What Are Some Alternatives To Craigslist and eBay?

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Craigslist and eBay are two of the most visited websites for shoppers looking to buy used items. Craigslist is great for local pickups of bulky items, while eBay is a fun option for those who like the potential bidding wars between potential buyers for a coveted item. Although eBay sellers can offer local pickup options, most of the items sold are shipped to the final destination. But, did you know there are other websites that buyers and sellers can use besides Craigslist and eBay? While you can find just about anything on either of these sites, you might be able to find a better selection for potentially lower prices too.

While some websites listed below sell a little bit of everything, the list is organized as much as possible into distinct categories. You might be wondering why people would even try selling on websites besides Craigslist and eBay. This is primarily because selling fees are less than eBay (Craigslist is free) and less competition among other sellers to stand out to buyers. Chances are a buyer will at some point have something to sell on the internet and will want to choose a site that charges the fewest fees to make the largest profit. They might be looking for a way to earn a little extra money online.

Sites That Sell Everything

These following sites sell a little bit of everything.  They are essentially going to be more like “eBay alternatives” than similar to Craigslist.

Amazon

We couldn’t leave this elephant out of the room. Most likely, online shoppers will purchase from Amazon if they do not purchase from Craigslist or eBay. You can buy just about anything new or used here and their Kindle eBook & Amazon Prime video streaming platforms make it a go-to source for digital entertainment. Sellers also like Amazon because of its household name status. They can price products competitively with Amazon’s prices, enticing customers with reasonable shipping options and accountability.

Bonanza

Bonanza might be the best eBay alternative that you have never heard of before. In 2016, Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Bonanza as “Best Entrepreneurial Company in America”. This platform might be best known for its offerings of eclectic items, but there are still plenty of items for sale in traditional categories like fashion, handbags, and jewelry.

There is one large difference between Bonanza and eBay. The most noticeable difference is that Bonanza’s site is a lot easier to use and navigate than eBay. Another difference is that Bonanza charges fewer fees to its sellers than eBay. This can also help keep prices lower than eBay. Unlike eBay, Bonanza only sells fixed-price listings. For sellers, Bonanza only collects a fee when a product sells. Their fees are significantly lower than eBay and Amazon.

eBid

This e-commerce platform has been around since 1999. eBid has fixed-price and auction-style listings, just like it’s larger competitors. If you want to sell on eBid, there is not a listing fee. The final commission will cap at 3% and all listings are also visible on Google Shopping.

Handcrafts & Vintage Items

You can buy handcrafts & vintage items on any of the sites above, but serious shoppers and sellers should also consider these two websites a try.

Etsy

Etsy is the marketplace for those who do not have the time or talent to complete a pin they might have found on Pinterest. If it can be made by hand, it’s on Etsy. While you will find traditional crafts like clothing, quilts, and jewelry, you might also find some other gems like ornate lampshades or glass art. The sky is the limit at Etsy. Sellers will pay a listing fee of 20 cents per item that is valid for four months and will pay about 6% of the total value when an item sells.

Ruby Lane

If you are a serious antique collector or lover of all things vintage, Ruby Lane is worth a visit. They bill themselves as “The world’s largest curated marketplace for vintage & antiques.” It is an easy site to navigate and buyers will like the high-quality images for each listing. For sellers, Ruby Lane has an initial membership fee of $100 and charges a monthly maintenance fee, depending on the number of items you have listed. Each new listing costs 19 cents and includes an “Advanced Processing Service” for the first image.

Craigslist Alternatives

It’s hard to beat Craigslist if you are looking to buy or sell items locally without the hassle of shipping. It’s free to list so it is hard for competitors to offer lower fees than free. But, there are still a couple other options available for those that might not like the spam listings that disguise themselves amongst the legitimate listings.

Let Go

Let Go launched in September 2015 and allows people to connect to buy or trade used items. It is very similar to Craigslist but is more designed for those that like to shop with a mobile app. Craigslist has an app too, but shoppers might like Let Go because it has a lot of the same listing categories as Craigslist without all the spam and false advertisements. Plus, the image quality tends to be better than on Craigslist.

Oodle

Oodle claims to have 15 million unique visitors each month. They pull listings from eBay and other social media sites to create a local marketplace listing for the buyer. Sellers can automatically share listings on Facebook. This also helps assure potential buyers that a listing isn’t a scam because Oodle links to a seller’s social media profile.

Recycler

Originally based out of Los Angeles, Recycler has transformed from a local classified free ad paper into a website that serviced the second-hand needs of Southern California before going national. Recycler has partnered with the social media platforms Facebook and Twitter to help increase seller exposure to local and national buyers. Unlike Craigslist, where buyers can only view listings from one geographic region at a time, Recycler makes it possible to view local and national listings at the same time.

Sellers can post ads for free although premium ads will cost money. Depending on the ad package, a listing will display from one week up to nine weeks.

Summary

You probably didn’t know of all these different options existed. While you will most likely find what you are looking for on Craigslist or eBay, it still doesn’t hurt to give these sites a try as well, especially the specialty websites. Another benefit of shopping with either of these sites is that you are a “bigger fish” in the pond.

There are fewer buyers competing for the same product and sellers will have a better opportunity of receiving a first-page listing at a lower cost because of reduced fees and less seller competition too. The next time you need to make a purchase, it might not be a bad idea to shop around!

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