With excellent selling features, marketing tools and low fees, eBid is a great online auction site to sell your merchandise, Due to its ease of use and assortment of categories, sellers and buyers will benefit from joining the eBid marketplace. We have given eBid our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award for its ability to provide an alternative selling arena to more expensive auction sites.
eBid has diagrams on its site that explain its fee structure and allows you to compare selling plans. When it comes to selling products, you have seven different listing options to choose from and the prices vary from $0 to $99.98. The membership fees are based on time intervals. For example, a 30-day membership will cost $6.99 and an annual membership will cost $54.99.
Some of the membership plans include free product photos and some do not, so read the chart on the website carefully before purchasing a plan. If you just have one item to sell you can use the standard selling option. It does not have any upfront listing or membership fees, you just pay a 3 percent closing fee if the item sells.
If you sell a high volume of products, you will want to consider the seller + lifetime plan. For a one-time charge of $99.98, you get a lifetime membership to sell that includes five images per item. All seller + lifetime plans include five eBid stores.
eBid charges a 3 percent closing fee on every item you sell. That means that you pay 3 percent of your sale profits in addition to your membership fee. The 3 percent is a flat fee and does not vary based on your product category. With no upfront fees, this charge is competitive when you compare it to those of other online auction sites.
Listing enhancements are available including subtitles and extra categories. Adding a subtitle allows you to give more details about a product, which can attract more attention from potential buyers. You can even list your items in multiple categories to get more exposure.
Uploading products is straightforward. There are boxes for product descriptions that you can fill in as you go. If you miss anything, you will be directed back to complete any missing information. There are no strict guidelines for formatting images; however, you have to save images as BMP, GIF, TIF, PNG, or JPG files and they must be smaller than 25MB in size.
eBid has an excellent feedback system that encourages you to provide high-quality sales and service. After every transaction, buyers can rate sellers with visible reviews. This system rewards reputable buyers and penalizes those who are not because buyers avoid doing business with individuals who have a lot of negative feedback.
The auction website does not have a set return policy and the individual buyers set their own. If there are issues with a transaction, you will have to resolve them directly with the buyer. This makes buying more risky than with sites that offer established return policies.
We are disappointed with eBid’s customer service. For support, you will have to rely on email, FAQs and the community forum. eBid does not offer live chat or telephone assistance. On the website, it states that due to the large volume of emails they receive, questions that are answered on the FAQs page or community forum are pushed to the back of the email queue.
Low fees and an easy process to upload products make this online auction site a good forum for selling your products. Its multitude of enhancement-selling features allows you to market your merchandise. If you have questions, you will have to find your own answers by researching the community forums and FAQs pages, which can be frustrating.
The eBid website explains its selling fees clearly, so they are easy to understand.
There is no telephone support or live chat, and you can expect delays on email inquiries.
eBid is an easy-to-use auction site for sellers and buyers. With reasonable selling fees, you will get to keep a larger percentage of your sales profits than you would with sites that charge more.