eBay is one of the most popular sites for selling your stuff online, however there are some down sides to selling on eBay that might make it more beneficial to try and sell on other similar sites.
Although eBay has a lot of benefits, and we recommend it often as a source for buying and selling, there are also some things about eBay that can be detrimental to your sales. The first is that eBay is huge.
Making your listing stand out among countless others can be difficult when selling on eBay. The second potentially negative thing about selling on eBay is that the fees can be a bit high at times.
The good news is that there are several eBay alternatives where you can sell your stuff.
Top Sites Similar to eBay
Here is a list of sites like eBay where you may want to try selling your used items online.
For Selling Everything
On eBay you can sell just about anything. While some eBay alternatives allow you to sell specific items online, others, like the ones listed in this section, allow you to sell pretty much anything. Here are some of the more well-known sites for selling everything online.
Amazon can be a great source for selling just about anything. Their store prices and fees vary based on a number of different factors.
Amazon is usually best for selling new or handmade items, although some people do find success selling used stuff as well.
eBid is very similar to eBay in that you can sell just about anything on the site including clothing, sporting goods, art, jewelry, baby stuff and more.
The difference? You’ll never pay more than 3% to sell on eBid. They also have a lifetime selling fee of $99.98 to sell as much as you want, forever. As of this writing, they were running a special offering half off on the lifetime selling fee.
For Selling Locally
When you work to sell your stuff on eBay, you’re potentially dealing with buyers from all over the world – or at least from all over the country you reside in.
If you prefer to try and sell your stuff locally and avoid having to ship your sold items far away, you could consider these locally geared alternatives to eBay.
You probably already know how Craigslist works, but it can be a great alternative to eBay. One downside is that when you sell on Craigslist you won’t get as big of an audience as you will on eBay. However, as I mentioned earlier, that will also help you avoid your listings getting lost in the sea of too many other listings and sellers.
Another bonus is that Craigslist is free: no listing or selling fees. You will have to pay shipping if you choose to ship your items to your buyer (unless you specify or agree that your buyer will pay shipping), but that’s to be expected.
You can also choose to meet up in person with your buyer if you sell on Craigslist, since most of the potential buyers you come across will reside locally.
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Letgo works similar to Craigslist; a local buying and selling site with no listing or selling fees. One of the reasons I often prefer Letgo to Craigslist is that when you pull up the Letgo home page, you’ll find images of the things that are for sale right on the very first page.
I think this makes listings more attractive to potential buyers. With Craigslist you have to wade through a couple of pages to find your specific category, and those pages are image free. People tend to be more eager to buy once they see a picture.
While having the images on the home page might seem like it could be a bit overwhelming to some shoppers, know that there’s also a search bar right on the top of the home page, making it super easy for buyers to find what you’re selling right away.
OfferUp helps people sell stuff locally, and they don’t charge any listing or selling fees. The site is pretty well organized and, like Letgo, has images of stuff for sale right on the home page, which is nice.
While the home page listings are uncategorized, you can also search via category. OfferUp has all of the categories that eBay, Craigslist and similar sites do, such as clothing, kid stuff, household, cars and trucks, etc.
As with similar sites, you as the seller are responsible for arranging a meeting/delivery time with buyers, and setting any rules about shipping fees if your buyer chooses to have the item they bought from you shipped instead of setting up a time to meet in person.
Facebook group or garage sales could be another great way to sell your stuff locally as an alternative to putting it on eBay. Selling on Facebook is generally even more local than Craigslist, Letgo or similar sites, as you are often selling to people in a group that exists right in your own city or neighborhood.
You’re also often selling to people you know – or at least know of – which can take some of the risk out of selling on these types of sites.
There are no listing or selling fees with Facebook sale groups, and you determine the meet up details directly with your buyer, who has to be a Facebook member.
Bookoo is a relatively new site for buying and selling locally. They’ve got listings in nearly every state in America, and in other countries as well, such as Germany and the UK.
There are no listing or selling fees with Bookoo, and you just meet up with your neighbors for the exchange as you would on Letgo or similar sites – unless you’ve arranged a shipping plan in advance.
Bookoo is bigger in some states than in others; my local major metropolitan city listings weren’t nearly as plentiful as say, the New York state listings were.
This could be a good thing for you as a seller; potential buyers won’t have nearly as many listings to look through and you’ll have less competition. However, this could mean people will have trouble finding your listing in the first place, as Bookoo isn’t as well known as some of the other similar sites.
For Selling Clothing
There are a few different sites like eBay that specialize in selling clothing. Here are a few you may want to try.
Poshmark helps you sell women’s, men’s and kids clothing, accessories and other fashion items. They take a flat fee of $2.95 for all items sold for under $15. For sales $15 and over, Poshmark takes a flat 20% of the sale price.
Poshmark provides you with a prepaid shipping label as well. Check out our Poshmark review to learn more.
Vinted exists for the purpose of buying, selling and swapping secondhand clothing and fashion accessories. Potentially the best part of Vinted: it’s totally free to sell stuff here.
People who buy your stuff can pay you via PayPal or they can use a debit card or credit card. While Vinted doesn’t charge anything, note that PayPal or the credit card processor will likely charge you a fee of some sort for receiving payment.
Tradesy is a site that helps you sell your used designer clothes, bags and shoes. They keep a 19.8% commission on everything you sell for $50 or more, and for items sold for less than $50 they’ll take a $7.50 commission fee, but there are some benefits for that cost.
First, they send you a free box and prepaid shipping label. Second, they help you set a price for your item. Third, Tradesy handles any returns for you. Good site to check out if you have designer items in great condition to sell.
For Selling Electronics
While eBay allows you to sell everything electronic related (almost), such as motherboards and other electronic parts, there are some sites that are designated to help you sell your electronic gadgets specifically to them instead of to individuals.
The main benefit to these types of sites is convenience: you don’t necessarily have to wait for a buyer – you can sell directly to a company instead. Here are some of the more popular sites for selling electronics and electronics items.
Decluttr specializes in buying your used cell phones, tablets, gaming systems and Apple products such as iPads and iPods.
Selling on Decluttr is simple: you just enter what type of product you have to sell and some details about the product, and they give you an on-the-spot offer. After you agree to the offer you send your electronic item in using their free shipping label.
Once they assess the item to be sure it’s in the condition you stated it was, they’ll pay you via PayPal. If the item was in worse condition than stated, they’ll give you a new offer.
Bonus: Decluttr also sells other items such as CDs, DVDs, video games, textbooks and Legos. Yes, they’ll buy your Lego building blocks by the pound.
With sites like Decluttr there are no listing fees or selling fees since you’re selling directly to the company. They then take your product and sell it to consumers, taking the hard work of dealing with potential buyers, meet ups and other stuff off of your plate.
Glyde works a bit differently than Decluttr in that you don’t sell directly to Glyde; instead you sell to potential buyers through Glyde. With Glyde you can sell smart phones, tablets, MacBooks, iPods, and video games as well.
However, you don’t upload photos or manage auctions like you would when selling electronics via eBay. You just list your item and Glyde takes care of the rest. Glyde does charge a 15% selling fee for each item you sell, and they also charge (typically) between $1 and $6 for the shipping kit they send you.
You use the kit to send the item to the buyer, and Glyde will credit your PayPal account for the profit (selling price minus 15% fee and minus shipping kit cost) you make. The goal with Glyde is to provide a safer buying and selling world for people than you’d get by meeting up for a sale off of Craigslist or similar sites.
Glyde also monitors the marketplace to ensure that only reliable buyers and sellers are included, protecting you as the seller and protecting buyers as well.
BuyBackWorld works more like Decluttr when it comes to selling electronics. You as the seller simply input information about the items you want to sell, they’ll give you a quote for each item, they’ll send you a free shipping label, you send the items in and BuyBackWorld will pay you after they assess the items.
Items you can sell to BuyBackWorld:
- iPhones and other cell phones and smart phones
- iPads and iPods
- Apple desktops and accessories
- Gaming consoles
- Smart watches
And more. After you accept their quote you can print out a free shipping label right from your computer, or you can ask them to mail you a free shipping kit. Once you package and ship your items to BuyBackWorld, you can expect payment in as little as two days after the item is assessed.
They’ll pay you via PayPal, via Direct Deposit, or you can get a BuyBackWorld gift card as well so you can purchase other electronic items at discounted prices.
Bonus: quotes on the items you want to sell to BuyBackWorld are guaranteed for thirty days, giving you time to make sure you really want to sell and time to get your item shipped to them without having to rush.
Swappa is a site geared toward helping you sell your used smart phones, tablets, video games, laptops, smart watches, virtual reality headsets and more.
Their marketplace is kept safe by not allowing broken items to be sold. As far as fees are concerned, Swappa does things a bit differently.
There are no selling fees, however Swappa does charge a listing fee. The difference is that the listing fee is built into the list price and paid by the buyer at the time of purchase. You as the seller pay shipping costs, however Swappa suggests you factor those costs into the listing price as well.
Bonus for buyers: the maximum listing fee you’ll ever pay on Swappa is $50, no matter how expensive the item is. Also, all payments are processed through PayPal, protecting both you as the buyer and protecting sellers as well.
For Selling Handmade and/or Vintage Items
Handmade and vintage items are also very popular on selling sites, and there are a few sites that exist for the purpose of promoting these types of items.
Etsy is probably the most well-known site for selling handmade items and craft supplies. You can also sell vintage items on Etsy – as long as they’re at least 20 years old. Note that if you’re selling handmade items there are some rules about what constitutes “handmade”, so check the Etsy web site for more details on that.
As far as fees go, you’ll pay a 20 cent listing fee to sell on Etsy, and once you sell you’ll pay a 3.5% transaction fee and a 3% (plus 25 cents) payment processing fee.
Because Etsy assists with the payments you receive, you can choose to receive the money from items you sell via PayPal, credit and debit cards, Google Pay and more.
Bonanza is unique in that they don’t charge sellers any listing fees, monthly store fees or other “sneaky” fees. When you sell on Bonanza, you’ll only pay the 3.5% base rate on the item you’ve sold, and if you choose to you can pay an additional fee if you opt into their advertising program.
The tagline for selling on Bonanza is “find everything but the ordinary”. In other words, the items you sell here don’t necessarily need to be handmade or vintage, but they are looking for unique stuff you won’t find on every other site.
With Bonanza you can sell men and women’s clothing and accessories, home and garden items, health and beauty items, collectibles and art, jewelry, handbags and more. You can sell both new and pre-owned items on Bonanza.
17. Ruby Lane
Ruby Lane specializes in helping people sell high quality vintage items such as dolls, fine art, furniture, lighting, jewelry, glass pieces, porcelain pieces and more.
With Ruby Lane sellers will pay a one-time set up fee of $100, a 19 cent per-item transaction fee, and then a monthly store fee of $69 or a per-item fee, depending on how many items you list.
This is more of a site for those wishing to really get into the vintage selling game and make a business out of it as opposed to those who just want to sell a few items.
With DePop you are encouraged to sell “unique and inspiring” things. Both used and new items are allowed on DePop, as long as you state that the item is used and wash it before shipping. DePop charges a 10% fee for sold items, but you may end up paying a PayPal fee as well.
DePop could be a good place to sell those unique clothing and accessory items a buyer wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere.
Artfire dubs itself the “premier marketplace to buy and sell handmade goods”.
You can sell clothing on Artfire, jewelry, wedding items, home and living items, craft supplies, kids’ stuff such as toys and clothing, and more. All items have to be handmade or vintage (20 years or older), unless you’re selling craft supplies.
Artfire has selling fees that vary depending on how big of a store you want to open. There’s a Standard Shop option for $4.95 a month, A Popular Shop option for $20 a month, and a Featured Shop option for $40 a month.
Each shop option also includes final valuation (selling) fees as well.
Bluprint does things a bit differently; instead of selling finished products they allow you to sell, patterns and kits for products. For example, you might sell a pattern showing someone how to make a homemade blanket.
Bluprint says it doesn’t charge any listing or selling fees for selling your patterns on their site.
For Selling Home Décor and Furniture
There are also web sites that specialize in selling home décor and furniture that may be good alternatives to eBay. Here’s the scoop on two of the most well known sites.
On Chairish you can sell vintage furniture and other home décor such as lighting, art, rugs and more. This site typically looks for items that are in great condition and that are different or unique.
There are no listing fees with Chairish, however you will pay a sales commission of up to 20% depending on how much your item or items sell for. Chairish helps you coordinate the details with your buyer as well, including shipping arrangements and pay.
Chairish has to approve items you want to sell before they’re listed, and they’ll also help you with photo touchups in order to maximize appeal of your listings. You’ll get paid via PayPal after delivery and a 48-hour return period offered to all buyers.
For Selling Books
There are a few sites that will let you sell books online as well. Primarily, these sites deal in selling used textbooks, and are great for college students or parents of college students looking to make a little cash back from textbooks they’ve purchased.
Bookscouter works like this: you enter the ISBN number of the books you want to sell, and Bookscouter populates a list of vendors willing to buy the books from you, and what they’re willing to pay.
After you accept an offer from one of the vendors, Bookscouter sends you a free shipping label. You pack up your books and send them off.
Once the books are received and assessed for condition, you get paid by the vendor who bought the books from you, typically within three days after the books are received and assessed.
Bookscouter uses a rate and review system for each vendor, so you can make an educated choice about which vendor or vendors you sell your books to.
Cash4Books works similarly to Bookscouter, except for the fact that they buy your books directly instead of showing you offers from other vendors.
They will also send you a free prepaid shipping label to send your books in with. After they receive your books and assess the condition, they’ll pay you via check or via PayPal; whatever you choose.
This site will also buy other types of books and books on CD in certain circumstances as well.
As you can see, there are many sites that are great alternatives to eBay for selling all types of items.
Have you ever sold using any of these sites? Or bought? Share your experiences in the comments below.