Although eBay has become the big player in online auction sites, they aren’t the only game in town. This article reveals five more auction or auction-like sites you can sell products from.
Alternatives to eBay Include:
1. Ioffer – Although, this site looks like it would be an auction site, it describes itself as an online community where buyer and seller interacts and negotiates. You list your item and state your asking price, then go back and forth with prospective buyers to come to a mutual deal. The site charges low final value fees upon sale of items.
2. Bonanzle – Bonanzle is an easy site to sell from if you have something they call “anything but the ordinary.” It’s free to list here and you get your own storefront. You can even import your eBay or Craigslist items. Final value fees are very low compared to other auction sites.
3. Ebid.net – Ebid is an auction site providing free listings and low final value fees. Optional extra feature are available at a low cost. You can use your existing PayPal or merchant account for accepting payments.
4. Wigix – Wigix is an eBay alternative marketplace that does not charge listing or transaction fees. You can create a storefront with your own customized online shop and branding.
5. Atomicmall – Atomic Mall is an online marketplace where sellers can set up a store. Several seller options include a free program with final value fees charged upon sale of item. Additional seller features can be added for a monthly fee. You can import any existing feedback from other auction and marketplace sites as well as your product listings on eBay.
Many would-be auction sellers list their products for sale on auctions and getting no bids, concluding that auctions just don’t work. Part of the problem is all the hype about people making fortunes selling through online auctions. If someone just starting out with auctions has unrealistic expectations of making fast bucks, they can be quickly disappointed.
What we don’t hear enough of is how you must treat selling online as a business in order to reap real profits. It’s not that hard to do, really. Find one thing that works and repeat it. If it keeps performing, find ways to automate it so you have time to try out something new. Then, automate that process. Rinse and repeat is the key.
Anyone who can type and has a credit card can put up an auction online. In fact, if you browse through auction listed items, you’ll see that many sellers have given no time to research, nor thought to creating a compelling auction titles or descriptions.
Before you rush over to start listing on any auction site, give some thought to dressing up your product listings. Improve your success on these alternatives to eBay by study winning listings on eBay and look for common elements. Successful auction listings will include great product images, detailed descriptions, attractive titles, convenient shipping and payment options.
Be sure to include if your item is popular with others (how many have sold,) if the item comes with instructions that are easy to understand, what the specific and detailed benefits the item provides, if you offer extra help with assembly or care, if the item is available for immediate deliver, and mention what other people have said about you as a seller or product testimonials when available.
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