Since the boom of e-commerce, online shopping has been dominated in large part by eBay. In many ways, eBay revolutionized the business, but many users of this platform, whether buyers or sellers, have found various sources of dissatisfaction with the site. For example, recently eBay has reduced the number of free listings available to sellers on the site and has introduced fees on postage. Given these changes, many users have looked for alternatives. Fortunately, there are several to choose from.
Craigslist was founded by Craig Newmark in 1995. The site provides a space for users to post free listings for anything from dating searches to buying and selling goods and services to job boards. Craigslist doesn't come with many of the frills that eBay supports, such as secure payment; however, this means that Craigslist is allowed to offer its services without fees to those looking to buy and sell products.
If the name Ealtbay seems similar to eBay, that may not be a coincidence. This service was set up as an alternative to eBay and promotes itself by advertising its differences. For example, Ealtbay boasts that it lets you list items for free and has fees on sold items that are lower than eBay's. Additionally, Ealtbay allows users to provide feedback for both buyers and sellers, whereas eBay provides this feature only for sellers.
Unlike eBay, which provides a wide variety of available products, Etsy focuses on a more narrow niche: handmade or vintage items. Etsy charges users a $0.20 fee per each item stocked in addition to a 3.5 percent fee on the final selling price. However, the upside for sellers of the more specialized items hosted on Etsy is the large audience looking specifically for these products. Etsy is home to over 39 million unique visitors per month.
ASOS is similar to Etsy in that it specializes in a particular type of product: fashion. ASOS, formerly As Seen On Screen, started out selling products associated with celebrities. Imagine being able to purchase the same dress or suit your favorite movie character sported on the big screen. Today, ASOS has roughly 30 million unique visitors per month and 15 million registered users who visit the site to buy and sell new, used and vintage fashion.
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