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  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.

TopConsumerReviews.com 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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5 stars
eBay

EBAYTopConsumerReviews.com 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
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4.5 stars
liquidationd

LIQUIDATION

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
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4 stars
uBid

UBID

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
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2 stars
eBid

EBID

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
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1 star
Bid Here

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
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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!

 

 

 

artnet Releases 2014 Annual Auction Results
Global Fine Art Auction Market Reaches $16.1 Billion
Publication Date: January 26, 2015

Public Auto and Equipment Auction, Philadelphia, PA, January 31, 2015
PPL Electric Utilities, PSE&G Company, Baltimore Gas & Electric and other corporate and private fleet owners offer surplus vehicles and equipment to the general public through JJ Kanes auction in Plymouth Meeting, PA Saturday, January 31st 2015. More than 650 used pickup trucks, cars, bucket trucks, vans and more will sell with no reserve!
Publication Date: January 26, 2015

Google Names Haystak Digital Marketing Mobile Champion of North American AdWords Premier SMB Partner Awards
Haystak® Digital Marketing, which provides digital marketing products and services for the automotive industry, today announced that Google named Haystak the winner of a North America Premier SMB Partner Award in the Mobile Champion category. This is the third consecutive year that Haystak has been acknowledged in Google's Premier SMB Partner Awards and the first year the company has achieved the mobile designation.
Publication Date: January 26, 2015

BidTron, LLC launches its e-procurement platform for government entities and businesses that lowers purchasing costs to realize savings through live auctions
BidTrons real-time competitive bidding events realize up to 30% in reduced purchasing prices for the buyers of any products, materials, services, or construction costs, and eliminates administration time by up to 50%.
Publication Date: January 26, 2015

Kovels.com Adds Thousands of New Prices to Its Online Price Guide
More than 35,000 prices and 2,500 color photos of antiques and collectibles have just been added to the free price guide on Kovels.com. The searchable price guide is a useful tool for buying, selling or settling an estate.
Publication Date: January 22, 2015

Oregons Top Pinot Noir Producers Travel to NH for 10th Annual NH Wine Week
NHLC Pinot Camp to focus on Oregons renowned Pinot Noir with seminar, tasting and panel discussion with four of Oregons leading Pinot Noir producers.
Publication Date: January 22, 2015

Aaron Auctions Set to Liquidate the Surplus Equipment for the Ongoing Needs of Hostess Brands in Schiller Park
Baking Equipment, Packaging Machinery, Bulk Storage and Support Equipment from Twinkie Manufacturer Up for Online Bid
Publication Date: January 22, 2015

22 Year Old Makes $85,000 in 9 Days
ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com (https://flippa.com/3783970 (https://flippa.com/3783970)), has officially sold on the worlds #1 websites marketplace, Flippa.com for USD $85,000 - a mere 9 days after the site was launched on January 12th.
Publication Date: January 22, 2015

Visit Temecula Valley Announces 2015 Fests, Festivals, and Events in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
Visit Temecula Valley announces the 2015 Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country special events including Restaurant Month, Wine Country Romance, Chocolate Decadence, Pechanga Wine Festival, World of Wine, Temecula Rod Run, Old Town Western Days, Balloon & Wine Festival, Microbrew Festival, Lavender Fields in Bloom, Hot Summer Nights, Wine Month, Crush, Outdoor Quilt Show, Wine Country Harvest, and Temecula Chilled. Welcoming more than 2 million visitors each year, the casual picturesque Temecula Valley is located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; and 90 minutes from Los Angeles.
Publication Date: January 22, 2015

CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. Experience Double-Digit Sales and Recruitment Increases in 2014
Home-based cruise agencies attribute achievements to new technology, training, marketing and support tools
Publication Date: January 22, 2015

Bert Gallery Announces 2015 Schedule to Celebrate Thirtieth Anniversary | 30 Years in Business ~ 1985 - 2015
Bert Gallery is located along the Providence waterfront at Corliss Landing, 24 Bridge Street and celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2015. Since its founding Bert Gallery has exhibited, researched and written on the distinct art culture that resonated in Providence in the 19th and 20th Century leading to recognition in the national American Art scene. The gallerys 30th Anniversary will be particularly exciting with a yearlong series of Special Projects, Exhibitions and Events.
Publication Date: January 22, 2015

Public Auto and Equipment Auction, Dallas, TX, January 29, 2015
Entergy Services, El Paso Electric, Pike Electric and other corporate and private fleet owners offer surplus vehicles and equipment to the general public through JJ Kanes auction in Waxahachie, TX Thursday, January 29th 2015. More than 300 used pickup trucks, cars, bucket trucks, cranes and more will sell with no reserve!
Publication Date: January 21, 2015

Pinellas County Sheriffs Office Rug 'In Dog We Trust' Might Have Started out as an Error but This Typo Is Benefiting Some Worthy Dogs
'In Dog We Trust' accidentally printed on new rugs at Pinellas County Sheriff's Office bringing big money for mistreated dogs at OnlineAuction.com.
Publication Date: January 21, 2015

The Artisan Group Delights Guests at GBKs 2015 Golden Globes Celebrity Gift Lounge with Star-Spangled Assortment of Luxury Handcrafted Goods
Crowd pleaser The Artisan Group® once again presented a diverse selection of its members handcrafted goods to attendees at GBKs Luxury Gift Lounge Honoring the 2015 Golden Globes Nominees & Presenters. The lounge took place January 9-10, 2015, at The W Hotel in Hollywood, California.
Publication Date: January 21, 2015

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