Move over eBay

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There’s more than one way to sell un­wanted goods on­line writes

Sell­ing your spare junk on eBay is so easy now that many of us give barely a sec­ond thought to the al­ter­na­tives. Yet there is a raft of other on­line re­sources that could give you as much, if not more, bang for your buck. In case you haven’t tried it, eBay is the dig­i­tal equiv­a­lent of Dacre, Son and Hart­ley’s sale­room. You of­fer up each of your items with a start­ing price and, if you like, a re­serve, and wait for a week to see how many bids come in.

For many, this is in it­self a form of en­ter­tain­ment. If your goods sell, you pay a com­mis­sion, await your buyer’s pay­ment on PayPal, and pop along to the Post Of­fice with your par­cel. How­ever, you may have to be con­tent with far less than you’d hoped for – and if there are no bids at all, you may still be charged a fee, al­beit a small one.

Ama­zon takes a dif­fer­ent ap­proach. Most of us will have bought new goods from them, but it’s be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­mon to use their site as a per­sonal clear­ing house.

Ama­zon’s Mar­ket­place, tra­di­tion­ally a hub for in­de­pen­dent book­sell­ers, is ac­tu­ally open to any seller, big or small, pro­vid­ing the item for sale is al­ready in the Ama­zon in­ven­tory. It of­fers three key ad­van­tages over eBay: your item will stay on the site for as long as it takes to sell, you can set your own price, and there’s no need to cre­ate a list­ing for each item be­cause Ama­zon has al­ready done it.

On the flip side, you can’t set your own postage rate be­cause Ama­zon has done that, too, and the com­mis­sion you will pay is likely to be higher than eBay ‘s. You don’t need a PayPal ac­count, but you must wait for your money un­til after a “grace” pe­riod dur­ing which a buyer can ask for a re­fund.

Ama­zon of­fers a com­plete on­line in­ven­tory man­age­ment sys­tem for even the small­est sellers, so all you need to do is post your goods and wait for the cheque. It’s ideal for sell­ing books, DVDs, com­puter games and other easy-to-post items that

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