Nov 252013
Ebay is Better Than Amazon Logo

If you’re already an eBay seller then you might agree that there are a lot of reasons why selling on eBay is better than Amazon. However, if you’re an Amazon 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.

Simple Seller Fees

You don’t have to have a PHD in economics to understand the fees. Since listing fees are mostly free now on eBay it’s 10% plus Paypal fees, done. On Amazon it’s what category, and per item fees, and referral fees, and variable closing fees, and transaction fees for printing the postage. I’m waiting for them to ad a fee for charging you fees.

Buyer Protection

eBay gives you the chance to work with your buyer and issue your own refunds before they take things into their own hands. Amazon automatically issues a refund for just about any reason.

Used Items

You can sell just about anything in used condition on eBay. Amazon has a few things you can sell used like video games but forget about any apparel or tools. Sometimes, people don’t need brand new, they just need something that works.


Yes, eBay auctions still rock. Don’t know what an item is worth? Just put it up for 99 cents and find out. Amazon? Not so much. And admit it, you know it’s still fun to be the winner.

Sales Tax

eBay has an option to charge sales tax for purchases made in your state making it easy to collect. Amazon sellers are not so lucky. They just have to take it out of their profits.


On eBay you can personalize your listings with your own branding and style. You can use custom HTML and your logo in all of your listings. On Amazon all you get is their standard listing. Boring!

Lower Fees

Aside from being simpler, eBay’s fees are a few percent lower than Amazon which saves you money. And from a Wall Street perspective doesn’t anyone else find it odd that eBay consistently shows a quarterly profit and Amazon doesn’t even though they are more expensive?


You can sell your car on eBay. All you can sell on Amazon are toy cars.


eBay buyers and sellers have a community. People really get involved and you feel like you’re part of something. People rarely interact on Amazon.

Instant Payment

You get your money right now with eBay and Paypal. Amazon makes bi-weekly payments to its sellers. Waiting for money sucks!

Help with Pricing

On eBay you can use the “completed listings” search to determine what an item is worth and get some ideas on how to best list your item. With Amazon all you can see is the current price and it’s difficult to know if that is high or low for the market.

Well that’s 10. However I’ll include one more.

Adult Item Categories

You can sell dirty movies on eBay! Amazon technically has an “adult toy” category but no movies. How else are you going to get rid of that huge stash of dvds before moving in with you new fiance? Amazon won’t be of any help I’m afraid.

  4 Responses to “10 Reasons Why Selling on Ebay is Better Than Amazon”

  1. Why make it that complicated? I’m picturing someone with a pencil behind their ear making a graph to figure out what to charge on Amazon to make a profit. Too much. Plus amazon is terrible with seller protection, it’s all buyer protection. Ebay is where it’s at.

  2. Here is a simple list why buying from Ebay is better than Amazon:

    1. Amazon stores your credit card automatically when making a purchase and can only be
    removed by jumping through hoops. Ebay does not.
    2. Amazon product photographs are stock-type limited photos that lack product detail.
    3. Amazon item location is not provided, so its origin is a mystery.
    4. If you make a purchase mistake on Amazon, it’s impossible to reverse the purchase.
    5. Amazon always charges taxes for purchases…always.
    6. After advertising “Free” shipping in the ad, Amazon uses paid shipping as a default when you
    check out,..hoping you will forget and click the “Purchase” button.
    7. Amazon lists a product as “Last one” to lure you into the “Fear of loss” principle to get you to
    make the purchase. And after you have made the purchase,…the same ad will update and
    inform you that there are now 11 available.
    8. Amazon’s search engine is pathetic. Type in armrest for your vehicle and they will list
    car floor mats 3 pages into your search or other irrelevant items.

    I could go on, but the point is, once you have used both you will see that what I have written
    is true and correct. Amazon may be good for some things, but I do believe that it is
    over-rated and deceptive in its practices. Bigger doesn’t always mean better…….

    Happy shopping yall’!

  3. So sick and tired of Amazon and their policy violations over unruly buyers rushing to complain to them rather than contact the seller first for one page of writing in a book that a seller may have missed. So tired of hearing on Amazon Seller Central Forums about people getting their accounts closed all the time with people in India not really understanding things on a case-by-case basis. Some people get canned over policy violations and they are still not sure why they are in violation and can’t get anyone to give them further information.

    I am beginning to sell more media items on ebay because I have more leeway to describe items with more pictures. I live in fear all the time of these metrics and policy violations for something probably really very minor and something I fixed after the fact to the buyer’s content.

    I seem to have less problems with people who buy on ebay saying they never got my item –
    inspite of tracking saying it was delivered. Then they rush to file an A-Z claim, which Amazon funds without listening to my side after I have done due diligence to locate the item they claimed they didn’t get. And the seller metrics are enough to make one nervous as hell.

    If you have to cancel a book order to a certain prison because a prison won’t allow it or if a buyer emails you directly to ask you to cancel an order before it is shipped out, that dings you as well over time. And then you are in a position to defend yourself with someone you can’t talk to on the phone and may not understand what the heck is going on or may not care!

    And don’t get my started on the seller forums on Amazon. The people are so nasty there in so many instances and not very helpful. I have found ebay forums to be more community like and less negative.

    Another thing is that I don’t have to accept returns on ebay whereas people order books all the time from me and return them – especially students.

    As well, I can’t sell most DVD’s anymore on Amazon, but do just fine selling them on ebay.

    So before I sit around worrying about when I am going to be fired on Amazon beause maybe I missed a page of writing in a book I was selling and a buyer had to run to file a complaint, I am begginning to see more benefits to sell on ebay and moving more things over there now. Plus, it will put me in the mood and give me the incentive to expand my market and look out for other potential products I can sell besides just medica items and software.

  4. tracks Amazon prices over time, so you can use that to figure out values.

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