Fed Up With eBay? Here Are Some Worthy (And Cheaper) Alternatives For Sellers

Joel Lee 26-10-2012

ebay alternativeWhen you want to sell your excess junk online, where do you go? For most people, the one and only answer is eBay. With millions of daily users, it only seems logical to use the number one popular online auction site when you have online selling needs. But what about all of the alternatives that are arguably better?


“Why fix something that isn’t broken, Joel?” you might ask. Or more poignantly, “Why use a different site when eBay suits me just fine?” Well, if you enjoy using eBay, then I suppose there’s no reason to switch. However, over the years, many users have grown fed up with eBay’s services. If you’re one of those users, then have no fear. The eBay alternative are pretty good.

If you have stuff you need to sell and you need it done online, check out the following sites. Some of them may surprise you.


ebay alternative

Here’s an alternative that may seem like common sense: Craigslist. Founded in 1995, Craigslist acts as an online community where users can post classified ads. In the last 17 years, Craigslist has become so popular that it now serves over 700 localized versions of its site in over 70 countries. If you need a broad audience, here you go.

Craigslist is completely free. You do not pay any service fees or charges for posting your listings. Payment and transactions are dealt with face-to-face between parties, so there is no mediator escrow-type service; be careful that you aren’t scammed. The interface is somewhat outdated and as far as I know there isn’t a way to judge a user’s trustworthiness (like with eBay’s rating system).


But everything considered, you keep 100% of the revenue when you finalize a transaction using Craigslist and its popularity guarantees that you won’t run out of buyers anytime soon.

Ealtbay [No Longer Available]

better ebay alternative

Ealtbay. Just take a look at this service’s name and you’ll see that its primary purpose is to be an alternative to eBay. But is it better than eBay? Check out their five reasons for existence and decide for yourself.

  • Ealtbay does not place bans on items that are perfectly legal to be sold.
  • Ealtbay lets you list items for free. Final fees on sold items are much lower than eBay.
  • Ealtbay does not force electronic payment methods (e.g., Paypal) on users. Whatever method the seller is comfortable with can be used.
  • Ealtbay allows feedback for both buyers and sellers, not just sellers.
  • Ealtbay does not force top-rated sellers to appear at the top of search results, allowing smaller-volume sellers more exposure.

The downside to Ealtbay is that their audience is nowhere near the size of eBay (which is understandable) and they have a primitive-looking interface that isn’t exactly beautiful (which is a definite negative). However, those five features above more than make up for any of Ealtbay’s shortcomings.



better ebay alternative

eBid is a promising alternative to eBay, boasting over 6 million item listings in nearly 13,000 categories. There are no listing fees here and the final fees are much lower than the fees over at eBay. Payment methods include Paypal, PPPay, Google Checkout, and Skrill. If you’re worried about eBid’s reliability as a service, be placated in knowing that eBid is a Google Shopping Marketplace Partner.

eBid’s selling features are that they provide a number of merchant programs (auctions, fixed-price transactions, and storefronts) as well as the ability to “ninja list” items, where you can bulk upload for low fees.


better ebay alternative


Unlike eBay and clones of eBay, there are other online marketplaces that cater to a more niche audience. Marketplaces like Etsy, where the focus rests on hand-made or vintage items. It was established in 2005, which means it only had 7 years to become as big as it is now. Impressive, if you ask me.

Etsy boasts over 39 million unique visitors every month who browse the 800,000 available shops. As niche as Etsy might be, the audience size is nothing to sneeze at. In order to list on Etsy, each item will cost you $0.20 per stock and you’ll pay 3.5% of the final selling price in fees. Payment options include Paypal, Etsy’s direct checkout, or cheque.

For one-time junk selling, eBay is still the better option. But if you have hand-made crafts that you’d like to sell for profit, Etsy may be the place for you.


alternatives to ebay


If you have items that you just want to get rid of (i.e., you don’t care about making a profit), you ought to check out Freecycle. It’s a worldwide community that aims to reduce global waste by connecting people who want to throw away goods to people who need those goods. In essence, people with excess give stuff to people in need for free. Free recycling. Get it? (Admittedly, it took me a while.)

Listings are completely free and there are no payment options because everything is free. Though Freecycle is a worldwide site, item exchanges are conducted locally so buyers can come pick up the items from the sellers without postage fees. If you need more room in your attic or garage, Freecycle can help you. If you want to make a profit, look elsewhere.

Ruby Lane

ebay alternative

Ruby Lane is a niche online marketplace where people can buy and sell high-end antiques, art, and vintage collectibles. Here you’ll find thousands of independent shops, each run by individual sellers, from all over the world. Ever since their establishment in 1998, Ruby Lane has guaranteed quality, security, and excellence to their members.

Their shop format only allows selling items either at a certain price point or through the make-and-offer feature; there are no auctions. For sellers, Ruby Lane uses a unique pricing structure that includes a $0.30 listing fee per item, a once-per-month Advertising Fee of $20, and a once-per-month Maintenance Fee that depends on how many items you sell that month. Check out their massive list of reasons why you should sell on Ruby Lane.

So if you’re sick of eBay, then you owe it to yourself to check out one of these eBay alternative. Many are free. Some are great for one-time throwaways while others offer you the chance to build up a lucrative business. If you’ve used any of these services in the past, let us know what you thought of them in the comments!

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  1. foobar
    July 9, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Paypal is the problem.

    They restrict an account with no full explanation or advice to remedy it.
    I don't have photo ID (it isn't a mandatory requirement for UK citizens to have any - yet) and they still won't confirm that this is the reason for failed verification. (is it new E.U. legislation?)

    eBay won't allow sellers to opt-out of paypal, and merchant account is required for alternative card payments.

    I don't wan't to run a business, just need extra cash to get by with extras like food shopping.

  2. Akshay
    August 5, 2018 at 4:53 am is the best cheaper ebay alternative ever they ship world wide.

    • Truth
      December 8, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      dropping shipping garbage site.

  3. Debi Glick
    May 31, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Dear Joel,

    This article needs some updates. Some of the newer marketplaces that you have listed either don't exist anymore or are duds. Please include sites like BriskSale if you're going to talk about alternatives we need sites that are similar to Ebay but try to be better. There are other options like Bonanza and Ecrater, no luck on those yet though.


  4. Richard Thompson
    March 26, 2018 at 2:59 am

    If isn't on this list, the writer hasn't done their homework.

  5. byrdlps
    September 29, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    EBay does not charge listing fees either if you stay below your limit. Also, rather than top sellers being at the top of the list, you can easily rearrange in most cases to have the items listed by price including shipping, quite helpful. And there is feedback on buyers & sellers, I do both quite frequently. The writer doesn't seem to have very clear info about eBay.

    • Anti-you
      November 14, 2017 at 5:54 am

      You either sell on eBay or work for eBay I hope. If you are just infatuated then I hate to shatter your rose tinted spectacles but eBay isn't for anyone but themselves. They hide searches based on their own secret profit margins and arrangements with big sellers. Like facebook if your not paying them you are not being seen the majority of the time as compared to years ago. They also force you to wade through page after page picking the lowest priced item from their suggestions again and again to get to the lowest actual price. They no if they do this the inpatient will give in and buy items at a marked up price. They give non US sellers the advantage almost always over small US sellers. It all makes sense from a financial point of view but moralistically it's devious and shifty. The lowest price function is a joke and if you dig deep enough you will find it is a farce almost always. That's my 2 cents anyways but I know nothing don't listen to me. I can't prove any of this and I have no desire to. Everyone is pro-greed. I want none of it. Hence why I am here. eBay isn't going anywhere but they are not as honest about it all as they claim to be. They are as virtuous as a banker.

      • Kat
        April 28, 2018 at 7:13 pm

        I stopped using eBay because of their ridiculous fees, there was never room to make a profit after all the fees. It was great at first but they seemed to have gotten greedy and if you are a casual seller like I am it's a waste of time and money.

        • Bay Runner
          January 4, 2019 at 1:29 am

          I started tracking what percent of my sales was being paid in fees and was shocked. Unless the item is over $100 or you're getting shipping for free it averages around 40% of the sale. Ebay practically begs sellers to offer free shipping, and I do on most items but incorporate the cost into the item - which is counter-productive because it raises your final value fee. But if the buyer pays shipping you get charged a higher rate on that part of the transaction. It's a lose-lose, but I've learned how to ship things as inexpensively as possible.

          There's fees for this and fees for that..... should call it FeeBay. And feedback is a joke. I get feedback on maybe one of every five or so sales, but they hound me to leave it for everyone. It's hard to beat eBay for it's wide and varied audience - since I sell a wide variety of things - but I'm looking at alternatives.

  6. Joas
    July 14, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    These suggestions are really good ones! - Thank you.
    One more unique feature & a big PLUS about Craigslist, that I love, love, L-O-V-E-! ... ...
    Is that there's NO AD's !! In this day-n-age with sites over-run & saturated with annoying ads at every turn; Craigslist has:
    No advertisements, no flashy windows begging you to 'upgrade' to unlock features, no popups, no BS, no clickbait, no crazy loud commercials playing in the margins that you try to silence & mistakenly navigate to other page, None of that stuff!!
    There's almost no oversight & ZERO censorship, so it's true that you're on your own using it, but to me its WAY worth it!

    • W. Milam
      October 25, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      I agree! No shipping and no paypal...unless of course you chose to go via paypal!

  7. name
    May 5, 2017 at 9:09 am

    ebay rules

    • Michael C.
      January 8, 2019 at 12:18 am

      Rules what, the seller scams? They block views, continuously change policies that result in suspensions that were in compliance the day before, they cancel listings based on your competitors claiming the items are counterfeit, they have competing lower prices directly on your listing... There's more. Just curious what you think is so special about ebay. It doesn't matter that they get millions of visitors if they block 95% of them from seeing your products. The only one's that make out on ebay are the buyers because they get to simply claim not as described and the seller is forced to pay for return shipping and refund, even if it is a pair of pants they ordered 6 months ago. You must be one of THOSE people.

  8. John Diaz
    January 5, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Stop paying for fees, is the best place to sell.

  9. Ryan Robinson
    January 3, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    After four years on eBay they shut down all three stores I had without notice. My morals were to high to allow fraudulent actions of buyers to effect my life; big mistake with eBay. I sell used (refurbished) Android Tablet PCs. My father and I created this Not-For-Profit entity to create 'Capitalism for a Cause.' A white paper was written years about our process. We sell to gain money to build laptops to hand to 501c3 entities locally. Mainly we donate to churches, outreaches, safe houses, you get the idea. We donate all our Veteran Benefits. I'm 45 and he's 72. Does this matter? NO. eBay has destroyed us by allowing buyer remorse. They even told me, I conacted hal Lawton of eBay, and they stated 'eBay goes in favor of the buyer 99% of the time, no matter what the seller presents to them as truth and proof.'

    So there you all have it. Jovially, I spoke to the end of the line American customer service representative of eBay. At the end of the call I told him Trump is going to push for more taxation to imports and this will limit greatly what eBay sells and what businesses will exist when China imports are concerned.

    With a big heart and educated mind, I would like to say, "eBay is going to kill itself." eBay killed the small business. Walmart set the sheeple mindset that anything can be returned no questions asked and they INSIST on this on eBay and actual brick and mortar businesses. This mindset is also ruining small business. Combine eBay and Walmart and we have two strong businesses pounding down other MORAL business owners.

    Take care,
    Ryan A. Robinson PhD.
    Human Services and Counseling
    A Not-For-Profit businessman

    • Brian Applegate
      January 16, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Absolutelt right Sir i hope they hang their flags up their asses they have taken me to the limit i sold a ROLEX on ebay only to get buyers remorse hahahaaha was sent back BROKEN i had no hope of selling it again buyer said he did not break it it went tho ROLEX they reported a Knife mark on the back and it had been forced open when it was returned the ROLEX CROWN at the 12 o'clock position was broken off Cost me £435.00 to repair with no comeback on the the BUYER.Also 9 Items sol to Liverpool/Merseyside...8 buyers said NOT RECEIVED.HAD TO REFUND.£216.00.So im looking elsewear to sell my Coin collection

      • David Pearson
        February 1, 2017 at 12:29 am

        Please join us at We don't automatically side with buyers, we will look at the facts. Buyer has to prove the item purchased and item received was not the same - not just SAY it wasn't as described.

        • Brian Applegate
          February 21, 2017 at 12:07 pm

          Could you please send me all the details please.I think i would be happy to join you even if it double the time to sell

        • muneerah
          June 12, 2017 at 6:11 pm

          David the problem is that all sites competing with ebay are not advertising their sites so they get no traffic, No traffic means no sales.
          I tried to join Bonanza and in a six month period there was no traffic except the existing sellers.

          If you can show you are getting the traffic, I can bring you hundreds of sellers.

        • David Pearson
          June 13, 2017 at 4:55 am

 submits all eligible listings to Google Shopping, which has millions of shoppers every day. If you have items with good titles and complete details, there is a good chance it will be found. We have people with no sales and we have people making daily sales. A little effort goes a long ways. :D

    • David Pearson
      February 1, 2017 at 12:26 am

      That's why we created We were also sellers on ebay and amazon, but they are not just a marketplace to sell, but they control your business. Please join us on toucandeal!

    • David Pearson
      June 13, 2017 at 4:50 am

      We'd love to have you join us on Ryan! Ebay has done this to tens of thousands of sellers (not to mention the other problems). We are here because we wanted to make a difference.

    • astoriava
      March 4, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      EBay's latest will cause even more sellers to leave. Their newest is to force sellers to accept all return for any reason with the seller paying shipping both ways and no restocking fee. I'm done and moving my items already to facebook marketplace. Other alternatives are welcome.

  10. Zille
    October 1, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    You can also use maximum as alternative. Free listing and no charges. All other websites mentioned here are also very popular and easy to use.

  11. Eric
    September 14, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    I use No hassle and sometimes you can talk the person down a bit. I will have to try some of the others listed. Thanks

    • Joel Lee
      September 20, 2016 at 12:40 am

      Cool, never heard of that site before but it looks interesting. Seems to be mainly focused on phones, smartwatches, and gadgets like that.

  12. paul
    July 7, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    We have just discovered an online vintage marketplace ( There are no listing fees and they offer a great product import service so can get your ebay or easy products imported really quickly.
    We added lots of our products and got a sale within a couple of days

  13. venisebeach
    June 16, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    We've registered both at ealtbay and ethicalstores. At least let us find a venue that does not non option only paypal as payout source.

    • muneerah
      June 12, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      I agree, they should let you use square which is a very good payment processor

    • David Pearson
      June 13, 2017 at 5:05 am

      Unfortunately PayPal handles about 90% of ALL online transactions. Square is great if it's your own website, but there is no way to integrate it to a marketplace, like, meaning it could not go directly into the seller's account, it would have to go into our account and we would have to disburse it like amazon does. We don't want to control seller's money or their business.

  14. venisebeach
    June 16, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I'm done with Paypal too. Curs deep, they won't budge a cent. Its wrong. Most sellers hate ebay- "Use 'em just like they use us"- and groan to do their own thing and lose all the drama, trouble, unmerited negative marks. I mean it this time; I'm quit with big brother ebay. Done. There ARE other ways...just stop sliding back in giving up (back to freebay. We put too much material and heart into our artistry to simply give it away.

    • David Pearson
      June 13, 2017 at 5:06 am

      PayPal and ebay are too close, in fact ebay (I believe) tells PayPal to put holds on money, etc. We don't do that on

  15. Ashwin
    May 6, 2016 at 10:59 am

    "The interface is somewhat outdated and as far as I know there isn’t a way to judge a user’s trustworthiness (like with eBay’s rating system)."

    This is not true.

    I see users with a reputation of 99,7% selling fake and counterfait goods (for example nka0137)

    eBay's rating system isn't anywhere near to being trustworthy

  16. SomeoneSomewhere
    April 5, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Sounds like you work for them. Pretty obviously. Also, Fiverr has tons of things you can add to your 'gigs' that cost more. Some people are selling their services for a lot there,actually. Sound like a rip off of Fiverr, to be honest. Stop posting spam, pretending to be a real commenter.

  17. craig weiss
    March 29, 2016 at 5:09 am

    I am an owner of a relatively new website called We cater to Artists that want to sell their handmade goods and Antique sellers. We offer sellers unlimited free listings and a unique, classy gallery design. Easy to use format, auction or fixed store pricing. I am writing to ask if you can include us in your next feature or story about ebay, etsy alternatives. Thank you - Craig Weiss

    • muneerah
      June 12, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      you can be very successful if you get the traffic to your site and you dont use paypal.
      Use square instead. your sellers will love you. I will look at your site
      and post a couple of items and see how long it takes to sell them

  18. Mun
    February 6, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I have been selling for some years now and opened some stores in several online marketplaces.
    My ebay business is good. As to the other stores 3 years ago, I've made 4 sales in 5 different stores. No matter what one says, eBay is still the best as far as sales is concerned.

    I keep my options open as far as advertising my items on other markers. I am now opening stores on 3 of the sites suggested in this article but I have to admit my expectactions are not that high. I visit these sites and see sellers that have created their stores some years ago, have hundreds of items online and no sales. Reputation: 0.

    Oh well...

    • artgal
      November 6, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      Mun, you are right on. I would give anything to find an eBay/Amazon alternative that was truly competitive but none of these, although being more affordable, are worth the effort for misc. items. They just don't have the following ..Except Etsy, which has been great for my craft supplies business but I've also been selling misc items on eBay for ages. Since they changed their search engine algorithm in 2014 and started catering to large/ Big Box stores, the average seller doesn't get a notice. eBay couldn't give a flying feather as to what this has done to loyal sellers who depend on the income they once received. I keep hoping one of these smaller venues will bust loose and become *the* competitor.

      Thanks for letting me vent.

      • David Pearson
        June 13, 2017 at 5:16 am

        Join us on The only way a venue will "bust loose" and make ebay look over their shoulder is with the help of sellers listing products, 1,000's of products - millions of products! Then sharing their new store. When buyers see a site loaded with great deals, they will buy. Problem is, people complain about ebay, but then they continue to promote their ebay store because it "has the traffic." If ebay has enough traffic, why do people need to promote their stores to get sales? Doesn't make sense.

    • David Pearson
      February 1, 2017 at 1:11 am

      Check out We have sellers doing as well as their ebay store does. There are sellers ding nothing too, but if you are looking for an alternative, it's worth a try. Being a new site trying to compete with a company that has become a household name for over 20 years, it will either take a multi-billion dollar company to spend hundreds of millions in marketing (like, or it will take a bunch of pissed off sellers that are determined to make their business survive, whether ebay is in the equation or not. If people spread the word, buyers will learn about it. Really all the buyers want is selection, low price, and security.

      • Teresa
        October 23, 2017 at 2:04 am

        Yep. There will never be the buyer traffic if sellers don't congregate in one area. We need to pick a new place and EVERYBODY go there. At the same time DROP EBAY! When enough sellers do that, the new website will get noticed; if from nothing else but the nightly news reporting the sudden drop of sellers on ebay. Seriously, we need to start some meetings to get organized around this. It's the only way we will ever do it other than what David already explained. And who has Jet's money? But we do have enough pissed off and fed up ex-ebay sellers. Just my 2 cents worth.

    • David Pearson
      June 13, 2017 at 5:11 am

      Ebay controls how much traffic your products get and one day, without notice, ebay could suspend you. They have done it to tens of thousands of small sellers just because. Could be because they have too many sellers with your products. Get one negative review and all of a sudden your done. That's how they work. We have some sellers on Toucandeal that make more sales than their ebay store. We submit all eligible listings to Google Shopping, so there is plenty of traffic and we don't limit this to you.

  19. Dan
    January 9, 2016 at 3:57 am

    Also try new site to buy and sell on.

  20. Sam Brown
    December 21, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I am a volunteer at EthicalStores a nonprofit online marketplace, we allow any biz / individual to sell their products free online. If interested google - EthicalStores

  21. Corrisa
    November 18, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    There are quite a few websites out there that you can sell your products on. One not mentioned is Tripleclicks.

    You can list your products for free and don't pay anything until you make a sale. It's just another avenue worth mentioning.

    I wrote an article on ebay alternatives that explains it better:

  22. Anonymous
    July 21, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Check out It's a brand new marketplace offering free to list and much lower fees when items sell.

    • Anonymous
      September 17, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Welcome to freeBid an alternative to selling online ebay type style you can sell online with your paypal or skrill account today. Easy styles user listings, add a product buy it now price or even add it as an auction. You can list onsite or in your store, or even both!

      Everything you sell is commission free, meaning you keep all the money from the sale of your items! Not like other sites which charge listing and commission fees to sell online. Other sites charge between 10% to 15% commission per listing, With a freeBid selling account you can sell worldwide completely free!

      Open Your Selling Account Today

  23. Anonymous
    June 26, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    EBAY promotes an atmosphere of liars and thieves. I just had a buyer lay false claims on an item he bid on because he wanted hundreds of dollars of FREE merchandise. He had the audacity, AFTER I gave him a full refund without receiving the item back, to open a claim to have ebay force me to pay him money on top of it. This is extortion. Ebay was useless in addressing this issue and they refuse to close my account.

    • muneerah
      June 12, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      you can close your ebay account without their permission. go into your settings under your name, change your ebay name to xyz or whatever. go to your bank, block your paypal account as compromised. always have a separate paypal account never mingle your
      regular bank account with a ebay selling account. open a separate account.
      they tried to rip me and I called the bank and blocked them immediately.
      i turned them into the oversight commission here in california they are headed for
      a crash. go to your senator and complain about ebay and paypal illegal money holds,
      illegal transactions etc.

  24. Guest
    May 21, 2015 at 10:44 pm


    When I first opened a seller's account with eBay, my listing fees were free for Auction listings. Now it doesn't even matter whether I list my items online under a fixed or auction price. Every listing now cost $0.30 per items plus $0.30 for each item relisted on the market. That's like taking away what they've already given you in profits. On top of that, you still lose a percentage of your profits from Final Value fees plus S&H fees, even if you don't use their S&H services. What the hell is that?!

    • David Pearson
      February 1, 2017 at 1:31 am

      Please join us at! No fees whatsoever unless an item sells. Free stores, no contracts, and we don't run your business.

  25. au
    May 13, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Um.....Etsy is not an Ebay, it is for artisans and craftmakers----please do not promote the pollution of this community, there are enough frauds and other things that do not meet the niche here, last thing we need are Ebay shops setting up here thinking it is a place to just sell random things they had no part in creating---no, that is NOT what Etsy was made for.....thank you. Please ensure you are taking respect to notice the purpose behind a site besides simply making bucks, do not invade spaces for quick money.
    -An artist fighting the junk

    • Guru
      November 30, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      The article clearly states "Unlike eBay and clones of eBay, there are other online marketplaces that cater to a more niche audience. Marketplaces like Etsy, where the focus rests on hand-made or vintage items."

      and also

      "For one-time junk selling, eBay is still the better option. But if you have hand-made crafts that you’d like to sell for profit, Etsy may be the place for you."

      If you would have read the article you would have seen that you need not be concerned.

    • Wadsworth
      October 26, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      I agree with you because Etsy buyers are a bunch of broke artsy fartsies that will "like" your store rather than spend money in it. I have both etsy and ebay stores and ebay by far outsells etsy. Actually in one year I have only sold one thing on etsy compared to the 300 listings on ebay. They are the exact same items that supposedly fall into etsy's "niche". But I have to admit that if "likes" payed the rent I would totally be an etsy fan for life. I agree ebay users do not waste your time on internet window shoppers.

    April 15, 2015 at 11:46 am

    i am selling on its free to sell and no final value fee to pay and trade is starting to pick up i sold on ebay for years but apparently small sellers are not wanted anymore good luck all .

  27. bill
    April 13, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Ebay definately has the monopoly, but I have just started
    but i am struggling for members, I may have to buy members,,, i am just fed up.. Stay lucky

  28. carolynann
    February 22, 2015 at 4:06 am

    I have sold on ebay for years have over 2000 items listed i am at 100% feedback have feedback from almost 3600 items but still i am not top rated, even send a nice gift with each item that i pay for.there are people on ebay that are rated at 98 % and are top rated,ebay will not give me a answer why, can never reach them and if you do no one can give you a answer or even care to. My sales since i got on ebay is over 2 hundred thousand.But ebay treats you like dirt. They will do everything for the buyer but not the seller. Now ebay has alot of big box companies selling and even puts their sales on my site that i pay for, not fair.

    • David Pearson
      February 1, 2017 at 1:38 am

      Time to stop working so hard to make your ebay store succeed and put your efforts into another store. Check out Not saying "close your ebay store, you don't need it with us here!" I'm just saying import your ebay listings to create a 2nd (or 3rd) store and promote THAT store. We have several sellers that even forwarded their domain URL to their Toucandeal store. It's much easier to manage listings and in most cases cheaper too.

      We appreciate our small sellers!

  29. Andrew
    February 12, 2015 at 3:24 am

    Ive been a seller on ebay for years, i have bought and sold hundreds of items with no complaints, a 100% rating. Someone boght a knife from me and said the sheath wasnt tight enough. I said sure if you dont like it return it I will refund. I always gave the buyer whatever they wanted. Ebay takes 100s out of my account every month for fees. Then ebay gave me a below standard rating because i accepted a return for defective item. The buyer was happy, it really wasnt a defect just on opion that sheath wasnt tight enough. I didnt design the thing, i returned the money. But ebay doesnt allow me to even explain why should i be a below rated seller based on someones opinion about an item and i have no recourse? I understand the buyer has to be protected but the buyer wasnt complaining he wasnt unhappy i happily returned his money. Im done with ebay

    • David
      November 15, 2015 at 6:47 am

      All too familiar story here. I hope you join the list of growing sellers on toucandeal. We all need a site full of great sellers like Andrew and ebay can keep the scammers. :-)

    • crush
      September 1, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      I was selling tv parts 1/10 turns out to be a scammer buying them. One guy complians parts doesnt work then if he doesnt have to send it back relists the same item as working. clear fraud. Yet ebay sides with him. What a joke. never sale anything on ebay. let new egg and the big stores have it. forcing a return on an item that is clearly marked no returns. and is sold as such. dirt cheap. a 80 dollar board and i sold it for 20 + shipping now I am stuck with 12 dollars in shipping fees ebay fee paypal fees what a joke . bet when i get the board back if I ever do it will be a damaged board, just like the last one.
      Ebay does nothing to protect the sellers you take all the risk, they take all the profit. and when confronted about buyers that repeatedly do the same thing there response is "price of doing bizness" No not when 1 in 10 is a straight loss that is fraud and ebay protects them.
      Sad part is I had a few that were good sales. but it only takes a few bad ones and poof anything made is gone.
      "boycott ebay"
      better yet buy off ebay and keep the item for free just say it didnt work. it was a fake. Then when asked to return item send back a box of rocks you will still win. "free stuff on ebay"

      • David Pearson
        February 1, 2017 at 1:44 am

        It's only getting worse. If you want to make a difference, join another marketplace and promote your store there. Prove that you can be successful without ebay. We are growing by leaps and bounds on!

    • David Pearson
      February 1, 2017 at 1:40 am

      5 Stars for Customer Service on! You shouldn't be docked ratings because of defective items or other things beyond your control, like lost or damaged in shipment.

  30. Bonnie
    April 4, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Joel - Thank you for taking the time to provide useful information to others. I am not computer savvy and have been trying to find a Company that will pick up items and sell them for a percentage of the net sale price. I read an article in Huffington In January that e-bay had such a service and contacted them, but found out that it was a pilot program in CA. As I understood the pilot, they picked up all types of items and sold them for the seller for a commission of 25% of the sale price. I tried following up with e-bay for something similar in NY, but have had no response (in 3 months). I understand there is some sort of assistant program, but there fees seem high and they are specialty specific. I would like one transaction with one Company. Any suggestions?

    • Joel Lee
      April 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Hey Bonnie. I've never heard of a service like that. It sounds pretty interesting actually but I wouldn't know the first thing about pointing you in the right direction.

  31. Brian
    March 31, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Ebay like have been around for some time. uBid4it Canada has a different format than ebay and different than the penny auctions. The format works in the same fashion as all auction sites only looks different. And here is another difference if you don't want to auction then you can click on and join the local community in a vibrant swap meet. Now that alone is worth a look to join. That is just a few reasons to join us at

  32. Jessica Sanders
    March 20, 2013 at 3:28 am

    there is another site I found on google its a great marketplace and I love their user interface !!

  33. Brian Price
    March 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks for the list of alternative ebay sites. They all look pretty good. Another site i came across though was Selldex. I also looks really good, the design is great at and it seems alot more social and welcoming.

  34. Tracey
    February 12, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I'm so glad to see alternatives to ebay. After fifteen years of buying and selling with a 100% satisfaction rating, I just closed my account and gave up. They've become so expensive and could care less about their sellers. I finally gave up when they sided with a buyer that was totally unreasonable. They never listened to my side of the story and refunded her the total amount and never asked her to return the item. I repeatedly offered her a refund if she returned the item which she refused to do! I lost out big time and this happened more than once where ebay just stole money from my account for refunds when the buyer was in the wrong. Ebay sucks. I'm going elsewhere.

    • Scott
      March 14, 2013 at 6:20 am

      You're not alone. I've used eBay since it opened its doors but recently they have aided customers in stealing and stolen themselves. To the point that I closed up shop on their service and will never return. I sell high end items and after the second time they assisted an unscrupulous buyer in obtaining a FREE laptop from me (over 1k value on both transactions) it was too much. I am not Best Buy, HH Gregg etc and I cannot afford to just give away 1k dollars at a time.

      eBay is totally unreasonable if you are the selling party and like many have already mentioned they will side with the buyer in nearly every case. The good news is with their current practices they wont stay on top of the auction world for much longer. When you run off sellers such as myself that are doing 15,00 plus in transactions per month you will eventually erode your customer base beyond repair.

      I long for the day we hear eBay is closing its doors. What started out as a good service jumped the shark and became too big for their britches a long time ago. We all watched their rise, the only thing left is the fall....and its coming.

      • Warren569
        April 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm

        Hi Scott,

        I've just registered on this site just to say I totally agree with you. I have been a private seller & buyer on ebay since it's inception and also a business seller from time to time. The fees are crippling on the verge of robbery and I've also been completely ripped off as a seller a) where the buyer damaged the item (by installing item incorrectly) and then claimed for a refund - result, ebay refunded them in full without listening to my side of the story and b) where the buyer has changed their mind after purchase/receiving goods and then got a full refund with me stuck with courier fees/admin. At all times I've felt like a victim and UK laws do not protect me from this kind of fraud, as that basically is what it is. I'm now leaving eBay for good and will instead use other sites, including Gumtree, Preloved and also don't forget there are a lot of forums out there with 'Classified' sections, where you can better target what you're buying/selling (and all/most are free).

    • Deckard
      April 19, 2013 at 3:12 am

      Yes agree totally with your comments . Similar thing happened to me after 11 years of using Ebay and gathered 1140 positive feedback they took the side of a most unreasonable customer and suspended me . As usual the seller on Ebay has no rights at all , and are subject to all the buyer scams with recourse.

    • David Pearson
      February 21, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Join us on If a buyer claim "Not as Described" they don't just get refunded, the seller has the option of refunding or having the item returned for replacement or refund. It is not our business to make the decision how this is handled.

  35. Shmuel Mendelsohn
    November 1, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Great article - I have been getting fed up with EBay!

    • Arnon
      April 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      Ebay S U C K S everything about them sucks , you order goods from China or Hong Kong and you lucky if you get anything and that's fine by Ebay , ever tried to sell something on Ebay ?
      Ever tried to call and speak to a rep ?
      Any alternative to Ebay is better.

  36. Caroline West
    October 31, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    My Pap's asked me the other day about selling some of his stuff and all I knew of really was Ebay. And now I know of many more thanks to this article and my Dad and I can check out these alternatives especially to sell in our locality. Thank You! :-)

    • Joel Lee
      October 31, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      It's great that your dad is open to stuff like online auctions. I hope the alternatives work for you! :)

      • ESugarSweet Jasmine Maarschalk
        February 26, 2013 at 2:36 am

        Another great site you can now add to the list is This is a site similar to except users do all their giveaways online! Users also have the opportunity to make money through the their referral program. It's a great concept.

        Thanks so much for sharing this article! :) I too am tired of eBay!

  37. Michael
    October 31, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Gumtree ( is a great local classified marketplace...
    ... and free

    • Joel Lee
      October 31, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Aussie only but looks great. Thanks for the share.

  38. Todd Troutt
    October 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I've tried Ebid without any success at all. Craigslist has really been great for MOST things...some things I just can't any bites on at all except for scammers. They are annoying but so obvious.

  39. Jess
    October 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I'm surprised you didn't mention selling your stuff on Amazon. I don't know how the fees compare, but I really like how easy it is. You just put in the UPC and list the condition of your item and how much you want for it and then wait for the sale.

  40. Philip Cohen
    October 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    And, regretably, the ugly reality for consumers dealing with the eBafia/PreyPal complex ...
    “Shill Bidding Fraud on eBay: Case Study #5” ...

  41. Greg
    October 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Forgot Ubid

  42. Anonymous
    October 26, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks, for the very informative article. Another Auction site that I feel really over performs is, I have had a good response, both buying and selling without any added buyers or sellers fees.

    • Joel Lee
      October 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Never heard of it but it sounds promising. Thanks for sharing.

  43. Nancy B
    October 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Sounds like good alternatives that I have to check out.
    I've used Freecycle but often got stuck delivering the things too.
    Etsy is just for crafters, artists etc. but good place to buy for me not sell.
    Craigslist hasn't really caught on in this area, but a local online newspaper has and it's free too.

  44. Valentin Tudor
    October 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I've had about 18-20 sales on Etsy in almost a year since I've opened my shop. I have also tried Bonanza, DaWanda and Payvment (Facebook store) - no sales so far. I have just recently opened an account with Storenvy - no fees whatsoever - but it's too soon to say how good (or bad) it is.

  45. Eric Thieszen
    October 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I have been burned on Craigslist several times by the people who send payment with a bad money order. Never shipped to them but still a pain.

    • Joel Lee
      October 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      That sucks. I think you'll encounter that anywhere, though. People can be jerks like that, especially over the Internet. :(

  46. Paul Hays
    October 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    eBay has gotten progressively worse over the years I've been with them. It's harder to make a profit any more. Thanks for a look at alternatives, many of which I now use.

  47. Grr
    October 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I have used Craigslist, and was able to get buyers.

    • Robin
      March 26, 2015 at 11:25 pm

      Agree, but so local. No long reach to massive groups of customers. dang.

  48. scott boyer
    October 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I had some problems with Ebay thanks

  49. Nikhil Chandak
    October 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    yeah ,
    I saw many things were cheaper on these websites than on Ebay !!
    I wanted to sell & buy things on websites which i got from u ..

    • Joel Lee
      October 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      You're welcome!

  50. Adrian Rea
    October 26, 2012 at 7:59 am

    These must be better for US shoppers and sellers. I agree with freecycle as this is more available in other countries and is environmentally friendly but, as you say, not really something for sellers as such. Searching from the UK many of the above sites had nothing of interest, and I tend to find eBay the best way to reach the largest audience in the UK (and then abroad). The other best way if you are selling online, if you want to make a business of it, can be to have your own website. This takes much effort in the setup but you have complete control over your customers experience so you can nurture their desire to buy, explain your product and how well the customer will be treated. Many websites offer your email address or contact details to all which is not so bad if you are a business but awful if a sole trader just wanting to get miscellaneous items sold to clear your clutter. In the UK the other main alternative seems to be Gumtree, but I have found that even that is fairly limited in searchability and the content seems to be posted indefinitely. If you are a seller, you want to be where the buyers go. The first place they often look is google then eBay. Better the devil you know!

    • Joel Lee
      October 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Unfortunately you're right. Ebay is such a huge competitor that the other sites have trouble keeping up. But rest assured, Ebay won't be on top forever!

    • Solita Designs
      January 12, 2015 at 2:26 am

      CL I wouldn't chance as too much can go wrong. was a mess after signed up then paid, then had to dispute the charges- no one can be reached for Help and my Store was still Disabled plus they wanted another paypal buy in to be Verified on their BIDville site. I'm having a good exp. so far with: tophatter; ioffer; storenvy; ecrater. Amazon...gee I'm not being paid- again. It took 3 months for them to reimburse/pay me for a sewing machine (which I UPS'd for over 60.00) at $177.00. Gee. Ebay....I still list but I feel almost sullied as a seller plus have such a rout getting the $$ my item really is worth. Ebay is still a good source and serves a purpose but there ARE many other venues out I wished both buyers and sellers would give a chance to. Both bonanza and Ruby have too high sign up fees, bonanza cancelled my entire profile after two weeks but fact is they don't give a month to month option. Most people need at least that. etsy...good but I still have a struggle selling even at Reasonable, I see so many HIGH prices on there and wonder how vendors can even sell. I have my own Store but I have to hustle every day to bring it more visible and what I like about the first sites I mentioned is they LET sellers promote their themselves not just their listings, and their various websites their own. Ebay? Never. I feel what are they pimps, lords of the property? Plus I never know how the close of auction is going to pan out; will my messages go ignored again? a non payer? I'm blocking yet another user probably 40% of my sales there on ebayland. At least with BIN boom, I have a payment receipt. How easy! Ebay charges...whatever they do for Stores but and the others I relayed do NOT and they have great layouts for your products.