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Sick of eBay? Try these alternative places to sell...

By Thursday December 20

So you're in a funk with eBay, or maybe you're just looking out into the big wide world of selling platforms to see what opportunities lay yonder. Either way, you've ended up here, and you wonder about the top alternatives to eBay and which ones will suit you most. 

No one can deny the power of eBay: Since 1995, eBay has held its place as one of the largest marketplaces in the world. It has turned thousands of hobbyists into PowerSellers and allowed thousands more to run profitable, at-home businesses. However, the eBay marketplace has evolved significantly in recent years, and various policy changes have prompted an exodus from eBay, as sellers look for other, more lucrative online marketplaces. 

Where there's a will there's a way, and this rise in need for other platforms has produced more options than you can shake the proverbial stick at. So what are these eBay alternatives? 

Below you'll find a description of each site, some information about who that marketplace is best suited to and a direct comparison to eBay.

Top alternatives include:

1. Amazon

Amazon LogoAmazon: A Major Marketplace like eBay, but Cheaper

It's almost hard to believe that once upon a time Amazon was simply an online bookstore that dropshipped much of its inventory. The world's largest online book store, sure, but it only sold books. It has since exploded into one of the world's most visited websites, which offers millions of products across a range of product categories.  

Amazon is similar to eBay in that you're opting into a very large marketplace that a lot of buyers trust, but the massive customer base comes at the price of higher fees and more competition.

In saying that, the large number of people looking to buy is a definite plus. With larger platforms like these, you need to think of it as getting a smaller slice of a larger pie. The slice may be a smaller in proportion to the whole pie, but the size of the pie means that you're still getting a decent amount. This huge traffic volume is probably the main reason that Amazon's Sellers Choice profitability rating was similar to eBay's. 

Amazon also uses a built-in algorithm that will recommend your products to people who might be interested in them based on their search histories. 

How Amazon Compares Directly to eBay

Want to know exactly what you'll get with Amazon that you haven't had with eBay? Here's the list:

  • Amazon is similar to eBay in that they're both large networks with a very large range of product categories. 
  • eBay is essentially an auction house, so unless you choose to list your item as "Buy It Now" people will bid to buy and it might take a week to sell an item. Amazon is a traditional retail setup, and sales are instant with a fixed price. 
  • eBay charges sellers for listing on the site, regardless of success, as well as taking a commission when a sale is made. You can list on Amazon for free, which is safer (you have nothing to lose if a listing is unsuccessful), but you'll pay $0.99 per item sold on top of the commission for the sale if you have a basic, free seller's account.
  • eBay isn't great about providing extra services to buyers, as it doesn't actually sell anything itself. It's up to the sellers to make good on customer service. Amazon, by comparison, offers numerous perks for those who've paid for the Prime membership (including 2-day shipping on all qualified orders), and all around-great customer service, which act as incentives to draw in more repeat buyers. 

Who is Amazon Best Suited To?

Almost anyone, selling almost anything, will be able to run a business on Amazon. The sheer diversity of prospects is a powerful enticement. 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, as there will be others selling in large quantities making pricing very competitive. That's where you need to make sure you're selling the right products.

How to Succeed on Amazon

One of the best ways to get ahead in a competitive space like this is to do a little market research into what you want to sell before you commit time, energy, and capital to actually selling it.

You can get an idea of how well a product will perform with the SaleHoo Labs. You can simply select a category (or select "all" categories), filter your products to see the ones with the highest success rate for the lowest competition, and you'll see some top options for you.

SaleHoo Lab

This way, you'll be able to sniff out some great product options for you to sell. You'll also get a smattering of additional information, like the average sale price or how many listings there are for that product. It's well worth checking out, especially if you plan to sell on Amazon. 

If you'd like to see the most recent market research that we're done for you, you can always see our Market of the Week posts here. Some example ones you could look at are:

These are just a few options that we've already looked into. Whatever you'd like to sell on Amazon, you can research it easily for yourself in the lab.

2. Etsy

Etsy LogoEtsy (as well as Ruby Lane): The Artsy-Crafty Platforms

Etsy is doing very well as an online selling platform. It started in 2005 as an online community for crafters, artists and vintage enthusiasts, based in an apartment in Brooklyn, New York. Now it has 1.6 million active sellers, and 26.1 million active buyers. Not bad! It came out on top as the Sellers' Choice for ease of use, and it was the top pick for profitability after giants Amazon and eBay.

Etsy specializes in handmade and vintage goods, as well as craft supplies. Yes, this does limit what you can list on the network, and you might find that this rather niche-specific market isn't for you.

If, however, you make geeky things, costumes, jewelry, fashion accessories, home decor, cool gifts, and any number of other crafty items (or you know how to source quality vintage items or wholesale craft supplies), this is definitely the place to sell it all. 

How Etsy Compares Directly to eBay

Want to know exactly what you'll get with Etsy that you haven't had with eBay? Here's the list:

  • You can sell pretty much anything on eBay (and yes, Amazon, too), whereas Etsy caters to the handmade/vintage/boutique niche.
  • eBay has mass-sold items and big brands, while Etsy's buyers enjoy the unique nature of the products they're getting.
  • Etsy is similar to eBay in that they both charge a listing fee, however:
    • eBay listings are up to 10 days, or 30 days for fixed price, while Etsy's listings last 4 months. This means your listings will last 4 times as long on Etsy before you'll have to renew them. 
    • Etsy is cheaper charging only $0.20USD listing fee per item, and a fixed 3.5% commission. This fixed pricing model is much simpler than Amazon and eBay!
  • eBay is an auction site, whereas Etsy is for direct sales.
  • eBay gets more traffic than Etsy with its larger market and audience. 
  • Etsy has better support, coming out several places higher than eBay on their Sellers Choice communication rating.

Who is Etsy Best Suited To?

Etsy is clearly best suited to any merchants with handmade items, vintage items, or craft-related resources. If you are an online seller who either produces your own unique product, or you source items that suit this market, then this selling platform is exactly what you're looking for. 

How to Succeed on Etsy

If you create your own products, then by all means go ahead and list them and see how you go. If you'd rather give Etsy a go with some wholesale products, you have to be careful what you sell. You should read Etsy's Seller Guidelines before selling on this network.

Basically, Etsy is a place for unique goods or the supplies for making them. So if you're not making your own unique goods, stock up on the supplies instead by searching in the SaleHoo directory for "craft supplies," or search for specific types of supplies such as "fabrics" or "beads" or "clasps." 

Some examples of items (and links to trusted supplier pages) that could provide what you need are:

There are many others you could look into, the above are just a few of the trusted suppliers available to you in the SaleHoo directory.

Selling Platforms Similar to Etsy

I thought it worth mentioning that there are a few other sites like this one now, claiming to have more unique goods than websites like eBay and Amazon. Two in particular are doing very well. If you are interested in tapping into this market, then it could be worth trying your luck with:

  • Bonanza: This platform's slogan is "Find everything but the ordinary": Any quirky or unique-style items are great here. You're allowed to sell a wider variety of wholesale goods here, and it's becoming a very popular network. We'll talk more about Bonanza in the next section.  
  • Ruby Lane: With a claim like "The world's largest curated marketplace for vintage & antiques," you're better off selling vintage-style goods and actual antiques here. Ruby Lane's strength is customer service, as reflected in their Sellers Choice customer service rating

Look around these marketplaces to get an idea of the types of products people are selling, and then find suppliers for those types of items to start selling on these networks. 

3. Bonanza

Bonanza LogoBonanza: A Fast-Growing Online Marketplace

Bonanza is headquartered in Seattle and, though it's relatively new to the e-commerce scene, it's doing incredibly well. The Bonanza marketplace encompasses more than 22 million items ranging from Godzilla garden gnomes to taxidermy alligators. 

A lot of sellers are making good money on Bonanza. The site has merchants and shoppers in nearly every country around the world. More than 40,000 sellers have already created businesses here.

Bonanza is one of the easiest selling platforms to use, and its popularity is on the rise amongst sellers. In the Sellers' Choice awards, Bonanza has taken out the top rating for communication again, and were voted the most recommended selling venue. They were also recognised in Entrepreneur's 360 best companies list.

How Bonanza Compares Directly to eBay

Want to know exactly what you'll get with Bonanza that you haven't had with eBay? Here's the list:

  • Bonanza is similar to eBay in that a huge range of different products are being sold on both, so the sky's the limit for what you can sell.
    • Unlike eBay, however, many items on Bonanza are quirky and unique - extraordinary items do well here.
  • Because Bonanza doesn’t make money until its sellers do, you'll see much higher profit margins. It is absolutely free to list an item on Bonanza, and the average fee per sale can be as little as 3.5%, which is considerably less than eBay.
  • Bonanza is a fixed-price marketplace, meaning that buyers pay the listed price, as opposed to bidding against other buyers like in eBay’s auction-style listings.
  • Bonanza sends every item listing to Google and Bing, and sellers have the option to get more exposure by advertising their listings in other channels such as Pricegrabber, Nextag, and Bonanza's affiliate advertising program.
  • Many online sellers like to list their items on multiple platforms, which is why Bonanza has easy-to-use import features for listings on eBay, Etsy, and Amazon.
  • Although Bonanza's monthly traffic is lower than eBay's, the ratio of shoppers to sellers on Bonanza is much higher: 1,300 to 1 on Bonanza vs. less than 10 to 1 on eBay. That means far less competition between sellers, and far more chances for buyers to see your products.

Who is Bonanza Best Suited To?

Bonanza is best suited to any merchants who have something to sell online. Although Bonanza specializes in unique items and one-of-a-kind finds, it is not without its Justin Bieber perfume or Michael Kors handbags.

How to Succeed with Bonanza

Bonanza actually provides a really helpful guide for making sales on its platform, so that's definitely worth checking out. You could make a profit in any of its categories, but some of the top-selling ones currently include:

These are all categories in the SaleHoo directory, so you'll find a wide variety of trusted wholesale suppliers there for sourcing these types of products. 

Over the years, Bonanza has put emphasis on building platform-specific tools to make selling online much easier for entrepreneurs. They offer automatic eBay, Amazon, and Shopify importing, multi-item editing, and a marketing tool that allows sellers to provide targeted discounts to their buyers. You can learn more about these tools here, and use them to boost your profits on Bonanza.

4. Craigslist

Craigslist logoCraigslist: The World's Largest Online Classified Website

You can sell almost anything on Craigslist (including yourself, in the "personals" section). It's very "no-frills" in that there are no listing fees or selling fees, but it's super basic both in design and automation of the selling process. 

It is, after all, just a forum. This means that you're pretty much on your own as far as selling and disputes go. 

How Craigslist Directly Compares to eBay

Want to know exactly what you'll get with Craigslist that you haven't had with eBay? Here's the list:

  • eBay charges to list and sell items; Craigslist only charges for a small handful of post types, like job listings or vehicles. Products are free to list. 
  • eBay will get involved in disputes if necessary, while you're on your own with Craigslist. So there's higher risk there. 
  • Craigslist requires you to sell locally, and often you arrange for pick-up or drop-off of items. This limits your market compared to eBay, which usually involves shipping to a much wider area. 
  • Unlike eBay, Craigslist has a "free" section where people aren't looking to make money, they're just trying to get rid of things they don't want. A lot of this will be junk, but you can keep an eye out for anything you could get and resell for a decent profit, especially if you're skilled at fixing things up.

Who is Craigslist Suited To? 

Craigslist is best suited to sellers who are selling locally, and prefer to manage their transactions personally. It can be a good option for selling items that are perhaps too big or expensive to ship, such as furniture. 

Some people like it because they can meet the people they're selling to, so there's a small social element. You can get cash-in-hand and you don't have to pay a network or shipping fees. In saying that, if you're paranoid about getting scammed or don't want to be personally involved with the transaction, then Craigslist might not be for you. 

How to Succeed with Craigslist

Be careful with how you sell, as online transactions can be a little dodgy here, and if you get handed fake money, then it's basically your loss. Accepting payments in person can be good, but be careful (and safe!) when deciding where and how you meet people.

If you're good at spotting items that are worth a lot more than they're being sold for, or you have the skills to do up items that are a little lacklustre, you could make a neat profit here. For example, you might have an eye for valuable antiques, or you might know how to restore old wooden furniture. Or maybe you know how to sew something back to life. Pick up some workable free items or low cost items from craigslist (or browse local garage sales), work your magic, and sell the items for a higher price on Craigslist or other selling platforms. This can be a hit-and-miss strategy, so be sure to only select items that you're confident you could sell for a profit. And if items need work, make sure you have the time to do it, otherwise you may end up with a garage full of items you can't flip.

The downside of that strategy is it involves time, energy, and often a bit of luck to work. If you're a hobbyist it could be an enjoyable and profitable process, but if that's not your cup of tea, consider buying wholesale goods. List items that will sell well locally, save on listing and shipping fees, and you could make a hefty profit margin without the effort.

Some examples of items you could sell on Craigslist include: 

You can find other wholesale suppliers in the SaleHoo directory. Just search for the types of products you'd like to sell and browse the trusted suppliers available to you. 

5. eBid

eBid LogoeBid: Another "Sell Anything" Marketplace

eBid is another marketplace similar to eBay and Amazon in that it is a platform for selling almost anything. Still, it's not as well known, so you'd be selling to a smaller pool of buyers. 

It's definitely a lower-cost option than eBay or Amazon, but the profitability rating is also lower. The absence of listing fees and low 3 percent commission charged per sale does make this a low-risk market to test out, so if you're looking for a change, you've got little to nothing to lose here. 

If you'd like a thorough run-down of eBid as an alternative to eBay, check out this post: Is eBid a Viable Alternative to eBay?

How eBid Directly Compares to eBay

Want to know exactly what you'll get with eBid that you haven't had with eBay? Here's the list:

  • eBid is similar to eBay in that they both have an auction-style format for product listings
  • eBay is a larger platform than eBid, and receives more traffic.
  • eBid is much cheaper than eBay, a lower-risk option.
  • They're both trusted marketplaces with a wide variety of product categories. 

Who is eBid Most Suited To?

eBid is for you if you don't want to pay to list your items (as you have to on eBay), or if you'd just like to try your luck on an alternative (but similar) network. There's extra potential here if you know a thing or two about generating your own traffic.

How to Succeed with eBid

Basically, the lower level of traffic circulating on eBid (compared to eBay) is the only major downside. So if you promote your listings effectively elsewhere, such as social media or forums, you can enjoy your traffic as well as lower traffic.

Some examples of items you could sell on eBid are:

There's definitely potential here, but also more work required to get your shop off the ground. 

6. Your Online Store

SaleHoo Stores Your Online Store: The No-Competition Option

Selling on your very own website really is the ultimate option if you want to increase your profits and build a business that will become a long-term asset. If this appeals to you but you have no idea how to get started, don't worry. There's an easy way, which I'll mention a bit further down.

When selling from your own online store, you have to establish your own traffic, which can make it a little slower to get started than selling in a bigger marketplace. But once you're up and running, you don't have to compete with anyone else and your sales are all your own.

With this option, you can build up your own brand, rather than eBay's or Amazon's. When you sell on those platforms, who's really making the sale? They're spreading their brand, not yours. People say "I got it on eBay," or "I got it on Amazon," with no mention of the seller's name! It's ultimately you contributing to their marketplaces and their sales. Why not put that effort into yourself instead?

How Selling on Your Own Site Directly Compares to eBay

Here are the benefits of running your own online store, rather than selling on eBay:

  • You're building your own brand.
  • You can choose things like which payment forms to accept or tweak the design of your store to suit your preferences (and your branding).
  • You're not competing with any other sellers on the same platform.
    • This means you don't lose sales to others. It also means you don't have to use such competitive pricing. This makes way for larger profit margins. 

Who is Best Suited to Owning Their Own Store?

Honestly? Pretty much anyone can get their own website and make a profit. Setting up your own store isn't nearly as hard as it used to be, and with a little time and effort, you can sell exactly what you want to, and how you want to.

You can learn about the pros and cons of owning your own website here, and decide for yourself if it's something you'd like to pursue. 

How to Succeed with Your Online Store

Selling on your own website used to be expensive and complicated, but it doesn't have to be! If you don't have website-building skills and a heap of time, then store builders such as SaleHoo Stores are a really great option for you.

With SaleHoo Stores, there's no need for technical experience or knowledge; you can have your own store up and running in minutes and with just a few simple clicks of a mouse. You can see a SaleHoo store demo here

Want a shop for yourself? It's super easy. Find out just how easy it is to set up your own online store here

Then, you just have to get traffic to your site to encourage sales. There are a couple of great lessons readily available to help you with this, including "Get Buyers to Your Store" and "4 Ways to Advertise Your Store." There's also a community forum where you can ask questions and get advice. 

7. Niche-Specific Sites

Alternative networks Niche-Specific Sites: Smaller Markets but Highly Targeted

Niche-specific websites are marketplaces where people only sell one type of product. So rather than the larger category-based marketplaces like eBay or Amazon, these sites hone in on one of those options and specialize in only that. 

For example, if you were specifically interested in selling clothing, you might consider selling on a site like Poshmark. Or if you wanted to sell gear for the outdoors, you might try selling on GearTrade. Heck, if you were in the car market, why not try Cardaddy?

How Niche-Specific Sites Directly Compare to eBay

  • Much smaller networks with less traffic than eBay.
  • Highly targeted to buyers of that niche.
  • You don't have to compete with other categories for attention.
  • These sites are less obvious options, so some of your competition won't be here. 

Who is Best Suited to Selling on Niche-Specific Sites?

If you're passionate about a specific niche of products, or you tend to bulk-order a small range of items, then niche-specific websites could be a great platform for you.

This will allow you to really focus on one market, and get to know the selling techniques that work best with that niche's buyer-audience. 

How to Succeed with Niche-Specific Sites

If you haven't already, you need to really zero in on the type of product you'd like to sell and determine how much demand there is. A quick way to get a rough comparison of popularity is to do a keyword search. You can use a tool like the Keyword Research Module in AffiloTools.

Simply type in the name of the product or niche that you're interested in selling, and look at the monthly search volumes. This will show you how many people are searching for words or phrases to do with that topic, which is a strong indication of how much interest there is. If you're tossing up a few options, then try each one out to see which ones generally have more searches. 

Once you've got a strong idea of what you'd like to sell, try searching in Google for "Places to sell [product type]." Look for marketplaces that cater to selling in your specific niche, like the examples we've already mentioned. Be sure to read about other people's experiences selling on them first. If these sites come across as genuine and promising, give them a go!

Finally, you need to find trusted suppliers with the best products to sell on these networks. For example, if you were looking for clothes to sell, you could try any of these:

These are just some examples of the trusted suppliers you can access in the SaleHoo directory. If you've got a niche that you'd like to sell to, then type it into the search box there and find the best suppliers. 

8. Your Suggestions

Have we missed a marketplace that you'd like to see here? If so, let us know in the comments below and we'll add it to this list. Stand-outs will be researched and added in our next update. 

Current suggestions from the comments on this post include: 

  • The Early Years Boutique: Gifts and products revolving around children and babies.
  • Swappa: "Gently used" mobile phones and tablets.
  • Neat Stacks: Mostly clothes and shoes, but also toys, electronics, and accessories such as phone cases.
  • MikList: Pinterest-style marketplace, strongly visual layout for selling.
  • BriskSale: Broad-category marketplace for sellers in the USA. There are no fees, but there's an optional commission option if you want others to find buyers for your products. 



So Where Do I Sell?

There are a lot of options for you to choose from, so it depends on which of these following elements appeal to you most...

If you're looking for sites similar to eBay but cheaper, Amazon, Bonanza and eBid are the closest relatives.

Amazon is the only other network that's similar to eBay in size, with a giant range of products and massive customer base. So if that's a benefit of eBay you don't want to lose, this is an alternative to try.

Bonanza is similar to eBay in that the range of products you can sell isn't limited like it is on sites like Etsy, and they have a fantastic relationship with sellers, so it's worth trying.

Finally, if the auction-style is what you like about eBay, then eBid is the closest relative, although there's much less traffic circulating there so you'll have to do a lot more promotion to get your store off the ground.

If you have anything crafty or unique, you should definitely try the likes of Etsy or Ruby Lane.

These creative-style networks are really taking off, with Etsy coming in highest after eBay in overall Sellers Choice ratings. These networks might be totally wrong for the type of product that you're looking to sell, but if you're not tied down already, then these networks are worth the time to try out.

If you don't want to pay to list items until you've actually made a sale, try Bonanza.

This network is certainly on the rise as a strong alternative to eBay. The site has fantastic communication, and your listings will only cost you if they're successful, in which case it'll be a non-issue.

Amazon is also free to list items on, but it charges higher commissions. The high volume of traffic on Amazon may make up for that though, depending on how much competition you're facing and how much demand there is for what you're selling. You can always try listing on both and seeing which gives you the best returns. After all, neither will cost you anything until your items sell so you've got nothing to lose.

If you do decide to give it a go, remember to check out this guide to selling on Bonanza.

If you want to sell locally at no cost, try Craigslist (or even local markets).

This is a sort of cheap-and-nasty option where you're left to your own devices and often end up trading in person, but if you don't mind selling locally and being a little more hands-on in the selling process, then this is an option to consider. 

If you like to sell locally consider other outlets such as local markets, especially if you enjoy this social element to selling. These environments are full of buyers and can give you an extra chance to show off your wares and add to your sales. 

If you want to dodge the competition altogether, you should build your own online store.

If you want to avoid competition, listing fees and paying commissions, then consider running your own online store. It's a little more work to get set up (unless you use a store builder like SaleHoo stores) and to promote, but in the bigger picture it can be a hugely profitable option. 

While at that, if you're looking for more profitable products to sell, you can learn more about Salehoo about how we can help you source profitable products from low cost suppliers. Be sure to also check these Salehoo reviews by our customers before you decide. 


If you're really focused on one type of product, try niche-specific sites.

Finally, if you're an enthusiast for selling one type of product but you don't want to build your own site, it's worth looking into niche-specific marketplaces. Just do a quick Google search to see if you can find any in your area of interest.

If you're still unsure, you could look into any of the suggestions from the comments.

We haven't looked into all of your suggestions yet (unlike like the other options here), but they're suggestions made by other sellers and could be worth looking into. 

Have we missed one that you'd like to see here? If so, let us know in the comments below and we'll do the research and add it to the list. 

Do you think other sellers should jump on the eBay alternatives bandwagon? Let them know!



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Mark on 12:18 15 Sep
Dawanda is also a nice marketplace, though it's more popular in Europe. Btw, you can still sell on marketplaces and have your own website, just connecting them to some multichannel selling solution (, and updating your inventory from one place. For me personally, I think that each marketplace should be researched prior selling and you need firstly to understand your business goals and products. Strategically selling on one marketplace is much more useful than picking multiples to sell from.
Salvatore on 13:13 18 Sep
Try Shoppi a new brand-marketplace.
Steve Veltkamp on 18:35 26 Sep
Ebid is out of business, domain name for sale
Justin Golschneider on 19:00 27 Sep
Hi Steve! eBid is actually still in business—it's hosted on is the domain name for sale. :-)
Sandy on 20:06 3 Oct
Artfire is a easy and inexpensive place to sell your products, it has worked great for me so far.
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Dorothy on 16:29 9 Oct
Dolls. Vintage, antique, current popular play dolls AND their clothes.
Lewis on 14:44 14 Oct
I love to sell my items on classified websites like , or other large and international ad websites because they don't take fees :-)
Alex on 21:54 19 Oct
Thanks a lot for great amount info and i do not know to choose. I am newbie.
James on 11:03 26 Oct
Great Stuff, I got many options now. I will go through these sites thoroughly to pick the best one for my business. Currently i am using TrueGether and getting success in growing my business, I am surprised that this list is missing TrueGether as It is the cheapest one. I am migrated from ebay as eBay charges lot of fees and there is so much competition in the market for same kind of products so i think its better to look for other selling sites.
mike jaskwhich on 16:02 10 Nov
Amazon apparently is no longer a free listing service. I used them for years to sell books, etc then they dropped my account to sell and required me to re-register as a business and pay a start up fee of $40 month . They say that after one month one an request to return to non business with no fee but you are still out 40$.
Traci Germanozashvili on 3:07 11 Nov
great article thanx!
Sarah Woodworth on 0:46 18 Nov
The only plave Ive sold a few items was on FaceBook. I really want to find a good site. I read good and bad reviews on sites I've thought about, so Im unsure. Id be selling clothes(mine and my kids) pocketbooks, small toys,&makeup. Any tips would be so appreciated!
Richelle Monfort on 4:28 20 Nov
Hello Sarah,

Where you sell is ultimately you decision. But you can try listing a few items on a few sites such as eBay and Amazon to see where you have a better captured market. This guide might also help you come up with other profitable products to sell - All the best!
Marcia Knight on 2:47 9 Jul
I use it's amazing. Free to list, list as many items as you want and pay just a 10% fee when it sells. When an item sells Mercari emails you the label to print off. You just package the item, attatch the printed label and send it on its way. Once the item is delivered and Mercari confirms the buyer than rates you, you than rate the buyer and the money gets released to you.
marlon altrim on 23:25 1 Dec is quite a good (but new) place to buy & sell stuff if your in the uk
Andrew Sheehan on 19:12 14 Dec
This is all very great, but be noted that Amazon is more rigorous to become a seller of. You need to have sold 30 units of whatever it is you have across 3 confirmations. No special scenario. I started coffee and our sales confirmations were too old and we sold 30 units, but across 2 orders. We did not qualify and I ran out of funds.
Memel on 20:24 16 Dec
New and growing selling site for UK.
jon garrick on 15:47 31 Dec
Graeme Reid's suggestion that people only look elsewhere because they have been banned by EBay is wrong. I am looking elsewhere mainly because of the high seller fees and restraints placed on sellers. Also as a buyer a lot of the sellers on EBay charge excessively for shipping. Whilst EBay encourages sellers to include "Free Shipping" those of us with any intelligence know there is no such thing and costs are built into the selling price. Over time you can watch sellers swap shipping and selling prices to see which is the best way to catch people out. I think EBay would be best served by using the phrase "Shipping included"
As a seller as I have said the fees are now too high and they also charge a percentage on shipping thereby encouraging sellers to raise shipping fees even higher.
Richelle Monfort on 5:55 2 Jan
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jon! Happy New Year :)
Sondra on 2:08 5 Jan
Thank you... very concise and valuable information... seems to be unbiased
Carla Porterfield on 20:09 15 Jan
Have had great luck on Craigslist! Have had friends have good luck with public forums on Facebook or the next door app
Luke on 15:09 25 Jan
Hi there! Great article. Is this USA specific?
Marina on 4:17 2 Feb
AVOID ETSY AT ALL COSTS!!! They can shut down your shop at any time they wish. Without reason. This has happened to thousands of sellers. All it takes is an accusation on their part that your items are not handmade and no matter how much evidence you provide them with - dozens of photographic evidence, hours spent on writing up the "how" "who" and "where" - they will just keep asking for more and more evidence to the point it becomes ridiculous and you realise you cannot win.

I say STUFF THEM and look for a platform where you are looked after and valued. Leave Etsy for the big commercial manufacturers that they don't touch (obviously because they bring them the money).

Have nothing good to say about Etsy even after 5 years of doing business with them - they are like the KGB but worse.
David Schneider on 13:20 2 Nov 2018
I am so surprised that you did not include Poshmark for clothes and Mercari for everything. In the reseller community, these two are the most talked about and used.
Rhea Bontol on 6:15 5 Nov 2018
Although they are indeed legit sites, both have very low trust scores on Trustpilot, and other review sites.
Sophie on 19:37 18 Nov 2018
Had a very bad experience with Etsy sign up but did not start they sent me to collection agency luckily they did not have my social security #
Brian on 23:18 2 Feb
I started using Glacier Bid. You can do auction or buy it now style. No listing or re-listing fees. Actually you just pay a 3% final sale fee. Unlimited listings and your store won't get closed down from a buyer complaining about something trivial. It's pretty nice. Freedom to sell and/or buy. They use PayPal and Stripe to handle transactions. Check them out.
Success Just Ahead on 2:49 4 Feb
This is a great place to sell and buy products with very low fees Marketplace
sellersinfo on 4:38 5 Feb is another online marketplace to sell things or services, that is ACTUALLY FREE. They let you sell anything, including “products, services, vehicles and homes” and you have the ability to list products online or locally, as well as local services or virtual services like web or logo design, or home repair, tutoring, etc. Products can also be digital downloads you sell, like music or designs.
James on 0:25 9 Feb
Hello I'm looking for a service similar to eBay valet where you can drop off or mail out items to sell and it will be sold for you. I don't have much time to sell items myself and I was wondering what other services are available to do the storing, selling & shipping for me. Any insightful information will be gladly appreciaed. Thank you in advance.
Raymond Tumao on 3:54 15 Feb
This is the first time I entered this website and I really appreciate what I have read. I am planning to sell heirlooms (family heritage collections) located here in Manila but I do not know how I can ship items to the USA or other countries because of the import entry concern. Maybe one of your specialists may assist me in this matter.
Thank you.
Erica Horne on 23:44 15 Feb
I sell on Vestiaire Collective. It's a French Company that resell high end and fashionable brand name clothing, accessories, jewelry, and home goods. They will sell brand new or pre-owned in good condition. The seller takes photos and post description. VC decide to list or not on their website. Seller ship it free when it sells to NY office. It is checked and then shipped to seller. After a few weeks money is deposited right into your bank account or you can use the money for credit to buy other items on the website.
Holly on 18:30 18 Feb
I have been selling on Ebay for 11 years,I tried to sell on Amazon because I had a lot of new items. Unfortunately, they refused to let me sell there since I did not have a business licence or the items they preferred on their site. Perhaps this policy has changed to allow more smaller sellers now.
The major problem I have a serious problem with Ebay that popped up a couple of years ago, but NO ONE knows why or how to stop it. The problem is, when I go to Google to search through images to find my own I click on my photo but It doesn't go to my listing, or if it does it is not there. but it goes to a different site,my description is being used too except a few words are changed around. Some of the places they turn up are Terapeak (I don't belong), Ebay India,independant selling sites selling the same things. If it does go to ebay my photo will say it is no longer available so they show a list of same type items, mine is never on that list either.My sales have been waaaaay down but I have a high rate of visits then no watchers sometimes when 150 buyers have clicked on. Ebay just says to end 3 party support and that might help. I spend a lot of time and effort for someone else to divert my listings. Sometimes they have my listing either right after I have listed it but once they were using my photos etc before Ebay even had mine up! No one can help with that either so here I am looking to find somewhere else to sell that is a level playing field. I do hope this problem will not follow me because still no idea how to stop it. If you have any idea why this is happening I would appreciate any help.
Sandi Polk on 3:51 19 Apr
OMG, I too, 11 years with eBay. Love hate relationship..They also have locked you into a year on subscriptions... I am stuck until October this year... I'm so sick of them, I have noticed a pattern over the years, besides the crazy changes they keep making. I have a niche market, and the item(s) constantly sell, then I look up and no sales...someone told me they control your search engine hits...there must be some truth to it.. because. It is crazy, I am the only seller of some specific items at the price...and suddenly this year hardly any sales.. Crazy... I seriously need to move.

SHipping is insane....there is a discount on the USPS and other shipper...but EBAy turned around about 3 years ago started charging fees on your shipping fee we charge to our where di our discount go, right back to Ebay. . What a joke.

where to go
James on 8:29 4 Jun
I'd suggest using TrueGether - as I am getting some occasional sales from this platform, The listing is totally free and you can use its multichannel selling feature too at no fee.
LadyBiker on 18:42 22 Jun
Listings are free but I decided to go with the $9/mo. (send items to Google) to try and get some sales. If it doesn't work I will cancel the $9/mo. Otherwise let ride if I get sales!
Karen on 20:58 19 Apr
Dwanda is similar to etsy but a small EU outfit. I find them very good as I make niche leather goods.
eric b on 10:13 28 Apr
If you talk to me to some websites similar to ebay , then u lost me. Ebay is very bad. Anything similar is very bad also. Ebay has weird policies regarding buyer protection and the seller often get scammed and lose money. It happened to me a few times. They seem to let anyone return any item for any reason and dont protect the sellers much at all.
Ron on 16:55 19 May
Before signing up with Bonanza I strongly recommend you look at their reviews - 5 Star (187)
1 Star (394). source:
Kate on 9:01 25 May
Ebay Alternative
Jane Adams on 9:48 12 Jun
There are several eBay alternatives, and I do like most of them because they provide several payment options for clients, they have those options available for both merchants and buyers.
but with ebay you must stick only with PayPal.
Lynne Norris on 11:55 13 Jun
I dont feel that either Ebay or Amazon are viable options for dropshippers. The TOS on both sites are written so that it makes it impossible to be a dropshipper. You have to be covert in your business. I dont know why these two are ever listed as dropshipping options.
Khan on 22:42 7 Jul
You missed some cons about selling on Amazon such as how they keep your money for a minimum of 2 weeks, sometimes, months on end until the buyer has reported that they got their item. Amazon also doesn't seem to have any person that one can talk to, just voice mails that never seem to get checked. Ebay on the other hand, once you have made a few sales and they have verified you aren't a scammer, gives you your money right away. It's one of the very few pluses to selling on Ebay. I'm here looking for alternatives to both of them. I'm tired of Feebay and I can't stand how Amazon holds onto the money until they feel like releasing it.
Jan Neff-Sinclair on 3:17 2 Dec 2018
Amazon has terrible customer service now, even if you are a Prime member with an account on Amazon for twenty years. They are too big for their britches.

If you have a complaint to escalate, there is one level up, that's it. If you don't get service at that level, well, I had a rep ask me snidely if I wanted Jeff Bezo's email address.

I can't even close account or I will lose access to all of the digital items I PAID FOR over the last twenty years. As far as I am concerned, Amazon now sucks!
Paul on 11:21 10 Jul
Try TrueGether, they provide free listing. very easy platform to use and manage.
Alexandria Barney on 13:46 17 Jul
Hi Gina!

Great article - you really know a lot about selling products online, and I think this will be very beneficial for people interested in eCommerce. I think if someone were to go the route of creating their own website, the best platform to use is AmeriCommerce. They are the leading multi-store platform, and they excel at B2B as well.

Great read!
george Devin on 10:33 27 Jul
You have shared a great list of alternative places to sell. I hope this will surely help anyone to accelerate their business.
gail on 18:35 12 Aug
do i have to pay sales tax if i set up web page to sell garage items. I prefer to sell online instead of having garage sale at my home. On ssd and don't want to loose my income due to selling my personal items and family and friends items. Any help would be most helpful.
Richelle Monfort on 5:53 5 Sep
Hi Gail,

This guide of ours will definitely help you start off on the right foot -

Cathy Posten on 13:30 17 Aug
Looking to sell Authenicated sports memorabilia. Which site would be best? Maybe a site not losted here?
Richelle Monfort on 5:52 5 Sep
Hello Cathy,

SaleHoo has several suppliers that can help you with that :) You can check out products/brands vs the suppliers we have using this demo if you wish: (you need to join for full details obviously but should give you some examples of what our suppliers have). Once you join you can instantly access and contact all suppliers within our directory.

Join here when ready: It's $67 USD for one year, unlimited use.

Yellowpixy on 12:15 26 Sep 2018
What about Facebook Market!?
Rhea Bontol on 6:32 1 Oct 2018
Hi Yellowpixy! You can actually promote your products on Facebook - promoting through social media is a must these days. Here's another blog dedicated to getting more engagement on your Facebook posts:
Angela of AJ's Now and Then Antiques and Collectables on 20:21 29 Sep 2018
I have owned an Antique shop in the past and I did not like selling that way, because there is alot of effort for very little profit. While a shop owner, I used Ebay several times to auction off high end items. But again, I didn't like selling this way because I seldom could get the true and honest value for my items and antiques sales can have a very limited customer base. I have also had a business as a picker for all semi local antique shops. I really enjoyed doing this and it helped greatly in building my reputation as an antique dealer, appraiser and restorationist! I enjoyed doing that a great deal, but my profit margin was limited greatly and my ability to make purchases was limited to the profits made from the last few sales. I stopped doing antique business completely when I found out I had cancer and focused on the fight of my life!
Now having won that battle and facing massive medical bills, I am back in the business and determined to make it pay off!
I was very shocked and happy when I found that I still had a great reputation in the antiques world. I had began posting some of my personal items on Craigslist and on Letgo. I sold them really fast and I got a fair price for all of them! Then I posted on Craiglist and Letgo, a few items that I had bought at auction and had restored myself. The very next day I was doing some research online and I found that "Chrome" or "Google" had placed my "Craigslist" post on their front page, fourth down from the top under the heading of Antique News! "Google-Chrome" was advertising my return to the business of antiques! I was very shocked to say the least! There it was on their front page, they had reposted my Craigslist post to sell an antique, arched top, beveled, leaded glass, mirror! They reprinted the entire post and then they printed out 27 of my reviews from buyers I had done business with on both, Craigslist and Letgo! I still have no clue as to why, Google Chrome felt that I was News to the world of antiques, but I am very pleased that they do! I guess that I owe my thanks to the fact that I am selling my antiques on both Craigslist and Letgo. I also should mention that I had thought that I would prefer to have my own online store, but I had not yet pursued that route because I thought it would require alot more effort and I did not realize that my talent in restorations was really a marketable thing! I guess that I should also say, Thank you! I now know that it is due to the efforts of sites like this, "SALEHOO" that I am most grateful! Your insight to the best ways to sell goods online, is why I was consider to be News, in the world of antiques. I also owe a, Thank you! to, "Pinterest" and "Etsy", because they also contributed to my, News worthiness. So I am taking this opportunity to say a heart felt,
Rhea Bontol on 4:38 12 Oct 2018
Hi Angela! We're glad that you're back on track with selling antiques online. Your resilience and spirit for life is truly an inspiration. If you put much thought and effort into your endeavors, the rewards are surely promising.
Vick on 5:46 3 Oct 2018
Don't know why he did not mention TrueGether here.
But I find it more useful than eBay as it allowed me to sell for free.
Susan on 18:46 6 Oct 2018
You make a big deal about the listing fees on eBay when in reality, most sellers don't pay any listing fees at all! With a basic store, you get 500 free listings a month; with a premium store, you get 1,000 free listings. With the premium store, if you go over 1,000 your listings still cost only 9 cents each. (I think it's 25 cents for a basic store - not sure. But if you're listing over 500/mo, you shouldn't be using basic, anyway.) Amazon charges a much higher commission fee, then adds another 99 cents, making low-priced products cost-prohibitive.

So on Amazon, you pay 15% plus 99 cents on every sale. Or you pay 15% plus $40 a month for Pro. Then there's the referral fee on TOP of the commission, and the explanation for that one totally escapes me. (I won't even go into the FBA fees; needless to say, az is cleaning up.) Anyway, according to the research, eBay sellers keep an average of 5.13% more of their profit than if they sold the same item on Amazon. And that figure includes the PayPal fee.

Yes, you do have to pay for your store on eBay, but having a store enables you to brand yourself, organize your inventory, and easily create an inviting storefront, all things you can't do on Amazon at any price.

Despite all of the eBay rules, and I'd never begin to defend them all, selling on eBay still teaches you how to run a business and allows you to work for yourself within the eBay framework. With Amazon, you're basically working for Amazon, not for yourself.

As for eBay not offering services like amazon because eBay itself isn't a seller: First, it's a huge plus not to have to compete with your own venue for sales. Second, eBay offers an extensive app center that provides just about any outside service you could ever need to help you run your business, from accounting to multi-channel integration to page design and image hosting.

Is selling on eBay flawless? Nope. Does it have any issues? TONS!!! But what site doesn't? In the final analysis, I find it the easiest - and cheapest - place to sell with significant traffic. It seems like the ones who yell the loudest against eBay are those who weren't very successful, and I get that. Not everyone is going to make a fortune. Is that eBay's fault? Maybe . . . But the fact is, we pay fees for the traffic; what we do with that traffic is entirely up to us.
William on 8:19 8 Oct 2018
Come on, putting "Amazon" as alternative to ebay is a bit questionable, you need to be a huge player nowdays to be selling on Amazon where they take a 25% cut of your sales price + other fees.
The best deal I've seen is TradePongo at 2% transaction fee
I like Bonanza but their fees are higher plus add fees on shipping... it used to be good though but got greedy like everyone else.
Tradepongo is the place
sarah on 19:01 11 Oct 2018
Has anyone tried Retrophoria? ( ) It's for vintage items only.
I just opened a sellers account. It looks promising and the price is right (free! :) ). Haven't made a sale yet but i am hopefull.
Michael Simcik on 18:44 15 Oct 2018
At one time I sold on ebay. No one needs to tell me about the problems with them and now political too.
For decades I have wanted to see a niche specific internet site that has people worldwide looking at only for things they are interested in specifically. And this is done without being intimidated, badgered, browbeaten, asked to donate to something I don't care about, or being politically favored or discriminated against. I personally was on ebay for two decades and I've seen it all!
What I'm talking about is "Everything sporting goods" but to exclude any firearms of course. What I'm referring to is vintage to current sporting goods from duck decoys to water skis, fishing rods to hunting vests. There are truly multi-millions of anything outdoor sports to be traded, purchased, or crafted from gun racks to archery, boats, and motors to waders and choke tubes. I see a lot of small very pricy sites on the net and some for just old rods, some for old lures, some for golf clubs, bags, etc, but if you put them all together on one site it would be very lucrative and ongoing for decades. Sporting people are always wearing things out and people are always having kids that don't stop growing into new stuff.
Gander Mt. is out of business, MC Sporting is out. Dicks Sporting is in trouble, Sports Authority is gone, etc, etc, and this is prime time for All Sports New and Old to be on the internet.
Bernie Kern on 6:57 22 Oct 2018
What are your thoughts about Shopify??
Rhea Bontol on 6:32 23 Oct 2018
You can checkout an unbiased comparison here:
Shelly on 22:47 23 Oct 2018
Bonanza is $25 per month to set up a store. When I search Handmade, I find Etsy 10x more than I find anything on Bonanza and Etsy doesn't charge a "monthly" fee for an online shop.
Rhea Bontol on 6:23 29 Oct 2018
You can also checkout alternative places to sell online, here:
Nancy Owens on 4:24 6 Nov 2018
I would like to know how long Tradsey can keep your money made from sells? Legally how long can they? They have kept mine for 4 weeks and finally let me transfer it, but told me the transfer will take another 7 business days. That will be over 5 weeks.
Rhea Bontol on 6:26 12 Nov 2018
Not sure on that though. PayPal however, can hold payments of up to 21 days (specially for new sellers) so it's nothing new for payment processors to hold. You can find out more about it:
Terryll Rex on 18:57 11 Nov 2018
There's a place I sold years ago ig it is still in business. I intend to go look when I am done here and that is You could sign up for your own store and I can't remember the fees, it was too many years ago.
Rhea Bontol on 6:23 12 Nov 2018
Although popular, I'm seeing a lot of mixed (more like negative) reviews about them on TrustPilot and Scam Adviser:">

So I guess if you're a seller, you also have to put weight on verified online marketplaces to keep a good standing record, specially if you use the same handler when selling at multiple selling sites.
Sandi Polk on 21:47 24 Nov 2018
I am truly surprised that no one has mentioned Ecrater. I post here. it is MUCH better than eBay, with some pros and cons of course. Once you get the hang of how to post your items. it is great. there are no variation options at this time and you have to really figure out your shipping options and there is no way to ship through this platform. You will have to use PPal or some other source. They are linked to PayPal and one other payment source. The customer support is awesome. Replies are really fast. They really try to help you use the attributes to make sure your items are in google searches. All eligible products are submitted to Google Shopping. There are NO FEES to LIST and if your buyer comes direct there are NO fees to the seller. If the buyers come via a google search then your fees are like 2-3%. This gives you a better option on your selling prices. I send people to buy from me there quite often.
There are no feedback concerns. There are still guidelines. No outrageous restrictions like eBay. You can import your ebay items, however, if you have a variation listing, don't waste your time, because you will have to recreate the listing all over again in Ecrater.
There is no email conversation database. Your conversation with your buyers will be in your email that you set up to link to the site. They keep it really simple but very user-friendly. You get about 6- 10 pics, FAQ section, and some other options. GO and check it out.
I am still new with it and I have not used it as yet for my custom order. can't wait to try that and see how it works. So my tip of the day is to go and check out Ecrater. they have been around for about since 2004. I think they have an awesome concept going and will expand their platform soon. They only have facebook sharing at this time.
Rhea Bontol on 6:27 26 Nov 2018
eCrater indeed makes a good addition. We have a dedicated article for that here:


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