Sunday, December 21, 2008 bettering Ebay at their own game

Ebay vs

Go to
fill out the forms for setting up your first attempt at selling something on Ebay...
Get a third of the way through and you find out there is a $.55 fee for the listing.

Go to
fill out the forms for setting up your first attempt at selling something on
Sell Your Stuff
Earn cash by selling your stuff on It's easy, it's fast, and it doesn't cost you a penny until your item sells. Learn more

Selling on
When you sell in the Amazon Marketplace you place your items in front of millions of customers-- your items are displayed right alongside those carried by! There are no fees unless you sell.

Start selling now:
  • List your items

  • Get orders

  • Ship

  • Get paid

  • Fees and Pricing
    Amazon collects fees only when your item sells. At that time, Amazon collects your sales price and shipping costs from the buyer, deducts a commission of 6 to 15 percent of the sales price, a per-transaction fee of $0.99, and a variable closing fee. The $0.99 per-transaction fee is waived for Pro Merchant Subscribers.

    Commission rates are as follows:
  • Amazon Kindle = 15 percent

  • Automotive parts and accessories = 12 percent

  • Camera and photo = 8 percent

  • Cell phones and accessories = 15 percent

  • Computers = 6 percent

  • Electronic items = 8 percent

  • Items in the Everything Else store = 15 percent

  • Musical instruments = 12 percent

  • Watches = 13 percent

  • All other product lines = 15 percent

  • Full Disclosure: To date I've not sold anything on either Ebay nor
    But to tell you the honest to God truth... it's because it takes money to sell on Ebay and from what I've seen it doesn't take money to sell on!

    I can't GET PAID from without paying a fee of some kind, but with Ebay if you don't have the're just S.O.L.

    I was just about to throw this blog away when I read an article on saying that Ebay's traffic is down (I do search engine optimization so website traffic is how I make my living) and is taking over the Online Auction spotlight.

    Will keep you posted as to how all this turns out.

    If it makes me money, it'll make you money (and if set it up for you and charge a small fee it'll make both of us money!!)

    C Ya

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