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Are there recommended alternatives to Ebay?

Many years ago I used Ebay to sell used items such as cameras, computers, etc. I haven't sold anything online in over a decade.

So, I was curious if there were other platforms besides Ebay that people trust and use.

18 comments

  1. [9]
    mat
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    There are lots of reasons not to like Facebook, but if do you have an account - Marketplace works really well for me when it comes to buying and selling stuff. I usually list things there and on...

    There are lots of reasons not to like Facebook, but if do you have an account - Marketplace works really well for me when it comes to buying and selling stuff. I usually list things there and on Gumtree (UK equivalent to Craigslist) and 95% of the time the Facebook ad works first.

    I think stuff like this does depend a lot on what you're selling, who you want to sell to, and how much hassle/cost you're willing to go through to sell stuff. Mostly I'm selling baby gear right now, which is always in demand and sells cheap.

    10 votes
    1. [8]
      cfabbro
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      There is Kijiji in Canada, too.

      Gumtree (UK equivalent to Craigslist)

      There is Kijiji in Canada, too.

      5 votes
      1. [7]
        Shahriar
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        Weirdly enough, Kijiji is almost never used in British Columbia.

        Weirdly enough, Kijiji is almost never used in British Columbia.

        1 vote
        1. [6]
          cfabbro
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          What do you all use out west in its place then, just standard craigslist?

          What do you all use out west in its place then, just standard craigslist?

          1 vote
          1. [4]
            pseudolobster
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            It's been a while since I lived there, but usedvancouver.com and craigslist were big when I lived there. Kijiji wasn't even a blip on the radar. When I moved to Calgary I was really surprised that...

            It's been a while since I lived there, but usedvancouver.com and craigslist were big when I lived there. Kijiji wasn't even a blip on the radar.

            When I moved to Calgary I was really surprised that people embraced such a shitty, corporate, ebay-owned site as kijiji.

            1 vote
            1. [3]
              cfabbro
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              I suspect most people don't really care who runs the sites they use, and kijiji has a pretty strong advertising presence, whereas craigslist is known almost entirely from word of mouth. kijiji...

              I suspect most people don't really care who runs the sites they use, and kijiji has a pretty strong advertising presence, whereas craigslist is known almost entirely from word of mouth. kijiji also looks "modern" and "slick", whereas craigslist looks pretty oldschool and rudimentary, which I suspect scares a lot of unsavvy people off it. So given all that, it's really not that surprising to me that kijiji seems to dominate in most of Canada.

              2 votes
              1. [2]
                pseudolobster
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                Those are totally fair points. I've never seen a commercial for craigslist on TV, and I'm fairly certain I never will. I've just always been frustrated by kijiji's upsales, forcing you to pay them...

                Those are totally fair points. I've never seen a commercial for craigslist on TV, and I'm fairly certain I never will. I've just always been frustrated by kijiji's upsales, forcing you to pay them if you want to list more than a couple things, pay to relist things, etc. Seeing half the page covered in sponsored ads is super annoying to me, I do NOT want to buy from whoever paid the most, I want the best deal on the best item.

                I dunno, it seems like a deeper cultural difference between Vancouver and Calgary. I could be projecting, but it seems like Vancouver wants to use the underground thing, spread by word of mouth and run by a small team of individuals, whereas Calgary wants the polished corporate thing, backed by large companies. Maybe that's just me.

                1 vote
                1. cfabbro
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                  Yeah, it might be cultural, but it might also just be about momentum and not ideology; people naturally go where there are more users and listings. And Vancouver has a lot of tech companies with...

                  Yeah, it might be cultural, but it might also just be about momentum and not ideology; people naturally go where there are more users and listings. And Vancouver has a lot of tech companies with ties to Silicon Valley (where craigslist originated), so I suspect that has more to do with it than anything.

                  1 vote
          2. Shahriar
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            Craigslist and Facebook marketplace.

            Craigslist and Facebook marketplace.

            1 vote
  2. [2]
    3d12
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    Surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet, to be honest: Craigslist is still around, in the US at least -- just make sure you agree to very specific terms to avoid being scammed, namely: Meet in a...

    Surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet, to be honest: Craigslist is still around, in the US at least -- just make sure you agree to very specific terms to avoid being scammed, namely:

    • Meet in a public place. Most police stations in larger cities have a designated "swap station" in their parking lot, and anyone who won't meet at one of these is probably sketchy
    • Only accept payment in cash on hand, and no bargaining at the point of sale. Anyone who tries that "oh I only brought $30 with me, can I have it for that?" with me can take a hike, and you have to be prepared to walk if they try it (if the money is that important to you, sometimes it's just about getting rid of junk)
    • Shipping is a tricky proposition with irreversible methods of payment, so general CL advice is don't ship, meet in person to exchange

    Edit to also mention: For music-related gear specifically, there's also Reverb.com and Sweetwater has an online used gear marketplace -- but those don't apply to general sales, that's still more of Craigslist territory.

    9 votes
    1. krg
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      Woah, didn't know Sweetwater had a used gear marketplace! Also, in my experience, you can still find better prices on used gear at Ebay versus Reverb.

      Woah, didn't know Sweetwater had a used gear marketplace!

      Also, in my experience, you can still find better prices on used gear at Ebay versus Reverb.

      2 votes
  3. Sybil_Fleming
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    For the United States: Keh and Lens Authority for buying/selling used cameras (I haven't used either before) Swappa for buying/selling used phones, tablets, and laptops (I've bought a HTC One m7...

    For the United States:

    Keh and Lens Authority for buying/selling used cameras (I haven't used either before)

    Swappa for buying/selling used phones, tablets, and laptops (I've bought a HTC One m7 and Nexus 6p from there)

    6 votes
  4. Keegan
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    For electronics, there are subreddits for different areas to sell/buy/trade components or machines. You usually have to physically get the item at a common meeting place, but other than that it is...

    For electronics, there are subreddits for different areas to sell/buy/trade components or machines. You usually have to physically get the item at a common meeting place, but other than that it is a decent system that I trust enough, since most listings to sell get multiple potential buyers, thus giving backups in case one falls through.

    LetGo, Facebook Marketplace (I know, I know, but it has lots of users getting rid of stuff), and similar often have good deals as well.

    4 votes
  5. [2]
    piedpiper
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    I'm pretty sure you can sell used stuff on Amazon.

    I'm pretty sure you can sell used stuff on Amazon.

    3 votes
    1. Keegan
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      Yeah you can. I'm guessing it's much more of a hassle to set up to sell than Ebay or similar places, but for finding used or refurbished items to buy it is alright.

      Yeah you can. I'm guessing it's much more of a hassle to set up to sell than Ebay or similar places, but for finding used or refurbished items to buy it is alright.

      2 votes
  6. Keegan
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    For those seeking to buy items, you could take a look at one of the many "Scrapyard Wars" by Linus Tech Tips. They often try to find items online and sometimes have some good tips to find...

    For those seeking to buy items, you could take a look at one of the many "Scrapyard Wars" by Linus Tech Tips. They often try to find items online and sometimes have some good tips to find things/get a good deal, and occasionally show some obscure websites to buy on. It's also pretty entertaining.

    3 votes
  7. Akir
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    I can't speak to selling, but if you are looking for other auction sites there are quite a few. I think it depends on your geography though because the only ones that come to mind are exclusive to...

    I can't speak to selling, but if you are looking for other auction sites there are quite a few. I think it depends on your geography though because the only ones that come to mind are exclusive to the US. Those would be shopgoodwill and the various state property auction sites.

    2 votes
  8. Nexu
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    In Spain there is Wallapop. There is also a UK version but I'm not sure how many people use the UK version. Here in Spain at least, it seems to be just as if not more popular for smaller sellers /...

    In Spain there is Wallapop. There is also a UK version but I'm not sure how many people use the UK version.

    Here in Spain at least, it seems to be just as if not more popular for smaller sellers / Craigslist-like transactions.

    1 vote