There is a new game in town known as SeeAuctions.com. At last someone has stepped up to take on an internet industry giant. What does this mean for you? The Internet has it’s thousand pound gorillas. They get that way by building something new and attractive to a large share of the bandwidth hugging crowd. When branding goes viral it is very difficult for anyone to compete. So it has been since eBay appeared on the scene in 1995.
I have been involved in selling on the Internet’s largest auction site since 1996. At one time I hired myself out to less tech savvy antique dealers as an eBay consultant. In the good old days It was simpler and less expensive to do business on the web site. As time went by I saw many dealers leave the fold in frustration. Recent trends have caused my involvement in eBay to be sporadic. The question is often asked, where else can I go to sell online? Why hasn’t a competitor appeared to scoop up all the disappointed dealers and buyers left in eBay’s wake?
You can build your own web site and sell directly to anyone who can wade through the cluttered wasteland of cyberspace to pick you out of the thousands of other search engine hits. That could be expensive to do well and who has time to be their own webmaster and run an antiques business at the same time? Find another online auction? Good luck with that.
There was a time when a large group of net entrepreneurs were attracted to the gold that could be seen glittering brightly in them thar hills. Nobody ever seemed to attract the traffic that eBay drew and the rules were usually just as complicated and the fees still seemed endless. SeeAuctions.com is seriously trying to garner market share in eBay’s back yard by offering commission free trading and no fees of any kind for the first year. They are quite clear about there objectives as stated on their website:
“All new sellers receive a 1 year free trial at SeeAuctions.com! No listing fees, hidden fees, commissions, premiums, or funny contracts. We are confident that sellers will love our marketplace, so there is no requirement to stay after the first year. We plan to be the #1 online site for antique and collectible items. To that end you will notice an aggressive advertising campaign to let the world know about us. This will drive more buyers to your listings and result in higher sale prices. Selling will be 100% free until we meet that goal!”
What truly attracted me to SeeAuctions.com is that it is specifically an antique and collectible marketplace. Your Victorian trade cards or Beatles memorabilia won’t be lost among the 99 cent mp3 players and CD collections of public domain documents. As experienced antique dealers themselves the creators of this web site say, “We are dedicated to provide a better Internet trading site. We ensure a safe, flexible and fun experience, for buyers and sellers alike, offering such features as 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 21 & 30 day listings, commission-free trading with no extra costs or fees, options like 0, 1, 5 & 10 minute extended endings, instant payments from both Google Checkout & PayPal, automatic insurance calculation and never a buyer’s premium.”
I have registered with SeeAuctions.com and awaiting verification of seller status. In the coming days I will post some auctions and see how things shake out. I encourage my readers to do the same. It’s free and it looks like fun. Let me now what your experience with SeeAuctions.com is like. Maybe we can participate in real economic recovery.