Since the dawn of time, we have looked for an outlet to offer our goods and services. Although our days of running a traditional store are not over, the Internet has opened up doors of opportunities for anyone to make a living selling goods and services online. Leading the pack in the online marketplace are two exceptional leaders: Amazon Marketplace and eBay.

Then again, what sets the two apart? How does eBay outperform Amazon Marketplace? How does Amazon Marketplace outpace eBay? Here are some points comparing the two leading markets so you can decide which one is best suited for your specific needs.

Listing Procedures
Both Amazon Marketplace and eBay have their own listing procedures for products. Keep in mind that you have to jump through more hoops for eBay. You will have to upload photos of your product, write detailed statements about it, describe shipping terms, set reserve prices, and design it to be visually appealing. Obviously, this essentially gives you the power to craft your own sales position. However, if you only want to list a familiar product on the market, you can set it up with ease at Amazon Marketplace. All the heavy descriptive writing and photo work is completed for you. You just have to state your price and shipping terms, add a couple of words on the condition, and you're finished.

Every marketplace will charge a fee for selling products, but eBay is known to fee you when you list an item, in addition to charging you another one when you actually sell. Amazon Marketplace has no listing fees at all, but does take a hefty portion out of your selling price.

If you want to rush selling a product, eBay is the way to go. You can create auctions to end in just a few days, or even tempt people with your “Buy It Now” price. On Amazon Marketplace, listings are good for 60 days and you can easily renew them. However, without the feature of inviting others to your listing, it could take some time before someone actually buys your product.

Sale Price
In terms of getting more bang for your buck, you will rank higher with Amazon Marketplace. Buyers are savvier and they love quality merchandise, while eBay users shop by lowest price and hottest deal.

Accepting Payments
Amazon Marketplace collects all the money for you. Then biweekly, they will transfer your profits into your bank account that you set up with them at no cost. If a buyer doesn’t go through with the sale, your item heads back to the marketplace. With eBay, you have to establish payment terms, track each auction sale, email invoices, and send payment reminders. When funds are finally transacted, it is held in escrow until the product is received or when a certain amount of time expires. However, one good thing about eBay payments is that when transactions are completed, they are instantly available in your PayPal account.

There are plenty of reasons to use Amazon Marketplace and eBay. The choice really depends on what your specific needs are and how far you are willing to go or wait, but both are very profitable for any web merchant.