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A brief comparison of each sales management platform for eBay sellers, in alphabetical order.
Auctiva, has been free for years. The new paid subscription plan is more complex than eBay’s fee schedule. What is management thinking? I had to make six spreadsheets just to figure out comparable costs between plans. The spreadsheets assume a collectible item is listed at $9.99 and if sold, is sold for $9.99. You can see them here.
Auctiva has a deal for you on insurance, for a package valued at $50 or less USPS will charge you $1.75, Auctiva charges $1.50 that saves you 25c
Note: - endicia offers the same insurance for $1 and it would be reasonable to assume they make a little something on the deal even at that price.
Auctiva’s plans only include 1MB of image storage. That translates to 20, 50KB images. PhotoBucket’s free accounts include 1GB which would be about 20,500 50KB images.
Opinion: Not a Best buy
I am unable to understand what benefits there are to a seller on the free account over the eBay Sell Your Item form beyond visit counters and the Auctiva Scrolling Gallery. Maybe I am missing something? I can have one picture hosted free by eBay up to 4MB in size and incur no additional selling fees.
On the subject of selling fees, exactly what is Auctiva doing for me to justify charging listing fees and transaction fees while using a paid subscription service? This is no different from paying for a hotel room and being charged extra every time I use it.
Lister, scheduler, manager with secure checkout, inventory management, showcase, counters, bulk editor, photo editing, automated re-listing, emails, all for a flat rate of $9.95 a month, rates guaranteed not to increase for three years. inkFrog is eBay only.
Add to this automated Auctiva listing and image import, discounted insurance at 55c for that valued less than $50 package (saving $1.20 over the post office cost) and 1GB of image hosting included in the monthly fee, no listing or transaction fees.
This one would appear to be a no brainer for the seller who is happy on eBay and has no desire to diversify although Clifford tells me there are ways to export to other venues from inkFrog (minus templates which are copyright). Here is a good article by Clifford Aliperti on InkFrog 2.0 and that is his affiliate link above.
I have written about Vendio in depth twice before, early in March when they launched their free Web Store program in Beta and an update a week later. Vendio has an a la carte platform approach as opposed to the table d’hôte inkFrog program. Sticking to comparing apples to apples Vendio has been providing seller management tools to small and midsize eBay sellers since 1999.
Today Vendio launched a bailout plan for Auctiva sellers. Any Auctiva user signing up by July 1st 2009 will get free use of their platform through 2009 and the guaranteed rate of $10 per month with no transaction or listing fees through 2010.
With Vendio you get your own webstore, free, from which you can schedule listings to eBay, 2GB picture hosting (use more and it will cost you 2c per MB) free templates, order management with integrated tax and shipping calculators, live inventory management across all platforms, scheduling, a slick gallery, counter and an automated email system they call Buyer Appreciation.
This one is a no brainer too, even if you are happy on eBay and have no desire to diversify you will get six months free and you may find your webstore more than repays the $10 a month it will cost you to list on eBay next year. This is an ideal time to settle in to a new platform and be ready for the holiday season.
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Full disclosure: I am an ex-eBay seller currently selling on my own website and Bonanzle.com. I have no business relationship with any of these management platforms, or eBay nor will I receive anything if you sign up with any of them (the inkFrog affiliate link belongs to a friend).