Firstly I need to be honest with you. You are unlikely at this time to find an auction site that has anywhere near the same traffic that Ebay gets. Unfortunately Ebay dominates the online auction market. It's this lack of competition that has enabled it to do what it likes with little consideration for it's sellers. That needs to change! Ebay will only change if it has to, and it will only have to change if there is a viable competitor.
I want to introduce you to a website called Ebid. Ebid is not a new website, it has been around since 1999. It does get quite a lot of traffic and is currently ranked by Alexa at 13,281 (2/23/2012). Although this is no where near as much traffic as Ebay gets, it is still quite a considerable amount and well worth tapping into it, even if it's just as an extra source of sales. So what is it about Ebid that makes it different from Ebay?
- Ebid doesn't charge an insertion fee. You only ever have to pay Ebid when your item sells. This means you can list as many items you want to list. There are extra payments for gallery photos, if you only have their basic account, but you are only charged once your item sells. You can pay a one off life-time fee and become a Seller+ and not have to pay anything for gallery pictures.
- Become a Seller+ ($49.49) and you can have up to 5 free customizable stores. A basic store on Ebay.com costs $15.95 a month, plus 20¢ a month for every item listed, plus 7.7% of the final price. List your items at Ebid and you only ever pay 3% on the final sale!
- Items in you Ebid store show up in the general Ebid search results; items in a basic Ebay store do not show up in general Ebay searches.
- You can post your item for up to 10 days and set it to automatically relist up to 10 times.
- You can set the time you want your listing to start on Ebid and not get charged, whereas Ebay charge for this service.
- Ebid accepts Paypal and Google Checkout
- All listings on Ebid are uploaded to Google Shopping, which is the main source of traffic for Ebid.
As you can see Ebid costs less than Ebay and has many free features that Ebay charges extra for. This means you can sell your items for a more competitive price than you can on Ebay. You may not, at the moment, make as many sales as you can on Ebay, but when you do sell something you get keep more of the money. You can list as many items as you want to list on Ebid and never get charged an insertion fee. I think this makes Ebid very attractive to online sellers.