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Online Auctions

  1. eBay
  2. Liquidation
  3. uBid
  4. eBid
  5. Bid Here

When people hear "online auction" they immediately think of eBay. With good reason; this enormously well-known online auction site boasts millions of users across several countries and sells thousands of items every day.

Join Your Online Auction With eBay Today! However, there are alternatives to eBay. As it has grown in size, so too have a variety of complaints. From rising fees charged to their sellers, to prices that are driven up by large numbers of buyers, other online auction sites have started nipping at the heels of eBay.

When looking at online auctions, there are a number of factors you'll want to consider. Some of these include:

  • Ease of Use. If the website is too confusing or difficult, you won't want to use it. Stick with one that feels right to you.
  • Selection. You want to be able to find the items you're looking for. If you can't you're going to try another site. Choose one or two online auctions that consistently give you the results you want.
  • Dependability. With online auctions, you need to trust the person that your dealing with. The best sites give you some feedback about your potential seller or buyer, so you know whether you want to do business with them. has reviewed and ranked the best online auctions available today. We hope these reviews help you fine what you're looking for online!

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Online Auction Reviews

5 stars
eBay Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

eBay is the Rolls Royce of auction sites. If you are looking for anything, and we mean ANYTHING, eBay will be selling it. eBay has built a solid reputation as a safe site to buy and sell new or used items Read More... Visit

4.5 stars


Liquidation runs the gamut in providing buyers and sellers a wide variety of products. The easy to use website rated high in our reviews. We especially liked the customer support options and search functionality. If you're in the market for an auction website, Liquidation is an excellent place. Read More... Visit

4 stars


Although smaller in size than online auction-leader eBay, uBid has a user-friendly interface, boasts over 5 million registered users, and often delivers lower prices than what you can find on eBay. Read More... Visit

2 stars


eBid is a visually overwhelming and confusing auction site. Very popular in England, its transition to the U.S. has come up lacking. Read More... Visit

1 star
Bid Here


Bid Here is an online auction website that promises products for extremely low prices. We learned in the review process that Bid Here actually requires that customer pay for an opportunity to bid on an item and that if they lose the bid they walk away with no product and less money in their pocket. We couldn't get excited about this auction site. Read More... Visit

Top 3 Tips For Buying In Online Auctions

Online auctions have really skyrocketed in popularity. Any item that you could ever wish to own is probably being sold in an online auction. In the clothing category alone, over 2 million items are being auctioned off at this moment. New merchandise, used merchandise, rare merchandise, even “celebrity” merchandise - it's all there. Did you know that there have been over 50 books written on how to get the best online auction experience? For those of you who have never had the pleasure of shopping in an online auction, we'll walk you through 3 basic tips for your success.

First, do your research! When going to an online auction site, you'll be able to type in the item you are looking for, or can narrow the search by selecting categories and choosing from there. Be as specific as possible. Take, for example, clothing. If you know the brand, size and even line you are looking for, this will make your search much easier. Then, research the seller. Is this someone was has mostly positive feedback or have they had problems shipping their items? This is easily viewed online. Reputable online auctions have built a solid reputation as safe places to buy and sell. That's why most all transactions from both seller and buyer are given feedback. Look for such seller qualities as a fast shipper, item as described and good communication. Be wary of a seller who has a lot of negative feedback. You may be getting the best price, but you might be sacrificing its good condition.

Second, visit the online auction site often. There are a couple of reasons for this. In the unlikely event that what you're looking for is not being sold, check back. Take, for example, one of our reader's experiences they had with wanting to purchase a particular item.. The first time they looked, there were none being sold. They checked back a few days later and there were 5 being auctioned off.

Another good reason for checking the online auction site often is that you'll usually get a better deal. Here is another example; one of our readers wanted to purchase a set of books called America at School from American Girls. One month, this book set was going for over $100 dollars. They kept watching and looking. Two months later, they purchased the book set for $26.00 at the very same auction site. Not a bad deal. Often times in online auctions, items are sold for more than what the buyer is willing to pay. Keep looking and you could get that bargain buy that you're looking for.

Third, wait to bid. This is the single most important fact to buying in online auctions. Many new buyers bid too early (the amount you have purchased or sold is usually available to the general public). This backfires for two reasons. One, it causes the price of the item to increase, because seasoned shoppers know to wait until the last few minutes to bid. Two, it also triggers a competitive aspect to buying. It's pretty common for two new buyers at an online auction to get into a bidding war a day or two before the auction closes. Then, at the last minute, another buyer will bid and win the merchandise. The exception to this rule of course is if you are unable to be at a computer when the auction closes. Then you just have set your highest bid and hope for the best.

Remember, you win some and you lose some, but that’s the fun of online auctions. Good Luck and remember to have fun!




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Interluxe Sells Luxury Naples Equestrian Estate Prior to Auction, Online Property Auction Campaign Reached Over 50 Countries and Territories
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Publication Date: May 28, 2015

Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles June 2015 Newsletter Available
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Iconic New York City Carlyle Hotel Furniture & Decoration Sale at Black Rock Galleries
Extensive collection from famed celebrity stomping ground, featured in three-day sale at BRG.
Publication Date: May 28, 2015

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