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Join Your Online Auction With eBay Today! 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.

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.

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Liquidation

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Liquidation is an online auction website that specializes in bulk auctions of a large variety of products. They purchase surplus inventory from hundreds of stores across the country and action off this surplus to business and individuals through a typical online auction process.

The main page of the website contains several items that gave us an immediate sense of legitimacy. Prominently displayed is an accreditation from the Better Business Bureau, a notice that they are a publicly traded company, and a short video clip of a story featuring their business on popular ABC news program Nightline. The video clip was particularly informative due to the fact that their business model is clearly defined during the brief news article. The spot describes how Liquidation purchases inventory from 7 of the top 10 retailers in the country and hundreds of other manufacturers and then auctions the goods off to the public at discounts up to 40%. EVP Casey Roy is interviewed and clearly explains how his business model has led to bringing about a "second economy" for millions of Americans through this online buying and selling of bulk surplus.

This mention of a second economy is part of what we noticed was a focus on the opportunity for customers of Liquidation not only to purchase goods at a discount, but to make money reselling it to the public. On the main page are three testimonials from clients claiming that buying and selling from Liquidation is their primary source of income. This sets Liquidation apart from the many other online auction websites where the focus is solely on the customer getting a personal bargain on discounted goods.

The website itself is easy enough to navigate. You can register for free if you want to setup an account for frequent purchases, but you don't have to register to take part in an auction. The categories are clearly outlined and easily chosen from a drop down menu, and you can also search auctions by location. (presumably due to the focus on bulk buying where a client may have to have hundreds of items shipped or retrieved.) The customer service page has telephone numbers for customer support, seller support, direct/bulk sales and also an option to talk online via live chat to a service representative. There were a few small issues like the categories and locations resetting after each search, but overall it was easy to find everything needed and a snap to quickly located current auctions for what we were looking for.

Liquidation gets high marks for its huge selection of products, ease of use, and value to the customer. We feel it is a very good site for anyone who wants to either find a good deal for themselves on an item, or to make money purchasing and selling in bulk.

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eBid is the second-largest online auction site in England. Started in 2000, they have since expanded into the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Ireland markets.

eBid is a visually very busy site. It is easy to become overwhelmed and confused when trying to find your way around the interface. In some ways it reminds us of a Vegas billboard gone amuck. There always seems to be an advertisement that is either flashing or moving on the screen at any given second.

Many sellers seem to have never sold before, which makes us leery, especially when they are selling Rolex watches. In fact, on eBid's main page most of the FEATURED sellers have never sold. The most any of the featured sellers had sold was only 17 items. Also, because of its origins, a great many of the sellers are located outside of the US. In addition to the high number of "new" sellers, this raises our concerns for the chance of fraud and counterfeit issues.

eBid encourages buyers to sign up for "PPPay" for payment options. This is obviously a holdover from their European roots, as PPPay works only with accounts in Euros or British Pounds. Why does eBid encourage PPPay? What you may not know is that eBay, a direct competitor to eBid, owns Paypal. So by using Paypal, you are helping to fund eBid's main competitor. In reality, while PPPay is a reliable payment service, it doesn't fully support the U.S. buyer. American users will need to use Paypal or another form of payment.

eBid has 60 minute auctions, happy hour auctions, front page auctions, free auctions, standard auctions.... the list goes on and on. In this case we believe that more is not always better. The variety of auction types can be confusing if you're just interested in trying the auction site. Also, the volume of items being sold seems to be on par with Overstock Auctions, so buyers may not be able to locate hard to find or very popular items.

While eBid may have a better reputation in England, its transition to the U.S. is confusing and somewhat lacking. If you do take a look, be prepared to take an aspirin afterwards for your headache.

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