Websites to Sell On Outside of Ebay
One of the best things about the internet is it allows us to sell (or buy) stuff from all over the world. Instead of having a target audience of just the neighborhood, you can post and sell to anyone anywhere!
So, whether you are a craftsman who builds furniture, or a jeweler who makes jewelry or a musician who needs to sell some equipment, the internet is a powerful place.
Many people have gone into business for themselves and work from home because of the access we have.
Sure, you've probably heard of eBay and there is nothing wrong with eBay, but why should you be limited to just one target audience?
To be a successful business or even if you just want to sell a few things that you have and never use, the more people who see your product, the better. The great thing about selling something is it only takes one person to make a deal!
So, you need to get your product out to as many people as possible.
The biggest issue with larger sites (like eBay) is that it is a pretty big umbrella.
eBay covers everything from cars to shirts. While there is nothing wrong with selling on sites like this, you may have better odds of selling a car on a site that specifically focuses on cars.
That's just one example and I'm going to give a few more websites as well as their pros and cons to help your business or you if you are just selling a personal item.
If you are a frequent online shopper and make multiple purchases online, then there is a good chance you bought something on Amazon before. Amazon is one of the leading sites for selling new and used goods.
The biggest difference between Amazon and eBay is Amazon is cheaper.
Also, Amazon doesn't use the auction setting like eBay and people can't bid on items in hopes to get a killer deal leaving you short.
Amazon is a large market and some of the cons is there will be plenty of competition when it comes to selling your item.
Depending on the item, there could be multiple items just like yours for sale and you need to either stand out by having a lower price or show users why yours is better and worth the extra money if you are higher than your competition.
But on a plus side, Amazon has a great algorithm that will suggest your product to users who may be searching for something similar.
This is great because someone may not even know you are selling something they are looking for and Amazon will do all the leg work by connecting you to your potential buyer.
One of the reasons people prefer Amazon to eBay is they don't have a listing fee. You really don't have anything to lose because if you can't make a sale, you won't pay for it.
Depending on your situation and how frequent you plan on selling things, you can find an account that is suitable for you.
Because even though it's free to list, Amazon will usually take a dollar per item sold on top their commission.
But the key is you must sell something before they charge you which is nice compared to having to pay the fee before you can list like with eBay.
Amazon offers perks to serious buys who upgrade to their prime account.
Some of these perks include free two-day shipping so the customer can receive their product in a timely matter.
This is a feature eBay doesn't have and the buyer and seller are forced to negotiate the shipping methods as a part of the sell.
It's just an unnecessary hassle that you don't have to go through if you decided to sell with Amazon.
If you plan on selling on Amazon, I highly recommend you do your research first.
Get a good idea of the market and know what is a reasonable price for whatever it is you are selling.
Since Amazon has such a large market of both sellers and buyers, you won't be very successful if you list your product too high because there is a good chance there will be something similar out there which is less.
Same goes for underpricing items because once something is sold, it's over and there is no going back and asking for more.
I know this feels like common knowledge, but there are people out there that who skip that part and suffer the consequences.
Etsy is more focused on arts and crafts and is a top online market for people who create unique objects.
Most the objects on Etsy are handmade and vintage goods as well as craft supplies.
One of the reasons Etsy is doing well is because of their buyer to seller ratio. The last report I read said they have 1.4 million sellers compared to 20.8 million buyers.
This should be music to your ears if you fall under the category of creating and selling unique handmade goods.
One of the pros for Etsy is they only charge a 3.5% commission fee which is a lot less than most sites you come across.
Etsy also has a listing fee of twenty cents per item so technically there is some risk to selling there. But come on, they need to make money too.
If twenty cents is holding you back from getting your item in front of over 20 million buyers, you may want to reconsider becoming an online sales person.
Again, Etsy is for selling unique handmade goods or vintage items. This is great for those who make these kinds of things because other stores can't clutter the site with factory made merchandise.
This makes it easier for potential clients to find your merchandise because they won't have to thumb through hundreds of factory made things like they would on eBay or Amazon.
Bonanza is a newer site that is really starting to pick up in the online selling market.
While they are like eBay in which they sell anything, their specialty is quirky uncommon things.
When you go to their site you will notice their saying is posted right in the middle, “Find everything but the ordinary!”
A lot of people are making money on Bonanza. Of all the sites out there, Bonanza has one of the top seller to buyer ratios around.
It's been reported that there are 1300 shoppers for every seller!
Bonanza breaks down their categories as women’s fashion, men’s fashion, home and garden, health and beauty, handbags, and jewelry.
Don't worry if what you plan on selling doesn't fall under one of those categories because they also have a “more categories” section.
So, if you have that taxidermy alligator you looking to sell, there's a spot for it.
If you have a one of a kind find, this is the place to sell.
One of the pros about Bonanza is they actually have an awesome guide for making sales. This helps sellers get more exposure and find the right people to market too.
If you decide that you want to sell on here, you NEED to check this guide out first.
One of the cons is Bonanza has a lot of nickel and dime stuff that starts to add up.
They have different advertising options so you need to how serious you are before signing up for some of these services to make sure they are worth it to you.
I've found (like in anything business) that it does pay to advertise and you have a lot better odds to be successful if you utilize these options properly.
The last option Bonanza has that really sets them apart from other sites is you can publish your listings on other sites through them.
So even though you put your item for sale on Bonanza, people will be able to see it on sites like Price Grabber or Nextag.
Craigslist.org is one of the top selling sites because it's free to post.
That's the good thing.
The bad thing is they have no control and hold no responsibility for how money is exchanged.
Because of this policy, there are plenty of people who try to take advantage of other people and are only on Craigslist to scam other people.
Does this mean Craigslist is a bad place to sell your items?
Not at all and I've made multiple sales on Craigslist.
It just means that you need to be careful where you meet up with other people and you can almost always expect your buyers to attempt to negotiate a price lower than the listing.
While this is kind of annoying, it's wise to just advertise your product for more than what you are hoping to get for it.
I know most people hate this little cat and mouse game, but it's the nature of the site. You never know, there is a chance you can get lucky and someone will just pay the asking price even though you listed it a little higher than your target price.
One of the great things about Craigslist is it has an even bigger umbrella that covers more objects to sell.
For example, you won't be able to rent rooms or apartments out on eBay or Amazon.
The biggest con with Craigslist is you are dealing with locals because the site is designed for people to come and pick things up.
99.9% of the people from out of the country trying to buy something from you are scammers.
I say 99.9% on good faith that there was possibly one out of the country transaction that took place and actually panned out okay.
But I can't confirm that so just do yourself a favor and deal with locals only.
I know there are a lot of Craigslist horror stories (and I've had a few myself), but those are the only ones you will hear about on the news.
The news isn't interested in all the successful sales that have taken place because that isn't news worthy.
My personal horror story consisted of me selling concert tickets and the guy never showed up to pick them up, and I turned other people down because I thought I sold them.
I've also rented to bad tenants, but looking back it was more on me than Craigslist for allowing that happen.
Live and learn!
A lot of people make a living from buying and selling things on this site so it's not all that bad, and it's a great place to make some killer deals!
Also, I think that the sellers on Craigslist aren’t the sharpest people and there are tons of items that are undersold.
I have a friend who bought two guitars on Craigslist then turned around and sold them on eBay and profited $1200.
I asked him if he had to do any work and he replied, “no, the seller just undersold them and didn’t want to deal with all the shipping that takes place with eBay.”
If you are serious about selling online, you need to check all these sites out and see which one works best for you.
The more you get your product out to people, the better odds you have to make the sale.
Every site has their own niche so you need to be familiar with all of them because one site might be great for one thing, but another site might be better for something else.
Knowing your target audience is key, and just because I'm suggesting sites other than eBay doesn't mean eBay isn't a good site to try as well.
I just think it's better to avoid putting all your eggs in one basket if you are just using one site exclusively.