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Comparing the Seller Benefits of eBay and Amazon.com

 

Books, books, books - you've got them everywhere, yet you no longer use them. How about selling them on eBay? Or Amazon.com? Both sites allow you to sell your used books. Which is a better choice for you?

Listing Times

One difference between the sites is the length of time your book will be for sale. On eBay, you will put your book up for sale either at a fixed price or as an auction, and these run 3,5,7 or 10 days. At the end of that time, your book will no longer be listed on the site.

On Amazon, by contrast, once you list your book it will be there either until it sells or until you remove it. So, unless you have a "hot" book that you think will attract buyer attention and sell quickly, you may prefer amazon's permanent listing to eBay's shorter ones.

Fees - eBay

Fees are an important feature to consider, as they impact your bottom line.

On eBay, you can list 5 books for sale during a 30-day period for free. After that, you'll pay 10 cents each to list books whose starting prices are 99 cents or less; 25 cents each to list books with starting values between $1 and $9.99, and 35 cents to list books with starting values between $10 and $24.99. Higher priced books have higher listing fees; all fees are listed here.

If your book sells, you'll also pay a final value fee based on its selling price. For books that sell for up to $25, you'll pay 8.75% to eBay. For books selling for higher prices, you'll pay 8.75% of the first $25 and 3.5% of the remaining price.

eBay requires payment via online service paypal, and paypal has fees as well. Paypal will keep 2.9%  plus 30 cents of each payment you receive.

If you decide to list your books in a fixed price sale instead of an auction, you'll pay 15 cents per listing and 15% of the final value. Paypal fees are the same regardless of the sales method you choose.

Fees - Amazon

Amazon differs from eBay in that they don't charge listing fees. You are charged only when your items sell.

When a book sells, Amazon charges a variable closing fee of $1.35 per book, a per-transaction 99 cent fee, and 15% of the final price. Amazon collects payments for you, so you will not need to worry about Paypal or collect payments from your buyer.

Amazon fees are detailed here.

Other Considerations

Don't forget that books aren't the only things you can sell at eBay and Amazon.com. You can sell many items, used and new, at both sites.

After researching the fees at each site, you may decide to sell different things at each. Amazon can be a great place to list more obscure books that may not be searched for frequently. eBay may be a better place to list a hot seller that you'd like to move quickly.

Whichever site you choose, you'll feel good knowing that you're reducing clutter at your house and providing someone else with a book they've been looking for.

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