Sunday, December 7, 2008

Reader Mail

5) Reader Mail

Hi Julia,

I am not the type of person to write, except for now.

Does anybody know of another online site that we could list auctions on, because we have had it with being told or forced into having to accept ebay’s paypal.

They block your listings, if you do not go and sign up with pay the pal

I and it seems like many others could use another web site to list items and we all could promote the new site, like we did with ebay.

Any help I would greatly appreciate,



Hi Suzanne,

Thanks for writing! Excellent question. I've been pondering it for a while -- and I'm sorry this is so late.

Yes, I do think that some other sites are emerging out of the fray, mostly in niche areas, to become viable alternatives to eBay, if not as massive as eBay. Tho eBay is still the big daddy of everything but the kitchen sink and we'll have to see where that goes. I do think it behooves all sellers to branch out and multi-list as much as they can. Here's a quick rundown:

- Antiques/Collectibles

- Ruby Lane is a good site for higher-end collectibles and antiques.

- Also

- Books, Music, Videos, and even Some Other Stuff

- Listing on there is ridiculously easy, especially if you have a "cue cat" scanner that scans in your ISBN numbers for you. (More on that in another issue).

- alibris, abebooks: lots of books, prices higher than eBay in general, but it's another choice in the book world and great for rare books.

- Crafts and Jewelery, esp. handmade:

- etsy, etsy,! Getting good traction. Also a great place to shop. :)

- China, Dishes, Pottery

- Well eBay is still the best place, imo, but has great variety and healthy prices. Also, TIAS and rubylane.

What else will emerge in 2009, or will the landscape change? Stay tuned!

Oh, and let's not forget our own standalone web sites! It behooves most serious sellers to have one.

Best of luck selling!


That's it for this issue..see you next issue! Have safe and happy Thanksgiving, all! Remember...list, list, list...these coming weeks are the most lucrative time of the year!


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