Guest Author - Kim Lynch
For the past 10 plus years online sellers have been putting all their eggs into the same e-basket, eBay. Many people think itís the only game in town, but itís not. There are many other sites that allow people to sell their wares to the public, but people have become complacent returning to the same site over and over.
Smart investors spread their risk out so that if one investment takes a hit they donít lose everything. Many eBay sellers havenít spread their risk and now some of them are taking a hit in the pocket book.
Other venues offer great deals for both sellers and buyers. Lower listing fees for sellers translates into lower prices for sellers. A good deal is a good deal no matter where you find it.
Amazon Market Place
No listing fee, but Amazon charges .99 plus a percentage of your sale price, plus a closing cost. The percentage varies depending on the type of item sold.
Very nice professional looking stores for a monthly fee of $59.99 + 7% commission.
Amazons costs might not appeal to small sellers, but they offer access to a large segment of buyers and have a reputation as a trusted site.
The name says it all, painting, glass, metal, pottery all forms of art are offered for sale on this site. There are no listing or final value fees. The only charges are for optional upgrades to bold or featured listing.
Australian based company offers store listings on a sliding scale starting at $2.00 for 100 listings. There are no final value fees.
Offers auction format and stores. No listing fees for auctions, but Bidville charges a "Final Success Fee" on items that sell. Bidville charge a minimum monthly fee for stores.
Promotes itself as 100% free. Allows you to post unlimited number of items for up to 180 day with 4 photos per listing.
Fixed price store format. Free to list, but charges a modest final value fee on a sliding scale. You can import both your items and your feedback form ebay. Listings do not expire.
Advertises itself as a 100% free market place. Registration is quick and store setup is easy. This my favorite e-store site. It seems to be growing quickly and has a nice selection.
If you're looking for a place to sell original, handmade items Esty is a site that deserves your attention. Etsy provides sellers with a storefront and charges .20 cents listing fee for each item and 3.5% of the sale price. Listing fee includes up to 5 photos per item and the listing remains in your store for 4 months.
As a buyer I really like this site. If you like art and/or craft shows this site should appeal to you, too. It's filled with original items that make great gifts. I really like the idea of giving handmade items their own venue.
Auctions can be listed for free, but the site charges a Final Value Fee based on the selling price of an item. Storefronts are available for a flat monthly fee.
Overstock charges listing and final value fees. This site offers a wide variety of items both old and new.
Lots of listing options are available on this site. Options include: regular auction, dutch auction, reverse auction, reverse dutch auction, request a quote, fixed price and classified. All services are currently free.