An ‘eBay alternative’ is any other online marketplace apart from eBay that allows buyers and sellers to trade goods, either for free, or for a fee. Some popular eBay alternatives are: Bonanza, Craigslist, eCrater, Etsy, Gumtree, ArtFire, and Ruby Lane.
eBay alternatives began popularising when eBay sellers felt that eBay was becoming more difficult to use to make a profit. eBay fee rises and tightening of rules which makes it harder for eBay sellers to run their businesses have assisted in the growth of eBay alternatives.
Many alternative marketplaces attempt to operate in such a way that is helpful to sellers. They often have strong communities that encourage the users of the websites, both buyers and sellers, to contribute to the future planning of the platforms.