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Options, options, options. That’s what eBid is all about. If you’re looking to sell unwanted stock or items from your home, whether you're clearing space or need the money, there are plenty of ways to set up and personalize an auction on this website.
As well as offering a free service (although you will pay a percentage of your profits), you can choose from several paid options which reduce the amount of profit they take, or even pay less than $50 a year to remove any final value fees. This makes eBid a useful option for one off sales, or anyone who is looking to set up regular auctions to make some cash.
Free members can upgrade to a seller account for no cost. There are several ways for your customers to check out, including a variety of payment options. This is handy because it means they’ll face fewer barriers when making purchases and will, therefore, be more likely to see a purchase through to the very end.
Free members will, however, be charged 3% of the final sales value at the end of a successful auction, which is still lower than some websites but could add up if you intend to auction off expensive items or many cheaper items over time.
Upgrading to a Seller+ account will reduce this percentage (sometimes to as little as 0%), whilst offering a greater number of payment options and the ability to set up private auctions, among other features. The private auction options are particularly interesting, as it means you can have a closed group of specialists bidding on an item, which could be useful for selling anything discreetly.
So there’s a choice to make between taking a bigger hit on your profits, or shelling out for the paid packages. You’ll need to decide on this, but at least the website provides an easy to understand list of the options available to you.
There’s always the option of starting out with the free membership and then upgrading, with a lifetime membership available for under $100. We feel that the site offers sellers more options than many auctioning websites, although it doesn’t quite have the same number of visitors as the massive auctioning sites such as eBay.
When we logged on, however, there were almost 3 million auctions running on eBid, which surely suggests there are enough people using the site to warrant trying it out.
Buying and selling are simple processes here and you can even upload or watch videos to help show the ins and outs of any item. Members can also rate purchases, which gives a good idea of how reliable a seller is and whether a buyer pays their bills on time.
Unfortunately, there’s no official policy or guarantees for returns or challenging goods, so this could be a little risky. There are also few help options beyond the useful FAQ, so if you need emergency help you might get a little unstuck.
Whilst buyer options are limited, sales options are much more impressive, so if you’re looking to make a few bucks or to set up a new sales empire, we’d certainly recommend taking a look at the free membership options available.
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