Ebay used to be the go-to destination for flogging unwanted goods. And anyone with a child knows that there’s only so much Peppa Pig toys a house can hold! However, this once reliable website has received much criticism of late – nod along if this sounds familiar…
If like me, you’ve grown frustrated with ebay recently, you’re not alone. The Guardian recently wrote about how ebay return rates have “escalated” since it changed its return policy. Something I’ve fallen foul to in recent months. And so, I’ve finally decided to shut down my account after 12 years as a loyal customer.
In my personal experience, I found very little protection as a seller. I encountered every type of the worst customer: buyers who bid on items that they never paid for, buyers that changed their mind and demanded refunds, and people who asked for discounts for poor reasons. All this coupled with their fees made me realise, it wasn’t working for me anymore.
Alternatives to eBay
The good news is that there’s plenty of other good alternatives to ebay, if you want to buy or sell goods second hand online, here’s a round up of the best of them.
Gumtree has been around for a while. It’s a good site if you’re trying to get rid of items locally usually without postage and at rock bottom prices. It has the much added benefit of being free to advertise, so you aren’t penalised with any fees. Transactions tend to be face-to-face, which means that buyers can inspect products on site and any questions or concerns are dealt with immediately.
For more visit: https://www.gumtree.com
Take the hassle out of dealing with the public, and flog unwanted goods directly to the company that resells them on for you. Phones, CDs, video games and much more can be traded in for a fair price. I’ve used it a few times and although I could have got more money elsewhere, it took a lot of stress out of listing and dealing with customers.
For more visit: https://www.musicmagpie.co.uk
Pretty big in America, Craigslist offers classified advertisements in a whole host of sectors, from jobs to houses and unwanted items. The website is pretty basic in its ‘no frills’ visuals, but on the upside it’s free to use, making it a happy alternative to ebay!
For more visit: craigslist.org
Car Boot Sale
When all else fails, why not revert to a good old-fashioned boot sale!? This is a good way to get rid of bulk items that might have been lying around. It’s also great for an annual spring clean, allowing you to recycle unwanted kids toys, clothes and items, and make some decent dosh in the process!
A site I’m yet to use, but sounds very much like how ebay used to be back in the day. You can sell items internationally and the site is easy to use. There are fees, but these tend to be quite reasonable, at last look around 3%, but this may have changed.
For more visit: https://www.ebid.net/uk/
Well there you go! Five good alternatives to ebay, if you’re looking for inspiration. If you’ve had a good or bad experience with any of these options, please let us know so we can share with the wider community and our 30,000 followers around the world.
MilkDrunkDiary is a leading blog based on personal opinions – it does not constitute professional advice. This is just one person’s experience, please make up your own mind and undertake further research before deciding on the best route for selling your own goods.