If you’re already an Amazon seller then you might agree that there are a lot of reasons why selling on Amazon is better than eBay. However, if you’re an eBay seller you really should consider the following with an open mind. You just might find that there are a few things that could win you over.
Amazon offers a fulfillment service where you can ship your items to one of their warehouses and they will fill your orders for you. That is an amazing convenience that eBay does not offer at all. This is a clear win for anyone who doesn’t want to handle shipping things day in and day out.
Amazon has an integrated payment processor so you don’t have to deal with any 3rd party payment systems. One login, one transaction to look at, and one invoice for the fees. A lot less headache for you.
Amazon has long since surpassed eBay in terms of visitor web traffic. As of the writing of this article Alexa ranks Amazon’s traffic at 11th in the world and 5th in the United States. eBay is ranked 20th in the world and 8th in the United States. It might be worth noting that Craigslist is ranked 49th in the world and 10th in the United States, just 2 spots behind eBay.
eBay is notorious for constantly changing the appearance and navigation of its website for no good reason. It is also constantly changing its user policies and fee structure. Amazon just plods along only making changes when absolutely necessary.
You can literally write an Amazon listing in 30 seconds. Just enter an items UPC code and a price and Amazon does the rest. Try doing that on eBay!
Better Site Search
Amazon has a straight forward search that lists things in sequence. eBay’s Cassini Search Engine intentionally makes it so that some preferred sellers are always seen and others are not.
Fees Charged Upfront
When you sell something on Amazon the fees are immediately taken so you know what you’re getting paid right away. eBay sends an invoice at the end of the month which can catch you a bit off guard if you haven’t been keeping an eye on things.
No Annoying Emails
Lately eBay has been spamming me. No I mean really spamming me. In one week I got 3 emails encouraging me to check out different lines of women’s clothing. I’m a dude. I don’t get that kind of stuff from Amazon.
No Deadbeat Bidders
I’ve had tons of deadbeat bidders on eBay. I constantly have to file non-paying bidder cases to get my seller fees back. No such thing on Amazon. If a customer doesn’t complete a checkout, the item is just returned to active inventory and there are no fees to recover because none were charged to begin with!
Amazon Buyers Are Smarter
OK, I’ll admit this one may just be personal opinion but I’ve noticed that the amount of stupid questions I get from eBay buyers completely outnumber those that I get on Amazon. Example: I sell something that has the measurements clearly marked in the ad but someone on eBay always ignores the listing and writes me to ask what the measurement are anyway. For some reason I don’t get that on Amazon.