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I'll Stick with Ebay
Member Name: Blurbubble
Date: 20/04/02, updated on 20/04/02 (365 review reads)
Advantages: Its free, large range of items
Disadvantages: Not as well known or as efficient as Ebay
Well, there are a lot of online auction sites around now and most people are probably well aware of Ebay as one of the largest and most well known.
However, among Yahoo's many different services they also have an auction site which I have tried briefly but am not so taken with.
The one factor they have in their favour is that for sellers no fee is charged for listing and selling your item whereas Ebay charge a minium of 15p depending on the price of your item. No fortune but it may add up if you are having trouble getting your desired price for an item.
I've dabbled with the Yahoo auction site but I am afraid it doesn't grab me. It looks and operates very similarly to Ebay with many different categories to buy and sell in - virtually everything is catered for from Cds, videos and toys to stamps, autographs and household goods and everything in between. A search facility should help you find what you want easily as long as you are not too vague on the item.
The site looks similar to Ebay and is relatively simple to navigate if a little slow. However the information on items seems to be lacking a little and it doesn't seem to have the facilities to customise your own page and items as much as Ebay does. I have only bought not sold items on Yahoo whereas on Ebay I do both extensively and have built up good feedback.
On Yahoo I find it very difficult to find and access anyone's feedback as well as my own which can be frustrating - tracking the items you have bid on, bought and sold is not as easy either. I find generally people are selling at higher prices on Yahoo and their notification system is very poor. On Ebay you are notified almost immediately if you are outbid, win or sell an item - this does not seem to be the case with Yahoo auctions in my experience.
To be fair I suppose I cannot expect everything of such a free service. It is good that this is available but I feel I probably pers
onally won't use it much unless I can't find a particular much sought after item on Ebay.