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The Best eBay Alternatives In The UK – Selling Sites To Check Out

Have you become fed up using eBay? Or are you just looking for something that gives you better value when it comes to buying and selling items? Then take a look at some of the best eBay alternatives available for UK users.

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I have been an eBay user for around 20 years now with it formerly being my go-to place when I had a DVD to sell. With so many potential buyers and low fees, it was a no-brainer. But times have changed. The eBay marketplace seems to be dominated by businesses and we small sellers have been left behind. And then there are the fees. These seem to have risen quite dramatically over the years and now, I’m left facing a bill of 12.8% and a fixed charge of 30p per order.

That means that if I was to sell a DVD for £1, I would see less than 60 pence back. Hardly worth it. So that’s why I decided to take a look to see if I could find better value elsewhere.

Of course, depending on what you’re selling limits the sites you can use. Then are plenty of options when it comes to selling clothes, less so if you have furniture.

So let’s take a look at what’s on offer.

The best selling sites in the UK

  • eBUYgumm
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Amazon
  • Gumtree
  • Shpock
  • Preloved
  • Depop
  • Vinted
  • Rebelle
  • HEWI
  • Vestiaire Collective
  • musicMagpie
  • Zapper
  • Ziffit
  • WeBuyBooks
  • Sell My Mobile
  • Envirofone
  • Etsy
  • Vintage Cash Cow

Best eBay alternatives for general items

If you have some common items like toys, electronics or jewellery, then it would be worth taking a look at some of the sites below.


eBUYgumm

eBUYgumm

If you’re looking for a site that lists a whole range of items, then look no further than eBUYgumm. Although it sounds like something set up to poke fun at northerners, this is a marketplace that is growing steadily in popularity.

eBUYgumm sets itself apart from eBay as it doesn’t charge any fees for listing or selling items. But usage isn’t completely free as you need to use their payment system when completing transactions. It costs 2.8% + 20p per payment, but it is still far cheaper than eBay.

The downside is, there aren’t anywhere near as many users as compared to eBay. If you’re selling an item that’s not so sought after, it could be harder to get rid of.

Amazon

Amazon

We all know Amazon and how popular the site is. But many of us are unaware that individuals and small businesses can sell on Amazon too. There’s also a nifty option of Amazon sending items out on your behalf, so you actually have to do very little.

With a customer base similar to eBay’s, Amazon is a site worth considering… but it’s not cheap. You pay a 75 pence fee for every item you sell plus an additional selling fee. This will be down to the item you sell but can be anywhere between 7 and 15%.

If you sell a lot of items, then there is a professional plan on offer. So instead of 75 pence per item, you pay a one-off fee of £25 each month.

Like eBay, Amazon is really aimed towards business sellers rather than private individuals looking at a clearout.

Facebook Marketplace

Unbelievably, it’s estimated that there are 48.5 million Facebook users in the UK. That means a huge number of potential customers when you come to sell. And although it’s not everybody’s first site they visit when looking to buy something, it still has plenty of users.

But what’s the best thing about Marketplace? It’s completely free to buy and sell. That is unless you want to pay for a premium listing so your item is noticed more.

But if it’s free, why isn’t it used more? Well, it’s important to note that there’s no protection when using Facebook. If there are any issues, you will need to sort them out yourself. This is why most transactions are made in person so that the item can be checked before the money is passed over.

And, there are a lot of timewasters. You’ll receive plenty of messages from people asking if an item is still available, only to never hear from them again. You’ll also have people agree to buy something, only for them never to turn up.

Gumtree

Gumtree

Gumtree operates a similar model to Facebook. You can sell items for free, or use a paid option so they are seen by more people. Although it’s difficult to find recent statistics, Gumtree had 17.8m monthly visitors back in 2016.

But it’s important to note that Gumtree isn’t just about buying and selling small items. You can find properties, vehicles, services and jobs. So there’s a good chance that a lot of visitors aren’t even looking to buy anything.

And, like Facebook, you need to remember that there is very little protection when using Gumtree. Try not to part with large sums of cash if you don’t have to.

Shpock

Shpock

Another site that allows you to sell a whole range of items for no fee. It’s also free for buyers to use too, although if you have an item delivered, you can opt to pay a fee for buyer protection. This covers you if something should go wrong.

If you’re a regular seller, you could take out a Premium Membership which allows you to choose 2 of your items to appear at the top of the listings each month and add more photos to your listings.

Preloved

Preloved

Starting back in 1998, Preloved is now one of the biggest classified sites in the UK. From furniture to garden equipment to cars, nearly anything you want is listed.

Buying and selling is completely free on Preloved. But if you want your items to reach more buyers or want to include more photos or even videos on your listings, you will need to take up one of their paid memberships. But these won’t break the bank at £5 or £15 per year.

But like Facebook Marketplace, selling on Preloved mainly relies on local sales, so you may not make quite as much as if you were to sell on eBay.

Best places to sell clothes online

Although you can sell clothes at all of the above sites, there are some others that you can consider that specialise in fashion.


Depop

Depop

Although Depop focuses on clothes, you can also buy and sell jewellery, beauty products and some electronics. Listing your items is free, but you will need to pay a 10% fee if it sells. You will also need to pay a fee to PayPal or Depop Payments depending on how you receive your money. This is usually around 2.9%.

Depop does provide buyer and seller protection and will step in to help settle any disputes.

Vinted

Another clothes selling site, Vinted claims to have over 45 million members. Like Depop, you don’t pay any fees when selling. When you buy, if you use the  “Buy now” button, you pay an extra 3–8% for your item. This gives you protection in case something should go wrong.

Rebelle

If you’re a person that likes their designer clothes, then using Rebelle could be ideal for you. This site connects sellers with buyers looking for fashion on the pricier side of life. But to so, they charge a fee to the seller of up to 33%.

And if you don’t want to sell the clothes yourself, you can send them to Rebelle where they will verify them and sell on your behalf. But to do this, you’ll be charged £25 on top.

HEWI

This is another site that deals in designer clothes. HEWI stands for Hardly Ever Worn It and they charge you 18% plus VAT on any item you sell, although there is a minimum charge of £15 plus VAT.

Vestiaire Collective

Yet another site where you can sell your designer clothes. Well, you can never have too many. Selling through Vestiaire Collective will cost you anything between 10 and 25%. Although if you are lucky to have an item that’s worth £7,000 or more, you will need to pay a commission of £1,750.

Best place to sell books, CDs, DVDs and games

There are sites out there that will buy your items from you and then sell them to others for a profit. This way, you can get rid of your items in bulk, rather than selling them individually. Depending on the site you choose, they generally offer different prices for the same item, so it’s worth getting a quote from all of them.


musicMagpie

musicMagpie

This is one of the biggest reselling sites out there. Especially great if you have a bulk load of items you need to sell like DVDs, just scan the barcodes and musicMagpie will give you a price. You send them in for free and once their condition has been confirmed, musicMagpie will send you payment.

musicMagpie will buy a whole range of items, including Lego, games consoles and mobile phones. If you send in an item and they disagree with the condition, they may lower the price they offer. But you’re free to turn this down and they will return it to you.

Bear in mind that you won’t usually receive as much money as you would if you sold privately. However, it is generally an easier process.

Zapper

Zapper

A rival to musicMagpie, Zapper allows you to sell your CDs, DVDs, books, games, phones and electronics. Scan your items for a price and send them in to receive payment. And if you have something that isn’t worth anything, Zapper can recycle it for you.

Ziffit

Ziffit

Ziffit works in almost the exact same way as musicMagpie and Zapper. Just scan the barcodes of your books, CDs, DVDs or video games and you’ll be given a price. Pack them off to Ziffit for free and you’ll be paid through PayPal, bank transfer or by cheque.

Again, you probably won’t receive as much money compared to selling privately.

WeBuyBooks


Don’t be fooled by the name, but WeBuyBooks also buy CDs, DVDs & Games. I would take my time to explain how the site works… but it’s exactly the same as the above.

Best place to sell your mobile phone

I was always a big fan of selling my old phones on eBay. But with the fees they now charge (plus my distrust of some buyers), I now use dedicated phone buying sites.


Sell My Mobile

sell my mobile

Sell My Mobile is actually a comparison site for phone recycling companies. They will check to see which site will give you the best price for your phone, tablet, laptop, smartwatch or games console. This saves you from having to visit multiple sites to see who pays the most for your device.

Once you’ve chosen the company you want to go with, enter a few details and a box will be sent out, so you can forward on your device.

Envirofone


A very simple site to use, and it’s important to note that it isn’t listed on Sell My Mobile. Just search for your phone make and model on the Envirofone website, tell them its condition and then send it in to be checked for free. If everything is OK, Envirofone will send you your payment. If there is an issue, you can accept a lower offer or have your phone returned (for free). They may even give you money for broken phones.

Envirofone will also buy tablets and gaming controllers.

Best places to sell unique items

If you having something special, unique or rare, then the above sites probably won’t cut it for you. But there are a couple worth trying.


Etsy

selling with etsy

Etsy provides a marketplace for crafters, artists and collectors, listing a whole range of items for sale, from small crafts to digital products such as websites.

Selling is fairly inexpensive and you can list your items for 15 pence. When they sell, you pay a 5% transaction fee (which also includes postage). If you are paid through Etsy Payments, you will also have to pay a 4% fee plus 20 pence per item.

Buying and selling does come with a degree of protection if something does go wrong, with Etsy stepping in if any disputes occur.

Vintage Cash Cow

Vintage Cash Cow

A great place to consider if you have some older items you’re not sure what to do with. Just send them in to Vintage Cash Cow (for free) and they will value them. You will receive a cash offer. If you’re happy, accept it. If not, you can have them sent back to you.

The kinds of items Vintage Cash Cow is looking for include medals, jewellery, watches, gold, old currency and old toys. They don’t want clothes or modern electronics.

Which is the best selling site and eBay alternative?

This partly depends on what you have to sell. If you’re looking to auction off a mainstream item, then eBUYgumm is your only real choice.

But if you’re happy in taking a slightly lower price (and potentially having your time wasted), then take a look at Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace. Although they may not sound tempting, the fact that you don’t have to pay a fee usually outweighs the lower price. Plus, there are lots of potential customers.

If you have electronic items to sell and want the easy option, then consider musigMagpie or any of its competitors. You usually won’t be messed around and you can get rid of your unwanted items quickly. You just won’t get the best value.

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