Alternatives to Ebay?


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I've got a few bits and bobs to sell and I was just about to list on eBay, but I wondered if anyone here has had luck with any alternatives?

I used gumtree a while back, but didn't have much luck. Is there anywhere else that is worth selling stuff online (I'm UK based)?
 
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Ian, I used to sell a lot of stuff on eBay a while back, even though I thought they charged a bit much on their commision, but when they started to ask commision on the postage cost as well, I complained (a lot)
I decided that was IT!!!! Lots of other sellers seemed to follow the same opinion, and threatened not to use the site again... but I watched lots of them slowly revert to eBay again. I suppose they have the monopoly in a way - everyone knows that site.
I know nothing personally about facebook, and would never use it myself, but I know several people who buy and sell stuff on there ???
 
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I've used e-Bay a lot for both selling and much more for buying. I've had a total of 400 transactions and I've got 100% feedback.
They have the biggest customer base.

I've never had a problem either buying or selling. Most vendors will move heaven and earth to ensure their customers are happy, as they don't want negative feedback.
It's the first place I look for anything, as you can determine the lowest price available. eBay list stuff in price and date order. i.e. the lowest price will be at the top and as the sell date closes that will make it's way to the top. However, progressively, some items are "sponsored," (it says so in the listings), this means they will be at the top, but they are not necessarily the cheapest.

Sometimes the prices offered by eBay sellers, who may also have their own website, will be the same as stores in the high street. "The dealbreaker" for me, is if they offer "free postage." I always pay by "Paypal."


If I want to sell something, I look on eBay to see if I can find a similar item that someone else wants to sell.
I then go into "Completed Listings" on that page to see what price similar items sold at or didn't sell.
That will give me an idea what I'm likely to get for it.

If someone else is trying to sell the same item, I've two choices I can either offer mine at a lower price, or wait until that one has sold, before I put mine on.

eBay have been charging commission on postage for a decade.
 
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Many thanks everyone. I'll check out Craigslist and Facebook to see what they're like - I guess they're useful for the larger stuff that would need to be collected anyway.

I do use eBay a lot for purchasing things, as it's great for hard to find things, particularly random electronics components that I need. eBay must rake it in when it comes to their commission %!
 
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Preloved, Freeadds and Shpock. I have used Preloved and it was alright.
 
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Sold me car and a dog cage on gumtree :)
 
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The problem with any site like e-Bay etc., when you're trying to sell stuff, you're up against "The grandkids." They inherit stuff like jewellery and watches so lots of them and similar stuff ends up offered at low prices.#



Same with second-hand golf gear,like grandads clubs and trolley.

I did manage to sell an alto sax that'd I'd bought new five years previously (I moved on to play a tenor) at more than I'd paid for it. But that was just the way prices for suxh thingss have increased over the year.
with selling stuff on ebay. If you use Paypal, there's that commission to pay.
 

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I would recommend selling via gumtree. But of course, it is only for local. However, once a lady from Scotland asked to buy my knitting pins and to protect her, I reverted to gumtree. But really, I didn't really need to as paying via paypal will protect buyers. I would go for gumtree first and foremost as once I put a TV on and it was sold in an hour and a week ago, I sold a single bed and mattress the following day. Do try it first. You can sell via free?? which now has allowed selling instead of just giving.

Ebay has the broadest base of customers, but now has the most aggressive marketing tactics. Relisting items which was £1 final fee for me straight away, (another one to look out for £1 final fee!) I had to take them down manually. Also, they automatically allow offer which will cost me an extra 50p. I name the starting price at a price that I want to part with an item. For example, a snowdrop for £13 instead of 99p, which is a pain unless you have several laptops to bump up the price from 99p to £13! Ebay has been very nasty in charging postage and if you listen to their orders (LOWER your price by £1, Use price easing .. all in imperative verbs!) you will end up working for them. Try shpock, but I have never had any luck. Preloved seems to be unloved.
 
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Oh lots of ideas here :D, I've not heard of some of those sites - so I'm download all the apps on my phone now and going to give them all a browse to see how they work. I think I'll try non-ebay for the larger items that need collection as a bit of a test to see how it goes :).
 
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I dislike Amazon, won't buy anything off them after a bad experience. They try to trap people into payong for "Prime." I bet the majority of people don't buy enough through them to make it worth while. They also deal with third-party sales, for whom they act as an agent . If you've a problem with such purchases, they don't want to know, You have to contact that supplier, if they are still trading.
They are also "The Cookie Monster." Putting them on your computer.
I've always been able to find what they have at the samee price or cheaper elsewhere.

Our soup maker packed up yesterday. So I looked on-line in different places for a replacement, None were cheaper than Curry's though a couple of sites on eBay matched the price with free postage. But my wife had a lot of stuff ready to be "souped," so I nipped out to Curry's this morning and bought one.
I jast gave the assistant a "Paddington Bear Hard Stare," when they tried to flog me an extended guarantee. I think they are a waste of money. But it's their job to try to talk you into it.

My best eBay buy was nearly two years ago when I bought a new, (including the box and guarantee etc.,) Rotary "dolphin standard" waterproof watch for £41.00. This was from a watch supplier with a lot of sales and good feedback. Offered elsewhere at well over £100.
I think they just got the price wrong.
 
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I dislike Amazon, won't buy anything off them after a bad experience. They try to trap people into payong for "Prime." I bet the majority of people don't buy enough through them to make it worth while. They also deal with third-party sales, for whom they act as an agent . If you've a problem with such purchases, they don't want to know, You have to contact that supplier, if they are still trading.
They are also "The Cookie Monster." Putting them on your computer.
I've always been able to find what they have at the samee price or cheaper elsewhere.

Our soup maker packed up yesterday. So I looked on-line in different places for a replacement, None were cheaper than Curry's though a couple of sites on eBay matched the price with free postage. But my wife had a lot of stuff ready to be "souped," so I nipped out to Curry's this morning and bought one.
I jast gave the assistant a "Paddington Bear Hard Stare," when they tried to flog me an extended guarantee. I think they are a waste of money. But it's their job to try to talk you into it.

My best eBay buy was nearly two years ago when I bought a new, (including the box and guarantee etc.,) Rotary "dolphin standard" waterproof watch for £41.00. This was from a watch supplier with a lot of sales and good feedback. Offered elsewhere at well over £100.
I think they just got the price wrong.
Quite agree. Amazon is especially greedy. I sold a music book and at that point, I just disliked Amazon as it just was reported that Amazon didn't treat their staff as human. I phoned the lady and asked her how much she paid. Amazon actually charged more than my asking price and I wasn't impressed, so I told her that I would list it in ebay and she saved a bit more money. A lot of people said that they were sold dodgy stuff and when they quoted the Amazon guarantee, Amazon said the company had gone bust.
 

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They try to trap people into payong for "Prime
Sean I joined prime to one advantage only because I hate having to keep relying on my hubby and I search for the cheapest I can find and know i'll have it the next day...with me it's mainly books, e-cigs and just lately besides the shops aquarium stuff lol
 
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Sean I joined prime to one advantage only because I hate having to keep relying on my hubby and I search for the cheapest I can find and know i'll have it the next day...with me it's mainly books, e-cigs and just lately besides the shops aquarium stuff lol
Sean I joined prime to one advantage only because I hate having to keep relying on my hubby and I search for the cheapest I can find and know i'll have it the next day...with me it's mainly books, e-cigs and just lately besides the shops aquarium stuff lol
It's a question of doing the sums. For me, I wouldn't be buying enough stuff from them to make Prime worthwhile.
I will say I did by a CD/DVD recorder/player from them once, that didn't work, before the days of Prime and they refunded me my money, including the postage both ways.
They do sell a lot of returns, when they publish a price stating, "from." I think the cheaper ones are a bit of a "pig in a poke."
 

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Hi,

I used to sell through eBay and was always guaranteed a sale but over the years eBay together with PayPal charges meant it wasn't worth the hassle on low priced items so now I just bin them because I've even tried giving things away only to end up with a lot of grief.

I buy many items through eBay but for a few years have enjoyed lots of success using Gumtree; I put on a fixed price explaining no offers please and the item must be collected paying cash from my home address here in Huddersfield; I've experienced the odd time waster but I've saved a lot of money using Gumtree; I've sold big machinery some at over £1,200 through Gumtree my last about a year ago being a Shopsmith at £650 which I actually delivered the buyer only living in Doncaster. All these were sold after the buyer inspected the items before handing over cash; two big items were collected by buyers living in Ireland all without fuss and a smile from both parties. About a month ago I posted four Yeti tyres on Gumtree and as they didn't sell I withdrew the tyres deciding to keep them and to buy a pair of spare wheels.

I used to have an Amazon account until Amazon were advertising a new £500 desktop computer; when I wanted to place my order the computer was out of stock so I emailed Amazon who in writing assured me not to worry because new stocks were due; I suffered computer problems for a couple of weeks then contacted Amazon once again to be informed the computer I wanted was no longer available; I closed my account with Amazon because the trust had gone. I then bought an even more powerful computer through eBay this being a gaming computer and it only cost £325 delivered next day; I'm using it now.

This morning I received an email from eBay informing me of free selling fees but no thanks I'm not interested I also received an email stating Virgin Media couldn't process my bank standing order asking me to click here which of course I did; why is the world now full of nasty low life?

I'm awaiting free delivery of the Williams shown below; please note difference in prices; eBay can be wonderful but even so it pays to shop around first. Add on £5.99 delivery cost to the Ideal World item?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Williams-Racing-5L-Waterless-Wash-and-Wax-re-fill-bottle-only/323251679853?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

https://www.idealworld.tv/gb/pp/williams-racing-waterless-wash-n-wax-5-litre-refill-jerry-can-with-trigger-402820?query=fh_view_size=24&fh_location=%2f%2fidealworld%2fen_GB%2fcategories@lt;%7bidealworld_1001%7d%2fbrand_iw@gt;%7bwilliams%7d&fh_sort=-hasimage_iw

Good luck Ian; eBay without doubt has the biggest market share but with it comes a lot of hefty fees.

Kind regards, Colin.
 

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This morning I received an email from eBay informing me of free selling fees
Yep, me too - eBay must have seen this thread :ROFLMAO::

On 3rd March 2019, eBay is making it free to list for private sellers.
For private sellers with no shop:
From 3rd March you’ll receive a whopping 1,000 Free Listings a month. Currently your Free Listings cover 1 and 3 day duration listings. After the change, if you choose to list for these shorter durations, you’ll be charged a Special duration listing upgrade fee of £0.35, regardless of the number of listings you’ve used.
These changes exclude Classified Ad listings and items listed in the Cars, Motorcycles & Vehicles category.
For private sellers with a shop:
From 3rd March you’ll receive the same benefits and conditions as private sellers without a shop. Additionally, you’ll receive 100 free listings with 1 and 3 day Special duration listing upgrade, after that each listing costs £0.35.
 

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It's a question of doing the sums. For me, I wouldn't be buying enough stuff from them to make Prime worthwhile.
I will say I did by a CD/DVD recorder/player from them once, that didn't work, before the days of Prime and they refunded me my money, including the postage both ways.
They do sell a lot of returns, when they publish a price stating, "from." I think the cheaper ones are a bit of a "pig in a poke."
You do have to be careful though with foreign stuff also because I noticed when purchasing the Aquasafe for the fish water, some had foreign language on it but the more expensive was English...Sean hubby did a rough work out before I joined prime to make sure it was worth my while before doing it...he makes me laugh with the things he does at times.
 
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A couple more excellent e-Bay purchases.

I bought this Sony Bravia 43" 4K "all singin' and dancin'" TV on Tuesday, as a second set, to replace the 32" Panasonic Viera in the front room which has ended up in our tea-house.

Trouble was, the feet were two wide for the table, so I had temporarily sit in on a piece of laminate on a couple of wooden blocks.

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But I decided that if I bought a different stand I could actually manage with a smaller table.

So on Wednesday afternoon I ordered a new stand and table on e-Bay

The stand was £34.99 and the stand £15.99. Plus free delivery. The Table came on Friday and the stand today. Both have tempered glass. I don't know how they do it for the money. Both are well made and of excellent quality.

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I'm in two minds about using the soundbar, as this new set has excellent sound, with a setting for clarity at low volume.
I can play any music I have on a stick, in the TV and through my vintage hi-fi, (the left-hand speaker is on the wall above the TV) if I'm that bothered.

My wife thinks the picture is far better than the one on the cheap LG 43" in the lounge which she mostly watches, I may have to replace that one too!

I've had to order one of these.

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My ancient DVD/CD player has only a scart connection and the TV none, only 4 HDMI and 3 USB sockets.

Nothing's simple is it?
 
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A couple more excellent e-Bay purchases.

I bought this Sony Bravia 43" 4K "all singin' and dancin'" TV on Tuesday, as a second set, to replace the 32" Panasonic Viera in the front room which has ended up in our tea-house.

Trouble was, the feet were two wide for the table, so I had temporarily sit in on a piece of laminate on a couple of wooden blocks.

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But I decided that if I bought a different stand I could actually manage with a smaller table.

So on Wednesday afternoon I ordered a new stand and table on e-Bay

The stand was £34.99 and the stand £15.99. Plus free delivery. The Table came on Friday and the stand today. Both have tempered glass. I don't know how they do it for the money. Both are well made and of excellent quality.

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I'm in two minds about using the soundbar, as this new set has excellent sound, with a setting for clarity at low volume.
I can play any music I have on a stick, in the TV and through my vintage hi-fi, (the left-hand speaker is on the wall above the TV) if I'm that bothered.

My wife thinks the picture is far better than the one on the cheap LG 43" in the lounge which she mostly watches, I may have to replace that one too!

I've had to order one of these.

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My ancient DVD/CD player has only a scart connection and the TV none, only 4 HDMI and 3 USB sockets.

Nothing's simple is it?
Nothing is simple. Once I got started on the internet of things, I am talking to my tv
 

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