily browse and compare between thousands of products.
Sell It By Text - Is a new way for you to sell your unwanted items to members of the general public. Almost every one now owns or has access to a mobile phone with text or multimedia messaging facilities and if you are one of these people then you could soon be selling your items on our web site Tompee - Launched in 2008 is an online market place that operates in the format of a classified listing which offers simplicity, control and increased likelihood of a successful sale.


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