These online retail giants have millions of buyers and sellers, but in the battle of eBay vs Amazon, which is the best marketplace for you?
There is no doubt that eBay and Amazon dominate online retail, with hundreds of millions of customers worldwide. But they are very different creatures.
eBay has expanded from auctions and collectibles to a huge consumer marketplace, with gross merchandise volume (GMV) running at around $94 billion a year. eBay has been struggling for years to cast off its flea market image and find a new identity, but remains one of the largest ecommerce sites in the world.
Amazon, on the other hand, has grown from a humble bookstore to one of the largest companies in the world. Amazon’s GMV is estimated at over $250 billion, with marketplace sellers accounting for around half of those sales. Its image is businesslike and ruthless, constantly innovating and generating buzz around its products.
So, sellers, what are the main differences that you should know about before choosing your preferred platform? Which one is right for you? In this article we compare the two online retail giants in ten different categories to see if there is a clear winner.
Whether you are adding a new product line, selling internationally or creating new products, ShelfTrend has the eBay market data you need
Most eBay sellers are looking for ways to grow their businesses. But in a marketplace where you can trade almost anything, deciding exactly what to sell is a big challenge.
Sellers will often start their research by looking at bestseller lists or searching the eBay site. That’s OK if you are shopping, but for sellers it can lead them in the wrong direction. To be truly successful, a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of what sells is required. That is what ShelfTrend has set out to deliver.
By analyzing live eBay data, ShelfTrend can help sellers find patterns and gaps, and decide how to move into new categories, expand overseas or develop new private label products. With a free basic plan available, sellers don’t have anything to lose by trying it out.
UPDATED: This post has been updated in September 2018. Many thanks to ecommerce intelligence firm Marketplace Pulse for providing the data.
For this post we’ve pulled together a big list – a very big list – of the top 1,000 eBay sellers worldwide. If you want to get straight to the data, here’s a jump down to the full list. An extract of the top ten is right here.
eBay’s shipping program promises Amazon Prime-like delivery to buyers. But should sellers opt-in to Guaranteed Delivery or hang back?
Last year eBay introduced Guaranteed Delivery, a program where sellers deliver orders in three days or less. eBay tells buyers when the order will arrive, and they can filter eBay search results to only show listings that qualify.
This is the first time that eBay has had a program like this, so sellers naturally have a lot of questions about Guaranteed Delivery. In this article, we’ll answer 16 of the most important ones. From how it works, to what happens if a delivery is late and, ultimately, whether sellers should opt in or stay out.
We spoke with long-time seller Skip McGrath about the changes that have had the biggest impact on eBay sellers over the years
eBay has seen a huge number of changes since it opened for business in 1995. There’s been the introduction of a new search engine, big changes to feedback, increasing fees and more. Sellers have had to adapt to them all.
We caught up with Skip McGrath about how the eBay marketplace has changed over the last twenty years. Skip has been an eBay seller since 1999 and is also a trainer and author over at Online Seller’s Resource.
Here’s the changes which have had the biggest impact on sellers and what those changes mean for sellers today.