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EBAY

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

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LIQUIDATIOND

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.

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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.

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EBID

eBid is a visually overwhelming and confusing online auction site. While it's been very popular in England, the transition to the U.S. marketplace has come up somewhat lacking.

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Online Auctions

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.

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!



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!

 



Online Auctions In The News

Manheim Auctions Near Digital Tipping Point

Manheim's online auto auctions are nearing a tipping point as sales on the remarketing-services company's digital platform approach 50%. "The Manheim Marketplace achieved record-level digital adoption ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:15:00 GMT



Minnesota Commerce Department launches first online auction for unclaimed property

SAINT PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Commerce has launched the state's first online auction of unclaimed property from abandoned safe deposit boxes. The auction features jewelry, coins and collect...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:46:00 GMT



Rare Wine Auctions Set New Records in the First Half of 2018

"The appetite for fine wine grows and grows." At the end of the first half of 2018 Zachys sales totaled $34.6 million, which included live and online auctions. "Through January to June 2017, sales wer...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:57:00 GMT



Ronnie James Dio Auction to Include Guitar, Artwork, Patchwork Jeans

The sale, administered by Julien's Auctions, will take place in person and online on September 14th and 15th. Items in the auction, dubbed "Property From the Estate of Ronnie James Dio," come from nea...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:29:00 GMT



Special art auction raising money for Cy Young Days Festival

Akron native Mark Lewis - a distant relative to Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young - is donating for auction 125 pieces of art, which can be viewed online. In addition to Young, his colorful portraits incl...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:43:00 GMT



Major Ronnie James Dio Auction Set for September 2018

Bidders will have a chance to take part both in person and online on Sept. 14 and 15. For additional details, check out the Julien's Auctions site about the sale here.

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:43:00 GMT



Baderbrau heads to auction as brewery is sold off piece by piece

Baderbrau Brewing is up for auction, piece by piece - from a $5 starting bid on a filing cabinet to a $9,000 starting bid on a canning line, and most everything between. The online auction of 152 item...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:18:00 GMT




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