eBay Alternatives: Ten Seller-Friendly Marketplaces To Consider

From Bonanza to DaWanda, eBid, Etsy, Ruby Lane and GunBroker.com. We look at ten eBay alternatives with characteristics that sellers crave.

eBay sellers have had enough. They are paying more in fees, struggling to keep up with ever-changing policies and battling with technical problems like site outages and random testing.

Many also feel that over time, the marketplace has lost its person-to-person feel, and is no longer as friendly to small businesses. It goes further though. The introduction of Group Similar Listings and the imminent ban on custom store designs has made sellers feel like they are losing their identity. As a result, some sellers are now looking for alternative marketplaces to sell their products on.

In this post, we’ll be exploring several eBay alternatives. All of them have similar characteristics to eBay, like being listing-driven, but they also have elements that sellers feel eBay has lost, like a person-to-person, community feel. Some of these marketplaces will allow sellers to list virtually anything, whereas others are more niche.

This article is the first in a two-part series looking at alternative marketplaces for Amazon and eBay sellers. Be sure to check out our guide to Amazon alternatives.

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SellersFunding: The Algorithmic Loans Provider for Amazon Sellers

SellersFunding can make a preliminary loan offer, based just on your Amazon seller name. Here’s how their technology makes it possible.

If you’ve ever taken out a business loan from a bank, then you’ll know that the process is complex, and takes a long time to complete. There’s credit history checks, business plans to draw up, and even after all that effort, online sellers are often declined because the banks don’t understand their business model.

But now there is another way, thanks to the cutting-edge technology used by online lender SellersFunding. They understand online sellers, and offer features such as up to a 90-day grace period, which allows sellers to source, receive and start selling their products, before having to make repayments.

Better still, their algorithm can pre-approve your loan application in minutes, based on just your Amazon seller name. How is that possible?

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Amazon Consultants: How to Choose the Right One for Your Needs

From reviving your sales to reducing your PPC costs, the right Amazon consultant can do it all. But how do you find the one for you?

Why hire a consultant to help with your Amazon sales? The short answer is that selling on Amazon takes a lot of time and technical expertise, and there are people out there who work with Amazon sellers all day, every day, helping them build their businesses.

As interest in Amazon’s marketplace has grown, so has its support ecosystem. There are now plenty of Amazon consultants around, offering support, advice and training. They cover areas from listing optimization and SEO to product compliance and account suspension appeals.

But they aren’t all equal. Some have just a couple of years’ experience with Amazon, while others are veterans with over a decade of knowledge. Some worked for Amazon itself before branching out on their own. Others were successful sellers in their own right, or worked for big companies managing their Amazon marketplace accounts. There are different ways to gain the depth of expertise needed to help others effectively.

In this post, I’ll be looking at what Amazon consultants do, who uses them and how to choose the right type for your businesses needs.

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Direct-to-Consumer Ecommerce: Losers, Winners, and Amazon…

D2C is a huge disruptive force in retail and logistics. Retailers are losing, brands are winning, and Amazon is laughing all the way to the bank.

This post is by Matthew Ferguson, Director of Business Development at ecommerce agency Emanaged and Director of Strategy at consultancy Rich Insight.

Business-to-consumer and business-to-business are old concepts in the retail industry. Stores sell to the final buyers, but themselves need to buy stock from manufacturers, suppliers and distributors. They buy from businesses and they sell to consumers. Historically, it’s always been done this way.

Direct-to-consumer, or D2C, is where brands cut out the middleman and sell their wares straight to the buyer. While this is great for us, as consumers, it’s causing alarm among many retailers and suppliers. If we can order online, why do we need to visit a physical store? If the brand or manufacturer is selling their product directly to us, what role do retailers and distributors have to play?

The last 5 years have been particularly dramatic. Amazon, once a humble online bookstore, has switched on its “beast mode”, causing competitors to adapt, adjust and at times simply freak out. Online marketplaces, led by Amazon, have changed the landscape and broken the conventional flow of products along a long supply chain from manufacturers to consumers.

In contrast to those traditional retailers and distributors, direct-to-consumer is a battle that Amazon just can’t lose. Here’s why D2C has Bezos laughing all the way to the bank.

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Why Do Only 3.9% of U.S. Small Businesses Trade Internationally?

American businesses are failing to embrace cross-border ecommerce, while sellers elsewhere are quick to sell internationally. Why is that?

A recent infographic by international payments company, WorldFirst, asked: “Are American businesses falling short when it comes to cross-border ecommerce?” And, it would seem that the answer was yes, as their infographic found that just 3.9% of small American businesses sell cross-border, compared to 8% of European small businesses.

With the total value of worldwide cross-border ecommerce expected to hit $424 billion dollars by 2021, it seems that small American businesses are missing a trick. Especially, when you consider that 70% of the world’s purchasing power is located outside of the U.S.

So why do so few U.S. small businesses trade internationally? We don’t have the answers – we want to know what you think!

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