As a seller having paid the full joining fee for Ebid, I would advise other sellers not to waste their money, and keep the £50 to pay for the higher Ebay fees. I have sold only one item in 9 months, which was not paid for anyway, but on Ebay, selling the same items for a higher price I have sold over 300. The two sites simply do not compaire, Ebid just does not have the buyers, not does it advertise in any effective way to attract more buyers. There is an option to pay a seller fee for each item on Ebid without joining, it would be advisable to try this first to see if there is any interest in your product rather than purchasing the lifetime membership, which sounds like a great bargin, until you find out that there are no buyers on that site for your product.
Many people rubbish Ebid. But to be fair I have found it be to a fair to good second site to E Bay.
Compared to E Bay- Ebid does have less traffic. Things do sell slower. But on the plus side the fees are much lower. For a normal Seller the fee is 3% on Ebid. If ugrade to Seller + (£49.49 within 24 hours registration) then the listing fee is free with, if you choice to have a picture gallary a 2% final sale fee.
The normal Seller + life time one off payment is £99.98 to get the cheaper version must upgrade within 24 hours. This can be any upgrade. So sign up as a buyer - can have Seller+ within 24 hours.... but if decide to sell an item... upgrade to Seller than upgrade to Seller + within 24 hours and still receive the discounted price of £49.99. (There is also a neat "T - Shirt" that is free!).
I like the easy of adding items to sell. Plus the Seller + option of having up to 5 store fronts at no extra cost.
The down sides are low traffic meaning less sales... I would say from my experience about 30-40% sales as compared with E Bay. But the fees are lower - so the seller keeps more of their money when compared with E Bay. Plus I haev added many many more items on E Bid than E Bay will allow me.
The "Buy it now" running alonside a traditional auction is also a great idea.
Everyone seems to be friendly on the message boards - and they enjoy taking a pop at E Bay!
For me I add items to E Bid first - then after a while transfer to E Bay.
Yes things are slower - but any extra sale is just that a good extra sale.
Pleased with Ebid.
I signed up for Ebid because Ebay have made several changes over the past few months that are to the detriment of sellers.
Ebay has introduced an unrealistic selling limit for private buyers with unreasonable charges for their upgraded business account status. Ebay offers no protection from malicious feedback and gives no support when false claims are made by buyers.
The culminations of these changes resulted in my account becoming restricted when Ebay allowed an individual to publish lies and to leave untruthful anonymous feedback on their site.
Ebid appeared to be a reasonable alternative as there are no listing fees, and substantially reduced charges compared to Ebay for sales [Ebid 3% compared to 10% Ebay].
At the time they were also offering life membership at a reduced cost of less than £50.00.
Fortunately, I decided to try the site before contemplating spending such a large amount of money.
Ebid is a huge disappointment. Its site appears to have been thrown together by a bunch of amateurs. It is mis-managed in a similar way.
Despite listing items at competitive prices in comparison with similar listings entered on Ebay, and despite the fact that these listings were originally placed prior to Christmas 2011 sales were virtually non-existent.
In early January 2012 the Ebay restrictions were lifted.
I therefore concurrently listed items on both Ebay and Ebid.
In an 8 week period starting before Christmas 2011 I placed on Ebid in excess of 200 listings that were re-listed every 3 to 5 days. At a conservative estimate, it is probable that in excess of 2000 [2 thousand] listings were placed on Ebid during that period [at lower prices than I had previously listed on Ebay].
I was only able to list 16 items [once only listings] on Ebay in December 2011, and a further 100 [1 hundred] at the end of January 2012.
Despite the huge discrepancy ebay sales were in excess of 50 [fifty] items with only 2 [two] reneged payments.
Sales on Ebid numbered 8 [eight] but of those 5 payments were never received, a total of 3 [three] sales from 2000+ listings.
Ebid did nothing to enforce the sale agreement, and still levied charges for the sales.
Furthermore, at the end of January the Ebid account was frozen possibly because duplicate items had been inadvertently listed. It is difficult to be sure if this was the cause as Ebid sent no email to advise that there was a problem, and have not had the courtesy to reply to repeated emails.
There is no others means of contacting Ebid, so even if you pay for lifetime membership it appears if your account is frozen it may never be reinstated.
Ebid states it has many users but examination of users' feedback shows most have very low feedback scores. This indicates that traffic through this site is minimal. On Ebay it is not uncommon to have feedback ratings of hundreds or thousands [I personally have 2,500+ positive Ebay feedback scores].
I surmise the reason that Ebid survives is because as a web-site its running costs are low. Unfortunately, the fact that it generates only modest profits dictates that its support structure is woefully inadequate. The people that run this site lack the skills and knowledge to make it true competitor to Ebay. This at a time when customer satisfaction with Ebay is low because of their bizarre policies.
Paying lifetime membership to Ebid is a waste of money. The majority of users will never recoup the outlay. You may achieve the occasional sale, and you may be lucky enough to have an honest user complete the transaction. But, if you list on Ebid be prepared to waste a lot of time for very little return.
Has it really been nearly 6 years since my last review?
You probably don't know me by now, (That should be a song title...) but I am older, wiser and much more cynical than I use to be. (insert smiley here)
Ebid is an auction site which lives in the shadow of her great rival, Ebay. If you know your way around Ebay, then you know your way around Ebid. Ebid is more difficult to search but not to the point of off-putting, you just have to use your head with search words.
Categories are very similar but more personal and the forums on Ebid are much friendlier than the bitchy Ebay know-it-all forumites, but not as entertaining. Adding products is also an easy procedure, similar to Ebay but half the time.
It is free to join but you can pay a one off fee of £50 within 24 hours of joining (although it never seems to go) and have lifetime membership with 5 shops and many small benefits which help a lot.
Best thing about this is that if you are an Ebay business such as myself, you can download all your listings through Turbo Lister and then upload them to Ebid via Ninja Lister which saves a load of time. There are often a few gliches though so you have to wade through them to sort out the minor points but hey, it is free, is it not? Speaking of free, that's what it costs to list an item, NOTHING!
This suits people who are more craft or rare items and those selling cheap items such as the 99p shop on there. (Not the High Street Shop but someone with the same idea.) Sales are slower than Ebay, thats for sure, but my £200 a month bill just to list items on Ebay is quite steep and the same items on Ebid cost me NIL, ZILCH, ZERO, NOUGHT, NOWT and NOTHING per month so even if I sell 20 to 1 ratio with Ebay, it is not really a massive concern and it gets me much more recognition out there plus adds new ways to pay, such as Google Checkout and PPPcom etc.
I would not join Ebid to make money quickly but if you are sitting on items which don't sell overnight, you coud do a lot worse with them than put them on a free auction site with the outside chance someone will buy it one day.
I prefer Ebay for selling but Ebid is much nicer, friendly and easier to deal with and sales do come eventually.
i joined e bid after hearing it had improved interms of worthwhileness for sellers.
as an experienced ebay seller i thought i would give it ago.
Joining was easy but the free listings dont include a photo and as we all know items dont sell without a picture.
Also they sting you by charger for automatic relisting, this is stated in very small print so you dont noticed until you get the charge.
They also take 3% of the sale. Now despite all this that is still a lot cheaper than ebay however the costs are balanced out by the fact you are more likely to sell on ebay as it is the market leader at present.
However on the plus side you can list an item and it doesnt cost until it sells meaning taking a punt on something doesnt cost you.
The invoice sending and process of dispatching feedback etc is not as clear as ebay but ok once you have figured it out.
Ebid does use paypal but not primarily so you end up setitng up all kinds of new payment accounts making things a little more complicated I now use what seems like 20 different payment companies. If you dont want too many pppay, paypal and googlecheckout are the three most used.
Now in terms of selling, well it states you can transfer from ebay but in reality this doesn work very well.
also they seem to block your account without warning and without telling you why expecting you to email them saying what you did wrong. now i havent done anything on their list and have emailed them to ask what was going on only to find no response.
Im torn with this site.
It has pros and cons but im not sure which way to lend myself yet.
cheaper yes. more awkard yes, and not very good seller customer service.
I've been selling online since 2003, and have used most of the big sites. Some work better than others, some cost more. For a good compromise between results and expense, eBid is the best I've found. There's no doubt that it gets less traffic than the big players, but it takes way less of my money too and leaves me a healthy profit on the sales I do make.
It's easy and free to join, though the various descriptions of the different types of account seem to confuse some people. Take your time, read the help pages that explain the account levels and understand that the subscription fees will recur until you choose to leave. I'd recommend the lifetime seller plus anyway, as it's fantastic value and you only have to pay the once. There's a pretty much permanent "special offer" on that means if you upgrade to lifetime within 24hours you get it half price.
Listing is free thenceforth, and for the standard "gallery" style listing that includes a thumbnail picture in search results (recommended) you only pay 2% Final Value Fee if you make a sale.
The invoicing procedures are a little creaky, but the forums are friendly and helpful if you need extra advice. Definitely worth a look.
I think so, I have been a seller on ebay for 8 years but after the continual changes ebay have made with regard to feedback, DSR's
it has become a bad place to sell, ebay seemingly trying to compete with Amazon and making the seller bear the costs, increased fees, horrendous customer service.
So a year ago I registered on ebid, very easy to use, ok so sales aren't as high as ebay but saving over 80% in fees, an actual person replying to customer service emails, no problems from customers whereas on ebay there are many customers who try to scam you for non delivery etc. and ebay/paypal make your life hell, just ask any long term seller they will nearly all tell you the same thing, so well done ebid, selling is much easier, stress free and I hve bought a few items as well, it's a great place to shop.
I thought I would give Ebid a go for selling having purchased one item successfully, I placed my ad and paid the charges for the type of listing I wished to use, lo and behold within a few minutes I was informed that my account had been frozen until I supplied scans of documents (Utility bill, Telephone bill and Passport or Driving licence) I was not prepared to scan and send these documents due to the information on them and fear of identity theft, the part that annoyed was the fact I was allowed to register and place the ad without any problem so why do Ebid not ask for the information before committing oneself to sign_up, seem a bit back to front to me.
I opened an account with Ebid and PPPay on 26/9/10 and to date I have not received the item or a refund from PPPay.
You can note phone the Ebid and PPPay to get help. If your email Ebid I received two emails back telling me two diffult actions to take which does not help a person with autism. Also you PPPays will take up to 48 hours to reply and then you send a email back to them you then have to wait another 48 hours for a reply. Ebay and Paypal will reply within 24 hours.
I wish that I had not found the website for Ebid because it has caused me a of problems. I will not use them again.
I will use Ebay and Paypal as they will help you and get a quick refund.
I will advise my friends not to use Ebid and PPPay.
I really can't praise this site enough. Like many people i felt that ebay had become very unfair towards buyers i.e. encouraging sellers to make partial fee claims via paypal, fee hikes and just general lack of support.
As it was getting too costly i needed somewhere else to sell my goods. I just couldn't justify throwing all of my hard earned profits into ebays coffers.
So I decided to take a look at eBid. This was around May 2009. I paid the one off fee of £49.99 and in return i get free listings for life with up to 5 free photos per listing and only a 2% charge if an item sells. I placed about 30 items up for sale. After the first month i hadn't sold a single item. But then after 2 months of twiddling my thumbs thinking "oh well i gave it a go", out of the blue i sold my first item for £35 (only £15 worth of sales and i've got my £49.99 investment back). BARGAIN. The person paid via Paypal then they the received the item, they were very happy with it and i received my first positive feedback. (The paypal fees were also higher than my ebid fees)
Then it suddenly hits home that people are finding this site and there are real buyers out there. So i thought what the heck it's free to list so why not get everything up for sale on here. And that's what i've been doing.
Initially the sales were still very slow and i would be lucky to get a sale once a fortnight. Now i'm selling at least £200 worth of items per month and last month i sold £11,000 worth of items to one customer so i can already say i'm doing much better on here than on ebay.
It has taken me a lot of time and patience to build up my shop on ebid but now i can definitely say it has paid off. There are more and more new customers coming over and i find these are now turning into repeat customers.
The customer support on ebid is fantastic and i always get a personal response within 24 hours. The new changes they bring in are always for the better and quite often they ask sellers what changes they would like to see. I also find listing an item is much quicker and easier.
Making the change over can be quite a daunting prospect and you don't have to put all of your eggs into one basket. Initially i still had both my ebay and ebids shops running together but i have not listed anything on ebay now for the past month.
I feel that the future is going to be very bright for ebid and lucrative for anyone who invests their trust into it.
I cannot think why ebid is better than other auction site ?? it is starting to do exactely what ebay did start inroducing fees here and there its a joke i think icybid.com is the way forward i really do..check out there site its server engine is fast and clean not tagging data and slow plus everything on there is free just the £2.99 to start and then 12 free pictures endless timescale its all good ebid is starting to show the cracks of a tell tale fee site..take the warning now and go to icybid as there free credit system is back on and affilaiate credit as well so its a win win situation..
I joined Ebay back in 1998 when it was already huge in the USA and hardly known in the UK,just starting to grow slowly around the world.I discovered Ebid UK early on early /mid 2000s and was pleased to see another website taking on the US giant head on.
I have bought and sold quite well on Ebay UK over the years,not so well in recent times as Ebay is charging too much to part time sellers.They are highly profit motivated and are trying to move away from the carboot mentality,more towards big business and high street brands,shame on them.
Ebid is different,similar style to Ebay but operates a fair system for both buyer and seller alike,fees much much lower!
I have bought quite well on Ebid,signed up for Ppay their version of Ebays' Paypal online payment system and it works fine,good security,easy to use 10/10.
I built up a reasonable rating buying goods I needed and had no trouble from the sellers,all went well on that side.
Only problem is however cheap the listing fee it just did not work for me,sorry.
I tried and tried but could not get a sale,Ebay fine,lots of hits on the same items and plenty of bidders.Ebid useless so I gave up after a few months.
I will take a serious look at it again,can't hurt especially as Ebay is going off the boil.
Is Ebay turning more and more people off? Maybe.
I would love Ebid to succeed,take a look you may be suprised!
I hope this review has been of help and your rating is appreciated.I have more reviews on DooYoo and Ciao website too,thanks for looking!
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