Multiple Channels – Where do you List Your Products? eBay, Amazon, Etsy, Bonanzle or?

Our last poll asked if our readers were selling on multiple platforms, just eBay or on thier own eCommerce website?

The results from just one days of replies was overwhelmingly in favor of multiple channel selling with 63% of the respondents affirming that they do indeed market product on multiple venues other than their own ecommerce website.

Today we will ask where you are actually selling product or offering product in these channels.  Obviously we could not list every channel available so we will leave the ones you suggest in the comments section for another poll.  For this poll we will simply ask about the majors and it is multiple choice so click on every place you utilize that is on the poll.

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0 Responses to Multiple Channels – Where do you List Your Products? eBay, Amazon, Etsy, Bonanzle or?

  1. Jill February 12, 2009 at 10:21 am #

    I do all my selling now at Atomicmall.com. Not sure why you wouldnt have them in your poll, since theyre bigger than “dawdle”, whatever that is. Love the free listing and insta-chat!

  2. Scott Pooler February 12, 2009 at 10:35 am #

    Dawdle is a site devoted to games and game consoles, it has been getting some buzz lately so I added it to the poll.

    We can create a new poll with every site our readers submit as a place they actually market product online.

    Just submit your favorites here in the comments section and that list will become our next poll, let the voting begin!

  3. MetzyMom February 12, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    I sold at eBay for more than 2 years but left there February 2008. I tried a couple other venues, but had no success and to be truthful, it wasn’t much different than eBay because I still didn’t feel in charge of my business. I have been selling at http://www.OnlineAuction.com for a year now and have never been happier. I am in full control of my own business, from the templates to the promoting!!! I love having the freedom to decide for myself what is right for my business, what forms of payment to accept, what kinds of promotions to run (and when to run them), etc. My policies are MY policies, not ‘cookie-cutter-made-for-everyone’ policies. I set my own standards, my own time frames, my own payment schedules, etc. Feedback is given from both sides!!! I pay $8 a month for unlimited listings with no other fees and I sleep better at night not worrying about what I might end up paying… I just did my taxes, and without all those fees, I actually made some pretty good money last year… and I did it on my own terms. How cool is that???
    It’s an awesome feeling to know that my success is MY success, and if I fail, I have only myself to blame… which is as it should be as a business owner.

  4. curiocache February 12, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    Onlineauction.com is the place of choice for me. For buyers – INCREDIBLE deals, both fixed price and classic auctions and loads of items to choose from. For sellers, only 8.00 a month to list ALL you want with no final value fees!! Couldn’t be any easier. Fantastic caring community and staff – all working together to promote the site and ourselves. Been there since June and have never looked back.

  5. Cliff Aliperti February 12, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    Interesting, Scott, in that the poll results seem to give a peek at to where your readers come from. I have to assume it’s a small sample size at this point (with OLA leading the pack), but it’s already interesting to see eBay a distant third.

    Thanks, Cliff

  6. fleapirates February 12, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    I’ve been a member at eBay since 1999. Left in Feb ’08 and joined Online Auction, where I am VERY happy! Every now and then I toss something on eBay, just to keep my account alive, but I’ll tell you, nothing ever comes from it. They’re dead to me. OLA is bringing back the fun of Classic Auctions, and OLA is where I’ll stay!

  7. Sachin Agarwal February 12, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    Scott, many thanks for including Dawdle in your poll. Good to know that my incessant tweeting is resulting in some “buzz”! I will say that just because we’re only games and game consoles for now doesn’t mean that we may not add additional categories in the future. It’s just a very good and lucrative place to start. As a wise man once said, “you can’t out-eBay eBay.”

  8. supergranny February 12, 2009 at 6:44 pm #

    I, too, was at ebay since 1999 and left a year ago. I have been actively selling at OnlineAuction.com with success and just recently listing some items at BuyItSellIt.com & have had sales & activity there also.

    There are lots of venues…..not the problem today…I think it is the scarcity of discretionary spending. As the economy becomes healthy, then we’ll all see increased activity.

  9. Greengate February 12, 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    Being both a buyer and seller, I really enjoy the freedom that I am provided at http://OnlineAuction.com

    Both the freedom to set the terms of sale that I am comfortable with, as well as the freedom to leave feedback for the seller when I am the one buying.

    The customer service both on the phone and email have been nothing less than fantastic for me personally and I think the biggest plus is I know by being a Founding Member, my rates are guaranteed for LIFE, as long as there is no lapse in my membership (which there won’t be). That works out to a measly $8.00 monthly. I can’t pass that deal up! Neither should you, come on over and check it out!

    Its the wave of the future!!!!!!!!

  10. crochenlady February 12, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    I started selling on ebay years ago, and always paid more then i made, when they started their fee hikes, i made a decision, it was hard because selling online is what i love to do and it also helps with our medical bills, which are very large, so i decided to leave ebay behind, i wasn’t making any profit at all and each month i owed them. So i went looking for another place to sell, i found a few, tried them out and out of the few i tried, one stood out above the rest, and so i made another decision to leave the other few that wasnt doing well out to the curb and stay with the one i felt most comfortable with, OnlineAuction.com is my home and it’s now been over 4 years, I will never go anywhere else, even to try them out, I am doing so well at Ola.com that i don’t need to go anywhere else, I absolutely love the atmosphere and i love the people there and the staff, well i haven’t been treated this well by even my family members, so i have decided to make them my extended family. Being a Founding Member of Ola.com makes me feel so proud, I do what ever i can to make them number 1, the no fee policy is the best out there, you can’t get any cheaper then that. I get to keep every single penny i make and that’s what its all about, metzy said it best because it’s my business and not theirs, but I will support them as long as i have breath because they have made me a happy person, and gave me my online business back and they actually care about their sellers and they give them the respect they deserve. OLA.COM ROCKS!

    Crochenlady @ Ola.com Founding member since Jan 2005

  11. AsilisArt February 12, 2009 at 10:49 pm #

    Bonanzle.com has experienced unprecedented growth. Come and see why.

  12. jahjesters February 12, 2009 at 10:49 pm #

    I left ebay a year ago, went back once or twice and got SCREWED again, so I quit them for GOOD!

    I sell at http://www.onlineauction.com primarily, it is my HOME! OLA is the BESTEST!

    I also sell on ecrater and list books on a TON of sites through ka-zam. They show up on abebooks (now owned by amazon), alibris, biblio, and a bunch of other good booksites!

    Of course, for classic auctions, and total control of your business, NOTHING beats onlineauction.com!

  13. John Grant February 12, 2009 at 11:01 pm #

    Hi Scott,

    I’ve been an eBay member since 1999, and have had many good years there selling collectibles. But this past year has seen so many changes there that selling anything became a challenging and stressful endeavour.

    Since November 2008, I’ve moved my inventory to Bonanzle.com, and selling online has become fun again. I’m meeting many wonderful people, who are always willing to lend a hand with any issue that I run into. There is online chat and quick text, which is a whole new experience to me, in the selling game. It’s like I’m back in my old country store greeting all the people coming in to do business. And you just have to love that.

    Thank you for a chance for me to express an opinion on my new selling site.

  14. BellyDance&More February 12, 2009 at 11:06 pm #

    Bonanzle and OnlineAuction are my two favorite venues for lost cost listing, no rip-off Final Value Fees, ability to use the payment method of MY choice, great free multiple photos.

  15. Eugenia February 12, 2009 at 11:11 pm #

    Definately Atomic Mall. Out of all of the alternative websites I have tried it has been the most successful. Every seller who has tried other sites and then tries Atomic Mall agrees. The best Google and other search engine exposure is what makes it so successful for serious sellers. No other site can compare.

  16. mike February 12, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    I use alot of auction sites, so far I have found ebay to be a strong site,but latley I have had very litttle action there, onlineauction.com has had a very good responce, I have had more of the out of the country buyers contacting me.I know times are bad so I would say that is way it is very tough right now. so if I had to make a choice I would have to go with onlineauction.com, better fees. but Ebay will always be strong.keep up the good work…

  17. Chelle February 13, 2009 at 12:35 am #

    Crochenlady

    I am curious if OLA does ever start to grow how will the current infrastructure hold up? For example if OLA had a sudden explosion of 1,226,000 listings, 30,000 members, in the span of 5 months how would OLA’s infrastructure handle such a huge load if no one pays fees.

    Bonanzle brought the new server online last night (the second upgrade in the past 5 months.) The fees are extremely low. My fees for my gross sales so far average less than 1%. Other than those of us who opt to pay for an upgraded membership ($10 for plus & 24 for premiere per month) there is no other source of revenue that I am aware of. However, servers cost money, and unless the OLA owner gets dirty in the programming stuff as Bill does there would be a lot of outside or ongoing in house labor to be paid. How does a site without any source of revenue at all deal with – well growth?

    I don’t know what will happen with the venues that are attempting to emulate eBay, and given the way eBay has turned out I don’t want to see if the venues that want to be like eBay will turn out like the monster we have on our hand now over in hell.

    Bonanzle is not attempting to be ebay. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t want to eventually benefit from a massive user base. The fundamental philosophy of Bonanzle’s founders are so vastly different and startlingly superior to eBay’s the comparison of Bonanzle to eBay and any of those mimicking eBay’s business model is absurd.

    However, Bonanzle’s monumental success relative to every other similar “product” prior is rooted in the same foundation as eBay’s success. Community! It is really that simple. It is an amazing experience to have Bill & Mark actually talk to us, ask for our input (and listen), spend every minute of their day working like mad to keep Bonanzle purring along, to develop ideas inline with our success (rather than at the expense of our success), and they are just brilliant. All of these qualities just makes one want to shout it from the roof top, because it just doesn’t get any better than Bonanzle.

    I am enamored with the unique attributes of the site and its founders. Bonanzle isn’t eBay, OLA, AM, eBid. Bonanzle is Bonanzle, and if you are looking for an equivalent experience to what you have had with eBay than OLA or AM are probably right up your alley, but if you are ready for something new & exciting here you go http://www.bonanzle.com see you there and don’t forget to introduce yourself in the the forum so we can all get to know each other!

  18. Chelle February 13, 2009 at 12:43 am #

    Sorry, I just re-read your post and see that you don’t pay fees as a founding member others do- correct? That’s what happens when you read with 8 year old in your ear LOL

  19. jahjesters February 13, 2009 at 1:40 am #

    Chelle,

    HI! I’m a founding member at onlineauction too. Actually, onlineauction charges $8.00 per month to list … unlimited listings. The founding member fee is $196.00 for the first year and includes a FREE ola house for life and locks in the renewal rate at $96 per year for LIFE (that’s still just 8 bucks a month), plus they give you a bunch of auction upgrade credits (for more than 4 pictures, homepage featured auctions, etc.) and a great welcome package with helpful (and fun) cd-roms.

    The totally free sites are the ones that concern me, since they won’t have any money to expand or advertise, but ola just keeps the fees low and allows you to run your own business and do your own advertising.

    Add to that the fact that ola has actual classic auction style listings as well as fixed price and dutch auctions. They also have a GREAT name which was actually the kicker for me. I figured if folks got sick of ebay and were actually looking for a new site, they might search with the terms “online” and “auction”.

    They are also VERY friendly and helpful and communicative. They have a toll-free number that you can call during business hours to talk to a REAL person, and you can email some of the emplyees as well. And the members are Extremely nice and helpful. We WANT each other to succeed! We like it when new people make sales and post about it on the chat forums! We really are like a big family (and we have our squabbles too)

    I hope this helps!

    JesterTamara

  20. Chelle February 13, 2009 at 2:33 am #

    Its fabulous that OLA is an option for exclusive or predominantly auction sellers. There are so many that really need an option to get away from the bay. I have been hearing about OLA for a long time now. I am surprised OLA isn’t swamped with the auction sellers at this time.

    Probably the yearly membership – pay before success strategy. On Bonanzle, Bill & Mark are confident in both their business strategy and our strength and ability, so they take the “gamble” and collect on our success not before we can list. This also lets people experience Bonanzle “freely” and because they didn’t have to put a couple hundred down just to click in and don’t have to pay any monthly, listing, or picture fees they are positive rather than a ball of wound up frustration and impatience.

    Our forums are loaded with information, sources, and any other type of helping hand you can think of for all of us heading out into the World Wide Web. So we are all learning together how to promote our booths and Bonanzle and we are as Bill said

    “Wow, ya’ll’s on fire! In the last 24 hours, look what you’ve done…”

    when he was congratulating us on our efforts resulting in Bonanzle being chosen best “ebay alternative”, Mashable doing an article on Bonanzle, and our hitting 1,000,000 listings on January 27 on the Bonanzle blog.

    We congratulate each other on sales too. I have made a special banner for the task. I have a banner for the welcoming forum too. So, I am a bit of a banner fanatic.

    Bonanzle now hosts 12 boards with ~ 27,000 topics comprising of ~ 260,000 posts. We are a lively bunch:) and a happy crowd too!

    I am just happy that people are finding away to get away from the bay even if they still have one foot in the door, the other is in the right direction. Where ever everyone lands I wish you much success and happiness in your day to day!

  21. renagade February 13, 2009 at 5:13 am #

    Bonanzle is my place of choice. I still list that occasional auction or two, but as far as “listing”, it is Bonanzle.
    I tried other sites with nowhere near the success Boanzle has given me.
    Do I give a site credit for my sales?
    Yes, it deserves SOME credit. For its the user friendly platform from both the buyers and sellers view that is driving Bonanzles success and increasing my sales as well.

  22. Alison February 13, 2009 at 5:54 am #

    AtomicMall.com is the BEST new site to sell on! Therefore, a multiple platform strategy with Atomic Mall as ‘home base’ is the best way to go, in my opinion. 🙂

  23. Kathy February 13, 2009 at 8:50 am #

    Oh WOW! I thought Onlineauction.com went out of business because of lack of SEO, Money and always pulling their posts if someone questioned the site about lack of SEO and messed up categories. They were sellers selling to sellers. Atomic Mall and Bonanzle is the place to be.

  24. supergranny February 13, 2009 at 12:39 pm #

    Misinformation!! All venues buy and sell not only to outside folk but to each other!!! including Atomic Mall & Bonanzle.

  25. Betty February 13, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    Atomic Mall has incredible Google search and other search engine exposure. It is free to list up to 2000 items, with a small FVF after the item sells. This site has all the bells and whistles. 90% of my sales resulted from Google Search or Google shopping. For the busy person on the go, a great “list it and leave it”site. NO maintenance on my part once the item is listed. I don’t have to worry about glitches and crashes where I am expected to “fix” the resulting listing messes afterward, like it was when I was at OLA. I don’t have to send invoices, checkout is completely automated. It’s a pleasure to sell again, at Atomic Mall.

  26. kidatheart10 February 13, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    After many years on eBay, I’m now selling on onlineauction.com (aka OLA.com).
    It’s a great site: low overhead, easy to list, helpful and friendly fellow sellers and staff, and items can be listed at a fixed price OR classic auction format. And you can accept the type of payments you want, not what the website tells you.

  27. rocknrandy February 13, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

    Bonanzle.com is the best site that I have found!.

    It is the friendliest and fastest growing site of all.

    Dont believe me,try it out for yourself and see if you dont end up liking it also.

  28. Ecomm Seller February 14, 2009 at 5:00 am #

    I paid $196 for an onlineauction.com Founding Membership.

    Promises of Google feeds were NEVER completed.

    ola.com failed to send promised items.

    It’s not a friendly place if you question why promises are never kept. They have been promising Google Feeds FOR YEARS and still fail at that task. Other sites establish Google Feeds but ola.com doesn’t not have qualified people to fulfill the promises they make.

    You have to call in to cancel a membership and then you are grilled, BSed and bribed to stay.

    There have been numerous complaints of people billed for “service” after they have canceled.

    The reason all the ola.com posts are here is because Dave White told everyone to come here and post.

    I wasted effort, $196 and 11 months there.

  29. reksplace36 February 16, 2009 at 12:14 am #

    You just will not understand what all the Koo-Doos for BONANZLE are all about unless you come
    over ans spend at least 1 week among us.

    You will be glad you did.

  30. Miss Tique February 16, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    Hi, guys.
    I stumbled upon your article and decided to drop a line, too, as it seems you all focus on sellers only.

    I’m a buyer. I’ve been doing my shopping in various online places for a long time now. I used mostly ebay until last year when I had some issues with a couple of sellers and started to search for other options.

    So far (except the old ebay experience) I tried Etsy, Bonanzle, Atomic Mall, Silkfair, Artfire and RubyLane. Only Bonanzle, Atomic Mall and Silkfair are not niche focused.

    Of the 3, I developed a crush for SilkFair. The 1 page checkout was the thing that first got me in. The personal blog/forum free option kept me going. Awesome support and wonderful sellers made me fall in love for good.

    Multiple channels are good. Competition is good. It allowed me to find the perfect place for me.

  31. Norma February 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm #

    I was a power seller at Feebay but was desperate to find a better place. My prayers were answered when I found Atomic Mall. From the first day I could tell this was a totally different site, Within a few weeks I made my first sale and they have not stopped. However, as important as selling and making the money is, just as important, is the support you get from management as well as other sellers. At Atomic Mall, you get this kind of support. Emails are answered, questions are addressed and fees are reasonable. You run your store without having slapping you on the head every two seconds. Selling becomes fun and not stressful, the way itis supposed to be.

    If you are looking for a great place to sell,where sellers SELL, and BUYERS enjoy their BUYING EXPERIENCE, come to http://www.atomicmall.com

    YOU will not regret it!

  32. Paul Widmer March 19, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    My ebay items outsell other sites by 10 to 1
    Most alternative sites do not list the aquarium, terrarium and reptile aqua stones which I sell.
    I will stick with ebay.!!!!

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