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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!




Serena Williams To Host Second Annual Serena Williams Live Ultimate Run South Beach To Benefit The Serena Williams Fund
After recently winning her 6th Wimbledon title and heading into the U.S. Open, Serena Williams announced that she will be hosting the second annual Serena Williams Live Ultimate Run, which will be held in Miamis South Beach Sunday, December 13, 2015. The Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles), 5K Run/Walk and Ultimate Kids Dash will gather runners of all ages and ability to support the Serena Williams Fund.
Publication Date: August 27, 2015

Centurion Service Group to Host Live Auction to Sell Over 4,200 Pieces of Medical Equipment
A live auction selling medical equipment will take place Tuesday, August 18 and Wednesday, August 19 in Chicago, IL.
Publication Date: August 18, 2015

Public Car and Equipment Auction, Wright City, MO, September 10, 2015
St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District, Asplundh Tree Expert Co, and other corporate and private fleet owners offer surplus vehicles and equipment to the general public through JJ Kanes auction in Wright City, MO Thursday, September 10th 2015. More than 200 used cars, pickups, tools, chippers and more will sell with no reserve.
Publication Date: August 28, 2015

National Recording Artists Headline a Festival Fundraiser to Build New Rainier Valley Radio FM Radio Studios
Michael Wastman from the Voice, The EriAm Sisters from Americas Got Talent, Black Stacks, Dee Lyle, and drum legend George Griffin will perform at Rainier Valley Radios Roots and Music Festival fundraiser Aug. 29, with tickets on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets. The festival, featuring locally-based national recording artists and entertainers is part of KVRU's efforts to amplify the diverse voices of Rainier Valley.
Publication Date: August 21, 2015

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Raises Funds in Support of Children with Autism
Southern California Resorts Annual Holiday Surfboard Auction and Surfing Santa Competition Benefit Surfers Healing
Publication Date: August 27, 2015

MaxSold Selects PMBC Group to Publicize Its Downsizing Management Services
MaxSold, the local expert provider of online downsizing and estate sale services, has appointed PMBC Group as its public relations agency of record.
Publication Date: August 18, 2015

Sensational Hospital Equipment Auction
Centurion Service Group is very excited to bring to you the live simulcast auction selling an impressive catalog of over 1400 pieces of medical equipment. They were selected to auction off the assets of the well renowned Cooper Green Mercy Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama which underwent a 28 million dollar modernization of systems in 2008.
Publication Date: August 22, 2015

Domaine Storage Launches Line of Wine Storage Boxes
Previously available only to customers of the advisory, storage or transportation divisions, Domaine now offers their proprietary boxes for purchase online.
Publication Date: August 27, 2015

Mesa Verde Country Announces 17th Annual Harvest Beer Festival, Sept. 12 in Southwest Colorado
Mesa Verde Country today announced the date and details for the popular 2015 Harvest Beer Festival, which will be held in Cortez on Saturday, Sept. 12.
Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price GuideAll New 2016 EditionAvailable for Pre-Order Now
Kovels Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2016 is hot off the press and available now for pre-order at Brimming with prices, photos, facts and tips, Kovels 2016 includes the weird and the wonderful, as well as the everyday items that collectors search for.
Publication Date: August 14, 2015

Classic Car Covers Available for America's Classic Muscle Cars from
The 2015 Concours d'Elegance, to be held in Monterey, CA, beginning August 11th, will put hundreds of the most elegant restored classic cars in the world on display.
Publication Date: August 24, 2015

Project Overlord Unveils 'RimTech,' the Auto Industrys First Wheel Theft Prevention and Recovery System
Former Nokia Execs Designed Advanced RimTech Units Now Available for Pre-order Through Kickstarter
Publication Date: August 18, 2015

Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival Announces New Collaboration with Local Winery to Create Commemorative Wines for September Event
A new partnership between the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival and area winemakers Jackson Hole Winery brings an only-in-Jackson cachet to commemorative wines for the famed arts festival taking place in Jackson, Wyo., Sept. 9 20, 2015. Produced and labeled locally, the events signature Syrah and Chardonnay depict a cowboy painting by the festivals featured artist, Billy Schenck.
Publication Date: August 20, 2015

Police Departments and Sheriffs Offices to Auction off Stolen & Seized Products Online
$1 No Reserve online auctions
Publication Date: August 27, 2015

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