I've been using the internet for a number of years now but it wasn't until quite recently when I started to use auction sites to flog all the gear that was hanging around my place constantly telling me "what were you thinking?". Well obviously one person's tat is another's treasure and I've actually commanded more money for things than I'd expected. Money is good; money is what makes me strong. I normally use Ebay because of it's large number of visitors but of course there are listing fees and commission to contend with. Just over a week ago I received an e-mail telling me about a commission free period on fsauctions. The e-mail wasn't entirely clear as to whether it was entirely free so i fired off an e-mail to their customer service department. What I got back was a prompt and polite reply so with tat in hand I set about placing listings on the site. On first impressions this site doesn't seem as welcoming as Ebay and the experience is somewhat similar. It just doesn't seem as welcoming as the layout of Ebay’s site. I don't know what it it, it's just a feeling. Your account is accesses by the usual username/password affair. This leads you to an account management screen that is a simple in layout but muddled in terms of words used. With Ebay you have simple headers such as buy and sell which are self-explanatory. But here you have one section with links for buying and the same goes for selling. Again it's just not as straightforward as you'd expect. I like a website to be straightforward with one word links that save you having to glance around the page for the right place to click. Now I get to place my listings. Of course you have the usual options such as title and description. You can choose to link to a picture on a website or you can upload images from your own computer. Very easy and effective to do. On to the price etc and you have the usu
al option of reserve, minimum bid. All this is ht e stuff you'd encounter with all websites. But then I had a problem. It seems this website has something in it's code that checks for words you may be using that it might not agree with. For instance I wanted to sell an Ice Cube CD called Lethal Injection. But I couldn't because it wouldn't allow me to use these words. I'm all for not letting offensive items on an auction site but how am I meant to sell something when I can't say what it is. The problem with this is that it doesn't pinpoint what the problem is. This leads to many attempts to try and submit it without success. In the end I just gave up and listed it on Ebay. Once the listing was placed, you leave it to your own devices. However unlike Ebay you don't get any kind of confirmation e-mail about your listing. Those that have used Ebay will know that such e-mails contain a direct link to your listing so you can keep track. It seems Fsauctions would prefer you to log into the site every time. You also are given standard shipping cost options to add to your listing. Sorry Fsauctions but I prefer to state my own. The same problem arises when your auction has finished. If you haven't had any bids then that's it. You don’t get notified of the auctions end, you're just forgotten about. Only when you have bids on an auction do you get e-mail and on this level I was impressed. The e-mail comes through with a simple table format that gives you the final bid as well as shipping cost's stated as well as the bidder's e-mail and mail addresses. I preferred this to Ebay on this account because I could wrap the auction up without having to go to the site. I could also package the goods without having to wait for a reply fro the bidder. As it stands I sold a few things and so far I haven't been charged. At no time was I given any idea of how much the listing would have cost me
. You're expected to work it out yourself. Maybe this was turned off for the commission free period, maybe not. But it's also impossible to see if anyone has even looked at your listing with the aid of a hit counter. I used this site because it was free but if I had to pay then frankly I wouldn't go back. It'd have to be Ebay because it's a better laid out site, easier to use and you have a much better chance of selling your item.
I am writing an opinion on selling items, not buting, as I have never brought items. I auctioned couple of DVD's that came free with my computer, and I wasn't expecting to get much demand, however after a day, there were people fighting for my product. I was astonished. The price kept going up and up, and eventually I sold my DVD's for a excellent price. They sent the cheque, and it was cleared, and I sent the products. This was last summer, however at that time the only disadvantage was that you had to deposit a minimum of £10, so that they could take a small commision, however I think they have changed that now, and you pay if you have sold something. However if you do other searches, you will different auction sites, that offer commission free sale for the first 2 auctions.
You know I’m a sucker for a bargain? Well as much as adore QXL auctions Fsauctions is topping it for bargains at the moment. Se7en on DVD Region 2 £7.50, Mission Impossinbe £10, 28" Widescreen telly? £380. ….. Now QXL is the main event as far as I’m concerned, looks better, easier navigation cleaner look and feel, but who cares about that when there’s bargains to be had? (Bit like a carboot really?) Fsauctions appears to look amateurish to me, and there are far too many symbols icons and ‘types’ of auction; Dutch, Fixed, AutoMarkdown, but having said that they also have QuickWin Auctions where the item is sold to the first bidder that meets the threshold price, adds a little bit of excitement. Most of QXL’s auction offer a good thumbnail image, a few sellers bother on FS but I suppose that’s not the most important thing, security and reliability are a tad more important, and the FAQ is fairly comprehensive and reassuring about the secure server. The ratings system is also useful, after all if you’ve been ripped off by someone then you are not going to hold back are you? However it seems that is about all you can do. Upon winning an auction you receive an email detailing the sellers prices/shipping and also their snail mail address – which surprised me, on other sites I’ve only had the email address passed on and the rest left up to the parties involved. So what’s on offer? Everything from Beanies to tickets to holidays. Worth browsing for a while (don’t forget to check prices with a comparison site should you be tempted!) Online auctions are good fun and obviously there is a risk involved, but you’ve got to be in it to win it!
THIS SITE IS ACTUALLY CALLED FSAUCTIONS.CO.UK NOW. I HAVE USED IT MANY TIMES FOR DIFFERENT ITEMS RANGING FROM SUNGLASSES TO PLAYSTATION GAMES TO FURNITURE. I'VE HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH ANY OF THE SELLERS ON THIS SITE-IN FACT THEY HAVE ALL BEEN VERY COURTEOUS AND EFFICIENT. THE ONLY PROBLEM I FIND IS THAT SOMETIMES THE ITEMS ARE NOT LISTED PROPERLY BY THE DATE THEY END..IE: THEY DONT PUT THE ENDING FIRST, FIRST..IF YOU GET MY DRIFT. OTHER THAN THAT I GIVE IT THE THUMBS UP
There seems to be a variety of opinion from people, some of whom haven't actually bid for anything on this site. Here is one from someone who has, admittedly only once. I was looking for a 32" widescreen TV, preferably a Sony or Panasonic. The auction was listing several at various stages of the bid process, supplied by Messrs. Rings of Bournemouth. I bid for one of them, having to hike my bid a couple of times - all the while I was kept informed by e-mail. In the end I was successful. End result - a 32" Sony widescreen set with Dolby Pro Logic and an integrated digital decoder (for the free to air digital channels) for £741 including carriage (Dixons price in the region of £1300). So what if it is a "corporate" auction? Personally I feel better about that than buying from an individual stranger, who could still be paying for the damned thing on HP. Also, the payment facilities just have a more secure feel to them, perceived or otherwise, when dealing by credit card with a "real" company. I didn't find the site too messy to deal with, and navigating to the TV's was easy enough. The bid update screen was OK, and their method of allowing you to state your "ceiling" without telling the seller, means that you can still get away with paying less, as long as you are not outbid. All in all, a successful site, for me. At least they don't bombard you with e-mail like QXL. I have have had to set my Outlook Express to dump these!
I first went to this auctions site after I was sent an e-mail by someone at Fsauctions, telling me about FS auctions and the fact that listing auctions is free. So I went to take a look. Listing auctions is free, but they do charge you for additional features and they charge you commission for items sold. One complaint - it is for the UK. So, if you buy and sell internationally, it’s not much use. Using the site is straightforward, and I found it easy to navigate. The icon system is easy to understand, and lets you see instantly see information about the auction. I don’t like the way that the lists of items appears. It is not very easy to scan through the lists, as everything is too compact. Over all I don’t like the appearance of the site, it doesn’t have a very professional look about it. The prices of items don’t seem to be very good, and there don’t seem to be many bargains around. But - It might still be worth browsing if you have the time, as you never know when you might find a bargain. They also have fixed price auctions, which could be a good idea, but for a lot of these items, you could just visit their web page to buy them. So it’s really just an advertisement, and not an auction, although I suppose this could be useful for some people. Like QXL they have a lot of merchant auctions, with prices starting at £1. As with QXL, these items get a lot of bids. So I think it would still be difficult to pick up items at a very good price. There is nothing to persuade me to use this auction site to sell items. It can’t compete with the likes of Ebay or even QXL. If you are looking for a cheaper site to use, I would recommend Yahoo auctions. Unlike Fsauctions, Yahoo auctions is actually free, as they don’t charge a commission or for listing features.
This auction site is pathetic. Apart from ebid, I have not come across a worse example of how not to run an auction site. What is so bad about this site? Let me tell you... Corporate auctions. Basically, this is how companies use FSauctions to sell their stuff. Normally, they start their auctions off at £1, with no reserve, but it is all one big confidence trick. The use of corporate auctions makes the site look much busier than it really is. Many people who log onto FS auctions do so only to bid on the £1 corporate auctions, and do not bother looking at the other stuff being auctioned off by normal people. Another problem with the site is that it is messy, and very hard to navigate. The way each item is set out is unprofessional, and boring. The overall design of the site is totally unattractive. The worst thing about FS auctions, though, has got to be the ridiculous way in which it extends the bidding time of an auction if someone bids in the closing minutes. Some people might like this aspect of FS auction, but to me, this is terrible. An auction should end when it is supposed to end, and not be extended by 5 minutes at a time should someone try to sneak in at the last minute. That is what "maximum bid" is all about. So, just to recant...this site is poorly designed, falsely made to look busy. Boring. Not much real activity, and not many people actually clicking to view "normal" auctions, (as opposed to corporate auctions). One last thing that strikes me about FS auctions is that most sellers seem not to have much in the way of feedback. This makes security an issue, too. Prices are too high, and not nearly enough real auctions take place. Stick to ebay.co.uk, yahoo, or the like for a more professional auction site, with less in the way of corporate auctions. There are far more well established sellers on these other sites, than on FS auctions. For safety, stay away from FS auctions.
When it was first launched this auction was the best around.It was the perfect site to sell your unwanted merchandise,at a reasonable rate.As it got more popular it has simply become an outlet for the many merchant partners that have signed up for it.You are always directed to the merchant partners and their top heavy priced lots.Navigation has become irratating and the lots are overpriced.If you want to find real bargains stay away from this auction house,go to QXL or E-BAY,where you,ll find many bargains.
I regularly check QXL and Ebay.. aswell as FS Action. FS Action is set up by Freeserve and can be found at: www.fsauctions.co.uk The thing I hate about QXL is that it's toooo popular and there are so much stuff on there (I usually just check electricals and computer sections).. and it is so easy to miss something.. and always the first page is full of items sold by QXl themselves. FS Auction isn't so big.. so you can browse through quite quickly (which is why I like it, it doesn't take up much time). The layout is fine... it has the usuals, such as 'roboBid' (which sets your maximum amount). You don't have to give your credit card details if you are gonna be just a buyer. Basically it's the ideal site for quick bargain hunting.
Friends of mine had been ranting on about Internet auctions and what they had bought for some time but I never really decided to take the plundge untill last night. I had read a number of Dooyoo opinions and the site that seemed to shine was ebase5.com so I decided to pay them a visit. The site was easy to register with and before long I found myself avidly watching some of the items being bidded for. I went to the auctions about to be ended to see if there were any bargains to be had and lo and behold there were loads of items that were very reasonable. In the end I went for some Pokeman cards for the children at avery reasonable price which has since been confirmed and today I sent a cheque off to purchase the items. In summary, easy to use, and some excellent bargains from kids toys to computer hardware.
eBase5 is a UK auction site which took over from where eswap left off. The site is very easy to navigate with a very friendly user interface and items are very easy to find using a well thought out search facility. The site is still very much in it's infancy, but growing all the time and the range of categories of items is on the increase. The nicest thing about this site is that listing items for sale is completely free unless you want to 'feature' your item, in which case there is a small fee. It also offers you the chance to set up an ebase5 profile where other users can see at a glance which items you have available, and read more about you as a seller/buyer. Placing feedback on auction transactions is very straightforward and the pages load quickly .....I believe this site could well be one of the best UK auction sites in time....
Ebase5 is a pretty cool UK only auction website. It is like most auctions sites and has a collection of good and bad points. Ebase 5 is very simple to use and has many good categories for which to sell auction items. A notable example, would be the 'beanie babies' section. It is has split into various different sections e.g. rare, retired, current, attics, plush, buddies, teenie beanies etc. Ebase5's auction rating is a simple good or bad system. I might add that it is or can be open to abuse. You don't need to have won an auction to rate somebody - which is pretty open to abuse in my opinion. Therefor going by somebodies auction feedback can be misleading! Auction ratings can go up by multiple amounts per single person. This is unlike Yahoo and Ebay where a person can only increase or decrease your rating by one - i.e You win 5 lots from 1 person, on Ebase5 you auction rating can increase by +5 on Ebay it's +1. Good or Bad? I'm undecided. Ebase has a small UK member base (<16,000), which doesn't help much if you want to sell your auction items to a wide audience. Ebase5 does have a big advance over the likes of eBay and Yahoo in that you get 1p for every item sold. Also they give 1p towards a Cancer Charity per sale. In my opinion, this is highly commendable! There is no charge to sell your auction items on Ebase5, unlike eBay or Freeserve. The money you accummulate on Ebase5 can only be used to have later auctions items 'featured' or 'bold' listed. The charges are 10p and 50p, respectively. The biggest problem with Ebase5 is that it is sooooo SLOW! It was comparable to Dooyoo's speed in their "updating the network". It appears to be slow both at on and off peak - that's Ebase on Dooyoo! ; ) Today it took over 3 minutes to download the current status of our auction items at 10am! Ebase5 is a handy little free auction site which is only ruined
by its download speed and small lack of members. UPDATE (2/9/00): Ebase5 appears to have bitten the bullet. It has been denied access to it's internet space. So unfortunately this very handy but slow UK auction site is no more. : (