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There's more to Online Auctions than eBay by Fabiola Groshan






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There's more to Online Auctions than eBay


 
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Have you ever held a garage sale? Put all of your spare stuff out in the yard where passers-by can stop and have a look, and maybe buy the stuff they like?

Sometimes a lot of the stuff remains unsold and you have to throw it away as junk even though you paid a lot of money for it. In a physical sale, you’re limited by the people who visit, but not online. When you hold an online auction, the visitors can be anywhere, and you can even manage to sell esoteric stuff that would never sell in a garage sale. And now with several eBay alternatives, selling stuff online is easier than ever.

The problem with eBay is that it is so popular that almost everybody uses it, and they’ve filled it with junk. Finding useful stuff using the index is very hard on the website. That’s why the online auctions on other websites are gaining speed, and many eBay alternatives are becoming popular for the very same reasons that eBay gained its initial popularity: security, accessibility, and good quality stuff.

Almost every hacker and phishing scammer is trying to target eBay vendors and customer. Because of this, eBay security is seriously compromised. There are many reports of eBay related scams, and no matter how tight the site tries to keep the security, it’s having trouble meeting the onslaught. That’s why many sellers and buyers are moving to eBay alternatives and organizing their online auctions on other websites instead of eBay.

With the number of users increasing every day, the web is a bigger place than ever. That’s why there’s plenty of room for specialization too. Many eBay alternatives have made specialization their marketing focus. There are websites that specialize in gadgets, cell-phones, musical instruments, etc. that aim to bring together a specific community or member demographics. Online auctions on these websites are often more successful if the product matches the website focus.

Another reason why more and more customers are looking at places other than eBay is over-commercialization. Ebay was created to let anyone who has something to sell to create online auctions and find a buyer easily. But now it’s filled with commercial sellers who’ve listed too many junk products, and have eBay their business store. It’s very hard to get a opportune sell now on Ebay. That’s why ebay alternatives are emerging at the most unlikeliest of places, like craigslist.

The future of online auctions looks secure and bright, but we can expect a widening of the horizon. Ebay had a major role in online buying, but its success has the seeds of its downfall, and in the longer term, there will be many successful, but smaller eBay alternatives that cater to the customers need, each offering a special business preposition.

So if you’ve got something to sell, or need to buy something, give eBay alternatives a trial. You might actually find a better offer. A good starting place to discover fresh online auctions is Google.

For more resources about Online auctions or even about EBay alternatives please review http://www.CyberShoppers.org

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