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What Are The EBay Alternatives?

By Martin Davis

eBay is the most widely known online auction site and supplies an enormous platform for large, established business and small, independent business to offer their goods for sale internationally. It comes as no surprise that eBay is most peoples first port of call when in search of a particular product at the best price. This is unfortunate for other companies, some of which provide a more efficient and user friendly service both to sellers and buyers alike.

Many people choose to go to online marketplaces like Amazon, adflyer and Play, all of which offer a similar service to eBay. Like eBay, they provide a place where buyers can surf through pages and listings of whatever item they are in search of, list them by price, rating, newly released and many more. They also provide a place for sellers to advertise and sell their own goods, some brand new and some second hand.

Of course, it comes as no surprise that Amazon is head of the online retailers, providing a service that is speedy and efficient to customers and clients around the world. Based in Seattle, Washington, Amazon is America’s largest online retailer, voted the favourite retailer of music and videos in the Uk in a 2009 survey. Renowned for its extensive and vast range of music and DVDs, Amazon is a multinational electronic commerce company that provides stiff competition for eBay.

adflyer differ from the standard online marketplaces around at the moment. The range of items available on adflyer is actually quite remarkable considering they have only been around for a year or so. They list everything from pets to Jacuzzis and home furniture! Another added benefit is the ability for sellers to set up a ‘shop window’ which is like your own online store. is a Jersey-based online retailer that sells DVDS, CDs, books, gadgets and video games and has even branched out into selling clothes and accessories, too. Ranked as the UK’s second favourite music and video retailer (only second to online marketplace giants, Play are the second youngest of the three, next to adflyer.

So there you have it. You don’t always need to turn to eBay when you are in desperate need of an item you can’t find anywhere else, or even an item you just want to get a little bit cheaper than you might find on the high street. Turn to eBay alternatives like Amazon, adflyer and Play and bag yourself a bargain!

adflyer is an online marketplace that allows merchants and private merchants to sell and build their own community. adflyer began in September 2007 and is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing UK ebay alternatives. Many merchants like that adflyer works on a results base only meaning they only pay a small commission if they sell their products.

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