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      Ebay vs Amazon

      Hi everybody. I wanted to ask if anybody here can tell me their views about E bay vs Amazon. I mean what are the advantages (or disadvantages) of using one over the other.

      I am asking from a sellers point of view.
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      I have struggled with this Ebay vs Amazon issue for years. Let me give you a point by point comparison if that helps

      1. Cost of sale: Ebay has an upfront product listing cost while Amazon works on a commission model. What works out cheaper will depend on how many times you need to relist / unsold product inventory…etc. On the whole, most sellers believe that Amazon is a lot cheaper.

      2. Sale Format: Ebay gives you a fixed price as well as an auction format so in that sense it is more flexible and allows you to get higher pricing for unique, one of a kind collector items. On Amazon you don’t have an auction option.

      3. Average sale price: Amazon buyers are more educated and affluent which usually translates to better purchase price and profits. There is a joke about buying on Ebay and selling on Amazon.

      4. Transaction time: Ebay requires sellers to be very interactive which means you have to spend a lot of time dealing with customers, time that you could have spent making more money. Amazon requires lower transactional effort, partly because of more set and not necessarily superior processes.

      5. Feedback process: Roughly similar – Buyers can give positive and negative comments while sellers can give only positive. The only difference is that Ebay takes into account feedback scores when ranking product search results, something Amazon does not do.

      6. System stability: Before I rate the two, let me explain – All platforms run as per specific rules or systems – any change requires major learning or unlearning as the case may be – While Amazon has basically stuck to its selling methodology over the years with minimum change, Ebay has made some radical changes and continues to do so without warning.

      7. Photographs : With Ebay, each item that gets posted has to have its own photograph while in Amazon, one general photograph is enough (This is the photo posted by the first person in the category). This can be construed as a positive or negative depending on how you see it. If you are selling a general commodity then the Amazon approach saves you time but if it is some rare artifact that you want the public to see, then it can be a huge disadvantage.

      8. Taxes: Ebay is better in the sense that it provides a mechanism to collect taxes in addition to the sale price. Amazon does not, which is a clear disadvantage.

      9. Payment Methods : Here again Amazon scores as they handle the complete money collection aspect while on Ebay you have to track, follow up and generally be accountable for your payments. In fact, on Amazon, your item stays listed till the payment is credited to your account.

      I could write pages more on E bay vs Amazon but ultimately you will take into account your own products and circumstances to decide what platform works best for you.
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      There is no set answer to the Ebay vs Amazon debate. It will depend totally on the category that you are dealing in, not to mention, the products that you have. For example if you are dealing in antique one of a kind pieces, you would be better off with Ebay and its auction format but if it’s fixed price sale, Amazon could be as good if not better. Again many items are not even allowed on Amazon so that again should help you decide which works better for you. Amazon also works out cheaper due to their lower usage fees but Ebay offers far better functionalities in terms of being able to list product description and selling points.

      Seller feedback makes Amazon out to be some sort of antiquated giant with impossible rules while Ebay is supposed to be more nimble, more flexible. Downside is, Ebay is also more susceptible to fraud as Amazon. Both are giants in the world of e-commerce and will give you a lot of visibility.

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      User type statistics may be another way of deciding who has the right target audience for your needs. When deciding Ebay vs Amazon, consider the following :

      • 36% of Amazon users hold bachelor degrees as compared to 27% on Ebay meaning that Amazon typically provides a more educated user base.

      • 20% of Amazon users earn a household income of over 100,000 dollars compared to Ebay’s 17% making the Amazon guy richer (You need to keep in mind that each percentage point difference is a whole lot of people given the base).

      • While the jury is still out on this one, preliminary facts show Amazon users to be younger than Ebay.

      • Only 44% of Ebay users are women as compared to 51% on Amazon. If you want more women, you got to go to Amazon.

      • Ebay has a more loyal customer base going by 58% regular and 9% addict users; Amazon has only 46% regular and no addicts.

      • On the other hand Amazon gets a lot more new visitors as compared to Ebay which may be a good thing for new sellers.

      Don’t treat the above data on E bay vs Amazon as the gospel; things change faster than we expect.

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      On Amazon you have to give out a full product refund while on Ebay sellers can decline to do that if they don’t find the ground justified. I think there is a lot more power to the seller on Ebay compared to Amazon. But as regards this Ebay vs Amazon debate, I think you should try out both and decide for yourself.

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      Posting also requires a great deal of work on Ebay while Amazon has a very simplified procedure although Ebay gives many more options while Amazon does not. Amazon also disburses money once in 14 days which can be bad for a small reseller.

      I suggest that you use both Amazon for the standard stuff like books and media while trinkets and baubles will make a great sale on Ebay. No point working out Ebay vs Amazon; it should be Ebay AND Amazon.

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      Page views and visitor statistics are actually one great way to decide the Ebay vs Amazon question. Unfortunately these are not constant and the data available is not always recent. Also, what to compare is also pertinent – absolute unique visitors or growth trends year on year. You may want to try and get your hands on that data.

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      One insight that I can give very confidently on the Ebay vs Amazon debate is that E bay has a bigger individual audience compared to Amazon which has a corporate audience mainly; so decide the basis of product that you want to sell.

      Plus, branding used to be a great advantage on Ebay till they removed the possibility of giving links outside the site. So I guess, that won’t help shed light on this E bay vs Amazon issue.

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      Okay one more point on Ebay vs Amazon. Amazon has a fixed shipping credit which assures the buyer but leaves little or no money making opportunity for the seller. E bay on the other hand allows the seller to decide the shipping for themselves which most sellers quote higher to make some money on the side. So while it gives you a little extra pocket money, it also scares away buyers. If you’re honest, then this point doesn’t really make you decide either way.

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      I think flexibility in design is possibly Ebay’s biggest strength and weakness. In their attempts to improve they keep messing around with all the systems that the sellers have to relearn. In the past couple of years, they’ve changed the detailed seller rating system, affiliate program, feedback system, fee structure, even the search methods. No saying what else can change.

      If Ebay vs Amazon was about predictability, then Amazon would win hands down.

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